Sunday, November 1, 2015
In this Issue
Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Robillard
Orion recently followed up with alumnus Kevin Robillard, an Aviation Captain, and UH-60 Blackhawk Assault Company Commander in the Washington Army National Guard. Now a Senior SIOP and Inventory Leader with Honeywell Aerospace, Kevin assumed that employers would be lined up to extend him job offers following five years of active duty. He was in for a surprise and soon made finding a career a full-time job.
"During my career search, there were times where I would lose heart. Most of the jobs I was interested in gave me the impression based on the application criteria that my experience and education were not adequate, and, therefore, I would choose not to apply. Looking back, that was a mistake," recalls Kevin.
Kevin soon reached out to Orion and was almost immediately scheduled for an upcoming hiring conference. Despite holding what he believes to be a non-applicable degree for most corporate positions, Kevin interviewed with several companies through Orion, and received a call-back from Honeywell Aerospace for an ISC Supervisor role, which he accepted in December 2012.
Kevin advises veteran job seekers to play to their strengths. "I had zero manufacturing experience, zero aerospace experience, zero corporate experience, zero civilian supervising experience," explains Kevin, "yet I did have leadership, team-building, operations, planning, problem-solving, and demonstrated success in all of those realms, along with the world-class training and mentorship that the US Army provides."
Kevin continues, "I believe that most successful businesses and hiring managers value the intrinsic leadership principles instilled in service members above job-specific experience. That being said, play to your strengths and sell yourself. Show your potential employer what you bring to the table, and don't dwell on what you don't know. Most of that stuff can be taught."
For the first two years of his career at Honeywell, Kevin supervised anywhere from 20-70 direct reports in an aerospace manufacturing facility, starting on second shift and moving to first shift about a year in. Within the last six months, he received a promotion and transfer into the Materials group as a Senior Sales, Inventory, Operations and Planning (SIOP) Leader, where he advises the site leadership on strategic initiatives and the direction to take the factory in terms of census, hours, overtime, inventory, etc.
"Learning an entire industry from the ground up has been incredibly challenging, oftentimes 'drinking from the fire hose', but if I can do it, anybody can. Hard work and long hours generally do pay off in the long run," says Kevin.
Kevin explains that veterans bring a unique skill-set to any career they choose. The training and experience veterans receive during their military service sets them apart and makes them a valuable commodity to potential employers. "Every Soldier is a leader," Kevin says, "and there are dynamic careers in America's top companies just waiting for leaders to step in and begin making an impact.
Career Opportunities within Orion
Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers with a strong record of achievement to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive. We are hiring for our Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; and San Diego, CA, offices.
As an Account Executive, you will be responsible for creating relationships with America's leading companies through development of leads lists, business development calls, and client presentations. The work you do will help fellow veterans transition into the civilian workforce.
To qualify, you should have military experience, a Bachelors degree, and previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales. Learn more about joining the Orion team.
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.
Marine Corps Officer Recruiter
We are also seeking a Transitioning USMC Officer to join our San Diego team as a Marine Corps Officer Recruiter. We are hiring for our San Diego, CA, office.
Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning Officer candidates at a salary of $60,000 - $65,000 base salary, plus commission. For this position, you must be a recently transitioned USMC Officer less than one year removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning. Click here to apply.
Air Force Enlisted Recruiter
Orion is currently seeking a Transitioning an Air Force Enlisted Personnel for an Air Force Enlisted Recruiter position in our Austin, TX, office.
Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning Airmen candidates. 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. For this position, you must be a recently transitioned Air Force Enlisted Personnel less than one year removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning. Click here to apply.
Enlisted Personnel Candidate Recruiter
Orion International is Seeking Enlisted Personnel Candidate Recruiters in our Cary, NC, and San Diego, CA, offices.
Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning enlisted candidates. 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. For this position, you must have honorably served in the United States Military and have civilian or military recruiting experience. Click here to apply.
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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.
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Congratulations to this Month's Winner!
Keith Clipp 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 referrals and Job Seeker referrals. That's one entry for each referral that you submit - good luck and thank you for the referral!
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.
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