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The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - April 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010
In This Issue:
Researching Industries for Your Civilian Career,
Featured Job - Maintenance Technicians,
Job Seeker Success Story,
Upcoming Events,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Spotlight on Transition Corner: Spouses & Family Members,
According to Your Peers,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Franchise Opportunities for Veterans,
Connect with Orion Online
Researching Industries for Your Civilian Career


Determining the potential industries you may like to enter upon exiting the military not only helps direct your search, but can also helps your Orion recruiter closely match job openings to your preferences.  Some people choose to look for a career in equivalent to their military occupation, while others are interested in trying something completely different. Because your job search with Orion begins long before your first interview and includes decisions like what industry to target, Orion provides job seekers with extensive information on industry descriptions, MOC/MOS-industry conversion resources, what types of positions are available in these industries, and how our veterans typically fare in these industries.


For many veterans, their civilian career is an extension of their military career, although this may not always be easily translatable. There are excellent resources out there to help you directly translate your MOS or MOC into a civilian job title. The Occupational Information Network is a very useful resource where you can enter your MOC and translate it directly to a DOT (Dictionary of Occupational Titles) code.


For instance, if you were a Sonar Subsystem Level II Technician in the Navy, O*Net will tell you that your civilian counterpart code is 49-2094.00, which is “Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment.” By clicking on the civilian job title, you will find more job titles, such as “I&C Tech (Instrument and Control Technician), Electrical Repairman, Electronic Mechanic, Hydro Maintenance Technician, Hydro Plant Technician,” among many others.


When running a search for any MOC on this site, be sure to check out the Wage & Employment Trends section. This feature will provide good insight into what you can expect to be paid and how in demand that occupation is. For the Sonar Subsystem Level II Technician, the median wage is $23.29 hourly or $48,430 annually, with an average projected growth of 3% to 6% over the next eight years. This section will also list the top industries in which this position is found.


Even if your MOS does not directly translate into a civilian occupation, this website is a good place to begin your research as it can give you keywords related to your MOS that might point you in the direction of your new career. And, while there may not be as much guidance as far as a directly translating  your skills, remember that have many intangibles that are very attractive to hiring managers, including leadership, focus on accountability, work ethic, and performance under the most difficult of circumstances.


Once you have an idea of which positions and/or industries interest you, check out our Industries & Positions page to learn more about what industries we represent and what positions we typically recruit for in these industries. Orion places military job seekers into virtually all industries. However, the industries into which we most frequently place JMOs, NCOs, and Enlisted Technicians include Aerospace & Defense Distribution/Transportation, Logistics & Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals/Medical Device, Power Generation, and Renewable Energy. Typical positions in these industries include Maintenance Manager, Operations & Maintenance Technician, RF Test Technician, and Warehouse Supervisor, among many, many others. See a more thorough list on Industries & Positions.


In addition to defining these industries, Orion has also compiled a Military Job Seeker Success Stories database. Here you can search by industry, branch, pay grade, location, company, or job title to find testimonials from veterans with a similar background as you. Interested in HVAC/Building Controls? Peruse the 18 testimonials we have listed to read about these veterans’ experience in transitioning into their new field.


Finally, don’t forget to read up on your industry of choice. This can be done through various industry publications. Industry-specific books are also useful. You can find a list of some of these books on our Suggested Reading List.


There are many decisions to be made as your choose your civilian career. Choosing an industry to target is an important decision that can often demand thinking outside of the box. Whether you find a direct translation of your military skills or find yourself in a completely new field, don’t forget that your breadth of experience complements many industries.

Featured Job: Multi-Craft Maintenance Technicians with Bridgestone


Orion International is proud to support Bridgestone in recruiting top Military Technicians for Multi-Craft Maintenance Technician positions in their manufacturing plant in Des Moines, Iowa. We are looking for high-speed candidates with a strong background in troubleshooting and repairing electrical, mechanical and electronic systems. Your multi-craft skills are in demand and your new career with Bridgestone is just around the corner!

This position (electrical, mechanical, and electronics technician) will provide emergency and routine maintenance support to the operations departments in a highly automated environment. They need people who can work independently as well as part of a team. The plant’s production depends on the manufacturing equipment staying up and running. If a production line goes down, you get the call. They are looking for individuals who can learn quickly, read and understand schematics, troubleshoot, and determine root causes of equipment failure. Bridgestone wants the best and the career potential is high, as is the salary. 

Interviews will be held March 28 – 30 in San Diego and March 31 – April 1 in Seattle. To set up an interview contact Jay Koranda, (888) 756-7466 x 213, for the San Diego event and Jim Lewis, (888) 756-7466 x 223, for the Seattle event.

Job Seeker Success Story

Thomas Spicer, Wind Turbine Technician

I left the Navy as an Electronics Technician First Class Petty Officer, Submarines, about 13 months ago and started another job in the machine tool industry.  This was working well until layoffs started, and I found myself without a job.  I started looking for work again immediately.  The process was slow, cumbersome, and often frustrating.  Around that time, my friend told me about Orion, so I decided to check it out.
Shortly after I submitted my information on Orion's website I was contacted by Jim Lewis.  We spoke for a while about the process.  I learned that he was going to do all the stuff that I was trying to do.  Jim went far, far, far out of his way (in my opinion) to help me out.  I am beyond grateful to him.
He scheduled a job conference in the Seattle area and invited me to attend.  He briefed me on how to prepare myself, present myself, and also explained that the interviews were for my benefit, as well as the visiting company's.  The company needed to know if I fit with them, and I needed to know if the company was a good fit for me.  That is something I never considered before.
The job conference was spread across two days.  The first day was an Orion briefing led by Jim.  He explained the interview process and posted the schedule.  There was also a test given.  The second day was all about the interviews.  I took everything that was said to me about which clothes to wear, what types of questions to avoid, and which types of questions to ask, and that made me feel as comfortable as possible.

I took Jim's advice and studied up on the companies that I was scheduled to interview with.  I'm glad I did, too.  At the end of the interviews, and this is true of every interview I have been in, they always ask, "Do you have any questions for us?"  You have the opportunity here to dazzle these people by asking questions about their current corporate plans that you read about on the internet, the surrounding communities, schools, weather considerations, everything!  It shows them that you have done your due diligence and are not just another candidate.  You are engaged in the process.
Things worked out well for me.  I have a job that I like in a company that is happy to have me in an industry that is growing.  I am certain that without Orion, and Jim specifically, it would be very different for me.

Upcoming Hiring Conferences

If you will be separating from the military and preparing to begin your civilian career within the next 90 days, be sure to attend one of our hiring conferences. After a full day of preparation, you’ll interview with hiring authorities for only those positions that are a match with your needs and preferences.

Click on any of the conference locations to request more information on the conference you’d like to attend!





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Spotlight on Transition Corner: Spouse & Family Members

Approximately 250,000 people transition out of the service every year; however this number could easily be quadrupled when family members are taken into account. For many, transitioning from the military into the civilian world is a family effort. And while Orion proudly finds civilian careers for these transitioning veterans, we have also developed resources to address the needs of the family as a whole.


For many families, the transition from the military is the most monumental one of their life together. And often veterans require the support of their family as they enter this new workforce. Transition Corner features an in-depth article on how to provide this support, be it emotional or practical. It also includes tips on the career transition of the military spouse and a list of additional articles that also explore these issues.


In the Spouses & Family Members section, you will also find a helpful article on how to make your new town a home. It includes tips on the practical aspects of moving, including unpacking and getting settled, as well as forming the social connections that are an important part of feeling at home in a new city. We have also included a list of helpful links that can point you in the right direction when it comes to finding a home, gym, YMCA, or getting more information on the town to which you are moving.


We also address the needs of both wounded veterans and their families. In this article, we discuss the various aspects of finding and beginning a new career as a wounded veteran, as well as supply a list of resources and information, including a list of Wounded Veterans Programs by state.


Finally, Orion has provided a detailed explanation of what the Post-9/11 GI Bill entails and how that affects the educational opportunities available to veterans and their families. In this article, there is also a side-by-side comparison of the Montgomery GI Bill and Post-9/11 GI Bill.


We hope that veterans and their families will find these resources helpful as they transition out of the military. Visit Transition Corner today, and read one of our many articles that offer valuable tips and advice!

According to Your Peers

“All of my transitioning colleagues in my unit in the Marine Corps found their civilian jobs through Orion International. It was tough to argue with that! In fact, I think that anyone who is getting out of the military and wants a job would be crazy not to go through Orion. The only peers of mine who left the military without jobs also happen to be the ones who did not go through Orion.


I am now a Field Service Engineer with Intuitive Surgical. Previously, I was an air traffic control Radar Technician as a Corporal (E-4). My background as a technician and as a Marine prepared me for my civilian careers as a Field Service Engineer, because it provided me with so many valuable technical and professional skills. My new position is also very similar to my former position in the military, because I will be maintaining equipment for my company, the same way I maintained radars in the Marines.


My Orion recruiter was Quang Truong. I felt that he really cared about getting me the best job possible. He didn't just want to get me a job—he wanted to get me the best one that fit my skill set. Every other hiring agency that I went through didn't even contact me back until months after I accepted my job offer. Orion blew the competition out of the water.” – Chris Gamiddo, Field Service Engineer

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Franchise Opportunities for Veterans

Are you interested in owning your own residential or commercial service business?

If you like the idea of being in business for yourself, but not by yourself, owning a franchise may be the career for you! Being a business owner allows you freedom and flexibility, while providing a great challenge. A benefit of owning a franchise is that you have an established and respected corporate brand behind you, as well as support of the franchise company, providing for a smoother startup phase and continued assistance and training.

Orion is currently hiring for nationwide franchise ownership opportunities. There are 6 different franchises to chose from, all in residential or commercial services. Our client has been ranked among The Best Places to Work in Texas for 2 years in a row, is one of the most respected franchise companies in the U.S., and will provide franchise owners with all training to successfully start-up and run their own business.

As with any franchise opportunity, the franchisee will need a capital investment (at least $25k); and must have the ability to obtain financing for the remainder of the franchise. If you would like to own your business and want to learn more about this opportunity, please email Larry Cummings, or call him at (800) 336-7466 x 427.

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