Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A Case for Hiring Veterans: Real-World Examples of Military Traits in Action in a Civilian Workplace
The national interest in hiring veterans, which became a federal initiative in 2011 as part of Joining Forces’ mission, continues to spread as companies ranging from the Fortune 100 to Main Street USA recognize the value of hiring a veteran. According the Monster’s 2012 Veteran Hiring Index, 69% of the 750 employers surveyed had hired a veteran in the past year. 99.9% said that they were doing as well or better than their nonveteran peers. And nearly all would recommend hiring a veteran to another company.
With new articles, interviews, and initiatives offering fresh perspectives on the topic constantly, the discourse touches every industry and career field. From Finance to Construction, and everything in between, veterans are being recruited and are utilizing their unique skill set to stand out and make a difference in their new career.
Recently, Bill Murphy, Jr., a journalist and entrepreneur in Washington, DC, published a series of article articles on Inc. com exploring what exactly it is about veterans that make them such great assets to their company. His article, “5 ‘Military Secrets’ Behind Steve Blank's Entrepreneurial Success” is the second in the series and focuses on the military traits that entrepreneur Steve Blank feels made him so successful. The traits he lists include Technical Training, Creative Problem-Solving, Recognizing Opportunity, Responsibility, and Perspective.
Over the course of the last 22 years that Orion has worked to match veterans with civilian careers, we have seen each of these traits translate into success for our candidates. Specifically, here are examples of how some of these traits have directly influenced how veterans perform on the job.
Technical Training goes beyond the direct translation of a Navy Nuke to a civilian SRO position and implies an inherent ability to put their technical skills to use in a variety of environments while adapting to new technology. Take Trisha Katula, a former Navy Electronics Technician, now employed by SuddenLink Communications. “My military training gave me an overview of all the different parts of the telecommunication world. Some older techs in this field are not accustomed to the change. A lot of things in this field are going from RF to IP, and people who have been dealing with RF all of their careers are having issues with this change,” explains Katula. But not Katula. Her military training continues to give her a leg up.
Creative Problem-Solving may be one of the most important traits, in that it can be applied to any industry in any position. For instance, Chris Pieczonka’s (a former Navy Surface Warfare Officer) experience came into play during one of his first assignments in the Sales and Marketing Development Program for Siemens Energy. The Chief Marketing Officer wanted him to provide projections on the need for renewable power generation, per state, in 2015, based on renewable portfolio standards set by each state and gave very little guidance beyond that. “I was extremely comfortable taking on a project that had very little direction as to how to accomplish the final goal,” describes Pieczonka.
Will Simmons also describes a specific example of when his experience as a former Air Force Captain helped him resolve a sticky situation at work. Simmons works in a union environment that had some issues with disconnects in communication between the operator and management level. “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,” explains Simmons, “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.”
And while this may sound like common sense, this approach truly made the difference for Simmons and his team. One year after he started with Actavis, Simmons was promoted from low-man-on-the-totem-pole to the Senior MRF Supervisor. “According to my immediate boss and the director, this promotion was based on my attention to detail, ability to execute under stress, and my ability to connect with the personnel that worked for (and with) me, thus producing excellent results,” says Simmons.
Another trait that we see repeatedly in our successful candidates is Responsibility. Veterans own their work environment and take responsibility, even when others do not know what to do. This take-charge attitude that is inherent in the military came in handy one night for Jim Green, a former Army Master Sergeant, when a fork truck caught fire at work at EJ Gallo Winery. “I grabbed a nearby extinguisher and doused the fire; and, when the flames had subsided, I removed the external fuel tank eliminating any possible danger to the people standing around. (I was recognized by the company for this.) I do believe the experiences I had in an unsafe environment enabled me to keep a cool head and take charge,” recalls Green.
And this trait leads us to one that Murphy did not cover: Safety. It is estimated that businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses. Military professionals like Artur Landa, a former Navy Engineman, are trained to work efficiently while physically overexerted and with quick, precise reactions. "My military experience helps me even today in this industry, because it taught me to always work safely and to pay attention to details," explains Landa.
Landa's focus on safety is an important one. "Safely working on engines was a huge part of my military career and was the most important part of the job. If safety was not followed there was possibility of getting hurt or losing a finger or even worse," states Landa. Safety is paramount in the military, and veterans bring this focus with them to the civilian workforce.
These traits help create a stellar employee who often moves up quickly through the ranks, like we saw with Simmons. Robb Adams, who transitioned about 10 years ago and served both in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and the Army as a Field Artillery Captain, best illustrates this upward mobility: “In the past 10 years I have worked for two companies and have been promoted three times, served in leadership roles, and have seen my salary increase by 163%! I attribute all of these successes to the leadership and discipline that I learned while serving my country. In hindsight, I would not change a thing about my decision to serve as both an Army Officer and Navy Corpsman.”
And as these veterans climb the corporate ladder, a study out of Boston University by found that companies run by veteran CEOs perform much better under harsh economic conditions relative to the companies’ performance in good times. This has been interrupted by Ray Fisman in his article “Captains of Industry” as illustrating another trait from Blank, Perspective. “Once you’ve spent time managing a platoon (possibly under enemy fire), the stress of managing a company in a downturn is modest by comparison,” he writes.
As we near 30,000 veterans who have successfully found their civilian careers through Orion, we are happy to see so many companies appreciating what we have known since our inception in 1991! And we hope these examples provide a tangible description of how these intangible skills are demonstrated on a daily basis by former service members. Hiring a veteran is not just a patriotic act; it’s a smart, business move that can only boost a company’s bottom line while helping veterans find the gainful civilian employment they deserve.
Orion's First Conferences for Distinguished Technicians
USS Gettysburg, USS Philippine Sea, and USS Vicksburg Personnel - Interview in Mayport on July 17th - 18th
An Orion Hiring Conference is your chance to interview with Hiring Managers for positions that are a match with your background, skills, and preferences. This special event will be held in Mayport on July 17th-18th to bring you great Technical and Technical Supervision Career Opportunities in Field Service, Maintenance, Facilities Management, and more. We have invited top employers to interview at this event, including Siemens, Honeywell, Hershey, & ConocoPhillips.
You will have private interviews with Hiring Managers that are pre-arranged based on your background, skills and preferences, allowing you to research the company and industry beforehand.
In addition, we offer a full day of interview preparation, briefings on the interviewing companies and positions, and opportunities for you to network with the client companies. As with all of Orion’s services, there is never a fee of any kind for our job seekers to attend an Orion Hiring Conference.
Please apply now to register with Orion, and a recruiter will contact you to discuss the next steps.
Manufacturing Careers in Dallas/Fort-Worth for Combat Veterans
Orion International is currently recruiting talented combat veterans for manufacturing positions with a leading plastics manufacturer in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, area. These are temporary-to-permanent positions, where you will be an Orion employee for the first 120 days with the expectation of becoming a permanent employee of our client after good performance during the first 120 days. In these positions, you will work seven out of 14 days on a rotating shift alternating between days and nights.
- Production Lead
- Maintenance Technician
- Machine Technician
- Machine Operator
- Recently and Honorably discharged veterans, no exceptions.
- OIF and OEF combat veterans preferred.
- Open to all MOSs and Branches but must possess strong mechanical acumen and proven mechanical aptitude.
- Must be open to working a rotating shift - must be available to work a non-traditional schedule that includes days, nights and weekends, no exceptions.
- Must be able to start work NLT 1 August 2013.
- NO RELOCATION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE for this position. Must be a local candidate or able to readily self relocate, no exceptions.
Interviews will be held on June 28, with start dates to shortly follow offers.
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Field Operations Specialist Positions with Top Provider of Online Services
Orion is recruiting for a number of Field Operations Specialists for a multinational, top online provider in the Maps division. This is an opportunity to be a part of a project that will change how we use and integrate technology into our everyday, business, personal, social lifestyles, as well as the environment around us.
As the Field Operations Specialist, you will work as part of a cross-functional team of four to eight people conducting Field Operations to collect data, verify and map accurate locations, and provide detailed descriptions of building and facilities. Every person of the team has specific responsibilities as well as shared collateral duties. This program is improving the accuracy and function of maps to increase the user/consumer experience and provide greater in-depth detail with enhanced pictorial views of buildings, complexes, etc.
Position Locations: Los Angeles, CA; New York City, NY; Mountain View, CA; Chicago, IL
Work Environment/Travel Requirements: Due to the project work nature of this position, you will have cyclical trends of hours worked and travel each week. Some weeks may be faster paced with high travel (up to 60-80 hours), while other weeks will have much lower travel (40 hours). All travel will be within the US. The estimated average of travel time is that half of the weeks will be high travel, working multiple days in a row (including overtime), and half of the weeks will be a normal work week schedule.
Salary: Compensation is $45k-$60k, with 20 percent to 50 percent overtime.
- Must have a clean driving record (no DUIs or more than two tickets in past three years)
- Must have good credit (must have a credit card)
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
- Must be capable of field related work - can physically walk and stand for extended periods of time
- Must be capable and willing to do high travel
- Must be able to work in a team environment
- Must be a self-starter and detail-oriented
- Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and take personal responsibility for meeting deadlines and commitments
Upcoming Interview Dates:
- Friday, July 12th – New York City, NY
- Friday, July 26th – Mountain View, CA
- Friday, August 9th – Chicago, IL
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Interview with Phillips 66 on June 29
Orion is recruiting for a large number of technical positions with Phillips 66, an advantaged downstream energy company. This opportunity is brought to military veterans exclusively through Orion. Phillips 66 seeks strong former Military candidates with great leadership, solid education, great technical skills and relatable experience.
We are hiring for a variety of position types, including:
Instrument & Electrical Technicians (Click here to read position description.)
Pipefitters / Welders (Click here to read position description.)
Pump Mechanics (Click here to read position description.)
- Assistant Operators (Click here to read position description.)
- Plant Operators (Click here to read position description.)
Phillips 66 Sweeny Refinery will be hosting an Onsite Career Fair on June 29 spotlighting the following maintenance positions:
- Instrument Technician - Sweeny, TX
- Machinist - Sweeny, TX
- Pipefitter - Sweeny, TX
- I&E Technician - Alvin, TX
Please click here for more information.
Maintenance Mechanic and Route Sales Representative Careers with Nestle Waters
Orion is recruiting for a number of positions with Nestle Waters, a bottled water division of the Nestle Group, a multinational food and beverage company. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with a globally recognized company in the food and beverage industry.
Route Sales Representatives (Click here to learn more about this position.)
These positions are located in Framingham, MA; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Lanham, MD; Dracut, MA; Syossett, NY; San Francisco, CA; Long Island City, NY; Oakland, CA; and Kearny, NJ.
Maintenance Mechanic (Click here to learn more about this position.)
These positions are located in Lee, FL. Interviews for these positions will take place on June 27th in Lee, FL.
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Careers with ConocoPhillips
Orion International is currently recruiting for multiple career opportunities with ConocoPhillips, one of the world’s largest independent Exploration and Production companies based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With over 17,000 employees worldwide ConocoPhillips is active in almost 30 countries.
ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and bitumen on a worldwide basis. Key focus areas include safely operating producing assets, executing existing major projects, and exploring for new resources in promising areas.
We are currently recruiting for:
I&E Technician, Beeville, TX
Utility Person, Gulf of Mexico
Able-Bodied Seaman, Gulf of Mexico
- Mess Person, Gulf of Mexico
Click here to learn more and apply to be considered.
Maintenance Positions with The Hershey Company
Data Center Technician Careers with a Leading Global Provider of Online Services
Orion is currently recruiting for a large number of Data Center Technicians for a leading global provider of online services. This is your chance to begin your career with one of the world’s most recognized and respected companies.
As a Data Center Technician, you will be responsible for designing and operating some of the most sophisticated electrical and HVAC systems in the world. Responsibilities Include:
- Operating, monitoring and supporting all facilities activity at the data centers
- Taking ownership of the operation and maintenance of water pumps and treatment systems, HVAC, UPS, generators, electrical distribution and control and monitoring systems
- Implementing best-in-class environmental practices
- Bringing the ideas of the Data Center Engineers to life and developing creative approaches to reducing operational costs while improving efficiencies
- Ensuring that problems are identified and repaired quickly, that contractors deliver quality services and preventive maintenance, and that safety measures are being performed
- Responding to data center performance issues and outages to minimize recovery time from failures in emergency situations or abnormal conditions
- Helping inspect, maintain and repair various data center systems (e.g., piping, cooling, and non-critical electrical system components)
- Providing daily assistance to senior technicians by reading blueprints/schematics, conducting tours of systems and assessing their working order
Position Locations: Caldwell County, NC; Mayes County, OK; Council Bluffs, IA; The Dalles, OR; Berkeley County, SC. Learn more about position locations.
Salary: $55k-$65k, depending on experience.
Benefits: Full benefits, including potential bonus and stock grants.
- Associate's degree, trade school certification or other verifiable training in a relevant technical field (in lieu of degree, 2 years of relevant work experience).
- 2 years’ experience at journeyman or technician level in a critical environment, or 2 years of equivalent military related experience.
- Universal Refrigerant Handler’s certification is preferred for mechanical applicants.
- Data center, hospital or power plant experience is preferred.
- Knowledge of the electrical and mechanical systems used in a data center environment, including: Feeders, Transformers, Generators, Switchgear, UPS systems, ATS/STS units, PDU/PMM units, Chillers, Air handling units and CRAC units.
- Ability to communicate intelligently and effectively with contractors who perform maintenance or upgrade work on these systems.
- Ability to learn quickly and address issues as they arise during normal working hours or when on-call.
Interviews will be held on July 15 in in Jacksonville, FL. To be considered for an interview you must be available to begin working within 90 days of your first interview.
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Wind Turbine Technician Careers with Gemini Energy Services
Gemini Energy Services, a Division of Orion International, is Seeking Wind Turbine Technicians for Traveling Field Technician Positions.
Gemini’s mission statement is to create solutions to complex wind turbine commissioning, operations, maintenance, service and installation challenges through a superior workforce, rigorous training, and safe operations.
Gemini has a focus on hiring former military men and women because of their highly technical backgrounds; they include avionics technicians, radar technicians, aviation electricians, electronics technicians, and more. Prior military technicians make ideal Gemini Turbine Technicians due to the similarities between their technical backgrounds (including component-level electronic and mechanical troubleshooting) and actual equipment within the industry. These skill sets are applicable and necessary because of the increasingly advanced equipment being installed as wind technology evolves.
Gemini's services to the wind industry include:
• Operations and Maintenance
• Construction Support
• Major Component Changeout
• Warranty Services
• Remote Monitoring
Wind Turbine Technician Description:
This position is responsible for the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of wind turbine generators. You will perform testing, troubleshooting and repair of mechanical and electrical problems on variable pitch, variable speed turbines. You will assist in other areas of site construction, installation and commissioning as required and directed by designated site supervision.
Salary: $18/hour, plus overtime (average of 10-20 hrs of overtime per week when traveling).
Location: You can live anywhere in the United States within a reasonable distance to an airport.
Requirements: This position is a traveling position and you must be able to travel up to 6 weeks at a time and work up to 50-60 hours per week if needed, to meet project and maintenance schedules. You will perform weekend operations and repair of wind turbine generators as needed. You need the ability to consistently climb wind turbine towers up to 300 feet in height, up to 3 times a day.
To perform the job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:
- Familiarity with Direct Current Electricity, Alternating Current Electricity and Electronics.
- Familiarity with Voltage Testers, Multimeters, Amp Clamps, Oscilloscopes, Meghommeters, Infrared Testers, Voltage Test Procedures, Lock Out Tag Out, Electric Static Discharge (ESD), Hydraulics, Accumulator Charging, Crane Hand Signals, Soldering, Fasteners, Torquing, Hytorques, Fiber Optics, First Aid.
- Must have clean DMV record and ability to operate service trucks as required.
- Ability to train other employees in operations, maintenance & repair procedures.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
- Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
- Ability to define problems, collects data, establishes facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
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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.
Please visit us online if you are interested in learning more.
Careers with PCC Forged Products
Orion is currently recruiting for PCC Forged Products. Under its Forged Products division, PCC is the world-leading producer of complex forgings and high-performance nickel-based alloys and super alloys for aerospace, power generation, and general industrial applications.
- Maintenance Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
- Operations Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
We are currently recruiting for positions in these locations:
- Houston, TX
- Grafton, MA
- Monroe, NC
- Huntington, WV
- Los Angeles, CA
To learn more, please click here.
Service Technician Positions with Bridgestone
Orion has partnered by Bridgestone, 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.
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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 - 35/hour, plus overtime and bonus potential, and the company provides an excellent benefits package.
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Attention Goose Creek Sailors - Advanced Resume Writing Class
Todd Hecht, an Orion Recruiter, will be visiting Goose Creek, SC, on July 31st from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm where he will be hosting an Advanced Resume Writing Class. This class will cover all aspects of writing a resume – 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.
Advanced Resume Writing Class - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fleet and Family Support Center
1005 Jefferson Avenue, Building 755
Goose Creek, SC
Seating will be limited, so email Todd to save a spot.
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