Monday, August 1, 2016
In This Issue
Play-by-Play Interview Tips
Regardless of the type of interview being conducted, you should go into a prospective interview with a plan. You should build your plan around three key attributes you must communicate to effectively convince the interviewer you are a good fit for their position. After you identify these attributes, it is helpful to think of an interview as a term paper comprised of an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Your key attributes are your thesis.
The First 5 Minutes - Introduction
Like the introduction to a paper, an introduction to an interview is critical. During the first five minutes, you will set the tone for your interview. Make a good first impression. Look sharp and present a professional image. Relax, smile, and remember your plan. Your resume got your foot in the door; now you must effectively show the interviewer why you are an ideal fit for the position.
The Next 30 Minutes (The Body)
During the body of your interview, for about 20-30 minutes, the interviewer will typically ask you a series of questions focusing on your qualifications. Some questions are behavioral (looking for specific examples when you demonstrated a particular behavior); others may be company oriented to get a feel of how much you know about the position and industry. Your answers should highlight your qualifications, personality, and interest in the position.
Wrapping it Up (The Conclusion)
You have just completed answering a series of questions focusing on your qualifications, and now it is time to wrap up the interview. At this point, the interviewer is going to give you the opportunity to ask some questions. You must ask questions. Questions equal interest in the minds of an interviewer, and are a critical component of your interview. Formulate three to five well-thought-out questions that show that you are prepared, demonstrate genuine interest in the position, and set you up for your close.
Closing the Interview
"The Close" is a term used to describe the process of gaining some form of commitment from the prospective customer. In this case, the interviewer is the customer. By paying attention and asking the appropriate questions, you should uncover the employer's needs. Focus on those needs during your close, and emphasize how you can meet them.
Top Growing Industries Hiring Veterans
For American military veterans looking to transition into the civilian world, the job search can be tough. With so many jobs across numerous industries, finding a good starting point can be the hardest task.
There are certain industries that are particularly good at utilizing military skill sets and can ease the transition back into the civilian workplace. Check out a few of the top growing industries hiring veterans according to Veterans United on our blog.
National Distinguished Candidate Conference - August 29-30 in Philadelphia, PA; October 10-11 in San Diego, CA & October 24-25 in Atlanta, GA.
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 Philadelphia, PA on August 29-30; San Diego, CA on October 10-11 and Atlanta, GA on October 24-25. 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.
Career Opportunities within Orion – Cincinnati, OH; San Diego, CA; and Raleigh, NC.
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 Cincinnati, OH; San Diego, CA; and Raleigh, NC 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.
Orion International is also seeking a transitioning or former Military Officer to join our Cincinnati office as an Officer Recruiter. This is your opportunity to assist your fellow Veterans, while gaining invaluable Sales and Marketing experience in a high-paced environment. You will be trained by a recruiting team with over 40 years of combined experience in this industry, as well as part of the all veteran team in the Cincinnati office.
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
"I started job searching one month prior to my separation. My Orion recruiters were great from the start to finish. They heard my needs and fulfilled them. Orion ABSOLUTELY met my needs! The entire process was excellent from start to finish. Orion employees are very knowledgeable and eager to share. I asked many different questions to all recruiters at the conference and I got every question answered. I have referred a bunch of friends already and will continue referring everyone I know to Orion!"- Steve Lawrence, Sales Representative
"I separated from the Marine Corps in September 2014. I worked in a position that was not the right fit for me and began working with Orion around September of 2015. I have a BS in Communications and I’ve taken a few classes towards my MBA. I was a captain and an infantry officer in the Marines. I’m used to managing people, following timelines, enforcing policy and procedures, and safety. The Orion team did an excellent job in helping me prepare for the interviews and helping me get the job. I would highly recommend that veterans use Orion International." - Frankie Collyer, Production Manager
"My Orion recruiter did a great job of understanding what kind of role I wanted and aligning me with those companies. I was listened to and provided with sound guidance throughout the process. My recruiter kept in touch with me on a regular basis after the conference and provided me valuable feedback and information about the company as I prepared for my final interview. I am now an Associate Manager, Distribution with Stryker. I have a background in logistics, so this position ties in directly with what I have been doing for the past 10 years.
This was a great experience and I was very fortunate to find a great role with a top company. The entire timeline was quick from the initial interview until the final offer came through, and the Orion team was there every step of the way." - William Robison, Associate Manager
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:
Sales Preparation Webinar
LinkedIn for Military Professionals
How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search
Career Transition Webinar
September 20, 2016
12:00 PM EDT
How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search
Upcoming Hiring Conferences
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!
Dallas, TX August 4-5
Denver, CO August 25-26
Houston, TX September 18-19
Seattle, WA August 4-5
San Diego, CA August 28-29
Portland, OR September 15-16
Chicago, IL August 28-29
Philadelphia, PA August 29-30 (Distinguished Candidate Conference)
Norfolk, VA September 25-26
Jacksonville, FL August 23-24
Raleigh, NC September 12-13
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 $29,500 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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