The Hunter for Military Officers - October 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Join Orion As We Raise $100K for Veterans in 2014

Join Orion as we raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014 through the Veteran Low to High Challenge – directly supporting Burned and Wounded Personnel and their Families, Children of Fallen Service Members, and Transitioning Combat Veterans.

All donations are tax-deductible and will benefit our partner Charitable Veterans Organizations – Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots, and Warrior Hike. Learn more about our Partner Organizations.

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge will occur in October, when our team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors, will hike from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, a trek which will span 7 days and 130+ miles. It is our goal to gain national recognition for our Partner Organizations and raise $100K+ by undertaking and completing the Low to High Challenge.
Make a donation to the Veteran Low to High Challenge!
All donations are tax-deductible, and we appreciate each and every contribution. To make your donation even more impactful, Orion will double your donation by matching, dollar-for-dollar, the first $14,505 (symbolic for matching the elevation of Mount Whitney) raised in Individual Donations! Donate now.
Join Us for a 5k Race to Support the Veteran Low to High Challenge!
Participate in a 5K in your area! We are holding a 5K race in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office – Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA. All proceeds from these events will be donated to our partners.


                        September 6, 2014 - Cincinnati, OH

                                 (West Chester Township)

The 5K run/walk was a huge success, with $13,498 projected for our partner Veteran non-profit organizations and 209 runners! The office is still receiving individual donations.

                         View Event Details Make a Donation




                           September 13, 2014 - North Austin, TX

                                            (Lake Pflugerville)

Even with bad weather and some surprise races the same weekend, the Austin office raised $3,583.62 for our non-profit Veteran organizations, with more expected to come in over the next few days. 178 runners signed up for the race!

                                 View Event Details Make a Donation



                     September 20, 2014 - Cary, North Carolina

A family friendly 5K at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre happening THIS WEEKEND! The Patriot Challenge 5K will feature a timed 5K run/walk for adults and kids alike and plenty of fun for the whole family.

                                View Event Details Register to Run



                    September 20, 2014 - Virginia Beach, VA

A family friendly 5K at Virginia Beach's Mount Trashmore Park happening THIS WEEKEND! The Help Our Heroes 5K will feature a timed 5K run/walk for adults and kids alike and plenty of fun for the whole family.

                         View Event Details Register to Run



                            November 8, 2014 - San Diego, CA

A family friendly 5K at San Diego's NTC Park at Liberty Station! The Warrior Tribute 5K will feature a timed 5K run/walk for adults and kids alike and plenty of fun for the whole family.

                           View Event Details Register to Run

Go The Extra Mile For The Vets 5K Cincinnati Office Race

The Cincinnati office's Go The Extra Mile For The Vets 5K race for the Veteran Low to High Challenge was held on Saturday, September 6th with tremendous success! Even with the threat of rain, 209 runners showed up for the event. The office is projecting a total of $13,498 for charity, with an extra $1000 from a private donation, bringing the total up to $14,498. The office will likely hit 145 percent of their fundraising goal once things are finalized, a phenomenal feat!


After the race, Orion Recruiter Todd Phillips had the honor to meet Jesse Bier, a USMC Combat Veteran who was suffering from PTSD and was helped by one of our Veteran non-profit charities, Warrior Hike. He attributes his ability to get his life back in order to his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail with Warrior Hike. He now works with an organization called Battle Buddies, helping to connect Veterans with PTSD with guide dogs. Jesse will be leading a hike for Warrior Hike next year. Jesse's story is a great, personal reminder of why Orion launched the Low to High Challenge to help Veterans through our partner non-profit Veteran organizations.

A huge THANK YOU to the sponsors that contributed to this event, including TiER One, Mojo Running, Johnson Orthodontics, Dingle House, Whole Foods Market, acxiom, Siesta Key Posse, Towne Centre Square, R.E. Middleton Construction LLC, Eldridge Roofing, Union Center Merchants Association, YELTON Fine Jewelers, LYKINS Energy Solutions, and Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School!

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

The next two 5K races to help support our Veteran non-profit organizations will be held Saturday, September 20th in Raleigh, NC and Virginia Beach, VA.

Learn more about the Veteran Low to High Challenge at

5K Warrior Run Austin Office Race

Orion’s second 5K race of the season for the Veteran Low to High Challenge was held on Saturday, September 13th in Austin, TX. The Austin Office’s Veteran Low to High Challenge – 5K Warrior Run had some struggles to contend with, including a weather report of light rain, high winds, and temperatures in the 60’s, and a very saturated market in terms of races, but was still able to pull off a fantastic event.

The office kept a positive attitude and pulled together as a team to raise $3,583.62 for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations, with more donations coming in this week! In all, 178 runners registered for the event!

Some highlights include the Kids K race, which was a fun event for all participants and spectators, organized race teams from sponsors Freescale Semiconductor and Bench Tree, and the recognition of SGT Villarreal, a reminder of why Orion has contributed so much effort to launch the Veteran Low to High Challenge and raise funds for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations.

Perhaps one of the best parts of the race was Orion’s own Emily Castro, who won the 5K overall and absolutely blew everyone out of the water with a time of 19 minutes! Way to go, Emily!

The Austin office and the rest of the Orion team would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Veteran Low to High Challenge – 5K Warrior Run, including Freescale Semiconductor, McDermott, Bench Tree, Pok-e-Jo’s, CLiF Kid, Alamo Drafthouse, Dunkin Donuts, Embassy Suites – Energy Corridor, H-E-B, Sir Speedy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Texas, and especially to Boca and Uncle Louie G’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream, who despite poor sales due to the weather, are still planning on sending in a flat donation.

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

The next two 5K races to help support our Veteran non-profit organizations will be held on Saturday, September 20th in Raleigh, NC and Virginia Beach, VA.

GI Jobs Article on Operations Management Features Orion Alumnus at Polaris

A June 2014 article in GI Jobs by Sarah Hodon focuses on Operations Manager careers and why they are such an excellent transition for veterans. Careers in Operations Management span all industries and ensure that the company "keep[s] their businesses running, with the right people doing the right jobs with the right equipment while delivering their products or services on time and at the right price."

Polaris, maker of off-road vehicles, including ATVs, motorcycles, and snowmobiles, is among the companies leveraging veteran talent among their ranks. “Our operations managers can support any piece of the company. Right now we’re filling a lot of these positions in our international groups, corporate procurement, sales and service, and the manufacturing side, where they’re focusing on things like lean," explains Amy Fossum, Staffing Manager at Polaris. She goes on to tell Hodon that Polaris hires veterans because they know how to lead, how to plan and conduct training, and they're adventurous.  

The article points out that not only does this career field offer great advancement opportunities and responsibility, but also excellent pay. Hodon cites stating that the average pay for operations managers in the U.S. is $80,339, and the top pay potential is well over $100,000. 

In addition to exploring what this career entails, the article also profiles veterans from various companies, including Orion alumnus Harrison Drapo, supervisor at Polaris. Drapo was hired by Polaris through Orion in November 2013. An Army Captain with five years of service, he describes his typical day as "mak[ing] sure the employees are happy, productive and keeping everything on track."  

Dalton Pierce, Director of Operations for Polaris’ Roseau, MN, manufacturing facility, explains that while military experience might help to set a veteran apart from other candidates or get the job, veterans should expect a learning curve. “Veterans are going to be looking at starting out behind their peers from an age group standpoint because they’ve spent the last three to four years defending their country, while their peers spent three to four years learning manufacturing,” Pierce states, “But in my experience, vets quickly outpace the typical college graduate."  

Careers in Operations Management offer great advancement, salary, and a diversity of responsibilities that can make every day on the job unique. To read Hodon's article and learn more about this career field, click here. To learn more about the Polaris Military Talent Program through Orion, and how you can become part of their team, click here.

EMCOR Group Partners with Orion International to Bring Careers to Veterans

EMCOR Group, a leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services, has partnered with Orion International, the nation’s largest military career placement firm, to offer jobs to Military Officers and Technicians in its search for great talent.

EMCOR is a Fortune 500 company with over 28,000 skilled employees, who have made the company, in the eyes of leading business publications, among the “World’s Most Admired” and the “Best Managed.” EMCOR represents a rare combination of broad reach with local execution, combining the strength of an industry leader with the knowledge and care of 170+ locations.
EMCOR has a strong commitment to the men and women that protect our country and it recognizes the value of leadership and technical skills military candidates have to offer. EMCOR has a long history of Veteran employees, including current President and CEO Tony Guzzi, a West Point graduate and Army Officer.
A position at EMCOR offers Veterans a rewarding career with significant responsibilities and substantial opportunities to make a genuine impact.
Military service members interested in learning more about EMCOR Group or a career with EMCOR can click here.

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 and Raleigh, NC 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.

We also invite you to view a pre-recorded webinar (username iprep, password: video) hosted by Brian Henry, Orion's VP of Officer Recruiting, which provides a detailed overview of the Account Executive position.

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - October 13 & 14 in San Diego, CA

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 San Diego, CA, on October 13 & 14, 2014. 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.


Shane Serafin, a former Navy Lieutenant and USNA graduate who found his career through a recent Orion DCC, explains why he feels the event was such a success: “An Orion Distinguished Candidate Conference is something that you don't want to miss. It is a golden opportunity to meet with several prospective employers all at once, all of them very high quality. And Orion prepares you well. I particularly liked the interview prep session during this conference. It helped me to tweak a few of my responses in a manner that paid major dividends during the interviews!


What do other candidates have to say about the caliber of our DCCs? Read on...


"Working with Orion International and attending their Distinguished Candidate Conference in Chicago was truly a great experience. When asked how the event could have been better, I honestly did not have an answer, because it was top notch all the way! Everything from the preparation to the event itself was nothing short of extraordinary. I highly recommend Orion to any JMO that is transitioning out of the military; they most certainly will not regret it!"


“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 October 27 & 28 in Chicago, IL. 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.

October 14, 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. 

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 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.

October 16, 2014
3:00 pm EDT - Register Now

Sales Overview and Preparation Seminar

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.

October 8, 2014
3:00 pm EDT - Register Now

LinkedIn for Military Professionals on October 7

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 October 21

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 November 11

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.

Using Social Media in Your Job Search on September 23

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.

According to Your Peers

“Bob Berkholz was my recruiter, and I couldn’t have asked for a better advocate and advisor. When I first started with Orion, I didn’t know what I wanted to do but he listened to my needs and gave me some good advice to consider, which focused my efforts on a particular plan and industry.

Everyone was professional, responded in a timely manner, and treated me as if I was their only priority, even though they’re constantly working with a multitude of people. You just can't go wrong with Orion!” – Derrick Chaney, Production Manager, Matheson Tri-Gas

“Orion was responsive, organized, and professional. Moreover, my recruiter actually listened to my needs and tailored the opportunities accordingly. The competition lagged behind Orion on all of these.

My recruiter Chris Hurst was wonderful. He definitely considered my career desires and my family circumstances. His actions and advice directly supported my goals.

Overall, Orion assisted both my husband and me in landing excellent jobs after transitioning out of the military. They were easy to work with and went the extra mile to ensure that we were prepared for all of our interviews. I felt like we were a team!” – Nicole Dusang, Sales Engineer, Greystone

“My advice for those transitioning out of the military is: ‘regardless of what job someone may choose, just understand that, like the military, it is that person’s career. Prepare for it wisely and diligently. Orion will give you one the opportunity but it is still up to the individual to make an impression.’ Orion was simply incredible is helping me attain this position. I am eternally grateful for their assistance.” – John Bond, Platform Manager, First Quality Retail Services

Read more testimonials from your fellow Military officers here.

Alumni Update: Jeff Moehling

U.S. Army Captain Jeff Moehling separated from service in June 2000 and began working with Orion International to find a civilian career. That partnership led to a position as a Sales Representative with Eli Lilly. The career match was an excellent one, and, in August 2014, Moehling celebrated his 14-year anniversary with the company.

After three years in his initial position, Moehling was promoted to Senior Sales Representative as a result of above average sales results and consistent leadership within his district. In May 2004, he was promoted to an associate role in Eli Lilly’s corporate office in Indianapolis, Indiana, and spent two years there as a Sales Training Associate. Following that, he was again promoted to a District Sales Manager position in Tyler, Texas, where he supervised ten sales representatives all over East Texas.

Then, in August 2009, Moehling made the decision to return to Austin and an Executive Sales Representative role in order to spend more time with his family and explore other outside interests. Moehling explains that doing so paid off, “I am now a father of two, and a three-time Ironman triathlon finisher!”

Moehling has some sage advice for veterans making the transition to a civilian career: "The best advice I can give to our transitioning military is to get any assistance you can, be patient, and have a lot of confidence in the value you can provide to future employers as a veteran. Whether you were enlisted or an officer, the experiences and training you have received will prove extremely valuable to civilian companies. The best soldiers are able to lead and motivate those around them, and I have yet to come across an executive that isn't looking for the future leaders of his/her company."

Although he is no longer in the Army, Moehling continues to connect with his fellow veterans through Orion’s Transition Corner. Through his profile on the site, he offers words of advice, describes his transition experience, and answers questions. Click here to read more of Moehling's advice and learn about his career path from Army Nurse Corps to Sales.

Careers with Polaris Industries

Orion is currently recruiting for careers with Polaris Industries, an American manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATV, and neighborhood electric vehicles. This is an outstanding opportunity for transitioning and former military to begin your civilian career with a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles, dedicated to continually improving the recreational riding experience.


  • Production Supervisor to Manufacturing Engineer (Development Program)
  • Quality Engineer
  • Project Engineer


  • Logistics Manager
  • Central Planning Manager
  • Senior Central Planner
  • Purchasing Lead


  • Production Supervisor
  • Bill of Materials Analyst
  • Plant Planner
  • Plant Scheduler

Click here to learn more or apply.

Sales Director Positions with First Data, a Global Payment Processing Company

Orion International is currently recruiting for a number of Sales Director positions with First Data, a global payment processing company and provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions. First Data has selected Orion as its partner as it seeks to fill positions throughout the U.S. with top Military talent, and we are pleased to offer these exciting opportunities to our job seekers.

Within a geographical region, the Sales Director is responsible for the execution of the sales strategy for merchant services; including credit, debit, check, and gift card processing solutions and products to regional and small businesses. Under the direction of the VP, this individual is to work with and develop Account Executives and Business Consultants in the achievement of the territory’s sales quota, effective pricing and margin sustainability, regional branch relationship and lead generation, and the acquisition, development and retention of productive sales talent. He or she will provide leadership and coaching for the team, roll out new product and program training, and provide field sales expertise as directed. This individual reports to the VP and counsels with them to develop and execute on revenue plans. The incumbent will achieve success only through the success of the overall team.  

Position Details

Locations: We are hiring for many locations in most states throughout the US. Please visit us online for a list of locations.

Travel: Around 50% overnight travel; typically from Tuesday-Thursday.

Salary: Compensation is $70k-$75k base, plus performance pay. Total annual compensation should exceed $150k.

Benefits: An excellent benefits package including Medical, Flex Spending Accounts, Dental, Vision, Health Advocate, Disability Benefits, Life & Accident Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Legal Plan, Business Travel Assistance, and full expense reimbursement.


  • Three to five years’ experience leading and motivating teams to exceed expectations.
  • Experience managing large geographic territories and partnerships.
  • Must have a proven record of developing and managing a staff to achieve and exceed their goals.
  • Ability to adapt and navigate through complex business issues in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
  • This individual must demonstrate prior experience in successfully selecting individual talent and integrating the individual talent into an effective team.
  • Must have a clean driving record.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be proficient with Microsoft based tools.
  • Knowledge and experience selling within the bankcard industry is a plus.  

Interview Details

September 22-23 – Chicago, IL  
September 24-26 – New York, NY  
September 30-October 1 – Los Angeles, CA

Click here to learn more.

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 hiring for Construction Superintendents / Builders.

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. Learn more about the position requirements.

We will be holding interviews for Builders in Houston, TX on September 30th.

Click here to learn more.

Sales Development Program with Siemens

Orion is currently recruiting for a large volume of positions across all segments of Siemens Corporation within the U.S. Over the last 20 years, Orion has placed more than 650 veterans into rewarding careers at Siemens. 

Specifically, Orion is recruiting for Siemens Sales Development Program (SPD) with openings in Pelham, AL (Birmingham), and Jackson, MS, for the services and solutions piece of the sales pipeline. In this position, you will be targeting business from existing buildings in the region, rather than new construction.

Your ability to learn and understand the technical aspects of Siemens building solutions will be addressed during your first 6 months in the program, working in the field daily. Sales skills along with the technical understanding are the focus of your development during the second six months of the program. Sales aptitude and attitude is a must and you should be looking at this opportunity to develop you future from the ground up.

Salary: $55,000 - $60,000 base + commission + car allowance


  • BS/BA or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of professional sales principles and skills
  • Demonstrates an excellent technical aptitude
  • Must have excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability and desire to understand and execute sales plans

Click here to learn more or apply.

Medical Device Sales Careers 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.

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. 

Click here to learn more or apply.

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:

  • Production Supervisor

Click here to learn more.

Engineer Careers with Whirlpool

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2013, 69,000 employees, and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.

Orion is currently recruiting for a number of Engineering and Technician positions with Whirlpool, a leading household appliance manufacturer. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with a globally recognized company in the manufacturing industry.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Utilities Engineer
  • Assembly Engineer
  • Project Engineer – Strategic Planning
  • Project Engineer – Quality

Put your military skills to work at a company that respects your leadership experience. As a values-based company, Whirlpool Corporation supports military veterans through employment opportunities, employee resource groups and a strong commitment to social causes that provide home appliances to severely disabled veterans. We offer competitive compensation, generous Reserve and Guard Member benefits and a variety of career paths with meaningful work that allow you to grow and be a part of a company whose brands can be found in nearly 80% of all American homes.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Engineer and Management 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.

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. Want to hear about the experience of an Orion alumnus? Check out what a USMC Pilot has to say about his new career as an Industrial Engineer with Michelin here.

Engineering & Operations Management Positions with Honeywell

Orion is currently recruiting for a number of operations management and engineering positions with Honeywell. This is your chance to begin your career with an outstanding company, named on the Fortune 100. Positions include:

Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies:

  • Field Service & Installation Supervisor
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Mechanical Engineer

Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions

  • Field Service Specialists
  • Warehouse Lead
  • Warehouse Supervisor

Click here to apply or 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
  • Completions Engineer
  • Project Field Scheduler
  • Project Planner 
  • Project Lead Planner
  • Plant Operator
  • Network Analyst
  • Rotating Equipment Supervisor

Click here to learn more or apply.

Sales Engineer Careers with Nalco

Orion is currently recruiting veterans with an interest in sales for careers with Nalco, the world's leading water treatment and process improvement company. Headquartered in Naperville, IL, Nalco has manufacturing facilities, technical centers, and offices throughout the world meaning Nalco employees have access to job opportunities with global mobility.

The locations are as follows:

  • West - Los Angeles
  • South East - Jacksonville FL, Tampa FL, Pensacola FL
  • Midwest - Chicago, Sioux City/Northeast Nebraska, Stevens Point/Wausau WI, Quad Cities/Peru IL, Evansville, IN
  • Northeast - Central PA, Syracuse NY, Rochester NY
  • South Central - Amarillo TX, Shreveport LA, Little Rock AR, Central/Southern MS


Target $55K - $65K base salary with a 20% bonus structure for reaching annual financial goal. Additional incentives offered to those who exceed annual targets. So for just hitting their minimum gates, you will make $66-78k in your first year. However, if you hit the territory running, you can make more in commissions than that. In the second year, you should be making $90K plus.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a science or technical field. Technical experience from the military with a "soft" degree will be acceptable in some instances.
  • Technical experience
  • Sales Experience
  • Strong leadership and relationship building skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, and problem solving skills

Click here to learn more or apply.

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!

Northern NJ

Providence, RI


Chicago, IL DCC

October 27 - 28


Raleigh, NC

Atlanta, GA

September 22 - 23

October 27 - 28

South Central  

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

September 21 - 22

October 26 - 27


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA DCC

Seattle, WA

September 18 - 19

October 13 - 14

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.


San Diego

Camp Lejeune

Fort Hood

Virginia Beach

San Diego

San Diego

Camp Lejeune

Twentynine Palms

Fort Carson

Fort Bragg

San Diego

Kings Bay

Camp Pendleton

San Diego


San Diego

   September 24

   September 24

   September 25

   September 30

   October 1

   October 8

   October 8

   October 10

   October 14 - 15

   October 15

   October 15

   October 22

   October 22

   October 22

   October 23

   October 29

Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion

Did you know that Orion candidates have earned $19,200 in referral bonuses so far in 2014?

For every job seeker you refer to us who is subsequently placed by Orion, we will give you a $100 gift card to a retailer of your choice!

It's simple - just click here to refer a friend. 30 seconds of your time could be $100 in your pocket!

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