Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Military Veterans in Construction - VIDEO

David Coe, Orion Senior Vice President, speaks with For Construction Pros on why US military veterans are a great fit for the construction industry, and how employers can find the right Veterans for their organization. 

Learn more and request additional information about hiring military talent through Orion here! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Are you getting the most out of your talent suppliers? SURVEY

Orion and Novotus are conducting a Talent Solutions Survey to better understand what makes talent supplier relationships tick. Is it speed of response?  Access to real-time metrics? Or maybe overall business alignment? We want to know!   

Orion and Novotus want to hear from you about what makes for a successful—or painful—experience working with staffing, recruiting, and RPO providers. Your input helps identify critical factors in engagement performance and success.

Your answers are completely anonymous and all information will be compiled in aggregate form only. As our thank-you for participation, you will receive a detailed report of our findings and have the chance to win one of three $100 gift cards. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Veterans Benchmark for VEVRAA Compliance Adjusted to 6.7 Percent

Originally passed in 1974, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) aimed to provide assistance to returning Vietnam veterans and to protect them from employment discrimination. VEVRAA is one of two key federal laws prohibiting discrimination against returning veterans.

VEVRAA requires employers doing business with the federal government to take affirmative action to recruit, hire and promote categories of veterans covered by the law, including disabled veterans and recently separated veterans.

Under VEVRAA, it is also illegal for these federal contractors and subcontractors to discriminate against protected veterans when making employment decisions on hiring, firing, pay, benefits, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training and other employment related activities.

Additionally, aAll companies with at least $100,000 in federal contracts are required to adopt an annual benchmark for Protected Veteran Class hiring, based on the national percentage of Veterans in the workforce, or an individual benchmark based on the best available data. This benchmark is reviewed annually, and as of 3/31/07, has been adjusted to 6.7%.
The table above gives the effective dates and percentages in recent years.

For more information, please visit the United States Department of Labor website.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why Choose Orion International for your Military Hiring Needs? VIDEO

Orion positions ourselves above and beyond the competition by offering the highest quality of candidate, flexible and personalized service, reduced cycle time, and cost savings. We hope you enjoy the video and learn more about the advantages in hiring military veterans. 

Please contact us today to learn more about hiring military personnel.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Orion's Vice President, Brian Henry Reflects on Veteran Hiring at the Dallas Distinguished Candidate Conference

The Dallas Business Journal recently interviewed Brian Henry, Orion's Senior Vice President of Operations at the Dallas Distinguished Candidate Conference. 

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Orion is the nation’s largest military talent firm, and supports former service men and women in their search for private-sector careers. Since 1991, Orion's Hiring Conferences have connected tens of thousands of transitioning military officers with companies and organizations looking for leaders.

The event in Dallas attracted about 100 top-tier military candidates and approximately 50 companies, including Denton-based Links Construction, as well as Lutron, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, and Stryker. “Most companies can teach people specific skills,” Henry said. “They want that decision making, that initiative, that drive.”

At 4.5 percent, the veteran unemployment rate remains below the national average, thanks to government programs and efforts by corporate America to hire veterans, Henry, a former US Marine Corps Officer, said. "While the climate for veteran hiring is very positive, both employers and service members still face challenges." 

In 2016, companies attending Orion’s conferences nationwide hired nearly 600 military officers for roles in engineering, sales, technology, manufacturing, leadership development, operations management and other areas, with about half of the companies making multiple hires.

During Orion's Hiring Conferences, hiring managers have the opportunity to meet and network with candidates and recruiters at planned events outside the formal interview process as well as attend company presentations. To learn more about hiring veterans and Orion's upcoming conferences, visit us online today.

Read the full article from the Dallas Business Journal here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Las Vegas Review-Journal Covers Veterans in Construction at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Todd Prince authored an article titled “Veterans on the hunt for jobs at Las Vegas construction expo” after attending CONEXPO-CON/AGG, the construction industry's largest global gathering. 

Confirming the assertions of our blog post from earlier this month, Prince explains that “[a]fter shedding a massive amount of skilled workers in the wake of the Great Recession, the U.S. construction industry is booming again. And it is in massive need of skilled laborers like welders, diesel truck mechanics and masons.”

David Coe
But, he goes on to write, companies are not easily finding the talent they need to fill these positions. The solution? Prince points out that veterans are a great fit for the construction industry. He attended a panel discussion co-chaired by David Coe, SVP of Strategic Programs at Orion, presented to construction industry managers on the benefits of hiring former servicemen. Coe told his audience that more than 5,500 veterans have been placed in construction-related jobs over the past 15 years through Orion.

As Coe explained, Orion is keenly aware of the great match between veterans and construction careers and is pleased to see the topic gain awareness. Click here to read the full article or here to learn more about veterans in construction.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bachelor’s Degree vs. Military Experience

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Veterans bring a diverse range of skillsets with them to the civilian world. They have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can reduce a Veteran’s learning curve and enhance your organization's productivity. Veterans are accustomed to fast paced operational environments and have spent their time in the military learning to be both efficient and proficient.
Despite all this experience, some employers may wonder if military experience is comparable to having completed a Bachelor’s degree?
Bachelor’s degrees are a benchmark certification for someone’s ability to think critically and communicate effectively through speech and writing. An employer wants to know that their next employee can think through complex issues and communicate with people at an acceptable and effective level. Depending on the job, many employers require at least a bachelor's degree. Hiring managers believe that they gain something extra in terms of talent and potential by hiring someone who has completed 4-year degree. But is that degree more valuable than hands-on experience veterans gain in the military?
Employers may want to consider military experience as at least equal to a four-year degree. The leadership, teamwork, and efficient performance under pressure are just a few attributes military veterans bring to the office environment. Read more about the attributes and qualities unique to the military candidates.