The Bullseye - November 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Join Orion as We Raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014,
The Veteran Low to High Challenge Has Been Completed!,
Participate in the Warrior Tribute 5K in San Diego, CA, November 8!,
All Things Career Provides Solid Advice for Transitioning Veterans,
Alumni Update,
Veteran Talent Index Explores State of Veteran Employment,
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 occurred October 10-19, when our team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors hiked from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, a trek which spanned 7 days and 130+ miles. It is our goal to gain national recognition for our Partner Organizations and raise $100K+ by 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 have held 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; with the last race in 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!

The Veteran Low to High Challenge Has Been Completed!

The Veteran Low to High Challenge hike has been completed! A group of Orion employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors began the trek on October 10th and hiked through October 19th, starting in Death Valley (282 feet below sea level) to the summit of Mount Whitney (14,505 feet elevation). The hike covered 120+ miles with a 14,787 elevation change. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the hike!

Check out our Facebook event page and blog for pictures, updates, and more from the trail.

Even though the hike is over, you can still donate to the Veteran Low to High Challenge! We will be accepting donations through December 15, 2014, to raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014 for our partner organizations.

Participate in the Warrior Tribute 5K in San Diego, CA, November 8!

We have held 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; and Virginia Beach, VA; with our final 5K in San Diego, CA. The 5Ks have already raised $39,869.62, with over 700 runners! All proceeds from these events will be donated to our partners.



                           Warrior Tribute 5K - San Diego, CA

                                       November 8, 2014

                    In Support of Wounded Warriors, Transitioning Combat Veterans, and Children of Fallen Military Service Members

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.

               View Event Details Become a Sponsor Register to Run

All Things Career Podcast Provides Solid Advice for Transitioning Veterans

All Things Career founder, Kevin Kermes, recently hosted a Google Hangout called “The Job Search for Veterans in Transition” featuring Orion International Recruiting Manager, Todd Phillips. Kermes, also the founder of Career Attraction and Every Veteran Hired, hosts top career podcasts on All Things Career that deliver actionable career advice. Phillips is a former active duty Army Field Artillery Officer, Ranger school graduate, and Afghanistan combat veteran who puts his experience to work for Orion International, where he helps veterans transition into civilian careers.

The 42-minute podcast with Phillips covered topics including mistakes veterans make when considering career choices, how to narrow down career choices, the importance of networking, referrals, and relationships, as well as career trends. You can view the whole Hangout here or check out the clips below on specific subjects.

Alumni Update

The Bullseye recently caught up with Bill Tillotson, an Orion alumnus who began his career with JBS as a Maintenance Technician in March 2014. After serving 20 years in the Navy, he retired from the military and was fortunate to not have a gap in employment between retirement and his new career. Prior to retiring, he was assigned as the Ships Oil King and worked in the Oil Lab a majority of his Naval career.

When it came time to transition, Bill participated in Transition GPS and took the class twice. He found it to be very informative and that it helped him to write a good resume. He also utilized the Fleet Family Support Center (FFSC), where they proofread his resume, gave advice for improvements, and also assisted in his final PCS move.

Bill worked with Orion to find his career with JBS. “I’m doing the same type of work that I did in the Navy. They have Preventive Maintenance and Corrective Maintenance just like the Navy, and the cards have check points that tells us what to check on each piece of equipment we work on,” says Bill of his new career, “The only difference is that JBS allows ‘common sense,’ whereas the Navy walks you through each step of the process."

“For the 20 years that I served, I worked on pumps, purifiers, and valves replacements. I also learned how to troubleshoot and make recommendations on repairs of the equipment I was responsible for. Being able to read blue prints and schematics from the Naval Technical Manuals also helped me in the civilian sector, as I now utilize this skill at JBS,” explains Bill.

Bill has come a long way since he joined the Navy with no mechanical knowledge. Since starting his career with JBS, Bill received a raise and is working on his second floor qualification. He is also taking Mechanical certification courses to get even more raises and better his chances of possibly moving up to Supervisor.

Bill encourages veterans looking to transition to consider that the civilian sector is looking for dedicated workers that are at their appointed place at the appointed time, have a great work ethic, and a military chain of command mentality. He has found that companies need employees that will get the job done right the first time.

Click here to learn more about Bill’s transition.

Veteran Talent Index Explores State of Veteran Employment

The recently released sixth edition of the Veteran Talent Index from Monster Worldwide, Inc. and once again delves into the state of veteran employment and finds that although there is progress, there is also a gapbetween what veterans are seeking in civilian employers, and how many companies are branding themselves to these veterans. Established in fall 2011, the semi-annual report states that it provides “quantifiable metric of employment conditions for the transitioning service member.” According to the authors, the latest report from May shows progress in unemployment rates and steady levels of veteran career confidence and employer support.

Employers surveyed for the report stated that veterans perform as well or better than non-veterans in terms of career advancement, job retention, and job turnover. They also give their top three motivators for hiring veterans as being that the veteran was best qualified of the candidate pool (68%), the veteran’s prior work experience (59%), and the company wanted to show its support of veterans (41%).
Unfortunately, however, the Index reveals that more than half of surveyed employers (55%) do not participate in a veteran-specific recruiting initiative that would allow them to take advantage of the reasons to hire veterans listed above. That said, 69%, the highest response to date, say their company has a stated commitment to hiring veterans.
The importance of a veteran-specific recruiting initiative is evident in the fact that 85% of surveyed veterans seek companies that are supportive of veterans, 80% prefer companies that already have veterans who work there, 79% like to see a veteran-friendly website, and 75% consider it to be important that a company belongs to a national veteran recruiting initiative.
For those employers that do have some sort of veteran retention program in place, they report that the best programs are ones that emphasize mentoring, career paths and communication. Additionally, employers noted the need to be aware, respectful, and supportive of veterans’ military backgrounds.
One possible reason that so many employers aren’t creating veteran-specific recruiting programs is that accessing, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and retaining this talent is not simple. In order for such programs to be successful, they must be full-cycle. Measurable goals and objectives must be set and an understanding of military talent cultivated. And, once a program is created, a focused marketing and brand management campaign should be implemented to attract qualified veterans. Finally, there should be a thorough on-boarding process to develop and retain the newly-hired veterans.
The Index was released shortly after the National Veteran Employment Summit, presented by Monster and on April 29 and 30, 2014. The Summit consisted of human resources professionals, hiring managers, and veteran service organizations who came together to discuss best practices when hiring veterans. Orion was represented at the Summit by David Coe, Vice President of Strategic Programs, who spoke on the panel discussion focused on “I Want to Hire Veterans…How Do I Find Them? How Do I Keep Them?”.
Ultimately, the Summit concluded that there are five things both veteran job seekers and employers can do to continue the progress that is evident in these Indices. They include 1) working as a community, 2) learning from the most effective veteran initiatives and organizations, 3) taking advantage of the growing number of veteran tools and programs available, 4) communicating that your organization is a veteran-friendly employer and 5) building a veterans affinity group and mentorship programs.
Keynote speaker Army Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta, best summed up the importance of recognizing and employment veteran talent when he stated, “Failure is not an option.”
Click here to read the full Veteran Talent Index.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Yulanda Tross 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 $22,800 in referral bonuses have been earned so far in 2014!

Click here to refer a Military Member to Orion now!

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