Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Air Force Captain Discusses his Career Transition through Orion,
Orion Book Bundle Giveaway,
Project Management Careers with T H Hill,
Honeywell U.S. Army Integrated Logistics Support Service Program,
Job Seeker Success Story,
National Distinguished Candidate Conference – June 4 & 5 in San Diego, CA,
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
Joining Forces Military Hiring Event Bridges the Gap between Veterans and Careers
The Fayetteville Military Hiring Event, held April 26 & 27, marked the second such event co-sponsored by The White House Joining Forces initiative to Hire Veterans, as well as the participating Command Groups and Transition Programs. The two-day event consisted of Interview Preparation with Orion´s Recruiters, briefings by Hiring Managers from each of the companies, and pre-arranged interviews. The event was covered by NBC17 and The Fayetteville Observer, as well as in a blog post by Joining Forces Executive Director, Brad Cooper.
Orion hosted about 15 companies at the event, including Intel, Siemens, Honeywell, Bridgestone, Firestone Kellogg’s, and PNC Bank. These companies interviewed the more than 100 enlisted soldiers to officers in attendance. “Orion is pleased to be able to continue to present transitioning service members with great civilian career opportunities at these Military Hiring Events,” said Mike Starich, President of Orion, “and we look forward to connecting veterans and hiring managers at the remaining 2012 events.”
In attendance at the event was Jason Forrester, Special Assistant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army. These events mark a shift in the transition process for many soldiers in accordance with the VOW to Hire Heroes Act signed by President Obama on November 21, 2011, which requires most service members to participate in new and improved transition programs. Forrester recently spoke with the Fort Hood Sentinel about this saying, “There is no doubt that throughout the Army, from the highest levels of leadership through the ranks, we are seeing a change of how the Army is getting Soldiers ready to transition.”
Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Andrew Seiden found the event to be very constructive. “This event was the best veterans’ assistance-type program I have ever seen. This is the kind of benefit veterans need. The Orion side was extremely pro-active and professional in getting me to the event and matching me to companies,” Seiden stated, “The companies were professional and eager to find matches. The whole process was seamless from start to finish.”
The remaining Joining Forces Military Hiring Events of 2012 will be held in Austin, TX, on June 10 & 11, Norfolk, VA, on August 19 & 20, Fort Hood, TX, on September 9 & 10, Camp Lejeune, NC, October 11 & 12, Raleigh, NC, on December 3 & 4, and Fort Campbell, KY, on December 6 & 7.
You can learn more about the upcoming events here.
Air Force Captain Discusses his Career Transition through Orion
Captain Matthew Born relates his experience with Orion during his transition to his new career as an Advanced Management Partner with Cintas.
Orion Book Bundle Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to our winner:
Christopher won 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
Project Management Careers with T H Hill
Orion is currently recruiting for Project Managers for T H Hill in Houston, TX. In this position, you will work as the liaison between T H Hill’s quality assurance technicians and assigned clients to reduce non-productive time associated with drilling and completions equipment for the client. You will report to the Manager of Technical Services.
These positions are quite challenging and require critical thinking, process development, mapping, management, personnel management, presentation development and delivery, database management, and metrics development and tracking skills, among others.
Work with, direct, and in some cases supervise the activity of field level quality assurance personnel assigned to the team.
Identify customer needs
Monitor and advise the customer of job progress
Ensure that lessons learned and customer requirements are catalogued and disseminated, as appropriate.
Work with Sales to interface with the client and illustrate areas of added value
T H Hill will provide you all of the tools and resources you will need to succeed in the role, including several months of training in the field and within the Engineering, Sales, and Technical Services departments.
T H Hill is looking for strong leaders eager to begin a rewarding Project Management career within the Oil & Gas industry.
Engineering or Business degree is preferred
Advanced degree or PMP certification is a plus
Strong interpersonal skills
Exceptional technical writing, communication, and presentation skills
T H Hill provides a comprehensive compensation & benefits package that includes company paid Medical & Dental coverage, Life insurance and Disability coverage for all employees at no cost. In addition, a 401k plan is available, as well as paid time-off during the first year.
We will be holding interviews for these positions at the following events:
Orion Houston Hiring Conference – June 24 & 25
Orion Houston Hiring Conference – August 12 & 13
Orion Houston Hiring Conference - December 2 & 3
Click here to learn more.
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.
Job Seeker Success Story
Randy Guest, Sales Engineer
Jacksonville University, 1998
I first learned about Orion through word of mouth and a recommendation from a friend and met Chris Demmons a few years ago at a conference. I stayed in contact with Chris and emailed him last November to inquire about potential jobs and upcoming conferences. He referred me to Mike Wood, and Brian Smith had a couple of companies with positions like I what I was looking for. I wanted a sales position in the southeast that included a base salary plus commission, benefits, company car, etc.
I had several interviews scheduled at the hiring conference, and all were with companies offering my ideal sales position. I was pleased with my interviews but extremely confident about one interview in particular. Compatibility with the interviewer was great, and everything just seemed to mesh.
I was hired as a Sales Engineer by Ellison Technologies, and everything about this company has been a perfect fit for me. The job description, expectations, and any other information provided by Orion were perfect. Just like the military, Ellison Technologies provides all of the tools necessary for success. Also, both organizations invest heavily in training, so you feel confident about their commitment to you.
Everyone I dealt with at Orion did a great job in providing job descriptions, interview coaching, feedback, resume tips, and any other necessary information. I really appreciate the preparation and frequent communication prior to, during, and after the hiring conference. A great thing about Orion hiring conferences is that you get feedback the same day, so you're not wondering how you did in the interview for several days or even weeks.
I initially enlisted in the Navy as a Sonar Technician and then received my commission in 1998. My military background helps me daily in my new career. The leadership skills I obtained in the military were instrumental throughout the interview process and will continue to help me succeed and standout among my peers. The examples are endless, but my military experiences involving communication, diversity, courage, and attention-to-detail have probably helped me the most. Another huge advantage of military service is the fraternity of veterans that are in our civilian workforce. It never ceases to amaze me how often being a veteran can open a line of communication with a potential customer.
What I really like and appreciate about Orion is their courtesy and professionalism while maintaining a low-stress environment. Competitors of Orion just seem to be uptight and create stress during an important, not stressful event. Orion makes you feel like you're among friends. And I think it's pretty cool that you guys follow-up after the process is over. Thanks for helping me land what I consider a dream job.
National Distinguished Candidate Conference – June 4 & 5 in San Diego, CA
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 San Diego, CA, on June 4 & 5. 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:
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.
Brad Ward is Orion International’s Army Officer Recruiter for the Western part of the country. The major army bases that Brad recruits from are Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Lewis, Fort Carson, and Schofield Barracks. Brad is originally from West Texas and graduated from Permian High School in 1999 (the Friday Night Lights School). He then attended Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, for his Bachelors and Masters degrees.
After completing his education, he decided to serve his country in order to contribute to the ongoing military efforts. Brad’s Grandfather and Great Uncle were both prior service military officers that always told him that the best officers are prior service officers. So to continue a family tradition and simultaneously pay-off a mound of student loans, Brad enlisted as an Airborne Infantryman. After completing Basic Training/AIT on Sandhill, as well as Airborne at Ft. Benning, Brad was stationed at Fort Stewart, GA, where he served as a Rifleman, Bradley Gunner, and Rifle Team Leader. Brad was selected for Officer Candidate School in 2008 and commissioned as an Infantry Officer. While stationed as an Officer in Hawaii, Brad served as an Anti-Tank Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Interim-Company Commander, BN S4 OIC and BN Assistant Operations Officer. Brad also deployed to Iraq as the Battalion S4 OIC during the switch from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn.
After returning from Iraq, Brad decided to make the transition out of the military to provide a more stable life for his family. He began working with Orion International at the end of 2011. Brad is married to Kayla Ward and has one son, Bradley Ward Jr.
If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional, what would it be?
When selecting a recruiting firm, make sure the firm that you select listens to your wants and needs in a career search. Geographic location, job type, and input into the interview/transition process are all factors that set Orion apart and make it the most candidate friendly firm out there. Don’t sacrifice what’s important to you to fit a rigid system that doesn’t have your best interests as a priority.
What do you like most about working at Orion?
The Veterans! When I was leaving the military, I knew that the thing I would miss most were the personalities and people. Orion afforded me the opportunity to make the transition for my family, start an awesome civilian career, and still maintain daily interaction with Veterans. The ability to go home knowing that I have assisted fellow Veterans is priceless.
What are you actively recruiting for at the moment?
I'm seeking Engineers for NRG out of Beaumont, TX, Project Managers for Dell in TX, and candidates for Honeywell's Leadership Development Program.
Please share one interesting fact that you would like candidates to know.
I had no idea I was capable of Sales/Recruiting before leaving the Military. I was a candidate that was completely turned off by the idea of sales and commissions. It was actually the Orion Recruiters that helped me realize how awesome Sales is as a career and how Military Veterans are an ideal fit. Competitive, driven, inter-personal, and the desire to be rewarded for your hard work are some of the factors that make strong Sales Candidates. I encourage all of my candidates to stay open to Sales, because the opportunities are typically more appealing and lucrative!
Connect with Brad:
800-336-7466 x. 414
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.
May 21, 2012
12:00 pm EDT - 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.
May 22, 2012
12:00 pm EDT – 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.
May 24, 2012
12:00 pm EDT - 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.
NSB New London
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 $1000 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
Johnson & Johnson
Kansas City Southern
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