Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FAQs about Orion Military Hiring Conferences

Are you considering attending an Orion Hiring Conference to recruit veterans for your company, but have a few questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below:

How is an Orion Hiring Conference different from a job fair?
An Orion Hiring Conference is very different from a job fair. You will be conducting one-on-one interviews with prescreened, qualified, top-tier military candidates, matched with your opportunity, location and salary, all in a private interview suite.

What is the cost to attend?
There is no cost to attend, other than the hotel suite for your stay and to conduct interviews in. You will pay a fee for each candidate you choose to hire, according to the fee agreement you have arranged with your Orion Account Executive.

Do I need to get a hotel room?
Yes. Our conference hotels offer suites with a quiet, professional location to interview candidates. A private room prevents the distractions and noise found in the common areas of the hotel, and sets a good tone for the candidates that your company is serious about hiring. Once you decide to attend, we will make your reservation for you under our reserved (discounted) block of rooms.

What kind of candidates will I interview?
After identifying your hiring needs, Orion’s Recruiting Team will actively recruit qualified candidates for your openings. Our conferences are by invitation only and we invite only those candidates that are a qualified match for the positions for which we are hiring. Our candidates are generally available to begin within the next 90 days.

Do Orion Hiring Conferences work?
Yes! Most clients make between 1 and 5 offers within 21 days of a hiring conference. Still not convinced? Check out what our clients say about Orion Hiring Conferences.

Interested in learning more about Orion Military Hiring Conferences? Watch our 3-minute movie about Military Hiring Conferences, check out our upcoming schedule of events, or contact us for more information.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Orion Alumni Further their Career with the Jack Welch Management Institute Online MBA Program

Veterans are increasingly turning to advanced degrees to further their careers, with an estimated 10.4% of male veterans and 11% of female veterans having earned such a degree in 2009, according to the Educational Attainment of Veterans: 2000 to 2009 by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. They go onto conclude that “the percentage of Veterans with an advanced degree was higher than that of non-Veterans each year [from 2000 – 2009] and increased significantly over the decade.” Additionally, points out that veterans with an MBA in particular demand more salary than their civilian counterparts, an average of $109,720 compared to $92,360.

For this reason, Orion International is proud to help better the career trajectory of our Alumni by introducing them to The Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI). If you're considering earning an MBA, The Jack Welch Management Institute is the place to learn proven practices from the front-lines of business directly from top CEOs. The Institute offers a high-impact, ACBSP-accredited online MBA degree, as well as Executive Certificate programs, both led by one of the most successful leaders of all time, Jack Welch.

Throughout his career, Jack Welch hired thousands of military officers. He knew their training provided them with the leadership skills to excel in the world of business. Now, Jack has founded an entirely online Executive MBA program to develop a new generation of leaders. Teaching the proven methodologies and immediately actionable practices needed to drive results in any industry, the Jack Welch Management Institute prepares you to translate your skill set from the service into a winning future.

You'll learn how to recruit, hire, and motivate the best people, lead change effectively and authentically, unleash the transformative power of candor and differentiation, create winning strategies and operating plans, make presentations that persuade, and forge a career with a continued upward trajectory. And you'll hear from Jack Welch directly in exclusive video messages on breaking business news. Courses enable you to pursue an advanced degree while continuing to build momentum in your current career or as you complete any service obligations.

According to the JWMI 2013 Career Survey, 97% of the students who responded reported the Jack Welch MBA program has been a valuable investment. 93% reported they are likely to recommend JWMI to others. 

"I am a career military officer with a lot of experience leading and managing. Yet, I wanted to learn outside traditional military education programs in order to advance,” explains George Degnon, Brigadier General, Commander, 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, “The Jack Welch Management Institute gave me the opportunity to learn organizational dynamics from Jack Welch - one of the business world's legends. The program provides the right combination of learning flexibility needed by working adults and class structure required to succeed. Part of my learning included the discovery of many parallels between business and the military."

Former military service members will be happy to know that they may be able use their GI Bill to fund their MBA at JWMI. And Active Duty Service Members may apply for the JWMI military scholarship, which offers a complete tuition reimbursement opportunity for undergraduates, while graduate students will be responsible for paying a portion of the tuition as an out-of-pocket expense.

From leadership to managerial economics, from finance to strategy, the Jack Welch MBA delivers all the fundamentals.  Click here to visit JWMI online or complete the form to learn more about earning your MBA through the Jack Welch Management Institute. And be sure to check out the video below.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Industry Spotlight: Banking & Finance

Military veterans are transitioning from the battlefield to banking in increasing numbers as more and more financial firms realize their value as employees. Companies like Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, PNC, and Prudential are tapping into this exceptional labor pool and filling positions from Associates to Managers. Want to know how veterans would fit into your company? Check out the financial positions in which we typically place veterans: 

Leadership Development Programs
Veterans bring a proven record of positive leadership and organizational improvement.  Companies often hire veterans in anticipation of work force aging, in order to keep a solid pipeline of future leaders for their companies.  Companies find that putting key hires through a rotational training program and exposing them to many facets within their companies helps in their development, retention, and performance.

Although often entry level, veterans thrive in the consulting industry.  They use their project management, communication, and leadership skills to positively effect change with their clients.  These veterans also come with experience in supply chain management, financial and budget experience, as well as organizational improvement.  Additionally, veterans receive higher ratings than their peers in performance and effectiveness allowing for early and rapid promotion.

Commercial Middle Market Manager
Companies find that veterans have superb analytic skills and attention to detail that allows them to evaluate complex financial statements.   Combined with their strong interpersonal skills, tact and communication skills, they excel at developing and maintaining professional relationships with the most demanding business clients.

Financial Advisor
Being a veteran decreases the work experience required to pass the Series 7 and Series 63 tests, allowing them to work more quickly in the finance industry as they transition.  Candidates have the work ethic, discipline, and fortitude necessary in establishing their client base.  They are also able to work easily with a diversified client pool gaining their trust and commitment with an uncompromising standard of ethics.

Credit Card Center Operations Manager
Tried and tested leadership is the hallmark of the military officer candidate.  In this role, veterans are able to work with their employees to ensure effective and efficient handling of customer disputes.  Through hands-on mentorship, they are able to develop and train their team into an efficient, self-improving organization.

These are just a few examples of roles veterans can fill in the finance industry. The nearly 200 veterans Orion has matched with careers in this field are also in positions such as Analyst, Investment Representative, and Mortgage Broker, to name a few.

Interested in learning more about how Orion can help you bring veterans into your workforce? Click here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Why Variable Workforce Staffing May be Right for your Hiring Needs

Military Talent is an outstanding source of proven and dependable talent for temporary, seasonal or project work, without adding to permanent headcount. Companies who utilize this talent also enjoy budget flexibility when paying recruiting fees is not an option, or when there’s not a funded permanent position. They also maximize their return on investment on operational and technical talent, while lowering their risk and overhead cost.

Variable Workforce Staffing is great fit for companies looking to fill positions like Equipment Operators, Production and Operations Supervisors, Roustabouts, Assembly Line Workers, Field Service Technicians and Engineers, Test and Manufacturing Technicians, as well as Quality and Project Engineers.

Military Veterans are uniquely qualified for these positions, as they possess mechanical aptitude and a wealth of intangibles, such as outstanding work ethic, self-discipline, eagerness to excel, and proven performance under the most difficult of circumstances.

When deciding to use Variable Workforce Staffing for temp-to-perm and contract recruiting needs, employers should consider look for companies that offer the following services:
  • Recruitment of top military talent
  • Background checks, drug testing and employment verification
  • Serve as the Employer of Record
  • EEO Compliance
  • Smooth and efficient payroll / benefits administration
  • Liability / Workers Compensation coverage
  • Legal & HR Compliance Assurance
Benefits of this type of staffing can be seen in the case of a large oilfield services company challenged in finding dependable, hard-working and self-driven talent to staff its Equipment Operator ranks. They sought Orion's expertise in accessing Military talent as a solution to this problem.

As a result, Orion's teams of Equipment Operators are deployed throughout remote locations, and, depending on the company’s needs, Orion's team of Equipment Operators range from 40 to 80 Veterans at any given time. Orion is able to respond quickly to hiring ramps and bridge any gaps in manpower needed in just a few weeks.

Companies looking for a scalable staffing model that doesn’t add to overhead but provides outstanding military talent should consider adding this type of staffing to their recruiting methods. Click here to learn more about how your company can benefit from Variable Workforce Staffing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to Hire Top Military Officers through National Events

Orion International held its first Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) of 2015 in Houston, TX, earlier this month.  For this latest DCC, as with every DCC, our recruiters work hard to make the best possible match for each and every candidate and client attending. We pride ourselves in being able to provide as much information as possible to both the candidates and the companies in attendance in advance of the conference.  

Our DCCs offer a unique format, designed to maximize our clients’ chances of connecting with the right candidate, including the following:
  • 30 minute Client Presentations to the candidates 
  • Socializing with the candidates and other Hiring Managers, at our President's Reception following the Keynote Address on Monday evening. This element provides every candidate the chance to interact with all of the companies they are interested in, even if they are not scheduled for a formal interview the next day.
  • Pre-screened, assessed, qualified Officer Candidates suitably matched for your particular hiring needs
  • A private and professional interview setting
  • Personalized attention to ensure the best in customer service, including insight on the candidates and advice on the most effective hiring strategy
Our candidates at these events include Service Academy Graduates and graduates of the nation's top universities, candidates with MBAs and other advanced degrees, those with PMPs, PEs, and other professional certifications, candidates who have consistently ranked well above their peers in their professional military evaluations, and those who are willing to relocate and are geographically flexible.

The feedback from clients attending our DCCs is consistent every year, with hiring authorities saying it is the best way to find their company's next leaders. “I had a great experience at the Orion DCC I attended, as always, " explains Brandon Cates, Divisional Vice President at Sears Holdings, "The candidates were well prepared, and the DCC was smooth and well run.” 

In 2014, more than 90 client companies strategically hired Orion's Military Officers through our Distinguished Candidate Conferences, with nearly 45% making multiple hires. Companies like including Bank of America, BASF, Caterpillar, Cintas, ConocoPhillips, Georgia-Pacific, Honeywell, Medtronic, Michelin, Nestle Waters, PepsiCo, Pulte Group, Whirlpool, and many others, have taken advantage of this unique recruiting opportunity.

Orion only holds a limited number of DCCs each year, so opportunities to attend are limited. If you would like to recruit from the very top tier of Military Officers transitioning from Active Duty at an upcoming Orion DCC, please click here. Or request more information on an upcoming DCC:
Orion's Executive Leadership Team are also available throughout these events to meet and discuss your company's talent planning and how our dedicated on-boarding programs, assessment tools, and other enterprise-scale service offerings may be able to support your organization in 2015 and beyond.

Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Veteran Spotlight: John Wittig

Hire a Hero sat down with John Wittig, a former Navy Nuclear Instructor, whom Orion recently matched with a career at Cytec, a specialty chemicals and materials technology company.

John received his B.S. in Math and Physics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cincinnati. After completing his Ph.D., he joined the Navy as an Officer to train Naval Nuclear Operators in safe operations of naval nuclear reactors and emergency procedures and analysis in Charleston, SC, at the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC).  

Near the end of John’s tour of duty, he attended a DistinguishedCandidate Conference in Baltimore, MD, hosted by Orion International. At the conference John met Cytec’s Cluster 2 Manufacturing Director, a former Navy Nuclear Officer himself, which would later steer John down the path to employment.  “It was through the amazing guidance provided by the entire Orion team that I had the confidence to be myself and present the best version of my abilities during the interview,” John states.

After the Distinguished Candidate Conference, John was offered a site visit to meet the Site Manager and Quality Manager. From there, John was offered the position of Quality Engineer, which he readily accepted.

Just six weeks into his new position, John was offered the role of Labor Strike Contingency Manager. “I had learned from Orion that you should never turn down a work assignment, and so I accepted the offer immediately,” he states.

John was tasked with performing all safety related investigations presenting findings and corrective actions to site and union leadership. He was rewarded with the Power of One operations leadership team recognition for his ability to diffuse very tense situations through keeping a cool head and allowing data and facts to drive outcomes versus emotions. 

After the labor union contract was ratified, John was offered a position as a Production Area Leader for a relatively small business unit.  He had held this position for three weeks when both the site and operations managers left for an executive leadership team meeting in mid-March 2014. Showing great leadership, John stepped in and ran the site. He managed to run the largest business unit, quickly putting together a two-part plan to focus resources on tackling the major engineering issues Cytec faced, as well as building a bridge to re-engage and re-energize the labor force.

John is proud to report that as of February 2015, the site has experienced six consecutive months of a greater than 90% delivery performance and the first month in recorded site history when they have been able to beat the labor cost budget.  It was because of his leadership and success that John was offered the position of FengXian (Shanghai, China) Plant Manager.

For John, the most rewarding aspect of his career is the team that he has built around him to support his vision. “The business unit is far too complicated for one person to do everything. My success could only be achieved by having the right people in the correct roles that trust me and are willing to follow me through a very difficult time,” John explains. 

John attributes his success to the time he spent as a leader in the military. “I learned many valuable lessons about leading people and how to build relationships with people that are completely different from you, which was essential to my success,” he states.

To learn more about how your company can recruit talented veteran candidates for your open positions, please click here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Orion Founding Partner Randy H. Nelson on His New Book, The Second Decision

On Friday, March 6th, Randy H. Nelson stopped by Orion International’s headquarters in Cary, NC, to speak about his book, The Second Decision, that came out last month, as well as to sign copies. Randy was a founding partner of Orion International and led the way for many of the business systems and procedures that the company uses today.

Randy spoke briefly about his vision of forming Orion International with four other former Junior Military Officers, relating the tremendous growth that the company saw within the first couple of years. Today, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Randy and his business partners, Orion International has grown into five offices and has placed over 33,000 veterans into civilian careers. Read more about Orion International’s history here.

He then went on to speak about his book, which addresses the second part, or “second decision”, of becoming an entrepreneur.  He explained that while it is easy to begin a business, running a successful business requires extensive business knowledge and decision-making processes, posing the question, “Do you have what it takes to run a business?”

Randy H. Nelson reads an excerpt from his book at Orion's headquarters in Cary, NC

Randy finished his talk with a call to action to become more self-aware, especially in the area of knowledge. “Always keep learning,” he stated, “and when you think you’ve learned it all – start again.”

The Second Decision is available for purchase here. You can learn more about Randy Nelson and his story on his website.