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Distinguished Candidate Conferences

Free Career Placement Services for Top JMO Candidates at these National Events

Veteran Officers
Are you preparing to exit the military and begin a civilian career? Do you think that your education, background, and military career distinguish you from your peers?

If so, you may be a candidate for Orion’s National Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC).

There will be positions available nationwide, with a focus on Engineering, Sales, Leadership Development, and Operations Management.

Orion carefully selects candidates for our DCCs that exemplify the best Orion has to offer our client companies. We work hard to assemble a select group of the top JMOs from around the country.

Our distinguished candidates include:
  • Graduates of Military Service Academies or Top Universities with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Those with a masters degree or other advanced education; and
  • Those that have consistently ranked above their peers in Officer Evaluations.
There will be 35 - 40 companies interviewing candidates for positions in Operations, Medical and Technical Sales, Consulting, Engineering, Project Management, Program Management, and Logistics.

Here are just a few of the companies that will attending the upcoming DCC to hire their next generation of Leadership Development, Operations Management, Engineering and Sales talent:

The Hershey Company
Ingersoll Rand
PNC Bank
…and many others

In 2013, more than 100 Military Officers found their civilian careers through our Distinguished Candidate Conference, with companies including Alcoa, Bank of America, Boston Scientific, Bridgestone Firestone, Corning Cable, Dell, Frito-Lay, GE Aviation, Hershey’s, Hitachi Medical, Honeywell, Lexmark, Nalco, PepsiCo, Safeway, Samsung, Siemens, WE Energies, and many others.

There is no better opportunity to interview with Orion’s top clients than our Distinguished Candidate Conference. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out what several recently-transitioned Officers who found their careers through a DCC have to say:
  • "Working with Orion International and attending their Distinguished Candidate Conference in Chicago was truly a great experience. When asked how the event could have been better, I honestly did not have an answer, because it was top notch all the way! Everything from the preparation to the event itself was nothing short of extraordinary. I highly recommend Orion to any JMO that is transitioning out of the military; they most certainly will not regret it!"
  • "I recently attended an Orion Distinguished Candidate Conference and was very impressed with the entire process. Orion did a great job preparing me for the DCC via their webinars, modules, phone calls, and countless reading materials. Throughout the DCC, every member of the Orion team was willing to answer any questions I had, as well as provide advice when needed to better prepare me for my interviews. Having attended a hiring conference with a different military recruiting firm in the past; the difference is clear, and I would recommend Orion to anyone transitioning out of the military."
  • "I feel the DCC was an amazing event and was truly surprised with the quality of companies in attendance. I believe anyone that attends these conferences will find a company that has a culture and benefits program that JMOs are looking for. As long as the JMO goes in with an open mind and is willing to do some research on the companies, they will find a company that fits their expectations."
  • "Orion is an amazing company that was instrumental in ensuring I had a successful transition from the military to a corporate career with an amazing company. I attended the National Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) in Baltimore on September 10, 2013. From there, I was offered a position the following week. The DCC was amazing. The quality of companies and positions was truly ‘top-notch’. The highlight and, what I believe to be a differentiator, was the mixer held the first night of the conference. It allowed candidates a chance to get to know the hiring managers in an informal setting, so they felt more at ease when they walked into their interviews the next day. I would recommend them to anyone looking to leverage the experience they gained in the military into a rewarding corporate career."
  • "The June 2013 San Diego DCC was first class, all the way. It was extremely organized, and every member of the Orion team was helpful and approachable. They were enthusiastic, and it felt like they were on a mission to help every candidate be successful."
  • "I truly enjoyed the Distinguished Candidate Conference in Houston, TX. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to interview with multiple Fortune 500 companies located throughout the nation. The Orion International team was very professional and prepared me well for my success at the event. I am greatly appreciative of Orion's hard work and dedication to each candidate and the event. Thank you, Orion, for helping me establish my career outside the military. The hard work your company does truly changes people's lives for the better."
  • "Without the May Distinguished Candidate Conference, I am certain I would have been searching for a job longer than I did. I only wish I had found Orion sooner. Working with Orion and attending a DCC was a great experience. I would definitely recommend it to my peers."
  • "The Orion DCC I attended was a very professional and well-organized event. All of the companies that conducted interviews were genuinely interested in the candidates, and it was great to network with other professionals. I was limited by location, so I only had two interviews; however, that was all it took, because I was hired by one of these companies and back at work in less than a month after the conference concluded."
  • "The best part of attending an Orion Distinguished Candidate Conference is the pre-established relationship between Orion, their candidates, and the companies. Candidates know that the companies there are looking to hire military talent, and the companies know they are getting to meet enthusiastic, hardworking men and women. After a few months of online applications, cold-calls, and polishing my LinkedIn profile, having nine interviews in a day at the DCC with companies that I knew were interested in hiring someone like me was a real eye-opener."
Read more testimonials from Military Officers who have found their civilian careers through Orion’s Distinguished Candidate Conference.
Conference Agenda

Monday (Day 1) - Interview Preparation, Briefings by the interviewing companies, President’s Reception to network with clients and other candidates

Tuesday (Day 2) - Interview with companies for positions that are a match with your background, skills and preferences

If you would like to be considered for this special hiring event, please contact us via the link below.
DCC Keynote Speakers

Many of our DCCs feature a distinguished Keynote Speaker who addresses everything from veterans in the civilian workforce to desirable business traits. In the past, Orion has hosted David Seymour, SVP Technical Operations with US Airways, and Mark Gardner, VP and General Manager of Advanced Genomic Systems with Life Technologies, among many others. Our May 2010 DCC featured Dave Krall, Director of Sales at Endo-Ethicon. His informative speech covered everything from his own unique transition experience to advice on how to succeed in the civilian workplace. Click here to read more about what he had to say.

Orion was pleased to host Don Knauss, Chairman and CEO of The Clorox Company, at our San Diego DCC in October 2012 where he spoke on the Five Traits of Effective Leaders. See below for his full speech:
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