The Sword - July 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sun Chemical Partners with Orion International to Hire Veterans

Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, is the newest company to partner with Orion International to create a Military Talent Program. With annual sales over $3.5 billion, Sun Chemical has over 8,000 employees supporting customers around the world and will be adding military veterans to this number through this partnership. Available positions include Printing Ink Technician, Inplant Supervisor, Regional Inplant, Operations Manager, and Sales Representative.

Sun Chemical announced the hiring program on June 29th in a press release. The partnership, which became official after the two organizations began working together on a contingency basis in 2014 with impactful results, was instituted as “a way to give back to those that stood as the last line of defense for the country and as a way to find highly qualified job candidates.” Orion will provide a full-cycle Strategic Military Program that addresses all phases of the process, from candidate attraction and recruiting, through on-boarding, integration, and retention.

Military Talent Programs

“The printing industry is a mature industry and we found ourselves in a place where we needed to recruit and develop the next generation of talent for Sun Chemical. We wondered if Orion’s network with the military could be the pipeline to help us build a bench,” said Jarred Carter, Vice President of Sales and Customer Technical Service, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. “As we started attending Orion events, we found the kind of people we have been looking for to meet our present and future business needs—people with strong work ethic, discipline, and core foundational competencies. We’ve had twenty placements at Sun Chemical through this partnership this past year and they have brought great ideas that have energized our team while also making a strong impression on our customers.”

Orion is proud to have partnered with Sun Chemical to help the company add qualified and highly talented veterans to its ranks. Learn more about our Military Talent Programs and how you can work with Orion to hire veterans.

The Difference Between Military Headhunters and Military Recruiters

If you need help finding military talent, one of the best tools for a successful hiring process is working with a headhunter or recruiter. While headhunters and recruiters may seem synonymous, there exist many differences between the two career fields, which vary in their approach to a candidate’s job search.

Read on to learn the difference between headhunters and recruiters, and how a military recruiter at Orion International can help you find top military talent that represent the highest quality of military job seekers available.

Headhunters work in a variety of industries, and are most common in the corporate, sales, and engineering fields. While they can work in headhunter firms, many headhunters work alone. Headhunters traditionally work with a “passive” candidate, or a candidate that may not be seeking new employment. A headhunter finds potential candidates by targeting industries that are similar to their client’s, calling employees that are in that particular career field or position.

Typically a headhunter works with candidates that may or may not seeking employment, and are more interested not in a candidate’s employment status, but if they are a good fit for the position their client is trying to fill.

As a result, a headhunter engages the potential candidate to see if they would be open to a career move, and attempts to sell them on why they should consider a change (most specifically, to their client). Headhunters are only involved in the initial finding stage of the hiring process, and do not have a presence in any additional part of employment.

Recruiters are similar to headhunters in that they work to understand what motivates a candidate, but they do not recruit candidates out of a targeted industry – in the case of the recruiters at Orion International, the military. Recruiters provide advice and guidance to help those finding a job to be able to begin a career, and are usually involved in more than just the initial contact of the hiring process.

For those looking to hire veterans, the biggest difference between working with a recruiter at Orion International versus a military headhunter specializing in veteran recruiting is that Orion specializes in military transition, most specifically jobs for Military Officers, Technicians, and Non-commissioned Officers.

“Since we (the recruiters) are veterans ourselves, we can give clear direction on what the transition is like, why the company may be a good fit, and sound steps along the way,” states Mike Wood, JMO Recruiting Manager at Orion International.

The military recruiters at Orion International are a great tool for veterans and those transitioning from the military. They can offer guidance through a very stressful and difficult process, provide recommendations on career fields that may be overlooked, and offer resume and interview preparation services. “Recruiters can translate your skills to an employer,” adds Wood.

Orion International recruiters are equipped to find the right military candidates for your company. Learn more about how Orion can help your company find top military talent.

How to Stay Motivated During the Dog Days of Summer

The days are getting longer, temperatures are steadily rising, the kids are out of school, and with the start of summer, your goals and motivation at work start to slide. Nip those tendencies to slack off in the summertime so you won’t be feeling the crunch come September with some four easy tips to help you stay motivated, even when the temperature is in the triple digits.

Take advantage of the longer days. The key to staying motivated in the office starts at home. Take time to enjoy the extra hours of the day that the summer months allow by unwinding with a walk after dinner, treating yourself to some ice cream, or even seeing a baseball game. If you take the time to decompress after your day, you will be more prepared to face the next day and will be better able to handle any problems that arise.

Clear away the clutter. While springtime is usually reserved for cleaning, take advantage of the slower summer months to tidy up your desk, inbox, or tackle any projects that have been at the back of your mind. With a cleaner workspace and a freer mind, you will feel refreshed, accomplished, and recharged to keep going.

Don’t forget your fitness. When the temperatures rise, it can be easy to forget about your daily workout and hitting the gym. Who wants to sweat more than they have to in the summer? But don’t hang up your running shoes in June and pick them up again in September. Working out is a great, easy way to relieve stress and increase endorphins and energy, making you feel good about yourself, which in turn will translate into an increased work ethic and productivity at the office.

Keep your goals in mind. Set a goal – or two – at the beginning of the summer about what you would like to achieve in the workplace for the next couple of months. Write it down (this is important – you will be more apt to accomplish your goals if you write it down) and place your goals where you can see it daily. Having a goal will help you become more motivated and give you a sense of purpose and direction.

The summer months don’t have to be a drag in the office. Remember to take care of your body and mind inside and outside of work, and watch your productivity and motivation increase with the temperature.

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.







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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.

Marine Corps Officer Pursuing an MBA View Resume

Operations Officer View Resume

Nuclear Engineer with an Electrical Engineering Degree View Resume

USMA Graduate View Resume

Maintenance Mechanic with Industry Experience View Resume

Nuclear Electronics Technician with a Master's Degree View Resume

Navy Mechanic View Resume

Avionics Technician Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree View Resume

National Distinguished Candidate Conference

Mark your calendar for our upcoming National Distinguished Candidate Conference:

Northern NJ
August 31-September 1, 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!

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.