The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - February 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

In This Issue:
Orion Turns 20!,
Profile of Orion's Very First Placement, Jonathan Fulton,
Job Seeker Success,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Recruiter Spotlight,
Equipment Technician Positions with Samsung Austin Semiconductor,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Featured Siemens Position: On-Site Field Service Technician,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Franchise Opportunities for Veterans,
Connect with Orion Online

Orion Turns 20!

Orion celebrated our 20th Anniversary on January 7, 2011. We’ll be commemorating this milestone all year, and this month we’d like to take the opportunity to share with you a bit about our company history.

Orion International was founded by 5 former JMOs seeking to provide career opportunities for fellow former service members that had not been available to them upon their separation from the military. Two of the original founders, Bill Laughlin, and Randy Nelson, continue to serve on Orion’s Board of Directors today. 

Orion opened its doors on January 7, 1991, with headquarters in Raleigh, NC; and offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In its first year in business, Orion found careers for 95 transitioning Officers within 25 companies, including Target, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, DHL, ABB Power, Alcoa, GE Energy, and Ingersoll-Rand. Positions were primarily in Pharmaceutical Sales, Distribution, and Retail Management.

Orion’s very first placement was Jon Fulton, a USNA Grad and 5-year Navy Nuclear Officer. Fulton says “After talking with my recruiter, Bill Laughlin, I felt like he knew who I was, what I was capable of doing, and had my best interests in mind as he sought to place me with the right position and company.” Fulton was placed by Orion in a position with Alcoa Warrick Operations, in Evansville, IL. The company and position were certainly the right fit, as Fulton will celebrate his 20th anniversary with Alcoa in April of this year, where he now serves as Senior Maintenance Engineer. Fulton is profiled in-depth in this newsletter.

In 1994, Orion became the first military recruiting firm to find careers for Enlisted Technicians and Noncommissioned Officers. Other firms followed suit, and today transitioning technicians and Noncommissioned Officers are highly sought in the civilian workforce and have just as many career opportunities available to them as military officers.

In total, Orion has found careers for over 23,000 veterans since 1991. Orion currently operates from offices in Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; and San Diego, CA. The Orion family continues to strive to achieve Orion's Purpose, which is “To strengthen the fabric of America by providing ethical leaders to the nation.” 

Orion is delighted to celebrate our 20th anniversary in an environment where an increasing number of companies hire veterans based on their intangible skills set, as opposed to the civilian who may have more applicable experience.  As we celebrate this milestone year, we would like to encourage you to explore our services and see what it is exactly that sets us apart from the competition.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Orion story, and we appreciate the opportunity to represent you in your career search.

Profile of Orion's Very First Placement, Jonathan Fulton

As Orion celebrates our 20th anniversary, so, too, is our very first placement, Jonathan Fulton! Fulton, a USNA Graduate and five-year Navy Nuclear Officer, will celebrate his 20th anniversary with Alcoa in April of this year. Fulton recently spoke with The Hunter about his experience with Orion and his career.

Fulton attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then served for five years in the Navy where he worked as the Damage Control Assistant on board the USS Alabama, a strategic missile submarine based in Bangor, Washington. Fulton credits the equipment he worked with in the Navy, as well as the long hours, heavy workloads, and multiple demands put on him while in the Navy, with making civilian industry work seem easy in comparison.

When it came time for Fulton to transition, he had a disappointing experience attending a conference with another recruiting agency and was soon happily working with Orion, namely, original founder, Bill Laughlin. “Orion took the time to get to know me personally and teach me about the different types of jobs available in the civilian world for people with my experience, training, and degree. Orion introduced me to life in the civilian industrial world,” says Fulton. He goes on to state that after talking on the phone a couple times with Bill, Fulton felt like Bill knew who he was, what he was looking for, what he was capable of doing, and had his best interests in mind as he sought to place him with the right position and company.

Alcoa was certainly the right company and position. Fulton started out 20 years ago as a Utilities Engineer responsible for steam, natural gas, and high temperature water. He then moved into Maintenance Engineering and was responsible for compressed air and steam. After a brief stint as a Safety Engineer, Fulton transferred into maintenance management as an Area Coordinator and then a Superintendent. Presently, Fulton is back in engineering as a Senior Staff Maintenance Engineer. After 20 years on the job, Fulton is still enjoying the people, the location, and the work.

When asked what advice he has for transitioning veterans, Fulton explains that they should, “Take the time to learn about what you are getting yourself into. Don’t go for the biggest pay check or the place where you will find the quickest promotions. Find the work and the environment that suits your personality.”

Congratulations to Fulton on celebrating his 20th anniversary with Alcoa. Orion is proud to have placed him with Alcoa and wishes him continued success! Stay tuned next month when we profile another placement from 1991 in celebration of our 20th anniversary.

Job Seeker Success

Matt Clingon was my Orion recruiter.  He is truly the best.  And even though my hiring timeline was hurried, (I just got back from being underway for 3 weeks, and my interview with Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. was in less than a week),  the first time I spoke to Matt, he gave me an interview over the phone, and then next we went over my qualifications.  I then prepared for my interview with my Siemens’s reps.

I am now a Service Specialist for Siemens.  There are a lot of similarities to what I have done in the military. I was a CPL in the Marine Corps (0311, 3531) and a PO2 in the Navy (AS) and feel that the reason I got my new position is because of the diversity of experience I have from my time in the military.

Orion greatly exceeded my expectations about finding a new career.  I owe everything to Matt and Orion. Semper Fi.”   - Adam Polk, Service Specialist

Max Nevels, Field Service Technician

I was scheduled to separate from active duty on September 12, 2010. Fortunately for me, I was able to get transferred to a shore facility (I served in the Navy aboard Fast attack submarines) in time to take two months of terminal leave. I started my job search almost as soon as I hit dry land, which was around late May to early June.

I was a Nuclear Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (E-5), and my background was mostly in industrial electric equipment/machinery and nuclear theory. Ultimately, I entered the Medical Electronics field, and I think it is the soft skills (integrity, leadership, etc.) I learned in the military that made the difference.

I had originally gone with a private recruiting consultant in Providence who I'd heard about through the grapevine. After speaking with him, I wasn't very confident in my own abilities to land a job or the prospects out there. It all came to a breaking point when I gave him my resume, and he wanted to "reformat" it. His “reformatted” copy still had the name and graduation information of the person he copied and pasted my information onto. All in all, it was a poor experience.
A coworker who was also separating gave me the reference to Orion. I visited the site and chatted several times with the web greeters. I filled out the required forms and was contacted by Matt Clingon. I felt Matt was a highly competent individual. He coached me in the areas I needed and most importantly listened to what my goals were so that he could set me up in the career I would enjoy.
I did some coaching and resume fine tuning with Matt, as well as some tips for interviewing, which led to my first real interview with Medtronic. Without being sure what my status was with them, I went to a hiring conference and interviewed a few other companies there. Matt was pretty confident in my Medtronic prospect, and I'm very glad he was. I was hired soon after.
I am now a field service representative for Medtronic, Inc., and I perform maintenance on equipment used in Operating Rooms all over New England. I am enjoying traveling with Medtronic. The compensation is nice, too. I never got that in the military.
I think the part I most appreciated with Orion was that they were honestly there to help—not just fill positions for Fortune 500 companies. Matt let me know that my input was vital to the whole operation. The competition didn't stand a chance once I got involved with your company. It's a difficult economy to be searching for a job, but I consider myself very lucky. Orion gave me the connections and advice I needed. Thanks for that!

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!





Fishkill, NY

Norfolk, VA

February 13 - 14

March 13 - 14




Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

February 9 - 10

March 20 - 21




Cincinnati, OH

Chicago, IL

February 16 - 18

March 20 - 21

South Central



Dallas, TX

March 6 - 8




San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

January 20 - 21

February 10 -11

March 6 - 7

March 24 - 25

Recruiter Spotlight

John Teague

John Teague is a 21-year, retired Navy Chief Recruiter and Submarine Electronics Technician.  He started with Orion in June 2006 in the Virginia Beach office.  John was subsequently promoted to the Southeast Recruiting Manager of the Raleigh, NC, office in 2008 and is currently enrolled in Orion’s Junior Partner Mentorship Program.  John has a 24-year -old daughter and a 21-year-old son.

If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional, what would it be? 

Preparation is your first key to success.  Start your career search as early in the transition period as possible.  Set goals that will enable you to have a new career 90 days prior to your separation from military service. It can happen!!

What do you like most about working at Orion?

Staying connected with, and the ability to assist transitioning military members and their families find new and meaningful careers after military service.

Are there any specialties you are currently seeking?

I am currently looking for Electronics and Nuclear Trained Technicians for multiple positions in manufacturing and field service. Interviews will be held in Atlanta on February 10th.

Connect with John -
800-544-3787 x. 503

Equipment Technician Positions with Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Orion is currently recruiting for Equipment Technicians for Samsung Austin Semiconductor, located in Austin, TX. Salary is $18 - $21, plus overtime and night shift differential, with excellent benefits.

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.

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 also be able to start work no later than Monday, April 18. (Earlier start dates are available.)

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

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

Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $200 in referral bonuses in 2011?

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!

Featured Siemens Position: On-Site Field Service Technician


Orion is currently recruiting for On-Site Field Service Technicians to perform basic service and maintenance activities on wind turbines. Positions are available in Walnut, IA; Vega, TX; and Woodward, OK.

Requirements include military service, strong mechanical and electrical troubleshooting and maintenance skills, as well as comfort working at significant heights. Upon hire, you will complete three weeks of formal training in Houston, TX, so you must be able to attend classes starting on February 7 or February 21.

If you are interested in learning more or applying, please contact Ernest Burson at

Companies Recently Hiring


Becton Dickenson Medical

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Bridgestone Firestone


Coca Cola



Fuel Cell Energy

GE Energy

General Atomics

Georgia Pacific



Johnson Controls

KLA Tencor

Linde Gas

Nucor Steel




Toshiba Medical

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

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.

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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