Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Honeywell U.S. Army Integrated Logistics Support Service Program,
Field Operations Contract Opportunity,
Job Seeker Success Story,
National Distinguished Candidate Conference – May 21 & 22 in Baltimore, MD,
Orion’s Military Officer Transition Program & Upcoming Webinars,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
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
Fort Hood Military Hiring Event Matches Veterans with Careers
The Fort Hood Military Hiring Event, held March 8 and 9, marked the first official Military Hiring Event co-sponsored by The White House Joining Forces initiative to Hire Veterans and Orion International. The Fort Hood Event was also sponsored by the Fort Hood ACAP. The event made headlines on Austin YNN, KCEN-TV, The Fort Hood Sentinel, and the Killeen Daily Herald and brought the soldiers at Fort Hood face-to-face with hiring managers eager to recruit them.
The two-day event featured interview preparation, company briefings, and pre-arranged interviews for the more than 120 soldiers in attendance. Companies like Allied Wire, Dollar General, Hess, Honeywell, Kansas City Southern Railroad, Schlumberger , and Siemens, to name a few, attended the event with the commitment of hiring multiple job seekers. These companies have more than 130 open positions with salaries that range from $35,000-$85,000. Also in attendance was Captain Brad Cooper, Executive Director of Joining Forces.
The Event exceeded expectations, with an average of about 3 interviews per solider and a large portion of first interviews leading to follow-ups. Kansas City Southern Railroad hit the ground running after the Event and has already hired multiple candidates, including Gerry Peppmuller.
Peppmuller, a Major in the Army, retires in August 2012 with 22+ years of service from his position as an Operational Field Artillery Officer. He attended the Fort Hood Military Hiring Event after filling out an online application. “I made first contact (phone) with my Orion career consultant on Wednesday 7 March 2012, and, in a little over 48 hours from our initial phone conversation, I had received an offer of employment!” states Peppmuller.
Peppmuller credits both his civilian and military experience for helping him obtain his new position as Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety for Kansas City Southern Railroad. “The civilian education that I completed within my masters program, along with my numerous years of military experience in operations, management, leadership, safety, and weapons systems testing and evaluation, played a key part in my ability to get a new career started with this railroad corporation after I retire from military service,” explains Peppmuller.
Robert Squires, a Sergeant Major in the Army and the III Corps and Fort Hood Equal Opportunity Program Manager, was also in attendance. Squires recalls that his past experience at traditional job fairs had not been very productive. “[Job fairs] are usually held in a large ballroom with 40 to 50 companies. Then you add 800-1000 people in their different stages of their out processing of the Army; ranging from already out of the Army to still having two years left on their contract, and you find yourself fighting the crowd of people to get to that company’s table and hoping that you get there at the start of the brief that the company representative was giving to a crowd,” explains Squires.
He found the Fort Hood Military Hiring Event format to be much better. “The event was first-rate,” says Squires, “The Day 1 agenda was very productive for both the soldier looking for a job and the company looking for veterans; and the Day 2 interviews with the selected companies were all any job seeker could hope for. It really makes you feel that someone is looking out for your best interest in the job hunting process.”
With over 300 interviews taking place, the Fort Hood Military Hiring Event successfully carried out theJoining Forces directive to expand employment and career development opportunities for veterans. “I am pleased that we were able to assist a group of dedicated professionals that honestly deserve our thanks and our efforts. They were a great group of soldiers,” says Mike Starich, President of Orion International. The next Military Hiring Event will be held at Fort Bragg on April 26 & 27.
Will Simmons was placed by Orion International as a Manufacturing Supervisor with Actavis, a leading generic pharmaceutical company, in November 2009, exactly two weeks after leaving the military. Previously, he served in the Air Force as a Captain in the Office of Special Investigations. Since his transition, Simmons tells The Hunter that he has already received a promotion and that he can truly say that beginning a civilian career with Actavis was the best move he ever made.
When he transitioned, Simmons found searching for a job to be a full-time job. “It's very difficult to finish your military duties while also going home each night to spend another three to five hours working on resumes and applications, only to start it all over again the next day,” recalls Simmons, “It is very frustrating to send out applications and hear either nothing back or be rejected while also going through the myriad of paperwork and meetings that the military requires for separation.” That frustration, however, changed to relief when he teamed up with Orion and landed a job with Actavis.
Since starting with Actavis, Simmons has progressed to be the Senior MRF Supervisor. He went from the low-man-on-the-totem-pole in November 2009 to the Senior MRF Supervisor by January 2011. Simmons tells The Hunter that his immediate boss and director told him the promotion was based on his attention to detail, ability to execute under stress, and his ability to connect with the personnel that worked for (and with) him, producing excellent results. “They recognized my ability to connect with people,” explains Simmons. As an example, Simmons describes a time when he used his military skills to solve a disconnect between the operators and management:
“Just as I did when assuming a new command or new reports in the military, I sat down with them as a group and went over my expectations but then took the time to meet with each one of them to go over where they felt their strengths were, what weaknesses (in both themselves and the organization) they saw, and where there was room for improvement. I gathered all this information and then met with them again as a group to go over (with no attribution) some of the information that was brought to my attention. As a group, we went over the information that had been presented.
This allowed me to explain why some issues that were brought up were the way they were (federal requirements), but then also to explain some issues that could definitely be improved upon. Together, we drafted a list of achievements we would like to obtain by the end of the year. At the end of the year, we went through them. Praise was given for those that were achieved, and we discussed lessons learned regarding those that weren’t met.”
It may sound like common sense, but the approach of reaching out to those that worked for him truly made a difference. Simmons attributes this approach to his experience in the military. He also accredit his military background with helping him develop the ability to think clearly and make decisions under stress, which is critical in a manufacturing environment that operates 24/7/365—often with products that can cost in upwards 1 million dollars in raw materials.
Simmons advises transitioning veterans to have patience. “Be proactive but realize that it will take time. Make back-up plans in advance with the realization that your job search may take longer than expected,” he reminds fellow veterans. To Simmons, the transition from military to civilian is a continuing evolution. “You just don’t wake up one morning and the transformation is complete (even if that’s what you really want). Parts of the military, your experiences, and lessons learned stay with you,” reflects Simmons, “While some might diminish in their effect on how you operate in a civilian world, they have all shaped who you are now and will more than likely continue to shape who you will become in the future. It’s really up to you how you want to incorporate it all.”
Click here to read more about Simmons' transition and civilian career experience.
Honeywell U.S. Army Integrated Logistics Support Service Program
Orion is currently recruiting for Quality Assurance Operations positions for Honeywell to fulfill the U.S. Army’s Integrated Logistics Support Service Program. Under the contract, Honeywell is managing global inventory, maintenance, and operations for three Army Field Support Brigades.
You should be able to start before August 1st. Pay is highly competitive, and all positions are located in Afghanistan.
We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in an applied science, such as Business
Five (5) years of demonstrated experience working in the logistical field, or at least ten (10) years of program related experience
Must have experience with MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and working knowledge of Access database programs
Quality management or related discipline
Demonstrated proficiency in the evaluation of processes and controls, along with the ability to inspect or evaluate workforce performance to the process
Knowledge of Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE)
For more information, please click here.
Field Operations Contract Opportunity
Our client is an Internet Services Company that has revolutionized the way we search for and access information on the internet. They are listed as one of the best companies in the world, and are on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Employers to Work For.”
This is an opportunity to be a part of a project that will change how we use and integrate technology into our business, personal, social lifestyles, as well as the environment around us.
The company is currently engaged in multiple projects that extend from its core business. In these roles you will work as part of a cross functional team of 6 - 10 members. Each person on the team will have specific responsibilities as well as shared collateral duties.
No egos, you must be a true team player and be flexible and willing to change to accommodate the project and what is needed for the team to accomplish its “mission.” The project length is 6 - 12 months, with the potential to be extended. The timeline for the project will vary between 40 hour work weeks and 60-75 hour “high operational tempo” weeks. Project work will be focused regionally with the possibility of nationwide travel.
- The project length is 6 - 12 months, and you’ll work both as an individual contributor and as a team member.
- Positions are based in Seattle, San Diego, Norfolk, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York City, and Boston.
- This is a high travel position conducting field work and data collection through multiple locations within the U.S.
- You will work as a Field Operations Specialist in various capacities as part of a cross-functional project team. Each person on the team will have specific individual responsibilities, as well as shared collateral duties.
- Work/travel related expenses are covered by the company. Approved out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
- Hours of work per week will vary depending on work load. Some weeks will be 40 hours, Mon - Fri.
- “High operational tempo” weeks will be 60 - 75 hours including weekend work.
- Schedules will vary with 2-3 weeks of “high op tempo”, followed by 1-2 weeks of 40 hour, Mon - Fri.
- Former military with honorable discharge.
- Clean driving record (No DUIs or more than 2 tickets in the last 3 years).
- Good credit record (must have a credit card) and no criminal history.
- Possess a Valid Driver’s License and either posses, or have the ability to obtain, a Passport.
- Physically able to walk 10-15 miles daily, and stand for extended periods of time.
- Capable and willing to do high travel, and easily able to get in and out of airports.
- Detail oriented in completing routine and repetitive work. Meticulous attention to detail.
- Competent and confident in using computers and electronic devices.
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide feedback that is clear and concise.
- Must be flexible and capable of adapting to a changing environment.
We will be holding interviews on March 29th in Atlanta, GA; on March 30th in Boston, MA; and on April 5th in Seattle, WA; on April 13 in Las Vegas, NV; on April 20 in Norfolk, VA; and on April 25 in Dallas, TX.
Click here to learn more or apply.
Job Seeker Success Story
Ryan Zalewski, Outside Sales Representative
Saint Leo University, 2010
As a full-time MBA student, I knew it would be difficult to find a job that would mesh with my school schedule. Nevertheless, I posted my resume on Careerbuilder with several scheduling stipulations. I received a number of generic inquiries prior to getting the call from Todd Phillips. Todd’s call was a stark contrast from the others I received. It was obvious that he had taken the time to personally review my resume and made the call to me with a game plan in mind. I never felt pressured to tone down my scheduling demands.
Todd was confident that he could find a position that would allow me to make a generous living without slimming down my class load. He also recommended other options to help me with my career search, including joining LinkedIn. Needless to say, it was a refreshing conversation, and I was excited to leverage Todd’s experience and corporate connections to get my foot in the door for an interview. At the same time, I was hesitant to become too enamored with Todd’s assurances.
Within a couple days, Todd called to invite me to a hiring conference that Orion was hosting. He discussed the position with me and emailed a PDF with information on the company and the position. As an outside sales representative, Todd assured me that I would be in complete control of my schedule. Todd introduced me to the account manager, who walked me through the interview process prior to starting the actual interview. This was my first professional interview ever, so it was nice to get the butterflies out of the way ahead of time. I walked into the interview poised and prepared, and it obviously showed as I was invited back for a second interview later that week.
Todd and his team stayed in touch with me on a daily basis over the next two weeks of the hiring process, even though it coincided with the Christmas holiday season. I actually got confirmation of the job offer from one of Todd’s associates two days prior to receiving the official offer. I’ve been with Swagelok for a month now, and I couldn’t be happier. Todd has continued to stay in touch, volunteering his services wherever he can be of help.
I could not be more grateful for Todd’s help over the past couple months. Without him, I would probably still be stuck trying to get an interview. Instead, I got the first job I interviewed for, I’ve found a comfortable balance between my work and school demands, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the recent boost to my income. I feel very comfortable recommending Todd and Orion International, and I know that they will continue to be a strong asset for military veterans transitioning to the civilian world.
National Distinguished Candidate Conference – May 21 & 22 in Baltimore, MD
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 Orion’s first National Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) of the year in Baltimore, MD, on May 21 & 22. 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 candidates have to say about the caliber of our DCCs? Read on...
“I participated in two DCCs with Orion and interviewed with about 15 companies—pretty darn amazing for two days out of my life!”
“The Distinguished Candidate Conference I attended in Dallas was an excellent opportunity to interview with the people who would eventually be my managers. I got to do five interviews in one day!"
“When I turned to Orion, I realized that their reputation stands tall amongst the corporate sector. It was evident from the multiple high caliber companies that came to the Distinguished Candidate Conferences I attended in Baltimore and Chicago. I hope that other quality officers will see the benefits of working with a stellar placement firm like Orion.”
Orion only holds a few DCCs each year. The rest of the 2012 DCCs will be held:
San Diego, CA: June 4 - 5
Chicago, IL: July 23- 24
Baltimore, MD: September 10 - 11
San Diego, CA: October 15 - 16
If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please click here.
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.
March 26, 2012
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.
March 27, 2012
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.
March 29, 2012
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
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.
According to your Peers
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 Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; and San Diego, CA, 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 $600 in referral bonuses already 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
CB Richard Ellis
GE Aircraft Engines
Kansas City Southern
Connect with Orion Online
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