Friday, May 1, 2015
10 Steps to Acing a Phone Interview
For many veterans interviewing for careers in the civilian sector, the transition involves phone interviews in addition to face-to-face. This type of interview presents special challenges in that you cannot read body language and it can be more difficult to make a connection with your interviewer(s). Often, phone interviews are used for initial screening of candidates, but in a very global job market, they are also increasingly being used to save time and money by interviewing candidates where they are as opposed to flying them out for a first interview. Below are some tips on how to prepare for and ace your phone interview:
Make sure you will be using a high-quality phone! The last thing you need is for the call to drop or for the interviewer to hear every other word. Often times, a land line may be the best bet, due to its lack of reception issues.
Turn off call-waiting. Hearing that beep in the middle of a sentence can throw you off-track and sounds like a sudden silence to those on the other end.
Schedule the call for a time when you can be alone in the quiet. While this one is obvious, it bears mentioning. If you are not the one to schedule the call, try to find someone who can help you establish a quiet environment while you’re on the call.
Dress like you would for a face-to-face interview. Even though your interviewer(s) won’t see you, you’ll portray confidence if you’ve dressed for the part. Interviewing in pajamas may sound comfortable but that laid-back apparel could translate into a blasé attitude.
Have a glass of water. This will help if you get nervous and your mouth dries up or you keep clearing your throat.
Create a crib sheet. The benefit of a phone interview is that the interviewer(s) can’t see your notes, so create a list of questions and insights. Just be careful not to sound as if you’re reading it.
Have your resume in front of you. This will help you easily refer to your specific skills and direct your interviewers to certain information.
Smile! It will translate in your voice.
Ask for the job. Just as you would in a face-to-face interview, close the interview by reaffirming your interest in the job and asking what the next steps are.
Say thank you! Once you’ve confirmed next steps, thank the interviewers for their time and consideration, both verbally and then in writing.
Phone interviews may present unique challenges, but with the right preparation, they can be an excellent step on your way to being employed! Click here to learn more about interviews.
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A Guide to Civilian Benefits: An Important Part of any Job Offer
Transitioning from the military to a civilian employer involves changes in almost every aspect of your career. This is particularly true when it comes to the benefits package you can expect to receive. In addition to salary, a company’s benefit package is a key component to an overall job package, and the more information you have when considering an offer, the better decision you can make.
Below is an overview on typical benefits packages in the types of companies in which we usually place our candidates. This information is not all-inclusive, but it is intended to highlight the most common benefit options provided by employers today.
Vacation, Holidays and Time Off
On average, you can expect to accrue vacation and sick days on a per month basis, with most companies offering 7-14 days vacation a year.
In addition to vacation days, most companies also observe certain standard national holidays throughout the year, to include the following:
New Years Day
4th of July
Health Insurance Plans
Health Insurance is a very important component of a company’s benefit package. There are a number of different types of health insurance plans available in Corporate America, and it can be somewhat confusing for transitioning military officers accustomed to the military’s TRICARE system.
When you are evaluating a company’s health insurance plan, there are three critical components that you should understand: the type of plan (PPO or HMO), premiums, and co-pays. The overall cost of different healthcare plans can vary widely, and the plan that is best for you will depend on your individual situation and a careful cost/benefit analysis.
In addition to Health Insurance, your employer will probably offer an additional plan for Dental and/or Vision coverage that you may elect to purchase for yourself and/or your dependents. Most companies offer two types of relatively inexpensive disability insurance, Short Term Disability Insurance and Long Term Disability Insurance, as well.
Other Civilian Benefits – Retirement, Relocation, Bonuses and More
A 401(k) is the most common type of retirement savings program offered by companies, and has all but replaced the traditional pension plan. A 401(k) is an employer-sponsored retirement plan that allows a worker to save for retirement while deferring income tax on the saved money and earnings until withdrawal. The employee elects to have a portion of his or her wages paid directly, or "deferred", into his or her 401(k) account. There are maximum contribution limits. For 2014, the maximum contribution to a 401(k) is limited to $17,500 for individuals under the age of 50. Some companies will match a percentage of your contributions to your 401(k) program.
Companies typically offer relocation assistance on a case-by-case basis. If a company offers a relocation package, it will come in the form of either a relocation bonus or they will take care of moving your household goods, similar to a military PCS move. If you receive a relocation bonus, the amount will vary depending on the company, the position you are hired for, and the physical distance involved in the move. Relocation assistance can significantly add to the overall value of an offer.
Bonuses can significantly increase the value of your overall compensation package. You may a signing or performance bonus depending on how your individual compensation package is structured. Bonuses are typically taxed at a higher rate than your normal wages.
Some companies may offer tuition reimbursement for college or graduate school classes. Typically, there is a limited amount of assistance available. Additionally, most companies require that classes taken apply directly to your position or the industry in general.
Company Car or Car Allowance
Most sales positions that involve a significant amount of driving (such as pharmaceutical and medical device companies) provide either a company car or a monthly car allowance as part of your overall compensation package. A company car or allowance can add seven to ten thousand dollars to the overall value of your offer.
Employee Stock Plans
There are three primary stock option plans that companies may offer as part of an overall compensation package: Employee Stock Option Plans, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), and Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPPs). Each is different and offers unique advantages. All three can add significantly to the overall value of an offer.
For more information on these benefits, click here or speak with your Orion recruiter.
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Career Opportunities Within Orion
Semiconductor Field Service Careers with GLOBALFOUNDRIES
Orion is currently hiring for many technical Semiconductor positions in Malta, NY with GLOBALFOUNDREIS. More than 1800 Veterans have found their civilian careers in the Semiconductor Industry through Orion, with great success. We are currently recruiting for a large number of positions in Malta, NY, in support of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 8, positioned to become the world’s most advanced semiconductor production facility. Fab 8 is the fastest growing location for the industry within the US, with years of future growth and development planned.
We are currently hiring for several technical positions, including:
- Test Technicians
- Instrumentation & Controls Technicians
- Facilities Technicians (Ultra-Pure Water and Waste Water Treatment)
- Military veterans with strong technical skills
- Electronics, electrical or nuclear background, with extensive hands-on experience
- Excellent troubleshooting skills, clear and concise communication skills
- Be able to read schematics and / or mechanical drawings
- Must be willing to work a variety of schedules
- Must have a valid driver's license
We are holding weekly interviews for these positions. If selected to interview, your travel and lodging will be paid.
Click here to learn more and apply to be considered for an upcoming interview.
Technician Careers 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 top talent for the following positions in McGregor, TX and Hawthorne, CA:
- Composites Technician
- Structures Technician
- Avionics Harness Technician
- NDT Technician
- Propulsion Technician
- Structures Technician
We are seeking transitioning Military Technicians with the following backgrounds:
- Aircraft Electricians
- Aviation Structural Mechanics
- Aviation Propulsion Mechanics
- Hull Technicians
- CNC Machinists
- Navy Nuclear Technicians of any background
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Careers with Sun Chemical
Orion is currently recruiting for a number of careers with Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments and a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets including electronic materials, functional and specialty coatings, brand protection and product authentication technologies.
Opportunities at Sun Chemical
Sun Chemical actively recruits for a variety of positions applicable for veterans, including, but not limited to:
- Printing Ink Technician
- Inplant Supervisor
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Technician and Maintenance Careers with Owens Corning
Orion is currently recruiting for Technician and Maintenance careers with Owens Corning, a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements, and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune 500 company for 55 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability through delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives.
We are currently recruiting for these positions in Kearny, NJ, and will be holding interv onsite on Monday, April 20th.
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Service Technician Careers with Atlas Copco Compressors
Orion is currently recruiting for Service Technician careers with Atlas Copco Compressors, a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions for 140 years. Atlas Copco currently has around 40,000 employees located in 90 countries around the world, with approximately 4,000 people all across the US. They do business in more than 170 countries and have annual revenues of over $14 billion. Atlas Copco has been named as one of the world’s most sustainable companies eight times by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
As a Service Technician, you will be responsible for traveling to customer sites to perform routine, preventative maintenance and repairs on oil injected and oil-free air compressors.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Performing diagnostics on malfunctioning compressors, determining possible causes for malfunctions, and performing repairs as suggested by diagnostics and assessment
- Following preventative maintenance and repairs tests and documenting the proper operating parameters of the compressor
- Promoting and practicing proper safety procedures and the correct use of personal protective equipment at all times
- Providing a high level of customer service, responding to customer needs and working to satisfy customer expectations
- Serving as an ambassador for the company, promoting the Atlas Copco "Way"
- Developing a rapport with customers through effective communication, interpersonal skills, and professionalism
Locations: Fremont, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Oxnard, CA; McCarren, TX; Boston, MA; Milwaukee, WI.
Salary: Compensation is $18-$24+/hr, depending on experience, certifications, licenses, education, and location. This is a "salary plus" position, meaning that you will be paid for 40 hours. If you work over 40 hours, it is overtime paid at time and a half. If you work on Saturday, it is at time and a half for the first eight hours and then double time for anything over eight hours. Sunday and holidays are double time.
Benefits: Atlas Copco provides annual performance based and base pay increases. A company vehicle and gas is provided, with an approximate $75 a day per diem for overnight travel. A tool box bonus of $200 is provided every other year, and a safety boot bonus of up to $150 is provided every year.
- Four-plus years of technical experience maintaining and repairing various types of mechanical and electrical equipment
- Documented classroom and practical application training in mechanical and/or electrical field
- Demonstrated expertise in the maintenance, overhaul, and repair of a wide variety of industrial equipment to include hydraulics and compressors
- Validated electrical background, experience with VSD, controllers, and motor controls
- Should have computer skills sufficient enough to be used for communication, research, work orders and programming various controllers for machines that will be worked on
- Must be able self-manage and be organized to get jobs completed in a timely fashion
- Exceptional communication and customer service skills
- Willing to travel out of town to perform work
- Availability for 24-hour emergency calls
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
- Must have an acceptable credit history/record in order to obtain company credit card
- Bi-lingual is a plus
- Technicians are required to provide basic tools (screwdrivers, ratchets, sockets, wrenches, pliers, hammer, flashlight, multi-meter etc.) Specialty tools and replacement tools will be provided.
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Careers with Phillips 66
Orion is recruiting for a large number of technical positions with Phillips 66, an advantaged downstream energy company. This opportunity is brought to military veterans exclusively through Orion. Phillips 66 seeks strong former Military candidates with great leadership, solid education, great technical skills and relatable experience.
Please click here for more information.
Google Project Opportunities through Adecco
Orion is currently recruiting for Field Operations positions (Associate, Specialist, Team Lead) with Adecco, in support of Google projects. You will have the opportunity to work on project teams that are developing new technologies. This is your chance to begin your career with one of the world's most recognized and respected companies. We are currently hiring in support of Project Indoor Maps (the next generation of Google Maps), Project Loon (high altitude solar powered WiFi balloons).
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Careers for Military Technicians 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."
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Careers with Covanta
Orion is currently recruiting for careers with Covanta Energy Corporation. Covanta is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
We are recruiting for technical, engineering, supervisory, management, plant maintenance, and operational roles across Covanta's more than 40 facilities.
Specific positions include:
- Maintenance Supervisor
- Residue Manager
- Environmental Compliance Specialist
- Assistant Control Room Operator
- Shift Supervisor
- Instrumentation and Controls Technician
- Auxiliary Operator
- Electrical and Instrumentation Supervisor
Covanta has facilities in 18 US states: NJ, NY, CT, MA, ME, PA, VA, MD, FL, OK, AL, CA, OR, WA, HI, MN, MI, IN. Covanta's geographic footprint across North America offers a myriad of employment and growth opportunities for eligible veterans. Click here for an interactive map showing Covanta's facilities.
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Maintenance Technician Positions with Honda
Orion International is currently recruiting for Maintenance Technician positions with Honda, a worldwide automotive manufacturer. Founded in 1948, Honda also produces power sports products including motorcycles, scooters, and all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products including lawnmowers, tillers, string trimmers, snow blowers, generators, small displacement general-purpose engines, and marine outboard engines.
- Perform maintenance for shift / production needs and report to the Maintenance Service Team / Shift Leader
- Maintain production equipment in a safe and efficient manner to ensure equipment meets / exceeds requirements.
- Respond to and perform all phases of installation and/or troubleshooting and repair of equipment downtime issues.
- Perform daily equipment checks along with regular and emergency maintenance per shift / production needs.
- Complete daily work orders and support predictive / preventive maintenance with clear reports and recommendations.
- Perform and assist with production and maintenance training and programs as required / needed.
Locations: Multiple plants in the greater Columbus, OH, area, including Marysville, OH; East Liberty, OH; and Russells Point, OH, approximately 45 minutes north of the greater Dayton and Columbus metro area.
Shift: Must be flexible and able to rotate shifts on an on-going basis and work weekends plus overtime as required
Salary: Starting base pay will be $25/hr. + shift differential according to assigned shift + 25% O/T + bonus structure according to production and/or performance. Total 1st Year Annual Salary ~ $60K - $70K+.
Benefits: A very competitive total reward package for full-time associates and their dependents, consisting of a competitive compensation package and a variety of other health benefits, programs and services.
- Must be a knowledgeable and experienced multi-skilled and multi-craft technician.
- Must work well in teams
- Excellent electronic, basic electrical, and solid troubleshooting with power / control circuit interfaces and applications.
- Basic knowledge of ladder logic and understanding of automation controls sequencing.
- Strong maintenance experience with solid mechanical aptitude / inclination to work in a multi-skilled environment.
Click here to learn more.
Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technician Positions with Bridgestone
Orion has partnered with Bridgestone, a leading tire production company since the early 20th century to offer career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin your career with a growing company.
We are currently recruiting for Service Technicians – Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technicians in Des Moines, IA, Aiken, SC, and Wilson, NC. The Service Technician – Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technician position is a multi-craft position in electrical, mechanical, and electronic skills.
To be qualified for this position, you must have an Associate’s degree in Electronics, General Technology, Robotics, or related field and 2+ years in industrial maintenance experience, or 3+ years similar experience plus military background.
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Technical 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 Technicians 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.
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Electrical Maintenance Technician Positions with a Worldwide Steel Manufacturer
Orion is currently recruiting for Electrical Maintenance Technician positions with a worldwide steel manufacturer. This is an excellent opportunity to use your military technician training, skillset, and experience to start or establish a great career with a leader in the steel industry
Locations: East Chicago, IN and Burns Harbor, IN
Salary: $65K - $75K, depending on the amount of overtime you work.
Shift Work: Yes, successful candidates must be able to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. Shift work may encompass 8, 10, or 12-hour work shifts.
- 3 years electrical maintenance experience; completion of a certified training or apprenticeship program preferred
- Must be competent in AC and DC industrial controls, automation systems and sensors, DC power converters, motor control and maintenance, and crane repair
- Ability to install (including conduit bending and wiring installation), troubleshoot, and repair or adjust various types of electronic, electrical, mechanical, combustion, instrumentation or control systems, and related equipment is preferred
- Knowledge of PLCs, AC and DC drives, the National Electric Code, and the ability to use electrical test equipment and computers is desired; Successful candidate may be required to perform maintenance on AC and DC power systems, up to and including 13.8KV
- Excellent work attendance record, ability to report to work as scheduled, flexibility to work overtime as needed or directed
Click here to learn more.
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