April 23, 2014, marked the third anniversary of Joining Forces, a national initiative to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned through employment, education, and wellness. To celebrate the occasion, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden visited the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY, at the Veterans Jobs Summit …read more
Recently, Orion International gathered Honeywell, Siemens, The Hershey Company, and WWE on Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, FL to deliver an on-station hiring event. Serving the sailors of the USS Gettysburg, USS Vicksburg, USS Philippine Sea, and Naval Station Mayport, the event focused on interviewing service members and their spouses for positions in IT, operations, sales, and …read more
April 30, 2013, marked the two-year anniversary of Joining Forces, a national initiative to involve all sectors of society to provide improved opportunities to Veterans and their families in the areas of Employment, Education, and Wellness. In April 2011, President Obama issued a challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 Veterans by 2014. …read more
Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today participated in a Joining Forces Veterans Hiring Event that recognized Veterans Day and the contributions of our men and women in uniform. The event, sponsored by Honeywell and their military recruitment partner Orion International, aimed to identify and match veteran job candidates with open positions at Honeywell and recognized Honeywell’s efforts to provide veterans with more career opportunities. Honeywell’s Chairman and CEO Dave Cote and Joining Forces Executive Director Todd Veazie also attended. …read more
Orion International has been operating as a military career placement firm since 1991, and has played a prominent role in the Joining Forces campaign, which recently hit a milestone of finding 125,000 new jobs for veterans within the past year. We asked Orion President and Marine Corps veteran Mike Starich about Orion's role in the program, as well as his insights on what the future holds for veteran job seekers.
What's your take on how the Joining Forces program has been going so far, and about the recent 125,000 veteran milestone?
The Joining Forces program has been very successful so far. Though it is likely difficult to track closely, the companies that pledge hiring a number of vets do in fact report on that to the Joining Forces campaign leaders. If nothing else, it has created a very positive hiring climate for veterans, the best I have seen in my twenty years in this business. …read more
Earlier today, I joined with First Lady Michelle Obama at Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonville, Florida as she announced that 2,000 companies had hired or trained an amazing 125,000 veterans and military spouses in the past year through Joining Forces.
This effort, combined with policies and legislation put in place by the President have resulted in a 20 percent decrease in veteran unemployment compared to this time last year.
It was an extraordinary event, set among several Navy Seahawk helicopters, that kicked off with a new Joining Forces video telling the story of how we got to today's announcement. Hundreds of Sailors from on Navy's premier warships and helicopter squadrons were in attendance along with their families. …read more
Federal budget cuts still threaten and a recession persists, but even so, it's been a busy couple of months in military business. A company expands. Employers are hiring. And a cool $2 million is up for grabs.
Combat Medical Systems near the Yadkin Road gate to Fort Bragg not only reopened after a tornado damaged its building but added 15 workers, 12 new products and a brand, spankin' new showroom, which company president Corey Russ showed off at a grand reopening in April.
Russ is a former Special Forces combat medic. He now has 26 employees, half of whom are military veterans. …read more
In late April, private sector companies joined forces at Ft Bragg, North Carolina, for one simple mission: to hire transitioning service members.
More than 165 service members located at bases throughout North Carolina attended the very personalized, 2-day career transition event -- led by Orion International -- that included in-depth interview preparation and coaching, resume and presentation guides, presentations on career opportunities given by the employers who attended, and then at least 2-3 individual one-on-one interviews per service members with actual hiring managers from the employer organizations.
More than 100 service members who interviewed at the event are already moving forward to final interview/job offer stage with an employer. …read more
Orion International, billed as the nation's largest military recruiter, is conducting a hiring conference Thursday and Friday in Fayetteville.
About 15 companies will be looking to fill a total of 75 to 100 jobs with service members transitioning to the private sector, according to Tim Isacco, the chief operating officer of the Raleigh-based Orion.
The military hiring conference is in conjunction with first lady Michelle Obama's Joining Forces initiative. The first lady, along with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, have challenged businesses to train or hire 100,000 unemployed veterans and their spouses. …read more
Earlier this month, I joined with a company called Orion International and 12 private sector companies in Ft Hood, Texas, one of America’s largest military bases, for one reason: to hire American Soldiers transitioning out of the world’s greatest Army.
These companies included: Allied Wire, HESS, Kansas City Southern Railway, Schlumberger, NOV, US Bank, USES, Dollar General, Honeywell, Siemens, Marathon and McCormick.
The event was full of excitement, education – and “win-win” opportunities for both the companies involved, as well as transitioning soldiers, some of whom were just weeks away from leaving the Army after having served our nation during a time of war.
With America hiring once again, events such as these are being seen more and more around the country – and for good reason: employers recognize the value of hiring veterans. …read more
FORT HOOD (KCEN)- From working for our country, to looking for work. That's the story for nearly 15 percent of today's veterans, like Angelique Smith who retired from the army in 2010. She hasn't held a job since.
"It's hard but I'm still trying," she said.
On Thursday she tries a new approach.
The White House and military talent firm Orion International are teaming up, and they make their first stop on Fort Hood for the new "joining forces" hiring program. …read more
As the Army looks to reduce the number of troops over the next several years, more soldiers will be taking off their combat boots to walk in the shoes of those in the civilian workforce. On Thursday, veterans looking for a job outside the military got a little help.
The two-day hiring event at Fort Hood is part of a larger White House initiative launched last year called Joining Forces.
"There are a lot of great opportunities, but it's extremely competitive even being a veteran,” SPC. Alexander Davis said. “I feel like this definitely gives me an edge over the competition." …read more
Management consultant and information technology program manager top the list of best jobs for veterans, according to a new study by Payscale.com.
Website staff came up with a list of the 16 most common and well-paid occupations that veterans have taken on since transitioning out of the military.
Katie Bardaro, lead economist, said information to create the list was culled from user-generated information in the website's existing databases, which compile employee compensation profiles through user surveys.
"We ask questions about the job you have now," she said. "And we ask what is the job you were doing five years ago."
Bardaro said it shouldn't be a surprise that management consultant tops the list. …read more
The Army Career and Alumni Program that made its start in 1990 to help transition Soldiers out of the military is now easier.
December 29, the Headquarters Department of the Army made ACAP a commander’s responsibility with leader focus, ensuring that Soldiers have an easier transition to civilian life.
“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,” Jason Forrester, special assistant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, said at an Fort Hood Joining Forces Military Hiring Event at Fort Hood Friday. …read more