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. 

Brian Henry
Senior Vice President of Operations
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.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Industry Spotlight: Veterans in Construction

Here at Orion, we have helped more than 1000 veterans begin exciting new civilian careers in the construction industry. From homebuilding to commercial to industrial construction, these veterans bring valuable experience and skills to careers such as Project Engineers, Project Managers, Estimators, Superintendents / Assistant Superintendents, Construction Manager, and Leadership Development Programs. Below are a few examples of how veterans fit into this industry.

Project Engineers

Particularly in the construction industry, veterans utilize their technical degrees, project management skills and leadership experiences to work in a variety of areas including road, bridge, or commercial construction. Project Engineers work with the superintendents on site to ensure the technical specifications, proper materials, compliance issues and rate of work are being met. These candidates generally have experience from the military in the Corps of Engineers or as a Seabee in the Navy, bringing a powerful combination of real world experience and demonstrated leadership skills.


Drawing on veterans’ analytical and thoroughness of work skills, our client companies have discovered that this sought after position can be filled by Junior Military Officers. Graduating from some of the nation's top colleges and universities, our candidates are proficient in calculating statistical data, using material price lists, cost per man hour, historical data and equipment costs to estimate projects and future developments.

Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent

Veterans bring strong leadership, excellent communication skills and an understanding of how to drive timelines, resources, and manpower. They have overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operations of their project site and ensure that quality standards are being enforced. They are very effective at initiating and maintaining a relationship with contractors and clients.

Leadership Development Programs

We have created and implemented Leadership Development Programs for several Fortune 500 companies. We design a first-class leadership program targeted to recruit transitioning military candidates. Our past Leadership Development Programs have spanned several years and resulted in an average retention rate of 90% after two years.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as overall construction activity expands, positions like Construction Managers will be needed. “Population and business growth will result in the construction of new residences, office buildings, retail outlets, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and other structures over the coming decade,” the report explains, “Also, the need to improve portions of the national infrastructure will spur employment growth as roads, bridges, and sewer pipe systems are upgraded or replaced….In addition, a growing emphasis on retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient should create jobs for general contractors…”

The report goes on to say that while employment growth will provide many new jobs, a substantial number of construction managers positions, in particular, are expected to retire over the next decade, resulting in additional job openings. Veterans represent an excellent answer to this workforce attrition problem.

The projected need for this position goes hand-in-hand with many other titles in the construction industry. In fact, employment of Cost Estimators is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Companies like Siemens, PulteGroup, Lennar Homes, Clark Construction, and Taylor Morrison have turned to Orion to help fill their ranks with military candidates ideally suited for these types of positions. You can get started recruiting the top talent for your construction company by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Business Case for Hiring Veterans

Veterans are a great source of talent for civilian employers. They bring distinctive capabilities and valuable skills developed through real-world, high pressure experience.

Orion is breaking new ground, delivering the precision of our highly successful talent acquisition processes to a wider market. 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.

The quality of Orion's Military Grade Talent is unmatched. We have invested 25+ years in building and developing far-reaching networks into the military community so that you do not have to. Our On Time process is smooth and efficient, and we operate on your timeline rather than requiring you work on ours. Rather than just providing 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.

The Business Case for Hiring Veterans highlights major points for hiring veterans into the civilian workforce and is intended to help employees develop and communicate the business case to their organization:

Please contact us today to learn more about hiring veterans from Orion International and request contact from our team.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Three Ways to Recruit with Orion & Novotus

A year ago, Orion broke new ground in the recruiting industry by acquiring Novotus, a leading provider of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Recruiting Services. This union of  the nation's top Military Talent Firm with a top, award-winning RPO firm provides greater impact and opportunity for both customers and candidates.

Clients are able to leverage this unique partnership in one of three ways:

Military Hiring

Orion is the most trusted military recruiting partner to businesses large and small across the nation. The spirit and commitment of military service is core to our values and confirms that nothing short of excellence will do as we bring businesses and military candidates together.

 - 7,500+ Businesses have hired 39,000+ Veterans through Orion.
 - 96% of our customers say they would refer us to a friend or colleague.

 - The Quality of our Military Talent is unmatched. In addition to the fact that our #1 source of hires is Referrals, 53% of our candidates do not have an online job seeker profile, and 74% are sourced via proprietary methods.

Check out this case study on a Comprehensive Military Veteran Recruiting Solution for a Global Supplier of electrification, automation, and digitalization solutions.

Skilled Talent Acquisition

Orion has led the military talent sector for more than 25 years, and we have expanded the reach of our recruiting force to help businesses fill their toughest talent needs.

Our skilled talent acquisition capabilities are focused on filling full-time, contingent and project roles in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, energy, aerospace, engineering, and technology.

 - Critical Recruiting Support with access to our vast talent network of 860K+ candidates.
 - 7000+ Skilled Professionals hired annually.
 - Get Top Skills in the Door, as our candidates arrive ready to make an immediate impact, with average improvements in turnover rate exceeding 20%.

Learn more about Skilled Talent Acquisition through this case study of a Recruiting Project which filled several key sales positions in one week here.

Recruitment Optimization

Novotus, an Orion company, is the #1 Mid-Market RPO Firm, dedicated to ensuring businesses achieve greater hiring outcomes and efficiency. Novotus provides a full range of talent acquisition optimization and support services, from project-based and co-sourced solutions, to comprehensive recruitment process outsourcing.

Businesses nationwide tap into Novotus processes, experience, ingenuity and teams, to achieve fundamentally better recruiting outcomes: better hires, faster fills, critical efficiency gains, process excellence, and strategic cost savings.

 - Reduce Recruitment Costs by 35%
 - Reduce Time-to-Fill by an average of 15 days
 - Average Hiring Manager Satisfaction Rate of 91%

Click here to read this case study about the Novotus solution for an IT company with fractured recruiting system.

These three solutions enable Orion and Novotus to offer highly successful talent acquisition processes to a wider marketplace. Elliot Clark, CEO of SharedXpertise Media LLC, publisher of HRO Today Magazine, called the partnership "a unique and valuable offering for companies seeking RPO with a tried and true military talent component." We look forward to help your company meet its recruiting challenges!

Learn more about kick starting your recruiting process here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Top 5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Orion’s Upcoming National Distinguished Candidate Conference in Dallas on March 6th-7th

Orion International provides the highest quality military candidates, and unparalleled customer service and dedication to our customers’ hiring needs. In 2016, nearly 175 client companies interviewed Orion's Military Officers at our Distinguished Candidate Conferences.

Here’s why you can't miss our first Distinguished Candidate Conference of 2017, which will be held in Dallas on March 6th - 7th:
  1. This event will feature nearly 100 of the nation’s top transitioning Military Officers who have consistently distinguished themselves from their peers in their education, military background and performance.
  2. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with the candidates the night prior to interviews at our Cocktail Reception, giving unique insight on the candidates outside of the formal interview process.
  3. You will only be presented with candidates that specifically meet the qualifications you are seeking, ensuring the event is an efficient and productive use of your time.  
  4. Hiring from this event will enable you to develop a strong pipeline of future leaders and foster strategic organizational growth.

"Our experience at Orion's Distinguished Candidate Conference was a great success. The candidates were of the highest caliber and extremely well matched for our Leadership Development Program. This event enabled us to hire 5 outstanding JMOs very efficiently, saving weeks of time. I look forward to seeing the impact these new leaders will have on BP." - Program Manager, BP

  1. Orion's Executive Leadership Team will be available throughout the event to discuss your company's talent strategy and workforce planning. Through our comprehensive Talent Solutions -  Military HIring, Skilled Talent Acquisition, and Recruitment Optimization - we can provide a solution to any talent challenge you are currently facing.

Still not sure if this is the event for you? Read more about the upcoming Dallas Distinguished Candidate Conference here and what employers have had to say about their experience.