The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - August 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Orion Recruiter Gives Advice on How to Work with a Recruiting Firm,
Featured Position: Authorized Inspector Trainee with ASME Authorized Inspection Agency,
Announcements on Facebook,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
The Veteran Opportunity to Work Act,
Technical Careers with Siemens Corporation,
Sales Opportunities Within Orion,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Orion Launches Job Seeker Blog, From the Battlefield to the Boardroom,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Connect with Orion Online

Orion Recruiter Gives Advice on How to Work with a Recruiting Firm

Military Times Edge recently published an article titled “How to work with a Recruiting Agency” by Adam Stone that featured advice from Orion Midwest Recruiting Manager and Partner, Todd Phillips. By way of introduction to military recruiting agencies, Stone explains that veterans can sign up for agencies’ services via social media, in-person, and through the agency’s website. Most agencies work with service members from all ranks and military occupations, although some are more specialized. There are many firms out there, so it is important to choose those that will work with your timeline and desired career goals. Whichever firm a veteran chooses, however, their services will be free to you, the service member.

Stone breaks down the advice he garnered from Phillips and others into four categories: Keep the lines of communication open; Get started early; Respect your recruiter’s expertise; and Feel free to use more than one agency.

Keep the lines of communication open: No matter how great a candidate a veteran is or how perfect the job match, if the recruiter cannot get a hold of the job seeker, the opportunity will most likely pass them by.

Get started early: Phillips advises job seekers to contact a firm when they are 12 to 18 months out from transitioning. He explains that that time may be essential in tailoring their resume, career goals, location desires, and interview skills.

Respect your recruiter’s expertise: “Use them as a resource…They have years of training and a number of excellent job search preparation tools,” says Phillips.

Feel free to use more than one agency: Most firms do not require exclusivity, so you are free to use more than one, in order to maximize your chances of finding the best career.

Military recruiting firms are an excellent means to a meaningful post-military career for thousands of veterans each year. Ultimately, though, it is up to the job seeker to put in the effort to gain the best career.

Read the article.

Featured Position: Authorized Inspector Trainee with ASME Authorized Inspection Agency

Orion is currently recruiting for Trainee Authorized Inspector positions with a global provider of inspection services. These positions are available across the country. Pay ranges from $45,000 – $55,000, plus overtime with a generous benefits package.

In this position, you will train for 12-14 weeks through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) training/certification course and will have an additional 80 hours of on-the-job training with another Inspector.  Responsibilities include inspecting insured risks regularly for the purpose of accident prevention, inspecting insured objects for compliance with jurisdictional laws, and inspecting risks to determine if they represent normal exposure, etc.

Locations:  Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Hutchinson, KS; Omaha, NE; Pueblo, CO; Pulaski, NY; and Wilmington, DE

Requirements vary by location but include:

  • 4+ years of mechanical experience with Boilers and Pressure Vessels in a power plant;
  • Clean driving record (no more than 1 speeding ticket in the past 7 years);
  • Good credit;
  • Must be able to pass a background check;
  • Must be an MM/BT, or an SRO and/or a Steam PPWO/EOOW for over 3 years.

To learn more about these positions, please email

Announcements on Facebook

Orion has recently updated our Facebook page with an Announcements tab where we list open recruiting initiatives for which we are actively seeking qualified candidates. Check it out here!

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
Baltimore, MD
Chicago, IL
August 28 - 29
South Central  
Houston, TX
August 14 - 15
Atlanta, GA August 7 - 8
San Diego, CA

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.
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The Veteran Opportunity to Work Act

Representative Jeff Miller introduced new veteran legislation on July 7. Representative Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, presented the Veteran Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011 (H.R. 2433) as a comprehensive act designed to help combat rising unemployment among veterans. “Veterans are born leaders, hard working, and honest, characteristics employers seek. I am committed to reducing the veterans’ unemployment rate to below 5 percent over the next two years,” states Miller.

According to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs website, the Act addresses four main areas: Transition Assistance Program (TAP); Education & Training; National Guard & Reserves; and Licensing & Certification. First, the Act will ensure the effectiveness of TAP through an ongoing evaluation of success. It will also make it mandatory for service members to attend TAP as they transition out of the military. Under the heading of Education, the VOW Act will enable 100,000 unemployed veterans of past wars to receive up to one year of Montgomery GI Bill benefits. The VOW Act will also strengthen protections for returning National Guard and Reserve as provided by USERRA. Finally, the VOW Act aims to address the fact that many talented men and women have military occupations for which there is no certification or licensure and therefore have a difficult time finding civilian employment. The Act will work with the Department of Labor to identify roadblocks to employment for these veterans.

Also included in the Act is the Tax Credit to Hire Veterans Act of 2011 (H.R. 2443). This Act provides a tax credit to be applied to the purchase of capital equipment for small businesses that hire unemployed veterans. Miller sees this Act as integral to the VOW Act, because he believes a comprehensive approach, “…must include incentives for small businesses to invest in hiring veterans. This unique approach not only employs veterans, but also incentivizes small businesses to purchase capital equipment creating even more jobs for all Americans.”

A legislative hearing was held on the VOW Act on July 15. Read the transcript here.

Click here to read more.

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.

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 $1700 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!

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!

Featured articles include:

Recruiter Spotlight: Todd Phillips

Veteran Spotlight: Jerry Biller

Guest Post: Resumes that Get Results

Companies Recently Hiring

ASCO Power Technologies


Becton Dickenson Medical

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Bridgestone Firestone


Coca Cola

DNS Electronics

GE Energy

Georgia Pacific



Johnson Controls

KLA Tencor

Linde Gas

Nucor Steel




Toshiba Medical

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Varian Semiconductor

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.

Join Orion on Facebook

Check out our page for upcoming hiring events, links of interest, pertinent discussions, Orion news, and photos from recent hiring events. We’d love to have you as a fan!

Read Orion's Blog

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.

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Follow us on our Twitter page (@OrionCareers) to receive updates about Orion, learn when we’ll be in your area, and links to articles of interest. See you there!