The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - October 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In This Issue:
One Soldier’s Successful Journey from the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Part Four,
Enter our Patriot Resumes Giveaway for Your Chance to Win a Professionally Written Resume,
Sales Opportunities Within Orion,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Franchise Opportunities for Veterans,
Orion Recruiter Gives Interview Advice,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Technical Careers with Siemens Corporation,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Equipment and Facilities Technician Positions with Samsung,
Connect with Orion Online

One Soldier’s Successful Journey from the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Part Four

This month marks the conclusion of our series of articles featuring the transition experience and advice of Dave Krall, Regional Sales Manager at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. If you missed the earlier articles in this series, you can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. This month, we share what Krall deems important considerations as you begin your new civilian career.

Having transitioned out of the Army 20 years ago, Krall understands how daunting beginning a civilian career can seem. He started with Ethicon 18 years ago and helped grow the then start-up to $4 billion in global sales. Krall feels it was the points highlighted below that helped him excel in his civilian career.

1. Be clear on expectations: Krall suggests that you set clear, measurable goals for yourself that are in line with your boss’ expectations.
2. Assimilate to a civilian approach: This includes dropping military jargon and the “sirs” and “ma’ams” (although he acknowledges how difficult this is to do!).
3. Look, learn, and listen: Krall points out that it is best to observe the workings of your new employer, understand them, and gather information. He also suggests that you don’t try to implement change too quickly.
4. Use your transferable skills: Your time in the military has provided you with a plethora of experience that can certainly be applied to your new civilian role in some fashion.
5. Be positive: Go into your new job with a positive attitude, and try to see the best in your co-workers.
6. Move forward: Once you have determined your role within the company and how best to perform it, use the goals you have set and implement plans to achieve them. Be careful not to overanalyze, though.
7. Lead: Your military experience will set you apart from your peers in your ability to lead. Provide direction and guidance, and set goals for yourself and your peers.
8. Have fun: Krall points out that life is too short to do something you don’t love, so have fun while performing your job.

Over the past four months, Krall has provided a wealth of knowledge on every step of the transition process based on his experience. Recall that when Krall started with Ethicon 18 years ago, he had no real compensation plan, products to sell, or customer support. He utilized many of the traits he believes translate into success in the civilian business world, including leadership, creativity, respect, a can-do attitude, work ethic, and honor, every step of the way in his post-military career.

In Krall’s journey at Ethicon, he has been responsible for hiring many employees, an experience which allows him to provide tips for successful interviewing. When interviewing, remember the STAR Technique: S – Situation, T – Task, A – Action, R – Results. Also remember to avoid military acronyms or jargon, be concise in your answers, and relax.

Krall’s transition exemplifies why it is that Orion proudly represents veterans in their job search. We hope that the advice we have provided from Dave Krall will help you transition smoothly and successfully into the civilian workforce. Interested in learning more about how to make your transition a successful one? Visit Transition Corner!

Enter our Patriot Resumes Giveaway for Your Chance to Win a Professionally Written Resume

Orion has partnered with Patriot Resumes, an executive resume consulting firm, to offer a professionally written resume (a minimum $149 Value) to 2 lucky winners.


Patriot Resumes is a premiere executive resume consulting firm that offers professional resume writing, editing and updating.  Their goal and passion is to help our military men and women who have sacrificed so much for us and to our country, by providing them with a professional resume that will effectively translate their military experience for a career in the civil sector, and set them apart from the competition.  Please visit them online at:

Patriot Resumes, is "...the next step toward reaching your potential, and exceeding your goals."

Two winners will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, September 22 and be notified by email.

Enter the giveaway here. Once you have entered, you can access up to three more entries by doing any of the following:

1. Become a follower on Twitter and RT our giveaway.
2. Become a fan on Facebook and Share the giveaway.
3. Join our Military Network group on LinkedIn.

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, September 21. Best of luck!

Sales Opportunities Within Orion

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, Raleigh, NC, Virginia Beach, VA, and Austin, TX 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.

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!





Norfolk, VA

Fishkill, NY

Baltimore, MD

Fishkill, NY

 September 12 - 13

October 3 - 4

October 24 - 25

November 14 - 15




Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

September 28 - 30

November 14 - 16




Chicago, IL

October 10 - 11

South Central



Dallas, TX

October 10 - 12




Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

September 26 - 27

October 17 - 18

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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.

Orion Recruiter Gives Interview Advice in Military Times Edge article

Bob Berkholz, an Orion recruiter, was recently featured in the article, "Train Like You Interview," in Military Times Edge by Adam Stone. In the article, Bob discusses the value of mock interviews and how to make mock interviews worth the effort. According to Stone, one of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to hold a full dress rehearsal, as interviews are as much about performance as content. By this, Stone means wearing the suit you have chosen, being greeting by a secretary or receptionist, filling out paperwork, and, of course, the actual interview.

Stone turned to Berkholz to give some insight into why this dress rehearsal is important. “[Mock interviews are] an opportunity to learn how to make the interview more of conversation and less of a tennis match,” says Berkholz. By practicing for your interview, you can be better prepared to offer spontaneous answers to unexpected questions and stay focused in a high-pressure environment.

Ultimately, Berkholz gives three tips for staging your mock interview:

• Have a solid opening statement and a ready response to “Tell me about yourself.”
• Dress for success.
• Use the mock interview to learn how to close and gain commitment for the next step in the hiring process.

Click here to check out the article.

Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion

Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $1800 in referral bonuses in 2010?

For every job seeker you refer to us who is subsequently placed by Orion, we will give you a $100 gift card to a retailer of your choice!

It's simple - just click here to refer a friend.

30 seconds of your time could be $100 in your pocket!

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.

Please visit us online if you are interested in learning more.

Companies Recently Hiring


Beckton Dickenson Medical

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Bridgestone Firestone

Coca Cola


Fuel Cell Energy

GE Energy

General Atomics

Georgia Pacific


Johnson Controls

Linde Gas

Nucor Steel



Space Systems Loral

Toyota Motor Manufacturing


Equipment and Facilities Technician Positions with Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Orion is currently recruiting for a large number of Equipment and Facilities Technicians for Samsung Austin Semiconductor, located in Austin, TX. Salary is $18 - $20, plus overtime and night shift differential, with excellent benefits.

Equipment Technicians - In this position, you will be responsible for working on multi-million dollar systems with integrated robotics, electronics, hydraulics, and pneumatics and will receive specialized training in the use of sophisticated programs. You will also perform functions associated with manufacturing operations, including Preventive Maintenance, Failure Analysis, Quality Testing, and Production of Memory Chips and Logic. Learn more about this position here.

Facilities Technicians – We are hiring for Facilities Equipment Maintenance Technician; Facilities Mechanical Operations Technician; Facilities Ultra Pure Water and Industrial Wastewater Treatment Operations Technician; and PSC (Pump, Chillers, Scrubbers) Technician. Learn more about these positions

To be qualified for these positions, you should have a solid military background in Electronics or Electro-Mechanical systems, and experience with diagnostic equipment; along with the ability to read and interpret schematics and diagrams.

You must be able to attend interviews on September 29th in Austin, TX, and must also be able to begin working no later than Monday, October 25, 2010. (Earlier start dates are available).

If you feel you meet these requirements and are interested in an Equipment  or Facilities Technician position with excellent growth potential, please click here to learn more.

Connect with Orion Online

Join Orion’s Military Network on LinkedIn

It’s never too early to begin professional networking when you’re considering a civilian career. Join Orion’s Military Network group on LinkedIn.

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