The Bullseye - June 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Orion Participates in 2-Year Joining Forces Anniversary,
G.I. Jobs Profiles a ‘Sweet’ Career in Logistics ,
Alumni Update,
How to Stay Motivated During the Dog Days of Summer,
Congratulations to This Month's Winner,
On This Father’s Day, Dads Need Better Work/Life Balance,
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Orion Participates in 2-Year Joining Forces Anniversary

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.

To mark the 2-year anniversary, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that America’s businesses have nearly tripled the goal set by President Obama, and did so eight months early. According to Mrs. Obama, the private sector has already hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses since the start of the program; with commitments from American companies to hire or train another 435,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

Orion was honored to be included in the anniversary event, which was held in the East Room of the White House. David Coe, former Marine Corps Officer and Vice President – Strategic Programs at Orion International, as well as Mike Wooster, former Navy Aviation Electronics Technician and Candidate Recruiter at Orion, attended on behalf of Orion. 

Orion is proud to have assisted several Joining Forces companies in achieving their Military Hiring goals in 2011 and 2012. And having exceeded our own pledge to Joining Forces in 2012, Orion was invited to publicly recommit to this important initiative through Military Hiring Events and consultative training programs to educate companies on creating and implementing a Military Recruiting Strategy.

With commitments from the private sector, Joining Forces continues to gain momentum, as evidenced in the video below featuring Orion alumnus Jeff Metcalf:


GI Jobs Profiles a "Sweet" Career in Logistics

In an article titled “A Sweet Job” in the April issue of G.I. Jobs, Len Vermillion profiles veterans in logistics careers with The Hershey Company, the #1 chocolate maker in the country. Vermillion visited the facility in Chocolatetown, USA, where he interviewed Veterans John Kleinfelter and Sryhan Biray, and provides a glimpse into their respective careers with Hershey. The two had vastly different military experiences, yet they were both trained in logistics during their time in the service and use that training on a daily basis.
“I’m pretty much a liaison between our sales team, our customers and our supply chain,” Kleinfelter explains to Vermillion. “My job is to interface with all of those folks and try to get different strategic projects accomplished, and to address any types of problems that might come up within a customer’s business – whether it be here or at a delivery dock, or wherever.” He goes on to define himself as a “part problem-solver and part problem preventer”. He credits his ability to do this job to his experience in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard. And Kleinfelter’s military skills may never be more at play than when dealing with what he calls the “chaos that can ensue around a logistician.”
In the same office, Vermillion finds Syrhan Biray, a former transportation officer who found his career at Hershey through Orion International. Biray’s primary focus at Hershey is managing the logistics for their largest customer, Walmart. This job often entails moving goods across borders and through customs, an aspect of the job that Biray felt prepared for thanks to his time in the service. “My military background has given me an idea of working with different cultures,” Biray explains. “Right now, I’m working with an element in the Philippines, the U.K., South Africa and Brazil. We also have businesses in Canada and Mexico. You just have to be aware of cultural differences.”
Coupled with the profiles of Kleinfelter and Biray, Vermillion offers an attractive snapshot of a Logistician career that includes Average National Earnings of $70,800 and an expected growth rate of 26%. Here at Orion, we’ve seen veterans excel in Logistics and Supply positions such as Supply Chain Analysts, Operations Management, Quality Engineering and Improvement, as well as Inventory Control Management.
Many veterans have experience moving people, fuel, and material over long distances under difficult conditions. They are mission-oriented and adept at overcoming obstacles to assure success. These veterans are able to evaluate multiple variables in constantly changing conditions to get the right amounts of what they need where they need it.  Vermillion’s article showcases just how well these veterans are stepping into civilian logistics roles.

Click here to read the full article.

Alumni Update

Artur Landa

Production Planner, Voltaix, Inc.


Orion helped me find a job at Voltaix, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, as a Chemical Operator in March 2008 a month after separating from the Navy. Two years later, I was promoted to Production Planner, and I continue to enjoy my career with Voltaix.

In the military, I was an E-4 stationed in San Diego, CA, on the USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76. As an Engineman, my job in the Navy was to work on diesel engines. Just like a mechanic works on a car, I used to work on boats.

I’m currently enrolled in the City University of New York – Staten Island, pursuing a B.S. in Economics. One of my reasons for joining the Navy was to have my education paid for, so the GI Bill is covering my education. I believe that in order to be competitive in work force you need to have college degree.

As a Production Planner, I plan and prepare production schedules and workflow while addressing any delays or unforeseen conditions. My military experience helps me even today in this industry, because it taught me to always work safely, pay attention to details, and to always be on time. Safely working on engines was a huge part of my military career and was the most important part of the job. If safety was not followed there was possibility of getting hurt or losing a finger or even worse. In fact, I think my military background prepared me for any job I could have accepted.

How to Stay Motivated During the Dog Days of Summer

The days are getting longer, temperatures are steadily rising, the kids are out of school, and with the start of the first day of summer on June 21st, your goals and motivation at work may start to slide. Nip those tendencies to slack off in the summertime so you won’t be feeling the crunch come September with four easy tips to help you stay motivated, even when the temperature is in the triple digits.

Take advantage of the longer days. The key to staying motivated in the office starts at home. Take time to enjoy the extra hours of the day that the summer months allow by unwinding with a walk after dinner, treating yourself to some ice cream, or even seeing a baseball game. If you take the time to decompress after your day, you will be more prepared to face the next day and will be better able to handle any problems that arise.

Clear away the clutter. While springtime is usually reserved for cleaning, take advantage of the slower summer months to tidy up your desk, inbox, or tackle any projects that have been at the back of your mind. With a cleaner workspace and a freer mind, you will feel refreshed, accomplished, and recharged to keep going.

Don’t forget your fitness. When the temperatures rise, it can be easy to forget about your daily workout and hitting the gym. Who wants to sweat more than they have to in the summer? But don’t hang up your running shoes in June and pick them up again in September. Working out is a great, easy way to relieve stress and increase endorphins and energy, making you feel good about yourself, which in turn will translate into an increased work ethic and productivity at the office.

Keep your goals in mind. Set a goal – or two – at the beginning of the summer about what you would like to achieve in the workplace for the next couple of months. Write it down (this is important – you will be more apt to accomplish your goals if you write it down) and place your goals where you can see it daily. Having a goal will help you become more motivated and give you a sense of purpose and direction.

The summer months don’t have to be a drag in the office. Remember to take care of your body and mind inside and outside of work, and watch your productivity and motivation increase with the temperature.


Congratulations to This Month's Winner

Daniel Suh 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!

On This Father’s Day, Dads Need Better Work/Life Balance

It is something that all employees, in every industry struggle with – how to maintain a healthy work/life balance. However, while it would seem that women in the workplace struggle with this particular hurdle more than any other group, an annual CareerBuilder Father’s Day survey revealed that more than 800 fathers – those employed full-time, with children 18 or under in the household – reported struggling with maintaining a good work/life balance, up from a year ago.

The rise in this report is the result of smaller staffs and a heavier workload, forcing fathers to work longer hours. Additionally, the survey found that:

  • 22 percent work more than 50 hours per week on average, up from 19 percent last year
  • 39 percent spent two hours or less with their children each day, with 16 percent spending one hour or less
  • 20 percent reported they bring home work at least three days a week
  • 34 percent have missed at least two significant events in their children’s life due to work last year
  • 19 percent have reported checking voicemail or e-mail during their children’s events

While things do look bleak for dads – after all, 22 percent reported that they feel that their work has a negative impact on their families – there are some tips that working fathers can follow to get their work/life balance back on track.

Keep your time in check. Be realistic about what you can and can’t get done during your workday, so that you are able to leave work at a more reasonable hour. While there are things that are bound to arise that need immediate attention away from your tasks, with a set schedule in mind of your workday and reasonable expectations of what you can achieve, you will be better able to juggle problems that come your way without staying late.

Leave work at work. In our overly connected society, it is easy to continue working by just a glance at your iPhone. Resist the urge to check e-mail or answer calls when you’re not in the office, and focus on spending time with your family.

Consider a flexible schedule. Talk to your boss about allowing you to work a more flexible schedule, perhaps modified hours or even working remotely. This will allow you to be there for your family and also keep you in control of your time.

Remember you have support. Enlist the help of your co-workers and team to help cover your daily work duties if a family emergency arises. At home, utilize trusted childcare or family members to help out when a situation at work requires your attention, or during a business trip.

For fathers, maintaining a work/life balance is possible. Alex Green, General Counsel to CareerBuilder and a father of three, offers some words of advice: “The key to maintaining a balance is open communication and planning ahead at both work and home. It’s also important to cut yourself some slack. Even the best dads need a break sometimes.”


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