The Bullseye - January 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

In This Issue:
Alumni in the News,
Orion and Honeywell Co-Host Joining Forces Hiring Event in DC,
Alumni Update,
Mind Your Manners,
Congratulations to This Month's Winner,
Connect with Orion

Alumni in the News

Did you know that the success that Orion alumni like you experience in their civilian endeavors often gets the attention of the press? Most recently alumnus Paul Andrews, a Navy Sonar Technician placed with Sonardyne, a sonar imaging company, spoke at and introduced First Lady Michelle Obama at an event at NS Mayport. The event marked the 125,000 hire through Joining Forces and was covered in the news, as well as on the White House blog.

Andrews was not the only alumnus to speak at an event with the First Lady, though. Michael Abitago, a Specialist in the Army now employed with Kansas City Southern Railyway, thanked Mrs. Obama for his job during another Joining Forces event. And Orion alumna, Heatherann Bozeman has been interviewed for multiple stories on hiring veterans. She was an Army Captain who now works for Layne Christensen, a water management company.

These are just a few of the many outstanding Orion alumni who continue to be a part of the national narrative on hiring veterans. Check out our webpage to read stories about other Orion alumni who have made the news! Have you made the news? If so, email us to let us know!

Orion and Honeywell Co-Host Joining Forces Hiring Event in DC

On Wednesday, November 14, Orion hosted a Mini-Conference in Washington D.C. with Honeywell that also supported the White House Joining Forces program. Since the late 1990s, Orion has placed hundreds of military veterans into careers with Honeywell, and the program continues to grow and expand through events like these. Orion became a supporting member for Joining Forces in December 2011.

The event was attended by Acting United States Secretary of Commerce Dr. Rebecca Blank, Honeywell's Chairman and CEO Dave Cote, and Joining Forces Executive Director Todd Veazie, as well as representatives from Orion, including President Mike Starich. "The Department of Commerce takes this administration's commitment to hiring veterans very seriously, and we will do our part to support the Joining Forces initiative and the good work of companies like Honeywell and Orion International that are connecting members of our military with the quality private-sector jobs they have earned, Dr. Blank said at the event.

Also in attendance were 13 Military job seekers who interviewed for positions with Honeywell ranging from project managers to service and installation technicians to engineers. "Orion's commitment to Joining Forces encompasses veterans from all types of military occupations, as was evident by the variety of skills our candidates at this event possess, explains Starich. Candidates represented a wide variety of MOS's, including Fire Controlman, Nuclear Machinist's Mate, Pilot, Electronics Technician, and Intelligence. "It's an honor to be able to hire U.S. military veterans for open, immediate positions at Honeywell," said Cote in the press release, "A strong work ethic, accelerated learning skills, ability to perform under pressure, and inspirational leadership are all traits that will foster successful careers at Honeywell and will strengthen our business."

Alumni Update

Hallie Brewer

Administrator-in-Training, Surgical Care Affiliates
U.S. Army, Ordnance Officer, Captain

Hallie Brewer was placed by Orion International as an Administrator-in-Training with Surgical Care Affiliates in April 2012 after deciding to transition out of her civilian career supervising a security department at a hospital. Previous to her civilian career, Hallie served in the Army Ordnance Corps and separated from the military as a Captain in September 2009.

Hallie explains that her career search through Orion was her first real encounter with anything related to corporate careers. “It was a very steep learning curve, initially. The interview process is much more intense; there is a completely different dress code and culture; and it’s truly a different world. Orion did some extremely helpful work in helping bridge that gap, and I don’t know that I could have broken into my new career without them!” recalls Hallie.

“Honestly, when I first started working with SCA, I was a little uncertain about how I would measure up to my peers (most of whom are either clinical or business in background, with various licenses and degrees)….But I’m not worried about it anymore...The ability to be presented with a situation, learn very quickly how to function in that new environment, and hit the ground running was inculcated in me throughout my time in the military and is the reason I am where I am now,” says Hallie.

Hallie has been in her new career for eight months now. She has been doing a combination of training and working as an Assistant Administrator, all of which is geared toward preparing her to become a full Administrator of an Ambulatory Surgery Center.

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Mind Your Manners

If you’re new to an office environment, sometimes it can be tricky to navigate your way through office protocol. If you find yourself second-guessing the correct office behavior, keep these etiquette rules in mind that can translate to any office setting.

Acknowledge others. Any other spot in the office that has a lot of traffic, including the bathroom, break room, or elevator, people tend keep mostly to themselves. However, acknowledging those around you with a nod or a greeting is not only polite, but also gives you a reputation of a pleasant individual.

Focus on others. When others are speaking to you, take the time to focus on what your coworkers are saying, and genuinely listen. Avoid distractions during the conversation, such as checking your email. If you find yourself in stuck in a conversation with a particularly chatty coworker, try to disengage yourself from the conversation gently with a subtle statement.

Remember names. Try to remember the names of other coworkers in the office, and also their titles. This will not only be helpful in the future if a problem or question occurs and you need help from those outside your department, but it shows that you genuinely care about your job and the company as a whole.

Avoid office gossip. In almost every office, gossip will always be present, which most often times is unconstructive. Office gossip not only hurts others, but it also sets a negative tone in your work environment. Disengage yourself from any conversations that turn to gossip or putting down others.

Don’t be messy. While it is one thing to be less than neat at your desk, it is quite another to be messy in office public areas. Don’t leave crumbs from your lunch in the break room, or leave discarded papers in the copy room, and make a point to clean up after yourself.

In the end, be mindful of your fellow employees, and remember that you don’t work alone. While others in your office may not be as aware of office etiquette, focus on your own actions. Contribute to the office, and in a small way, help create a better work environment for all.

Congratulations to This Month's Winner


Erskin Clark won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing and is the winner of a $50 gift card.  
Ready for your chance to win a $50 gift card? You’ll receive an entry into our monthly drawings for Client and Job Seeker referrals for each referral that you submit – good luck and thank you for the referral!

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