The Hunter for Military Officers - September 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Careerbuilder Releases 2011 Mid-Year Job Forecast,
President Obama Announces Additional Veteran Hiring Initiatives & Tax Credits,
Orion’s Military Officer Transition Program & Upcoming Webinars,
Featured Positions: Project Management Roles with a Chemical Manufacturing Company,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
Recruiter Spotlight,
Job Seeker Success Story,
Careers with Honeywell,
According to your Peers,
Career 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.

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.


August 23, 2011
8:00 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.


August 24, 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.


August 25, 2011
7:00 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.

Featured Positions: Project Management Roles with a Chemical Manufacturing Company

Orion is currently recruiting for multiple Project Managers to work in Dallas, TX, and Miami and Tampa, FL, for a chemical manufacturing company. Project Managers will be responsible for logistics, fiscal management, quality and customer interface. The positions pay $70,000 - $85,000, dependent on position, with excellent incentives. Start availablity runs through December 15.

Qualifications include but are not limited to:

• College degree is required (Engineering discipline preferred).
• May be required to work some nights, weekends, and holidays.
• Six Sigma working knowledge required (Six Sigma Green Belt certification a plus).
• Previous logistics experience in a related field is a plus.

Interviews will be held September 8 in Dallas, TX. For those that are successful during their interview, we expect to have offers presented within 48 hrs of the event.

Please email for more information.

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.

Ft. Lewis


Seattle SACC

San Diego

Ft. Carson

San Diego

Ft. Campbell

San Diego

August 17 - 18

August 18 - 19

August 18 - 19

August 26

September 7 - 8

September 9

September 26 - 27

September 30

Recruiter Spotlight

Jim Freeze


Jim Freeze graduated from West Point in 2005 and served six years in the Army as an Armor Officer.  After being commissioned, Jim attended the Maneuver Officer Basic Course and Scout Leader Course at Ft. Knox, KY, before being assigned as a Recon Platoon Leader with the 4th Stryker Brigade (2ID) at Ft. Lewis, WA.  He deployed during the Surge in 2007 with his platoon to Diyala Province for 14 months.  He is a Purple Heart veteran and also earned an Army Commendation Medal with V device.

After returning stateside and doing a few months as a Battalion Adjutant, he elected to attend the Engineer Captain’s Career Course at Ft. Leonard Wood to be with his wife, Grace (an MP Officer and West Point classmate).  Following the CCC, they relocated to Ft. Riley, KS, and Jim was selected for a job as an Aide-de-Camp to one of the Deputy Commanding General’s of 1st Infantry Division for 18 months.  He deployed again to Basra, Iraq as an Aide in January 2010, while the Division assumed control of the nine Southern Provinces of Iraq.  Upon returning to the US in January 2011, Jim and his wife both began their transition out of the Army. 

Jim is one of Orion's Army Officer Recruiters and works with candidates who are 4-18 months from starting a new career. 

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

My one piece of advice for transitioning military professionals is to communicate. Don't be afraid to communicate to your recruiter and your personal network what you want and why you want it. If you don't know, ask yourself what you would value in a new career (location, salary, job type, etc). It's to your benefit to be open, upfront, and honest with your recruiter. What do you have to lose? At the worst, we tell you we don't have any opportunities for you at that time. At best, we can help you realistically figure out what makes best sense for you given your background and preferences and line you up with interviews for those positions. You really have nothing to lose unless you don't communicate. 

What do you like most about working at Orion?

What I like most about working at Orion is being surrounded by other military veterans who genuinely care about helping fellow veterans make the transition to a civilian career.  It's very encouraging and rewarding. 

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

An interesting fact about me is that I am the lead advocate in North Carolina for a non-profit organization called Team Red, White, and Blue. Their mission is to enrich the lives of veterans and their families through meaningful, friendship-based relationships and by helping them reintegrate into society when they return from combat. To learn more, visit

Connect with Jim:
800-872-5002 x. 105

Job Seeker Success Story

Stephanie Luke, Production Manager
Wayland Baptist University, 2007; West Virginia University, 2009

It was with Orion's help that I was able to find my new career with Frito Lay as a Production Manager in MD.  I am very thankful for their help and expertise, as prior to working with Orion I felt I was running down a dead-end road.  I was unprepared for interviews, my job leads were entry level, and it was looking rather bleak.  With Orion, I found a position that matched my experience, and I actually received a pay raise with the position I accepted. 
Every recruiter I worked with at Orion listened to my needs and wants, and, although I was not that picky, they took my background and matched me with positions that they felt would work with my individual situation.  They explained why each position they presented to me was a good fit for me, and that proved that they actually took the time to get to know me, my skills, and my personal wants.  They were always professional, and I enjoyed working with all of them!
I was skeptical about Orion and the hiring conferences as I read other testimonials, but I took a leap of faith and attended the Baltimore DCC where I had five interviews. It turned out to be the best decision I have made in my life.  I am set with a great career with a great company, and I owe it all to Orion. 

The conference was very beneficial, as there were small group sessions where candidates were able to practice interview techniques and share tips.  Additionally, the companies gave a presentation about their company and allowed for a question and answer period at the end.  This was beneficial, because it really helped ease my nerves when the next interview day came. 

I have to admit, however, that the interview day was very intense as I interviewed with five companies.  Of the five, four were interested, and Frito Lay just happened to scoop me up. I started about six weeks after my second interview, which was three days after the conference. They made me an offer of employment the next it was a total of four days after the conference that I was set with a new position with Frito Lay; I was very impressed! 
Orion met and exceeded my needs and expectations.  I am very thankful to Orion, and I owe the acquisition of my new job to this organization.  I would never have secured this position on my own!
I pursued options with other recruiting agencies and was scheduled to attend a hiring conference with one company, but the recruiter never called me back or sent any follow-up emails.  At any rate, Orion felt I would be an asset to any organization, believed in my background and skills, followed up with all interviews, and were truly first class professionals.  I would recommend them to any of my colleagues as they separate from the Army. Thank you!

Careers with Honeywell


Orion International is currently hiring for many positions Nationwide for Honeywell Aerospace.
Position types available:

  • Global and Materials Planners
  • Procurement/Sourcing/Commodity Directors
  • Inventory Leaders
  • Integrated Supply Chain Supervisors
  • Production Planners
  • Site Supply Specialists
  • Materials Managers  


  • Military veterans with a bachelors degree in business, supply chain, operations, science, finance, or a related discipline
  • MBA or advanced degree desired for some positions
  • 6 sigma certification (Green Belt) - Lean certification a plus
  • MRP and ERP experience needed for some positions
  • SAP experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong Computer skills (MS Office Professional)

Locations: Nationwide

Salary & Benefits: Starting salaries range from $50k - $100k+, depending on position. Full benefits package is included.

We will be holding interviews throughout August.

Please click here for more information!

According to your Peers

Chris Hurst did a great job. He listened to my needs and worked with me to overcome some logistical challenges coming out of Alaska. Other recruiting agencies were not nearly as engaged and proactive as Orion!” – Jason Blanthorn, Manufacturing Supervisor

Chris Hurst was fantastic in every way. And my new job with Hitachi Medical Systems America is a great fit due to my prior military experience with management of personnel, as well as my technical aptitude/ability. Orion is better than other recruiting agencies and proved to be the best fit for me. I have already recommended Orion to all of my friends. Thanks, again!” – Jonathan Lyman, Service Area Manager

Todd Phillips considered my objectives and needs, in conjunction with my skills and experience, in selecting opportunities for me.  He took the time to understand what I wanted and needed and matched me against jobs he believed I would enjoy and where I would be successful. I recently started as a Production Leader with General Electric.

Orion was very responsive to my needs and preferences and worked very hard to match me against appropriate opportunities.  Orion also provided extensive assistance in composing my resume and preparing for interviews, including background information on companies, helpful reference materials, and targeted practice for interviews.

I have recommended Orion to other personnel leaving the Army and will continue to do so.  I would not hesitate to contact Orion again should the need arise or if I was charged with filling a vacancy for GE.  Todd and all of the account representatives I spoke with were helpful, supportive, and straightforward, which I greatly appreciated.” - Bryon Grabenbauer, Production Leader

“I left active duty in 2007 and am a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserve. Initially, I went to work in the private sector, but I started my most recent job search in May 2011 when I was ready for a career change. I knew other veterans who used Orion and they recommended their services, so I worked with them.
I worked with Chris Hurst and Mike Wood at Orion. They both did a great job of helping me get to where I needed to be. I gave Orion very specific geographic and salary needs, and they were able to meet both.” – John Jacobs, Senior Project Manager

“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. Chris Hurst and Marin Jakawich were super helpful.” – Jonah Westcott, Project Manager

“Thank you, Orion, for getting me a job in times that everyone is struggling in such a tough economy situation!” – Yuri Paredes, Maintenance Supervisor

“I was impressed with my Orion experience. In fact, I have used them twice! Both times I worked with them (in 2003 and then again in 2011), I landed a job within 90/120 days of active job searching. I felt that the service I received was very consistent with my needs, so I was pleased with the end result.” – Beth Coughlin, Supplier Development Engineer

“I left active duty in 2000 and was part time PANG until 2004. After staying home with my children through my spouse’s deployment, I decided to try and find a new opportunity with the help of Orion. Orion is client focused on both ends (candidate and company), as well as sincere and professional.

I am now a Sales Representative for Harsco Minerals. Having previously been in the Signal Corps, I see many similarities between my duties there and in my new career. My military experience provided me with leadership skills, confidence in presentation/organization/networking, resourcing skills, goal attainment skills, project management & team leadership/mentoring skills, all of which contribute to the sales industry.” - Teresa McTavish, Sales Representative

Career Opportunities within Orion

Account Executives

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.

Marine Corps Officer Recruiter

Orion is also seeking a Marine Corps Officer Recruiter to work in our San Diego, CA, office. In this position, you will work with Marine Corps Officers exiting the military and identify those who have the skills and abilities our clients are looking for. In addition to sourcing, screening, and matching candidates for opportunities based on a variety of qualifications, you will work with candidates through the Orion pipeline, from sourcing, to acceptance of a job offer, and after they begin their new position. You will also travel to different military installations in your territory interviewing potential candidates, as well as to hiring conferences sponsored by Orion International.

To qualify, you must be a Marine Corps Officer. 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!

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