Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why You Should Hire a Veteran [INFOGRAPHIC]

Need a reminder at a glance as to why you should be hiring veterans? Check out the infographic below from the National Federation of Independent Business. Their blog post and infographic serve to remind us that "Employing veterans isn’t just noble. You’ll benefit from their strong work ethic, leadership skills and can-do attitude."


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Orion's Distinguished Military Technician Conference - July 13 - 14 in Jacksonville, FL

Due to the success of past Distinguished Military Technician Conferences, Orion has scheduled another special conference for the chance to interview top tier military technicians and distinguished veterans with unmatched experience, certifications and professional aspiration. The conference will be held July 13 & 14 in Jacksonville, FL.

Distinguished Military Technicians include:
  • Nuclear Qualified Electricians, Electronics Technicians and Mechanics 
  • Technical candidates with Bachelor’s degrees 
  • Technicians with distinguished certifications and experience, including Engineering Supervisors, Maintenance Supervisors, and Plant Watch Supervisors
  • Those open to high travel, with clean driving records, and excellent communication skills
  • Those that are geographically flexible and open to living in multiple regions of the country

This is one of our premiere hiring events of the year, and you will not see the quality candidates at any other event.

If you would like to attend this Distinguished Military Technician Conference, please click here to learn more.

Don't just take our word on the success of our events:

“We are hiring for technical roles through Orion and decided to do so because veterans represent a known quantity of leadership and skill level. My experience with Orion has been so much easier than with previous recruiting firms. I've had years of experience with other firms, and it seems that they all decided that complacency is the new marketing strategy. Orion has changed my attitude towards recruiting services and has actually made this an enjoyable process. We have received stellar customer service.” – Jim Perry, Jorgensen Forge

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Honoring our Nation's Veterans during National Military Appreciation Month

The beginning of May marks the start of National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). Designated by Congress in 1999, NMAM is time to learn more about the history of our Armed Forces, as well as recognize those who have served. The month of recognition includes Loyalty Day (May 1), VE Day (May 8th), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 8th), Armed Forces Day (May 16th), and Memorial Day (May 25th). 

There are many events taking place throughout the month across the nation in recognition of NMAM. Click here to find a list by state. 

And if you are looking for other ways to thank a veteran, consider a simple “thank you”, lending a military spouse a hand during their spouse’s deployment, or offering military discounts if you are a business owner.

Please join us this month as we honor all military personnel and their family!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Cleaning in the Office

Warmer weather brings sunny skies, birds chirping, flowers blooming, and spring cleaning, a yearly ritual that helps clear out the dust and clutter from winter. While most people participate in spring cleaning at home, what about your office, a sorely neglected spot filled with piles of paper and a computer screen covered in post-it notes?

Participating in spring cleaning in the office may be worth your time more than you think. According to a new survey of over 1,000 workers by the staffing firm Adecco, 57 percent of Americans admit they judge coworkers (and their employers) by how clean or dirty they keep their workspace. Nearly half have said that they have been “appalled” at how messy their colleague or employer’s office is, chalking it up to laziness.

In fact, a report by OfficeMax found that office clutter undermines productivity and motivation. “Your performance coincides with your workspace, says Jennie Dede, Vice President of recruiting of Adecco. “When it’s organized and precise you have the mindset and motivation to work.”

Below are some tips and tricks to help get your office and workspace back in working order.

Set a weekly appointment to clean. A messy office reflects organization skills. Employees will see a cluttered office and assume their project is going to get lost in the shuffle. It’s important to tackle clutter regularly, before it gets out of hand. Set a weekly 15 minute reminder to toss unwanted papers and sort paperwork.

Don’t make piles, set limits. Piles of paper is not organization, it’s just more clutter. Try separating your office into “zones” -- a workspace area for your computer, a library area for books, storage area for supplies, etc. Give everything in your office a place, and then limit yourself to the amount of items in each. For example, when your filing cabinet starts overflowing, throw out or digitally archive papers.

Your desktop is not a storage space. “The only stuff in the radius of your arms should be the stuff you need immediately,” advises Peter Walsh, author of Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less. Clear your desk of visual clutter and keep flat surfaces bare, paring down to only the essentials. For most people, a clutter-free desktop holds a monitor and keyboard, telephone, some pens, a notebook, a beverage, one lamp and a family photograph.

Get it off the floor. A clean floor immediately lightens the feel of an office. Hang hooks in your office for coats, umbrellas, and bags. Allow a drawer or shelf to be used primarily for larger bags or shoes.

Eliminate digital clutter. Organize digital files and your inbox as you would paper files, with folders and labels. Keep your computer desktop minimally bare and set calendar reminders instead of post-it notes.

Disinfect regularly. Don’t forget to prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints in your workspace. Regularly disinfect your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor at least once a week.

Three quarters of workers think people are most productive when their workspace is clean and tidy, according to the Adecco survey. If you have gotten rid of clutter and your office smells fresh and clean, you will feel more productive and your employees and coworkers will judge you positively in the workplace.

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, Military.com 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.

Associates
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.