The Hunter for Technicians & Leaders - October 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Veteran Spotlight: Elizabeth Woolfolk

Orion is pleased to have recently caught up with Orion alumna Elizabeth Woolfolk, a former Army Musician who attended OCS and then served as an Ordnance Officer and Force Management Officer. Elizabeth shares her transition story and what she's learned in the past year-and-a-half in her civilian position as a Senior Buyer with Honda.

"I served in the United States Army from 1999-2015. My military experience gave me a level of discipline and strength to succeed in the civilian workforce. I think the 'tough skin' part paid off. I've learned to get through tough situations. For example, my 15-month deployment to Iraq. That was a very long, very difficult deployment. I learned that I can handle some extremely physically, mentally, and emotionally tough situations and still come out on the other side a stronger person," says Elizabeth.

As Elizabeth says, military skills don't always have to have a direct correlation to a civilian career to translate to success. "I'm in the automotive industry now. Though I didn't necessarily work in automotive while in the military, the other skills I gained through the band field experience, Logistics, and Force Management helped a lot. I learned and honed my organizational skills, business acumen, and negotiation/communication skills."

Elizabeth realized throughout her career that she enjoyed "putting puzzle pieces" together, and interest is now a big part of her civilian job. "For my position, I manage different logistics and payment systems, but an even bigger part of my job is strategy," explains Elizabeth, "I analyze and recommend future activity based on current cost and supplier base strategy, as well as evaluate ways to consistently keep costs of our products down while still maintaining high quality."

Since she took this position with Honda North America through Orion, Elizabeth has gained a lot of technical knowledge and improved her business and strategy skills. She's been recognized by her management as a strategic thinker, a hard worker, and very professional. She has also been identified as a future leader in the company.

Thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her story and success with us. We know she'll continue to serve as a great example of a veteran in the civilian workplace.

Click here to read more about Elizabeth's transition to Honda.

The Coolest New Military Technology

The United States Military maintains some of the most advanced technology in the world. Here are some of the American troops' coolest gear, as listed by We Are The Mighty:

Black Hornet Drones

The Black Hornet is a military micro sized UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that makes short-distance observations easily. They are small enough to fit in one hand; a four-inch, 18-gram personal scout can fly for about 25 minutes, maxing out at about 11 miles per hour, while taking video and high-resolution images.

The Navy's Two New Attack Submarines

The submarine fleet will welcome two new Virginia-class fast attack subs. The USS Colorado (SSN 788) is currently under construction, and is expected to be commissioned in the summer of 2017. The USS Washington (SSN 787) was launched on April 13, 2016. These New Virginia-class submarines feature the latest and greatest technology in submarine warfare. Attack submarines are designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships. They have everything from improved sensors to better acoustic camouflage.


Enhanced Night Vision Goggles

The Army's newest night-vision goggles will be fielded to soldiers this year. The goggles fuse image-intensifying and thermal-imaging technologies, enabling vision conditions with very little light. They will be able to communicate with future weapon sights so soldiers can always see the impact point of the weapon, even when firing from the hip or through smoke. The weapon sight vision will not be available until 2019.

New Machetes will Help Prepare the Army for a War in the Pacific

While new machetes may not seem like a huge technology advancement compared to the drones and submarines, the U.S. Army is part of the pivot to the Pacific and that means preparing for jungle warfare. The Army is looking for new machetes with a double-edged blade. One side would be for chopping through vines and the other for sawing through branches.

The Army will also be looking at new materials for uniform items, especially boots, in the coming years for operations in the Pacific.

With new technology, the US Military is really changing the face of warfare for our soldiers. There will be has endless potential to make life changing advancements that will keep our soldiers safer with greater tools and greater ability to do their job.

Exclusive Opportunities for Orion's Transitioning and Former NCOs and Enlisted Technicians

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, please visit our Featured Jobs page.

According to Your Peers

"I wanted to thank my recruiter and the whole Orion team for assisting me in locating a job so soon after my transition from the Navy. Hershey’s is a prestigious company and I believe I am going to do well there. The staff at Orion does a great job of putting veterans in touch with some of the country’s top companies. I am very excited about beginning my new career. Again, thank you very much for this opportunity and everything the Orion team did for me." - Marc Ryder, Maintenance Technician, Hershey’s

"I started looking for a job in May, because I was getting out in July, and I already had a job by June thanks to Orion International! My recruiter was amazing, we got in touch on a Thursday and had multiple interviews that same Sunday. Orion is just the best! Thank you guys so much!" - Kamau Ledbetter, Technician, Siemens

"From start to finish the Orion team was extremely helpful with getting me a new career that I will have for the next 25 years! I was in Okinawa Japan with a flight to Chicago for the job interview – coordinating everything by email with a 15-hour time difference, my recruiter and Orion team was simply amazing. Orion exceeded my needs! Thank you for everything." - Luke Dowd, Control Tech, Ingersoll Rand Trane

Read more testimonials from your fellow Military Technicians and Leaders here.

Military Professionals Webinar Series

Whether you have two years or two weeks before your transition from Active Duty, there are many steps you can take prior to your separation date that will position you for success as you prepare to transition into the civilian workforce.

Orion invites you to begin planning for your transition by attending our webinar series. We offer webinars on a variety of topics all designed to help you get started on the first steps in preparing for your transition.

In addition, we'd like to invite you to register for our upcoming webinars:

LinkedIn for Military Professionals

How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search

Negotiating Your Salary for Military Professionals

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!


Columbia, SC - October 3-4

Atlanta, GA - October 23-24


Washington, DC - October 9-10

Parsippany, NJ - November 6-7

Norfolk, VA - November 13-14


Chicago, IL - October 16-17


San Diego, CA - October 16-17

Seattle, WA - November 3-4

South Central

Dallas, TX - October 23-24

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.


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

Did you know that Orion candidates have earned $34,500 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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