The Bullseye - January 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Orion International Exceeds $100K Fundraising Goal for Veteran Partner Organizations,
Veterans & Military Spouses Attend Free Project Management Training,
VetAdvisor Releases Veterans Job Retention Survey Results,
Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet® for Veterans,
Alumni Update,
Congratulations to this Month's Winner!,
Career Opportunities Within Orion,
Join Orion's Alumni Club,
Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion,
Connect with Orion

Orion International Exceeds $100K Fundraising Goal for Veteran Partner Organizations

Orion International’s Veteran Low to High Challenge is coming to a close, with $111,263 raised through individual and corporate donations for our partner Veteran Organizations – Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and Warrior Hike.

In addition to the funds donated by Individual and Corporate Donors, we held a 5K Run / Walk Race in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office – Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA. In total, these 5Ks raised over $60K, with almost 1,000 runners participating!

Through the generosity of the donations, we were able to present a check of $25K to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation at their annual gala, hosted in Riverside, CT last month. Read more about the gala’s events here.

From left: Orion team members Jay Diller, Molly Moore, Kayla Burns, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Executive Director John Coogan, Orion team members Meredith Guenther, Todd Phillips

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge occurred in October, when a team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors hiked from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney. Read the full week’s events of the hike here.

Orion International is proud to be able to give back to organizations that make a real difference in the lives of military members. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all our sponsors who made the Veteran Low to High Challenge possible. Your contributions have made a difference for Veterans and their families.

Veterans & Military Spouses Attend Free Project Management Training

Twenty-seven veterans and military spouses gathered on November 15 in Washington, D.C., to attend the Veteran and Military Spouse Project Management Training hosted by Bank of America, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Orion International, and Efiia Cares. This no-cost intensive project management (PM) training and career transition program is designed to help veterans and military spouses compete for higher paying, executive management track positions that lead to long-term professional success.

Held in the offices of Bank of America, the class was attended by students who came ready to learn the fundamentals of project management, industry standards, and best practices based on real projects. The students participated in classroom instruction, group exercises, presentations, resume writing, practice interviews, and training on management tools.
 
As with past training sessions, this event was a success with students gaining valuable knowledge. Course evaluation survey results reflect that students felt the course was highly effective, and all would recommend the course. Among the feedback received on the course was:
  • Amazing class. I learned a lot of information to help me with my job search.”
  • Having just completed the HCC PMP series, this training really brought it home.” 
  • Great course!  Loved it and learned a lot.”
  • I was really impressed.”

The next class will be held January/February 2015 and is for veterans, military spouses, and active duty military scheduled for separation in 2015 with little or no project management experience. For more information about this program, please visit us online or complete this form to request registration information when it is available. If you have questions, please email Kelly O'Connor.

VetAdvisor Releases Veterans Job Retention Survey Results

In October, VetAdvisor announced the results of its Veterans Job Retention Survey, a collection of data to reveal the state of veteran retention in the civilian workforce. The results hope to help employers build a better plan for veteran retention in the private sector.

The survey, conducted of nearly 1,500 veterans from December 2013 through February 2014, explored how veterans find their initial post-military jobs and the reasons why they choose to leave them for new jobs. Highlights from the findings included:

Over 14 percent of those who participated in the survey indicated that they were working in their first civilian job. Of those who left their first job, nearly half of those respondents left in their first year, with two-thirds leaving within two years.

Veterans indicated that the biggest obstacle for obtaining meaningful employment post military was finding careers that matched past military training and experience.

Overwhelmingly, nine out of ten of those who participated in the survey linked the opportunity to use their skills and abilities as the most important characteristic of civilian employment, and identified these qualities as most significant in retention within a civilian position. Other aspects, including career development, benefits, work environment, and employee/employer relationships were also indicated as significant retention issues.

Regardless of the number of jobs held, there was a correlation between the position and how long the position was held within the veteran’s preferred career field.

With these findings, VetAdvisor suggested a method of action for employers to increase veteran employee retention, which included providing education on military skills and their translation to the civilian workforce for recruiters and HR professionals in the private sector, developing veteran programs within companies to help veterans develop a career path outside of the military, and creating programs that will help match veterans to open positions more accurately.

Alumni Update

 From sunny Tampa, FL, to chilly Northern Norway to the deserts of the Middle East, Denise Greenfield has served her country in a variety of places as a Marine Corps Signals Intelligence Officer. Denise also has a varied educational background, with a degree from Virginia Tech in International Studies, a Master’s Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Systems Engineering, and, most recently, a PhD in English Literature from the University of Southampton.
 
When it came time for Denise to transition out of the Marine Corps, she contacted Orion International and was happy to learn that they were holding their first Pittsburgh, PA, hiring conference (Denise’s preferred city) in a few months. At the conference, she interviewed with PNC. Soon after, she found herself at PNC headquarters, where she spent three hours interviewing with five different individuals. She was offered a job about a week later. “All in all, it was an exceptionally smooth process,” recalls Denise.
 
Denise is a Training Project Manager at PNC in the Leadership Institute and finds it very rewarding to have an impact on leadership development programs across the organization. She is part of a team that develops and improves the tools and resources that help leaders in the organization tap into the many ways they can enhance their skills, increase their knowledge, and, ultimately, shape their future.
 
“There is a very tactical element to the work I do on a daily basis, but there is also a strategic component in that we support the business needs and strategies of all segments of the bank through performance improvement and training intervention,” explains Denise, “As a member of the Leadership Institute, I get the benefit of interacting with all areas of the bank on major projects and initiatives that impact a single line of business or in many cases, multiple/major business segment(s) within that line of business. It is very rewarding to see how our relationship with corporate training partners ensures that an overarching strategy, philosophy and values are continually being met.”
 
Denise’s background in the Marine Corps prepared her more than she thought it would for her new career. “I am part of a high-performing team, just as I was throughout my Marine Corps career, and the skills I developed in the military allowed me to jump right into a new career and hit the ground running,” Denise says.  She goes on to tell us that the research and analytical skills she gained in the intelligence field have proven very useful, just as have more general, but extremely important, leadership skills.
 
Denise explains that PNC is a fantastic company that values its veteran employees: “It’s been really nice to be a part of an organization that recognizes talent, values diversity, promotes inclusivity, and understands the importance of having a good work-life balance.” Most recently, PNC won the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the US Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserves.
 
The bank also has a robust and very active Military Employee Business Resource Group (MEBRG) that works with deploying service members and their families. It also assists military members to successfully transition to the workforce by offering mentoring and onboarding services while encouraging employees to refer veterans for employment at PNC.
 
Denise is also enjoying working in a city where there is always a lot going on. “The building in which I work is close to the sporting venues so it’s easy to catch a hockey, baseball, and/or football game every once in a while!” she says.
 
We asked Denise what advice she has for fellow transitioning veterans now that she has been in her new role for nine months. She told us that she has found that many transitioning veterans to whom she has spoken are very apprehensive about the transferability of their military experience. “I would (strongly) argue that military veterans possess a variety of valuable skills for which companies are actively searching: project management, leadership, complex problem solving, mission focus, accountability, discipline, teamwork, and performance in high-stress environments, to name but a few. These skills translate extremely well to fill the needs of Corporate America,” contends Denise.
 
“It is very important that transitioning veterans have confidence in their abilities to succeed in a new environment. Companies are looking for individuals who possess excellent leadership, decision-making and problem-solving skills. Veterans possess these skills in abundance,” advises Denise, “It is also extremely important to network – it is plain and simply how people get jobs or at least how they get interviews that then allow them the opportunity to sell themselves.”
 
Denise also suggests that transitioning veterans ensure they highlight the skills they have developed during their time in the military. Again, skills like taking initiative, a strong work ethic, teamwork, effective communication skills, the ability to perform under great pressure, and adaptability should be emphasized in your resume, and you should be prepared to provide examples of success stories that spotlight those strengths (always being careful to avoid acronyms or lingo which civilians will not understand).
 
Thank you, Denise, for sharing your transition experience, describing your career, and giving such great advice to veterans! Congratulations on your career. We are excited to see yet another veteran carving out a great civilian career and influencing change at her company.

If you would like to participate in Transition Corner and share your story, please contact Allison Thomas.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

MaDana Reed won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing

 and is the winner of a $50 gift card.  

 
Ready for your chance to win a $50 gift card? You’ll receive an entry into our monthly drawings for Client and Job Seeker referrals for each referral that you submit – good luck and thank you for the referral!

Career Opportunities Within Orion

Become part of Orion's team! We are currently hiring for the following:

Account Executives

San Diego, CA

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our San Diego office.

Account Executives are responsible for discovering and securing job opportunities for our military candidates.

Account Executive Essential Job Duties

  • Create and maintain relationships with America's leading companies through development of a leads list, business development calls, onsite client presentations, and networking.
  • Educate potential clients on the value of hiring military candidates.
  • Grow and manage a portfolio of client accounts within your territory.
  • Once a job order is received, discuss the specific opportunity with identified candidates by providing a complete background on the position, company, and industry.
  • Through the final phases of the hiring process you will work with both the client and candidate to provide superior customer service and consultation to each.
  • Required travel - Attend Hiring Conferences in your region between one and two times each month; additional occasional travel within your region to client locations.

Account Executive Qualifications

  • Military Experience - You must be a former or transitioning military professional.
  • Education - Bachelors Degree is required.
  • Previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales.
  • Excellent presentation skills, energetic, and motivated.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Orion offers our Account Executives a competitive salary plus bonus structure that leads to a salary plus commission compensation structure.
  • Orion provides a full benefits package to our employees including vacation and holidays, medical, dental, vision, LTD, STD, life insurance, and 401k.

Apply for this position, or contact us with questions.

We also invite you to view a pre-recorded webinar (username iprep, password: video) hosted by Brian Henry, Orion's VP of Officer Recruiting, which provides a detailed overview of the Account Executive position.



Enlisted Candidate Recruiter - San Diego, CA and Cincinnati, OH

Orion is currently seeking an Enlisted Candidate Recruiter for our San Diego, CA and Cincinnati, OH offices.

Position Description:

  • Work with candidates exiting the military and identify those who have the skills and abilities our clients are looking for.
  • Source, screen, and match candidates for opportunities based on a variety of qualifications.
  • Prepare candidates for interviews and work with them through the Orion pipeline, from sourcing, to acceptance of a job offer, and after they begin their new position.
  • Daily activities will include but are not limited to: searching for candidates, cold calling candidates, screening candidates, identifying candidates for opportunities, and working with candidates on resume preparation and interviewing skills.
  • You will travel to different military installations in your territory interviewing potential candidates. You will also travel to hiring conferences sponsored by Orion International.

Compensation and Benefits:

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment.  We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure.  We also include a 401k plan, medical and dental, disability, and profit sharing. At Orion, we believe in promoting our top performers in a company that is focused on growth.

Requirements:

  • Must have served in the United States military - no exceptions.
  • Must have military recruiting experience.
  • A military technical background is desired.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.


Military Talent Program (MTP) Recruiter - Austin, TX

Orion is currently seeking a Military Talent Program (MTP) Recruiter in our Austin, TX office.

The MTP Recruiting Team is the front-line of Orion’s Military Talent Program. The team is assigned specific MTP accounts based on job type, geography, branch of service, or candidate specialty and are responsible for sourcing, screening, preparing, matching, and placing candidates into MTP positions.  

Position Description:

As an MTP Recruiter you will be responsible for the execution and support of Hiring Events, Direct Placements, and Mini-Conferences.  

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with former and transitioning military candidates and identify those who have the skills and abilities our MTP clients are looking for.
  • Sourcing, screening, and matching candidates for opportunities based on a variety of qualifications.
  • Meeting assigned placement and revenue goals.  
  • Delivering professional presentations and training classes.
  • Occasionally travel to visit bases and participate in job fairs.
  • Preparing candidates for interviews and working with them through the Orion pipeline, from sourcing, to acceptance of a job offer, and after they begin their new position.
  • Daily activities will include but are not limited to: searching for candidates, cold calling candidates, screening candidates, identifying candidates for opportunities, and working with candidates on resume preparation and interviewing skills.

Compensation and Benefits:

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment. We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure. We also include a 401k plan, medical and dental, disability, and profit sharing. At Orion, we believe in promoting our top performers in a company that is focused on growth.

Requirements:

  • Must have served in the United States military - no exceptions.
  • Must have military recruiting experience.
  • Strong organizational skills, a strong work ethic, and strong written and verbal communication skills

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.

Join Orion's Alumni Club

As an Orion alum, your experience and guidance is a valuable asset to veteran job seekers who are now in the same position you were when searching for a career. Join Orion's Alumni Club if you'd be willing to share your expertise with current Orion job seekers or discuss options for hiring military with our Account Executives. Check out Transition Corner for others who have participated in Orion's Alumni Club.

If you would like to participate, complete this form to be enrolled in Orion’s Alumni Club and entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card.

Help grow our Alumni network and join our LinkedIn Alumni group! Connect with 700+ members and keep up to date on Orion news, updates, and other alumni-related topics.

Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion

Do you know a military job seeker looking for a civilian career? For each referral that you give us, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral is hired through Orion, you will receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thanks. More than $25,700 in referral bonuses have been earned so far in 2014!

Click here to refer a Military Member to Orion now!

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