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.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hire Veterans for These 4 Great Manufacturing Positions

Manufacturing has long been an excellent fit for transitioning veterans. Companies like Ardagh Group and Honda leverage the talent and leadership veterans bring with them from the military. In particular, over the last 26+ years at Orion Talent, we've seen veterans excel in many areas, including the four below.

1. Operations Leadership
Military candidates are able to understand the relationship between quality, quantity, maintenance, safety, and the people they supervise. They bring a depth of leadership, ethics, and a proven record of success that continues on the manufacturing floor. Veterans are able to operate in a wide variety of environments from labor-intensive, low-tech, to semiconductor chip manufacturing. Manufacturers seek these team leaders to positively affect their work environment in need of positive and progressive leadership.
2. Maintenance Technicians
After receiving tremendous training and real world experience on troubleshooting electrical, mechanical or electronic systems, veterans make an instant impact working on a maintenance team in a manufacturing environment. They are accustomed to working shifts from their time in the military, and work well either on a team or independently. Technicians in the military are taught preventive, immediate, emergency and scheduled maintenance. Working well under stress and in arduous conditions, maintenance repair technicians thrive in manufacturing today.
3. Quality Engineering and Improvement
Throughout the last several decades, manufacturing has been highly focused on the relationship between quality, waste, cost, and efficiency. Military candidates were brought in to help improve and influence change in manufacturing. This occurred through quality initiative programs that included Six Sigma programs or upgrading technology and machinery. Companies have relied on veterans to find agents of change with strong communication skills, who are simultaneously technologically adept, motivational, and influential.
4. Logistics and Transportation
Veterans have experience moving assets through air, land, and sea on a daily basis. They understand inventory control management, supply chain management and leveraging efficiencies through people and technology. Additionally, they understand how logistics must support the manufacturing process and its effect on the bottom line of the cost of goods sold or profit margins.
Veterans are an excellent fit for any manufacturing position, but these particular careers really allow a veteran to utilize their skill set and affect change at their company. Click here to learn more about hiring veterans in manufacturing. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

HR Dive gives insight on Orion’s survey, Making the Grade: Where Talent Solution Providers Succeed (and Fail)

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HR Dive gives insight on Orion’s survey, Making the Grade: Where Talent Solution Providers Succeed (and Fail).

The challenges that employers and talent service providers face can often be offset by clarifying expectations upfront, especially if clients will want to see metrics proving cost-savings. But even the best up-front agreements need to be maintained.

The Orion report shows that many providers seem to lose perspective of client objectives over time. Maintaining close connections with frequent touch points can help, as can a readiness to adjust to industry challenges.

And as industry groups report an increase in the outsourcing of recruitment efforts, these best practices are more important than ever. Read the full article by HR Dive here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tune into our Latest Podcasts for Employers

Have you tuned in to Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet, our series of podcasts dedicated to promoting the value that veterans bring to the workplace? Whether you currently hire veterans or just want to learn more about the impact that veterans have in the civilian workforce, this podcast is for you.

We've recently added new podcasts, including:

Visit us online to listen to these and many more episodes! And, if you have any questions about a specific show or recommendations for future topics, please send us an email at Happy listening!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Employee Appreciation : Small gestures that will have a big impact on your employees

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Maya Angelou said it best: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Check out our list below for a few ideas to help express your appreciation for your employees and help them feel valued at the workplace. You want to keep your best employees engaged and content, and the following ideas are a great start.
1. Recognize your team members as individuals - To boost team morale, it’s great to do something for your entire team—like catering lunch or donuts for breakfast. But if you’re aiming to show your appreciation for an individual, it can easily get lost in these types of group celebrations. Team birthdays and work anniversaries are good ways to make individual employees feel special on their big day. Host a team lunch, throw a small party, pass out cupcakes – there are many simple ways to let them know you care.
2. Be specific with praise - Leaders need to be specific in expressing their appreciation so that it reinforces behaviors through positive feedback for the employee.

3. Give impromptu time off - Spontaneous late arrival or early departure days are always a motivator. For example, send a quick email that says, “It’s a beautiful afternoon. Go enjoy it.” It doesn't have to be a routine or regular thing but it is most valued when it’s unexpected for those hard working employees.

4. Be transparent - Company leadership should keep their employees in the loop and let them know what is going on with the company. It generates a 'we're in this together' environment.

5. Feed your employees -  One way to an employee's heart is through their stomach. Putting sweet treats in the break room, or setting up a “Weclome to Work” station at the employee entrance with coffee, juice, donuts for the a.m. or catering a lunch on Employee Appreciation Day – it's an easy way to say 'thank you' for the work you do.

6. Company apparel - Who doesn’t love a free t-shirt or ball cap? Offering employees free company apparel and other logo merchandise can be a simple, inexpensive way to say, ‘thank you’.

7. Certificate of achievement - Present a certificate in honor of a specific achievement. Highlight your employees’ achievements by recognizing them in a company meeting, newsletter or email. Encourage peer-to-peer recognition, develop a program that lets employees give each other on-the-spot accolades on the community bulletin board or internal website. This allows employees to recognize their peers directly. Each month, the employees receiving awards could be entered into a drawing for a gift card or other award.

8. Jeans day - Give out coupons that allow employees to wear jeans on a day of their choosing, or designate an all-employee jeans day.

9. Work-from-home day - Remember significant events in your employees’ personal lives, such as a child starting kindergarten, and give them a work-from-home day so they can participate without worrying about coming into the office on time.

10. Special projects - Give your employees an opportunity to work on special projects beyond their regular responsibilities. Doing this will allow them to grow, and will also demonstrate your confidence in their abilities to do a good job.

11. Off-campus outing - Set up an off-site bowling, sporting, theatre or other event to recognize an entire department/work group (also great for team building).

12. Post team achievements in break rooms - Post team results in common areas, including the names of each member. It may be a chart or graph that shows positive improvement, or it may be a simple description of a project that highlights the benefits to the organization.

Remember, it is the little things that can go a long way toward making your employees feel wanted and needed at the workplace, which will ultimately improve their productivity and engagement.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Why You Should Be Hiring Veterans in the Aerospace & Defense Industry

According to, the Aerospace and Defense industry is  “huge and complex,” serving both military and commercial markets. From companies looking to send humans to Mars to those building military aircraft, the opportunities to employ veterans and leverage their state-of-the-art training abound.

There are two main issues currently facing this industry for which hiring veterans are an excellent solution. The United States Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration points to the impending retirement of many mature workers, who possess experience and intellectual capital and a loss of technical talent. To combat these impediments, the DOL suggests employers protect the skills base by relying on youthful and diverse workers, found in non-traditional labor pools.

Military candidates can perform a wide range of functions in this industry. Here are a few examples of positions  in which we’ve seen veterans excel.

Project or Program Managers
Veterans have experience juggling the demands of complex programs and projects. Throughout their military career, they have balanced human capital, critical resources, and time constraints to meet organizational goals. Their leadership skills allow them to form and motivate diverse teams to insure the project is done on time and above standard. Veterans have an easy transition from the military to programs supporting the military. They are subject matter experts and proven transformational leaders.

Military candidates are well trained and schooled in the technical aspects necessary to succeed as a sales, product, or developmental engineer. Veterans come with advanced degrees and the hands-on experience necessary to contribute to the bottom line. Today's military professionals receive practical application and schooling in six sigma and lean manufacturing principles, and have a solid foundation of engineering skills. This background, combined with leadership skills and unlimited potential, gives a company great flexibility in using our Engineers in a variety of capacities.

New Business Development Manager
Understanding the structure of the Department of Defense allows veterans to use their contacts and networks in order to find key personnel and opportunities necessary to generate new business. That ability, combined with their determination and knowledge, ensures success in securing those necessary contracts. Most military candidates are adept in, and fully understand, the RFP and Bid Process.

Field Service or Maintenance Technician
Military technicians represent some of the best electrical, mechanical, and electronic talent anywhere. Technically trained with real world experience, veterans frequently work on the same equipment they worked on in the military. With a greatly reduced learning curve and solid fundamentals, our technicians are able to work on the most complex equipment. Furthermore, their excellent communication skills, professional presentation, and maturity guarantee success onsite at a client's location.

As you can see, veterans are the answer to an aging workforce short on the technical talent it needs to innovate. In our nearly 30 years, Orion Talent has helped more than 200 aerospace companies hire veterans. We invite employers to connect with us and learn more about how we can help fill your team with fresh, highly skilled talent you need.