The Hunter for Military Officers - November 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Veteran Spotlight: Kevin Robillard

Orion recently followed up with alumnus Kevin Robillard, an Aviation Captain, and UH-60 Blackhawk Assault Company Commander in the Washington Army National Guard. Now a Senior SIOP and Inventory Leader with Honeywell Aerospace, Kevin assumed that employers would be lined up to extend him job offers following five years of active duty. He was in for a surprise and soon made finding a career a full-time job.

"During my career search, there were times where I would lose heart. Most of the jobs I was interested in gave me the impression based on the application criteria that my experience and education were not adequate, and, therefore, I would choose not to apply. Looking back, that was a mistake," recalls Kevin.

Kevin soon reached out to Orion and was almost immediately scheduled for an upcoming hiring conference. Despite holding what he believes to be a non-applicable degree for most corporate positions, Kevin interviewed with several companies through Orion, and received a call-back from Honeywell Aerospace for an ISC Supervisor role, which he accepted in December 2012.

Kevin advises veteran job seekers to play to their strengths. "I had zero manufacturing experience, zero aerospace experience, zero corporate experience, zero civilian supervising experience," explains Kevin, "yet I did have leadership, team-building, operations, planning, problem-solving, and demonstrated success in all of those realms, along with the world-class training and mentorship that the US Army provides."

Kevin continues, "I believe that most successful businesses and hiring managers value the intrinsic leadership principles instilled in service members above job-specific experience. That being said, play to your strengths and sell yourself. Show your potential employer what you bring to the table, and don't dwell on what you don't know. Most of that stuff can be taught."

For the first two years of his career at Honeywell, Kevin supervised anywhere from 20-70 direct reports in an aerospace manufacturing facility, starting on second shift and moving to first shift about a year in. Within the last six months, he received a promotion and transfer into the Materials group as a Senior Sales, Inventory, Operations and Planning (SIOP) Leader, where he advises the site leadership on strategic initiatives and the direction to take the factory in terms of census, hours, overtime, inventory, etc.

"Learning an entire industry from the ground up has been incredibly challenging, oftentimes 'drinking from the fire hose', but if I can do it, anybody can. Hard work and long hours generally do pay off in the long run," says Kevin.

Kevin explains that veterans bring a unique skill-set to any career they choose. The training and experience veterans receive during their military service sets them apart and makes them a valuable commodity to potential employers. "Every Soldier is a leader," Kevin says, "and there are dynamic careers in America's top companies just waiting for leaders to step in and begin making an impact.

Click here to read more about Kevin's transition or even ask him a question.

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - 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 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.

Account Executive Careers with a Nationwide Mortgage Lender

Orion is currently hiring a number of JMOs for Account Executive careers with a nationwide mortgage lender that specializes in helping Veterans obtain home financing. This is a very unique sales opportunity that incorporates a base salary + commission plan, and there is no cold calling or hunting for prospective clients, as all leads are generated from inbound customer inquiries.

You do not need any former sales experience to succeed in this role - our client highly values the skills, dedication and character that you have developed through your military career, and will provide the training and tools needed to ensure success.

These positions are located in Maryland (45 minutes from DC), and we will be holding a Hiring Event on November 2nd at our client's location. To learn more, please register for an upcoming webinar where we will host our client's VP of HR who will provide additional detail on the opportunity, and allow time for questions.

Thursday, October 22 @ 5:30 pm ET - Register Now

Tuesday, October 27 @ 12pm ET - Register Now

According to Your Peers

"I attended one hiring conference where I had five interviews. I was invited back for second rounds in all of them, but two companies in particular moved aggressively to recruit me. This highlighted to me just how well Orion had done their research, as they knew that the companies there were actively recruiting in the short term rather than at some point way in the future. This is especially important when you have just cut off your source of regular income. I had second round interviews with two companies within the week and was made two competing offers. This was a great scenario which Orion helped me manage.

The companies Orion put me in front of were all first class and not your usual ex-military security type roles that other recruiters will push you towards in order to earn a quick commission. Orion has your interests and professional future at heart. Orion is a first class professional organization that is wholly honest, hardworking, and friendly. They provide career advice and help you achieve your professional goals.

I would recommend Orion to any transitioning military officer. I now work for a $10 billion dollar company in a role that puts me in line with my civilian peers. Had it not been for Orion's ability to communicate why I would be suitable for a sales role that requires 5+ years' experience with no previous sales exposure, I have no doubt that my resume would have been rejected by an online application. Orion understands that military officers sell themselves - they just need the chance to get in front of the people that matter." - James Feasey, Sales Engineer, Corning


"These are things I would share with any candidate. First, Orion adds superior value in an ever changing application process. If you think you can just go online, apply to jobs, and find a fit, you might be disappointed. Orion gets you in front of hiring managers who generally have experience in the military and know the value that you bring to their workplace.

Second, listen during the webinar. There are invaluable tips that will help get you placed in a job you will love. Lastly, and, most importantly, do not make a decision on where you want to work until after you have the onsite interview. Make your 'top 10' list based on industries you might like, but give your recruiter 'complete creative control' on your interview line up. They know what they are doing.

My recruiter, Chris Hurst, selected for me something that I wouldn't have, and it was a perfect fit. After the lineup is decided, interview as if your life depended on it. Try to get every job. You won't know if it is a fit until after the onsite interview. Learn as much as you can, but take the time after conference to process it! I saw some candidates, including me during my first conference, give up on trying to find a job they liked. Do not do this. Follow the process, and you will make the transition from military to civilian in great shape. Best of luck!"- Aaron Card, Engineer, Gemma Power Systems


"As a military officer, many of us are hesitant to ask for help. But in the new and changing environment of job hunting, you need someone with the expertise and experience of Orion to successfully help navigate the process. Orion set up my initial interview with Whirlpool and assisted throughout the process.

My recruiter was Nora Liles, and she was absolutely fantastic. Every member of Orion that I interacted with was attentive, informative, and extremely helpful. I received one-on-one interaction and actually talked to individual members of Orion instead of just receiving mass or targeted emails.

I am the Field Service Business Manager for the Greater Boston Area. Leading technicians in a civilian capacity has been a direct parallel to my role in the military as the Electrical Officer leading sailors on the USS Gridley (DDG-101). The Navy provided me with a robust array of leadership and teamwork opportunities, and it directly correlates to my new industry as a manager." - Michael Noce, Boston Factory Service Manager, Whirlpool

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

November 17, 2015

12:00 PM EDT - Register Now


Resume Writing Seminar

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Interview Preparation Seminar

November 19, 2015

12:00 PM EDT Register Now


Sales Overview and Preparation Seminar

November 18, 2015

12:00 PM EDT - Register Now


LinkedIn for Military Professionals

November 3, 2015

12:00 PM EDT - Register Now


Negotiating Your Salary for Military Professionals

November 17, 2015

12:00 PM EDT - Register Now


How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search

November 10, 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 $46,600 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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