Saturday, March 1, 2014
CareerCast.com Releases 10 Jobs for Veterans in 2014
Civilian career paths for transitioning veterans are varied and do not necessarily correlate with your MOS. With so many options, it can be hard to choose a path. To help with this, CareerCast.com recently released its list of Best Jobs for Veterans 2014. The ten careers on the list represent everything from EMTs to Software Engineers and illustrate the breadth of skills veteran bring to the civilian workplace.
In an article in Forbes, Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast, tells author Susan Adams, “Most veterans are more qualified than they realize for well-paying jobs, ranging from training and development manager (average annual salary: $95,400) to construction project manager ($82,800). Veterans are often more qualified than civilians if they are matched with the right jobs.”
Among the higher paying jobs on the list is Industrial Production Manager, with an average salary of $89,900. It is no surprise that this career is on the list, as Industrial/Capital Equipment was one of the top 10 industries in which Orion candidates found careers in last quarter. Among the thousands of veterans in charge of production is Andrew Hamilton, a Marine Corps CH-46E pilot who is now a Production Supervisor with Owens Corning.
“My new position is Production Supervisor for Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company. In the military, people looked to me to make decisions and ensure the job at hand was getting done in a safe and timely manner. I see my role at my new position facing those same types of situations,” explains Hamilton, “I received top notch mentoring and leadership training that gave me the skills and expertise I need to be successful as a Production Supervisor.”
Construction is also among the top 10 industries for Orion last quarter and is represented in CareerCast’s list by Construction Program Manager, with an average salary of $82,800. On Monday, February 10, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced at the National Symposium: Veterans’ Employment in Construction that a coalition of construction employers and associations that have collectively pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
Chris Canfield, a former Intelligence Officer in the Marine Corps, began his career with RQ Construction in 2008 as a Project Engineer working on a project for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) at Camp Pendleton. At the end of 2009, he was promoted to Assistant Project Manager. He credits this rapid promotion to his leadership, management, and communication experience gained in the military. “During that time, I also helped write various parts of our company’s proposals, mainly because I was able to understand what the lingo was and how it applied to our projects,” recalls Canfield.
When the MARSOC ended in the summer of 2010, Canfield was again promoted to Project Manager and asked to take over another project. Canfield explains, “To be promoted in three years to a position like Project Manager and run two concurrent projects showed how much trust and confidence RQ had in my abilities. I attribute it to the competencies and values I learned while I was serving.” Want to know more about Canfield’s transition? Click here.
Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer also occupies a spot in the list, with an average salary of $54,500. In the military, veterans are charged with installing and maintaining the most sophisticated equipment in the world, and this training is invaluable in the civilian world. Eldon Pavelka has found this to be true in his career as a Data Center Technician for an online services provider. Pavelka tells us, “My particular background as a Nuclear Electricians Mate was a near perfect fit. My site manager is a prior sub ET Nuke who did six years active and about 20 years reserve. He was very down to earth with me when he told me that what I would be doing is similar to what I do on the ship, but with newer technology and for a different purpose.”
Industrial Engineering Technicians claim another spot on the list with an average salary of $50,900, however salaries in Industrial Engineering vary greatly depending on position, education, and level of experience. CareerCast states that many of the nation’s top energy companies have expressed the greatest interest to the Veteran's Administration in hiring returning veterans making this particular career a hot one. While not a technician, Paul Miranda has found this to be the case in his new career as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer with ConocoPhillips.
“Coming from the military, I was limiting myself to jobs within the Defense/Aerospace industry, and Orion helped me branch out to different industries. 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,” Miranda recalls. Learn more about careers with ConocoPhillips here.
Also on the list were:
- Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver
- Average salary: $38,200
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Average salary: $31,000
- Average salary: $47,000
- Software Engineer
- Average salary: $85,400
- Training and Development Manager
- Average salary: $95,400
- Administrative Services Manager
- Average salary: $81,100
As Susan Adams points out, “four jobs on the list have ‘manager’ in the title since many veterans have worked supervising troops in the field or on the base. Many have also done legal work, software programming and emergency medical work. All of that experience translates into civilian jobs that can have median pay of more than $80,000 a year.”
Want to get started looking for your next civilian career? Visit Orion International online to get started!
Veterans & Spouses Praise their Experience at Inaugural Project Management Training in Washington, D.C.
Saturday, January 25, marked the inaugural Veteran and Military Spouse Project Management Training hosted by the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services at Easter Seals, Orion International, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Efiia Cares. This intensive project management (PM) training and career transition program supports Veterans, Veteran Spouses, and Active Duty Spouses in obtaining high quality, high paying executive management positions.
Held in the offices of McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Washington, D.C., the class was attended by 30 students who came ready to learn the fundamentals of project management, industry standards, and best practices based on real projects. The students participated in classroom instruction, group exercises, presentations, resume writing, practice interviews, and training on management tools.
When asked their opinion of the course, every student agreed that the course will help them in their current job or job search. Additionally, 100% of the students said they would recommend the course. Among the feedback received on the course was:
- "A class of this caliber is not something that I would have guessed would be free. It was an awesome class."
- "Thank you for volunteering your time. Excellent service to our veteran community. It is appreciated."
- "Yesterday's veterans PM training was amazing. Thank you!"
- "Great overview of civilian management terms. I knew some of the project management concepts, but now I’m going to change some of the language on my resume."
- "It’s pretty awesome. Thank you so much for operating the course free to veterans."
The next class will be held in March 2014 and is targeted to participants with little or no project management experience. For more information about this program complete this form to request registration information when it is available. If you have questions, please email Kelly O'Connor.
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
Job Seeker Success Story
Erick Gustafson, Account Manager
Santa Clara University, 2009
I left as a Captain in the Army. The Army taught me hard work, leadership, organization, teamwork, accountability, and how to solve problems. All of these skills are transferable skills that companies look for in a candidate. Even if you aren't going into a leadership role (and I didn't), companies still like to see leadership experiences in candidates because it means they have the potential to grow.
Tim Duba was my main contact at Orion. I credit him with my smooth transition out of the Army and into a good career. Not only did he listen to what I wanted, but he took a chance on me since I was location bound to a specific city due to family reasons. He never tried to show me jobs outside of my city and only showed me jobs that I was interested in (sales). Tim fought to find opportunities for me within my city and always kept me in the loop on what was happening both at the companies I was interviewing with and what was happening within Orion. Without Tim's dedication, I would have had a much rockier transition, and most likely still have been looking for a job.
I went both to hiring conferences and direct placement interviews with Orion. I would highly recommend hiring conferences because, not only do you get to interview with a number of different companies, but you receive briefings on the companies (which helps you with the interview and deciding if the company/job is a good fit). Also, you can practice your interview skills. Both aspects contribute greatly to your success on the actual interview day. The direct placement interviews work well for opportunities outside of hiring conference windows, and you receive a briefing from Orion about the position and company.
I am now an Account Manager (salesman) for Hilti North America. Planning is huge as a salesman, as you plan out your day, week, month, and you are accountable for your success (or failure). This means waking up every day and working hard, something that anybody in the military will have mastered. Also, my job in sales means I need to influence people; and, being a leader in the military, I had to influence people, from my subordinates to my peers to my commander. The only difference here is that the influencing is more subtle, but the same principle applies.
Orion not only met my needs but exceeded my expectations of what a career placement company would do for me. They understood what I wanted for a career, how I was geographically bound, and found amazing opportunities for me. They were in constant contact with me, kept me informed of all opportunities, and helped me develop my interviewing skills.
Orion cared about me, invested time in me, and looked out for my interests. I cannot say this about any other company that I worked with. The other companies basically kept me on file and would send out an email if something happened to line up. Even then it was last minute and rushed, with little time to prepare and little to no information about the company and position I would interview for. Orion prepares you for success by investing time in you, listening to you, and working with you. They are by far the best career placement company.
Career Opportunities within Orion
Interview in March for 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 hold Officer interviews at Orion's Distinguished Candidate Conference in Houston, TX, on March 3rd-4th for the following positions:
- Production Supervisor to Manufacturing Engineer (Development Program)
- Quality Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Logistics Manager
- Central Planning Manager
- Senior Central Planner
- Purchasing Lead
We will hold interviews at Ft. Campbell on March 5th-6th for Officers for the following positions:
- Production Supervisor
- Bill of Materials Analyst
- Plant Planner
- Plant Scheduler
Click here to learn more or apply.
Candidates at our DCC enjoying a hands-on look at Polaris off-road vehicles.
Careers with David Weekley Homes
Orion has partnered with David Weekley Homes, the second largest privately-held builder in America, to offer career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin a builder career with a top company. Learn more about David Weekley Homes
We are currently recruiting for Builders in Atlanta, GA.
To be qualified for this position, Candidates must possess very strong leadership and organizational skills as well as a proven work ethic. Candidates must have a high-attention to detail and be able to motivate teams under tough working conditions.
We will be holding interviews for Builders in Atlanta, GA on February 21, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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-March 2014 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-March in Memphis, TN.
Click here to learn more or apply.
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.)
Upcoming Interview Dates:
- February 21 - Pittsburgh, PA
Click here to learn more or apply to be considered.
Careers with The Hershey Company
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:
- Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Supervisor - Olathe, KS and Urbana, OH
- Operations Management Opportunities - Nationwide
- Reliability Engineer
Click here to apply or learn more.
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. 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.
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.
- 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
- Sioux Falls
- Salt Lake City
Click here to learn more.
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
- Knowledge Sharing Network Specialist
- Network Analyst
- Completions Engineer
- Lead Planner
- Project Field Scheduler
- Project Planner
- Project Lead Planner
Click here to learn more or apply.
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