The Bullseye - March 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Veterans and Spouses Praise their Experience at Inaugural Project Management Training in Washington, DC,
Alumni Update,
Construction Industry Pledges to Hire 100,000 Veterans,
Congratulations to this Month's Winner,
Why You Shouldn't Get Rid of Your Business Cards Just Yet,
Hiring Opportunities with Orion,
Refer a Military Candidate,
Connect with Orion

Veterans and Spouses Praise their Experience at Inaugural Project Management Training in Washington, DC


Saturday, January 25, marked the inaugural Veteran and Military Spouse Project Management Training hosted by the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services at Easter Seals, Orion International, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Efiia Cares. This intensive project management (PM) training and career transition program supports Veterans, Veteran Spouses, and Active Duty Spouses in obtaining high quality, high paying executive management positions.

Held in the offices of McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Washington, D.C., the class was attended by 30 students who came ready to learn the fundamentals of project management, industry standards, and best practices based on real projects. The students participated in classroom instruction, group exercises, presentations, resume writing, practice interviews, and training on management tools.

When asked their opinion of the course, every student agreed that the course will help them in their current job or job search. Additionally, 100% of the students said they would recommend the course. Among the feedback received on the course was:

  • "A class of this caliber is not something that I would have guessed would be free. It was an awesome class."
  • "Thank you for volunteering your time. Excellent service to our veteran community. It is appreciated."
  • "Yesterday's veterans PM training was amazing. Thank you!"
  • "Great overview of civilian management terms. I knew some of the project management concepts, but now I’m going to change some of the language on my resume."
  • "It’s pretty awesome. Thank you so much for operating the course free to veterans."

The next class will be held in March 2014 and is targeted to participants with little or no project management experience. For more information about this program complete this form to request registration information when it is available. If you have questions, please email Kelly O'Connor.

Alumni Update


Jeff Townsend
U.S. Army, MP, First Lieutenant (promotable)
Field Manager, Pulte Homes
I found a career with Pulte Homes through Orion International in October 2013. Previous to that, I served in the Army as an MP at Fort Polk and then worked for a logistics company for nine months after leaving the Army.

While my actual move to Florida for my new career with Pulte was very easy with no issues, I did find my transition out of the military to be difficult. The uncertainty was stressful. I found it hard to decide what I wanted to do, as well as to understand civilian positions. You have to be gentler with civilian employees than fellow soldiers, and the structure isn't always as rigid as you are used to in the military. The military did not teach me about profits and budgets.

I learned that you need to remain flexible and be ready for change. Everyone should evaluate three things when leaving the military and decide which are the most important: industry, location, and money. These will help you decide what jobs are the best match for you. Also, be sure to have money saved up, and be ready to make changes to your plans. A big lesson learned for me was that it’s OK to change career paths.

I now work in Project Management in the Construction industry. The job fits very well with my experience in the Army as an officer. As an officer, you learn to teach yourself different skills and trades. You also learn to manage people and projects, even those that you have no experience in. Finally, the military preaches dedication and attention to detail, which are vital in my current role.

Although I have only been with Pulte for three months, my career has been eventful. As a Field Manager, you are charged with the responsibility any number of homes that are under construction. This includes managing the schedule, contractors, and meeting the homeowners. The immediate promotions will be based on a financial standpoint, but responsibilities will stay the same.

I feel like I've been set up for success by my time in the Army. Although I had no construction knowledge, my ability to manage people, make decisions, and work through problems has proven to be essential. Learning a new trade (construction) is very similar to what the military asks of an officer. I had the confidence and patience to know that I will learn it, like I had done before in the Army.

When it comes time for my fellow veterans to transition, I would advise that they definitely perform online research. Try to be as educated as possible, since each interviewer wants to know you care about their company. And remember that your military training is invaluable!
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Construction Industry Pledges to Hire 100,000 Veterans

 On Monday, February 10, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced at the National Symposium: Veterans’ Employment in Construction that a coalition of construction employers and associations have collectively pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
In an op-ed that ran on February 10 in the Wall Street Journal, the First Lady wrote: "Today, more than 100 American construction companies came together to announce that they plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans within the next five years. They made this commitment not just because it's the patriotic thing to do, and not just because they want to repay our veterans for their service to our country, but because they know that it's the smart thing to do for their business."
According to the Department of Labor’s VETS News Release, the construction industry is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years and is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation. Orion has found this to be true, as well, as Construction is among the top 10 industries in which Orion found new careers for veterans in the last quarter. The industry is also represented in CareerCast’s list of the 10 Best Jobs for Veterans by Construction Program Manager.
Chris Canfield, a former Intelligence Officer in the Marine Corps, is among the many Orion alumni making a name for themselves in Construction. He began his career with RQ Construction in 2008 as a Project Engineer working on a project for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) at Camp Pendleton. At the end of 2009, he was promoted to Assistant Project Manager. He credits this rapid promotion to his leadership, management, and communication experience gained in the military. “During that time, I also helped write various parts of our company’s proposals, mainly because I was able to understand what the lingo was and how it applied to our projects,” recalls Canfield.
When the MARSOC ended in the summer of 2010, Canfield was again promoted to Project Manager and asked to take over another project. Canfield explains, “To be promoted in three years to a position like Project Manager and run two concurrent projects showed how much trust and confidence RQ had in my abilities. I attribute it to the competencies and values I learned while I was serving.”
This latest announcement from The White House is another sign that businesses, big or small, across all industries are recognizing the benefits of hiring veterans, both to the bottom line and to our Nation.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

William Orr 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!

Why You Shouldn't Get Rid of Your Business Cards Just Yet

 Business cards may seem outdated simply because of the fact that they are so one-dimensional – how can a standard piece of cardstock with contact information still hold relevancy in today’s business world ruled by technology? Yet it is what business cards are that make them still relevant today.

Even the most tech-savvy of business executives still rely on business cards to share their information. And everyone can agree that one of the worst things that you could do (or in this case, not do) as a business professional is not have a business card handy when someone asks for your contact information.

Why does the business card have such lasting power? Even with LinkedIn and various apps designed to help upload your business cards onto your device (with names like Cardcloud, CardFlick, TwtBizCard, to name a few), nothing beats the standard business card. It still remains the easiest way to share information on the go, even with phones that act as essentially computers in our pockets. The business card uploading apps on the market today are time consuming and not user-friendly. And while LinkedIn would be the logical resource for getting rid of business cards altogether, it serves instead as more of confirmation to the business card, confirming that the person who gave you the card is indeed who they say they are.

Business cards act as the first contact, and remain one of the best tools to market at conferences and events, and even non-business occasions.

Since business cards aren’t going anywhere for the time being, consider creating one that not only includes all your information, but is also useful and visually appealing. Check out this list by Mashable of 30 of the most unconventional business cards to spark your creativity, which includes a bakery’s business card that doubles as a cookie and a lawn company’s card that includes actual seeds, just to name a few.


The Power of the Business Card: It Brands You and Creates a Source of Leads When You Collect Others

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Career Opportunities Within Orion

Become part of Orion's team! We are currently hiring for the following:

Account Executive - San Diego, CA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; and Virginia Beach, VA

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our San Diego, Austin, Cincinnati, and Virginia Beach offices.

Account Executives are responsible for discovering and securing job opportunities for our military candidates.

Account Executive Essential Job Duties

  • Create and maintain relationships with America's leading companies through development of a leads list, business development calls, onsite client presentations, and networking.
  • Educate potential clients on the value of hiring military candidates.
  • Grow and manage a portfolio of client accounts within your territory.
  • Once a job order is received, discuss the specific opportunity with identified candidates by providing a complete background on the position, company, and industry.
  • Through the final phases of the hiring process you will work with both the client and candidate to provide superior customer service and consultation to each.
  • Required travel - Attend Hiring Conferences in your region between one and two times each month; additional occasional travel within your region to client locations.

Account Executive Qualifications

  • Military Experience - You must be a former or transitioning military professional.
  • Education - Bachelors Degree is required.
  • Previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales.
  • Excellent presentation skills, energetic, and motivated.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Orion offers our Account Executives a competitive salary plus bonus structure that leads to a salary plus commission compensation structure.
  • Orion provides a full benefits package to our employees including vacation and holidays, medical, dental, vision, LTD, STD, life insurance, and 401k.

Apply for this position, or contact us with questions.


Army Officer Recruiter - Raleigh, NC 


Orion is seeking a former Army Officer to join our Raleigh office as an Army Officer Recruiter. This is your opportunity to assist your fellow Veterans, while gaining invaluable recruiting experience in a high-paced sales environment. You will work with transitioning Army Officers and aid them in their transition from Active Duty into Corporate America.

Job Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Source and build relationships with Army Officers who are preparing for an upcoming transition into Corporate America.
  • Travel to military bases within your assigned territory (Eastern and Midwest US) to give Career Transition Seminars and to meet with Officers, preparing them for their transition into the civilian workforce.
  • Present webinars and conference calls on resume preparation, interview preparation, and career transition topics.
  • Work with ACAP Centers and other key base contacts to develop relationships, a referral base, and to coordinate your visits.
  • Generate referrals from the Officers with whom you work.
  • Assist with resume creation and revision, career options and interview preparation.
  • Conduct reference checks and verify the backgrounds of candidates.
  • Match candidates with job openings that fit their background, experience, skill set, and preferences.
  • Prepare candidates for interviews, get feedback following interviews and help guide the process through the point of receiving and accepting an offer.
  • Provide recruiting support to fulfill the active job orders in your region as well as for national support targets.
  • Provide training support to our Military Talent Partners, educating them on the military, officer roles and responsibilities, and value to their organization.

Position Details:

Salary: $60,000 base salary, plus commission (1st year expected earnings in the $70k+ range)

Benefits: Orion offers an industry-standard, comprehensive benefits package to include medical / dental / vision insurance (HSA and PPO options); 401k; life insurance; ADD/STD/LTD; vacation and paid holidays.

Location: Raleigh, NC

Travel Requirements: Approximately 2 to 3 times/month to military installations and/or hiring conferences within your assigned territory (~30% travel).

Career Progression: Move into Production Recruiter or Account Executive role (average earnings is greater than $100k/year).


  • Recently transitioned Army Officer less than five years removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning.
  • Strong desire to assist fellow veterans and succeed in recruiting.
  • Strong achievement profile, high energy, and the drive to succeed in a fast paced recruiting environment.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills.
  • USMA Graduate preferred.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.

Join Orion's Alumni Club

 As an Orion alum, your experience and guidance is a valuable asset to veteran job seekers who are now in the same position you were when searching for a career. Join Orion's Alumni Club if you'd be willing to share your expertise with current Orion job seekers or discuss options for hiring military with our Account Executives. Check out the Transition Corner for others who have participated in Orion's Alumni Club.

If you would like to participate, complete this form to be enrolled in Orion’s Alumni Club and entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card.

Refer a Military Member to Orion

Do you know a military job seeker looking for a civilian career? For each referral that you give us, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral is hired through Orion, you will receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thanks.

Click here to refer a Military Member to Orion now!

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