Wednesday, November 16, 2011
President Obama Announces New Employment Resources for Veterans,
Orion’s Resources for Reduction-In-Force Air Force Officers,
Orion’s Military Officer Transition Program & Upcoming Webinars,
Overseas Positions Available through Orion,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
Job Seeker Success Story,
According to your Peers,
Overseas Positions Available through Orion,
Careers with Honeywell,
Career Opportunities within Orion,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Companies Recently Hiring,
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Industry Labor Shortages Lead to Opportunities for Veterans
The Siemens Initiative to Support Military Families, whose recruiting strategy is supported by an exclusive partnership with Orion International, was once again in the news recently and is featured in a Reuters article, as well as on the HR Law Blog, BLR. The coverage comes on the heels of Siemens announcement that they will be furthering their commitment to veterans by reserving an additional 150 positions for them. Previously, Siemens pledged to fill 10% of their 3,000 open positions in conjunction with Joining Forces, the White House’s national initiative to increase programs and opportunities for military families. Siemens has not only met that goal, but exceeded it by hiring 450 veterans since committing to Joining Forces.
Siemens’ pledge to hire even more veterans to fill many of their technical openings is indicative of a larger skilled worker deficit hitting the manufacturing industry. A recent article by Lucia Mutikani, So Many US Manufacturing Jobs, So Few Skilled Workers, notes that in addition to Siemens, other manufacturing companies have vacancies ranging from six to 200 positions, with some of those positions being open for more than six months. The article also proposes that veterans may be the answer to this shortage.
One such veteran is James Lamz, a former Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy and Orion alumni, now working within Siemens’ Sales and Marketing Development Program. He recently attended a White House meeting with the Executive Director of Joining Forces, Brad Cooper, along with Siemens' Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, to discuss Siemens' alliance with the White House on the Joining Forces campaign.
Lamz is the second Orion alumnus to be given the opportunity to visit the White House in conjunction withJoining Forces. Nicholas Espe, a Service Specialist with Siemens Industry and former Nuclear Electrician’s Mate, attended the Presidential kick-off of Joining Forces at the White House back in April.
Mutikani’s article cites the recent ManpowerGroup, Inc. 2011 Talent Shortage Survey Results, which found that 52% of US employers are having trouble filling positions within their company. An article on Military.com reports that one in three employers globally report difficulty filling jobs, particularly those involving a skilled trade, including industries that require electronic, electrical, mechanical and electro-mechanical technicians, due to lack of available talent, the highest percentage since before the recession in 2007. With statistics like these, it stands to reason that Manufacturing is one of the industries worst hit by this shortage.
Part of the issue, according to Mutikani, is that American colleges are producing fewer and fewer math and science graduates. This coupled with an aging work population and a decline in skilled technicians has led to large numbers of vacancies for high paying manufacturing positions. "There's been a steady trend of media reports regarding a lack of skilled trade workers and technicians, even despite the recent recession," Mike Starich, President of Orion International, tells Lin, "Back in my father's day, when you graduated high school you would go to a trade school or college, or enter the blue-collar work force. As America's economy has evolved, there’s been a bigger emphasis on four-year degrees, and this 'white-collar push' has created a vacuum where there are fewer people skilled in the trades."
In response to this shortage, Siemens and other companies are targeting military. "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 said in a recent press release. "Veterans possess a unique skill set in technical areas that are a great match with many of our over 3,000 open positions."
Manufacturing represents a breadth of jobs from Service Specialists to Engineers and has proven to be an excellent industry for transitioning veterans. Although the shortage of manufacturing workers may only recently be widely reported, Orion has realized the value of veterans in manufacturing for the last 20 years, and has placed several thousand veterans into Manufacturing positions within Food & Beverage, Medical Device and Pharmaceuticals, Semiconductor, High Tech, Consumer Products, and many other industries. Lamz is pleased with his career choice. “I would highly recommend Orion to any transitioning JMO,” says Lamz, “And I have been very happy with the support Siemens has given me to help make the transition.”
President Obama Announces New Employment Resources for Veterans
On Monday, November 7, President Obama announced three new programs that will go into effect immediately and are aimed at helping unemployed veterans find civilian careers.
The first is the Veterans Job Bank, run by the National Resource Directory. This job bank contains more than 500,000 job openings specially tagged for veterans by employers.
Secondly, Obama announced the launch of an online tool called My Next Move that will allow veterans to match civilian careers with their military experience, as well as view specifics about that career path, including salaries, training, outlook, etc.
More information and links for all three resources can be found on the White House’s Joining Forces Resources page.
Orion’s Resources for Reduction-In-Force Air Force Officers
In continuation of efforts to meet congressionally mandated end-strength targets, the Air Force has laid off more than 400 Officers through a Reduction-In-Force Board. These Officers must separate by March 1, 2012. If you are among these Officers, Orion invites you to consider our placement services as you separate earlier than planned. We have placed Air Force Officers into corporate America since 1991 and understand that transitioning from the military can be stressful, especially when the need arises suddenly. 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 tasks 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.
Our alumni include many Air Force Officers like you who have found that their military experience has been very useful in their civilian careers. J. Fortinberry, a former Captain in the Air Force who was placed by Orion with a clean technology company earlier this year, is one of those alumni. “The skills imparted to me by the Air Force are invaluable. The leadership opportunities I was given are unparalleled in the civilian world for something of comparable responsibility and scope given my experience level. My background prepared me perfectly for my transition to the private sector, as the skills and technical aptitude I learned as a Maintenance Officer translate to a myriad of manufacturing and industrial services careers,” explains Fortinberry, “It is amazing how painless Orion has made my transition. I was expecting headaches, long searches, and potentially ‘settling’ for something less than I wanted, all of which turned out not to be the case. I had options thanks to Orion—all of them good. The apprehension and uneasiness has melted away, and the future looks bright.”
Officers not chosen for retention may be concerned about what opportunities await them in the civilian workforce. And like Fortinberry, 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!
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.
December 13, 2011
12:00 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.
December 14, 2011
12:00 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.
December 15, 2011
12:00 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
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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.
Job Seeker Success Story
Sean Countryman, Senior Design Engineer
On the first of June, I had nothing but worries about job prospects in the current economy. As June was ending, I had two formal offers and three pending! Orion International was 150% behind this incredible journey!
I went through Air Force ROTC during college and was commissioned into the military directly upon graduation. While my peers were feverishly interviewing and sending resumes, I was preparing for my military career. Fast forward 20 years, and, as my retirement loomed, I found myself facing the prospect of searching for a job for the first time in my life. I began with a basic resume that I uploaded to some internet site. A few weeks later, I hadn't heard anything back other than a few scam emails.
A colleague of mine was passing my desk one day and stopped to talk. He told me to contact Orion, as they had done a good job for him when he got out of the military years earlier. I uploaded my resume to Orion and applied online to a number of jobs I thought seemed to be good matches for me.
I then received a call from an Orion representative to discuss my resume and skills. He discussed my situation and background with me at length and really made me feel that he was sincere in trying to help me find a job. As the call ended, I felt a glimmer of hope for the first time since I began job searching.
With the current economy, I have been seeing so many stories in the media about people who have mailed out 2000+ resumes without a single call back and other that have been searching for two years without any luck. I had been very concerned about this. Stories like this are the thing that keeps you up at night while your family is sleeping. They depend on me to support them, and I needed to find a job before my retirement date.
The thing about Orion is that, once you contact them and they get you in their system, it's like stepping onto an express train. Once that train leaves the station, you better be ready because things start moving FAST. I began to get very regular calls from Orion representatives from all over the country. They have offices all over, and they obviously communicate with each other, as they networked around trying to find good matches for me. Every time one of their representatives called, they had another job to discuss with me. Within a few weeks, I had been invited to a Distinguished Candidate Conference in Atlanta, GA. I was excited at the prospect, but nervous as I had never been to such an event.
After I expressed a desire to work on the West Coast, I began working with JP Sniffen. He is truly an outstanding individual. He went over my entire career, skills, and desires and invited me to the San Diego DCC. JP conducted an excellent webinar/telecon prior to the conference to prep all of the candidates who were planning on attending. His information was absolutely vital as he went over everything from dress and appearance to interviewing skills and resumes. I took voluminous notes that I later referenced constantly on the job trail.
At the DCC, the Orion people were very professional and flawlessly prepared. I was given materials and directions in a packet upon arrival and then directed into the first meeting of the day. Day one is interview seminars to learn how to interview and then briefings all day long from the companies. Each company has an allotted time to tell you about their company, its history, what they do, where they are located, who they are looking for, etc. I heavily advise you take notes and get any handouts available. Orion has a packet on each company with absolutely outstanding information, which is essential to your job search. That first day is grueling and exhausting. But, when it's over, you will realize just how much you learned about the companies and which ones you are most interested in. The first day was capped by a social with food and drinks outside the hotel. This is where the true magic of Orion begins.
You can sit at home and send out 2000+ resumes, post on every internet site, and call companies to ask if they are hiring, or you can attend an Orion DCC and actually be put face-to-face with the people who can hire you. At the social you can, for the first time, talk directly to the Vice President or Senior HR Partner of the company you are most interested in working for. Orion puts you in that position and provides every tool possible to be successful. You have the chance to make your future. Orion puts you front and center.
The second day of the DCC is where Orion gives you the opportunity of a lifetime. Day two is interview time. You will have 45 minutes with each of the companies you are most interested in and are the best match for. Orion works tirelessly to schedule you with the best possible companies to aid your success. The evening of the first day I got my list of seven companies I would have interviews with the next day; I was very excited to see Honeywell on that list along with all of the other companies I was also interested in. Orion had matched and scheduled me perfectly with the list I had most wanted.
Day two moves fast and is very exciting. As you only have 45 minutes with each company, JP refers to it as "speed dating" to allow both you and the company to decide if both of you are interested in furthering the process. My Honeywell interview went very well. I was very impressed with everything about them.
After the DCC, JP notified me that six of the seven companies I interviewed with were planning on pursuing me. Wow! Orion showed me how to interview, gave me the information I needed, and put me face-to-face with the hiring authorities from all of these top companies. You cannot get that by simply mailing out resumes and hoping.
Every single time I had either a phone interview or an onsite interview, JP called me personally to discuss the impending interview and give me every single bit of information I needed to be successful. He got me focused, pumped up, and ready to go. I went into every single interview fully prepared and ready to go. I cannot stress enough how awesome J.P. was during the entire process. His calls were pure gold and inspiration to me every time.
I cannot stress enough to any military member who is contemplating the civilian job market: DO NOT FEAR. There are jobs out there and companies looking to hire ex-military. The key to finding those opportunities is simple: Step on the Orion International express train and hold on as it pulls out of the station! They will move you out onto the job trail at top speed and attend to you at every step of the way.
Be sure to listen to Orion! They will give plenty of advice, and every single thing they say is true. They will put you face-to-face with hiring authorities from Fortune 500 companies. You cannot ask for any more than that.
From there it's all in your hands. Just remember everything Orion teaches about interviewing and the briefing they give you about the company you are talking with, and you'll do fine. I also highly recommend doing your own extensive homework about each company before you meet with them. Know their business and their industry as well as you can. If you have any questions, ask your Orion representative. They will go the extra mile every time to help you!
Orion International is one of the most impressive organizations I have ever encountered. From top to bottom, every single Orion team member is courteous, professional, helpful, knowledgeable, and absolutely outstanding!
According to Your Peers
Overseas Positions Available through Orion
Orion is currently recruiting for several overseas positions, including roles in Afghanistan and Egypt. If you have either a logistics or intelligence background and are interested in learning more about these positions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Careers with Honeywell
Orion International is currently hiring for many positions Nationwide for Honeywell Aerospace.
Salary & Benefits: Starting salaries range from $65,000-$80,000+, depending on position. Full benefits package is included.
Please click here for more information!
Career 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 $2500 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 to refer a friend.
30 seconds of your time could be $100 in your pocket!
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