Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Military Veterans provide a new competitive advantage for Tech companies

The tech industry is booming and companies are finding it hard to attract and retain great employees. This is a concern for hiring managers over many different industries, but Tech companies are realizing that Veterans with an IT background have the skills, experience and discipline that they want and need.

Many employers are missing out on great employees since they often don't know how to interpret the relevance of veterans skills or appreciate their capacity for such all-purpose skills as rapid learning and leadership abilities. At the same time, many veterans find the major obstacle in their transition into the civilian world is translating their military skills and experience to the civilian hiring manager that may have no military knowledge.

How do we bridge that gap? Orion is here to help, we have invested 25+ years in building and developing far-reaching networks into the military community so that you do not have to. We have found rewarding careers for more than 36,000 veterans and will match your companies needs and skill set preferences with the RIGHT candidate. Learn more about the  Orion Advantage. We are certain that a partnership with Orion will result in the upper hand in hiring that you have been searching for, and we hope to work with you to strategically help your company grow and prosper.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Veteran Spotlight: Andrew Sanders

This month, Hire a Hero is pleased to check in with Orion alumnus Andrew Sanders, a former Aviation Electronics Technician in the Navy. Andrew attended an Orion Hiring Conference in Virginia Beach, VA, in May 2016, and was matched with a career as a Field Service Representative with ARxIUM, a leader in pharmacy solutions.

“While my terminal leave was roughly 30 days, happily, there was only a five-day gap between leaving the military and beginning my career at ARxIUM,” recalls Andrew of his transition. 

Andrew now works in Field Support for Pharmacy Automation. He tells us that his military skills have helped—from working with his hands to communicating with the customer and using organization and time management to his advantage.  “In my new job, I travel once a week for preventative maintenance and work in a clean room environment. I could advance to a higher grade technician in the future,” explains Andrew, “My overall demeanor in real time, high tempo, stressful situations has already helped. In the Navy, we are taught to methodically approach these situations and react with time-critical solutions.”

Andrew has great advice for hiring managers looking to recruit veterans: "Give veterans a chance! From the most junior service member to the old-timer getting out, we have habits and skills you can't describe. We don't know how to fail, we give you 100% and enjoy doing it. Hooyah!!!!"

Congratulations to Andrew on his new career. We are happy to have played a part in it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Orion's Unique Value to our Clients

When you are looking to hire Veterans there is no better company to contact than Orion. We have invested 25+ years in building and developing best-in-class Military Talent Programs and we have found careers for more than 36,000 Veterans within the Fortune 500 and beyond.

Orion International provides unparalleled customer service and dedication to our customers’ hiring needs, and the quality of our Military Grade Talent is unmatched.

We recently asked our customers to well us what they find most valuable about Orion’s service, and how we compare to our competitors. We learned that our clients value:  
  • High quality of Orion’s military candidates;
  • Our efficient process that can flex based on their changing needs and timelines.
  • Results driven mindset, focused on the right match between each candidate and client company;
  • Orion is the creator of Military Talent Programs which combine Hiring, Training, Brand Marketing, Reporting and Consulting. Our clients value the broad and coordinated approach we bring to efficiently hire military talent for sustained impact within a company.
Our On Time process is smooth and efficient, and we operate on your timeline rather than requiring you work on ours. We do more than provide 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.

Don't take just our word for it, read more about what our clients are saying.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Veteran Spotlight: Elizabeth Woolfolk

Hire a Hero is pleased to have recently caught up with Orion alumna Elizabeth Woolfolk, a former Army Musician who attended OCS and then served as an Ordnance Officer and Force Management Officer. Elizabeth shares her transition story and what she’s learned in the past year-and-a-half in her civilian position as a Senior Buyer with Honda.

I served in the United States Army from 1999-2015. My military experience gave me a level of discipline and strength to succeed in the civilian workforce. I think the ‘tough skin’ part paid off.  I’ve learned to get through tough situations. For example, my 15-month deployment to Iraq. That was a very long, very difficult deployment. I learned that I can handle some extremely physically, mentally, and emotionally tough situations and still come out on the other side a stronger person,” says Elizabeth.

As Elizabeth says, military skills don’t always have to have a direct correlation to a civilian career to translate to success. “I’m in the automotive industry now. Though I didn’t necessarily work in automotive while in the military, the other skills I gained through the band field experience, Logistics, and Force Management helped a lot. I learned and honed my organizational skills, business acumen, and negotiation/communication skills.”

Elizabeth realized throughout her career that she enjoyed “putting puzzle pieces” together, and interest is now a big part of her civilian job.  “For my position, I manage different logistics and payment systems, but an even bigger part of my job is strategy,” explains Elizabeth, “I analyze and recommend future activity based on current cost and supplier base strategy, as well as evaluate ways to consistently keep costs of our products down while still maintaining high quality.” 

Since she took this position with Honda North America through Orion, Elizabeth has gained a lot of technical knowledge and improved her business and strategy skills. She’s been recognized by her management as a strategic thinker, a hard worker, and very professional. She has also been identified as a future leader in the company. 

Thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her story and success with us. We know she'll continue to serve as a great example of a veteran in the civilian workplace.

Click here to read more about Elizabeth's transition to Honda. You can also learn more here about how you can hire qualified veterans like Elizabeth.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO): About Novotus

Congratulations to our sister company Novotus, ranked #4 on’s Top 10 RPO Firms list.

4. Novotus
One big downside to RPO: As beneficial as it can be, it’s often out of reach for small companies. Large corporations have no problem finding RPO firms that will partner with them, but the costs can be prohibitive for mid-market businesses. Furthermore, some RPO firms simply won’t work with mid-market companies – it’s just not worth it for them.

Good news, though: If your mid-market company needs an RPO partner, look no further than Novotus, which specializes in serving mid-market businesses. In fact, Novotus was named the top mid-tier RPO firm by HRO Today back in 2014.

See? You don’t have to wait until your organization grows to a titanic size to leverage one of the best talent acquisition teams around.

About Novotus RPO Services
With Novotus’ RPO solution, the Novotus recruiting team will step in to provide a fully integrated recruiting platform. Novotus becomes your voice to the candidates, working seamlessly with hiring managers, within your existing ATS if desired, with client assigned email addresses and other contact info. Novotus will work to execute your recruiting strategy, while building the your employment brand and talent community at the same time.

RPO vs. Staffing Services
RPO vs. Staffing Services Staffing services and RPO are dramatically different.
Here are a few examples of RPO deliverables:
● Establish metrics and reporting structure specific to your organization.
● Novotus recruiters seamlessly integrate to recruit on behalf of your organization.
● Quarterly Review Sessions – Evaluate trends, review KPI fulfillment and discuss future needs.
● Continual evaluation and improvement of recruiting process and related outcomes.
● Workforce planning and strategic talent acquisition to support organizational growth.
● Consistent, predictable results that are metrics driven.

RPO Industry Growth
According to the Digital Journal, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Marketing - Global Industry Analysis, Growth, Trends, Forecast 2020, the continuous growth and implementation of software solutions, cloud and web based services, has helped streamline the recruitment process, which supports the growth of the market and provides opportunities for new players to enter the recruitment process outsourcing market.

Learn more about Orion International Sister RPO Company, Novotus, and how its services may benefit your company.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

10 Perks of Creating a Military Talent Program with Orion International

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for hiring veterans, so it's important to choose a military recruiting firm with a model that allows for flexible, customized solutions. This is where Orion International's Military Talent Programs (MTPs) come in. Clients like Siemens, Honda, and Phillips 66 have built Military Talent Programs through Orion, and enjoy these perks:

1. Orion’s Brand Marketing positions each client as an Employer of Choice for Military Talent. 

2. Our team works closely with our clients to create Veteran friendly websites that cater to their audience by including things like Veteran Spotlights, highlighting specific veteran hiring initiatives, etc. (Click here to learn more about veteran-friendly careers websites.)

3. Our clients enjoy unparalleled access to transitioning service members due to our unmatched reach and network within the military, providing an impact far beyond traditional recruiting efforts. 

4. Our MTP clients also receive the undivided attention of a dedicated account team who works closely with hiring managers.

5. An Orion MTP is full-cycle and addresses all phases of the process, from sourcing, candidate attraction and recruiting, through on-boarding, integration, and retention.

6. We offer flexible methods of interview, including company exclusive on-site hiring events, regional and national hiring conferences, and direct submission of qualified candidates - when, where, and how you need them.

7. Our SHRM and HRCI Accredited training program is designed to educate TA, HR, Hiring Managers and other Key Stakeholders on all phases of Military Hiring, to provide your organization with the knowledge and resources to ensure program success.

8. Our metrics-driven process ensures continuous quality and ongoing improvement through our programs, backed by measurable results.

9. Orion additionally actively promotes MTP clients via our extensive social media presence, as well as through newsletters and email campaigns.

10. Clients enjoy decreased cost-per-hire and increased customer service when compared to traditional fee-per-hire recruiting services.

Interested in hiring top talent with the help of the experienced recruiting team at Orion? Click here to learn more about how an Orion Military Talent Program could help you.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

U.S. Hiring Managers Expect to Hire More in the Second Half of 2016

DHI Group, a job board operator and leading provider of data insight, conducted its semi-annual hiring survey. The survey found that 61% of hiring managers and recruiters in the US anticipated 30% more hiring in the second half of the year compared to the first half of the year.

What does this mean? Hiring managers in the US are gearing up to hire more and need to be ready with a pipeline of candidates to fulfill their companies’ hiring needs.

If you’re feeling feeling overwhelmed with the thought of hiring and are seeking help to support your hiring needs with military talent, Orion has the solution. Orion positions ourselves above and beyond the competition by offering the highest quality of candidates, flexible and personalized service, reduced cycle time, and cost savings. Learn more about the Orion Advantage. Contact us today to learn more about Orion International and request contact from our team.