The Hunter for Military Officers - January 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Orion Alumni Attend Hiring Our Heroes Conference,
Surveys Confirm Veteran Recruitment on the Rise,
2012 National Distinguished Candidate Conferences,
Recruiter Spotlight,
Orion’s Military Officer Transition Program & Upcoming Webinars,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
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

Orion Alumni Attend Hiring Our Heroes Conference



(Washington, DC, USA - November 10, 2011: The Fourth Annual Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes featuring First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Ian Wagreich/ © U.S. Chamber of Commerce)


Orion alumni with Siemens once again traveled to Washington, DC, in conjunction with The Siemens Initiative to Support Military Families. This time, Alan Lateer, Jeff Bell, Christopher Pieczonka, and Jody Compton attended the 4th Annual Business Steps Up, Hiring Our Heroes Conference at the U.S. Chamber of Congress in Washington, DC, on November 10. Previously, James Lamz and Nicholas Espe visited the White House in conjunction with Joining Forces.

The 4th Annual Business Steps Up, Hiring Our Heroes Conference focused on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s goal of lowering unemployment among veterans and their spouses by partnering with Veteran Service Organizations, government agencies, and the business community to hold job fairs across the U.S. This year, the Conference recognized specific businesses that have gone above and beyond to honor military families. Finalists for the 1st Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards included PepsiCo, The Home Depot, Bank of America, Dollar General, and Siemens, among many others.

Jody Compton (pictured front row, second from left) was one of the four Orion alumni to participate in this Conference. Compton was an Automated Logistical Specialist in the Army who is now a Materials Handler Specialist with Siemens. Her civilian position corresponds directly with her military experience, and illustrates how well veterans transition into these types of positions. “Not only do companies get a qualified employee, but they get the dedication, discipline, commitment out of the Veteran, which a company may not find in other employees,” explains Compton. 

She goes on to say that attending the Hiring Our Heroes Conference was something she never thought she’d have the honor of doing, much less sitting on stage with the First Lady. “I'm proud of the years I served protecting freedom for others, and now I'm proud to be part of a company that supports veterans and leads the way for other companies,” states Compton.

Christopher Pieczonka (pictured front row, fifth from left), a United States Naval Academy graduate and former Surface Warfare Officer, also attended the Conference. He is currently a part of the Sales and Marketing Development Program (SMDP) at Siemens Energy. Pieczonka attended the morning lectures, as well as the awards dinner at the US Chamber of Commerce. “Attending the US Chamber of Commerce event was a tremendous experience that highlighted some of the incredible things the Federal Government, Chamber of Commerce, and various companies are doing to utilize the talents of military service veterans,” says Pieczonka. 

The Hiring our Heroes program is another of the many initiatives that have been put in place to help veterans find employment when they transition out of the military. We salute the Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards recipients for their dedication to hiring veterans and are proud that our alumni were chosen to represent the success veterans experience in the civilian workplace.


Surveys Confirm Veteran Recruitment on the Rise


Last month, both Careerbuilder and Monster released the results of their respective surveys on veteran employment. Both surveys reveal that employers are seeking to hire veterans in a big way. Careerbuilder surveyed more than 2,800 hiring managers and concluded that 20% of employers are actively recruiting veterans to work for their company over the next 12 months. According to Careerbuilder, these employers are tapping into veterans’ technical and communication skills for careers in IT, Customer Service, Engineering, and Sales. 

Monster’s recently released Veteran Talent Index tells much the same story. The report begins by defining why veterans are desirable employees:

Veterans represent an elite and diverse talent pool available for hire. Most possess transferrable skills, professional discipline and positive attributes identifiable in today’s evolving workforce. By hiring veterans, employers can leverage the U.S. Military’s $140 billion per year spent on education and training and tap into the 200,000 service members that transition to the civilian workforce each year. (Source: Department of Veteran Affairs, US; U.S. Dept of Labor)

The Indices in the report include Veteran Career Confidence, Veteran Job Search Activity, and Employer Veteran Hiring. The Employer survey of almost 500 employers reveals that 70% of surveyed employers have hired more than one veteran in the past year. 99% of those employers felt veterans performed ‘much better’ or ‘about the same’ as non-veterans, and 69% of employers felt that veterans perform their job ‘much better’ compared to non-veterans. The impressive percentages of veteran-friendly employers were further evidenced when employers were asked if they would hire a veteran again. Of those that had hired a veteran, 98% said they would do so again. 

Both surveys revealed that veteran job seekers could often do better in conveying their experience. According to Monster, 77% of employers believed veterans could do a better job translating their military skills to civilian skills. Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America explains, “The survey shows that employers recognize the unique value military experience can bring, but that they don’t always understand how military skills fit into corporate America. Veterans will need to clearly make that connection in their resume, cover letter and job interviews as they enter this new chapter of their careers.”

Orion represents thousands of companies whose stance on veteran recruiting is reflected in these surveys. We are here to help our candidates translate their skills and value to civilian employers, and ultimately, connect our candidates with companies that are actively seeking veterans for their skills, experience, and values.

2012 National Distinguished Candidate Conferences


Are you preparing to exit the military and begin a civilian career? Do you think that your education, background, and military career distinguish you from your peers?

If so, you may be a candidate for one of Orion’s National Distinguished Candidate Conferences (DCCs). Orion only holds a few DCCs each year. The 2012 DCCs will be held in Dallas, TX, on March 5 - 6; Baltimore, MD, on May 21 - 22; San Diego, CA, on June 4 - 5; Chicago, IL, on July 23- 24; Baltimore, MD, on September 10 - 11; and San Diego, CA, on October 15 - 16. There will be positions available nationwide, with a focus on Engineering, Sales, Leadership Development, and Operations Management.


Orion carefully selects candidates for our DCCs that exemplify the best Orion has to offer our client companies. We work hard to assemble a select group of the top JMOs from around the country.


Our distinguished candidates include:


• Graduates of Military Service Academies or Top Universities with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
• Those with a masters degree or other advanced education; and
• Those that have consistently ranked above their peers in Officer Evaluations. 


Additionally, you should be available to start working within the next four months and be geographically flexible.


What do our clients have to say about the caliber of our candidates at the DCC? Read on...


"The success of the Distinguished Candidate Conference will allow me to lay the foundation for our Sales team in Texas.”


"Our experience at Orion's Distinguished Candidate Conference was a great success. The candidates were of the highest caliber and extremely well matched for our Leadership Development Program. This event enabled us to hire 5 outstanding JMOs very efficiently, saving weeks of time. I look forward to seeing the impact these new leaders will have on our organization."

If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please email us at to request an application.


Recruiter Spotlight


Tim Duba 



My name is Tim Duba, and I am a USNA graduate and former Surface Warfare Officer, born in Oxnard, CA.  I grew up moving about every two years as a Navy brat, so I don’t really have a “hometown.”  My father went to the Naval Academy in 1971 and became a Navy Diver.  He served 28 years in various roles within the diving community and retired as a Captain.  My mom is a former Navy Nurse who now focuses on making sure my dad does not lose his mind in retirement.  My older brother went to the US Merchant Marine Academy in Long Island, NY, and eventually was selected for Navy EOD.  He is still active duty as an EOD Officer and stationed here in San Diego.  My younger sister, Marcella, is married to one of my former “trainers” and friends from USNA, who is a Navy SEAL officer at the UDV teams in Honolulu, HI.  And my other younger sister finally broke the chain of military spouses and married a fireman in Amelia Island, FL!  

I served my entire Naval career on the USS Cleveland, bouncing around within the Engineering departments.  When I left the military, I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I went back to school at the University of Florida for my MBA.  Upon graduating from their one-year program, I received an offer to join Starwood Hotel’s Leadership Development Program.  

I received training in hotel operations, sales, consulting, etc. and was eventually sent to work at their flagship property in Chicago.  After a year-and-a-half, I was transferred to San Diego, CA. Three years, I decided that I wanted to explore the sales world a bit more and contacted Orion International to see what was out there for me.  

Because Orion’s mission is so well-aligned with my personal goals, I decided to focus my efforts on obtaining a position with them.  I feel very lucky to have been selected for the team in San Diego and thoroughly enjoyed my time working as a sales team member.  Recently,  I was presented with the opportunity to try my hand on the recruiting side and gladly jumped at the chance because, ultimately, my goal in working at Orion was to help other people like myself with their transition period.  

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

The best advice I received during my transition was to be open to every opportunity.  When I first began looking, I only wanted to live in San Diego. I was even willing to look at jobs I knew were not a good fit for me if they were in San Diego.  Needless to say, I didn’t have much luck because I was applying for jobs for which I did not match up well.  Once I opened up my search and focused more on a cultural fit and actual job satisfaction, I was able to see many more opportunities and found that I am really ok living nearly anywhere if I enjoy my job.  

What do you like most about working at Orion?

Hands down I love the ability to meet and assist so many people going through their transition phase; whether they are leaving the military and seeing their first interviews or looking to change companies or job types.  I feel very rewarded by the work I do, and there is no better phone call to receive than when the candidate calls to say “I got an offer!”

What are you actively recruiting for at the moment?

Petsmart is looking for bright leaders to join their Leadership Development Program!  You will train for four months at the corporate HQ in Phoenix, AZ, and, upon graduating, will become the Distribution Manager at one of the eight major hubs across the US.  This is a great job for those of you looking to get a well-rounded education to the world of operations and distribution with an excellent company.

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

I spend all of my free time surfing or riding my Harley Davidson!

Connect with Tim:
858-715-1501 x 212


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.


January 24, 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.


January 25, 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.


January 26, 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


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

Philadelphia, PA

January 15 - 16

February 12 - 13


Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

January 15 - 16

February 26 - 27


Atlanta, GA

Raleigh, NC

January 15 - 16

February 27 - 28

South Central  

Houston, TX

January 15 - 16


San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

January 22 - 23

February 12 - 13


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.

San Diego

Ft. Hood

Ft. Lee/Eustis

December 30

January 12 - 13

January 26 - 27


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 $65,000-$80,000+, depending on position. Full benefits package is included.

Please click here for more information!


According to Your Peers

“Orion is drastically better than the competition! I inform all the officers I know about Orion. Chris Hurst and Nora Liles were excellent for the entire ride. I was treated with respect and my personal needs were taken into consideration. I actually felt like a client, which is different than from other organizations that provide this service.” – Bill Salisbury, Construction Supervisor

Bob Berkholz was my recruiter. He treated me very well, was constantly involved, and was a great source for advice.  I even asked about advice on what job I should take (I got multiple offers), and he didn't just say ‘go with this job’; he gave good points about what I needed to think about for picking the right job.  

Orion’s hiring conferences are great.  You get a chance to not only see multiple companies from a plethora of industries, but you get the chance to interview with them all at the same time and compare them side-by-side to determine which one fits you best.  

My military background as a Lieutenant in the Navy gave me a great jump for operational execution.  The military op tempo put me head and shoulder above civilian peers.  Very few people are running complex evolutions with large teams like we do every day in the military. I’m now using that experience as a Maintenance Supervisor for Owens Corning.

I am very happy with Orion and how, unlike other recruiters I have worked with in the past, they make a strong effort meet my desires (geography, industry, salary).  Orion wants to get you into the right job for you.

I would like to pass on one piece of advice, and that is if your Orion recruiter sets you up with an interview, go to the interview even if the company isn't one you would pick for yourself.  The Orion team gets people hired in all of these companies, and they have a good feel for where your experience can be used.  I interviewed with companies that would not have even been on my list and was impressed in the interview by the people and opportunities presented.” – Adam Rose, Maintenance Supervisor

“The hiring process through Orion was great. I was able to interview with multiple companies, and the set-up at the hiring conference gave me the opportunity to see different companies across different industries. This enabled me to make a clear choice. Today, I am happy working in the steel industry.” – Mark Torres, Project Manager

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.


Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion


Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $2700 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





Boston Scientific


CB Richard Ellis

Corning Cable




FuelCell Energy

GE Aircraft Engines

GE Appliances

GE Lighting

Georgia Pacific



Johnson Controls

Kansas City Southern



Lam Research


Owens Corning

Oshkosh Truck


Prince Castle








Stryker Orthopaedics


Worley Parsons