The Hunter for Military Officers - December 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

4 Steps to a Successful Interview

Most transitioning military personnel have never had to interview for a position. In the military, natural career progression and a demonstrated record of performance have dictated the particular jobs you have secured. Corporate America is different. In order to secure the position you are targeting, you must be able to convince an interviewer that your military experience and demonstrated track record of performance are a strong fit for their organization. The candidate who can best relate his or her background and strengths to an interviewer will be the one who gets the job.

In order to prepare for an interview, break it down into four parts and prepare for each section:

The First 5 Minutes - Introduction

Like the introduction to a paper, an introduction to an interview is critical. During the first five minutes, you will set the tone for your interview. Make a good first impression. Look sharp and present a professional image. Relax, smile, and remember your plan. Your resume got your foot in the door, now you must effectively show the interviewer why you are a fit for the position.

The Next 30 Minutes (The Body)

During the body of your interview, the interviewer will typically ask you a series of questions focusing on your qualifications, for approximately 20-30 minutes. Some questions are behavioral (looking for specific examples when you demonstrated a particular behavior), others may be company oriented to get a feel of how much you know about the position and industry. Your answers should highlight your qualifications, personality, and interest in the position you are interviewing for.

Wrapping it Up (The Conclusion)

You have just completed answering a series of questions focusing on your qualifications, and now it is time to wrap up the interview. At this point, the interviewer is going to give you the opportunity to ask some questions. You must ask questions. Questions equal interest in the minds of an interviewer, and are a critical component of your interview. Formulate three to five well-thought-out questions that show that you are prepared, demonstrate genuine interest in the position, and set you up for your close.

Closing the Interview

“The Close” is a term used to describe the process of gaining some form of commitment from the prospective customer. In this case, the interviewer is the customer. By paying attention and asking the appropriate questions, you should uncover the employer’s needs. The needs that you are able to satisfy, through the use of your talent, become potential benefits to the employer. Focus on those needs during your close.

To learn more about interviewing, click here.

Military Hiring Conferences and Job Fairs: What's the Difference?

To veterans transitioning from the military, navigating the waters of the civilian job sector can be intimidating and confusing. Job applications, resume writing, and interview preparation are all arguably major pieces of the job search process, yet one of the activities that can offer the most success in finding a job after the military is a Hiring Conference or Job Fair.

While a hiring conference and a job fair may seem synonymous, they are very different. Click here to learn about the difference between a military hiring conference and a military job fair, and how a military hiring conference at Orion International can help your successful military to civilian job transition.

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - March 3 & 4 in Houston, TX



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 Houston, TX, on March 3 & 4, 2014. This is our first DCC of 2014, and 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. Our next DCC will be held May 5 & 6, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA. If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please click here.

Military Professionals Webinar Series

Military Officer Transition Program 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.

December 17, 2013
3:00 pm EST - Register Now

Resume Writing Seminar

This webinar will cover all the basics of resume writing – why a resume is so important, what you should and shouldn’t include, how to write a resume that is easily understood by a civilian hiring manager, and much more. 

View 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.

December 19, 2013
3:00 pm EDT - Register Now

LinkedIn for Military Professionals Webinar - December 10!

Develop your LinkedIn profile so that recruiters and hiring managers can find you. Whether you've got 29 days or 3 years left in the uniform, having a professional LinkedIn profile is an essential part of your online visibility.

This webinar hosted by Orion recruiter Sultan Camp will help ensure that you can maximize all of your professional interactions and achieve critical career goals while gaining more visibility.

Click here to register.


Negotiating your Salary for Military Professionals - December 18

Gain a step by step guide to effective salary negotiation. Whether it’s the federal government, contracting or corporate employment, salary negotiation is at the heart of your transition. You must be able to negotiate your salary, understand it from the employer’s perspective, generate counter offers and select a number that benefits both sides. You will learn the context, techniques and approaches available to positively influence an outcome and to develop an effective salary range and strategy for any job offer.

Click here to register.

Job Seeker Success Story

Trevor Lumadue, Front Line Supervisor

Michigan State University, 2006

Chris Hurst made contact with me after I reached out to Orion. He was always professional and to the point. He gave me realistic expectations, but positive encouragement throughout the process. He seemed genuinely happy for me when I received an offer, which I found to be an admirable trait for a recruiter.

Chris helped me establish a current resume to fit Orion's requirements, and he immediately found an opportunity at Honeywell for me. I interviewed with Honeywell only after about 10 days from my initial contact with Orion, and two weeks after the interview, I was given an offer of employment.

I am a Front Line Supervisor at one of Honeywell's production plants. My position calls upon my ability to manage a small team of professionals and critically analyze operations to identify safety concerns and production trends. The management aspect is similar to being a platoon leader, while my executive officer experience can be related to much of the systems maintenance and the identification and completion of work orders for the materials being used. As a company commander, I have learned to prioritize tasks, delegate authority, and oversee large-scale production, which has given me confidence to take on a position outside of the military structure.

I had been working with a different recruiting agency that asked me to spend significant time filling out paper work to meet their registration process but failed to show any return. Orion was personable by calling me directly and showed enthusiasm at placing me in opportunities to find employment.

I am truly grateful for Orion's role in me finding a great career. I had been stubborn about finding a career position on my own; but after years of coming up short, it only took Orion one month. They were true professionals and showed genuine interest in me finding employment.

Career Opportunities within Orion


Account Executives

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, 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.

Medical Device Sales Representative Positions with a Fortune 500 Health Care Company

Orion International is currently recruiting for Medical Device Sales Representative positions in Chattanooga, TN with a Fortune 500 Health Care Company. Top applicants will have stellar military credentials, possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, or a Hard Science, and/or graduated from a Military Academy. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a plus.

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Compensation: $65K - 70K for the first year. After approximately one year you will move up to a range of $75K - $80K. Most three plus year seasoned sales personnel earn $120K+.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or a Hard Science and/or graduated from a Military Academy.
  • Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a plus.
  • Able to operate in a "technical" and very professional sales environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer literacy is required (must be proficient in MS Office).
  • Candidates must possess a valid driver's license issued in one of the 50 United States and a clean driving record.
  • The ability to travel extensively is required.
  • Candidates must live in or be willing to relocate to the Chattanooga, TN area.
  • 1-2 years of prior sales experience preferred.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Sales Engineering Training Program with Trane

Orion is currently recruiting veterans with an interest in a career in sales for a Sales Engineering Training Program with Trane, a division of Ingersoll Rand that provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and services that enhance the performance of buildings around the globe.

The Trane Graduate Training Program – Sales Engineering (GTP) is a five-month program designed to prepare engineers for a rewarding career in technical sales. The program is geared toward developing Sales Engineers to sell Trane's complex heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products and systems to commercial and industrial customers. Upon completion of the Graduate Training Program, you will assume responsibilities of a Sales Engineer within a defined territory.

Training for the Graduate Training Program is located in La Crosse, WI, for five months. You must be willing to relocate to La Crosse, WI during the duration of the training program. Upon completion of the program, Trane has a number of openings across the country.


Total compensation is $70k during the Graduate Training Program, and averages $100k in total income during your second year.


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering is preferred
  • Possess solid teamwork skills and demonstrate confidence in presentation and written communication skills
  • Must be goal oriented and internally motivated to represent industry leading products in the market place
  • Possess a strong desire to sell
  • Must be eligible for employment in the United States without sponsorship
  • Must hold a valid state issued Driver’s License and provide proof of insurance
  • Must meet background check requirement

We will be holding interviews over the next month in the following locations:

  • New York City
  • Chicago
  • Sioux Falls
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Hawaii
  • Salt Lake City

Click here to learn more.

Careers with Polaris Industries

Orion is currently recruiting for careers with Polaris Industries. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands.

We will be holding interviews for Engineering and Operations roles in Spirit Lake, IA on December 6th. 

Click here to learn more or apply.

Candidates at our last DCC enjoying a hands-on look at Polaris off-road vehicles.

Sales Representative Careers with Novo Nordisk

Orion is currently recruiting veterans with an interest in sales for careers with Novo Nordisk, a focused healthcare company and a world leader in diabetes care. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 36,300 employees in 75 countries, and markets its products in more than 180 countries. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with an outstanding company, named on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 2013.

This is a unique opportunity to join a company poised to make tremendous growth in market share in the United States. Novo Nordisk careers are among the most sought after in the entire industry and many industry experienced candidates are willing to start at entry level roles just to get their foot in the door. The product line is top level, as is Novo Nordisk’s industry reputation. Novo Nordisk is committed to bringing on Military candidates, and the program will give you a high degree of exposure for career growth and mentoring.

The Pharmaceutical Sales Representative represents Novo Nordisk to Prescribers within an assigned territory with the goal of maximizing sales and positioning Novo Nordisk as the leading company in diabetes care. 

Training: You will be immersed in a detailed sales and product training course starting January 3rd, 2014. This will give you detailed product knowledge, enabling you to influence the most highly educated clients in the world.

Position Locations: Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Baltimore, MD; Poughkeepsie, NY; Allentown, PA; Arlington, VA; Denver, CO; Austin, TX; Lubbock, TX; Daytona Beach, FL; Phoenix, AZ; and Lake Havasu, AZ.

Salary: Compensation is $56k base salary, with a typical bonus pay-out of an additional $15k. A company vehicle, laptop, and cell phone are provided.

Travel: Travel is typically within a day’s drive, with a maximum of 30%-40% overnight travel, depending on location.

Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

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.)

PNC will be interviewing:

  • December 9 in Philadelphia, PA and Cincinnati, OH

Click here to learn more or apply to be considered.

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:

  • Front Line Supervisor - Rotational Training Program
  • Production Engineer - Rotational Training Program
  • Operations Management Opportunities
  • Technical Opportunities
  • Engineering Opportunities

Interviews will be held in Richmond on December 6th and January 10th for Front Line Supervisor - Rotational Training Program and Production Engineer - Rotational Training Program.

Click here to apply or learn more.

Careers with The Hershey Company


Orion has partnered with The Hershey Company, the #1 Chocolate Maker in the country, to offer outstanding career opportunities to JMOs seeking a rewarding career after the military. We are currently recruiting transitioning Officers for Operations Leadership roles. Positions are available in several locations.

We are currently recruiting transitioning  Officers for:

  • Sales Representative
  • Production Supervisor
  • Supply Planner
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Project Manager

Click here to learn 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.)
  • 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.

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.

We are currently recruiting for these positions:

  • Drilling Engineer
  • Network Analyst
  • Completions Engineer
  • Lead Planner
  • Project Field Scheduler
  • Project Planner 

Click here to learn more or apply.

Engineering and Sales Careers with Michelin

We are currently recruiting for Engineer and Sales positions for Michelin. Michelin is proud to provide great civilian jobs for military officers. 

Industrial Engineer
At Michelin, an Industrial engineering job is one of our top entry level jobs for former military officers. The Industrial Engineer regularly studies, analyzes, presents and implements agreed upon recommendations. Project work includes analysis in machine capacity, material flow, expansion needs, manpower planning, and productivity and efficiency improvements. The Industrial Engineer also develops and utilizes classical Industrial Engineering techniques, administrative responsibilities, and project facilitation after an in-depth 6 month training program.

Territory Sales Manager
The Territory Sales Manager is part of the national sales force of Michelin North America, Inc and serves as the main Michelin representative for dealer and end user accounts in an assigned geographic territory.

Area Sales Manager
The Area Sales Manager is responsible for effectively representing Michelin and for increasing sales of Passenger and Light Truck tires with assigned Customers in support of distribution strategy.

Business Unit Leader
The Business Unit Leader establishes and manages day-to-day priorities of processes and direct reports, ensuring production and quality goals are met per the plant business plan. The Business Unit Leader establishes and manages the cost control budget for area equipment, and provides team communication on company, plant, and department business plan objectives and performance. Also, the Business Unit Leader schedules employee training, monitors employee performance, provides guidance, and appraises and counsels individual employees to further develop their interpersonal skills and improve performance.

Please Apply Now to be considered for a career with Michelin. Learn more about what it's like to be a veteran and work at Michelin here.

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 dates to request more information on the conference you’d like to attend!

Philadelphia, PA

Northern NJ


Cincinnati, OH

Chicago, IL

December 8 - 9

January 19 - 20


Raleigh, NC

Atlanta, GA

December 8 - 9

January 20 - 21

South Central  

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

December 8 - 9

January 19 - 20


San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

December 8 - 9

January 23 - 24

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.

Fort Bragg


San Diego

San Diego

Virginia Beach

San Diego

29 Palms


Fort Hood

San Diego

Camp Pendleton

Virginia Beach

November 21

November 21 - 22

November 27

December 4

December 11

December 11

December 11 - 12

December 11 - 12

December 12

December 18

December 18

December 19

According to your Peers

“Orion is head and shoulders better than their competition. I plan to retire with my new company, but, if for some reason I ever need to search for another employer, Orion will be the first company I call. Bravo Zulu to a great company, and I wish nothing but the best for Orion.” – Chris Layne, Control Supervisor

“I began my search with Orion in June 2013. I attended a hiring conference and was hired about three weeks later. Orion beat the competition, hands down. I was treated very well by my recruiter and am satisfied with the service that Orion provided.” – Donnie Fricks, Threading Supervisor

“Orion outshined their competition in my mind. Numbers are not the game for Orion’s recruiters. They are attuned to the needs of the companies that hire them, as well as the former military members they represent. It’s like they are the most advanced match making service out there. They know what both parties like and what they need. They won’t sacrifice the expectations of either for the sake of meeting a quota or to gain a higher commission. This organization is set up the right way to support this mindset. I would not even consider using another recruiting service. 

I am so grateful to Orion for their work to get me work. I feel as if I hit the jackpot with the company I landed with. It is a great match, and it never would have been made without Orion. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I recommend you to every quality transitioning military member I talk to.” – Gabriel Yoder, Project Manager

“Sean Crittenden was my recruiter, and he was fantastic. He found me a job in the territory that I wanted and only invited me to conferences that made sense for me. I am now a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative. I loved working with Orion and have recommended other officers to use Orion when they begin their transition.” – Earle LeMasters, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

“I worked with Sean Crittenden, Chris Hurst, and Nora Liles prior to the National Distinguished Candidate Conference in Baltimore. All three recruiters took the time to learn and understand my career aspirations and tailored the opportunities presented to me based off of my desires. I attended the National Distinguished Candidate Conference in Baltimore on September 10. From there, I was offered a position with International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) the following week.

The DCC I attended was amazing. The quality of companies and positions was truly ‘top-notch’. The highlight and, what I believe to be a differentiator, was the mixer held the first night of the conference. It allowed candidates a chance to get to know the hiring managers in an informal setting, so they felt more at ease when they walked into their interviews the next day.

Orion is an amazing company that was instrumental in ensuring I had a successful transition from the military to a corporate career with an amazing company. I would recommend them to anyone looking to leverage the experience they gained in the military into a rewarding corporate career. The recruiters are very experienced and can assist with any questions you may have.” - Guy Ribble, Production Supervisor

"Keri Price was my long-range recruiter. She took into account all my needs and assisted me by contacting me with potential job openings. Mike Wood and Rob Gumpper assisted me with the Michelin position, and I was in constant communication with them before and after each interview and following the job offer. Orion was interactive and consistently followed up with me. I also liked that Orion considered everything I was looking for and did not try and force me into a certain career field.” - Caroline O'Sullivan, Business Unit Leader

“It was a pleasure working with Orion International. With the help of Todd Phillips and his team, I was able to enter into a new career with confidence. Their intense research in finding positions that fit my personal desires is what I attribute my satisfaction to with my new career. The one-on-one training prepared me for the interviews I attended, and the follow up by Todd and his team led me to success during my interviews.

The best part of working with Orion International was knowing that Todd and his team had my best interest in mind throughout the entire process. I am extremely happy with their work and would strongly recommend that anyone leaving military service give the Orion team a call.” - Daniel Nelson, Project Manager

“The Orion team was great, and Chris Hurst was outstanding.  I felt I had the support needed to be successful, and I never felt as though they were trying to manage my expectations.  I was impressed at the number of technical minded jobs they were able to put me in front of and feel very fortunate for the opportunity I found through them. I will continue to recommend Orion.” – John Wittig, Quality Engineer

Todd Phillips is the ‘Jerry Maguire’ of recruiters. He makes it a point to get to know each candidate on a personal and professional level. Todd actually listened to me when I told him about the type of company I wanted to work for. He did not just pay attention to my technical skills and words in my resume. He also focused on what I could bring to the table with my outgoing personality.

He found a good match and placed me with a company where my technical and personal skills could be appreciated. Once I was placed with my current employer, Todd stayed in contact with me via email and phone to check on my progress. It was great having Orion represent me. I would highly recommend Orion for all veterans.” - Robert Bowman, Sales Account Executive

“I was in the National Guard for 2 years through school and on Active Duty with the Army for five years. I went through ACAP at Fort Campbell, KY, and they showed me several ways that I could write a resume and gave me little pointers that would help in the interview process. I took their advice and started looking for a job and interviewing. I chose companies that I thought would make for a good transition out of the Army, but this method did not bring about my desired position. (And I was just looking for something that I could do for a couple years and then transition to something more satisfying.)

One evening, I registered on Orion’s website, and, the next day, I got a phone call from Josh Williamson, who worked with me to find out what I wanted to do. He also worked on the resume that I sent him and adjusted it for me to better fit the companies that I wanted to target. I went to a hiring conference in Detroit, MI, and interviewed with several companies.

Todd Phillips helped me get an interview with Magna Powertrain at the hiring conference. Within three weeks after the conference, I had follow-up interviews with my two favorite companies and had offers on the table (in the field that I wanted to be in).

I definitely could not have landed an interview with some of the companies that I spoke with if it wasn’t for Orion. They want to prepare you for your transition. I recommend Orion International. They will help get you where you want to be.” - Kenneth Spurlock, Program Manager

“I was called by other recruiting agencies but only received canned pitches about what they could do for me in my job search. Mike Wood, my Orion recruiter, listened to what I wanted in a new job and helped place me in the best position available. Where other agencies didn’t listen, the Orion team did. Mike was very professional! He looked for my best interest and made sure I was happy” - Timothy Kirby, Senior Buyer

“I had the pleasure of working with Orion, namely Todd Phillips and Scott McNary, during my military-to-civilian transition. I decided early on that I wanted to transition into the civilian job market in a sales position, with the primary focus on three or four particular market sectors that interested me. Being that my work experience almost exclusively consisted of operations management roles, I knew it would be a challenge.

Todd and Scott got me up to speed on preparing for sales interviews (which can be much different than interviews for other types of positions) and gave me the opportunity to get in front of multiple top-tier companies. During a social mixer between candidates and company representatives at one of Orion's hiring conferences, I ended up conversing with a high-level sales director for a Fortune Global Top 50 company. Though I was not initially scheduled to interview with this particular company, the Orion team moved some things around the following day and ensured that we got a chance to meet in a more formal interview setting.

A few weeks later, I was conducting final interviews and negotiating an offer. The service and level of professionalism provided by Todd and his team are second-to-none in military-to-civilian placement! I highly recommend their services to anyone getting ready to make the jump.” - Zach Robinson, Sales Account Executive

“Orion introduced me to career goals I did not know I could achieve. I was receiving salary offers and reviewing benefits that I did not think I could get with my experience, but Orion put me in a position to interview for those high salary jobs and convinced me that my degree paired with military experience makes me very marketable.

Coming from the military, I was limiting myself to jobs within the Defense/Aerospace industry, and Orion helped me branch out to different industries. I felt like Orion had a better understanding of the different industries’ needs are. Being an Electrical Engineer, I did not know how in demand my skills were in the Oil and Gas industry, so once I pursued jobs in that area, I was astonished at how much companies were competing to get me to accept their offers.” - Paul Miranda, Instrumentation and Controls Engineer

“Orion is a great organization, and I’d work with them in a heartbeat. They were much more organized, listened more, and didn’t come across as an arrogant organization like some recruiting firms did. Bob Berkholz was my recruiter, and he did an absolutely outstanding job. He listened to what I was asking for and took appropriate action. He is a great guy and was very helpful.

I was a Field Artillery Officer and held multiple jobs throughout my career, including Fire Direction Officer, Fire Support Officer, Scout Platoon Leader, and I had two Commands. I’m now a Service Manager for Tolin Mechanical, an HVAC-R, Energy Efficiency, and Facility Engineering company in Denver, CO. I don’t have a background in Energy or HVAC-R, but part of the reason I was because much of my career has been about being placed into situations where I had to learn as I went and make solutions.

Orion is an outstanding company that I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with. They got me an interview with a superb company that I had never heard of, and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now without their help.” - Graham Carssow, Service Manager

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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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Owens Corning

Parker Hannifin


PNC Bank








Worley Parsons

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