The Hunter for Military Officers - June 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

In this Issue

Orion Proud to Participate in the Serving Our Soldiers 5k Fundraiser

Military Transition Survey Results

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

Account Executive Positions with Orion - Virginia Beach, VA; 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

Orion Proud to Participate in the Serving Our Soldiers 5k Fundraiser

Saturday, April 23rd, was a great day to raise money for our troops and veterans! That morning, employees and family members from our Raleigh Orion office participated in a 5K race hosted by Serving Our Soldiers. The proceeds from the 5K went to purchasing and shipping care packages to three adopted platoons deployed in Afghanistan. They also went into a fund for a scholarship started this year that will provide financial assistance to a veteran who wishes to go back to school.

Founded by two teenagers, Serving Our Soldiers (SOS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing support for our troops and veterans. Its founders, Caroline and Clare, started the organization because they felt that Americans, particularly teenagers and young adults, don't provide enough support for servicemen and women. SOS has held other fundraisers and events as well, such as thank-you card drives. For more information about SOS, visit its website or Facebook page.

Orion thanks SOS and the volunteers from Ravenscoft School and NC State's ROTC for making this a fun and rewarding event!

Military Transition Survey Results

In January, we conducted a survey of recently transitioned Veterans on topics ranging from their transition experience, career transition resources, using the GI Bill, and much more. We received nearly 2000 responses, and learned some powerful information from this survey that we will be sharing with you over the next several months. 

Transition Roadblocks

According to our survey respondents, the Top 2 Transition Roadblocks are "Matching my military experience with civilian jobs", and "Finding a career that met my professional desires." Here at Orion we have a variety of transition resources available to transitioning military. Orion's services go far beyond preparation, and we give you the tools to truly succeed in your transition - job matching with the expertise of our recruiting team, and actual interviews for positions that are a match with your professional desires.

Transition Success

Twice as many Orion hires felt their transition was "very successful", compared with those who found their career via another method. Using Orion to find your career nearly doubles your likelihood of enjoying a "very successful" transition. Our Survey respondents told us that the #1 most important consideration in the transition is Contact with Hiring Managers. Orion puts you directly in front of Hiring Managers specifically seeking military professionals for their open positions. 

Transition Mentors

Nearly double the Orion hires vs. those who found their career via a different method cited having a mentor. In most cases, this mentor was their Orion Recruiter. The high touch, mentorship relationship is an important benefit of using Orion, and your recruiter has been in your position before and knows exactly what you are going through. Orion recruiters have an average tenure of 6.5 years - the best average in our industry.

Registering with Orion will give you access to our Recruiting Team so that we can begin to help you through your transition and career search.

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - June 6-7 in San Diego, CA; July 11-12 in Columbus, OH & August 29-30 in Philadelphia, PA.

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, 2016; Columbus, OH on July 11-12 and in Philadelphia, PA on August 29-30, 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 –Virginia Beach, VA; 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 Virginia Beach, VA; 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

"Orion reached out to me and I really liked how they acted as the facilitator for Hiring Conferences. My Orion recruiters were straight shooters, and they knew their customers well enough to identify candidates that Medtronic likes. Overall a good experience and one I will always be grateful for!"- Alan Sanchaz, Sales Education Representative

"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. Orion went above and beyond their duties to help me quickly find a career when I needed the help." - James Hernan, Fleet Manager

"I have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. I was a Captain in the Army, and the leadership and management experience from the military was crucial in preparing me for the industry I entered.

My Orion recruiter did a great job of listening to what I wanted and helping me find positions that suited both my interests and my experience. I also worked with several other members of the Orion team, all of whom were professional and dedicated to helping me find a position.

Orion is by far the most attentive to my needs and wishes. I will definitely be recommending Orion to others I know transitioning from the military!" - Nicki Valentin, Process Engineer

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

Negotiating Your Salary

Sales Preparation Webinar

How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search

Interview Preparation Webinar

Career Transition Webinar

How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

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!


Providence, RI June 5-6

Norfolk, VA July 10-11

Parsippany, NJ July 17-18


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

Seattle, WA June 23-24

San Diego, CA July 17-18


Orlando, FL June 17

Jacksonville, FL June 20-21

Atlanta, GA July 25-26

South Central

Houston, TX June 19-20

Dallas, TX June 26-27


Columbus, OH July 11-12 (Distinguished Candidate Conference)

Check out what a former Army Officer had to say about the last Orion Distinguished Candidate Conference: 

"The DCC was a much different experience than any job fair I’ve ever been to and I wouldn’t put those two events in the same class at all. Most job fairs can be described as a place where you wait in line to get five minutes to talk to a recruiter about a company, give them a copy of your resume, and repeat. In contrast, the DCC was a chance to get extensive exposure to targeted companies. All said and done, I had about an hour and a half of face time with actual hiring managers from companies I was interested in (and equally important, who were interested in me) throughout the course of the DCC. I had interviewed and received job offers from other companies before the DCC, but the process usually took 2-4 weeks and each had a number of gates I had to navigate. In contrast, I had a firm offer the day I left the DCC. If I had to describe the DCC in one word, it would be “decisive.” – Conrad Brown

Learn more about attending a Distinguished Candidate Conference and read more testimonials from your fellow Military Officers here. 

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 $18,200 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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