Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Don’t Miss Our Last Distinguished Candidate Conference of the Year!

On Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th, we’ll be holding our Distinguished Candidate Conference in San Diego, CA, with over 100 transitioning and former Military Officers interviewing at the event.

Orion's National Distinguished Candidate Conferences (DCC) enable you to develop a strong pipeline of future leaders and bolster strategic organizational growth. These veterans include Service Academy graduates and candidates with bachelor’s degrees and a minimum GPA of 3.0 from top tier colleges and universities. Our DCC also features candidates with advanced degrees (such as MBAs), professional certifications (such as PMP and PE) and those who have been consistently ranked above their peers in Officer Evaluation Reports.
Our DCCs offer a unique format, designed to maximize a company’s chances of connecting with the right candidate. Here’s why you can't miss our last Distinguished Candidate Conference of 2017, which will be held in San Diego on October 16th- 17th:
  1. This event will feature nearly 100 of the nation’s top transitioning Military Officers who have consistently distinguished themselves from their peers in their education, military background and performance.
  2. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with the candidates the night prior to interviews at our Cocktail Reception, giving unique insight on the candidates outside of the formal interview process.
  3. You will only be presented with candidates that specifically meet the qualifications you are seeking, ensuring the event is an efficient and productive use of your time.  
  4. Hiring from this event will enable you to develop a strong pipeline of future leaders and foster strategic organizational growth.

View event details here or request more information to learn more.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Orion Talent CEO Mike Starich Explains How to Combat Supply Chain Labor Disruption

Mike Starich, CEO of Orion Talent and a former USMC Officer, wrote an article earlier this month for Supply Chain Management Review highlighting how distribution centers should deal with their newly exploding labor needs. He explains that with the disruptive nature of companies like Amazon, it’s time to  deal with a “perfect storm of labor disruption”. Here are the four steps he outlines in his article:

1. Step up your recruitment efforts
2. Make better use of big data
3. Align HR and recruiting to the business strategy
4. Become an employer of choice

Mike points out that as distribution centers leverage machine learning, flying warehouses, self-driving delivery vehicles, and even drone delivery, supply chain organizations need to build a strong team that can handle an ever-changing distribution landscape.

Click here to read the article.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Military Hiring in the Construction Industry

Orion is here to help bridge this translational gap between military and civilian skills and bring you the right military talent for your current and future workforce development needs. Over the past few weeks we have compiled a couple of articles and a video on benefits of hiring military into the construction industry.

We have helped more than 1000 veterans begin exciting new civilian careers in the construction industry. From homebuilding to commercial to industrial construction, these veterans bring valuable experience and skills to careers such as Project Engineers, Project Managers, Estimators, Superintendents/Assistant Superintendents, Construction Manager, and Leadership Development Programs. Within companies like Siemens, PulteGroup, Lennar Homes, Clark Construction, and Taylor Morrison.

Read and listen to additional reason for hiring military in the construction industry:
  1. Military Veterans in Construction - VIDEO - David Coe, Orion Senior Vice President, speaks with For Construction Pros on why US military veterans are a great fit for the construction industry, and how employers can find the right Veterans for their organization.
  2. Industry Spotlight: Veterans in Construction - Read Orion’s blog on examples of how veterans fit into this industry.
  3. The Benefits of Hiring Veterans - Construction Business Owner Magazine - Orion CEO Mike Starich had the opportunity to write an article for Construction Business Owner Magazine about the benefits of hiring Veterans in the construction industry and a step-by-step guide to implementing an effective Veteran Hiring program.
Let us help with your Military hiring needs. Whether you need to quickly ramp up hiring for project based needs, are looking for a company-wide coordinated Military Talent Strategy, or are seeking to fill just a few positions with the right Military Talent, Orion has the solution. To get started, contact us today.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Why You Should Consider Letting Your Employees Work Remotely

Remote employees, or those that work from home, are an increasingly important part of many companies. This article in the New York Times points out that 43% of Americans spend at least some time working remotely. No longer do managers imagine employees in pajamas occasionally checking emails. Remote work is now a viable solution to many issues plaguing workplaces.

Chief among these is a decrease in need for office space, which equals less overhead. With less employees to house, your space requirements go down. To add to this, the fact that these employees aren't in an office increases their productivity. They work longer and are less distracted by the donuts in the break room or lengthy lunch breaks. There is no traffic to eat into their day, either.

Another benefit employers see is a decrease in sick days. Working with a cold is doable if you’re in the comfort of your own home, and no one is sharing germs. An article on by Amanda Abella explains that employers lose $225.8 billion annually due to employees calling in sick. This just isn't a concern for remote employees, barring serious illness. In fact, work that would otherwise be left incomplete if say an employee's child is sick, would more likely be attended to if that employee can simply log on and finish it.

Additionally, working from home offers flexibility in a time where work-life balance is a crucial aspect in retaining talent. Employee turnover costs companies in many hidden ways. According to author Suzanne Lucas, this can come in the form of lowered productivity, overworked remaining staff, knowledge loss, as well as training, interviewing, and recruiting costs.

In her article, Abella gives some interesting statistics that prove that improving work-life balance through a program such as remote work helps retain employees. She cites a survey that revealed that 72% of respondents said that work-life balance is the top thing they look for, and 32% said they'd already left a job over lack of flexibility. Of note is that 79% said they would be more loyal to an employer if they offered more flexibility. Working from home = flexibility!

Ultimately, employing remote workers depends on the type of business you have and can even be personality-specific where some employees are ideal for it and others are not. The increased productivity, employee satisfaction, and ability to hire throughout the nation makes allowing employees to work from home an attractive option.

Ready to implement remote work at your company? This article by Anna Johansson for offers some steps you can take to get started.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Attract, Hire, Develop and Retain Top Military Talent - VIDEO

Orion Talent is proud to have developed a truly innovative practice in military hiring, with the creation of our customized Military Talent Programs. 

An Orion Military Talent ProgramⓇ addresses all phase of the hiring process, from sourcing, candidate attraction and recruiting, through on-boarding, integration, and retention. 

Check out our newest video below to learn more:
Read our Best Practices in Military Talent Programs here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hire Veterans at an Orion Talent Hiring Conference

An Orion Hiring Conference is your chance to interview the best military job seekers, selected specifically for your open positions. They are designed to recruit, assess, screen, and present the top military candidates. You will be presented with prescreened, qualified and suitably matched veterans that are interested in your available opportunities.

You will interview up to ten candidates in a single day, all in a private and professional interview setting. We carefully select our hotels to enhance our clients' experience, and you will enjoy free parking, a full breakfast each morning, and complimentary cocktails in the atrium each evening. The afternoon prior to interviews, you will have the opportunity to familiarize the candidates with your company and the positions for which they will be interviewing.

Throughout the conference, you will receive personalized attention to ensure the best in customer service, including insight on the transitioning military candidates, and advice on the most effective hiring strategy. Most clients fill between 1-5 positions within 21 days of a hiring conference.

See below for our upcoming Orion Hiring Conference schedule and request more information to attend and interview your next team member.

Friday, August 25, 2017
 - Western Regional Hiring Conference - San Diego, CA (Officer/Enlisted Technician & NCO)
 - South Central Regional Hiring Conference - Denver, CO (Officer/Enlisted Technician & NCO)

Monday, August 28, 2017
 - Northeast Regional Hiring Conference - Parsippany, NJ (Enlisted Technician & NCO)
 - National Distinguished Candidate Conference - Parsippany, NJ (Distinguished Candidate)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
 - Southeast Regional Hiring Conference - Columbia, SC (Enlisted Technician & NCO)

Friday, September 15, 2017
 - Northwestern Regional Hiring Conference - Seattle, WA (Officer/Enlisted Technician & NCO)
 - South Central Regional Hiring Conference - Houston, TX (Officer/Enlisted Technician & NCO)

Monday, September 25, 2017
 - Northeast Regional Hiring Conference - Norfolk, VA (Officer/Enlisted Technician & NCO

By recruiting early and directly from the source, Orion Talent can offer our clients access to a continuous pipeline of quality candidates not yet available to the rest of corporate America. We look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Construction Business Owner Magazine - The Benefits of Hiring Veterans

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Orion CEO Mike Starich had the opportunity to write an article for Construction Business Owner Magazine about the benefits of hiring Veterans in the construction industry and a step-by-step guide to implementing an effective Veteran Hiring program.

Benefits of Military Hiring

Successful companies realize that its employees are its greatest assets and the leadership, teams and specialized skills that an organization brings to its projects directly impact its bottom line. To help ensure the right talent is in place, more construction companies are learning that adding Veterans to their workforce is not just a good idea, but even better for business.

Many enlisted individuals, officers and command staff have experience on military construction teams constructing or repairing buildings, airfields, bridges and other structures. This experience makes military veterans an ideal fit in the construction industry.

In discussing the benefits of hiring veterans, Related Companies, Senior Vice President Frank J. Monterisi, Jr. and former Marine, shares that veterans “are very valuable to our company and the overall construction industry. The men and women who come out of serving our country have dedication, a strong work ethic and are exceptional problem solvers—which are great attributes to have when working on construction projects.” He continued to say, “Construction projects are all about teams and working together. Veterans have great teamwork and can manage through demanding environments with efficient real-time, problem-solving skills. We are happy to bring them on, and will continue to keep this hiring initiative as a key priority for our organization.”

Building a Veteran Hiring Program

There is no perfect approach to hiring veterans, and traditional recruiting methods often fall short in reaching the right military talent. From insights into the background and experience of military talent to the development of veteran outreach campaigns, there are options for construction companies interested in creating or improving their veteran hiring programs. Read the key steps in helping build a program here.