The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - October 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

TIME Magazine Names Veterans the New Greatest Generation,
Hiring Conferences Explained,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
Technical Positions with ConocoPhillips,
Technical Careers with Siemens Corporation,
Sales Opportunities Within Orion,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Connect with Orion Online

TIME Magazine Names Veterans the New Greatest Generation

In the August 29 issue of TIME Magazine, author Joe Klein names veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the new ‘Greatest Generation.’ And while Klein focuses mainly on veterans in public service, the examples he provides also speak volumes about how this generation of veterans can and will affect change in corporate America.

Klein points out that many returning veterans choose to continue to serve their country by serving other veterans. These include John Gallina and Dale Beatty, both service-injured veterans, who started Purple Heart Homes, an organization that does handicapped-access projects for veterans; and Jake Wood and William McNulty, Marine Sergeants, who started Team Rubicon, which sends teams of former non-commissioned officers into disaster areas to organize logistics.

Other veterans choose public service in the form of political office and often return to school for graduate degrees. Dr. Elaine Kamarck of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government teaches some of these veterans and says of them, “Two things set them apart: they’re very disciplined, and they’re really, really serious about their work.”

Kamarck illustrates exactly what it is about veterans that makes them so appealing to corporate America; and Klein mentions Siemens and their initiative to make 10% of all new hires veterans. (Siemens has partnered with Orion in order to achieve this goal.) Klein continues on this point by writing that “returning veterans are bringing skills that seem to be on the wane in American society, qualities we really need now: crisp decision-making, rigor, optimism, entrepreneurial creativity, a larger sense of purpose, and real patriotism…Indeed, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan required a new military skill set, far more sophisticated than for previous conflicts.”

And while the military community is lamenting the loss of some of its best young leaders to civilian transition, Klein points out that their loss is civilian America’s gain. General David Petraeus explains, “[These soldiers] have had to show incredible flexibility, never knowing whether they’re going to be greeted with a handshake or a grenade…I believe they are our next greatest generation of leaders.”

Klein gives the example of Seth Moulton. Given only a short time to come up with a business plan for an iPhone application that he had developed for doctors in Haiti after the earthquake, Moulton utilized an important skill he could have only learned in the military, the SMESC. Klein explains that the acronym stands for Situation, Mission, Execution, Support, and Command. Using SMESC, Moulton was able to come up with an impressive plan to present to the United Nations. When asked if he credited this skill to his Harvard education, Moulton replied, “Harvard Business School! I learned how to that in the United States Marines.”

Klein’s article highlights veterans and the skills that set them apart from their civilian counterparts. These skills are being applied to non-profits, public service, and civilian careers with zeal by veterans eager to make a difference. Orion believes deeply in these values and skills and is proud to assist America’s New Greatest Generation in finding rewarding civilian careers.

Click here to read the article.

Hiring Conferences Explained

Bob Berkholz, a Senior Partner with Orion and former Marine Corps Officer, provided some insight into what goes on at Orion Hiring Conferences in an article on by Ho Lin titled “The Skinny on Hiring Conferences”. Berkholz explains what it is about Hiring Conferences that behooves the candidates in comparison to other types of events and goes on to detail what candidates can expect at a conference.

He starts by defining a hiring conference and contrasting it with the ubiquitous career fair. Hiring conferences are planned events where both the candidates and hiring companies are pre-selected and matched and are brought together to interview. At a career fair, points out Berkholz, “you see people lined up around the block to visit and drop resumes off, while the hiring conferences that we run are by invitation, where we match up the right kind of candidates with the right kind of companies.” Another benefit to attending a hiring conference over a career fair is the tremendous hit rate for follow-up interviews. For example, a conference with 50 Officers interviewing with 25 companies could see as many as 42 of those Officers being called for a follow-up interview. The reason behind this statistic is that the candidates in question were pre-screened for the jobs for which they interviewed.

So what goes on at these conferences? To start, Berkholz explains that they are two-day events, with the first day dedicated solely to interview preparation. Formal interviews take place on the second day. These usually run about 45 minutes each, and candidates have multiple interviews. Thanks to the design of a hiring conference, hiring managers come pre-armed with follow-up interview plans, so they can jump into action when they interview a candidate that is a great fit for them. Therefore, follow-up and on-site interviews, as well as offers, usually happen within two weeks of the initial interview.

For many people transitioning out of the military, a Hiring Conference will be their first encounter with Corporate America, interviews, and resumes. For this reason, Berkholz asks “when they begin their terminal leave, as opposed to when their last day of active duty pay is, and when I have their day of terminal leave I back that up by about 90 days. That's the window where I want to get them into a hiring conference.” During this time, he coaches them on all aspects of their transition to a civilian career.

Hiring Conferences are an effective career search tool, as evidenced by the fact that as many as 20% of the hiring managers in attendance are Orion placements. The accelerated response time offered at a hiring conference is a much more efficient method of career placement than sending out hundreds of resumes in hopes of getting two or three responses. “Orion is well entrenched right now, with so much military talent being introduced over the past 20 years, that a lot of these corporations understand what a veteran can do, but if they don't,” says Berkholz, “we help coach the corporation – the HR manager, the plant manager – on the talents a veteran can transition over, and I can tell you that corporations have been very receptive to supporting our veterans.”

Click here to read the article.

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!

Norfolk, VA
Fishkill, NY
Chicago, IL
Atlanta, GA
South Central  
Dallas, TX
San Diego, CA
Seattle, WA

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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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.

Technical Positions with ConocoPhillips

Orion is recruiting for a large number of Machinist and Pump and Engine Mechanic positions within ConocoPhillips’ Refinery Operations and Transportation divisions. This is your chance to join a leading global energy provider, ranked #4 on the Fortune 500 and #17 on the Global 500.

Pump and Engine Mechanics

Pump and Engine Mechanics will operate, troubleshoot, remove, fabricate, and repair a variety of equipment and tools, including hydraulic and pneumatic tools, as well as read and interpret technical procedures.  These positions are located in Amarillo, TX.

Salary: $32.13/hour plus overtime; $70,000+ annually.


  • Transitioning or former military, with an Honorable Discharge 
  • A valid driver's license
  • At least 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An Associate's degree in a related field
  • At least 2 years of recent continuous employment
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ideal military backgrounds are Machinist’s Mates and Gas Turbine Mechanics


Machinists will operate, troubleshoot, remove, fabricate, repair, and re-install a variety of equipment, as well as read and interpret schematics, drawings, and manuals. These positions are located in Bellingham, WA.

Salary: $34.00/hour plus Overtime; $70,000+ annually


  • Former Military with an Honorable Discharge 
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • The ability to pass all background verification required to obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential card
  • May have to pass certain screening tests, including but not limited to, a physical, a background check, a medical and drug test, and also random drug and alcohol tests after being hired.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Transportation Workers Identification Credential card
  • An Associate's degree in a related field
  • Problem solving skills and the ability to quickly react to unexpected circumstances
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to determine causes of operating errors and finding resolutions
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Continuous improvement skills

To learn more, please click here.

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 $2100 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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