The Hunter for Military Officers - September 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

In This Issue

U.S. Hiring Managers Expect to Hire More in the Second Half of 2016

4 Tips for Negotiating Salary

National Distinguished Candidate Conference

Career Opportunities within Orion - Cincinnati, OH; San Diego, CA; and Raleigh, NC.

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

U.S. Hiring Managers Expect to Hire More in the Second Half of 2016

Good news for all the job seekers out there, US hiring managers are expected to hire more in the second half of 2016. According to the semi-annual hiring survey released by job board operator and leading provider of data insights, DHI Group Inc., the survey found 61% of hiring managers and recruiters in the US anticipated more hiring in the second half of the year.

What does this mean? Hiring managers in the US are prepared to hire more professionals before the end of the year. Employers hiring across many industries intend to hire 30 percent more professionals in the second half of the year compared to the first half of the year. To get there, hiring managers need to build a pipeline of candidates to fulfill their companies' hiring needs.

Another plus - not only are hiring managers amping up their hiring plans for the second half of the year - the back half of 2016 is looking like it will result in higher wages. According to CareerBuilder's midyear Job Forecast, more than half of employers will raise wages for current employees, while 2 in 5 will offer higher starting salaries on job offers in the second half of the year.

Now is the time to work with Orion to plan for your future civilian career and get the most thorough resume and interview preparation assistance. All of Orion's job seeker services are completely FREE of charge, and we work with the most dominant list of corporate clients in the industry. Don't wait! Contact us today!

4 Tips for Negotiating Salary

The salary you are offered for a new position will depend on many factors, including your qualifications, background, the job location, and the pay range for the specific position. In some cases, there isn't much wiggle room when it comes to salary, but even notoriously competitive industries may bend a little. Having insight into what goes into figuring your salary can help you when it comes time to negotiate. As they say, “Knowing is half the battle.” Here are four things to keep in mind as you prepare to negotiate:

  1. Most companies have a small pay band, typically a few thousand dollars, that they can flex based on an individual's performance during the interview process. The best interviewers typically land at the top end of a company's pay band. All the more reason to brush up your interview skills. You can check out our resources here.
  2. Other companies tend to be less flexible about basic pay. When some companies extend an offer, they base it on what they perceive as your market value. These companies feel that they have a pretty good idea about what they have to pay to be competitive and attract the best candidates.
  3. A company's benefits package can add several thousand dollars to an offer, and salary alone should not be the only consideration on compensation. Think about the entire package and decide what best meets the needs of you and your family.
  4. Once you're armed with the facts above, you'll need to know how to put them into play. This is where our Negotiating Salary webinar, a step-by-step guide to effective salary negotiation, comes into play. You will learn the context, techniques and approaches available to develop an effective salary range and strategy for any job offer. Register today to attend our upcoming Negotiating Salary webinar.

In the end, negotiating is not about winning at all costs. It's about agreeing on terms of a job offer that will satisfy you. Salary negotiations, like anything else, need to be done respectfully and kept in perspective. Always be courteous, direct and honest.

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - August 29-30 in Philadelphia, PA; October 17-18 in San Diego, CA & October 24-25 in Atlanta, GA.

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 Philadelphia, PA on August 29-30; San Diego, CA on October 17-18 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.

Account Executive

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.

Midwest Officer Recruiter

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 be a 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

"My Orion recruiter did a great job of finding me employment. He listened to what I was looking for and made recommendations that he knew I would be interested in. I attended an Orion Hiring Conference where I interviewed with Johnson Controls and later accepted a position with them. Orion 100% met my needs! I would recommend Orion’s services to all of my shipmates coming off active duty and reservists. "- Jaime Herrero, Sr. Account Executive

"The time and preparation Orion takes to find the best possible match between candidates and employers is unmatched in the industry. If you want the process done right the first time and are looking for employment immediately, Orion is the company that can fulfill that requirement.

Orion brought quality companies to that table that were looking for candidates like me. The preparation for the conference was very thorough and gave me the advantage to impress employers during my interview. Thanks Orion Team for doing an excellent job of listening to my needs and fulfilling my requirements!" - James Childers, Advance Management Partner

"I began searching for jobs in October of 2015 when I relocated to Ohio from New York City. I have both a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo.

I am now a Production Supervisor at Autoplas, where I am a shift supervisor, which is similar to leading soldiers. However, my new position has helped me groom my leadership skills and be more adaptable to people who have never served.

My Orion recruiters were very engaging and went the extra mile to ensure I was placed into a role that was equivalent to my skill set. Thanks Orion!" - Adam Bockrath, Production Supervisor

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

How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

Career Transition Webinar

Interview Preparation Webinar

How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search

Negotiating Your Salary

Sales Preparation Webinar

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!

South Central

Dallas, TX September 11-12

Houston, TX September 18-19

Dallas, TX October 23-24


Raleigh, NC September 12-13

Atlanta, GA October 24-25 (Distinguished Candidate Conference)


Portland, OR September 15-16

San Diego, CA October 17-18 (Distinguished Candidate Conference)



Washington, DC October 9-10


Chicago, IL October 16-17

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 $31,300 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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