The Hunter for Military Officers - December 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 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 we appreciate each and every contribution. To make your donation event 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! We will be accepting donations through December 15, 2014. Donate now.

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge occurred in October, when our team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors hiked from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, a trek which spanned 7 days and 120+ miles. Read the full week's events here. It is our goal to gain national recognition for our Partner Organizations and raise $100K+ by completing the Low to High Challenge.

Orion International Attends Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Gala

Orion International attended the 6th Annual Greenwich Event College for their Children, a Salute to America’s Special Operations Forces Gala hosted by the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation in Riverside, CT, on Saturday, November 15th.

The gala was hosted by Colonel (Ret) Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient, with a presentation of the Patriot Award by Fallen Patriots scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, who lost his father, Senior Chief SEAL Dan Healy, during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, which has since been told in the book and film Lone Survivor. Learn more about Jacob's story.

Jacob Centeno Healy, featured speaker and Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation scholarship recipient

The recipient of this year’s Patriot Award was Admiral William H. McRaven, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Admiral McRaven previously served from June 2008 to August 2011 as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and from June 2006 to March 2008 as Commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). In addition to his duties as COMSOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC), where he was charged with enhancing the capabilities and inter-operability of all NATO Special Operations Forces.

Admiral William McRaven, recipient of the Patriot Award

The gala also featured dinner and a live auction, with $2,617,104 raised to help support fallen military members and their children through the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Due to all of the generous donations made in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge and its Partner Veteran Organizations, Orion International proudly presented a check for $25,000 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation during the gala.

From left: Orion team members Jay Diller, Molly Moore, Kayla Burns, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Executive Director John Coogan, Orion team members Meredith Guenther, Todd Phillips

Orion Account Executive Jay Diller (right), with Wes Greene, son of LTC David Greene, killed in action. Wes and his sister, Jenna, along with their mother shared a table with Orion team members during the gala. Wes and his sister are both currently enrolled in college due to the assistance of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and have attended the annual gala for the past four years.

Orion International is proud to be able to give back to a foundation that makes a real difference in the lives of military families. If you would like to help others like Jacob, Wes, and Jenna, please donate here.

Interview with Orion President Mike Starich, Veteran Low to High Challenge Hike Participant

Last month, a team of Orion employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors hiked from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney. The trek covered 120+ miles, with a 14,787 elevation change. Read the full week’s events of the hike here.

The Hunter interviewed Mike Starich, President of Orion International and member of Team One from the Veteran Low to High Challenge hike, to get an insider’s view of the daunting, but otherwise inspiring week on the trails. Check out his responses below:
Why was that specific route (Death Valley → Mount Whitney) chosen?
“I was looking to have an event of note to draw attention to our charitable effort this year towards veterans. Another Centre portfolio company CEO had organized a trip to Kilimanjaro. That was a great idea, but I knew that for our first big effort, we would likely need to keep it domestic rather than international. Then last fall, an old idea emerged to me. Long ago, an old Marine Corps friend of mine and I had mused about trekking from the lowest point in the lower 48 states to the highest point as a means of testing ourselves. When I ran the idea by some Orion folks, most, if not all, were excited about the idea. So, the Low to High Challenge was born.”
Why did you decide personally to take on the challenge?
“I enjoy challenging myself and enjoy the outdoors. To me, this event was a good combination of those two, plus tying in our company and the charity event.”
How did you prepare for the hike?
“I did months of training - running, strength-training, long hikes with a pack, and hours of stair-climber work, since there are few hills near my home to train on. Then there was the equipment and ensuring that was all in order with that. Then, of course, there was all of the logistical prep that so many people helped with. In retrospect, post-trip, I needed to do more of an honest assessment of the challenges. Though I knew and we all knew it was going to be extremely challenging, the Low to High Challenge hike still was a notch or two above that.” 
What was the biggest challenge of the hike?
“Being on Team One, it was the climb up the north side of Mill Canyon at the dry waterfall. There were others, as well – the Day One ascent of Telescope Ridge; the 28 mile Death March through Panamint Valley; after the cliff rescue, the long climb out of Mill Canyon at night; the long hike and ascent up to Cerro Gordo; and finally the two days of ascent between Lone Pine and the summit of Mount Whitney. The Mount Whitney final ascent day was at least 6,100 feet of total elevation gain and 21.4 miles round trip, so it was extremely challenging as well mostly due to the issues associated with altitude.” View a full course map.
What did you find the most rewarding part of the hike?
“The summit of Mount Whitney and seeing the team make it after so much effort and overcoming so many obstacles along the way.”
What surprised you most about the hike?
“There were a bunch of lessons learned, here are some:
  • I should have done a physical recon ahead of time to assess the road conditions and also to assess the suspected difficult spots along the trek – there were many.
  • I should have set higher standards regarding the training, and emphasized the extreme difficulties more.
  • Communications: I should have emphasized cross-training more on the radios / satellite phones. A further issue for me as a leader was ensuring good communication between Team One and Team Two. It just was not up to standard, and caused some tough issues for Team Two to deal with that could have been avoided.
  • Each night prior, analyze the route for the most difficult spots; if there is even a small chance of requiring a rope, bring the rope.
  • When in Death Valley, bring more water/electrolytes than you think you will need.
I am sure there are others, but those are the big ones.”
Would you complete this trek again (or something similar)?
“I would likely not do it again, but only because I have already done it. Will I continue with more trekking and climbing? Absolutely. This experience will inform the next adventures.”

“Overall, I view the trip as a significant achievement. In the end, it was highly demanding, treacherous, exhausting, and for me, humbling. Death Valley, the Panamint Mountains and Valley, the Inyo Mountains and Mount Whitney pounded us. It delivered more difficulties than I expected. Was it worth the effort? For me, it was. I personally observed people handling the extreme and often unexpected difficulties with matter-of-factness, humor and guts.  I am proud to have been a part of it.”
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Veteran Low to High Challenge Hike! Your dedication and perseverance is a testimony to those military members who serve and have served our nation.
While the journey from Death Valley to Mount Whitney has ended, we continue in our efforts to raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014 through the Veteran Low to High Challenge for our partner organizations. We will continue to accept donations through December 15, 2014. Donate to our Veterans.
We have held 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; and Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA. The 5Ks have already raised $39,869.62 for our partner organizations, with over 700 runners participating!
Learn more about the Veteran Low to High Challenge at

Orion International’s Final 5K in San Diego for the Veteran Low to High Challenge

Orion International’s San Diego office wrapped up the final Veteran Low to High Challenge – Warrior Tribute 5K to benefit our partner Veteran organizations earlier this month. The office raised a total of $14,837 to date, and expects that number to rise over the $15,000 mark over the coming weeks. Over 200 runners participated in the event.

Highlights from the event included Medal of Honor recipient John Baca kicking off the race as the official starter and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton signing autographs and posing for photos with race participants. The San Diego Padres’ mascot, the Swinging Friar, and the Pad Squad were also in attendance, posing for photos and helping to motivate the crowd prior to the start of the race.

Representing one of our partner Veteran organizations, Operation Military Embrace, Sgt. Eric Morante participated in the 5K. Seven years ago, while with Fox Company 2/7 in Iraq, Eric and his squad were hit by a suicide bomber.

Also in attendance was Chelsea Healy, sister to scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, who spoke on behalf of her family and the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, another of our partner Veteran organizations. Jacob and Chelsea lost their father, Senior Chief SEAL Dan Healy, during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan.

After the race, race sponsor Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company – Liberty Station hosted an after party to celebrate the 239th birthday of the Marine Corps.

Orion International and the San Diego office would like to thank everyone involved in making the Warrior Tribute 5K a success, including Benchmark Mortgage, San Diego Harley-Davidson, SpaceX, NRG Home, JLL, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge – San Diego County Chapter, Mossy Automotive, Mimi’s Kitchen, San Diego Padres, Hooters, Digital Art Supplies, Custom Logos, Road ID, and Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company – Liberty Station. We appreciate your support!

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veteran 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.

With the completion of the 5K races, we have raised a total of $54,706 for our partner Veteran organizations, with 995 runners participating! Thank you to all those who participated and donated!

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 - March 2 & 3 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 2 & 3, 2015. 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. If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please click here.

Military Professionals Webinar Series

Military Officer Transition Program Webinars

Whether you have two years or two weeks before you transition from Active Duty, there are many steps you can take prior to your separation date that will position you for success as you transition into the civilian workforce. Our Military Officer Transition Program is designed to put your preparation "things to do list" into a logical sequence that you can complete as you approach your separation.  Our goal is to minimize the stress you may have about changing careers by giving you all the tools you need to be 100% ready to interview before you enter into the 90-day window leading up to your terminal leave.

You will receive a monthly email from us guiding you to a suggested webinar, reading, or activity for that month.  These emails will be sent based on your Earliest Start Date in our records.   If your timeline changes, be sure to let us know so we can update our records! Update your Earliest Start Date and other contact information by logging in here.

All of the training materials included in the program are organized and accessible on our Military Officer Transition Program webpage. To get started, please visit and review our Transition Program Timeline, and note where you fall in our suggested timeline. 

In addition, we’d like to invite you to register for our upcoming webinars:

Career Transition Seminar

This webinar is designed to be one of your very first steps in preparing for your transition into the civilian workplace. Learn about current job market conditions, and the industries and positions in which transitioning Military Officers typically excel. Get tips and advice about your transition, steps you can take to make yourself most marketable, and the best timeline for finding your civilian career.

December 2, 2014
3:00 pm EST - Register Now

Resume Writing Seminar

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

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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.

December 4, 2014
3:00 PM EST 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.

December 3, 2014
3:00 pm EST - Register Now

LinkedIn for Military Professionals on December 2

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 December 16

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 December 9

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 November 25

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.

Careers for Military Officers with EMCOR Group, Inc.

Orion is assisting EMCOR Group, Inc. in its search for great talent. EMCOR has a strong commitment to the men and women that protect our country and it recognizes the value of the leadership and technical skills military candidates have to offer. EMCOR has a long history of Veteran employees, including current President & CEO Tony Guzzi, a West Point graduate and Army Officer.

EMCOR is a Fortune 500 company and leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services. The 28,000+ skilled employees of EMCOR have made the company, in the eyes of leading business publications, among the "World's Most Admired" and "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.

At EMCOR Group, you'll have more than a job. You'll have the opportunity for a rewarding career with significant responsibilities and substantial opportunities to make a genuine impact. You'll also get outstanding health and other benefits, while working in a military-friendly environment. So join EMCOR, the force for "Building, Powering, Servicing and Protecting."

Click here to learn more

According to Your Peers

“Orion is head and shoulders above its competitors that I’ve worked with. This is my second job search conducted through Orion over a ten year period (using one of Orion’s competitors both times), and each time Orion prepared me better, presented better opportunities, and ultimately got me placed into positions I was far more excited about than any opportunity presented by Orion’s competition.

From helping to refine my resume to presenting the opportunities best suited to my background and skill set, Orion’s recruiting professionals exceeded my personal expectations (and far exceeded the performance of competing military placement firms). I am very excited about the position I’ve accepted as the result of working with Orion.  It’s an amazing opportunity that I would not have found on my own.” – Carl Jarvis, Account Manager, CD-adapco

“Todd Phillips far exceeded my expectations as my recruiter. He was always available, and always kept me up to date with what was going on and coaching me along the way. I was put in front of some great companies and interviewed for roles that definitely fit my strengths and what I was looking for in my transition.

I have and will continue to recommend Orion International to all of my fellow service members as they make their transition to civilian life!” – Jonathan Mathers, Zone Training & Safety Manager, Nestle Waters

“When considering my transition out of the military, I was hesitant to leave the job security and benefits that came with being an Army Captain until I began looking into the services that Orion International provides. I worked with my recruiter, Todd Phillips, to get an idea of the job market throughout the Midwest and where my professional and personal goals could fit in. Todd helped me with interview preparation, company research, and an honest opinion about each job opening he shared with me.

Orion does an amazing job of selling the idea of hiring military leaders to prospective employers. Because of Todd's help and Orion's devotion to place qualified military leaders in key roles, I was hired as a production supervisor for a rapidly growing company with amazing benefits and endless room for the career progression of my choice.” – Nathan Dustman, Production Supervisor, Polaris Industries

Read more testimonials from your fellow Military officers here.

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.  

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.

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.

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 Aerospace

  • Workflow Specialist

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.
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Northern NJ


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Chicago, IL

December 7 - 8


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Atlanta, GA

December 8 - 9

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Houston, TX

Houston, TX

December 7 - 8


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Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

December 7 - 8

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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.


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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!

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