Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Orion President Mike Starich Interviewed on CNBC,
Fort Bragg Military Hiring Event – Interview for Operations & Leadership Positions on April 26 & 27,
Orion Book Bundle Giveaway,
Leadership Development Program with a Leading Packaging Manufacturer,
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
First Lady Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Joining Forces with Orion Alumnus
Michelle Obama embarked upon a tour on Thursday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Joining Forces, a White House initiative to increase programs and opportunities for veterans and their families. Mrs. Obama started the tour off at Kansas City Southern, a freight railroad company, in Shreveport, LA, and announced 60,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired through the program in the last year. The event also featured Dave Ebbrecht, Senior VP of Operations at KCS, and Michael Abitago, an Orion alumnus and the 50,000th hire through Joining Forces.
Abitago, a Heavy Equipment Operator in the Army who is transitioning this month, is joining KCS as a Conductor Trainee. He was hired through the Fort Hood Military Hiring Event held in March, which marked the first official Military Hiring Event co-sponsored by The White House Joining Forces initiative to Hire Veterans and Orion. He is one of the 20 veterans hired by KCS in 2012 so far, and will add to the growing percentage of veterans amongst the KCS Shreveport workforce.
"We have 15 new hires that we are onboarding right now that originated from a cooperative effort between our long-standing recruiting partner, Orion International, the Joining Forces campaign, and the ACAP center at Ft Hood,” explains Ebbrecht, “This cooperative effort is reaching those soldiers that are often neglected and yet deserve most of our attention: those young combat vets returning from the front lines. As always, we at KCS are proud to do our part."
Abitago is not the first Orion alumnus at KCS to be recognized in the media. Kelly King, a 2005 United States Military Academy graduate and former Army Captain, was featured both by the Association of American Railroads and in an article in Military Times Edge by Adam Stone. She explains that her military experience greatly prepared her for her career as a Director of International Rail Operations Support at KCS, “My experience in the military prepared me to work in an environment that operates 24/7, address any challenges and issues simultaneously, and communicate with many groups on multiple levels to achieve a common goal or company objective.”
The transferable skills of both Abitago and King are representative of countless veterans who are seeking civilian employment. Mrs. Obama agrees:
Today’s modern battlefield means that our 9/11 generation of veterans has served not only as soldiers or airmen or sailors, but as diplomats -- they’ve served as social workers, as mediators, as educators. They’re directing dozens of their peers -- so they’ve got the management experience. They’re executing highly complex, life-or-death missions, and they’re operating some of the most advanced technology on the planet.
As Joining Forces turns one, Mrs. Obama touted the success of the initiative and the ongoing need to forge ahead at this event. She went on to affirm Ebbrecht’s earlier comment that employers should employ veterans not just “because it’s the right thing to do, not just because it’s a patriotic way to show our support, but because it’s good business as well. That’s important. This is good business.” Orion is proud to be a part of this initiative and to continue recruiting veterans for civilian employers who understand that hiring veterans is just good business.
The next Joining Forces Military Hiring Event co-sponsored by Orion will be held April 26 - 27 at Fort Bragg, NC. (See the article below for more information.) You can watch a video of the KCS event as covered by KSLA here.
Orion President Mike Starich Interviewed on CNBC
Mike Starich, President of Orion, recently participated in a panel called Getting Veterans Back to Work on CNBC live as part of their Hiring Our Heroes series. Check out the interview below.
Fort Bragg Military Hiring Event – Interview for Operations & Leadership Positions on April 26 & 27
This event is a special Hiring Event co-sponsored by The White House Joining Forces initiative to Hire Veterans and the participating Command Groups.
We are seeking transitioning Officers and NCOs 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 September 1, 2012
Contact your Orion recruiter if you would like to learn more about this event, or register online.
Orion Book Bundle Giveaway
Like us on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Orion Book Bundle Giveaway, a bundle of 4 books recommended for Veteran Job Seekers:
- Veterans: DO THIS! GET HIRED!: Proven Advice For Veterans That Need A Job, by Mark Lyden
- Knock 'em Dead 2012: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, by Martin Yate CPC
- Power Interviews: Job-Winning Tactics from Fortune 500 Recruiters, by Neil M. Yeager
- The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition, by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
To enter, check out our Sweepstakes tab on our Facebook page beginning April 23, 2012, at 12:00 am EST and ending on April 29, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST.
You can check out the rules here.
Leadership Development Opportunity with a Leading Packaging Manufacturer
We are currently recruiting JMOs for a Leadership Development Program (LDP) with a leading packaging manufacturer. In the LDP, participants will complete a 12 - 24 month development plan within our client’s packaging division that will result in qualification as a leadership professional or manager within the company. This is an excellent long-term opportunity with strong growth potential for those who are open geographically and willing to move to complete the phases of the rotation.
Training facilities are located in Santa Teresa, NM; Lebanon, TN; Milford, NJ; and Batavia, NY. Permanent placement at one of the more than 40 facilities nationwide is decided based on performance and preference at the end of the LDP. You can expect to spend at least your first two rotations in one of these facilities. Salary is $65,000 - $70,000 depending on experience. Our client offers a comprehensive benefits package, as well.
We will be holding interviews May 14 & 15 in Atlanta, GA. If you are an experienced leader, are available to start a new career by July 1, 2012, and would like to be considered for this LDP opportunity, please click here.
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 April 20 in Norfolk, VA; and on April 25 in Dallas, TX.
Click here to learn more or apply.
Job Seeker Success Story
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 National Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) 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.
April 23, 2012
3:00 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.
April 24, 2012
3:00 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.
April 26, 2012
3:00 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.
San Diego, CA
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 $800 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!
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