The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - February 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2011 Veteran Career Resource Recap,
Orion Pledges Support to Joining Forces,
Fort Hood Military Hiring Event – Interview for Operations Leadership Positions on March 8th-9th,
According to Your Peers,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
Manufacturing Technician Careers with Intel,
Recruiter Spotlight,
Technical Positions with ConocoPhillips,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Connect with Orion Online

2011 Veteran Career Resource Recap



The second half of 2011 brought about many new initiatives that are sure to help veterans as they search for a civilian career in 2012. From the new job seeker tools associated with Joining Forcesto tax incentives for employers who hire veterans, making the transition to the civilian workforce is being made less complicated than ever before. We wrote about these tools in various newsletters and blogs throughout last year, but also wanted to recap them all in one place with you here. 

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which was signed on November 21, 2011, by President Obama, brings about two new tax credits, as well as makes the Transition Assistance Program mandatory. The two tax credits included in the act are meant to spur additional veteran employment opportunities. And it behooves veterans to know if employers are eligible for one of these credits when hiring them:

Returning Heroes Tax Credit Eligibility: 

  • Short-term Unemployed: A new credit of 40% of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans who have received unemployment for at least 4 weeks.

  • Long-term Unemployed: A new credit of 40% of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) for employers who hire veterans who have received unemployment for longer than 6 months.

Wounded Warriors Tax Credit Eligibility: 

  • Veterans with Services-Connected Disabilities: Maintains the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for veterans with service-connected disabilities not more than one year after being discharged from the military, which is up to 40% of the first $12,000 of wages (up to $4,800).

  • Long-Term Unemployed Veterans with Services-Connected Disabilities: A new credit of 40% of the first $24,000 of wages (up to $9,600) for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities veterans with service-connected disabilities who have received unemployment for longer than 6 months.

As part of the Joining Forces initiative, President Obama announced three new programs in effect immediately that are aimed at helping unemployed veterans find civilian careers.

  • 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.

  • My Next Move: This tool allows veterans to match civilian careers with their military experience, as well as view specifics about that career path, including salaries, training, outlook, etc.

  • Veteran Gold Card: Issued by the Department of Labor, the Gold Card can be downloaded and gives veterans access to six months of personalized case management, assessments, and counseling at One-Stop Career Centers located across the country.

Finally, companies like LinkedIn and Google have joined in the effort by offering specialized services for veterans. (And don't forget to join Orion's Military Network on LinkedIn.)

  • LinkedIn will be tagging job postings that could be filled by veterans to enable the postings to appear on the newly-launched Veterans Job Bank listed above.

  • LinkedIn has launched a microsite for veterans with tips, tools, and information on the best ways to find new opportunities across the LinkedIn network.

  • LinkedIn is offering all U.S. veterans a free one-year Job Seeker subscription. All veterans with updated military experience on their profiles should have received an email with more information on how to take advantage of this offer.

  • Google has developed a microsite that compiles free Google products that are useful to veterans and their families.

Transitioning from the military into the civilian workforce takes planning and determination. The tools listed above will help arm any transitioning veteran with the ammunition to take on their civilian job search. Orion is here to help make that transition easier, as well!

Orion Pledges Support to Joining Forces

Orion is proud to announce our participation in Joining Forces, the White House initiative led by President and Mrs. Obama, and Vice President and Dr. Biden. 

Joining Forces is a national initiative to involve all sectors of society to provide improved opportunities to Veterans and their families in the areas of Employment, Education, and Wellness. Through this initiative, President Obama has issued a challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed Veterans and their spouses.

Orion’s commitment to Joining Forces:

  • Orion will expand its Career Assistance Services to reach the Veteran Categories most affected by unemployment, as well as Military Spouses.

  • Orion and Joining Forces will co- host Military Hiring Events at military installations around the country to match transitioning Service Members with companies seeking to hire Military talent.

  • Orion will provide consultative training programs to educate companies on creating and implementing a Military Recruiting Strategy, increasing their ability to hire and retain Veterans.

Orion is proud to have assisted several Joining Forces companies in achieving their Military Hiring goals in 2011, and greatly appreciates the opportunity to directly participate in the initiative moving forward.

Learn more about Orion's participation in Joining Forces here.

Fort Hood Military Hiring Event – Interview for Operations Leadership Positions on March 8th-9th



This event is the very first of its kind, and is co-sponsored by The White House Joining Forces initiative to Hire Veterans and the Fort Hood Command Group.

We are seeking transitioning Fort Hood Soldiers seeking careers in Operations and Operations Leadership. Each of our client companies are committed to hiring multiple job seekers from this event!

  • Day 1 of the Hiring Event will feature a full morning of small group Interview Preparation with Orion’s Recruiters, and an afternoon with briefings by Hiring Managers from each of the companies, to familiarize you with the interviewers, companies, and available positions. 

  • On Day 2, you will have pre-arranged interviews directly with Hiring Managers for positions for which you are well-suited, and match your background, qualifications, and preferences. 

Job Seeker Requirements:

  • Honorable Discharge (or anticipated Honorable Discharge)

  • Geographically flexible and willing to relocate

  • Must be a team player with strong leadership ability and outstanding work ethic

  • Available to begin your new career prior to July 1, 2012

Contact your Orion recruiter if you would like to learn more about this event, or register online.


Job Seeker Success



“I retired from the Navy in August 2011 as a Chief Sonar Technician with 24 years of active service. My Navy background provided me with technical skills, a solid work ethic, and the ability to quickly adjust to a changing environment and work on unfamiliar equipment, all of which help me greatly in my new job as a Manufacturing Technician with Intel.

Jay Koranda did an excellent job matching my skill set with potential employers. And I really appreciated the quick turnaround of information during my interview process. Orion was excellent at meeting my needs.  I’m very grateful for the service they provide.  I would never have gained employment with Intel without their assistance. Thanks again to Orion for the service, and, specifically to Jay, for making the experience personal.” – Dan Thiele, Manufacturing Technician


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 (Midwest positions) 

Philadelphia, PA

Norfolk, VA

February 9 - 10

February 12 - 13

March 4 - 5


Chicago, IL

February 26 - 27


Raleigh, NC

February 27 - 28

South Central  

Dallas (DCC)

March 5 - 6


San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

January 22 - 23

February 12 - 13

March 4 - 5

March 25 - 26



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.


Patuxent River

Jacksonville, FL

January 19

January 28

February 9

Manufacturing Technician Careers with Intel


Orion is recruiting a large number of Manufacturing Technicians for Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker. We are currently hiring for Intel's fabs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in Phoenix, Arizona. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with an outstanding company, named on both Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For” and Business Week's" Best Places to Launch a Career.”

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. 

To be qualified for this position, you should be a transitioning or former military technician and possess an electronics, electrical, mechanical or electro-mechanical background, with 3-5 years of non-semiconductor equipment experience. 

Salary will be between $20 - $24/hour plus overtime and shift differential depending on shift worked. You will also be eligible to earn a bonus.

We will be holding interviews on the following dates and locations:

  • January 24: Jacksonville, FL

  • February 7: San Diego, CA

  • March 13: Jacksonville, FL

  • March 20: San Diego, CA

  • April 3: Norfolk, VA

For more information, please click here.

Recruiter Spotlight


Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner grew up in Madison, Indiana, and served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served with 2nd Battalion 8th Marines and deployed to Desert Storm with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, serving in a variety of recruiting billets with Marine Corps Recruiting Command ranging from Recruiter to Operations Officer.  After rising through the ranks to Master Sergeant, Mike received a commission to Chief Warrant Officer and retired this past August.  Mike enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.

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

Set realistic expectations for salary and location, keeping in mind that getting your foot in the door with a great company can be worth much more in the long run.

What do you like most about working at Orion?

I love working at Orion because I get to help transitioning service members find their next career, and in today’s environment that gives me great satisfaction.

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

I’m currently enrolled at Duke University, and hope to someday go to law school. 

Connect with Mike:
800-872-5002 x. 108


Technical Positions with ConocoPhillips


Orion is recruiting for a large number of technical 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. 

We are hiring for a variety of position types, including:

  • Instrument & Electrical Technicians

  • Machinists

  • Welders

  • Terminal Operators

  • Inspectors

  • Controllers

  • Pipeliners

  • Utility Persons

  • Pipefitters / Boilermakers

Please click here to request more information.


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



Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $200 in referral bonuses in 2012?

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

ASCO Power Technologies


Becton Dickenson Medical

Bridgestone Firestone



DNS Electronics


First Solar

GE Energy




Ingersoll Rand


Nucor Steel





Toshiba Medical

Connect with Orion Online

You can keep up-to-date on all things Orion, including hiring events, base visits, webinars, and news pertinent to veterans through our social media listed below. But don't just take our word for it:
"I was impressed with the Orion presence on Facebook.  The regular updates on hiring conferences is very informative and I direct all my friends that I know are separating soon to your page.  I didn’t always go to the Orion website but was always up to speed through the social media. I liked the fact that it was kept professional in relation to gaining employment.  Too much information would have drowned out the important stuff." - Retired Navy Sonar Technician, Manufacturing Technician in the Semiconductor Industry

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