The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - November 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Resume Nuts & Bolts

If you are a transitioning military professional, you’ve most likely never before been required to create a professional resume. Resume writing can seem a little daunting. And while you have to address things like how to summarize your experience and knowledge you've gained in the military or how to convey your accomplishments in a concise and coherent manner, you also have to keep some important formatting issues in mind.

You typically have about 30 seconds to convince a potential employer reading your resume that you deserve an interview. In today’s competitive job market, a well-written resume is an important tool to get your foot in the door and on your way to landing the perfect position.

Here are some points to keep in mind as you begin to develop your resume:

  • Do not use military jargon. Position titles like Company Commander, Chief Machinist Mate, or Division Officer are acceptable, but be prepared to explain those terms. You must be able to quantify the number of people who worked for you, your level of technical expertise, and the dollar value of the equipment, program or budget for which you were responsible.
  • There should not be any date gaps on your resume. You need to adequately cover all time periods specified on your resume.
  • Spelling and grammar on your resume must be correct and consistent. Double and triple-check to make sure you have no grammatical or punctuation errors.
  • Font should be standardized with Times New Roman being the preferred font format. Black is the only acceptable font color.
  • Pictures or icons are not acceptable on a professional resume.
  • Margins should be no smaller than 1 inch.
  • Resume paper should be a neutral color, preferably off-white.
  • Do not use text boxes when formatting your resume. Use a standard MS Word document.
  • Your resume length should be a maximum of two pages. The length of your resume is entirely dependent on your professional experience, and one page is ideal.
  • Duties and responsibilities are fine, but keep it short. Accomplishments are much more important. Companies don’t want the person responsible for things, they want the individual who gets things done.
  • Personal information (age, health, marital status) is not required and should not be included on your resume.
  • There is no need to put “References Available Upon Request.” You will, of course, supply outstanding references when requested. Use the limited space available to showcase your status as a top performer.

Learn more about Translating your Military Experience, Resume Formats, and Sample Resumes.

How to Ace your Second Interview

Congratulations! You have successfully completed your initial interview and have been invited back for a second interview. This time around, expect to spend more time at the company, talk to more people, both individually and collectively, and have your skills and personality scrutinized more closely.

From an employer’s perspective, the second interview is a chance to closely evaluate a candidate's abilities and interpersonal skills. Your prospective employer wants to see that you can do the job and work well with colleagues. Be aware that many employers bring in several candidates on the same day to streamline the second interview process. Your challenge is to distinguish yourself from the other candidates. Remember your interview fundamentals: have a plan, prepare good examples, and close the interview.

What to Expect 

On your first interview, you probably met with one or two people. It’s possible that the only interview you have conducted was a phone interview. This time, be prepared to meet several more interviewers over the course of the day, including potential managers, coworkers and other staff members. If you meet with a panel or group, be sure to make eye contact with both the individual asking the question and the group as a whole.

You may meet individually with several people, who will most likely ask you similar questions. Keep your answers consistent but mix up your delivery so that your answers don't sound stale or staged. If possible, before the interview, acquire a list of the people you'll be meeting with and do a little research on each one. Then, ask questions that show your knowledge of each person.

Keys to Success

Prior to your second interview, make sure you review Interview Fundamentals and Sample Interview Questions. The interviewing fundamentals covered there are just as applicable for second interviews. You must have a plan, practice questions, identify specific examples to use, and close an interview.

In addition to the fundamentals covered previously, keep the following tips in mind as you prepare for your interview:

Be Early. 
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to your interview. You will more than likely be traveling in a strange city. Err on the side of caution and leave earlier than you normally would. Don’t rely on online maps. If possible, travel to the site the day before to make sure you are 100% sure where you are going.

Be Prepared. 
Make sure you know the appropriate attire to wear and look as sharp as possible. Ensure you have a professional portfolio with additional copies of your resume and professional references. If you are preparing for a sales interview, make sure you have a brag book prepared. Lay out your clothes the night before and make sure that everything is ironed and ready to go. You don’t want to be caught rushing around the morning of the interview because you didn't properly prepare.

Develop a Plan. 
Do additional research on the company. Talk to your recruiting team and look online to ensure you can make your case. Know what the company wants and be prepared to talk to those points. Identify strengths and examples to support your case.

Do Not Assume Anything. 
You don’t have the job yet. You must impress everybody you speak with. Be friendly to everyone. Janitors, secretaries, assistants, and other support staff sometimes have the ear of key decision makers. Be courteous.

Close the Interview!
You must close the interview and ask for the job. Show them you want the job in no uncertain terms and close the deal.

Follow these tips, and; hopefully, soon after your second interview, you'll be negotiating an offer!

Job Seeker Success Story

Tim Houk, Inspector, HSB Inspection Services

I was a E-5, Machinist Mate, in the Navy for five years, and Orion helped me get a job before my terminal leave even started. Orion was great. Everyone that I dealt with during the process was awesome.  Mike Wooster was always on top of the game and gave me some excellent  job opportunities.  And Tony Hoffman put a lot of time and effort into his clients. 

Mike is a good guy who understood every aspect of my situation, like how much I needed to make, my family situation, and where I needed to be located.  Mike always listened to me, and I never felt as if I was not going to get a job.  On top of that, he is prior military, so he understood where I came from and what my concerns were.  He actually helped me with the transition process, because he understood what I was going through.

When the hiring conference I attended came around, I knew I was going to land something. Orion set up an awesome conference.  The employers there were excellent.  It was well organized, and I was definitely set up for success.  Most of the employers had more positions available then the amount of people that were at the conference, which was a huge advantage. 

Everything Orion said in their briefs and interview prepping was entirely true.  You have to go into the interviews and make them like you (just like Orion said in their prepping).  I received a job offer for a position that was not a direct fit, because I did what the recruiters at Orion said.  I ended up taking a different position, but I had two job offers (both excellent salaries) lined up. I actually had options.

Currently I am an Inspector for Hartford Steam Boiler.  The job is actually a perfect job for my rate in the Navy.  I feel my military background gave me a huge advantage over a civilian, because it prepared me to be able to learn new things.  It made me trainable to almost any position that was offered to me. 

Compared to other recruiting firms, Orion was on top the whole time.  I dealt with two other companies during my transition, and neither of them were as responsive.  Orion didn’t forget about me like the other companies did.  I knew from day one that the company that was going to get me a job was Orion. 


Careers with The Walt Disney Company



Orion has partnered with The Walt Disney Company, a multinational mass media corporation best known for its film productions, theme parks, and television networks, to offer outstanding career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin your career with a globally recognized company.

Current Openings

We are currently recruiting transitioning or former military for numerous roles. Positions are available in several locations.

Click here to learn more or apply to be considered.

Maintenance Technician Careers with Mercedes-Benz


Orion is currently recruiting Maintenance Technicians for Mercedes-Benz’ manufacturing facility in Vance, Alabama. This is an outstanding opportunity for transitioning and former military technicians to begin your civilian career with a world-class company. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) is a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz USA, which placed #12 on the 2012 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. 

Maintenance Technicians are responsible for working in a team environment to maintain equipment in a safe and effective manner, supporting production targets and requirements. Maintenance Team Members are multi-skilled and required to perform all tasks needed to maintain equipment – electrical, mechanical, software, hardware, troubleshooting, etc.

To be qualified for this position, you should be a transitioning or former military technician with an electrical, electronics, or electro-mechanical background, with at least 3 years of maintenance experience in the military. You must possess strong electrical and PLC knowledge and will be required to pass subject matter tests.

Starting salary is $25/hour, plus overtime and bonus potential, and the company provides an excellent benefits package.

Click here to learn more.


Maintenance Pipefitter/Welder Careers with Phillips 66


Orion is currently recruiting for Maintenance Pipefitter/Welder positions with Phillips 66, an advantaged downstream energy company. This opportunity is brought to military veterans exclusively through Orion. Phillips66 seeks strong former Military candidates with great leadership, solid education, great technical skills and relatable experience.

These positions are in their Billings, MT, refinery. These positions offer the potential to earn $75,000 a year DOE through a $32.29/hr salary and O/T, plus bonus. Phillips 66 offers a full comprehensive and unmatched benefits package.


  • Prepare, plan, obtain, and set up materials and clearances to execute work

  • Inspect, maintain, and test equipment

  • Fabricate and assemble parts and equipment

  • Remove, repair, and replace pipes, tubing, or valves

  • Maintain logs and records

Requirements (some, but not all):

  • Prefer 3 years or more direct experience in a refinery or chemical plant environment, or related military service.

  • Ability to read/comprehend manuals, schematics, drawings, graphs, charts and diagrams.

  • Ability to diagnose equipment malfunctions and identify corrective actions.

  • Ability to operate tools such as saws, drill press, and assembling structural metal.

  • Willingness to work outside, at great heights, near high-speed machines, in enclosed spaces, and in harsh weather conditions.

Please click here for more information.


Maintenance Technician Positions with a Leading Truck and Heavy Equipment Vendor


Orion is currently conducting phone interviews for Maintenance Technician Positions in Texas, North Dakota, and Minnesota for a leading truck and heavy equipment vendor that operates 60 locations in 11 states. These positions offer exceptional career growth potential.

Service mechanics will maintain and repair a variety of industrial agricultural and construction equipment, machinery, and components to ensure their safe operation and customer readiness for rental or purchase. The majority of maintenance assignments will be focused on repairing mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic elements on equipment. This position requires a mechanical background of various engines with the ability to diagnose and repair hydraulic and electrical systems.

As you perform and progress as a service mechanic, you will be part of a dedicated mechanic training and development program. After 2-3 years you will go out on your own to lead teams of mechanics in a service management role.

Salary is exceptionally competitive and starts in the $20/hr. range (DOE). Total compensation includes an aggressive bonus structure, per diem, housing allowance, and remote site pay, as well as a first class benefits package. 

Position Requirements

  • Must be an Honorable Discharged Veteran

  •  Must be an OEF or OIF Combat Veteran

  • Must have a Maintenance MOS

  • Must have a clean driving record

  • Must be open to relocation

We will be conducting phone interviews throughout November.

To learn more, please email us.

Service Technician Positions with Bridgestone/Firestone


Orion has partnered by Bridgestone/Firestone, a leading tire production company since the early 20th century to offer career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin your career with a growing company.

We are currently recruiting for Service Technicians – Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technicians in Aiken, SC and Wilson, NC. The Service Technician – Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technician position is a multi-craft position in electrical, mechanical, and electronic skills.

To be qualified for this position, you must have an Associate’s degree in Electronics, General Technology, Robotics, or related field and 2+ years in industrial maintenance experience, or 3+ years similar experience plus military background.

Interviews will be held in November. You must be available to begin work by February 1.

Click here for more information.


Careers with Honeywell



Orion International is currently recruiting for a variety of Medical Facilities, Equipment, and Interior Design positions for Honeywell. Chosen as one of the 2012 ‘Most Admired Companies’ in the world and one of the ‘Most Admired Aerospace and Defense Companies’ for the fifth consecutive year by Fortune Magazine, Honeywell employs approximately 132,000 people worldwide, including 58,000 in the United States. Honeywell’s revenue topped $36 billion in FY 2011.


Positions are located throughout the U.S., and compensation is highly competitive.


Medical Equipment Planning Specialist (Click here to learn more about this position.)


We are seeking Veterans with a general knowledge of the US Defense Medical Materiel Logistics System (DMMLS); and 3 years of equipment planning experience, OR 2 years of experience on relevant Federal, DoD and/or Army projects.


Transition Planner / Scheduler (Click here to learn more about this position.)


We are seeking Veterans with a strong clinical background with experience in either Military or Civilian clinical facilities, and an understanding of how to interface with varying clinical departments. You should possess a working knowledge of the processes associated with the planning, design and execution of health care facility construction; and have 3 years of experience on medical projects.


Interior Designer - Senior Position (Click here to learn more about this position.)


We are seeking Officers or NCOs with a degree in Interior Design or a related field; and 5 years experience in the design and design review of medical projects. In addition, you must be National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certified; and not formally or officially affiliated with any furniture dealership, vendor or manufacturer.


To be considered for any of these opportunities, please apply here.


Technical & Supervisory Careers with a Major Airline


Orion is currently recruiting for supervisory and technical careers with a major airline operating in the United States.  These positions are located in the Northeast, Southeast, and Western US.

We are seeking candidates with an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license; and will consider those that are within 30 days of obtaining their A&P license.

If you feel you are qualified and are interested in learning more about these career opportunities, please click here


Technician Positions with The Hershey Company



Orion has partnered with The Hershey Company, the #1 Chocolate Maker in the country, to offer outstanding career opportunities to Technicians seeking a rewarding career after the military. We are currently recruiting transitioning  Military Technicians for HVAC Technician and Maintenance Technician positions.

HVAC Technician Position Description

As a HVAC Technician for Hershey’s, you will be responsible for installing, maintaining, diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing, removing, balancing, calibrating and adjusting heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and units throughout the plant and office facilities as well as possessing electrical and HVAC theory. 

Position Location: Hazelton, Pennsylvania

Position Requirements (some but not all):

  • Must possess a minimum five years relevant experience in HVAC to include electrical, plumbing, sheetmetal and industrial refrigeration 

  • Must possess working knowledge of DDC controls and pneumatic controls 

  • Completion of Universal certification for refrigerant recovery and usage 

  • Basic computer skills 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • SAP experience preferred 

  • Food manufacturing experience is highly preferred 

  • Experience with Safe Quality Food (SQF) practices is preferred 

  • Experience with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is preferred 

  • Experience with Autonomous Maintenance (AM) is preferred 

  • Experience with Continuous Improvement methodology is preferred 

Maintenance Technician Position Description

As a Maintenance Technician for Hershey’s, you will be responsible for installing, maintaining, diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing, removing, and balancing various mechanical and electrical equipment along with their associated utilities. 

Position Location: Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Position requirements (some but not all):

  • Must possess a minimum of 5 years of hands on mechanical experience to include mechanics, electrical (480V, 3 phase and control voltage), millwright, welding, plumbing, conveying and packaging equipment 

  • Must have basic understanding of PCs and basic computer skills 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with hydraulic and pneumatic systems operational theory, troubleshooting and repair; including ability to read blueprints and schematics and systematically diagnose and repair problems 

  • Experience with mechanical drive systems including chains, belts, shaft, and gear drives and system operation and performance 

  • Experience with HVAC, boilers, and waste water treatment a plus 

To learn more about theseposition, please click here.


Technician Careers with BP


Orion is recruiting for Mechanical Technicians, Electrical Technicians, and Instrument Technicians for BP, a leading provider in the oil and gas industry. We are currently hiring for BP in Houma, LA. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with an outstanding company, dedicated to the exploration, production, refining, trading, and distribution of energy.

  • We are seeking GSMs, jet engine mechanics, nuclear and conventional EMs, GSEs, high voltage electricians; and industry-experienced I & E technicians.
  • Position is based in Houma, LA, and you will work 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off
  • You do not need to relocate, and can live anywhere within a 5 hour drive of Houma, LA
  • Must be available to begin working by December 10th, 2012

We will be holding interviews in October in Houston, TX. If selected to attend, travel and lodging will be provided.

Click here to learn more or applied to be considered.


Equipment Operator Positions in the Oil & Gas Industry


Orion is currently recruiting for multiple clients for a large number of Equipment Operator positions within the Oil & Gas Industry in Texas and New Mexico. We are seeking combat veterans who are proven achievers with an outstanding work ethic and strong teambuilding skills. Oil & gas experience is not required, although you must have a strong general mechanical and technical aptitude.

The work is tough, and you will be required to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Your work schedule will be on a rotating shift, and you will live on site during your shift. This is an opportunity for you to begin your civilian career in the Oil & Gas industry, with tremendous career growth potential.

Salary is competitive with significant overtime and bonus potential. The base hourly rate will be significantly increased once the initial probationary period is completed, typically 90 days. During the probation period, you must demonstrate that you can work hard, adapt to the Oilfield environment, and contribute to the team. It is not uncommon to make greater than $75k during the 1st year of employment.

Click here to learn more about these positions.


Technical Careers with Siemens Corporation


Orion is currently recruiting for a large volume of technical positions across all segments of Siemens Corporation within the U.S.

Over the last ten years, Orion has placed over 520 former and transitioning military job seekers into great careers within Siemens divisions including Building Technologies, Water, Healthcare & Medical, Energy and Mobility. Siemens is ranked #47 on the Fortune Global 500, and # 1 on the Electronics and Electrical Equipment Industry list. Siemens is the second largest non-government employer in the world, reporting worldwide revenue exceeding $120 Billion in 2011.

· Field Service and Field Operations;

· Technical and Service Support;

· Materials and Logistics;

· Quality Assurance and Control;

· Facilities and Project Engineering.


To be considered for these positions you must be a Military Technician with an Electronics, Electrical, HVAC or AC & R background.

Orion will be hosting Siemens at the following events:

  • Raleigh Military Hiring Event: December 3 - 4

Please visit us online if you are interested in learning more.

According to your Peers


“I was a Sonar Technician Geographical Third Class Petty Officer. I received a lot of electronics and systems troubleshooting training that definitely benefited me in finding a career as an Industrial Maintenance Technician for VIAM Manufacturing. In this position, there are plenty of opportunities to excel just as there was in the military. I also use my electronics training on a daily basis.

Matt Clingon was my recruiter. I really enjoyed working with him. He was very helpful and professional. He was very genuine in understanding what I was looking for in a career and what things mattered to me most. I never felt like another number. Matt kept me informed every step of the way and was EXTREMELY approachable. His work ethic while finding the perfect career for me was flawless.

Orion not only met my needs, they exceeded them. They found multiple positions that fit my needs; and after interviewing, even helped me to get the best possible offer and be in the best position to excel.

After working with Orion, there is not another company I would recommend to transitioning military. Their service was of the highest quality. The support, encouragement, effective communication, and promptness of Orion exceeds that of other recruiters! They found me a career fast that fit every need I expressed!” - Cory Phelps, Industrial Maintenance Technician, VIAM Manufacturing

“I had several fellow sailors use Orion International in the past, so Orion was a name that stuck out in my head when I was preparing to transition. I started working with Jay Koranda and Anthony Collopy, along with Jim Perdue, though every person I dealt with at Orion was very helpful. 

I attended a Seattle hiring conference in June. I was scheduled for two interviews during the conference and received notification about a week later on a second interview with one of the companies. The interviews that Jay, Anthony, and Jim set me up with were very well matched to my skills and desires.

At the start of my job hunting process, I contacted both Orion and another firm.  Orion contacted me promptly, answered all my questions, provided assistance in writing my resume, got me an interview, and ultimately got me the job.  I'm still waiting on the other firm to actually contact me. Orion beat the competition hands down in the hiring process.” – Matthew Bolm, Work Test Control Technician, Vigor Industrial

“I left the Navy in 2006, completed my degree in May 2012, and began searching for a job immediately after. I first learned about Orion at TAP class and found a job not soon after through them. When I was looking for a career change, I didn’t hesitate to use Orion’s polite and professional help again. I went to a hiring conference in Seattle, where I interviewed with two companies, receiving an offer from one. Since they have helped me find a good job twice now, Orion has my recommendation!” – Thomas Wallace, Field Service Engineer, ASM America

“Everyone that I’ve worked with at Orion has been amazing. I was nervous about using Orion, but the recruiters kept calling to see if I was interested in attending a hiring conference. Their tenacity led me to finally man up and attend. I had two high-end bids and one follow-up interview, and am now an Apprentice Field Service Technician for Dan Marc Appliances. I am so happy with Orion. Everyone listened to what I wanted and helped me find a great career fit.” – Lucas Nolen, Apprentice Field Service Technician, Dan Marc Appliances

“I left the military in June 2012 and started looking for jobs in the spring of the same year. I heard about Orion International through a friend and worked with Jay Koranda and Tony Collopy. I had a great time working with both of them. They saw me through each step of the hiring process, which included a phone interview, an online seminar, interview preparation sessions, and finally an interview and feedback. Their preparation was way better than the competition!” – Kyle Kelley, Maintenance Technician, Intel

“I learned about Orion International through TAP class, as well as through a friend who utilized Orion for a position in Texas.  My recruiters were Anthony Collopy and Jay Koranda. Both worked extensively to help plan opportunities for hiring events, taking my hectic schedule into consideration. I went through a two-day hiring event for Intel and am now a Manufacturing Technician. 

I don’t think that I would have found a new career as quickly as I did without Orion’s assistance. Orion helped provide an awesome opportunity and prepared me to be successful from the start. They hit a home run the first time up at bat!” – Christopher Jett, Manufacturing Technician, Intel

“I worked with Tony Collopy and Jay Koranda, and I cannot say enough good things about how they helped me out with my job search. I felt that everything I said was heard and taken into consideration, and that my wishes and concerns were fully and completely addressed as soon as possible after they were brought up. I attended a few hiring conferences, where I was offered a follow-up interview with one company and an offer from another, which I accepted.

I would definitely recommend Orion to any of my colleagues that are preparing to transfer out of the Navy. The other companies I contacted were slow to respond and didn't really do anything except send listings of jobs. Jay and Tony were much more hands-on and interested in helping me find gainful employment.

Orion is the most effective and determined company for finding jobs in the technical market. I was given the maximum amount of exposure to companies in the minimal amount of time. I wholeheartedly recommend using Orion!” – Shelly-Anne Hudson, Maintenance Technician, Milgard Manufacturing Inc.


“I was placed with Orion a couple years ago; but after my company moved overseas, I contacted Orion again to help find a new career. I worked with Jay Koranda and the whole Western team and attended a hiring conference, where I quickly received a job offer.

Orion outshines the competition, particularly in communication! They were easy to get in touch with and made sure to keep in contact with me throughout the whole hiring process. They did an excellent job!" – Benjamin Tucker, Field Service Engineer, DNS Electronics

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!


Virginia Beach, VA

Boston, MA

Philadelphia, PA

November 4 - 5

November 11 - 12

December 2 - 3


Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

October 21 - 22

December 2 - 3


Atlanta, GA

Raleigh, NC

October 28 - 29

December 2 - 3

South Central

Houston, TX

December 2 - 3


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

November 4 - 5

December 2 - 3

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


Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $2400 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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