The Bullseye - February 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Orion International Pledges Support to Members of the Guard and Reserve,
Federal Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans Extended through 2014,
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 Pledges Support to Members of the Guard and Reserve

Orion International has proudly joined the ranks of thousands of companies nationwide who have pledged their support for employees in the Guard and Reserve by signing an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support.

On December 11, Retired US Navy Commander and ESGR Area Chair Ken Oppenheim presented the statement to Dave Lehmkuhl (Sales Manager), Tim Isacco (Chief Operating Officer), Mike Wood (Recruiting Manager), and John Teague (Candidate Recruiter), at Orion’s headquarters in Raleigh, NC.

L to R: Dave Lehmkuhl, Ken Oppenheim, Tim Isacco, Mike Wood, and John Teague

By signing the statement, Orion pledges that we will:

  • Fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).    
  • Provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.    
  • Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to employ Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.    
  • Continually recognize and support our country's Service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. The ESGR Statement of Support program was designed with the intent of increasing employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.

Founded in 1991 by five former Junior Military Officers, Orion is the nation’s largest recruiting firm, whose staff consists mainly of veterans, military spouses, and those still serving in the Guard or Reserves. With such a unique staff, Orion is not only able to help service members make the transition into the civilian workforce but also support our own employees who continue to serve. Additionally, Orion’s Values of Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Warrior Ethos, and Commitment complement ESGR’s mission of encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

To learn more about Orion’s free Career Placement Services for JMOs, NCOs, and Enlisted Technicians, please click here. And for a list of helpful resources for Military Professionals considering a civilian career, click here.

Federal Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans Extended through 2014

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which provides for the temporary extension of more than 50 tax breaks, most of which expired at the end of 2013. The bill is retroactive and covers the entire 2014 tax year. Included in these extenders is an extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) tax credit, which expired on December 31, 2013. WOTC is now retroactively in place through 2014, for eligible veteran employees who begin work before January 1, 2015.

WOTC contains provision for both the Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring qualified unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, which provides credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities to up to $9,600.

Who is an eligible veteran?

  • Short-term Unemployed: A credit of 40% of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans who have been in receipt of unemployment insurance or compensation for at least 4 weeks.
  • Long-term Unemployed: A credit of 40% of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) for employers who hire veterans who have been in receipt of unemployment insurance or compensation for longer than 6 months.
  • Veterans with Services-Connected Disabilities: Veterans with service-connected disabilities hired within one year of being discharged from the military. The credit is 40% of the first $12,000 of wages (up to $4,800).
  • Long-Term Unemployed Veterans with Services-Connected Disabilities: A credit of 40% of the first $24,000 of wages (up to $9,600) for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been in receipt of unemployment insurance or compensation for longer than 6 months.

How to file for these credits?

You must submit IRS Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit and ETA Form 9061 or 9062, Individual Characteristics Form (ICF) Work Opportunity Tax Credit, to the WOTC Coordinator within your State Workforce Agency (do not mail to the IRS) within 28 days from when the veteran begins work. You must then wait for a final determination from your State Workforce Agency that will indicate whether the employee is certified as meeting the eligibility for one of the WOTC    target groups. After the target group employee is certified by the State Workforce Agency, file for the tax credit with the Internal Revenue Service.

PLEASE NOTE: Orion ICS, LLC, its affiliates and its employees are not in the business of providing tax or legal advice to any taxpayer. This content is for general information purposes only, and is not intended or written to be used without the advice of the taxpayer’s independent tax advisor. Thank you for reading about tax credits for hiring veterans.

Alumni Update

Jesse Flowers is an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Identifier turned Consultant placed with Kurt Salmon, a global management and strategy consulting firm. Jesse began his career in September 2014 and says he couldn’t be happier with his time there so far. He sat down with us to tell us about his new career and give advice to his fellow veterans.

There are three aspects of his successful transition to a civilian career with Kurt Salmon that Jesse attributes to his military background. First is his ability to learn large amounts of new material quickly and translate that knowledge into executable skills. Second is leadership, both internal (team leadership) and external (presentation to clients and meeting/presentation guidance skills). Finally is the ability to improvise and adapt.

His new employer must also appreciate these skills, as Jesse has found Kurt Salmon to be very military friendly, with several of the senior partners being veterans.  “The integration into the company is quite simple, but requires you to be a self-starter and have a proactive mindset to managing your career. There is a lot of learning on the job, so if you work here you have to be willing to ‘drink from a fire hose.’” Jesse explains, “The caliber of people that Kurt Salmon hires is very high, so there is no room for a lax work ethic.”

The interview format through which Jesse was vetted was rigorous and allowed for only the highest caliber candidates to be hired. Along with a general math test and logic-based business knowledge test, there was a Behavioral Interview, Case Interview, and Cultural Fit Interview. The last of which Jesse says is not just a “check-the-box event.”

Now that Jesse is working at Kurt Salmon, he has to be an expert in whatever area to which he is assigned. “This means that your high level company clients look to you for expert advice.  This places a burden on you and your team to truly BE the expert.  This overall theme encourages a culture dedicated to ongoing training and learning events,” says Jesse. His military skills are an obvious fit for this type of work that calls for a strong leader who is able to adapt to changing conditions and make informed decisions.

Jesse’s advice to transitioning veterans is simple: translate your military experience (both in conversation and on your resume) and research your potential new position and company. These two basic pieces of advice will serve any transitioning veteran, no matter their rank, MOS, or industry well.

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

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Ryan Rowley 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

Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; San Diego, CA

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; and San Diego, CA offices.

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

Orion is currently seeking an Enlisted Candidate Recruiter for our San Diego, CA office.

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 - Raleigh, NC; Austin, TX

Orion is currently seeking a Military Talent Program (MTP) Recruiter in our Raleigh, NC; and Austin, TX offices.

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.


Military Recruiting Project Coordinator - Hawthorne, CA

Orion is currently seeking an Military Recruiting Project Coordinator to work on-site at one of our client’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA.

Position Description:

In this position you will work on-site at one of our client’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, facilitating and processing Orion candidates being presented and hired by the client. You will be responsible for managing the candidate flow through the Hiring Process (applicant tracking, scheduling of interviews, background checks, drug screens, reference checks and on-boarding). You will attend client orientation and earn a green badge as a contractor for the client. As needed, you will be given access to the client’s applicant tracking system, and any other necessary tracking systems.   

Specific duties will include:

  • Assisting in the organizing and scheduling of Orion International onsite hiring events
  • Establishing and escorting Orion candidates to interviews and conducting facility tours
  • Managing Candidate flow through the Hiring Process
  • Ensuring candidate information and status is accurate and up to date
  • Ensuring resume and background write-ups are complete and adequate
  • Coordinating final interviews
  • Processing candidates’ background checks
  • Conducting reference checks as needed
  • Working with hiring managers to determine pay and establish start date
  • Confirming start date and orientation
  • Coordinating candidates’ relocation
  • Ensuring candidate makes it to orientation class
  • Coordinating with client’s team members as necessary
  • Outlining steps needed to achieve hiring goals, and identifying gaps along the way
  • Formulating strategies for addressing the gaps in the hiring process

Position Details:

Salary: $45K-$55K (hourly rate plus weekly overtime)

Location: Hawthorne, CA

Requirements:

  • Understanding of military candidate backgrounds; former military or military spouse is ideal.
  • BS/BA Degree strongly preferred.
  • Great communication and customer service skills.
  • Solid computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to effective manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

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.

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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. $3,100 in referral bonuses have been earned so far in 2015!

Click here to refer a Military Member to Orion now!

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