The Hunter for Military Officers - May 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

In this Issue

Veteran Spotlight: Ryan Kaiser

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - June 6-7 in San Diego & July 11-12 in Columbus, OH

Account Executive Positions with Orion - Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH and San Diego, CA

Exclusive Opportunities for Orion's Transitioning and Former JMOs

According to Your Peers

Military Professionals Webinar Series

Upcoming Hiring Conferences

Career Transition Planning and Base Visits

Companies Recently Hiring

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

Connect with Orion Online

Veteran Spotlight: Ryan Kaiser

Sometimes the initial job you get when you first transition out of the military isn't a perfect match. When that's the case, you may find yourself back on the job market much like Ryan Kaiser, a former Air Force Captain. Separated as part of the Air Force Reduction-in-Force in 2011, Kaiser found a career in the industry he wanted right off the bat, but it didn't pay enough to make it a long-term career.

When it was time to change careers, Ryan knew he wanted to be in medical device sales and sought Orion's help. "I used Orion five years ago when I originally separated, and I was impressed with them. But I took a job that I found outside of Orion," explains Ryan, "This time, when I saw there were three companies coming to the Orion Chicago DCC in that field, I scheduled my trip." This time around, Ryan was hired by Medtronic as an SER (Sales Education Representative).

Ryan now works for the biggest medical device company in the world for spinal correction. He says he's part of a dynamic and extremely comprehensive program to develop a sales training force from within this company. "My first year's pay while in training will be $25K more than my previous civilian job, and it will go up another $40K next year, with a possible promotion at two years. I chose a top-notch company that offers a ton of benefits that are better than the industry standard."

Ryan's transition from the military was a rough one. "Being forced to leave the Air Force was like having a close family member die suddenly. I had not taken enough time to assess myself and where I wanted to go with my next career. I would recommend that everyone in the military start planning for their post-military career, even if you are not planning on separating for a few more years. It may take education or experience to get your foot in the door in that new industry, and you can start working on that now."

Ryan also encountered a steep learning curve when entering a new industry, but his time in the military prepared him for it. "I feel learning a new position was a constant part of my military career, so becoming competent in a new field was very easy. Medtronic looks for self-motivated, loyal people that can keep cool under pressure and work with people that are both senior and junior to them. Because of this, a senior O3/O4 or SNCO with a good educational background would be great at learning the industry."

Leadership is another trait that is invaluable when it comes to starting a civilian career. Leadership comes much earlier in the military, and Ryan explains that there are people that have been in civilian industries for 30 years that never lead 100+ people. "You can do that as a CGO with only a few years of service in the military. NCOs lead people very early, too," he reminds his fellow veterans.

"Every veteran comes with an amount of professionalism, work ethic, and loyalty that are extremely hard to match. Shoot high," Ryan advises, "You are extremely valuable and deserve a great job in your civilian career. Once you get it, work hard to keep it!"

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - June 6-7 in San Diego & July 11-12 in Columbus, OH.

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 June 6-7 and in Columbus, OH on July 11-12, 2016. 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
  • 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.

Account Executive Positions with Orion – Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH and San Diego, CA

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 Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH and San Diego, CA offices.

As an Account Executive, you will be responsible for identifying and working closely with America's leading companies in order for them to hire transitioning military veterans and develop smarter hiring programs. The work you do will help fellow veterans transition into the civilian workforce. Average total first year income for Account Executives is $80K+, with a goal of $100K+ in your second year and beyond. In addition to unlimited salary potential and a comprehensive benefits package, Orion provides additional reward and recognition to our top performers.

To qualify, you should have military experience, a Bachelors degree, and previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales. You do not need prior sales experience, as we will provide you the training, tools and resources needed to succeed.

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.

Exclusive Opportunities for Orion’s Transitioning and Former JMOs

Each of these companies are specifically seeking Military Professionals and Veterans for open 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

"My military background gave me a great grasp on leadership skills that Schneider was looking for, where I am a Fleet Manager. My Orion recruiter did an excellent job assisting me through the process and providing thoughtful, timely answers to my questions and concerns. Orion also did a great job helping reveal the skills I had as a Military Officer that would transfer over into a civilian career.

Orion exceeded all my expectations. I anticipated a long and drawn out process. I felt Orion went above and beyond their duties to help me quickly find a career when I needed the help."- James Hernan, Fleet Manager

"A friend referred me to Orion while I was planning my transition out of the military. My experience with Orion was great! Orion recruiters went above and beyond to put in a position where I could succeed. I am very thankful for Orion’s help and support throughout my transition." - Caleb Peterson, Account Engineer

"I am very thankful for the time an individual attention that I received from the Orion team during my transition. They took the time to get to know me and my family. They worked within my geographical constraints to provide me with great opportunities. Through them, I was introduced to a company that I love. I have shared my experience with many friends, many of whom have also had tremendous success. I would recommend this group of dedicated professionals to any military professional leaving the services." - William Gilbert, Procurement Manager

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:

LinkedIn for Military Professionals

  • May 17, 2016
5:00 PM EDT
Register Now!

Using Social Media in Your Job Search

  • May 18, 2016
5:00 PM EST
Register Now!

How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search

  • May 19, 2016
5:00 PM EST
Register Now!
  • June 16, 2016
5:00 PM EST
Register Now!

Interview Preparation Seminar

  • May 26, 2016
12:00 PM EDT
Register Now!
  • June 16, 2016
Register Now!

Negotiating Your Salary for Military Professionals

  • June 15, 2016
5:00 PM EST
Register Now!

Sales Overview and Preparation Seminar

  • June 15, 2016, 2016
7:00 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 managers 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!


Seattle, WA May 12-13

San Diego, CA June 6-7 (Distinguished Candidate Conference) 

Seattle, WA June 23-24

South Central

Dallas, TX May 15-16

Houston, TX June 19-20


Atlanta, GA May 16-17

Jacksonville, FL June 19-20


Detriot, MI May 22-23


Norkfolk, VA May 22-23

Providence, RI June 5-6

Career Transition Planning and 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.

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

Did you know that Orion candidates have earned $16,900 in referral bonuses in 2016?

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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