Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO): Trends, Growth and Rankings

In January of this year, Orion acquired Novotus, a leading RPO and Recruiting Services firm. Novotus was recently ranked #4 on’s Top 10 RPO Firms list!

You might be asking yourself, “What is an RPO Company?”

Under Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), a company (employer) outsources its recruitment process or processes to a third party service provider. Recruitment process outsourcing firms are beneficial for companies who lack internal resources essential for hiring top talent, to help the employer thrive in the marketplace.

As a job seeker, what does RPO mean to you?

In most cases, the RPO company serves as an extension of the client’s recruiting team, and will work with you, the job seeker, seamlessly on behalf of the company. If you are contacted by a Novotus recruiter on behalf of ABC Company, you will move through all stages of the hiring process with ABC Company through that Notovus Recruiter.

According to the Digital Journal, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Marketing - Global Industry Analysis, Growth, Trends, Forecast 2020, the continuous growth and implementation of software solutions, cloud and web based services, has helped streamline the recruitment process, and led to recent growth of the market.

Learn more about Novotus.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Register Now for the SummerSlam Veteran Career Panel and Networking Event

For the second year in a row, Orion International is pleased to have partnered with WWE and Hire Heroes USA to present the SummerSlam Veteran Career Panel and Networking Event. The event will be held on Friday, August 19 from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm ET, at the NBC Studios in New York City. This event is free to all Active Duty Military, Veterans, and Military Spouses.

The Veteran Career Panel will feature Human Resources professionals from WWE, in addition to several top Tri-State Area companies, who will give valuable insight on building your personal brand and succeeding in your career search. During the Career Coaching Sessions, you will have the opportunity to take a professional LinkedIn photo, and learn interviewing tips and techniques, current hiring trends and best practices for networking. The Networking Event will give you the chance to put your new found knowledge into practice with participating employers.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to win 2 tickets to SummerSlam, and other prizes. Space is limited, so register here today!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

U.S. Hiring Managers Expect to Hire More in the Second Half of 2016

Good news for all the job seekers out there, US hiring managers are expected to hire more in the second half of 2016. According to the semi-annual hiring survey released by job board operator and leading provider of data insights, DHI Group Inc., the survey found 61% of hiring managers and recruiters in the US anticipated more hiring in the second half of the year.

What does this mean? Hiring managers in the US are prepared to hire more professionals before the end of the year. Employers hiring across many industries intend to hire 30 percent more professionals in the second half of the year compared to the first half of the year. To get there, hiring managers need to build a pipeline of candidates to fulfill their companies’ hiring needs.

Another plus - not only are hiring managers amping up their hiring plans for the second half of the year - the back half of 2016 is looking like it will result in higher wages. According to CareerBuilder’s midyear Job Forecast, more than half of employers will raise wages for current employees, while 2 in 5 will offer higher starting salaries on job offers in the second half of the year.

Now is the time to work with Orion to plan for your future civilian career and get the most thorough resume and interview preparation assistance. All of Orion’s job seeker services are completely FREE of charge, and we work with the most dominant list of corporate clients in the industry. Don't wait! Contact us today!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

4 Tips for Negotiating Salary

The salary you are offered for a new position will depend on many factors, including your qualifications, background, the job location, and the pay range for the specific position. In some cases, there isn't much wiggle room when it comes to salary, but even notoriously competitive industries may bend a little. Having insight into what goes into figuring your salary can help you when it comes time to negotiate. As they say, “Knowing is half the battle.” Here are four things to keep in mind as you prepare to negotiate:

1. Most companies have a small pay band, typically a few thousand dollars, that they can flex based on an individual's performance during the interview process. The best interviewers typically land at the top end of a company's pay band. All the more reason to brush up your interview skills. You can check out our resources here.

2. Other companies tend to be less flexible about basic pay. When some companies extend an offer, they base it on what they perceive as your market value. These companies feel that they have a pretty good idea about what they have to pay to be competitive and attract the best candidates.

3. A company's benefits package can add several thousand dollars to an offer, and salary alone should not be the only consideration on compensation. Think about the entire package and decide what best meets the needs of you and your family.

4. Once you’re armed with the facts above, you’ll need to know how to put them into play. This is where our Negotiating Salary webinar, a step-by-step guide to effective salary negotiation, comes into play. You will learn the context, techniques and approaches available to develop an effective salary range and strategy for any job offer. Register today to attend our upcoming Negotiating Salary webinar.

In the end, negotiating is not about winning at all costs. It's about agreeing on terms of a job offer that will satisfy you. Salary negotiations, like anything else, need to be done respectfully and kept in perspective. Always be courteous, direct and honest.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Orion helps both father and daughter find civilian careers...Sixteen years apart!

How often can the members of a company say that they have helped generations of family veterans find their civilian careers? Orion is proud to say that we have!

In 1999, before Dwayne Williams exited the Army, he was introduced to an Orion recruiter at a TAP class. Little did he know that this single connection would lead to his daughter finding her own civilian career sixteen years later.

After leaving the military, Dwayne landed his first civilian job through Orion in 2000, as a Production Supervisor with Office Depot. After some time in his first role, Dwayne used Orion again to find a new position.

Nearly sixteen years after his first experience with Orion, Dwayne referred his daughter, Andrea Salas to use Orion as she prepared to transition from four years in the Army.

Andrea began her job search in January of this year, and contacted Orion while she was still deployed. She began working with a Recruiter and soon learned about a great opportunity with Google. She is now a Field Operations Specialist working on Project Maps with Google, and Andrea is enjoying her new position.

According to Andrea, “The Orion team was great -- all of my questions were answered, and I was coached and mentored throughout the interview process, which led to a job offer. I am so happy with the outcome, and very glad my dad mentioned Orion.”
At Orion, we are so honored to have had the opportunity to help both Dwayne and Andrea find rewarding careers, and we look forward to continuing to provide career assistance to future generations of transitioning military personnel!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hiring Conference vs. Job Fairs

While a Military Hiring Conference and a Veteran Job Fair may seem synonymous, they are very different. 

Job fairs for veterans, or veteran career fairs, are usually hosted by a major organization, such as a city's Chamber of Commerce or military base. Most often set up in the form of different booths, they feature a number of different companies from a variety of industries. Potential employees participating in the job fair visit the different companies' booths, dropping off their resume for increased visibility on open positions. While job fairs have helped many veterans find a career, it is a more anonymous and less targeted way to go about it. There is no interview involved and the company representatives collecting the resumes typically do not have the knowledge about the positions or time to discuss specifics with potentially qualified candidates.

A Military Hiring Conference is not a Job Fair. Attendance is by invitation only. Interviewing candidates have individual interviews with hiring managers who are committed to hiring for specific positions. Orion focuses on corporations that value the unique skills and experiences of the military service member, and often the interviewers are Orion Alumni. A Hiring Conference is the best opportunity to interview with several companies committed to the hiring process in just two daysAs with all of Orion's services, there is no fee of any kind for our job seekers to attend an Orion Hiring Conference.

Adam Gray, a former Army Intel Officer now working in Sales for Lutron, recalls his experience at an Orion Hiring Conference, “It was an amazing experience. Orion directly matched me up with my top five companies, and I was able to interview with all of them that day. You skip through several pre-interview steps like cold calling the HR department, and you know each company is interested in learning about you. The companies are also looking to fill multiple positions, so there is a relaxed, cooperative environment with your peers. First class, first rate event; if you are on the fence, you should definitely go."

Our alumni agree that an Orion Hiring Conference is the best way to find a career. In fact, of the alumni who completed our recent Military Transition Survey, 71% of Hiring Conference attendees ranked the Hiring Conference as “very effective.” Compared to the only 7% of alumni who indicated a Job Fair was “very effective”, it is evident that for veterans looking for a job after the military, an Orion International hiring conference is a great way to interview with multiple companies and positions in one location, increasing the chances of an offer sooner than expected.

Click here to see a schedule of Orion Hiring Conferences.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Top Growing Industries Hiring Veterans

For American military veterans looking to transition into the civilian world, it  the job search can be tough. With so many jobs across numerous industries, finding a good starting point can be the hardest task.

There are certain industries that are particularly good at utilizing military skill sets and can ease the transition back into the civilian workplace. Check out a few of the top growing industries hiring veterans according to Veterans United:


With new technologies available to patients and doctors alike, startups and entrenched companies will look for new ways to reach customers. Healthcare is a fast paced industry and ideal for veterans who are used to working under pressure. Careers in healthcare are some of the fastest growing in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Healthcare employment growth is expected to reach almost 26 percent by 2022.

Information Technology

Technology is transforming how companies do business in almost every industry. It's changing how companies sell their products and services, operate, and plan for future growth.

Because the military has some of the most advanced technology available, veterans have an advantage over other job seekers in the IT industry. The growing need for companies to go global by going digital means that systems architects, business analysts and other technology professionals are in high demand.

Weapons and Security

When it comes to weapons and security, military veterans know their stuff. Most jobs require discipline, attention to detail, and in many cases, familiarity with various weapons and their operation. There are a variety of jobs within the security industry. You could be working in crisis management, investigations, computer systems security, or in corrections.


For some veterans, the desire to serve their country continues long after they leave the military. Government careers are ideal for individuals like this. The government has dozens of organizations that welcome veterans, placing them in departments like homeland security, national defense and others.


Veterans seeking careers in the engineering field are joining a workforce that is helping companies across the global connect digitally. Business network systems have never been more complex, and for that reason the engineering industry will continue to grow and offer jobs to returning service members.

Human Resources

Veterans accustomed to the highly structured environment of the military may enjoy attracting talent or training new talent for companies. Those who serve in the military develop unparalleled work ethic and discipline, traits suited well for a role in human resources.

For more transition advice visit our Transition Center and contact an Orion recruiter in your area today to discuss available positions in these industries.