The Bullseye - August 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Join Orion as We Raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014,
Local 5Ks in Support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge,
Alumni Update,
Veterans Led Federal Hiring in 2013,
Congratulations to this Month's Winner!,
Army Drawdown Continues,
Career Opportunities Within Orion,
Join Orion's Alumni Club,
Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion,
Connect with Orion

Join Orion as We Raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014

Join Orion as we raise $100K for Veterans in 2014 through the Veteran Low to High Challenge - directly supporting Burned and Wounded Personnel and their Families, Children of Fallen Service Members, and Transitioning Combat Veterans. 

All donations are tax-deductible and will benefit our partner Charitable Veterans Organizations - Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots, and Warrior Hike. Learn more about our Partner Organizations.

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge will occur in October, when our team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors, will hike from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, a trek which will span 7 days and 130+ miles. It is our goal to gain national recognition for our Partner Organizations and raise $100K+ by undertaking and completing the Low to High Challenge.

Get Involved

  • Make a donation to the Veteran Low to High Challenge! All donations are tax-deductible, and we appreciate each and every contribution. To make your donation even more impactful, Orion will double your donation by matching, dollar-for-dollar, the first $14,505 (the height of Mt. Whitney!) raised in Individual Donations. Donate now
  •  Get your company involved! Corporate Sponsorship is an opportunity for your organization to receive high-visibility recognition within the military community while directly supporting our partner charitable organizations. We have several levels of Corporate Sponsorship available, to allow your company to contribute in a meaningful way to the Veteran Low to High Challenge, regardless of budget. Learn more about Corporate Sponsorship
  •  Participate in a 5K in your area. We are holding a 5K Race in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH;      Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA. All proceeds from these events will be donated to our partners. Learn more and register

Please contact us any questions and to learn more about contributing to the Veteran Low to High Challenge. We appreciate each and every donation, and thank you in advance for your support!

Local 5Ks in Support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge

We are holding a 5K Race in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA. All proceeds from these events will be donated to our partners. Learn more about our Partners.

September 6, 2014 - West Chester, OH

Go The Extra Mile For The Vets 5K - In Support of Wounded Warriors, Transitioning Combat Veterans, and Children of Fallen Military Service Members

September 13, 2014 - Lake Pflugerville, TX

5K Warrior Run - In Support of Wounded Warriors, Transitioning Combat Veterans, and Children of Fallen Military Service Members


September 20, 2014 - Cary, NC

Patriot Challenge 5K - Show Your Colors - In Support of Wounded Warriors, Transitioning Combat Veterans, and Children of Fallen Military Service Members

September 20, 2014 - Virginia Beach, VA - details coming soon!

November 8, 2014 - San Diego, CA - details coming soon!

Alumni Update


USMC Pilot, Industrial Engineer, Michelin

I attended the University of Minnesota where I received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  I also worked as a design engineer for my last year of college and for another year once I graduated.  After two years as an engineer, I was called to do something else.  I joined the USMC and was awarded an aviation contract.  After several years of training, I was flying F-18s in Beaufort, SC. 

I flew for two tours totaling about seven years, and I held several positions within the squadron including the following leadership positions Mission Commander, Power Plants and Flight Line Division Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. After four deployments and more than 1500 flight hours, I transitioned to the reserves and began the search for civilian employment.

After working with Orion for less than a week, I was asked if I was interested in an opportunity with Michelin North America.  I did a bit of research and accepted an invitation to interview.  My interview process was broken into three parts.  The first was an initial phone interview, lasting about one hour.  I was asked standard interview questions with a few of them geared toward math and problem solving.

I was called a few days later and invited to a face-to-face interview at their North America Headquarters in Greenville, SC.  This stage was about 5 hours and included one-on-one interviews with three different people.  These interviews covered a broad range of topics to include problem solving and “tell me about a time when” questions.  I also feel it’s important to note that Michelin offered to fly me to their location for the interview.  I chose to drive instead and was reimbursed for the more than 300 mile round trip.  The hotel and meals were also on Michelin.  The process was professional and classy from beginning to end. 

Several days after the on-site interview, I was asked to participate in one more phone interview.  After the last interview, I was offered a position with Michelin as an Industrial Engineer on what they called a “management pipeline.”  I was hired to be a manager, but only after I receive a few years of on-the-job training to get a better understanding of the company and its manufacturing process.

I’ve been with Michelin for a few weeks and will say that my experience so far has been good all around.  It has been reassuring, learning from the inside that many of the things I researched prior to being hired were accurate.  Michelin has been a class act from the beginning, and nothing has changed. 

My degree provided me the required education.  My time in the Marine Corps provided me the leadership and management experience and the confidence that kids right out of college, and many that have worked in the corporate world for years, have not developed yet. I think the opportunity to utilize that leadership and management experience in a corporate environment will be rewarding. 

I recommend Michelin to my fellow veterans, because they are serious about offering non entry-level positions to people with the right experience.  After working here for only three weeks, I’ve met nearly a dozen former military officers, several in management positions.  Take Michelin seriously as a potential employer.  I nearly missed this opportunity, because I had invitations to interview with a variety of other companies both corporate and defense. 

I wasn’t going to take the Michelin interview initially, and, when I did, I considered it a back up to multiple offers I’d already received.  I’m glad I did take the interview, because the offer I received from Michelin was better than the other offers in just about every way.  And the total package (pay, benefits, security, flexibility with reserve commitments, training, education, relocation) was significantly better than anything I’d received. 

Would you like to featured in Transition Corner? Please contact Allison Thomas to learn more!

Veterans Led Federal Hiring in 2013

While Federal hiring has declined nearly 50 percent over the last four years, Veteran employment in Federal agencies has seen an increase, a July 9th Partnership for Public Service report states.

About 77,000 new employees were hired in fiscal year 2013, with Veteran comprising 45 percent, a 10 percent increase from Veteran hiring in 2008. Currently, Veterans make up 32 percent of the federal workforce.

This increase coincides with the Veterans Employment Initiative, signed by President Obama on November 9, 2009 to help men and women who have served in the military find employment in the federal government, with emphasis placed on aligning the talents of transitioning military and Veterans to key positions that they are well suited and qualified.

With the new initiative, it’s no surprise that Veteran hiring has seen a significant increase during the last five years, as the Departments of Defense, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other Federal agencies have made it a priority to help transitioning military and Veterans find a career in a government agency with tools such as, a website devoted to providing information on Federal employment to Veterans and transitioning military.

With an increase in Veteran hiring awareness coupled with key government initiatives like the Veterans Employment Initiative and Joining Forces, it is likely that the number of veterans hired in Federal agencies and the private sector will continue to steadily rise.

In March, the Department of Labor reported the jobless rate for all Veterans at 6.6 percent, a bit lower than the jobless rate for the population as a whole. Yet, the unemployment rate for Veterans remains disturbingly high, sitting around 9 percent, noticeably higher than for non-Veterans in the same demographic group.

Regardless, the growing trend of hiring Veterans in federal agencies is an important step in the right direction to raise the employment rate and lower the jobless rate for all Veterans.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Charleen Shakman 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!

Army Drawdown Continues

The Army drawdown continues, with about 1,100 Army Captains notified that their military careers are ending. Another 500 Majors will receive the same news in August.

The drawdown is the result of the Army’s effort to trim down the military due to federal budget ambiguity. Since its commencement in October 2012, the Army as a whole has dropped from 550,000 to 530,000 by the end of the fiscal year 2013.

Projections indicate that the Army will end fiscal year 2014 with 510,000 Soldiers, with the plan to cut the Active force by another 20,000 in 2015. The most recent defense budget proposal from the Department of Defense orders for an Army of 450,000 Soldiers.

The current Army Officer cuts were planned by officer separation and early retirement boards that met this spring to review 19,000 Active-duty Officers for potential early separation.

Army Vice Chief of Staff General John Campbell stated that the current drawdown is an unwanted necessity. He lamented that good officers who’ve risked their lives to serve this nation will have to leave.

“They’re in the Army now, and in other times they’d probably continue to stay in the Army,” he said. “But this is not normal times.”

The areas that are most affected by the drawdown are the Army educational institutions and Training and Doctrine Command, the Army Medical Command, brigade combat teams, and logistics units, which have already been cut considerably.

 However, even as the Army prepares for ongoing drawdowns, there are some fields – cyberwarfare, special operations, and missile defense – that have expanded, Campbell said.

Yet the drawdown will come as a shock to many. Most of the Captains affected will receive separation pay, while a few have accrued enough time in the Army to be eligible for early retirement.

“They’ll have nearly 10 months to transition, to get their finances and their families ready, all the things they need to do to get a smooth takeoff as they leave the service,” Campbell said.

If you know someone affected by the Army drawdown, Orion wants to help! Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion and have them check out our Transition Corner, with resources such as resume writing, interview preparation, and more to help their military to civilian transition. For Active Duty Officers, our Military Officer Transition Program is a step-by-step guide to prepare officers for success as they transition into the civilian workforce.

You can also become a voice of those who have “been there, done that” by being featured in our Advice from Orion Alumni section, a forum for those transitioning out of the military to receive guidance, advice, and support, as well as to benefit from the experience of a fellow vet.


10K soldiers must go this year, 20K next year

Career Opportunities Within Orion

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

Account Executive - San Diego, CA

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our San Diego office.

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.


Enlisted Candidate Recruiter - Austin, TX

Orion is currently seeking an Enlisted Candidate Recruiter for our Austin, TX office.

Position Description:

  • Work with candidates exiting the military and identify those who have the skills and abilities our clients are looking for.
  • Source, screen, and match candidates for opportunities based on a variety of qualifications.
  • Prepare candidates for interviews and work with them through the Orion pipeline, from sourcing, to acceptance of a job offer, and after they begin their new position.
  • Daily activities will include but are not limited to: searching for candidates, cold calling candidates, screening candidates, identifying candidates for opportunities, and working with candidates on resume preparation and interviewing skills.
  • You will travel to different military installations in your territory interviewing potential candidates. You will also travel to hiring conferences sponsored by Orion International.

Compensation and Benefits:

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment.  We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure.  We also include a 401k plan, medical and dental, disability, and profit sharing. At Orion, we believe in promoting our top performers in a company that is focused on growth.


  • Must have served in the United States military - no exceptions.
  • Must have military recruiting experience.
  • Must live in the greater Austin area.
  • A military technical background is desired.

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

Navy Officer Recruiter - Virginia Beach, VA

Orion is seeking a former Navy Officer to join our Virginia Beach office as a Navy 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 Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force Officers in the Northeast region and aid them in their transition from Active Duty into Corporate America. Salary: $60,000 base salary, plus commission (1st year expected earnings in the $70k+ range) 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). Requirements:

  • Recently transitioned Navy 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.
  • USNA Graduate preferred.

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

Recruiting Assistant - Austin, TX

In this position you will be responsible for providing manager-level administrative support. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as Point of Contact for Contract Onboarding accounts. 
  • Responsible for start to finish of Contract Employee onboarding processes.  
  • Responsible for all payroll tracking and submissions for contractors.
  • Administrative support of Recruiters for Direct and Contract positions and placements.
  • Organization, execution, and support for Conference administrative responsibilities.
  • Contacts and interviews candidates. Be prepared to make approximately 100 outbound phone calls per week, contacting candidates about our recruiting firm, current openings, and hiring conferences.
  • Utilize online job boards to actively search for and source candidates for open positions.
  • Schedule phone interviews and pre-screenings between candidates and recruiters.
  • Update resumes and other documents into customized software and update candidate screens and information.
  • Various clerical work to include filing, scanning and copying.

Position Details:

Shift Work: Standard 40-hr work week (~8a to 5p M-F)

Salary: $15/hr.+, depending on experience.

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; 2 weeks vacation; and a business-casual work environment.


  • College degree is highly preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of Military structure is preferred, but not required.
  • Prior experience in Staffing preferred, but not required.
  • This is a fast-paced industry and a demanding environment, so in order to be successful in this position you must have top-notch time management and organizational skills, and be able to multi-task effectively.
  • You must be very comfortable interacting on a regular basis with Orion candidates via both phone and in-person, to include making cold calls and customer service calls as required.
  • You must be proficient with computer systems including the full MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access), and demonstrate the ability to quickly learn and master company-specific software and intranet systems.
  • You must have a keen eye for quality control, even with mundane and routine tasks.
  • Past characteristics of success for top performers in this role include: “TEAM” oriented individual, proactive, outgoing personality, positive attitude, versatile, and strong pride in work.

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 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 Job Seeker 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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