Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation Partners with Orion International to Hire Veterans

Whirlpool Corporation has partnered with Orion International, the world’s largest military recruiting firm, to utilize their Military Talent Program (MTP) to be its provider of military recruiting, training, employment brand marketing, and retention services.

Recognizing the benefit of hiring veterans, Whirlpool Corporation launched the Whirlpool Veterans Association (WVA) in 2011, a group welcoming all Whirlpool employees interested in recognizing and supporting their veteran colleagues. The group supports community events, advocates veteran recruiting, provides on-boarding support for veterans and their families, and even hosts social events.

The Association has five chapters nationwide, with three more Whirlpool locations in the process of forming chapters. Through this Association, Whirlpool selects employees who had served in the military to represent the company at hiring fairs to collect resumes of Veterans.

With the help of Orion International, Whirlpool is able to more successfully reach former military professionals. Working alongside the WVA, Orion International reviews resumes, interviews applicants to understand their background and experience, and advises Veterans on how to create resumes that are civilian-friendly to hiring managers.

Since the partnership, Orion International has held six on-site and virtual training sessions for hiring managers at Whirlpool to help them identify and match military training to Whirlpool job openings and fit the corporation’s culture with the culture of the branches of service. Kimberly Fry, Whirlpool’s Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, says this training is significantly helpful, as “unless someone sits down with them for a couple hours,” hiring managers tend to have difficulty identifying these similarities.

"Because of the WVA initiative and partnership with Orion International, Whirlpool is steadily adding Veterans to its executive ranks," said Robert Lemyre, Vice President of Purchasing and Global Operations at Whirlpool. Since the inception of the WVA, the corporation has hired seven Veterans in executive roles, with a goal of adding 22 Veterans as professionals this year with the help of their continued partnership with Orion International.

Orion’s has 23 years of experience in  helping organizations to attract, hire, develop and retain top quality Military Talent. Whether your company needs to quickly ramp up hiring for project based needs, are looking for a company-wide coordinated Military Talent strategy, or are seeking to fill just a few positions with the right Veterans, Orion has the solution. Learn more about Orion's Military Recruiting Services.

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