Friday, July 19, 2013
Leadership and Engineering Careers with Michelin - July 19th Webinar
Veteran Spotlight: Matthew Heid
The Hunter recently caught up with Matthew Heid, a former US Army Engineering Officer who began his career as a Process Engineer for LMI Packaging Solutions in April 2013. Matthew tells us that finding a job was actually easier than finding house. His wife was eight-months pregnant with their first child at the the time of the move, which was an interesting experience. But, they were able to live with his in-laws, which made the logistics of transitioning much easier.
In his new position, Matthew works for a company that makes heat seal lidding for a variety of food products. “My job is to standardize our processes at LMI, make our production facility run more efficiently, and cut down on waste and inefficiency,” he says. This position was newly created, so it’s been fun for him fun to define this job title for the company.
Matthew does tell us, though, that the obstacles he faces in his civilian career are much like those during his time in the Army. “I’m young and new at my job. However, my job is to implement new processes to improve our efficiency,” he explains, “Sometimes people here are resistant to change and say ‘This is the way we’ve always done it.’ This is the same as being a new Platoon Leader trying to implement change when your NCOs are resistant to change (especially when the change is coming from an officer who is young and inexperienced).”
Obviously, Matthew didn’t receive any training in making yogurt lids in the Army, but some things he learned as an officer are helping him out in my current job. These include time management, hitting deadlines, handing multiple tasks at the same time, implementing change to an organization, increasing efficiency, etc. Also, since Matthew is in manufacturing, there is a high emphasis on safety, and being a Company and Battalion safety officer prepared him well for that.
“It’s been exciting to transition. I enjoy the people I work with and am satisfied with the choice I made. I have a lot of responsibility, and my boss trusts me and gives me a lot of latitude to complete my projects. I am never told when to start/end work or how long my lunch is,” Matthew explains to us. The assumption is, he says, that, as a former Army Officer, he is responsible and will get the job done as quickly as possible. He feels it’s great to have a lot of freedom to maneuver and work without a lot of micromanagement.
The military forces you to learn new jobs quickly, which is what Matthew is doing now. He’s in a completely new industry where most people have been in the same field for years. Adapting to new situations quickly is an Army norm, and it’s been helping him out at LMI. “My time management and multi-tasking skills have also helped, but I have had to quell the urge to say ‘hooah’ when I don’t know what else to say!” jokes Matthew.
Matthew sees a much greater emphasis on profitability in the civilian world than in the Army. For this reason, he says it’s important for his fellow transitioning veterans to convince their future employers how they can save them money. “Most businesses operate with razor thin margins, and labor isn’t cheap. Convey that you can learn fast, make an immediate impact, and make the company more profitable,” he advises.
Matthew also says that if he is ever in a hiring position, he would look for a veteran that can learn quickly. He reminds companies that industry experience isn't everything. He’d hire someone with intangible leadership and organizational skills, and a strong work ethic any time.
You can read more about Matthew and even ask him a question here.
Nora Liles, Orion Recruiter, Virginia Beach, VA
Prior to joining the VA Beach Recruiting team at Orion International in January 2011, Nora served with the U.S. Army in Iraq as a contractor. She worked with advisory teams to support the Iraq Federal Police. Nora enjoyed wearing the uniform, going out on missions, and working with Soldiers on a daily basis in Iraq. Nora is married to Charles Liles, a Naval Aviator and 2002 USNA grad, who is currently in graduate school after 11 years of active duty.
If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional, what would it be?
Before starting your job search, communicate with your family and figure out what places work for you. Be open-minded, and don’t limit yourself in terms of job types. Often times, military officers can fit into just about any industry because of their versatile experience in the military. Communicate with your recruiter through the process, and remember that the recruiter’s main goal is to help you find the best job out there for you.
Also, searching for a job requires patience and perseverance. You may not get the first job that you interview for. However, this is a normal part of the process. Keep working hard; our Orion recruiters will definitely be there for you all the way!
What do you like most about working at Orion?
I love being able to help people and make a difference in their lives. Helping our veterans get a job and start their careers outside of the military in tough times like this is truly the most rewarding job that anyone could have. I like helping veterans, because I feel like I am helping the people that I served with in Iraq.
What are you specifically recruiting for at the moment?
I am currently looking for engineers and officers with strong technical and leadership skills for various openings on the east coast. We are also recruiting for our upcoming Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) which will be taking place in Baltimore, September 9th & 10th. If you are interested in learning more about this event, please email me.
Please share one interesting fact about yourself that you would like candidates to know.
I love Bulldogs! I have a female bulldog who is only a year-and-a-half old. My husband and I would love to get another bulldog or two in the future!
Connect with Nora:
Phone: (800) 544-3787 x 502
National Distinguished Candidate Conference - July 22 - 23, Chicago, IL
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 Chicago, IL, on July 22 & 23. 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.
Dustin Walker, a former Navy Lieutenant who found his career through a DCC in March 2013, explains why he feels the event was such a success: “I truly enjoyed the Distinguished Candidate Conference in Houston, TX. It was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to interview with multiple Fortune 500 companies located throughout the nation. I received onsite second interviews with the majority of the companies with whom I interviewed.
The Orion International team was very professional and prepared me well for my success at the event. I am greatly appreciative of Orion's hard work and dedication to each candidate and the event. Thank you, Orion, for helping me establish my career outside the military. The hard work your company does truly changes people's lives for the better.”
What do other 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 next 2013 DCC will be held in Baltimore, MD, on September 9 & 10. 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.
August 20, 2013
3:00 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.
August 21, 2013
3:00 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.
August 22, 2013
3:00 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.
Job Seeker Success Story
Kevin Egan, Distribution Supervisor
St. Bonaventure University, 2009
I began looking for career about a year ago while I was deployed. I got in touch with Orion, and started speaking with Jim Freeze. He was awesome and remained in touch with me even when I was deployed. My needs were definitely considered in regards to positions I was interested in, and he was always quick to respond to any question I had.
I attended the Distinguished Candidate Conference in Philadelphia, where I interviewed with eight companies, with three of my top four requesting a second interview. The position I hold now is Distribution Supervisor with Best Buy. My military background prepared me for my civilian industry by showing me the importance of both confidence and public speaking. I was always solid tactically and operationally, but the difference between an average leader and good to great leader is how well you handle yourself in front of a group. College really didn't prepare me for the amount of public speaking the civilian sector demands in a managerial role, so I am grateful I got the opportunity to spend some time in the military to better myself in this skill.
When I started my job search I was working with Orion and a competitor. I did not get the attention with Orion’s competitor that I got with Orion, and that definitely left an impression on me. Even when I had a few months left on my deployment, Orion was interested in my needs and what they could do to help me in my search. Orion greatly exceeded my needs.
I have told everyone I know about Orion who is looking to move on from their military career and transition to a civilian life. Orion wants you to get a job as much as you want to get a job. If you listen to what Orion has to say and follow their preparation process, you will find success!
Interview July 22 & 23 for Sales and Engineering positions with Siemens
Orion is currently recruiting for Sales and Engineering positions with Siemens within their Building Automation and Fire Safety & Security divisions. Over the last 20 years, Orion has placed more than 650 veterans into rewarding careers at Siemens. These positions are located in IL, NC, FL, PA, TX, NE, and KS.
Interviews will be held at our Chicago DCC on July 22 & 23. To apply to interview for one of these positions, please click here.
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.)
- Maintenance Engineer (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.
Medical Device Sales Career Opportunity with Medtronic
Orion is currently recruiting for an outstanding career opportunity in Medical Device Sales, as a Sales Development Program Representative with Medtronic. Medtronic Spine and Biologics has created a development program to train and educate future sales professionals. The objective of the program is to take talented professionals with minimal to no sales experience, and through an intensive immersion program, prepare them to become successful Spine Sales Representatives. This is a premiere position in Medical Device Sales, with unlimited earning potential following your training program.
Want to learn more about this position from a veteran’s point of view? Check out our profile of Brian Schulz, who found a career with Medtronic through Orion in 2007.
- The program is 18 months in duration. In the first 4-6 months of the program, you will learn the foundational concepts of Spine and Biologics Sales, gain exposure to business functions, assist with sales and surgeon training labs, and provide other sales support.
- In Phase 2, approximately 12-14 months, you will spend time in the field with a mentor/trainer, interact with customers, and learning, observing and performing the day-to-day activities of a Commissioned Spine Representative. At the end of the program you will be eligible for opportunities as a Commissioned Spine Representative.
- The program begins in mid-July 2013 in Memphis, TN.
Salary and Benefits
- The base salary of a Sales Education Representative is $70,000, plus between $5,000 - $20,000 in bonuses.
- Once you become a Spine Representative, you can expect a salary of approximately $150K in your first year, with rapid growth. It is not uncommon to make $300K+ in your 2nd year as a Spine Representative.
- You will receive a comprehensive benefit plan including medical, dental, vision and life insurance; pension plan and 401(k); short term disability; discounted stock purchase plan; tuition reimbursement, and more.
- Top transitioning or recently transitioned Junior Military Officer
- Bachelors degree in technical, science, or engineering field
- Passion for entering the highly competitive industry of Medical Device Sales
- Technical aptitude is important because you will be learning very complex procedures and pieces of equipment
- Top notch communication skills and be able to communicate and instruct effectively
- Strong work ethic and organization and prioritization skills
- Willingness to travel. In Phase I of the training program you will travel 50%, and in Phase II you will travel 90%. You will not be required to relocate throughout the training program, but will likely need to relocate when you get your first territory after completing the program.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance policy.
- Must be able to begin training in mid-July in Memphis, TN.
Click here to learn more or apply.
Engineering & Operations Management Positions with Honeywell
Orion is currently recruiting for a number of operations management positions with Honeywell. This is your chance to begin your career with an outstanding company, named on the Fortune 100. Positions include:
Nationwide Operations Management Positions (Click here to learn more about these positions.)
- Global and Materials Planners
- Procurement/Sourcing/Commodity Directors
- Inventory Leaders
- Integrated Supply Chain Supervisors
- Production Planners
- Site Supply Specialists
- Materials Managers
- Advanced Manufacturing Engineer in Phoenix, AZ.
Click here to apply or learn more.
Careers with The Hershey Company
Interview July 23 for Leadership Careers with PNC Financial Services
Orion has partnered with PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., an American financial services corporation, to offer outstanding career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin your career with a growing company, named “Bank of the Year” by Banker magazine (2011), “Most Admired Companies” by Fortune, and named one of 25 “Great Workplace Award” winners by Gallup (2011).
We are currently recruiting transitioning or former military for numerous Leadership roles. Positions are available in several locations throughout the East and Midwest and include:
- Change Control Manager (Click here for more info.)
- Business Analyst – Default Management Group (Click here for more info.)
- Business Analyst – Lending Services (Click here for more info.)
- Operations Manager – Level II (Click here for more info.)
- Commercial Banking Relationship Manager (Click here for more info.)
- Corporate Banking Underwriter Officer – Level II (Click here for more info.)
- Branch Manager (Click here for more info.)
July 23 - Chicago, IL
September 20 - Indianapolis, IN
December 9 - Philadelphia, PA, and Cincinnati, OH
Click here to learn more or apply to be considered.
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.
T H Hill will be interviewing for Project Managers in Houston, TX, throughout 2013.
Click here to learn more.
Upcoming Hiring Conferences
Baltimore, MD DCC
San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA DCC
Upcoming Base Visits
NB San Diego
San Diego Officers – Attend one of Orion's Weekly Individual Career Prep Sessions
Throughout July - September, David Dawson, an Orion Officer Recruiter and former Navy Officer, will be conducting one-on-one Career Prep Sessions at our San Diego office. No matter how far in advance your separation from the military may be, it's never too early to begin planning for your transition!
Individual Career Prep Sessions - (45 minute sessions)
Time: 2:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Dates: Every Wednesday throughout July – September (except 7/31)
Orion San Diego Office
9665 Chesapeake Drive, Suite 450
San Diego, CA 92123
Meet with David Dawson who will evaluate your marketability, assist you in outlining your career options, offer resume advice, and give invaluable information to begin planning the path to your next career.
These personal consultation sessions are free of charge to all military professionals considering transitioning.
Register now to reserve your preferred date and David will follow up with you shortly to confirm your registration and schedule a specific time to meet with you.
According to Your Peers
Career Opportunities within Orion
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion
Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $2000 in referral bonuses already in 2013?
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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