The Bullseye - October 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Join Orion as We Raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014,
Local 5Ks in Support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge,
Orion Featured Employer Whirlpool Corporation Highlighted in GI Jobs Article on Retail Industry,
Alumni Update,
Veteran Career Training Programs Offer Pathway to Civilian Jobs,
Congratulations to this Month's Winner!,
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

The 5K run/walk was a huge success, with $13,498 projected for our partner Veteran non-profit organizations and 209 runners! The office is still receiving individual donations.

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September 13, 2014 - Lake Pflugerville, TX

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

Even with bad weather and some surprise races the same weekend, the Austin office raised $3,583.62 for our non-profit Veteran organizations, with more donations expected to come in over the next few days. 178 runners signed up for the race!

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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

The Raleigh office pulled off a fantastic event with a lot of positive feedback from everyone involved! Many runners stated that they would come back next year. The office is projecting $16,753 for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations. 268 runners were in attendance.

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September 20, 2014 - Virginia Beach, VA


                              September 20, 2014 - Virginia Beach, VA

The Virginia Beach office raised $6,485 for our partner Veteran organizations! 117 runners attended the event.

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November 8, 2014 - San Diego, CA


                                    November 8, 2014 - San Diego, CA

A family friendly 5K at San Diego's NTC Park at Liberty Station! The Warrior Tribute 5K will feature a timed 5K run/walk for adults and kids alike and plenty of fun for the whole family.

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Orion Featured Employer Whirlpool Corporation Highlighted in GI Jobs Article on Retail Industry

In his August 2014 GI Jobs article, Industry Intel: Surprising Retail Careers, Marty Levine interviews Ellen Davis, senior vice president of the National Retail Federation (NRF), who describes a robust career field. Davis explains: “Retail is a fantastic career opportunity. First of all, it’s big – there are a ton of opportunities. You can work in retail in your hometown. You can travel around the world with retail. The biggest tip I would give a veteran is that this is an industry that really offers career opportunities.” That includes careers in IT and cyber security, logistics, and operations.

Featured in the article is Whirlpool, the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Whirlpool is also an Orion International Featured Employer, having distinguished themselves by their commitment to hiring veterans. Whirlpool’s top careers for Veterans, as listed in the article include Engineering/Project Management, Procurement, Information Technology/Global Information Systems, Production Management, andLogistics. Orion is currently recruiting veterans for engineering and technician positions with Whirlpool.

In addition to hiring veterans, Whirlpool also supports them on the job through their Whirlpool Veterans Association (WVA), a group welcoming all Whirlpool employees interested in recognizing and supporting their veteran colleagues. The group supports community events, advocates veteran recruiting, provides on-boarding support for veterans and their families, and even hosts social events. To learn more about how Whirlpool recruits and supports the veterans they hire, click here.

Kimberly Fry, senior manager for talent acquisition at Whirlpool, tells Levine, “We’ve found veterans to be outstanding talent. Our biggest challenge is finding roles that are big enough for them – which is a great problem to have. What I found is that the background of the military is so diverse that I can place the veterans anywhere in our organization and we’ll be confident in their performance – from hourly to the top and everywhere in between.”

Due to the diversity of available positions in Retail, Davis points out that veterans are going to find tremendous opportunity in areas where they already have experience in the military, be it logistics, security, management, or even IT. “Forty-four percent of retail jobs have nothing to with being in a sales role,” she says. Salaries can vary greatly by position but, according to Davis, Retail is one of the few “meritocracies” left, with many people in retail bring home $100,000+.

Ultimately, Levine illustrates that Retail is more than just being a cashier and that those who are cashiers have a shot at working their way up the chain into management. He also points out that the breadth of experience veterans have makes them a great fit for this huge, diverse industry.

To learn how your company can become an Orion Featured Employer like Whirlpool through a full-cycle customized Military Talent Program, please click here.

Alumni Update

U.S. Army Captain Jeff Moehling separated from service in June 2000 and began working with Orion International to find a civilian career. That partnership led to a position as a Sales Representative with Eli Lilly. The career match was an excellent one, and, in August 2014, Moehling celebrated his 14-year anniversary with the company.

After three years in his initial position, Moehling was promoted to Senior Sales Representative as a result of above average sales results and consistent leadership within his district. In May 2004, he was promoted to an associate role in Eli Lilly’s corporate office in Indianapolis, Indiana, and spent two years there as a Sales Training Associate. Following that, he was again promoted to a District Sales Manager position in Tyler, Texas, where he supervised ten sales representatives all over East Texas.

Then, in August 2009, Moehling made the decision to return to Austin and an Executive Sales Representative role in order to spend more time with his family and explore other outside interests. Moehling explains that doing so paid off, “I am now a father of two, and a three-time Ironman triathlon finisher!”

Moehling has some sage advice for veterans making the transition to a civilian career: "The best advice I can give to our transitioning military is to get any assistance you can, be patient, and have a lot of confidence in the value you can provide to future employers as a veteran. Whether you were enlisted or an officer, the experiences and training you have received will prove extremely valuable to civilian companies. The best soldiers are able to lead and motivate those around them, and I have yet to come across an executive that isn't looking for the future leaders of his/her company."

Although he is no longer in the Army, Moehling continues to connect with his fellow veterans through Orion’s Transition Corner. Through his profile on the site, he offers words of advice, describes his transition experience, and answers questions. Click here to read more of Moehling's advice and learn about his career path from Army Nurse Corps to Sales. If you would like to participate in Transition Corner, please contact Allison Thomas.

Veteran Career Training Programs Offer Pathway to Civilian Jobs

For many veterans, a common barrier to entry into the civilian workforce is a perceived lack of relevant experience. One way veterans can overcome this challenge is through corporate-sponsored training programs. The veterans who are participating in these programs enter the workforce armed with knowledge from some of the nation’s foremost companies.

Microsoft, a 2013 Fortune Best Company to Work For, has recently expanded their Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) to Camp Pendleton and Fort Hood. The 16-week program, that provides IT training to eligible U.S. active-duty transitioning service members, began last year at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where a third class is now being held.
Students in the course are taught by professors from Saint Martin’s University in Washington and Central Texas College using a customized Microsoft IT Academy curriculum, and Microsoft employees volunteer as mentors. The ultimate goal of the interactive lessons and mock interviews is the opportunity to interview at Microsoft. But, even if the training doesn’t end in a career with Microsoft, the training is sure to be invaluable. According to reports, nearly 90 service members are benefiting from or have already completed the MSSA. Learn more about the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy.
Cisco offers a training program, also geared toward technology, called the CSR Program: Veterans Program. Introduced in May 2013, Cisco’s IT Training and Certification Program enables transitioning military personnel with prior IT experience to access IT training, certification, and career-matching opportunities. Selected service members are invited to register on a talent exchange platform where they can explore careers, take a quick assessment, and choose from a selection of IT certifications, such as Cisco CCNA.
According to the Cisco blog, “After completing the coursework and passing the certification exam provided by select IT training and exam partners, the Pipeline will then match their military experience and qualifications to qualifying high-demand, civilian IT job postings.” The program also offered track IT training and certification scholarships to 1000 service members. Additionally, the Cisco Networking Academy has helped more than 51,000 military personnel develop information and communications technology (ICT) skills since 1997. Learn more about Cisco’s Veteran Program.
IT is not the only field offering these programs. Accenture, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Orion International, and Efiia Cares are offering Veteran and Military Spouse Project Management Training, an intensive project management (PM) training classes for veterans and military spouses throughout 2014. The objective of the program is to help veterans and military spouses compete for higher paying, executive management track positions that lead to long-term professional success.
Though the class does not provide a formal certification, it does provide intensive classroom instruction on project management fundamentals, preparation for the PMP Exam, as well as group exercises, case studies, resume support, and interview practice. The program is offered at no cost to veterans, military spouses, and active duty military scheduled for separation in 2014.
The inaugural class held in January 2014 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. Additional classes were held in May and June, and the next class will be held in the fall in the Washington DC area. Learn more about this program.
Another program that was just announced is the Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training Program sponsored by General Motors, the U.S. Army, and Raytheon Company. The program begins in August 2014 and is a part of the Army’s Soldier for Life support program. Once the program is completed, participants will receive career counseling, job-placement recommendations and employment assistance from Army Soldier for Life centers, and access to available GM technician employment opportunities through GM’s authorized dealer network. GM's dealer network needs approximately 2,500 new technicians annually and qualified technicians are often in short supply, so the program helps meet this need while offering veterans a civilian career path. Learn more here.
Training programs like these, whether geared toward technological, project management, or mechanical skills, are giving veterans the opportunity to hone their skills and explore how they can apply those skills to careers with some of the nation’s top companies. When speaking about Microsoft’s program, Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas R. Gault, U.S. Garrison Fort Hood, sums it up, “The beauty of programs like this is they develop the necessary skills that complement the talents of our service members while they are still in the Army — skills that translate into real job opportunities before they transition into civilian life. I would encourage any company that is looking for tough, hard-working, dedicated employees who demonstrate leadership to consider hiring our transitioning soldiers.”

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Mark Bivins 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!

Career Opportunities Within Orion

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

San Diego, CA; Raleigh, NC

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

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.

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.

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.

Help grow our Alumni network and join our LinkedIn Alumni group! Connect with 700+ members and keep up to date on Orion news, updates, and other alumni-related topics.

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. More than $19,200 in referral bonuses have been earned so far in 2014!

Click here to refer a Military Member to Orion now!

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