The Bullseye - July 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Orion International Launches Veteran Low to High Challenge,
Alumni in the News,
New Rules for Federal Contractors Hiring Veterans,
Congratulations to this Month's Winner!,
13 Personalities You'll Find in Every Office,
Career Opportunities Within Orion,
Join Orion's Alumni Club,
Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion,
Connect with Orion

Orion International Launches Veteran Low to High Challenge

Orion International has launched a campaign to raise more than $100,000 for Veteran organizations in 2014 through the Low to High Challenge.

The donations raised will benefit our partner Veteran organizations, which include Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots, and Warrior Hike. Learn more about each organization and how they benefit Veterans and their families.

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge will occur in late Fall 2014, when our team of Orion employees, Veterans, partners, and corporate sponsors will hike from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney – a 7 day, 130+ mile, 14,778 foot elevation change trek.

Orion is offering a variety of incentives and benefits to corporate sponsorship, and invites your organization to receive high-visibility recognition within the military community while supporting our partner charitable organizations. Learn about the benefits of Corporate Sponsorship.

Help us reach our goal to raise $100,000 for Veterans as we embark on the Low to High Challenge, and gain national recognition for Veterans by completing this trek.

As an individual donor, we invite you to learn more about the Veteran Low to High Challenge, donate to the challenge, and participate in a Low to High Challenge 5k in your area.

Alumni in the News

Not only does Orion recognize the excellence that our alumni bring to the civilian workplace, but so does the press! Our alumni continually succeed in their civilian endeavors and serve as examples of how their leadership qualities, technical experience, and intangibles, such as loyalty, work ethic, and integrity, benefit their chosen field. Read about our alumni in action below:

photo from the Tennessean

Aaron Wanless

Sgt. Aaron Wanless speaks at the Ft. Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum
By: Michael Cass and Philip Grey, Gannett Tennessee

Michelle Obama announces new job website for veterans. First Lady tells soldiers, 'Don't be afraid to brag' about yourself and your accomplishments.

FORT CAMPBELL - First lady Michelle Obama urged soldiers here Wednesday to talk up their skills and service as they trade weaponry for resumes - and offered a new tool to help them do it.…Read full article.

New Rules for Federal Contractors Hiring Veterans

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published new rules requiring federal contractors to adopt benchmarks for hiring certain groups of veterans in September 2013, which went into effect on March 24, 2014. These rules were updated in an effort to combat the jobless rate among certain veterans.

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, an act prohibiting contractors and their subcontractors from discriminating against protected veterans when hiring, is directly affected by these updated rules. Some of the updates include:
  • Hiring benchmarks: The new regulations require that contractors establish annual hiring benchmarks for protected veterans. Contractors must use one of two methods to establish their benchmarks. Contractors may choose to establish a benchmark equal to the national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force or establish their own benchmarks using certain data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service/Employment and Training Administration (VETS/ETA) that is also published by OFCCP, as well other factors that reflect the contractor’s unique hiring circumstances.
  • Data collection: The new regulations require that contractors document and update annually several quantitative comparisons for the number of veterans who apply for jobs and the number of veterans they hire. The data must be maintained for three years to be used to spot trends.
  • Invitation to Self-Identify: The new regulations require that contractors invite applicants to self-identify as protected veterans at both the pre-offer and post-offer phases of the application process.
  • Job Listings: The new regulations clarify that when listing their job openings, contractors must provide that information in a manner and format permitted by the appropriate State or local job service, so that it can access and use the information to make the job listings available to job seekers.
The new veteran benchmark rule applies to companies with at least $100,000 in federal contracts. If contractors don’t meet those benchmarks or show that they are taking steps to do so, they could face penalties or have their contracts revoked.
"In a competitive job market, employers need access to the best possible employees," said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in a Department of Labor new release. "These rules make it easier for employers to tap into a large, diverse pool of qualified candidates."
Click here to learn more about these updates.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Jeramie Kelsay 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!

13 Personalities You'll Find in Every Office

The office work environment by nature puts people together with a wide range of personalities, filled with idiosyncracies. Check out the infographic below by National Pen to see which one you identify with and see if you can spot your co-worker's personalities:


Career Opportunities Within Orion

Become part of Orion's team! We are currently hiring for the following:

Account Executive - San Diego, CA; Austin, TX; and Raleigh, NC

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our San Diego, Austin, and Raleigh offices.

Account Executives are responsible for discovering and securing job opportunities for our military candidates.

Account Executive Essential Job Duties

  • Create and maintain relationships with America's leading companies through development of a leads list, business development calls, onsite client presentations, and networking.
  • Educate potential clients on the value of hiring military candidates.
  • Grow and manage a portfolio of client accounts within your territory.
  • Once a job order is received, discuss the specific opportunity with identified candidates by providing a complete background on the position, company, and industry.
  • Through the final phases of the hiring process you will work with both the client and candidate to provide superior customer service and consultation to each.
  • Required travel - Attend Hiring Conferences in your region between one and two times each month; additional occasional travel within your region to client locations.

Account Executive Qualifications

  • Military Experience - You must be a former or transitioning military professional.
  • Education - Bachelors Degree is required.
  • Previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales.
  • Excellent presentation skills, energetic, and motivated.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Orion offers our Account Executives a competitive salary plus bonus structure that leads to a salary plus commission compensation structure.
  • Orion provides a full benefits package to our employees including vacation and holidays, medical, dental, vision, LTD, STD, life insurance, and 401k.

Apply for this position, or contact us with questions.


Enlisted Candidate Recruiter - Austin, TX


Orion is currently seeking an Enlisted Candidate Recruiter for our Austin, TX office.  

Position Description:  

• Work with candidates exiting the military and identify those who have the skills and abilities our clients are looking for.  
• Source, screen, and match candidates for opportunities based on a variety of qualifications.  
• Prepare candidates for interviews and work with them through the Orion pipeline, from sourcing, to acceptance of a job offer, and after they begin their new position.  
• Daily activities will include but are not limited to: searching for candidates, cold calling candidates, screening candidates, identifying candidates for opportunities, and working with candidates on resume preparation and interviewing skills.  
• You will travel to different military installations in your territory interviewing potential candidates. You will also travel to hiring conferences sponsored by Orion International.  

Compensation and Benefits:  

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment.  We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure.  We also include a 401k plan, medical and dental, disability, and profit sharing. At Orion, we believe in promoting our top performers in a company that is focused on growth.  


• Must have served in the United States military - no exceptions.  
• Must have military recruiting experience.  
• Must live in the greater Austin area.  
• A military technical background is desired.  

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.  


Junior Account Executive - Virginia Beach, VA


Orion is currently hiring for a Junior Account Executive in our Virginia Beach, VA office. The Junior Account Executive position is an entry-level Sales position. You will work directly for a Sr. Account Executive, and be trained and given all the tools you need to succeed in Sales.

You will be responsible for creating relationships with America's leading companies through development of a leads list, business development calls, and client presentations. You will educate potential clients on the value of hiring military candidates, and grow and manage a portfolio of client accounts within your territory.

As a Junior Account Executive, you will travel once or twice each month, including attendance at National Hiring Conferences (every 4 -- 8 weeks), where you will facilitate candidate training and interviews with your client companies.  You will also conduct client visits at offices, plants, etc., in cities in your region.

Upon successfully completing your training and meeting all stated goals, your career progression will lead to a role as an Account Executive with Orion.

Responsibilities include:  

• Development of job descriptions and power points for Hiring Conferences.  
• Tracking & scheduling exclusive hiring events for clients.  
• Screening candidates for interviews.  
• Managing weekly reports and key metrics for National Accounts.  
• Prospecting & calling new business.  
• Updating key internal metrics -- final interviews scheduled, candidates submitted, offers accepted, etc.  
• Administrative tasks such as: entering data into PCR, research requests for new leads, preparing materials for client visits, etc.  

Compensation and Benefits:

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary and developing our employees in a completive job market environment. We offer a salary plus commission structure, allowing you to determine your own earnings potential.

You will be given a base salary of $16-18/per hour, with commission structure. The average first year Junior Account Executive can expect to make $5 - $10k in commission in Year 1.

Orion provides a full benefits package to our employees including vacation and holidays, medical, dental, vision, LTD, STD, life insurance, and 401k plan.

Position Requirements:  

• Ideally candidates will have served in the United States Military  
• Bachelor's degree preferred  
• Desire to succeed in sales  
• Previous sales experience is not required, although is preferred  
• Excellent presentation skills, energetic, and motivated to succeed  
• Record of achievement; be able to provide examples of competitive achievements.  
• Proficient with Microsoft Office    

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.


Navy Officer Recruiter - Virginia Beach, VA


Orion is seeking a former Navy Officer to join our Virginia Beach office as a Navy Officer Recruiter. This is your opportunity to assist your fellow Veterans, while gaining invaluable recruiting experience in a high-paced sales environment. You will work with transitioning Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force Officers in the Northeast region and aid them in their transition from Active Duty into Corporate America.  

Salary: $60,000 base salary, plus commission (1st year expected earnings in the $70k+ range)  

Travel Requirements: Approximately 2 to 3 times/month to military installations and/or hiring conferences within your assigned territory (~30% travel).  

Career Progression: Move into Production Recruiter or Account Executive role (average earnings is greater than $100k/year).  


• Recently transitioned Navy Officer less than five years removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning.
• Strong desire to assist fellow veterans and succeed in recruiting.  
• Strong achievement profile, high energy, and the drive to succeed in a fast paced recruiting environment.
• Outstanding presentation and communication skills.  
• USNA Graduate preferred.    

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.

Join Orion's Alumni Club

As an Orion alum, your experience and guidance is a valuable asset to veteran job seekers who are now in the same position you were when searching for a career. Join Orion's Alumni Club if you'd be willing to share your expertise with current Orion job seekers or discuss options for hiring military with our Account Executives. Check out the Transition Corner for others who have participated in Orion's Alumni Club.

If you would like to participate, complete this form to be enrolled in Orion’s Alumni Club and entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card.

Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion

Do you know a military job seeker looking for a civilian career? For each referral that you give us, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral is hired through Orion, you will receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thanks.

Click here to refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion now!

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