Talent Insider

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Orion Talent and Siemens USA Celebrate 10 Years of Continuous Success in Hiring Military Veterans

Collaboration Has Helped Nearly 4,000 Veterans Transition to Siemens' Workforce

Orion Talent, a provider of best-in-class military hiring and talent optimization solutions, proudly announced the 10-year anniversary of its Talent Program with Siemens USA to recruit, train, and retain skilled transitioning military service members and veterans.

Although the relationship between the two organizations dates back to the mid-1990s, the launch of Siemens’ formal Military Talent Program through Orion Talent began in June 2010 and has evolved into an award-winning collaboration to help transitioning U.S. military veterans thrive in the civilian workforce. The nationwide program standardizes and sustains the four key areas most critical to the success of military hiring efforts: targeted, proactive engagement of potential military candidates; comprehensive, engaging onboarding; talent upskilling; and engagement from day one. To date, the carefully crafted program has resulted in a continuous pipeline of high caliber military talent and a retention rate that far surpasses the market norm.

"It's a privilege to work with an organization such as Siemens that is so genuinely committed to understanding the uniqueness of a veteran's job search," said Mike Starich, CEO of Orion Talent. "While veterans remain a top tier target for most manufacturers, many employers lack an understanding of how veteran skills and backgrounds translate to the civilian workplace, and encounter difficulties throughout the hiring process. When a company is serious about hiring veterans, it needs the organizational support to build a dedicated military hiring program that puts veterans in positions in which they have an opportunity to flourish."

Since launching its military hiring program, Siemens has recruited nearly 4,000 service members from all four branches of the U.S. Military: Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps. With many positions requiring a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education or corresponding military background, veterans join Siemens in a range of roles – from corporate leadership to project management, manufacturing, running automation systems, and helping customers deploy next-generation power systems.

Siemens also offers a job training initiative to develop digital skills for veterans with engineering and manufacturing backgrounds as part of its broader effort to assist transitioning veterans. With demand far exceeding the supply of qualified technology talent, training veterans in STEM skills is critical to meet the needs of the private sector workforce as well as those of veterans returning to civilian life. Approximately 500 veterans have elected to use this resource since 2013.

"All companies have a responsibility to help veterans transition successfully into the civilian workforce and to live the American dream they bravely defended. But ultimately, the veterans we hire are helping us," said Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton. "Our partnership with Orion Talent has helped us to take a proactive approach to hiring men and women who have strong technical training and natural leadership qualities that add tremendous value to our business."

For its efforts to hire military veterans, Siemens received the Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award in 2019 from the United States Department of Labor and was named to the U.S. Veterans Magazine Best of the Best list in 2019. Siemens has committed to hire an additional 300 veterans annually over the next several years.

Orion Talent Partners with Salute Mission Critical to Expand Opportunity for Veterans

Orion Talent is pleased to announce a partnership with Salute Mission Critical, a premier IT Data Center Lifecycle services company, which transforms military veterans into world-class data center technicians. 

Salute Mission Critical’s purpose is to provide the highest quality services for its customers, while providing a gateway to the data center industry for those who have served our country. Orion Talent’s Military Team helps military service members and veterans discover meaningful careers, and businesses grow by finding, delivering, and engaging outstanding talent.
“The alignment of Salute Mission Critical’s mission with that of ours at Orion Talent makes this a strong partnership,” said Mike Starich, CEO of Orion Talent. “Together, our companies will work to create expanded career opportunities for veterans within the data center and mission-critical industries.”

Co-founded by Lee Kirby and Jason Okroy, Salute Mission Critical was ranked as the 183rd Fast Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500, and is a fellow recipient of the Gold HIRE Vets Medallion, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor.  According to Kirby, “We are excited to partner with Orion Talent. This is the beginning of a  successful relationship with unlimited potential to maximize the impact veterans can have in the mission-critical industry.”

On-Demand Virtual Hiring Events Through Orion Talent

In addition to our scheduled industry- and region-specific virtual hiring events, we are excited to offer our clients the ability to customize an On-Demand Virtual Hiring Event. These events are catered to your scheduling, recruiting, and compliance needs, enabling you to overcome travel and social distancing restrictions, all while meeting your ongoing recruiting needs.
Orion Talent On-Demand Virtual Hiring Events serve nearly all industries and include benefits like:
With an Orion Talent On-Demand Virtual Hiring Event you can recruit skilled specialists and professionals for a wide range of permanent and contingent roles. All we need to know to get started is:
- What positions would you like to fill?
- How many candidates would you like to hire?
- When would you like to virtually interview Orion's candidates?
We take it from there and set you up with military talent ready to start a new career with your company. Before you know it, you have recruited top leaders and technicians, without having to leave your office, just like the environmental engineering firm below.
Whether you are looking to ramp up hiring for project based needs, are seeking a company-wide coordinated Military Talent Strategy, or need to fill just a few positions, Orion virtual interviews make it faster and easier to interview the right Military Talent. Contact us today, and put the industry's most committed, outcome-driven recruitment force to work for you today!

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