The Bullseye - April 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

In This Issue:
Five Recommendations for Successful Veteran Hiring,
Alumni Update,
Ensco Careers Featured in GI Jobs Magazine
Spring Cleaning in the Office,
Congratulations to This Month's Winner,
Food in the Office: When it Becomes a Problem,
Administrative Professionals Day,
Connect with Orion

Five Recommendations for Successful Veteran Hiring

Following the first National Veteran Employment Summit on December 12, 2012, Monster and Military.com have released a report detailing findings and recommendations for both hiring and retaining veterans. The Summit was composed of senior military and government officials, academic leaders, human resource professionals, and military veterans and covered the issue of veteran employment from the employer’s viewpoint, as well as the veteran’s and the government’s. The resulting report ultimately gives five recommendations for companies looking to hire veterans:

Build Veteran Affinity and Mentoring Programs: Companies that create programs that specifically address the needs of veterans are more successful at recruitment and retention of those veterans.

Hire a Veteran: According the Monster’s 2012 Veteran Hiring Index, 69% of the 750 employers surveyed, hired a veteran in the past year. 99.9% said that they were doing as well or better than their nonveteran peers. And nearly all would recommend hiring a veteran to another company.

Take the Lead: Turn a million transitioning service members (the number of veterans estimated to be leaving the service over the next five years) into a million talented candidates.

Use Available Tools: There are a number of tools available to both employers to help overcome any barriers to employment. Veterans often feel pigeon-holed by employers in their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) while they have many other skills. With everything from military skill translators (like O*Net) and online tools (such as the Department of Labor’s step-by-step guide and the Society of Human Resources’ 10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer) to workshops and specialized military recruiting firms, employers should be able to easily overcome this potential hurdle and see the full potential of all their veteran applicants.

Learn from the Best: There are many companies that have instituted very successful veteran hiring programs, such as Siemens and Honeywell. These programs should be emulated by others seeking to bring veterans into their fold.

It’s never been easier to implement a veteran hiring program. With federal initiatives like Joining Forces, online tools, and an increasingly prepared group of transitioning veterans thanks to a new transition preparation program called Transition GPS, companies that do not take advantage of the talented candidate pool found in our nation’s veterans are missing out on valuable employees who may very well be the next generation of CEOs. Senator Joe Manchin spoke at the Summit and said it best: "Today's veterans make great hires, and I've always said, if you want to help a vet, hire a vet."

Click here to read the report in full.

Alumni Update

Antonio Moleros

The Bullseye recently caught up with Orion alumnus Antonio Moleros who shared his civilian career experience with us. Antonio served in both the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force Reserves and says his military experience helped him to be successful in his career with Siemens Healthcare. He joined the Marines in 1997 with an MOS in Aircraft Refueling after immigrating from Lima, Peru.  

Orion helped match Antonio with Siemens Healthcare back in 2008, and he is still with the company nearly five years later. "I am convinced that my military background made this career the perfect match for me. No doubt my formation in the Marines gave me a positive life changing experience," explains Antonio, "The challenges which forced me to endure, adapt, and overcome were priceless and clearly translate into an everyday life in Siemens. It is not enough to know electronics; you have to take ownership of your work all while working efficiently."

Antonio continues to enjoy working for Siemens. He explains that there are a number of professional development programs that make it evident to him that Siemens knows that by promoting employee betterment, they achieve win-win situation.

"Thanks to my comprehensive military formation, ethically and technically, after four-and-a-half-years in the company, I am now a Customer Service Engineer II (CSE II)," adds Antonio, "My military life has not faded away, however. In difficult moments on the job, my military experience comes into play and helps me to provide an efficient solution. I proudly work for one of the best companies in the world."

Ensco Careers Featured in GI Jobs Magazine

Ensco plc, an Orion Featured Employer and former Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer, was recently featured in an Occupation Profile in G.I. Jobs magazine, where author Dan Fazio experienced what life is like for veterans who work on their offshore rigs. In the article, Fazio not only gives detailed descriptions of two key positions on the rigs, but he also speaks with veterans onboard. The subtitle to Fazio’s article describes his view of a veteran’s career with Ensco in a nutshell: “Military veterans working on offshore rigs find high-paying jobs, great benefits and six months of R&R every year”.

Fazio boards the ENSCO 8506, their newest ultra-deepwater semisubmersible oil rig, and finds that veterans are just the men and women for the particular lifestyle that is offshore drilling. He speaks with veterans onboard, Steven Matzen and Allen Vineyard. Matzen, an Army veteran and Electrical Technician with Ensco, explains, “It’s almost like you’re deployed for these mini-rotations. They have great benefits, just like the military does. The pay is very good. And with the economy the way it’s going, I think the oil field is only going to get better. (Veterans) that are looking for a job, I think there are numerous opportunities to excel.”

Hired in August 2012 as a Roustabout, Matzen was promoted to Electrical Technician in January 2013. He gives a description of what life was like as a Roustabout, including a mention of Seafood night (every Saturday where they make gumbo) and tells Fazio, “If you have ambition, you’ll be able to make it in the oil field.”

Vineyard, an Air Force veteran and Electrician, also gives a detailed description of his job. He describes Ensco’s emphasis on safety when he explains, “Before we start any kind of job we sit down and we assess the risks and hazards. And you put into place plans to avoid any kind of risk or hazard so no one gets hurt.” In fact, Ensco has established a safety performance record that consistently exceeds industry averages.

Both Matzen and Vineyard were promoted within six months of beginning their career with Ensco, which Fazio points out is a testament to how well veterans can do in this industry. “I think that this industry is a great opportunity to advance whatever field you’re involved in. There’s a big opportunity to learn more, since Ensco provides me with training and an opportunity to move up – to advance. It’s been a good move for me,” he tells Fazio. With a corporate culture geared toward hiring trained military technicians to support the operations and maintenance of their drilling units, Ensco understands that there is no better place to recruit from than the United States military.

Click here to read the full article.

Spring Cleaning in the Office

Warmer weather brings sunny skies, birds chirping, flowers blooming, and spring cleaning, a yearly ritual that helps clear out the dust and clutter from winter. While most people participate in spring cleaning at home, what about your office, a sorely neglected spot filled with piles of paper and a computer screen covered in post-it notes?

Participating in spring cleaning in the office may be worth your time more than you think. According to a new survey of over 1,000 workers by the staffing firm Adecco, 57 percent of Americans admit they judge coworkers (and their employers) by how clean or dirty they keep their workspace. Nearly half have said that they have been “appalled” at how messy their colleague or employer’s office is, chalking it up to laziness.

In fact, a report last year by OfficeMax found that office clutter undermines productivity and motivation. “Your performance coincides with your workspace, says Jennie Dede, Vice President of recruiting of Adecco. “When it’s organized and precise you have the mindset and motivation to work.”

Below are some tips and tricks to help get your office and workspace back in working order.

Set a weekly appointment to clean. A messy office reflects organization skills. Employees will see a cluttered office and assume their project is going to get lost in the shuffle. It’s important to tackle clutter regularly, before it gets out of hand. Set a weekly 15 minute reminder to toss unwanted papers and sort paperwork.

Don’t make piles, set limits. Piles of paper is not organization, it’s just more clutter. Try separating your office into “zones” -- a workspace area for your computer, a library area for books, storage area for supplies, etc. Give everything in your office a place, and then limit yourself to the amount of items in each. For example, when your filing cabinet starts overflowing, throw out or digitally archive papers.

Your desktop is not a storage space. “The only stuff in the radius of your arms should be the stuff you need immediately,” advises Peter Walsh, author of Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less. Clear your desk of visual clutter and keep flat surfaces bare, paring down to only the essentials. For most people, a clutter-free desktop holds a monitor and keyboard, telephone, some pens, a notebook, a beverage, one lamp and a family photograph.

Get it off the floor. A clean floor immediately lightens the feel of an office. Hang hooks in your office for coats, umbrellas, and bags. Allow a drawer or shelf to be used primarily for larger bags or shoes.

Eliminate digital clutter. Organize digital files and your inbox as you would paper files, with folders and labels. Keep your computer desktop minimally bare and set calendar reminders instead of post-it notes.

Disinfect regularly. Don’t forget to prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints in your workspace. Regularly disinfect your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor at least once a week.

Three quarters of workers think people are most productive when their workspace is clean and tidy, according to the Adecco survey. If you have gotten rid of clutter and your office smells fresh and clean, you will feel more productive and your employees and coworkers will judge you positively in the workplace.

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Congratulations to This Month's Winner

 Michael Loroff won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing

 and is the winner of a $50 gift card.  

 
Ready for your chance to win a $50 gift card? You’ll receive an entry into our monthly drawings for Client and Job Seeker referrals for each referral that you submit – good luck and thank you for the referral!

Food in the Office: When it Becomes a Problem

Most offices love to eat – but not necessarily healthy choices. The amount of donuts, bagels, and birthday cakes that pass through the modern office is enough for even the most dedicated dieter and health conscious want to reach for the cookies instead of the carrots. In fact, according to a survey by Harris Interactive of over 5,000 employees, 44 percent of workers admitted that they had gained weight at their current job, blaming food in the office as the biggest culprit.

While it seems that most of us are fighting a losing battle with our waistlines, there is a way to take control of your health and your tastebuds when it comes to snacks in the office. The best bet is to bring in your own healthy foods, things that you enjoy eating that are also good for you, too. (For suggestions, check out this list for healthy snacks in the office.) If you fill up on healthier snacks, those donuts in the break room will look less appetizing.

You can also take control of the snack situation yourself, and bring in healthy options for the whole office, like a fruit or veggie tray instead of a carb-filled bagel spread. Get your co-workers in the mindset of providing healthier options, and most likely the next snack that is provided won’t be loaded with sugar.

Remember that it’s okay to have a slice of cake or a little extra indulgence occasionally. One slice of cake once or twice a month isn’t going to ruin your diet or healthy eating, but just make sure your cake eating doesn’t turn into once or twice a week.

Eating healthy at work isn’t impossible. With the right attitude and the right food choices, you can turn your own eating habits and those of your co-workers into a healthier alternative.

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