Friday, May 18, 2012

Joining Forces Military Hiring Event Bridges the Gap between Veterans and Careers


The Fayetteville Military Hiring Event, held April 26 & 27, marked the second event co-sponsored by The White House Joining Forces initiative to Hire Veterans, as well as the participating Command Groups and Transition Programs. The two-day event consisted of Interview Preparation with Orion´s Recruiters, briefings by Hiring Managers from each of the companies, and pre-arranged interviews. The event was covered by NBC17 and The Fayetteville Observeras well as in a blog post by Joining Forces Executive Director, Brad Cooper.

Orion hosted about 15 companies at the event, including Intel, Siemens, Honeywell, Bridgestone Firestone, Kellogg’s, and PNC Bank. These companies interviewed the more than 100 enlisted soldiers and officers in attendance. “Orion is pleased to be able to continue to present transitioning service members with great civilian career opportunities at these Military Hiring Events,” said Mike Starich, President of Orion, “and we look forward to connecting veterans and hiring managers at the remaining 2012 events.”

In attendance at the event was Jason Forrester, Special Assistant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army. These events mark a shift in the transition process for many soldiers  in accordance with the VOW to Hire Heroes Act signed by President Obama on November 21, 2011, which requires most service members to participate in new and improved transition programs. Forrester recently spoke with the Fort Hood Sentinel about this, saying, “There is no doubt that throughout the Army, from the highest levels of leadership through the ranks, we are seeing a change of how the Army is getting Soldiers ready to transition.” 

Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Andrew Seiden found the event to be very constructive. “This event was the best veterans’ assistance-type program I have ever seen.  This is the kind of benefit veterans need.  Orion was extremely proactive and professional in getting me to the event and matching me to companies,” Seiden stated, “The companies were professional and eager to find matches.  The whole process was seamless from start to finish.” 

The remaining Joining Forces Military Hiring Events of 2012 will be held in Austin, TX, on June 10 & 11, Norfolk, VA, on August 19 & 20, Fort Hood, TX, on September 9 & 10, Camp Lejeune, NC, October 11 & 12, Raleigh, NC, on December 3 & 4, and Fort Campbell, KY, on December 6 & 7.

You can learn more about the upcoming events here.

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