Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recruiter Spotlight - Dustin Stout

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For this spotlight we spoke with Dustin Stout, an Orion Talent Technical Recruiter. Dustin provides insight on how to leverage your specific experiences and the importance of making the right decision when it comes to your career. He also gives great advice on what’s really important to former and transitioning military personnel during the civilian job search, while giving you insight on his background.

Education and Military Background: Two weeks after high school graduation I was off to boot camp and served as a Nuclear Mechanic on two submarines, the Minneapolis St. Paul and the Miami. I was in the Navy for 11 years before transitioning out in 2014. During my last tour I was a recruiter at NRD Pittsburgh which gave me great experience going  into my recruiting career at Orion Talent.

History with Orion: When I decided to exit the military, I knew there were three major companies that could assist in my transition. I had heard the best results came from Orion, so I started working with them as a candidate but Orion saw my drive, determination and previous recruiting experience and provided me an opportunity to start my career as an Orion Recruiter.

I started with Orion at the end of March 2014, and have been happily placing candidates into rewarding careers ever since.  
What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile? The most rewarding part of my job is being able to help candidates when they first get out of the military to find their career path. It’s rewarding to help relieve the stress of how they are going to feed themselves and their families.
What advice do you have for prospective Orion candidates? LinkedIn is the best resource to get in touch with various recruiters. I advise all transitioning military personnel to start the process as early as possible. Put the word “transitioning” into your profile and give a roundabout date of when you are planning on starting your civilian career.   
What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Orion? I would like to see an increase in Orion’s virtual presence and give candidates the ability to interview without the need to travel.
What has been your proudest moment at Orion? My overall daily interaction with veterans is a constant reminder of my proudest moments with Orion. I personally visit with candidates at the bases and talk with them, helping them through the whole process. That’s more rewarding than other parts of the everyday grind.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why? My favorite port I visited while in the Navy was  Glasgow, Scotland. The culture was very similar to the American culture with a European feel. It was a very inviting place and I enjoyed my beer while there!
What does true leadership mean to you? Taking care of your subordinates. All the other stuff happens if you take care of your people.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you? I handle all of my own house work. I enjoy using tools, saws, and just finished installing a new floor in my kitchen. I am a handyman - if I don't know how to do it, I’ll figure it out.
What was your first job? The Dollar Tree. When I was 16 years old I started as a customer service cashier. Even when you work at a dollar store people still try to get things cheaper. There were always price negotiations to get things cheaper than a dollar. It was an experience, that's for sure.

Connect with Dustin:

Phone: (800) 872-5002 ext 121

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Celebrating 240 Years of the Stars and Stripes

According to popular legend, the first American flag as we know it was sewn around 1777 by Betsy Ross. It displayed thirteen white stars on a sea of blue, with the familiar red and white stripes. 

Adopted at the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, the stars represent Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. 

Thirty-seven stars later, we are celebrating the 240th birthday of our Star-Spangled Banner. While Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress in August 1949.

The day is commemorated by parades across America. In fact, there are three cities that are known for their long-running Flag Day parades - Fairfield, Washington; Appleton, Wisconsin; and Quincy, Massachusetts. Americans are urged to fly the American flag for the duration of National Flag Week, June 10th-June 16th. 

Happy 240th Birthday to Old Glory!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Orion’s Virtual Hiring Conference Overview

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On May 25th, Orion Talent wrapped up a successful Virtual Hiring Conference for Military Technicians. Nearly 20 technical candidates interviewed virtually with companies including Siemens, Honeywell, and GE, for positions such as  Maintenance Electricians, Equipment Technicians, Boiler Inspector and many more. In just ten days after this hiring event, 4 of these candidates have already received and accepted job offers, and several others are advancing in the hiring process with one or multiple companies.

Orion Virtual Hiring Conferences give you the chance to interview for a variety of positions without the need to travel. Check out our 8 tips for a great virtual interview or record a brief introduction of yourself here to familiarize yourself with the HireVue platform.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What Orion Talent's New Name Means For You

If you have been following our blog, you are familiar with the fact that Orion International is now Orion Talent. As our services expand, our logo evolves, and our name changes, military job seekers may wonder what this means for our career placement services for JMOs, NCOs, and Enlisted Technicians. Simply put, Orion Talent’s commitment to helping veterans through their civilian career transition is unwavering.

Founded by five military officers more than 26 years ago, we focus all our energy on putting talented veterans to work, and our name now reflects that. We strive to match veterans with great civilian opportunities while providing our ever-expanding list of clients with the unique and invaluable leadership and technical talent only veterans possess.

And while we now offer our clients additional lines of recruiting services, our fundamental dedication to military recruiting remains at our core, and critical to our growth strategy. Mike Starich, CEO of Orion Talent explains, “Our name change formalizes a strategic shift that has been in motion since our acquisition of Novotus in 2016, and more accurately reflects what we do today: help job seekers and businesses of all sizes meet the changing complexities and realities of today’s employment and talent market.”

Orion Talent is proud to have helped more than 40,000 talented veterans find civilian careers with 7500+ employers. We are appreciative of the trust the military community has put in our services over the last three decades. Today, our hard-working men and women, many of whom are veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and military spouses, continue to strive to maintain that trust, under our new identity, Orion Talent.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Orion International is now Orion Talent

Last week we matched our 40,000th Veteran with a rewarding career, and this Monday, May 22, 2017, Orion International became Orion Talent! 

This change aligns with our commitment to grow our services to meet our clients' ever-expanding talent acquisition needs. We focus all of our energies on putting talented Veterans to work, and now our name reflects that commitment and the expansion of our services to deliver even more great talent to American businesses.

Watch this 1 minute video to find out more about the name change, and what this means to you! 

Too learn more about Orion Talent, visit us today!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Engineering Careers for Veterans

Engineering is an in-demand career field and encompasses a broad range of positions. While many JMO candidates don’t feel qualified for a position in this field since they have been out of school for several years, in many cases it doesn’t matter if you have an engineering degree or not.  Companies may take a candidate with a hard science degree, strong technical aptitude, and practical experience for some engineering roles. 

Serving as an Engineering Division Officer on a ship or the Quality Assurance Officer in your squadron may qualify you for an engineering role. Orion has helped find engineering careers for JMOs from many different backgrounds, including Aviation Officers, Artillery Officers, Mechanical Engineering Officers, Nuclear Surface War Officers, Army Corps of Engineers, Communications Officers, and Pilots.

Engineering careers span virtually all industries and can range from technical to managerial. Veterans interested in engineering careers should be interested in quality and process improvement and have hands-on experience. From initial engineering roles, you can expect to move into other roles of increasing responsibility to include Engineering Manager, Plant Management, and, ultimately, into executive leadership positions within a company. 

Examples of Engineering Positions Available to Veterans

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Facilities/District Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
Orion’s clients come to us to recruit the best the military has to offer, and we continue to success in match talented JMOs with engineering positions with top companies like BASF, Lutron, PPL Corporation, and Honda, among others. Click here to learn more about our services for JMOs and here to search for engineering careers now.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Orion’s Senior VP of Recruiting, Todd Phillips, gives the inside scoop on attending a Hiring Conference

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The latest in our Podcast Series: Todd Phillips, Orion's Senior Vice President of Recruiting gives candidates the inside scoop on attending an Orion hiring conference. He has traveled across all regions and has become a hiring conference legend at Orion.

Todd talks about the difference between an Orion Hiring Conference and a traditional job fair, how to prepare for an Orion Hiring Conference, and what to expect - from the job interview to the offer stage. Listen to the full podcast here! (11:12)

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