The Hunter for Military Officers - April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Polaris Industries Partners with Orion International to Bring Careers to Veterans

Polaris Industries, manufacturer of high quality off-road vehicles, has partnered with Orion International, the nation's largest military career placement firm, to offer jobs to U.S. Veterans. Polaris interviewed Veterans for opportunities within Engineering, Planning, Logistics, and Operations, on March 3rd and 4th at Orion's Distinguished Candidate Conference in Houston, TX, and at an exclusive Polaris Hiring Event on March 5th and 6th at Fort Campbell, KY.

Founded in 1954, Polaris Industries 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 values the skills and values that military members have to offer, and recognizes their sacrifice and dedication. Recently a Polaris employee, Nathan Good, was presented with the Patriotic Employer Award, "for contributing to National Security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force."

A career with Polaris represents an excellent opportunity to make a difference and grow professionally. With over 5300 employees, Polaris helps develop the careers of its veteran employees through programs like Annual Performance Feedback & Development, General Core Skill Trainings, and Leadership Development Training Programs. Polaris also offers a comprehensive benefits program that is contemporary and fully competitive.

"Polaris seeks to hire Veterans due to the values and experiences that Veterans acquire while serving in the Military", said Amy Fossum, Staffing Manager, Polaris Industries. "These values and experiences are in direct correlation with the Polaris company Values - including Leadership, Adaptability, Technical Skills, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Adventure, Loving outdoors, and so much more".

Military service members interested in learning more about the upcoming hiring events or a career with Polaris can visit

What is a Leadership Development Program?

A Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a great way to parlay your leadership skills in your next career. LDPs are specifically designed for Junior Military Officers who have a strong track record of performance and geographic flexibility, and that are looking to progress to the upper echelons of management. As you progress through the LDP, you will gain valuable experience needed to lead and succeed at the highest levels within the organization, as well as gain exposure to various business units within the company in order to increase your knowledge base. LDPs offer rotational opportunities, hands-on mentoring, classroom development, and varied assignments.

Due to the overall level of training and vast resource commitment provided by a company, LDP opportunities are not as common as traditional management, engineering or sales opportunities. Presently, only a small percentage of companies offer these resource intensive programs.

Listed below are some of the most common positions available to transitioning military officers in the Engineering field:

Operations Leadership Development Program: Typical operations LDPs will require new team members to complete initial training, rotate through various operational facilities for both on the job training and curriculum based training, and work with LDP mentors on a periodic basis. Some Operations LDPs will require you to rotate through various business units as well, to gain exposure to marketing, finance, sales, and other roles. This provides the understanding of the business you will need to function as a future leader in the organization, but may also result in helping you find your niche within the organization. After completing this type of LDP, you will be assigned a permanent role in operations.

Sales & Marketing Development Program: A Sales and Marketing Development Program can start an exciting career within a company. This structured program combines various business and technical learning workshops, networking opportunities with various levels of the organization, and separate job rotation assignments. Rotations typically include a field sales assignment, a marketing assignment, and other various business unit assignments. Participants receive hands-on mentoring, travel opportunities, classroom development, and networking opportunities.

Engineering Development Program: Engineering Development Program (EDP) participants are typically placed at a manufacturing plant or oil and gas refinery for training. During this time, the participant will be mentored by seasoned technical professionals and motivated by the vast technical challenges found in these environments. Examples of formal training include: safety leadership, manufacturing processes and product, applied statistics, and leadership development. At the conclusion of training, EDP graduates are placed in a full-time assignment as a Manufacturing or Project Engineer.

From these roles, you can expect to move into more senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility and ultimately into executive leadership positions within a company. Due to the versatility of the skill-set gained through Leadership Development Programs (LDP), your skills are transferable across Corporate America.

Generally, the key to a successful Leadership Development Program interview is to focus on track record of performance and your most significant achievements throughout your career. Focus on relevant examples from your past that are translatable in your new work environment. Specific examples (with places and names) add depth and meaning to your answers. Here are some additional points of focus during a Leadership Development Program interview:

  • Have a game plan. Anticipate the questions you will be asked, and prepare your answers in advance.
  • Focus on your track record of performance. Give good examples to show that you have the ability to succeed in whatever you do.
  • Focus on the skills needed for the LDP. Stress your leadership, sales aptitude, or technical experience.
  • Focus on your growth/promotion potential. Your leadership skills are important, but so is your ability to learn and grow.
  • Show them that you are interested in the role. Emphasize your work ethic, willingness to learn, and ability to succeed.
  • Let them know you are flexible and open to relocate. Geographic flexibility is essential to most Leadership Development Programs.

Orion is currently recruiting for Leadership Development Programs with Medtronic and Michelin. Click here to learn more about the Sales Development Program with Medtronic. Click here to learn more about the Leadership Development Rotation Program with Michelin.

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - May 5 & 6 in Philadelphia, PA



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 Philadelphia, PA, on May 5 & 6, 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. Our DCC in Houston was a great event, with over 40 companies represented and 90 JMO Candidates, and the Philadelphia event promises to be just as strong.


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 June 2 & 3 in San Diego, CA. 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.

April 8, 2014
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. 

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.

April 10, 2014
3:00 pm EDT - Register Now

Sales Overview and Preparation Seminar - NEW

If you are considering a career in sales, this webinar is a great place to start. Led by Orion’s VP of Officer Recruiting, this webinar will provide you with an understanding of why sales can be a great starting point in the private sector, help you determine if sales is a good option for you, and give great pointers to winning a sales interview.

April 9, 2014
3:00 pm EDT - Register Now

Account Executive Overview Seminar - NEW

Over the next several months Brian Henry, Orion's Vice President of Officer Recruiting, will be conducting webinars that will provide a detailed overview of the Account Executive position. If you are interested in this position and feel you would be a great fit, then please register to attend one of the webinars below.

Thursday, March 27th - 6:00 PM EDT
Thursday, April 24th - 6:00 PM EDT
Thursday, May 22nd - 6:00 PM EDT


LinkedIn for Military Professionals on April 1

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 on April 15

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.

How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search on March 26

With this intensive introduction to using recruiters in your job search, you can begin your military transition with confidence. Many military professionals lack a strong understanding of the fundamentals of using a recruiter in their job search, making it unlikely they'll get as many interviews as they need to. With ever increasing competition, they face the unfortunate prospect of being underemployed. This webinar will equip you with the tools and techniques necessary to improve your recruiter network and achieve career success in your transition.

Click here to register.

Techniques to Finding a Job Online on April 22

Effective job searches for Military Professionals involve strategies that can be validated. In this workshop, Orion Recruiter Sultan Camp discusses six levels of job search activity, ranging from the passive to the very active & pro-active. The passive job search strategies often taught in many transition workshops is easiest and least effective, while the very active is hardly shared, more challenging, yet it is the most effective.

Register for this workshop today to get a leg up on the 600+ service members that exit the military each day. Get the inside tips from a Veteran & Military Candidate Recruiter to decide how you can best use your time during your transition.

Click here to register.

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 San Diego, CA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; and Virginia Beach, VA, 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.

Over the next several months Brian Henry, Orion's Vice President of Officer Recruiting, will be conducting webinars that will provide a detailed overview of the Account Executive position. If you are interested in this position and feel you would be a great fit, then please register to attend one of the webinars below.

Thursday, March 27th - 6:00 PM EDT
Thursday, April 24th - 6:00 PM EDT
Thursday, May 22nd - 6:00 PM EDT

Army Officer Recruiter - Raleigh, NC

Orion is seeking a former Army Officer to join our Raleigh office as an Army Officer Recruiter. This is your opportunity to assist your fellow Veterans, while gaining invaluable recruiting experience in a high-paced sales environment. You will work with transitioning Army Officers and aid them in their transition from Active Duty into Corporate America.

Salary: $60,000 base salary, plus commission (1st year expected earnings in the $70k+ range)

Travel Requirements: Approximately 2 to 3 times/month to military installations and/or hiring conferences within your assigned territory (~30% travel).

Career Progression: Move into Production Recruiter or Account Executive role (average earnings is greater than $100k/year).


  • Recently transitioned Army Officer less than five years removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning.
  • Strong desire to assist fellow veterans and succeed in recruiting.
  • Strong achievement profile, high energy, and the drive to succeed in a fast paced recruiting environment.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills.
  • USMA Graduate preferred.

Click here to learn more about joining the Orion team.

Interview April 10 for a Medical Device Sales Career with Medtronic

Orion is currently recruiting for an outstanding career opportunity in Medical Device Sales, as a Sales Education Representative with Medtronic. Medtronic Spine and Biologics has created a development program to train and educate future sales professionals. The primary objective of the program is to take talented professionals with minimal sales experience and, through an intensive immersion program, prepare them to become successful Sales Representatives.  This program will provide you the necessary tools and training to succeed as a highly specialized sales person within the Medical Device Industry. 

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.

Program Overview

  • This sales development program is approximately 12-18 months in duration and is broken down into different phases of growth and development.

  • In the first Phase, you will learn foundational components of Spinal and Biologics Sales (including anatomy, pathology, procedures, compliance, and sales process), gain exposure to important business functions (including Marketing, Development, Customer Service, Operations, and Education), assist with sales and surgeon training labs, and provide other sales support.

  • In the second Phase, application of acquired learning will be emphasized in the field. You will spend 3-4 days a week in the field working alongside district sales teams and designated field mentors - Spine Sales Representative - interacting with customers, while also learning and performing the day-to-day activities of the Spine Representative.

  • At the end of the program and based on personal aptitude, procedural certification, proven proficiency, and territory availability, you will be given the opportunity to interview for a position in an open territory and promoted to a Spine Representative.

Salary and Benefits

  • As a Sales Education Representative, you will earn a base salary of $70,000.  You will also be eligible to participate in the corporate performance-based Medtronic Incentive Plan with a target bonus opportunity of 5% of your annual eligible earnings.  Beginning in month ten, you will be eligible to participate in a performance-based incentive plan with a quarterly bonus opportunity of $5,000 and you will remain eligible for the corporate performance-based Medtronic Incentive Program with a target bonus opportunity of 5% of your eligible earnings.  

Position Requirements

  • 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 by May 19.

Locations: You can live in your current home during training, but will spend a significant amount of time in Memphis, TN. You must be somewhat geographically flexible (open to at least a 4-5 state region) when you exit the program. 

Interviews will be held April 10 in Memphis, TN.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Interview in April for Careers with Michelin

We are currently recruiting for Engineer and Management 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.

  • Manufacturing Department Manager

The Manufacturing Department Manager establishes and manages daily priorities of the process and direct reports, ensures production, and quality goals are met per business plan. The Manufacturing Department Manager establishes and maintains the budget, schedules employee trainings, monitors employee performances and provides team communication on business plan objectives and performances.

  • Leadership Development Rotation Program

Michelin's Leadership Development Rotation Program (LDRP) is designed specifically for high-potential, high-performing Master's degree candidates who want to accelerate their development. The LDRP puts you in the middle of the action – in strategic positions with frequent exposure to our leaders, core businesses, and technologies. Our objective is to recruit and train Michelin's next generation of leaders. Participants will be placed in 3-4 diverse roles over the course of approximately 2 years.

We will be holding interviews for Industrial Engineers, Leadership Development Rotation Program, and Manufacturing Department Managers on the following dates:

Atlanta, GA - April 8th
Columbus, OH - April 14th

Positions will be located nationwide.

Click here to learn more. You can also find out more about what it's like to be a veteran and work at Michelin here.

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 Houston, TX.

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.

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 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.)

Click here to learn more or apply to be considered.

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

Click here to learn more.

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:

Operations Leadership

  • Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Supervisor - Olathe, KS and Urbana, OH
  • Operations Management Opportunities - Nationwide


  • Reliability Engineer

Click here to apply or learn more.

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
  • Chicago
  • Sioux Falls
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Hawaii
  • 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.

According to your Peers

“I highly recommend Orion International.  Todd Phillips and his staff provided outstanding support to successfully meet my goal—an engineering job with a large manufacturer.  Most importantly, they worked directly with companies to separate my resume from hundreds of applicants to get me interviews with prospective manufacturers. Secondly, they worked to prepare me for the interviews. The practice and real world interviews provided the rehearsals and opportunities to find the ideal job that will utilize my military experience and civilian education. Thank you!” – Kevin Kruger, Industrial Engineer

“Orion was outstanding and almost incomparable with any other organization. Orion took a personal role with me in finding my next career and was able, through their national reach, to find me the perfect job. I will always recommend Orion to anyone getting out of the military. If I were to describe Orion in one word...EXCEPTIONAL!” – Michael Pfarrer, GIS Senior Manager

“Tim Duba and the Orion team ensured I was prepared for the interview process. I attended a hiring conference in San Diego and after several interviews, I was given an offer and hired shortly thereafter.” – Anthony Gallegos, Production Supervisor

“Mike Wood was an excellent recruiter. He was very helpful and friendly throughout the whole process. I enjoyed the experience working with Orion.” - Pete Villalobos, Production Supervisor

“My recruiter did a fantastic job guiding me in the right direction. He gave me great advice and answered all of my questions in a timely manner. He was very personable and made me feel like he really wanted me to succeed. Thanks to several other people at Orion, I was able to find a job just one month after getting out the Army. I am recommending Orion to anyone that is thinking about getting out the military.” – Scott Peoples, Operations Team Leader

“Orion was outstanding in listening to my needs, reviewing my qualifications, and presenting relevant and viable opportunities during my career search. Orion has been in contact with me, even after placing me. They have followed up to ensure that things were going well on several occasions.” – Daryl Frazier, Packing Management Rotational Trainee

“I want to thank Mike Wood, Jim Perdue, and the rest of the Orion team for putting me in the right place at the right time, both personally and professionally!” – Stephen Castora, Senior Project Manager

“As I was leaving the Navy, I had a vision of what I wanted to do with my life, where I wanted to live, what I wanted to do, how much I wanted to get paid, etc. What I didn't realize was how hard it can actually be to make all those things happen at the same time. I started my civilian job search on my own by posting my resume online, filling out online applications, networking, and even cold calling a few prospective employers. The result was a few interviews for positions I was only moderately interested in. Luckily for me, I was contacted by Todd Phillips who said he was interested in working with me to find the right position; i.e. location, duties, compensation, etc.

As Carl Sagan once said, ‘Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,’ so I was skeptical he could deliver. However, it is with great joy that I am able to report that I am another positive data point for the claim that Todd and the team at Orion are able to ‘arrange interviews for positions that are a match with your background, qualifications, and desires.’ Todd set me up with interviews I was interested in, helped me prepare for the interviews, and walked me through the process of responding to job offers.

I have now been working at my new job for more than a month, and I couldn't be happier with my experience working with Todd and the folks at Orion International. I have the perfect job (the team, location, duties, compensation), and I've already gotten positive feedback from my employer that they are happy with my contributions to the team. I would never have found or gotten this job were it not for Todd and the Orion team.” - Stephen Tusken, Engineer

“Orion International is an outstanding organization that will help you find your next career. Prior to working with Orion, I tried all the websites, and I even utilized several recruiting firms. It didn't work for me. I believed that with my background, I would not be unemployed very long. That was not the case when using these avenues. I would email my resume and receive the automated reply. Never to be heard again.

The one major thing that Orion does, and does very well, is place you in front of great companies looking to hire. These companies get a firsthand view of who you are and place a face with the resume. Orion also coordinates career-building sessions and socials with of these same companies. You get to see what they are looking for and then get the opportunity to interact with the various HR Departments in a relaxed environment.

Once I contacted Orion, the ball immediately starting rolling in the right direction. Within a matter of a few calls and a scheduled hiring fair, I was in front of a company that would take interest in my skills and eventually hire me. The Team at Orion International, including Josh Williamson and Todd Phillips are fantastic. I can't say enough. Give them a try! You will not be disappointed.” - Dean Toth, Engineer

“Mike Wood and the entire Orion staff really helped by not only offering me viable career offers, but providing me with outstanding interview preparation help.  Orion is truly a professional recruiting organization and works hard for their clients.” – Steven Tucker, Maintenance Supervisor

“I attended one Orion hiring conference in Atlanta, GA, in late January. From there, I had three follow-up interviews in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. In just over one month's time, I had an offer from Hitachi and had another offer that was pending if I had not of accepted the one I did. I have accepted the offer for Production Shift Supervisor with Hitachi Automotive Systems America in Monroe, GA. I hope to begin in early April after I out process from the Army in March.

Mike Wood was my recruiter. From the first time I spoke with him on the phone, I felt that he had a great understanding of my situation, what I was looking for, and had my best interest in mind. Orion absolutely met my needs, and I have passed along their information to several other soldiers in my battalion who are preparing to make the transition from active duty to civilian life.” - Timothy Washburn, Production Shift Manager

“I heard from Orion constantly. They checked in regularly to let me know what was going on and where the interview process was along the way. Orion was great to work with and got me a job that is very similar to what I held in the military.” – Jason Merz, Metrology Technician

“Orion was very quick to contact me and was very thorough with their process. They made it easy to change careers from medical device sales to industrial sales, even having been off Active Duty for 15 years and the National Guard for nine years.” – Trent Webb, District Representative I

“Orion met my needs and my expectations. My recruiter, Bob Berkholz, and his team gave me everything that I needed to prepare me for all of my interviews. I cannot tell you how happy I am with my new job. Orion was truly a blessing and was there to take care of the entire process.” – Victor Pacheco, Stores/Materials Management

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


Columbus, OH

April 13 - 14


Atlanta, GA

Jacksonville, FL

April 7 - 8

May 18 - 19

South Central  

Houston, TX

Dallas, TX

April 13 - 14

May 18 - 19


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

March 27 - 28

April 13 - 14

May 8 - 9

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.

Virginia Beach

San Diego


Fort Bragg

San Diego

San Diego

Fort Campbell

Fort Hood

29 Palms


Camp Pendleton

San Diego


San Diego

Virginia Beach

Fort Bliss

San Diego

March 20

March 26

March 26 - 28

April 2

April 2

April 9

April 9 - 10

April 10

April 11

April 15

April 16

April 16

April 16 - 17

April 23

April 24

April 29 - 30

April 30

Companies Recently Hiring




Best Buy

Boston Scientific


CB Richard Ellis


Corning Cable


FuelCell Energy

GE Aircraft Engines

GE Appliances

Georgia Pacific



Johnson Controls

Johnson & Johnson

Kansas City Southern


Lam Research





Owens Corning

Parker Hannifin


PNC Bank








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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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