Monday, April 4, 2011
Job Seeker Success Story,
Where are they now? Michael Worrell,
2011 National Distinguished Candidate Conferences,
Orion’s Military Officer Transition Program & Upcoming Webinars,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
Orion Account Executives Published in The American Oil & Gas Reporter,
Unique Contract Opportunity,
According to your Peers,
Sales Opportunities Within Orion,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Orion’s Resources for Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) Air Force Officers,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Franchise Opportunities for Veterans,
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Orion Alumnus Attends White House Launch of "Joining Forces"
Clockwise from left: Nicholas Espe with a portrait of JFK, President Obama addressing the crowd, Espe with Eric Spiegel, Siemens’ President and CEO
Nicholas Espe, a Service Specialist with Siemens Industry in Beltsville, MD, and former Nuclear Electrician’s Mate, attended the Presidential kick-off of Joining Forces at the White House on Tuesday, April 12. Joining Forces, sponsored by President and Mrs. Obama, and Vice President and Dr. Biden, is a national initiative to increase programs and opportunities for military families.
According to the White House website, “Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.” Key priority areas include employment, education, and wellness. In the area of employment specifically, Joining Forces aims to highlight the workforce potential of veterans and military spouses; expand employment and career development opportunities for veterans and military spouses; and help employers create military family-friendly workplaces.
Several companies have partnered in this initiative, including Siemens Corporation, who has committed to reserve ten percent of its more than 3,000 open positions in their clean tech industries for veterans in a program called Siemens Initiative to Support Military Families. Siemens’ President and CEO, Eric Spiegel, attended the launch event at the White House on behalf of Siemens, along with Nicholas Espe, who found his position at Siemens through Orion a few months ago.
During his six years on active duty in the Navy, Espe was assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise and stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He also served on two deployments and visited ports including Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Cannes, and Lisbon. When it came time to transition out of the Navy, Espe partnered with Orion, which led to interviews with Siemens for three positions: Service Specialist in the Beltsville, MD; Service Specialist position in Chantilly, VA; and an opening with the Security department in Beltsville.
After a site visit to Beltsville, Espe was offered the Service Specialist position and started just before Christmas. “I had a very good experience with Orion. I enjoyed the Conference and enjoyed talking to the representatives that I had the chance to communicate with prior to the event. I have already put in good word of Orion with others that I know getting out of the military,” says Espe.
Espe explains his participation in the announcement of Joining Forces by saying, “I am very glad I was given the opportunity to attend as a representative of Siemens.” While at the White House for the launch, Espe got the chance to meet the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. Sitting only a few rows back from the podium, he was able to hear the announcement of Joining Forces by President and Mrs. Obama, along with Vice President and Dr. Biden firsthand. “This was a very memorable moment that I shall not forget. I’m thankful I was given the opportunity to be invited to attend,” states Espe.
Espe was placed as part of an ongoing Orion-Siemens recruiting program that fills a large volume of positions across all segments of Siemens Corporation within the U.S. In addition to Espe, Orion has placed nearly 600 veterans into careers at Siemens, and is proud to be the exclusive provider of military talent to Siemens in the U.S.
According to a White House press release on Joining Forces, in addition to the Siemens Initiative to Support Military Families, there will also be job training and mentoring through an internal Veterans Network with more than 150 members for these new hires in which Espe hopes to participate.
Additionally, Walmart and Sam’s Club’s Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store for all military personnel and spouses, employed at Walmart and Sam’s Club, who move to a different part of the country because they or their spouse have been transferred by the United States military. And Sears’ “PCS Promise” will provide transfers in the cases of Permanent Change of duty Station (PCS), retirement, or separation, depending on job availability and performance, for all military personnel and spouses employed at Sears Holdings.
Orion is proud to have had an alumnus present at the announcement of Joining Forces and wishes Espe continued luck in his new career. We also applaud the creation of Joining Forces and the companies who have made commitments to increase opportunities for military members and their family. Finally, Orion is also proud to maintain an ongoing partnership with Siemens, as they work toward their goal of hiring even more veterans.
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Job Seeker Success Story
Francis Boyer, Project Manager
Southern Illinois University, 2002; Colorado Technical University, 2006
I retired as a Limited Duty Officer Captain in the Marine Corps after 23 years of service in August 2009 and began searching for a job as soon as my retirement was approved. I secured a job and was employed while on terminal leave in May 2009. The next year, I was let go from this job as a result of an organizational restructure. Soon after, I started looking for another job.
Todd Phillips was my Orion recruiter. He took the time to have several discussions with me about what I was looking for in my next job and made a lot of great observations after reviewing my resume. He was able to take my resume and other information we had discussed and find some great fits for me. He paid special attention to some specific requests and constraints I had regarding my next job.
I attended an Orion Chicago hiring conference and received great information about interviewing techniques and company profiles on the first day. The Account Executives were really knowledgeable about their clients and were able to give me great insight into what prospective employers were looking for during the interview process. Throughout the entire process, Todd and all of the account executives provided great encouragement and really put me at ease for each of my initial interviews.
After the initial interviews on the second day of the hiring conference, Todd and the account executives stayed in constant contact with me and provided lots of honest and constructive feedback. The one company that I was really focused on had an incredibly challenging and thorough three-step interview process, and Todd and kept me informed about where I was in the selection process.
They really did help me get to the next step and ultimately to receive a GREAT offer for what I considered my dream job with a top-notch company. I am now a Project Manager for a consulting firm whose reputation is built on integrity and strong leadership—both of which mirror those things I had become accustomed to in the Marine Corps.
Orion listened to my needs and interests and set up interviews for me with only those companies that were a fit with almost all of my requirements, interests and background. The other two firms with which I worked lacked that attention to detail and preparedness, and I felt less than satisfied with not only the companies I was matched up with, but with my level of enthusiasm and prospects for employment. I turned down one offer through one of those firms from a less that desirable company that wasn't a good fit for me and wasn't extended an offer from two other companies, because their needs and vision weren't a match with my personality and experience.
For anyone who is leaving the military, regardless of where you are in your career, I recommend you reach out to Orion as soon as you've made that decision. Orion's recruiters are top notch. They know their clients, take the time to know you, and will always find you the absolute best fit with potential employers. They care about your future as much as you do, and the account executives are selfless when weighing your needs against their commissions.
Where are They Now? Michael Worrell
Michael Worrell, an Orion alumnus placed with Target Distribution in 1992, served as a Captain in the Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer for eight years. During that time, he was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Howard Air Force Base in Panama, and MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. By the time he transitioned out of the military, Worrell had earned a Master’s degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
It was an article in the Air Force Times that alerted Worrell to the then-new career placement services offered by Orion. Soon after contacting Orion, Worrell interviewed for a position as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, as well as one with a major snack food manufacturing company. Being green to the transition and hiring process, he found it to be a bit overwhelming.
Ultimately, Worrell says that it was not so much that he chose Target, but that Target chose him. “Still clueless of the civilian way of life, I focused on what I knew. That was how to handle and work with people [and] how to get the mission accomplished. Target saw that in me. Understanding that I had no idea of the workings of distribution center or at the time what a Target store was, they took a chance on me.”
Still a military man at heart, Worrell says that his goal was to work for Target for the next 20 plus years. But after three years at Target, various recruiters started calling him about different opportunities. Worrell passed them onto his colleague each time they called. At one point, his colleague asked him why he was not interested in these opportunities. Worrell explained that he planned on staying at Target until he retired.
It was then that Worrell began to understand the bigger picture and that fact each position is a learning opportunity that may lead to a growth position elsewhere. And, after five years at Target, an opportunity to develop Victoria’s Secret Beauty, a division of Victoria’s Secret Stores, into a larger stand-alone distribution center (DC) came his way. Worrell did just that, and nine years later he began running an entire DC for Home Depot. Worrell credits the knowledge that he gained at Victoria’s Secret and Target with giving him the solid foundation to move on and be successful at Home Depot.
As time went on, Worrell’s family wanted to move back home to Fayetteville, NC. Armed with a much better understanding of the civilian business world and the customer service and logistics knowledge he had obtained over the years, Worrell started his own business and opened a funeral home in Goldsboro, NC, that is doing very well. Additionally, Worrell runs a distribution center for a small company called Acme United.
Worrell advises transitioning military to understand that the civilian workforce is much different that that in the military and that you should try to adapt to it, opposed to trying to make civilian life adapt to your military experience. He adds, though, that veterans should remember that their skills take them a long way as they accomplish a successful civilian transition. In fact, it is those skills that currently compel Worrell to hire veterans himself.
Orion International is proud to have helped Worrell start his logistics career nearly 20 years ago, and wishes him continued luck as his career continues to evolve. Stay tuned next month when we will profile another early Orion placement.
2011 National Distinguished Candidate Conferences
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 one of Orion’s National Distinguished Candidate Conferences (DCCs). Orion only holds a few DCCs each year. The remaining 2011 DCCs will be held in Baltimore, MD, on May 16 - 17, San Diego, CA, on June 6 - 7, and Chicago, IL, on July 18 - 19. 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.
Additionally, you should be available to start working within the next four months and be geographically flexible.
What do our clients have to say about the caliber of our candidates at the DCC? Read on...
"The success of the Distinguished Candidate Conference will allow me to lay the foundation for our Sales team in Texas.”
"Our experience at Orion's Distinguished Candidate Conference was a great success. The candidates were of the highest caliber and extremely well matched for our Leadership Development Program. This event enabled us to hire 5 outstanding JMOs very efficiently, saving weeks of time. I look forward to seeing the impact these new leaders will have on our organization."
We are also pleased to annouce the creation of our Distinguished Officer Partnership Program, which provides qualified Officers the opportunity to get unmatched resume assistance and interview preparation, as well as access and maximum exposure to our best client companies at our DCC.
If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs or are interested in learning more about our Distinguished Officer Partnership Program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
Orion’s Military Officer Transition Program & Upcoming Webinars
Whether you have two years or two weeks before you transition from Active Duty, there are many steps you can take prior to your separation date that will position you for success as you transition into the civilian workforce. Our Military Officer Transition Program is designed to put your preparation "things to do list" into a logical sequence that you can complete as you approach your separation. Our goal is to minimize the stress you may have about changing careers by giving you all the tools you need to be 100% ready to interview before you enter into the 90-day window leading up to your terminal leave.
You will receive a monthly email from us guiding you to a suggested webinar, reading, or activity for that month. These emails will be sent based on your Earliest Start Date in our records. If your timeline changes, be sure to let us know so we can update our records! Update your Earliest Start Date and other contact information by logging in here.
All of the training materials included in the program are organized and accessible on our Military Officer Transition Program webpage. To get started, please visit and review our Transition Program Timeline, and note where you fall in our suggested timeline.
In addition, we’d like to invite you to register for our upcoming webinars:
Career Transition Seminar
This webinar is designed to be one of your very first steps in preparing for your transition into the civilian workplace. Learn about current job market conditions, and the industries and positions in which transitioning Military Officers typically excel. Get tips and advice about your transition, steps you can take to make yourself most marketable, and the best timeline for finding your civilian career.
April 26, 2011
7:00 pm EST - Register Now
Resume Writing Seminar
This webinar will cover all the basics of resume writing – why a resume is so important, what you should and shouldn’t include, how to write a resume that is easily understood by a civilian hiring manager, and much more.
April 27, 2011
8:00 pm EST – Register Now
Interview Preparation Seminar
This webinar will cover all the basics of Interview Preparation – how and what you should prepare, do’s and don’ts during any interview, practical assignments to help guide you, and much more.
April 28, 2011
8:00 pm EST - Register Now
Space is limited, so sign up today!
Please do not hesitate to call or email your recruiter at any time if you have questions or concerns about your transition. We are here to assist you in any way possible.
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!
Upcoming Base Visits
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.
Ft. Wainwright & Ft. Richardson
Orion Account Executives Published in The American Oil & Gas Reporter
Orion Account Executives Dave Lehmkuhl and Mike Harvey were published last month in the March 2011 issue of The American Oil & Gas Reporter. Their article, “Hiring Military Veterans Calls For Plan”, which explores why and how corporations should develop a strategic approach to hiring veterans, was selected as the "Editor's Choice" for the month of March. Click here to read the article.
Unique Contract Opportunity
Interview in Seattle on April 25 for a Unique Contract Opportunity with Top Company
Orion International is currently hiring for immediate openings for unique contract positions with one of the world’s top companies. This is an opportunity to be a part of a project that will change how we use and integrate technology into our business, personal, and social lifestyles, and the environment around us.
The project length is 3-6 months, and you’ll work both as an individual contributor and in a team environment.
This is a 100% travel position.
You will work as a Field Operator in various capacities as part of a cross-functional project team. Each person on the team will have specific individual responsibilities, as well as shared collateral duties.
Former military with honorable discharge.
You must be open to 100% travel.
Clean driving record (No DUIs or more than 2 tickets in the last 3 years).
Clean credit record and clean criminal record.
Possess a Valid Driver’s License and either posses or have the ability to obtain a Passport.
Capable of doing field related work – can walk and stand for extended periods of time.
Meticulous attention to detail.
You must live close to or be able to access a major airport for travel.
Competent and confident in your abilities, and be able to demonstrate them effectively
Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide feedback that is clear and concise.
You must be a true team player.
You must be available to start work in the next 30 days.
We will be holding interviews in Seattle on April 25.
If you meet all of the position requirements and you would like to apply for this position, please apply here.
Chris Hurst grew up in a Navy family, as his father was 30 year career Naval Officer whose three sons all went into the Navy. Chris went to the University of Virginia and commissioned through NROTC in 1989. Other than SWO school, Chris spent four years attached to the USS Scott (DDG-995), on which he served as the First Lieutenant, ASW Officer, and Training Officer. Chris says he had a great four years in and that during that time he did two six month Mediterranean deployments and two three month deployments to the North Atlantic and the Caribbean for Drug Ops.
Chris' first post-military position was in production management in Indiana. He'd never lived away from the coast, but decided to be flexible on his geographic preference in order to find the best position. Chris loved Indiana, but corn fields are no substitute for the ocean! Subsequent to that, Chris spent several years in accounting and financial management in the not-for-profit sector. While that went well, Chris wanted to pursue something having to do with the military, but still felt strongly about providing a service that he could be proud of. That is when he found Orion, which allowed him to do both. He has now been with Orion going on nine years.
If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional, what would it be?
When you accept a position, set a goal to be there a year before looking around at other opportunities. Too often things get hard and people fall prey to the "grass is greener" syndrome and miss out on the benefits of being a long term contributor to a company.
What do you like most about working at Orion?
Working with veterans as candidates and with many veteran and outstanding civilian co-workers at Orion.
What are you actively recruiting for at the moment?
I am recruiting outstanding JMOs for the Distinguished Candidate Conference coming up in Baltimore on May 16-17.
Please share one interesting fact that you would like candidates to know.
My Executive Officer aboard the USS Scott (now Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis, USN) used to judge the effectiveness of the Wardroom after-lunch training in part by how long it took my head to start bobbing during the presentation. A boring lecture could see signs of failure and significant head-bobbing in under five minutes!
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According to Your Peers
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, 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.
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion
Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $1100 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!
Orion’s Resources for Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) Air Force Officers
With the continuation of the Air Force Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) program, many Air Force Officers may have chosen to take this option. And those that did not may be facing a reduction-in-force board later this year. At Orion, we have placed Air Force Officers into corporate America since 1991 and invite you to consider our placement services as you separate earlier than planned. Orion understands that transitioning from the military can be stressful, especially when the need arises suddenly, and for that reason, we have created the Military Officer Transition Program.
Orion’s Military Officer Transition Program aims to help you make a successful transition by providing you with a sequential series of sets comprised of a series of interactive webinars, self-paced instruction, and individual calls with your recruiter. You can start this program at any step in your transition. Additionally, we also have Recruiters dedicated to serving Air Force Officers who understand your needs during this time. You may also want to attend one of our many Air Force Base Visits, where you will meet with an Orion Recruiter who will evaluate your marketability, assist you in outlining your career options, and give invaluable information to begin planning the path to your next career.
Deciding to participate in the VSP program is an important decision often tempered by what opportunities are awaiting you in the civilian workforce. Orion is here to not only help make your transition as smooth as possible with our many Military Officer Resources, but also to facilitate your placement in a career that meets your professional goals within America’s finest companies. Click here to learn more about Orion’s services. We look forward to working with you!
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