Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Here's What Happens at an Orion Distinguished Candidate Conference

As 2016 winds down, recruiting top talent remains a priority. As you assess 2016 hiring efforts and project for hiring needs in 2017, now is the time to reserve your company's seat at Orion’s upcoming Distinguished Candidate Conferences. The first three Orion DCCs of 2017 will be held in Dallas, TX, March 6-7; Philadelphia, PA, May 1-2; and San Diego, CA, June 5-6.  

Read on for a sample DCC schedule and come prepared to recruit from America’s best Military Officers:

Monday Afternoon
Company Presentations

You or a member of your team will have the opportunity to present a 30-minute briefing on the company and available positions.


Monday Evening
Keynote Speaker Address

A keynote speaker will address attendees on topics pertinent to hiring military personnel.


Monday Night
President's Reception

Enjoy an informal reception with Orion's leadership team, other clients, and interviewing candidates. This is a terrific opportunity to observe the networking and interpersonal skills of our candidates.


Distinguished Candidate Interviews

8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Conduct individual interviews with JMOs specifically matched to your hiring needs.

Orion's Executive Leadership Team is 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.

Click here to learn more about Orion Distinguished Candidate Conferences and to request more information.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Toys for Little Troops - World Record Breaking Toy Drive

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Toys For Lil Troops is a US Veteran Corps program that was founded by a USVC member, SSGT Stan Pinkus. He wanted to create a toy program that provided toys specifically to the children of low income and/or deployed troops. Every year, US Veterans Corps delivers these toys to local military installations including, but not limited to, Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Fort Lee, Seymour Johnson, and the NC National Guard. US Veteran Corps also deliver toys year round to the children of Veteran families in need.

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This year, Toys for Lil Troops set out to break a world record of 45,657 pounds of toys donated in 24 hours, and Orion was honored to help join the cause.

We had fun participating in a Spirit Week as a fundraiser, and sent teams out to go toy shopping. We made every penny count to put smiles and make memories for children this holiday season.

In total, Orion employees purchased a total of 7 large boxes of toys, weighing 1,262 pounds, contributing to the world record of the largest toy drive in 24 hours with a final total of 52,779 pounds of toys donated.

The holiday cheer was felt all over at the drop off location at Lenovo in Morrisville, North Carolina for the unloading and weighing of the toys, you would have thought it was the North Pole! Orion is honored to help and participate in such a wonderful organization.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hiring Our Heroes Releases New Report on the State of Veterans in the Workplace

Earlier this month, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, released the results of their survey on Veterans in the Workplace. The year-long study, Veteran Employment Survey: Understanding the Challenges and Creating Long-Term Opportunities for Veteran Employees, surveyed 400 human resource professionals nationwide, as well as 1,000 veterans who have transitioned out of the military in the last five years.

This graphic from the Veterans in the Workplace report by Hiring Our Heroes shows the top five positive attributes hiring managers and HR professionals associate with veterans.
Among the highlights of the results are the fact that veterans are now among the top three recruiting targets for companies nationwide, due to the national focus that has occurred over the last five years. The study also revealed that HR professionals have an “overwhelmingly positive view of veterans” and express few concerns about hiring them.

However, the study also shows that there is still a gap between civilian hiring managers and job seeking veterans. In fact, according to Hiring Our Heroes, less than one-half of 1% of all Americans have served in the military in the last ten years, leaving many hiring managers and HR professionals without sufficient knowledge of military skills or service. Only 20% of survey respondents rated their knowledge of the military an 8 or higher (out of 10), with more than half indicating a 5 or below.

With a majority of professionals reporting that there is no specialized training or onboarding for veterans at their company, Hiring Our Heroes concludes that companies should work to develop these two key steps in recruiting veterans.  “America’s businesses have stepped up to the plate when it comes to hiring veterans—a fact evidenced by the ever-shrinking veteran unemployment rate,” said Eric Eversole, president, Hiring Our Heroes, and vice president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “However, we need to double-down on our effort to provide veteran-related training and assistance during the onboarding process.”

Click here to read the full report.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Orion Teed Up for a Great Foundation - Proud Sponsor of the Shelton Leadership Center

Orion International had the privilege of sponsoring and participating in the Shelton Leadership Golf Challenge in early October.  With blue skies and perfect fall weather, we could not have asked for better conditions for a great fundraising golf challenge. The Shelton Leadership Center provides educational scholarships through privately funded endowments to outstanding young men and women who have demonstrated emerging strengths as leaders and aspire to learn, lead, and serve.

The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center was founded in 2002 following the retirement of General Shelton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  General Shelton continues to “give back” to his alma mater, NC State University and to help develop the next generation of values-based leaders.
Shelton Leadership Center Mission Statement

To inspire, educate, and develop values-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service.

Tournament Theme: Honoring Those Who Serve

This year, the purpose of this captain’s-choice tournament was to support the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center’s educational programs and scholarships. The day focused on recognizing Active Duty service members, Veterans, National Guard and Reservists, and well as those who support our troops and their families.

Orion is grateful to be a part of such a great organization, and we are looking forward to next year's golf challenge!

Learn more about the Shelton Leadership Center here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Military Family Spotlight: The Liles Family

November is a special month for honoring veterans. Not only is November 11 set aside as Veterans Day, but the entire month is designated as Military Family Month. In honor of these two occasions, Hire a Hero is spotlighting a military family right here at Orion.

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Nora Liles is a National Recruiter at Orion in our Virginia Beach, VA, office, specializing in assisting transitioning and former military officers in their career search. Nora, her husband, Charles, and sons Collison, 2, and AJ, 3 months old, are a Navy family. LCDR Charles Liles is an F-18 pilot who has been in the military for 14 years.  Charles is a USNA graduate who commissioned in 2002 and has previously deployed to Iraq and Africa.

One of the most difficult times in the life of a military family is when they are separated due to deployment. And it is during Military Family Month that it’s important to remember how important friends and neighbors can be, especially when extended family is far away. “I am very fortunate to have a strong network of friends here in the Hampton Roads area," explains Nora, "It was comforting to know that if I need any kind of help, my friends were only a call away.  I am also surrounded by wonderful neighbors who are always willing to help.  We have family in North Carolina, and they are a short 5-6 hour drive away."

Nora goes on to tell us that “being a military family is a great honor.  My family takes great pride of the fact that Charles goes away to serve our country. It takes a tremendous amount of strength and courage to be able to raise a family and serve our country at the same time.  Being a military spouse has taught me that with hard work, everything is possible.”

Saying thank-you is one of the simplest and often most meaningful ways to support military families and to acknowledge veterans who have selflessly served our country. “Hearing the words ‘thank you for your service’ coming from civilians always brightens my day.  It is a wonderful feeling to know that you are appreciated," says Nora, “I have been very fortunate to be a part of a team at Orion that understands what it takes to be able to care for a military family.  The appreciation, support, and recognition I receive from Orion is tremendous.”

As a military wife, Nora knows what veterans sacrifice for the freedom of our country. She explains that knowing that they are appreciated makes a big impact.  She herself returns the favor by supporting wounded warriors organizations and suggests that as a great place to start.

Thank you to Nora for sharing some insight into her life as part of a military family. Her husband’s service is commendable, as is Nora, as she holds down the home front.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Operation: Coming Home Key Ceremony - Hero Home 13

On Thursday, October 27th, Orion International and many other organizations and individuals gathered to witness the Operation: Coming Home (OCH) Key Ceremony in honor of US Marine Raider SGGT Brandan Taylor and his family.

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Operation: Coming Home (OCH) is a non-profit group that provides custom built homes for wounded military service members. These homes are called “Hero Homes” and are designed to promote independence and mobilization for the injured veteran and his family. Brandon Taylor is the thirteenth recipient of an Operation: Coming Home - Hero Home, and was chosen from an outstanding group of applicants.  

Brandan served in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years. In 2014, Brandan sustained multiple injuries while on a mission in Afghanistan. Taylor was on a night time helicopter raid with 30-50 of his men when he slipped on a sheet of ice, fracturing his back. His 150-pound backpack hit his head, knocking him out. Taylor completed the three remaining months of his deployment by utilizing pain pills available in the local market to avoid being sent home.

It wasn't until he returned to the US for the birth of his twins that he had an MRI, revealing a fractured spine and nerve damage. Taylor stated he had been in tremendous amounts of pain, but really didn’t want to leave his team.

OCH was inspired by Taylor’s story, and a board member of Operation: Coming Home, said his courage in his service led them to build their thirteenth home for Taylor, his wife, and three sons. OCH is led by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and US Veterans Corps. It partners with builder CalAtlantic Homes. Modifications in the home include wider hallways and a special shower.

Orion’s Raleigh team had the honor to spend time working on preparation of the home and attending the Key Ceremony last on October 27th where Taylor and his family were presented the keys to their new home. We look forward to helping build the next Hero Home!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What is an Orion Hiring Conference? - VIDEO

An Orion Hiring Conference is your chance to interview the best military job seekers, selected specifically for your open positions. 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 position(s) 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. Our goal is that our candidates will have completed the hiring process and accepted your offer within 21 days of attending the conference.

Click here to view our Hiring Conference schedule and request to be contacted.