The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - September 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Careerbuilder Releases 2011 Mid-Year Job Forecast,
President Obama Announces Additional Veteran Hiring Initiatives & Tax Credits,
Featured Positions: Equipment Operators in the Oil & Gas Industry,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
Manufacturing Technician Careers with Intel,
Recruiter Spotlight,
Technical Careers with Siemens Corporation,
According to your Peers,
Sales Opportunities Within Orion,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Connect with Orion Online

Careerbuilder Releases 2011 Mid-Year Job Forecast

A Careerbuilder survey of more than 2,662 U.S. hiring managers conducted Spring 2011 revealed some interesting and heartening facts about hiring expectations for the remainder of 2011. From increases over last year in those looking to hiring full-time employees to shortages in skilled workers reported by half the survey respondents, the job forecast may be sunnier than previously thought. “Last year, certain sectors or departments in companies were producing jobs. This year, the U.S. is seeing job creation in all industries, functions, and company sizes,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of Careerbuilder.

Careerbuilder reports that 47% of employers plan on hiring new employees in the second half of 2011, which is defined as July 1 – December 31. This is up six points from last year, while the number of employers looking to hire full-time employees is up seven points from 2010 to 35% this year. The positions these hiring managers are looking to fill are mostly in Customer Service (23%), IT (21%), Sales (20%), and Administration (15%), with Business Development (11%), Accounting/Finance (10%), and Marketing (9%) rounding out the list.

The uptick in hiring anticipation is not isolated to just one area of the country either. According to their survey, hiring prospects are up all across the country with the South being the most optimistic at 38% expecting to hiring full-time workers. West follows with 35%, then Northeast with 34%, and Midwest with 32%.

Two issues the survey deals with are Employee Turnover and Shortage of Skilled Workers. Turnover in the second quarter is up 4 points from last year to 18% this year. This is leaving companies scrambling to maintain the talent they have. In fact, more than one-third of employers are concerned about this as the economy improves. This expected turnover might contribute to the shortage of skilled workers reported by half of survey respondents. Additionally, 36% of HR Managers said they currently have job openings for which they cannot find qualified candidates.

One fact that Careerbuilder reveals when examining hiring behavior for the last eight quarters in comparison to the projected hiring needs for those same quarters is that actual hiring has exceeded hiring projections. So while these numbers are optimistic, actual hiring could actually surpass this.

“The results revealed in the Careerbuilder 2011 Mid-Year Forecast should revitalize veteran job seekers. Despite all the recent gloomy media reports regarding employment, this Careerbuilder report confirms what Orion has seen this year as many companies have turned to us with a dramatic increase in their hiring needs,” said Mike Starich, President of Orion International. With positive hiring anticipation spread equally across the country, increased employee turnover, and a shortage of skilled workers, these survey results reveal an expanding job market despite a stagnant economy.

Click here to see the full survey results.

President Obama Announces Additional Veteran Hiring Initiatives & Tax Credits

At an event at the Washington Navy Yard on August 5, President Obama announced proposed tax credits for hiring veterans, and recognized Siemens, among other companies, for their veteran hiring program. Additionally, he challenged more private companies to hire veterans. This comes at a time when The Veteran Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011 and Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 are pending in Congress.

According to a White House Fact Sheet, Obama’s proposed tax credits include the Returning Heroes credit and an extension of the Wounded Warriors tax credit. The Returning Heroes credit is proposed for 2012-2013 and gives companies up to a $2,400 tax credit for hiring veterans who have been unemployed for at least four weeks. If the veteran has been unemployed for six months or more, the tax credit increases up to $4,800. The two year extension of the Wounded Warriors tax credit would give companies that hire service disabled veterans up to a $4,800 tax credit, which increases to $9,600 if they have been unemployed for six months or more. Both credits require congressional approval.

While announcing these proposed tax credits, Obama also announced that the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs will lead a new task force to develop reforms to ensure that veterans receive essential training, education, and credentials needed to transition to the civilian workforce or to pursue higher education. These reforms include a “Reverse Boot Camp”, which will extend the transition period to give service members more guidance.

Obama urged private companies to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013. By way of example, Obama praised Siemens Corporation, who, at the launch of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative in April 2011, 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 has since surpassed their goal, and it was announced at this event that they will expand their program by reserving an additional 150 positions for veterans.

According to a Siemens press release, this announcement means more than 450 veterans will have new jobs with Siemens by the end of the year. "The comprehensive technical training and experience gained in military service is extremely valuable in today's workplace," said Mike Panigel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Siemens Corporation. "Veterans possess a unique skill set in technical areas that are a great match with many of our over 3,000 open positions."

Siemens has partnered with Orion International in support of Siemens Initiative to Support Military Families. The recruiting partnership fills a large volume of positions across all segments of Siemens Corporation within the United States. Orion has placed nearly 600 veterans into careers at Siemens and is the exclusive provider of military talent to Siemens in the United States. Jonah Westcott, a Naval Flight Officer, is one of those veterans. “After several months of another recruiting agency trying to place me in less than desirable positions for less money than I wanted and in locations I didn't want to live in, Orion placed me in a few weeks with Siemens for more money than I expected in a great location,” explains Westcott.

Orion applauds the ongoing effort to provide more employment opportunities for veterans and is proud to maintain an ongoing partnership with Siemens, as they work toward their goal of hiring even more veterans.

Featured Positions: Equipment Operators in the Oil & Gas Industry

Orion is currently recruiting for multiple clients for a large number of Equipment Operator positions within the Oil & Gas Industry in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Dakota. This is an opportunity for you to begin your civilian career in the Oil & Gas industry, with tremendous career growth potential!

As an Equipment Operator, you will perform set-up and take-down services of drilling rigs, operate equipment during drilling, perform maintenance and repair, load and off-load equipment, and perform many other responsibilities associated with drilling machinery and its operation. The work is tough, and you will be required to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Your work schedule will be on a rotating shift, and you will live on site during your shift.

Position Requirements:

- Honorably discharged military veteran
- Combat Arms Military Occupations preferred
- OIF or OEF combat veterans preferred
- General mechanical aptitude
- Hard-working with a great work ethic
- Willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
- Willing to work a rotating shift
- Ability to adapt to the Oilfield environment and contribute to the team
- Oil & gas experience is not required, although you must have a strong general mechanical and technical aptitude.

Salary: Based on company and position. Initially $15/hour, plus significant overtime. The base hourly rate will be significantly increased once the initial probationary period is completed, typically 90 days. During the probation period, you must demonstrate that you can work hard, adapt to the Oilfield environment, and contribute to the team. It is not uncommon to make $75k or greater during the first year of employment.

We will be holding interviews in the following locations:

  • Austin, TX, on August 19
  • Corpus Christi, TX, on August 22
  • Baton Rouge, LA, on September 9

Click here for more information or to apply.

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!

Baltimore, MD
Fishkill, NY
Norfolk, VA
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL

August 28 - 29
October 16 - 17


Raleigh, NC
Atlanta, GA

September 18 - 19
October 23 - 24

South Central  
Dallas, TX
San Diego, CA
Seattle, WA
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.


New London


Patuxent River

August 18

September 14 - 15

September 15

September 21 - 22

Manufacturing Technician Careers with Intel

Orion is currently recruiting veterans for Manufacturing Technician careers with Intel, one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and Business Week’s “Best Places to Launch a Career”. If you are a transitioning or former military technician with electronics, electrical, mechanical or electro-mechanical background and semiconductor experience, you may qualify for a civilian career with this outstanding company.

Manufacturing Technicians are responsible for performing functions associated with manufacturing operations including set-up and calibration; preventive maintenance; failure analysis; rework and quality testing; and conducting in-line adjustments to products, instruments, equipment, or processes. Salary ranges from $20 to $24 an hour with excellent benefit options. We are currently recruiting for Intel’s fabs in Rio Rancho, New Mexico (20 miles from Albuquerque); and Chandler, Arizona (30 miles from Phoenix). Start dates are available immediately and through December 31, 2011.

We will be holding interviews in the following locations:

  • San Diego - August 31
  • Jacksonville - September 9
  • San Diego - September 12
  • Norfolk - September 16
  • Seattle - September 19

To learn more or to apply, please click here.

Recruiter Spotlight

Brendan Shackelford


Brendan's life-long relationship with the military began when he was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, as an Air Force brat. He got to live a lot of exciting places, including England and Japan, but ultimately his family settled in Alamogordo, NM. Ten days after Brendan graduated from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and headed to basic training in Great Lakes, IL, and then, to Charleston, SC, to complete the Naval Nuclear Power pipeline. He reported to his first submarine, the USS Nevada in Bangor, WA, in the summer of 2000 and began his career as a Nuclear Machinist Mate and Engineering Laboratory Technician.

Brendan married Dani about a year later and had a son about three years after that. Brendan also earned a bachelor’s degree while on his first sea tour. For his first shore duty, he reported to NRD Phoenix and was assigned to NRS Las Cruces, NM, where he served as both a recruiter and recruiter in charge. His daughter was born while he was recruiting, and, in 2007, he was inducted as a Chief Petty Officer. 

Brendan finished his Navy career on the USS Alaska out of Kings Bay, GA.  He is extremely excited to be on the Orion team and looks forward to helping his fellow service members find lucrative careers in the private sector.

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

If I could give transitioning military members one piece of advice it would be to go where the jobs are. There is a ton of great careers out there for job seekers who are flexible on location!

What do you like most about working at Orion?

My favorite things about working for Orion are getting to help my extended military family navigate the unnerving process of transitioning to a civilian career, as well as working with the high-caliber veterans and support staff that make up the Orion team. I spend my days working for and with great Americans!

Please share one interesting fact that you would like candidates to know.

I’m addicted to triathlons! I’ve been a competitive runner for a long time, but a friend talked me into doing a local sprint distance triathlon in Florida last year, and, by the end of the season, I had done a total of seven triathlons of various lengths. I’ve done three so far this year while retiring, moving, and starting a new job, and I actually just competed in the Nautica New York City Triathlon on August 7th and had a blast!

Connect with Brendan:
800-336-7466  x421

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.

Over the last ten years, Orion has placed over 520 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, and # 1 on the Electronics and Electrical Equipment Industry list. They are the second largest non-government employer in the world, reporting worldwide sales revenue exceeding $102 Billion in 2010.

· 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.

According to your Peers

"My Orion International experience was a confidence booster for me, as I have been struggling to find employment for the last nine months. I felt as if I would never find a job at my previous salary, and this was a low point in my job hunting venture.

One of Orion's recruiters, Larry Cummings, called me and stated he had reviewed my resume and felt I had a great chance in landing a job. Mr. Cummings continuously kept in contact and assured me that I would do fine in the interview process. I had three interviews and in between them received some much needed training due to my nerves. If it had not been for the services provided by Orion I would still be unemployed. They provided me with the confidence and tools for future success. I have already given my fellow veterans Orion International’s information because I know Orion will lead them to success.

Thank you for what your company has done for me and my family. This whole experience has been a blessing!" - Robert Metcalfe, Instrumentation and Electronics Technician

“Thanks for your assistance in my placement with SPECTRO Analytical. I am enjoying it immensely. Please pass on my thanks to all the Orion associates I met at the Atlanta, GA, conference.” – Terry Raper, Field Service Engineer

“To all the men and women at Orion International, thank you for all of your time spent arranging the hiring conference this year. Without the efforts made by all of you, I would not be able to start a new chapter in my life after the military with the steady career that was made available to me. I would suggest Orion to anyone transitioning from the military who wants to start a professional civilian career. “ – James Howell, Gas Turbine Mechanic

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 $1900 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!

Companies Recently Hiring

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GE Energy

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Nucor Steel




Toshiba Medical

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Varian Semiconductor

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