The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - July 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Industry Spotlight: Transportation,
Featured Position: Technical Careers with Honeywell in Phoenix,
Where are they now? Herb Congdon,
Technical Careers with Siemens Corporation,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
Equipment Technician Positions with Samsung Austin Semiconductor,
Sales Opportunities Within Orion,
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From the Battlefield to the Boardroom, Orion's Job Seeker Blog,
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Industry Spotlight: Transportation
A recent article by Adam Stone in Military Times Edge titled “Why transportation companies want vets” explores the demanding transportation industry and how it is well-suited for transitioning veterans, including Orion International alumna Kelly King. Stone turned to Tim Isacco, Vice President of Sales at Orion, to discuss this industry in relation to veterans. Isacco explained, “Transportation is one of the five hottest industries recruiting veterans right now.” One reason veterans fit so nicely into this industry is that transportation companies need technicians and logistical experts, which are readily found in the military community.
The railroad industry is one in particular where veterans flourish, in particular because of the demanding 24/7 environment. “Veterans who liked the rush of military operations tend to thrive in these jobs,” said Dave Ebbrecht, Executive Vice President of Operations at the Kansas City Southern Railway Company. And the former ranks of the veterans in this industry run the gamut. Enlisted technicians are sought after for their technical and craft skills, while Senior NCOs and Junior Military Officers are often placed in entry-level leadership positions.
Stone lists six qualities that veterans are wise to highlight in their resume when applying to a job in this field. Discipline and work ethic rank number one. “The rail industry is a tough industry,” Isacco told Stone, “You might have to be out in the railyard when it’s snowing at night, or when it’s raining at night, because the rail runs 24/7, just like the military.”
Attention to detail is next, followed by communication, and organization. Flexibility is another required quality. This quality is one in which Kelly King, a former Army Captain and recent Orion placement with Kansas City Southern Railway Company, revels. King, Director of International Rail Operations Support, deals with customer service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection issues. “On any given day, I can’t tell what I’m going to be doing. It’s a great thing. I enjoy that,” says King. Leadership experience is also required in this industry. In fact, Stone points out that transportation companies that recruit veterans understand the scope and relevance of their military leadership experience.
King also enjoys the tight-knit quality of this industry. “I’ve been able to get out in the field and meet conductors, engineers,” said King, “It’s funny, when they ask me how long I’ve been in the industry — anything less than 10 years, you’re still young.” As this industry continues to grow, as is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans like King will continue to find challenging and satisfying careers.
In continued celebration of Orion’s 20th anniversary, this month we profile Herb Congdon, a former Navy Nuclear Submarine Program Officer placed with Siecor in 1991. Congdon was commissioned in the Navy following his graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree. During his six years on Active Duty, he spent time on a fast attack submarine out of Charleston, SC, and Portsmouth, NH, and as a Squadron Operations Officer (shore tour) in Charleston, SC.
Congdon recalls that when it came time to resign his commission, he was attracted to Orion because of the fact that the company was owned and operated by JMOs that were very familiar with the issues he was facing. More importantly, though, they understood the value he could offer a company and how to best position him for a job opportunity. “The opportunities Orion presented me with were well-targeted, and I did not feel I was wasting my time with any of the interviews,” recalls Congdon.
Among those interviews was one with Siecor (now known as Corning Cable Systems). Congdon decided to start his civilian career with the company partly because of location, and partly because of the technology—at that time fiber optic communication was still in an early growth stage with a visibly approaching boom. Also, he liked the fact that Siecor targeted JMOs, so there were already several former officers rising through the ranks of the company.
Congdon felt that his military experience translated well into his position as a Process Engineer with Siecor. “The military career taught me a lot about myself –what I was capable of doing, how to take appropriate action, and how to be calm in a crisis. Further, it put a lot of other experiences before and after into perspective. It was, undoubtedly, a very high-stress environment. However, that made ’routinely’ stressful situations much easier to handle. Further, it strengthened my organizational skills, competency, and sense of responsibility. As I often say, I wouldn't recommend it to just any person, but I became a much stronger individual and performer for the experiences I survived!” says Congdon of his time in the Navy.
Congdon started out at Siecor as a Process Engineer, but felt he could better use his customer presence and presentation skills in a more customer-focused role. With this in mind, he took a position as an Application Engineer supporting the Japan market, a very demanding role which required several trips to Japan. Congdon’s success positioned him to be promoted to a supervisor role in applications engineering, which he feels was truly a great position that took advantage of his Navy-built leadership skills while letting him focus on the customers.
After eight years at Siecor, Congdon transitioned into a technical marketing role working for Tyco Electronics (now TE Connectivity), where he became "the" fiber guy. From that position, Congdon moved onto a global product management role and then back into technical marketing with global responsibilities. And while he does not conduct the actual hiring at TE Connectivity, he has had opportunity to conduct many interviews. Congdon has found those with military experience to be more mature, more responsible, and to possess a greater sense of initiative than candidates without military experience.
Congdon advises hiring managers to hire veterans. He also advises them that JMOs, in particular, are very aware of career paths and movement, so some time should be spent talking about how long they should expect to be in that role, what opportunities exist for advancement, and what kind of time frame is appropriate.
On the other side of the coin, Congdon advises veteran job seekers not to second guess their decision to separate and accept a civilian position. “Make the best decision you can at the time with the information you have and run with it,” he states, “You'll always learn something later that might have influenced your decision, but don't stew over it or you'll be miserable. You still made a good decision, so make the most of it.”
Congdon’s past success at Siecor and continued success at TE Connectivity is yet another testament to the value that veterans bring to civilian organizations. Stay tuned next month for another profile of an early Orion placement.
Technical Careers with Siemens Corporation
Orion is currently recruiting for a large volume of technical positions across all segments of Siemens Corporation within the U.S.
Since the late 1990s, Orion has placed over 425 former and transitioning military job seekers into great careers within Siemens divisions including Building Technologies, Water, Healthcare & Medical, Energy and Mobility. Siemens is currently ranked #40 on the Fortune Global 500, employs more than 65,000 associates in the U.S., and earned over $22 billion in revenue in 2009.
We are hiring for a variety of positions including:
· Field Service and Field Operations;
· Technical and Service Support;
· Materials and Logistics;
· Quality Assurance and Control;
· Facilities and Project Engineering.
To be considered for these positions you must be a Military Technician with an Electronics, Electrical, HVAC or AC & R background.
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!
When our Recruiters visit a location near you, it’s a chance to get a jump start on your career search, regardless of your ETS date. Our Recruiters will discuss your goals and preferences with you and present a realistic picture of what to expect in your search. You’ll get resume advice, interview preparation tips, and much more! Click here or on any of the base visits to receive more information about the base visit you are interested in attending.
Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers with a strong record of achievement to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive. We are hiring for our San Diego, CA, and Raleigh, NC, offices.
As an Account Executive, you will be responsible for creating relationships with America’s leading companies through development of leads lists, business development calls, and client presentations. The work you do will help fellow veterans transition into the civilian workforce.
To qualify, you should have military experience, a Bachelors degree, and previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales. Click here to learn more about joining the Orion team.
From the Battlefield to the Boardroom, Orion's Job Seeker Blog
Orion International is pleased to announce the launch of our new job seeker blog, From the Battlefield to the Boardroom®! From the Battlefield to the Boardroom® is dedicated to supporting military job seekers throughout their transition process by providing everything from topical veteran news, Orion news and services, job search advice, Recruiter Spotlights, Veteran Spotlights, etc. Whether you are currently in the process of transitioning out of the military or have been in the civilian workforce for a while, this blog is for you. We hope that you will find our blog to be a great resource for all things transition! Check it out!
Making LinkedIn Work for You: A recent blog post by Sue Shellenbarger on The Juggle, one of The Wall Street Journal blogs, titled “Making LinkedIn Work for You,” lists some interesting tips on making the professional networking platform effectively function for job seekers. Orion's own Officer Recruiter JP Sniffen was quoted in the article. Read More
Hiring Heroes Act of 2011: Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 on May 12, 2011. According to a fact sheetreleased by Senator Murray, the legislation aims to help veterans successfully transition to the civilian workforce despite the fact that many veterans are finding it difficult to do just that. Read More
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