The Hunter for Military Officers - April 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Orion Founding Partner Randy H. Nelson on His New Book, The Second Decision

On Friday, March 6th, Randy H. Nelson stopped by Orion International’s headquarters in Cary, NC, to speak about his book, The Second Decision, that came out last month, as well as to sign copies. Randy was a founding partner of Orion International and led the way for many of the business systems and procedures that the company uses today.

Randy spoke briefly about his vision of forming Orion International with four other former Junior Military Officers, relating the tremendous growth that the company saw within the first couple of years. Today, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Randy and his business partners, Orion International has grown into five offices and has placed over 33,000 veterans into civilian careers. Read more about Orion International’s history here.

He then went on to speak about his book, which addresses the second part, or “second decision”, of becoming an entrepreneur.  He explained that while it is easy to begin a business, running a successful business requires extensive business knowledge and decision-making processes, posing the question, “Do you have what it takes to run a business?”

Randy H. Nelson reads an excerpt from his book at Orion's headquarters in Cary, NC

Randy finished his talk with a call to action to become more self-aware, especially in the area of knowledge. “Always keep learning,” he stated, “and when you think you’ve learned it all – start again.”

The Second Decision is available for purchase here. You can learn more about Randy Nelson and his story on his website.

Orion International on LinkedIn

Did you know that there are nearly 11,000 of your colleagues following Orion on LinkedIn? Join them now, and you’ll not only get Orion updates, but you’ll also have access to our Careers page, listing some of our newest opportunities for transitioning veterans.

If you’re not already on LinkedIn, you should be! Having a professional profile on LinkedIn is an important step for job seekers. Not only does it make you visible to recruiters, but it also enables you to search jobs through pages like our Careers page. Learn more about leveraging LinkedIn here.

See you online!

The Most Memorable Job Interview Mistakes

Recently, Careerbuilder released the results from a survey of more than 2,000 HR professionals and hiring managers on the interview process. Of those surveyed, nearly half said that they can tell within the first five minutes of an interview whether or not the person is worthy of the position. In addition, 90 percent stated that they have made up their mind about the person within 15 minutes of the interview.
 
While this may sound discouraging, take note from the interview mistakes below of those who most certainly did not get the job, according to those surveyed:

  • Candidate thought it appropriate to sit in a yoga pose during the interview.
  • Candidate brought their dog to the interview.
  • Candidate hugged the president of the company.
  • Candidate said they didn't like getting up early and didn't like to read.
  • Candidate said he had to quit his banking position because he was tempted to steal.
  • Candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.
  • Candidate called in sick to her current employer, faking an illness.
  • Candidate stated that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.
  • Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.
  • Candidate said he didn't want the job if he had to work a lot.
  • Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from her vendors at her current job.
  • Candidate wouldn't answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.
  • Candidate denied he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing from his briefcase.
  • Candidate reached over and put his hand on the interviewer's knee.

Keep in mind that body language has a huge impact on how you come across in an interview as well. Don’t play with your hair or face, and don’t have a handshake that is either too strong or weak.

If you are nervous about making a good impression at your own interviews, Orion offers outstanding interview preparation resources in the Transition Corner. From there, you can learn about the different types of interviews, review sample interview questions, and learn more about common interview mistakes.

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; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC and Austin, TX 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 - May 4 & 5 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 4 & 5, 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.

Career Opportunities with SpaceX

SpaceX is actively recruiting for a large number of positions across company divisions and locations in the United States.

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Today, SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft in-house from the ground up. The company has more than 3,000 employees at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California; launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas; and offices in Houston, Texas; Chantilly, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.

Opportunities at SpaceX

SpaceX currently employs more than 300 veterans and is seeking Military Officers for the following positions in Hawthorne, CA:             

  • Integration & Test Engineer
  • Production Control Scheduler
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Purchasing Manager

Application & Interview Details

Interviews for Engineering positions will take place at the following locations and dates:

March 21st - Los Angeles, CA

Click here to learn more or apply.

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 14, 2015
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 16, 2015
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.

April 15, 2015
3:00 PM EDT - Register Now


LinkedIn for Military Professionals on April 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 April 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 April 14

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 March 24

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

“Todd Phillip's team of professionals went above and beyond to help place me successfully in my new career. Orion helped to develop my resume, prepare me for commonly asked interview questions, and understand different interview styles. One of Todd's staff members, Josh Williamson, conducted a mock interview with me, aiding in the development of my responses to interview questions, and in practicing my presentation.

Finding and choosing a new career is a difficult task, but Orion was with me throughout the entire process, to include now. Todd placed me in front of several companies he felt that I was a strong candidate for, considering my qualifications. Thanks to his team's efforts, I performed very well in my interviews and received a lot of positive feedback from the companies. Additionally, their efforts to ensure my success didn't stop after they abetted me to get an interview. Todd's staff assisted me to prepare for second round interviews, reviewed each interview with me, supported me in negotiating the official job offer, and gave advice as to how to deal with multiple companies being interested.

I am now a Shift Operations Team Leader with ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Company as a direct result of Orion International's recruiting expertise. I highly recommend Orion International, specifically Todd Phillips and his recruiting team, to all transitioning military in their search and transition to their next career.” – David Rand, Shift Operations Team Leader, ThyssenKrupp

“The experienced professionals at Orion were a great team to have in my corner as I made the stressful transition to the civilian world. They bridge a lot of gaps between the job seeker and the segment of the corporate world that eagerly wants military-grade talent among their ranks. Thanks to them, I have secured a future of being able to provide well for my family.” – Andrew Phillips, Test Engineer, EnergySolutions

“It has been about 90 days since arriving to Valmont and I could not be happier. The job is awesome, the people are all true professionals, the business climate and atmosphere is outstanding, and the future of the company could not get any better! I could not be happier with everything that happened at the Baltimore Conference and Orion in general. From start to finish the representatives from Orion were outgoing and truly cared about my success. The transition from military to civilian leadership is probably one of the most difficult you will undertake – don't make it harder than you have to – go with Orion!” -  Bryan Carroll, Sales, Valmont

Read more testimonials from your fellow Military officers 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 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.

Careers with Hershey

Orion has partnered with The Hershey Company, the #1 Chocolate Maker in the country, to offer outstanding career opportunities for Officers and NCOs with degrees seeking a rewarding career after the military. We are currently recruiting for Production Supervisors.

We are holding interviews for these positions on an ongoing basis, so please apply now to be considered.

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 large volume of technical, engineering, operations, sales and project management positions for Honeywell within the U.S. Since the late 1990s, Orion has placed hundreds of military veterans into rewarding careers with Honeywell. Today, the Orion-Honeywell program continues to grow and expand, and we are seeking outstanding Military Officers to join the Honeywell team.

Honeywell's global customers, broad range of industries and innovative technologies combine to offer you dynamic career opportunities with tremendous growth potential in more than 100 countries worldwide. Your career path with us can encompass diverse, challenging assignments that span product lines, job types, businesses and countries.

We will be holding interviews on the following dates and locations:

March 23rd - San Diego, CA
March 24th - Shreveport, LA
March 25th - Virginia Beach, VA
March 26th - Chicago, IL
March 27th - Jacksonville, FL

Click here to apply or learn more.

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!
 
 
Northeast  

Philadelphia, PA (DCC)

Midwest  

Chicago, IL

April 26 - 27

Southeast  

Jacksonville, FL

Atlanta, GA

March 23 - 24

April 27 - 28

South Central  

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

April 12 - 13

May 17 - 18

West  

Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

March 26 - 27

April 12 - 13

May 7 - 8

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.

 

Kings Bay/Mayport

Fort Knox

Fort Campbell

Fort Carson

Fort Hood

JB Lewis-McChord/Bremerton/Everett

Camp Lejeune

Norfolk

Virginia Beach

   March 24 - 25

   April 1

   April 2

   April 2

   April 7

   April 14 - 16

   April 15

   April 22

   April 23

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

Did you know that Orion candidates have earned $7,800 in referral bonuses in 2015?

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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