The Hunter for Military Officers - October 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Clint Bruce Speaks on Pursuing Elite: Leadership Lessons

Orion was pleased to welcome Clint Bruce, Co-Founder and CEO of Trident Response Group (TRG), as our Keynote Speaker at our March National Distinguished Candidate Conference. His presentation, Pursuing Elite: Leadership Lessons, laid out the five characteristics that Bruce has found to be vital in becoming an elite leader. They are:

  • Balance
  • Curiosity
  • Being Tribal
  • Knowing Why You're There
  • Showing your Scars

Bruce, a former Navy Seal, brings his military and corporate experience to bear and gives an enlightening presentation sure to help veterans as they continue to lead in the civilian world.

Below we present his introduction both to his experience and the theory behind his habits. Enjoy!

Watch clips on each habit here.

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - October 12-13 in San Diego & October 26-27 in Chicago

National Distinguished Candidate Hiring Conference

Are you preparing to exit the military and begin a civilian career? Do you think that your education, background, and military career distinguish you from your peers?

If so, you may be a candidate for Orion’s National Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) in San Diego, CA, on October 12-13 and in Chicago, IL, on October 26-27, 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!”

Orion only holds a few DCCs each year. Click here to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCC hiring conferences.


Exclusive Opportunities for Orion’s Transitioning and Former JMOs

Each of these companies has proudly built a Military Talent Program through Orion, allowing for exclusive access to these career opportunities. Click on the logo to learn more about each company and positions for which we are currently hiring.

To learn more about these careers and see even more opportunities for JMOs, please visit our Featured Jobs page.


According to Your Peers

"I felt the experience with Orion overall was positive. I would use Orion's services in the future and recommend my peers to use Orion as they transition to a civilian career." - Charles Higgins, Manager, Quality Assurance, CryoLife


"My recruiter was fantastic! He was very easy to connect to, having been a Marine Corps officer and Naval Academy graduate, as well. He assisted me in developing my future employment goals and saw to it that I was prepared and informed for the hiring process.

First, I conducted a few telephone calls and email exchanges with him. I also met with him in person at one of his base visits to the Rhode Island area. Next, he conducted a mock interview with me and provided me with valuable feedback. Then, I attended the Distinguished Candidate Conference in Philadelphia, PA, in early May.

Orion absolutely met my needs! I came away from the DCC with multiple secondary interviews and several job offers. I did not feel limited in scope of type of work, salary, or location, as there were a diverse set of companies that were part of the conference. Thanks to all for their assistance!" - Stacey Lanham, Solution Consultant, Oracle


"As a former Navy Nuclear Power Program Engineer Officer, I transitioned very well into my new position. My boss says I am ahead of where he expected me to be after only one week on the project.

Every aspect of my needs was met with Orion. Mike Wood is very personable, has a great ear, is quick to follow-up/follow-through, and gives good decision making advice.

The client mixer sets Orion apart because two companies were willing to create new jobs to hire me just by talking to them at the mixer. One of the interviews would not have happened at all without the mixer. The mixer created opportunities or better opportunities that I may not have had using the normal hiring conference process." - Christopher Victor, Project Manager, Waypoint Systems

Read more testimonials from your fellow Military officers here.


Military Professionals Webinar Series

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.

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

October 20, 2015

3:00 PM EDT - Register Now

Resume Writing Seminar

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Interview Preparation Seminar

September 17, 2015

12:00 PM EDT Register Now

Sales Overview and Preparation Seminar

October 21, 2015

3:00 PM EDT - Register Now

LinkedIn for Military Professionals

October 6, 2015

12:00 PM EDT - Register Now

Negotiating Your Salary for Military Professionals

October 20, 2015

12:00 PM EDT - Register Now

How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search

October 13, 2015

12:00 PM EDT - Register Now

Using Social Media in Your Job Search

October 27, 2015

12:00 PM EDT - Register Now

Upcoming Hiring Conferences

Military Job Seekers

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!







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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.

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

Did you know that Orion candidates have earned $42,200 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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