Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Orion Teed Up for a Great Foundation - Proud Sponsor of the Shelton Leadership Center

Orion International had the privilege of sponsoring and participating in the Shelton Leadership Golf Challenge earlier this month.  With blue skies and perfect fall weather, we could not have asked for better conditions for a great fundraising golf challenge. The Shelton Leadership Center provides educational scholarships through privately funded endowments to outstanding young men and women who have demonstrated emerging strengths as leaders and aspire to learn, lead, and serve.

The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center was founded in 2002 following the retirement of General Shelton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  General Shelton continues to “give back” to his alma mater, NC State University and to help develop the next generation of values-based leaders.
Shelton Leadership Center Mission Statement

To inspire, educate, and develop values-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service.

Tournament Theme: Honoring Those Who Serve

This year, the purpose of this captain’s-choice tournament was to support the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center’s educational programs and scholarships. The day focused on recognizing Active Duty service members, Veterans, National Guard and Reservists, and well as those who support our troops and their families.

Orion is grateful to be a part of such a great organization, and we are looking forward to next year's golf challenge!

Learn more about the Shelton Leadership Center here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thank-You Notes Never Go Out of Style

For some job seekers, the next step after an interview is to sit and wait for an offer. But, for a smart job seeker, the next step is writing a thank-you note. Thank-you notes are an important personal form of communication in a less-formal, more-anonymous online culture, and can help give you an edge over other candidates.

Thank-you notes are always appropriate and should be sent to everyone with whom you interview. Make sure to customize each note not only to the position and company for which you interviewed, but also to the interviewer. Mention specific things you discussed in the interviewer and the reasons you're interested in that particular company. And most of all, reiterate your interest in the job.

Given the ubiquitous nature of email, thank-you notes are becoming more acceptable via email. They can still be a personal way to indicate that you are a professional and appreciate an interviewer’s time.  But make sure not to write it hastily from your phone. Take the time to sit down and compose a well-thought-out note. Also, don't include everyone you interviewed with at a company in the same email. Personalize each note.

That said, a handwritten thank you note delivered via snail mail is hard to top. These notes are a tangible reminder of your interview and is less likely to get lost in a long list of emails. 

Well-written thank-you letters turn ‘potentials’ into ‘hires’, so make sure that you always take the time after an interview to write one. Now go send your thank-you notes! Click here for a sample note to get you started.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association Market Report - October 2016

The Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association recently wrote an article on our acquisition of Novotus and what our partnership means for the RPO Market.  A little background, in January 2016, Orion acquired Novotus, a provider of Recruitment Processing Outsourcing (RPO) services. Novotus is Latin for “change, alter or reinvent” and operates on the key principle that a deep partnership with clients is the key to providing the best possible workforce.

Novotus History

Novotus was founded in Austin, Texas in 2002 by Mike Mayeux and Jimmy Taylor, whose goal was to reinvent the way vendors partnered with their clients to provide successful recruiting outcomes -  by putting people at the center of their delivery solutions. Both were two of the co-founders and active members of the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association, and committed to the growth of Novotus and the recruitment process outsourcing industry in general.

The Novotus Philosophy

Novotus has six core values that make the company unique:

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Moving Forward for Novotus and Orion International

Novotus was born in the heart of Texas, a major hub of growth, innovation and vitality, and remains a reflection of Austin and its community. Novotus will grow its RPO business by leveraging past and present success, while quickly expanding through the support of Orion International. As the company grows, they have never wavered from their commitment to their core competency - to be the best recruiting delivery partner in the world.

Novotus clients depend on them to make sure their positions are filled with great talent. Would you like to be considered for a career with one of these companies? Help Novotus understand your career interest by creating a profile today!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Orion's Raleigh Team Helps Build Home for Wounded Veteran

For the last two Fridays, September 23 & 30, team members from Orion International's Raleigh office proudly joined the team at Operation: Coming Home to help put the finishing touches on a house being built for wounded US Marine Raider Sgt. Brandan Taylor in Holly Springs, NC. Operation: Coming Home builds and give away homes to veterans who were severely wounded in combat with the help of local home builders and subcontractors.

Orion was honored to be able to send ten employees to help paint, hammer, and lay sod. Our team is seen below painting Sgt. Taylor's man cave!

The key ceremony for Sgt. Taylor will be held October 27 at 10 am at his new home in Holly Springs. We are honored to have been a part of this important charity event!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

West Chester, Ohio - Money Magazine’s List of Best Places to Live in America

Join the Orion Team and work in one of America’s Best Places to Live according to Money Magazine. We are currently seeking an Account Executive, Enlisted Technical Recruiter, and Midwest Officer Recruiter  in our West Chester office just north of downtown Cincinnati. Learn more about the open opportunities with Orion and live in one of America's best communities.
West Chester Township, Ohio, part of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area, was recently named to Money Magazine’s list of Best Places to Live in America for the fourth consecutive year. The Township is growing at a 4% rate with low unemployment, and in 2015 there was $177 million in new capital investment involving almost 3.3 million square feet of commercial or industrial property.

During the summer months, residents enjoy outdoor movies in the park on Friday nights and a farmers market on Saturday. Topgolf, one of West Chester’s newest attractions, is a 65,000 square foot indoor/outdoor golf and entertainment center featuring live music, bars, restaurants, and private event space. Summers in the area are warm or hot and humid with significant rainfall. Winters are usually cold and snowy – it snows about 22 inches in an average winter.

West Chester is just 18 miles from downtown Cincinnati, which is a vibrant metropolitan community in the Southwest part of Ohio on a hilly landscape along the Ohio river, at the Ohio-Kentucky border opposite of Covington and Newport, Kentucky.  

Long nicknamed the “City of Seven Hills,” Cincinnati is the first major American city founded after the American Revolution. It is situated on the Ohio river and is known for its historical architecture. It is also undergoing a significant amount of new development – a new streetcar system opened in September 2016. The largest employer in the city is Kroger, and the second largest is the University of Cincinnati. Major corporations headquartered in Cincinnati include Proctor & Gamble and Macy’s.  

Cincinnati's culture is influenced by its history of German and Irish immigrants as well as its unique position as a border city between the South and Midwest. Many of the city’s restaurants specialize in German food, and Cincinnati is known for two unique foods that are hard to find outside of the area: Cincinatti Chili and Goetta. The city is home to two annual festivals that focus on German foods: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and Bockfest. The Taste of Cincinnati festival, held annually on Memorial Day weekend in downtown, is the longest running culinary arts festival in the United States.

Cincinnati is home to a major league baseball team (the Reds), an NFL team (the Bengals), five college institutions with sports teams, seven minor league teams, and seven major sports venues. The city owns hundreds of sets of stairs known as the “Steps of Cincinnati.” They are an important mode of transportation for residents, and also offer exercise to recreational users and function as a scenic attraction. Pedestrians can traverse the downtown area on the Cincinnati Skywalk, a 1.3 mile series of walkways which are mostly indoors and elevated.

The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University are located three miles apart in Cincinnati. Both institutions have successful men’s basketball teams, and their annual rivalry game is known as the Crosstown Shootout.  The city is also home to Antonelli College, Cincinnati State Community College, Cincinnati Christian University, and Chatfield College.

If you're looking for an opportunity to live and work in one of the best cities to live in, please view our current openings or apply today!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Veteran Spotlight: Andrew Sanders

This month, From the Battlefield is pleased to check in with Orion alumnus Andrew Sanders, a former Aviation Electronics Technician in the Navy. Andrew attended an Orion Hiring Conference in Virginia Beach, VA, in May 2016, and was hired as a Field Service Representative with ARxIUM, a leader in pharmacy solutions.

“While my terminal leave was roughly 30 days, happily, there was only a five-day gap between leaving the military and beginning my career at ARxIUM. I am happy to say I couldn't have found a better company to help me transition than Orion. I owe a lot of my fortune and success to the hard working people at Orion for executing a flawless Hiring Conference,” recalls Andrew of his transition. 

Andrew’s transition has been exciting and eye opening. Saying yes to his job offer was the easiest part of his transition! But, he explains that looking for a job and trying to plan with a family depending on you was the hardest part. “Good communication and trying to stay healthy and active played a large role in our success,” says Andrew.

Andrew now works in Field Support within the Pharmacy Automation industry. He tells us that his military skills have helped—from working with his hands to communicating with the customer and using organization and time management to his advantage.  “In my new job, I travel once a week for preventative maintenance and work in a clean room environment. I could advance to a higher grade technician in the future,” explains Andrew, “My overall demeanor in real time, high tempo, stressful situations has already helped. In the Navy, we are taught to methodically approach these situations and react with time-critical solutions.”

Andrew also has some great advice for other transitioning veterans out: “Take a deep breath. Use the great resources out there; take your time; pay attention to detail; and, for goodness sake, follow up on everything. Just like the service, no one cares more about you and your life more than you do!! Be open to change, and don't be afraid to jump outside your comfort zone.”

Congratulations to Andrew on his new career. We are happy to have played a part in it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Military Veterans provide a new competitive advantage for Tech companies

The tech industry is booming and companies are finding it hard to attract and retain great employees. This is a concern for hiring managers over many different industries, but Tech companies are realizing that Veterans with an IT background have the skills, experience and discipline that they want and need.

Many veterans find the major obstacle in their transition into the civilian world is translating their military skills and experience to the civilian hiring manager that may have no military knowledge. As the same, many employers are missing out on great employees since they often don't know how to interpret the relevance of veterans skills or appreciate their capacity for such all-purpose skills as rapid learning and leadership abilities.

How do we bridge that gap? Orion is here to help, and has been finding careers for Veterans for the past 25 years. We have found rewarding careers for more than 36,000 veterans and will match your skill set and preferences with the RIGHT companies and positions.  Learn how Orion can help in your transition, from interview preparation to resume writing and advice from Orion alumni - visit Transition Corner resource center to get started today.