The Sword - June 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

How to Position your Company as a Featured Employer with Veterans,
Why You Should Hire a Veteran,
Distinguished Military Technician Conference - July 13 - 14 in Jacksonville, FL
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Meet Our Candidates,
National Distinguished Candidate Conference,
Refer a Colleague to Hire Military Talent,
Connect with Orion

How to Position your Company as a Featured Employer with Veterans

Orion's Military to Civilian Recruiting Team works hard to develop an outstanding reputation with military employers in order to offer our veteran job seekers satisfying new careers.  We have expertise in placing military job seekers into virtually every industry, including Aerospace, Chemicals, Finance, Energy, Manufacturing, in positions ranging from technical to managerial, construction to engineering, and sales to manufacturing.

Many of our clients, like Phillips 66, Honda, and SpaceX, have partnered with Orion as their exclusive or preferred source of Military Talent. These Featured Employers have distinguished themselves in their commitment to hiring Military. Because they realize the value that Veterans bring to the workforce, they continually seek to add transitioning and former Military service members to their ranks.

Many of the companies recognized as Featured Employers on our website utilize a customized Military Talent Program. These programs focus on delivering consistent quality and quantity of candidates, decreasing cost-per-hire by as much as 25%, while incorporating a Brand Marketing campaign and a training curriculum to educate HR, TA, and Hiring Managers on hiring Military talent.

Orion has 24 years of experience in Military Hiring and builds Military Talent Programs founded on our proven Best Practices in Hiring Military Talent and customized for our clients’ unique hiring needs. Additionally, our clients enjoy increased customer service when compared to traditional fee-per-hire recruiting services.

We also provide expert consultation in becoming an Employer of Choice for Military Talent, guidance on establishing a successful Veterans Employee Resource Group (Veterans ERG), and design and implement organization-wide Military Employee Referral Programs.

Siemens, a Global Fortune 500 listed on the Forbes 2015 Most Valuable Brands, is among our Featured Employers. "We have found that Orion's military candidates transition seamlessly into many different types of roles throughout our organization, and they continue to impress us with their dedication, work ethic, and leadership skills. These military hires are technically proficient, experts in their fields, and consummate professionals,” explains the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at Siemens Corporation, “Our long-standing partnership with Orion has helped to fill Siemens' ranks with talented men and women leaving military service, and we will continue to rely on Orion to meet our military hiring needs."

Orion can develop a solution for every hiring challenge. Click here to learn more about becoming a Featured Employer with Orion. You can also Follow Orion International on LinkedIn, Join our Hire A Hero, Hire a Veteran Group on LinkedIn, or Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Why You Should Hire a Veteran

Need a reminder at a glance as to why you should be hiring veterans? Check out the infographic below from the National Federation of Independent Business. Their blog post and infographic serve to remind us that "Employing veterans isn’t just noble. You’ll benefit from their strong work ethic, leadership skills and can-do attitude."

Distinguished Military Technician Conference - July 13 - 14 in Jacksonville, FL

Due to the success of past Distinguished Military Technician Conferences, Orion has scheduled another special conference for the chance to interview top tier military technicians and distinguished veterans with unmatched experience, certifications and professional aspiration. The conference will be held July 13 & 14 in Jacksonville, FL.

Distinguished Military Technicians include:

  • Nuclear Qualified Electricians, Electronics Technicians and Mechanics 
  • Technical candidates with Bachelor’s degrees 
  • Technicians with distinguished certifications and experience, including Engineering Supervisors, Maintenance Supervisors, and Plant Watch Supervisors
  • Those open to high travel, with clean driving records, and excellent communication skills
  • Those that are geographically flexible and open to living in multiple regions of the country

This is one of our premiere hiring events of the year, and you will not see the quality candidates at any other event.

If you would like to attend this Distinguished Military Technician Conference, please click here to learn more.

Don't just take our word on the success of our events:

“We are hiring for technical roles through Orion and decided to do so because veterans represent a known quantity of leadership and skill level. My experience with Orion has been so much easier than with previous recruiting firms. I've had years of experience with other firms, and it seems that they all decided that complacency is the new marketing strategy. Orion has changed my attitude towards recruiting services and has actually made this an enjoyable process. We have received stellar customer service.”Jim Perry, Jorgensen Forge

Upcoming Hiring Conferences

Orion Military Hiring Conferences – Interview Junior Military Officers,
Noncommissioned Officers and Enlisted Technicians Recruited for your Hiring Needs

An Orion Hiring Conference is your chance to interview the best military job seekers, selected specifically for your open positions. You will be presented with prescreened, qualified and suitably matched veterans that are interested in your available opportunities. Click on the dates below to learn more about our upcoming hiring conferences.



Northern NJ

Norfolk, VA (Midwest Event)

Northern NJ (DCC)

July 13

August 10

August 30-31



Jacksonville, FL (DMTC)

Atlanta, GA

July 13-14

August 18



Chicago, IL (Technician Event)

Chicago, IL (DCC)

Norfolk, VA (Midwest Event)

Cincinnati, OH

July 13

July 20-21

August 10

August 24

South Central


Houston, TX

Houston, TX

June 22

August 3



Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

June 26

July 13

August 7

August 31

Meet Our Candidates

The battle for talent in the workplace can be fierce.  It doesn't have to be if you know where to look. Below is a preview of actual Orion International candidates and the valuable skills and experience they possess.

Army Officer with an Electrical Engineering Degree View Resume

Logistics Officer View Resume

Nuclear Engineer View Resume

USNA Graduate View Resume

Aviation Electrician's Mate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering View Resume

Engineman View Resume

Electronic Calibration Technician View Resume

Maintenance Planner and Supervisor View Resume

National Distinguished Candidate Conference

Mark your calendar for our upcoming National Distinguished Candidate Conference:

Chicago, IL
July 20-21, 2015

Since 1991, our clients have told us that the most important factor in deciding to hire military through an agency is the Quality of Candidate. Our unique Distinguished Candidate Conference is designed to recruit, assess, screen, and present the top military candidates for your hiring needs. In 2014, nearly 100 client companies strategically hired Orion’s Military Officers through our Distinguished Candidate Conferences, with over 40% making multiple hires.

Orion’s Distinguished Candidates are carefully selected and represent the very top tier of Military Officers transitioning from Active Duty. They are seeking careers in growth roles including Leadership Development, Operations Management, Engineering, and Sales.

Our Junior Military Officer Candidates at these National Events:

  • Service Academy Graduates and graduates of the nation’s top universities.
  • Candidates with MBAs and other advanced degrees; and those with PMPs, PEs, and other professional certifications.
  • Candidates who have consistently ranked well above their peers in their professional military evaluations.
  • Willing to relocate and geographically flexible.

Distinguished Candidate Conference Highlights:

  • This event will feature 30 minute Client Presentations in which you can present to the candidates you’ll be interviewing in advance. We recommend a C-level or VP Presenter for client presentations.
  • Enjoy an additional opportunity for socializing with the candidates and other Hiring Managers, at our President’s Reception following the Keynote Address on Monday evening.
  • Pre-screened, assessed, qualified Officer Candidates suitably matched for your particular hiring needs.
  • A private and professional interview setting.
  • Personalized attention to ensure the best in customer service, including insight on the candidates and advice on the most effective hiring strategy.

In addition, Orion’s Executive Leadership Team will be available throughout the event to meet and discuss your company’s talent planning and how our dedicated on-boarding programs, assessment tools, and other enterprise-scale service offerings may be able to support your organization in 2015 and beyond.

What do our clients have to say about the caliber of candidates at an Orion Distinguished Candidate Conference?

"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

The Distinguished Candidate Conference enables you to develop a strong pipeline of future leaders and foster strategic organizational growth.

Learn more about our Distinguished Candidate Conferences and discover for yourself the impact a Military Officer can have on your organization.

Refer a Colleague to Hire Military Talent

Is your company or that of a friend or colleague in need of military talent? For every referral you provide, you will be automatically entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral results in a hire, you will personally receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thank you. As always, we will maintain your privacy and never share your information nor that of your referral.

Click here to refer a colleague to hire military talent now!

Connect with Orion

Did you know that there are several ways to connect with Orion and learn how veterans impact the civilian workforce?

• You can join our LinkedIn group for employers, Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet®. This group is a great way to show your support of veterans in the civilian workforce. In addition, we have recently launched the Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet® for Veterans subgroup for all Veteran members who are interested in networking and learning about career opportunities.

• Read our blog, Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet®. This blog covers everything from veterans in the news to general employer-employee relations. Check it out!

• You can follow Orion on Twitter (@hirevets) to receive updates about Orion, learn about upcoming hiring events, and find links to articles of interest.

• Orion is now on Google+! Follow us to keep up to date on all things Orion. 

Join Orion’s Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet  and Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet for Veterans groups on LinkedIn

 Read Orion's Blog

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