The Sword - February 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Employer Resources for Hiring Veterans,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
USERRA & Your Veteran Employees,
Meet Our Candidates,
National Distinguished Candidate Conference,
Zappos Does Away with Managers,
According to Our Clients,
Refer a Colleague to Hire Military Talent,
Connect with Orion

Employer Resources for Hiring Veterans

Orion International is excited to introduce our new Employer Resource webpage. Setting up a Military Hiring Program is a great way to add unparalleled value to your company in the form of Junior Military Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Enlisted Technicians. 
But it can be difficult to know where to turn when faced with the question of how to hire military veterans. In order to best match military candidates with your hiring needs, it is important to not only bridge the gap between civilian job descriptions and military resumes but also to be fully aware of the many, many benefits of hiring veterans. 
To help with this, we have assembled a list of useful resources on how to hire veterans, covering everything from USERRA to federal tools available to help you better understand the military veteran candidate pool. Click here to get started.

Upcoming Hiring Conferences

Orion Military Hiring Conferences – Interview Junior Military Officers,
Noncommissioned Officers and Enlisted Technicians Recruited for your Hiring Needs

An Orion Hiring Conference is your chance to interview the best military job seekers, selected specifically for your open positions. You will be presented with prescreened, qualified and suitably matched veterans that are interested in your available opportunities. Click on the dates below to learn more about our upcoming hiring conferences. 

Baltimore, MD

Pittsburgh, PA

Virginia Beach, VA

Norfolk, VA (Midwest Technicians)

February 10



Raleigh, NC

Atlanta, GA


Chicago, IL

Norfolk, VA (Midwest Technician Positions)

Columbus, OH

March 10

April 14

April 14

South Central  

Houston, TX DCC

Houston, TX

March 3-4

April 14


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

February 14

March 28

April 14

USERRA & Your Veteran Employees

Hiring veterans is a great way to add a valued member to your team while boosting the bottom line. Known for their work ethic, leadership qualities, and technical experience, veterans can bring a maturity to your workforce not found among any other group. That said, when it comes to hiring veterans, it is important to understand the workplace rights and preferences to which veterans, reservists and National Guard members may be entitled.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual based on their status as a past or present member of the uniformed services. It is important to heed this Act and be mindful of the responsibilities reservists and National Guard members may have. 

The Department of Labor has an extensive guide to USERRA aimed at helping employers understand their responsibilities under USERRA and provides a notice that employers may post or distribute to fulfill their requirement to notify employees of their rights and benefits under the Act. 
Some of USERRA’s basic requirements include (but are not limited to):
  • Establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years
  • Protection for disabled veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. 
  • Provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority.
  • Requires that service members provide advance written or verbal notice to their employers for all military duty unless giving notice is impossible, unreasonable, or precluded by military necessity.
To learn more, you can participate in Department of Labor USERRA 101, an on-line introduction to the rules and regulations surrounding USERRA, or check out this fact sheet.

Meet Our Candidates

The battle for talent in the workplace can be fierce.  It doesn't have to be if you know where to look. Below is a preview of actual Orion International candidates and the valuable skills and experience they possess.

 Future Operations Planner; West Point Graduate View Resume

Operations Engineering Chief View Resume

Assistant Brigade Operations Officer; Military Academy Graduate View Resume

Logistics Officer View Resume

Experienced Electrician/Electrical Maintenance Planner View Resume

Nuclear Electrician's Mate View Resume

Nuclear Machinist's Mate View Resume

National Distinguished Candidate Conference

Mark your calendar for our upcoming National Distinguished Candidate Conferences:

Houston, TX
March 3-4

Since 1991, our clients have told us that the most important factor in deciding to hire military through an agency is the Quality of Candidate. Our unique Distinguished Candidate Conferences are designed to recruit, assess, screen, and present the top military candidates for your hiring needs. In 2012, more than 50 client companies strategically hired Orion’s Military Officers through our Distinguished Candidate Conferences, with nearly 50% making multiple hires.

Orion’s Distinguished Candidates are carefully selected and represent the very top tier of Military Officers transitioning from Active Duty. They are seeking careers in growth roles including Leadership Development, Operations Management, Engineering, and Sales.

Our Junior Military Officer Candidates at these National Events:

  • Service Academy Graduates and graduates of the nation’s top universities.
  • Candidates with MBAs and other advanced degrees; and those with PMPs, PEs, and other professional certifications.
  • Candidates who have consistently ranked well above their peers in their professional military evaluations.
  • Willing to relocate and geographically flexible.

Distinguished Candidate Conference Highlights:

  • These events will feature 30 minute Client Presentations in which you can present to the candidates you’ll be interviewing in advance. We recommend a C-level or VP Presenter for client presentations.
  • Enjoy an additional opportunity for socializing with the candidates and other Hiring Managers, at our President’s Reception following the Keynote Address on Monday evening.
  • Pre-screened, assessed, qualified Officer Candidates suitably matched for your particular hiring needs.
  • A private and professional interview setting.
  • Personalized attention to ensure the best in customer service, including insight on the candidates and advice on the most effective hiring strategy.

In addition, Orion’s Executive Leadership Team will be available throughout these events to meet and discuss your company’s talent planning and how our dedicated on-boarding programs, assessment tools, and other enterprise-scale service offerings may be able to support your organization in 2013 and beyond.

What do our clients have to say about the caliber of candidates at an Orion Distinguished Candidate Conference?

"Our experience at Orion's Distinguished Candidate Conference was a great success. The candidates were of the highest caliber and extremely well matched for our Leadership Development Program. This event enabled us to hire 5 outstanding JMOs very efficiently, saving weeks of time. I look forward to seeing the impact these new leaders will have on BP." - Program Manager, BP

Our Distinguished Candidate Conferences enable you to develop a strong pipeline of future leaders and foster strategic organizational growth.

Learn more about our Distinguished Candidate Conferences and discover for yourself the impact a Military Officer can have on your organization.

Zappos Does Away with Managers

In a recent bold move, the online shoe and apparel retailer Zappos has announced a rather unorthodox decision – to do away with their bosses.

This doesn’t come as that big of a surprise from a company who calls their executives monkeys, have employees ring cowbells and blow horns to welcome visitors, and offers new employees cash to quit to test their loyalty.

Headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, Zappos has now eliminated traditional managers and done away with job titles internally, putting the corporate hierarchy structure on its head.

While this may seem novel, there is actually a name for it – Holacracy. Developed by a software entrepreneur Brian Robertson, Holacracy replaces traditional corporate hierarchy with overlapping autonomous “circles.”

Instead of structuring a company around the employees, Holacracy organizes a company around the work that needs to be done. Employees do not have job titles, but are instead assigned to several roles with target aims and expectations.

However, this form of workplace philosophy isn’t completely devoid of supervisors – a group of people decide what each role should entail and what the end result should be from each employee. These people are called “Lead Links,” and while they have the ability to assign employees roles or remove them, they do not actually tell people what to do.

Advocates of Holacracy believe that it gives employees more of a voice in company affairs, creating a more engaged and exciting work environment. Zappos hopes that their adoption of Holacracy will keep their company from becoming too formal and rigid as it continues to expand.

Since April, the company has already moved 10 percent of its employees to the new system, with the rest of the company transitioning by the end of this year.

Holacracy is a very radical system, and one that could either be highly successful or have disastrous effects. With Zappos’ track record for extreme work ideas, it just may work for them.


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According to Our Clients

“We are hiring for technical roles through Orion and decided to do so because veterans represent a known quantity of leadership and skill level. My experience with Orion has been so much easier than with previous recruiting firms. I've had years of experience with other firms, and it seems that they all decided that complacency is the new marketing strategy. Orion has changed my attitude towards recruiting services and has actually made this an enjoyable process. We have received stellar customer service. My previous ‘go-to’ recruiters have been replaced by Norlan Ulad, JP Sniffen, and the rest of the team at Orion International.” – Jim Perry, Jorgensen Forge

Refer a Colleague to Hire Military Talent

Is your company or that of a friend or colleague in need of military talent? For every referral you provide, you will be automatically entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral results in a placement, you will personally receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thank you. As always, we will maintain your privacy and never share your information nor that of your referral.

Click here to refer a colleague to hire military talent now!

Connect with Orion

Did you know that there are several ways to connect with Orion and learn how veterans impact the civilian workforce?

• You can join our LinkedIn group for employers, Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet®. This group is a great way to show your support of veterans in the civilian workforce.

• Read our blog, Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet®. This blog covers everything from veterans in the news to general employer-employee relations. Check it out!

• You can follow Orion on Twitter (@hirevets) to receive updates about Orion, learn about upcoming hiring events, and find links to articles of interest.

• Orion is now on Google+! Follow us to keep up to date on all things Orion. 

Join Orion’s Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet group on LinkedIn

 Read Orion's Blog

Find us on Twitter

Follow @hirevets


 Follow us on Google+