Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Military Times Edge article Features Orion Alum, Compares Job Fairs and Hiring Conferences

In his Military Times Edge article on job fairs versus hiring conferences, Adam Stone explores both hiring methods in depth, and features Shannon Dowdell, an Orion International alumnus. Dowdell, a former nuclear electronics technician who separated from the Navy in 2007, attended Orion’s May 2008 Houston Hiring Conference. When asked about the human touch hiring conferences bring to the business of applying for jobs, Dowdell explains, “I learned just what the expectations are in the real world, what it is like to do a real interview for an actual career. Having never conducted an interview or put together a résumé, that experience was golden.” It was through this conference that Dowdell found his new career as a top drive technician with Canrig Field Service, an oil & gas services company.

When explaining the difference between job fairs and hiring conferences, Stone points out that while job fairs can expose candidates to a broad range of employers, this can lead job seekers “down a few dead ends.” Hiring conferences, however, are more targeted in terms of matching candidate and hiring companies, and can often lead to quicker job offer. For instance, at an Orion hiring conference, hiring managers interview up to ten pre-selected candidates in a single day, as opposed to 20 or 30 candidates who have not been vetted at a job fair. This benefits both the candidate and the client by reducing the candidate’s job search time and the company's hiring cycle time.

According to Ken Eslick of Cintas, “Orion’s recruiting events have simply generated better candidates than any other source I use. Working with a team that understands our culture, hiring needs, etc, eliminates those that do not meet our needs in advance, making my day much more productive. The success of this last event will allow me to lay the foundation for our Sales team in Texas.”

Veterans who found their career through a Military Hiring Conference will frequently enlist the help of the company who placed them once they are in a position to hire, as in the case of Seth Robert, Mid-Continent/West Texas Area Manager for Canrig. Placed with Canrig back in 2005, Robert explains why he now works with Orion when staffing his own team. “As an Orion Alumnus, I am grateful for the service that Orion provided me, and look forward to continuing to utilize them when looking for new employees. In fact, nearly 30 percent of the employees that work for me have a military background.”

To learn more about Military Hiring Conferences, watch this 2-minute movie.

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