Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Orion's Military Talent: On Time; On Target [INFOGRAPHIC]

Orion is the nation's leading provider of best-in-class Military Talent Programs which enable organizations to attract, hire, develop, and retain Military Talent. We are the subject matter experts in military hiring, and we have invested 24+ years in building and developing far-reaching networks into the military community. Rather than just providing the talent, we provide the right match, leading to an On Target hire -- the best possible fit for each candidate and client company we represent.

Want to know more about the veteran candidates we represent? Check out the infographic below or click here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Warrior Hike Founder and Executive Director of Sean Gobin Named 2015 CNN Hero

CNN recently released their list of 2015 CNN Heroes, one of whom is Sean Gobin, Founder and Executive Director of Warrior Hike. Sean’s organization supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails. CNN Heroes are selected because they represent the difference one person can make.

Orion is proud to have partnered with Warrior Hike last year for our Veteran Low to High Challenge, through which we raised more than $133,000 for our three partner veterans organizations, including Warrior Hike. We have joined with them again this year for the 2nd Annual Patriot Challenge 5K, which will be held in Cary, NC, on September 26, 2015.

Click here to learn more about 2015 CNN Hero Sean Gobin and Warrior Hike.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Resume 101 - How to Read and Identify Red Flags

If you are anything like the average recruiter, you probably spend six seconds or less when reviewing a resume for a potential employee. However, if your resume reading skills are rusty, or your company has started to recently hire, you may need a view pointers, not only on how to quickly read a resume, but also how to identify some potential red flags that could become a problem for your company down the line not only in time, but in money as well.

How to Read a Resume

Since you don’t want to miss out on a great candidate, reading resumes correctly is extremely important, but it can be time consuming. Keep these ideas in mind when reviewing your next stack of resumes.

Have a plan. Before you start to go over resumes, take a minute to think about what the position you are hiring for needs, and have a clear focus in your head of what you are looking for. Start with the requirements of the position, and scan resumes for those skills.

Read in chronological order. Most resumes begin with the most recent position held listed first. Read candidates’ job history back to front, and you will be able to get a clearer sense of their work history and experience, and will be able to notice any trends, whether good or bad.

Look for similar accomplishments. This is similar to the first tip. Look for accomplishments that coincide with the position are you trying to fill. For example, if the candidate has won an award for outstanding computer skills and the position focuses heavily on computer aptitude, the candidate may be a very good fit.

Screen in, not out. Keep in mind that you are trying to hire a person. Don’t go into resume reviewing with the attitude to dismiss any candidate right away, even if you are looking quickly at their resume.

How to Spot Red Flags

No one wants to hire a person who is only going to cause grief, time, and money later on. (For a more comprehensive view on the cost of a bad hire, check out this infographic on our blog). The following resume red flags can save your company in the long run.

Changing jobs too often. This can point to a sign of flightiness or instability. Any resume that follows a trend of two years of less between jobs (without a good reason) should be avoided.

Lack of bullet points/too many paragraphs. This can reveal one of two things: that the candidate does not have a sufficient amount of achievements or accomplishments to add, or that they have not taken the time to polish their resume, pointing to laziness. With all of the resume resources available, there is no excuse for a poorly designed resume.

Lack of specificity. A resume that does not offer concrete examples of accomplishments but instead relies on generic or broad statements about work experiences should be avoided.

Multiple layoffs. This reveals that the candidate is not exactly a stellar employee, as usually the least needed and mediocre employees are laid off.

Reviewing resumes doesn’t have to be a long and arduous task. With the right attitude and a clear idea of both good and bad resumes, you can find an excellent candidate to fill even the hardest to place position.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Keep Your Employees Motivated in the Summer Months

Last month, we shared how you can keep yourself motivated during the summer, but what about your employees? Motivation in the office can take a dip over the summer months, and while it may not necessarily show up in numbers, the summertime definitely takes a toll on your employees and their work ethic.

It may be hard to combat the listlessness that comes with the hotter weather and the vacation time that employees take this time of year, but there are a few things you can do in the office to help motivate your employees during the dog days of summer.

Offer lunch. One of the greatest ways to improve on morale in the office is the simple act of providing lunch for your employees. Bring in lunch to the office one Friday, or take your team out. Getting out of the office for an hour is a great way to help your employees stay motivated, and a good way to show your appreciation for their hard work.

Consider a less strict dress code. When the temperatures creep into the triple digits, consider a more casual approach to the company dress code. When your employees feel comfortable in their clothes, they will feel comfortable at work, and more willing to tackle projects, even if the weather is sweltering.

Bring in a sweet (and frozen!) treat. It’s been proven that awarding your employees with food is a sure-fire way to motivate. Consider bringing in popsicles or arranging for an ice cream truck to be brought to the office to boost your company’s spirits.

Offer flexible hours. Consider allowing your employees to work earlier in the morning so they can leave a little earlier in the day, beating the summertime rush hour, especially on Fridays. If your company allows, offering the chance for your employees to work remotely will give them an appreciation for you and your company, in turn giving them the drive the provide quality work.

There are a myriad of ways that you can boost your employees’ morale during the summer months. Get creative, keep in mind what would work best for your company and employees, and enjoy the warmer weather. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sun Chemical Partners with Orion International to Hire Veterans

Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, is the newest company to partner with Orion International to create a Military Talent Program. With annual sales over $3.5 billion, Sun Chemical has over 8,000 employees supporting customers around the world and will be adding military veterans to this number through this partnership. Available positions include Printing Ink Technician, Inplant Supervisor, Regional Inplant, Operations Manager, and Sales Representative.

Sun Chemical announced the new program on Monday in a press release. The partnership, which became official after the two organizations began working together on a contingency basis in 2014 with impactful results, was instituted as “a way to give back to those that stood as the last line of defense for the country and as a way to find highly qualified job candidates.” Orion will provide a full-cycle Strategic Military Program that addresses all phases of the process, from candidate attraction and recruiting, through on-boarding, integration, and retention.

“The printing industry is a mature industry and we found ourselves in a place where we needed to recruit and develop the next generation of talent for Sun Chemical. We wondered if Orion’s network with the military could be the pipeline to help us build a bench,” said Jarred Carter, Vice President of Sales and Customer Technical Service, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. “As we started attending Orion events, we found the kind of people we have been looking for to meet our present and future business needs—people with strong work ethic, discipline, and core foundational competencies. We’ve had twenty placements at Sun Chemical through this partnership this past year and they have brought great ideas that have energized our team while also making a strong impression on our customers.”

Orion is proud to have partnered with Sun Chemical to help the company add qualified and highly talented veterans to its ranks. Click here to learn more about how you can work with Orion to hire veterans.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Difference Between Military Headhunters and Military Recruiters

If you need help finding military talent, one of the best tools for a successful hiring process is working with a headhunter or recruiter. While headhunters and recruiters may seem synonymous, there exist many differences between the two career fields, which vary in their approach to a candidate’s job search.

Read on to learn the difference between headhunters and recruiters, and how a military recruiter at Orion International can help you find top military talent that represent the highest quality of military job seekers available.

Headhunters work in a variety of industries, and are most common in the corporate, sales, and engineering fields. While they can work in headhunter firms, many headhunters work alone. Headhunters traditionally work with a “passive” candidate, or a candidate that may not be seeking new employment. A headhunter finds potential candidates by targeting industries that are similar to their client’s, calling employees that are in that particular career field or position.

Typically a headhunter works with candidates that may or may not seeking employment, and are more interested not in a candidate’s employment status, but if they are a good fit for the position their client is trying to fill.

As a result, a headhunter engages the potential candidate to see if they would be open to a career move, and attempts to sell them on why they should consider a change (most specifically, to their client). Headhunters are only involved in the initial finding stage of the hiring process, and do not have a presence in any additional part of employment.

Recruiters are similar to headhunters in that they work to understand what motivates a candidate, but they do not recruit candidates out of a targeted industry – in the case of the recruiters at Orion International, the military. Recruiters provide advice and guidance to help those finding a job to be able to begin a career, and are usually involved in more than just the initial contact of the hiring process.

For those looking to hire veterans, the biggest difference between working with a recruiter at Orion International versus a military headhunter specializing in veteran recruiting is that Orion specializes in military transition, most specifically jobs for Military Officers, Technicians, and Non-commissioned Officers.

“Since we (the recruiters) are veterans ourselves, we can give clear direction on what the transition is like, why the company may be a good fit, and sound steps along the way,” states Mike Wood, JMO Recruiting Manager at Orion International.

The military recruiters at Orion International are a great tool for veterans and those transitioning from the military. They can offer guidance through a very stressful and difficult process, provide recommendations on career fields that may be overlooked, and offer resume and interview preparation services. “Recruiters can translate your skills to an employer,” adds Wood.

Orion International recruiters are equipped to find the right military candidates for your company. Learn more about how Orion can help your company find top military talent.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How to Stay Motivated During the Dog Days of Summer

The days are getting longer, temperatures are steadily rising, the kids are out of school, and with the start of the first day of summer on June 21st, your goals and motivation at work start to slide. Nip those tendencies to slack off in the summertime so you won’t be feeling the crunch come September with some four easy tips to help you stay motivated, even when the temperature is in the triple digits.

Take advantage of the longer days. The key to staying motivated in the office starts at home. Take time to enjoy the extra hours of the day that the summer months allow by unwinding with a walk after dinner, treating yourself to some ice cream, or even seeing a baseball game. If you take the time to decompress after your day, you will be more prepared to face the next day and will be better able to handle any problems that arise.

Clear away the clutter. While springtime is usually reserved for cleaning, take advantage of the slower summer months to tidy up your desk, inbox, or tackle any projects that have been at the back of your mind. With a cleaner workspace and a freer mind, you will feel refreshed, accomplished, and recharged to keep going.

Don’t forget your fitness. When the temperatures rise, it can be easy to forget about your daily workout and hitting the gym. Who wants to sweat more than they have to in the summer? But don’t hang up your running shoes in June and pick them up again in September. Working out is a great, easy way to relieve stress and increase endorphins and energy, making you feel good about yourself, which in turn will translate into an increased work ethic and productivity at the office.

Keep your goals in mind. Set a goal – or two – at the beginning of the summer about what you would like to achieve in the workplace for the next couple of months. Write it down (this is important – you will be more apt to accomplish your goals if you write it down) and place your goals where you can see it daily. Having a goal will help you become more motivated and give you a sense of purpose and direction.

The summer months don’t have to be a drag in the office. Remember to take care of your body and mind inside and outside of work, and watch your productivity and motivation increase with the temperature.