Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why Military Technicians are a Great Fit for the New “Data Economy”

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The Economist recently published an article, The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” In recent history, oil was the depleting resource. Now, similar concerns are coming to light by the giant companies that deal with digital data and artificial intelligence, especially when considering major players including Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft.

The Data Centers which house these companies’ assets require a highly specialized team adept at working in a high-stakes environment to keep their operations secure and running 24/7. Transitioning military technicians are extremely well suited for careers as Data Center Technicians, a mission-critical role within Data Centers.

Data Center Technician Careers
If you are a military professional with a background in electronics or electrical systems, or nuclear training, a career as a Data Center Technician may be a great option to consider.
As a Data Center Technician, you will work on hardware components for networks, improve physical security through projects and maintenance, and perform work on power sources, heating and cooling controls, analyzing processes, troubleshooting, and much more.
If you’d like to learn more, please register with us online today and talk with a recruiter about our current career opportunities as a Data Center Technician!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Drop In for an Orion Base Visit


Did you know that you can meet an Orion recruiter right on base? No matter how far out you are from your transition, meeting with an Orion Recruiter in your location is the very best way to get a jump start on your career search. Orion Recruiters travel to posts and bases throughout the country, and even to some overseas installations.

Throughout the years, Orion Recruiters have realized that we can best represent you to client companies after meeting in-person, learning about you and your goals for the future, and giving you the opportunity to learn about us. We will evaluate your marketability, assist you in outlining career options, and provide invaluable information to plan the path to your civilian career.

Check out our August schedule below, and visit our website to learn more about attending:

August 10, 2017
-Fort Hood, TX

August 11, 2017
-SUBASE Groton

August 17, 2017
-Fort Bliss - Virtual Base Visit
-Kings Bay

August 23, 2017
-Fort Bragg
-New River

August 24, 2017
-Ft. Carson - Virtual Base Visit
-Camp Lejeune

August 25, 2017
-Ft. Carson - Virtual Base Visit
-SUBASE Groton

August 27, 2017
-Camp Lejeune

August 31, 2017
-Norfolk

If you're not able to meet with us in person, sign up for one of our virtual base visits, being held at Ft. Carson or Ft. Bliss

Just a half hour of your time with one of our Recruiters will set you up for success in your civilian career search. We look forward to meeting you!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

VIDEO: Unboxing an Offer Letter

Check out our unboxing video to find out what it's like to receive an offer letter from a great company like PPL Electric Utilities! 


Orion's Recruiting Team is here to help. Register with us to get in contact with a recruiter and you could be on the way to unboxing an offer letter of your own. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

GI Bill Expansion Heads to Senate



The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 quickly passed through the House Monday night, after being introduced by a bipartisan group of senators and congressmen. The “forever” GI Bill includes these provisions:

  • Veterans who become GI Bill-eligible after Jan. 1, 2018, would no longer have a 15-year “use it or lose it” time limit on their educational benefits;
  • Permanent name change to “GI Bill”;
  • Full benefits for all Purple Heart recipients;
  • Restores educational benefits for veterans whose for-profit schools shut down; and
  • Extends Yellow Ribbon eligibility to spouses and dependents of a GI Bill veteran who dies.
The Bill passed 405-0 and is expected to be passed by the Senate this week. It would then head to the White House. 

Read more about the Act here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Inside Look at an Orion Talent Hiring Conference

Are you thinking about attending an Orion Talent Hiring Conference?

Check out our inside look at last week’s Orion Talent Hiring Conference in Virginia Beach to learn more about what you can expect.

Orion Hiring Conference, Day 1

Friendly faces from the Orion team will answer questions and offer assistance
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Be prepared for a day full of interview preparation

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Practice and prepare for your interviews in small groups

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You will attend briefings presented by the companies with which you will interview on Day 2. This will allow you to learn more about the companies and their culture, and the specific positions for which you will be interviewing.

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Orion Hiring Conference, Day 2


You will interview with hiring managers for positions that you are qualified for and match your preferences.
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The Orion team works hard in the background to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

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After the Conference


Following the hiring conference, your Orion recruiter will provide feedback from the companies you interviewed with, and to determine next steps in the hiring process for those opportunities you decide to pursue.
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Check out our full conference schedule to learn more and make plans to attend an upcoming event. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hot Industries for Veterans in 2017

GI Jobs recently shared new stats from the Department of Labor listing seven industries that have shown notable growth over the first six months of the year. Included in these seven are Manufacturing and Construction, both of which Orion Talent has seen veterans have great success.

Examples of careers in commercial and industrial construction in which veterans excel include roles as Project Engineers, Project Managers, Estimators, Superintendents / Assistant Superintendents, and Leadership Development Programs.

Veterans possess technical degrees, project management skills, and leadership experiences that are an excellent fit for construction. And while they may not have worked in construction and/or haven’t considered a career in the industry, their analytical abilities, thoroughness, excellent communication skills, and an understanding of how to drive timelines, resources, and manpower prepared them more than many civilians.


Manufacturing is another great option for veterans due to their understanding of the relationship between quality, quantity, maintenance, safety, and the people they supervise. Veterans shouldn’t discount their depth of leadership, ethics, and a proven record of success that is crucial on the manufacturing floor.

The tremendous training and real world experience on troubleshooting electrical, mechanical or electronic systems, coupled with a history of maintaining and upgrading technology and machinery, also make veterans great. Veterans are leaving an indelible mark in this industry through their technological talent, experience, and ability to affect change. Not to mention their logistical experience moving assets through air, land, and sea daily.

The other five industries on that GI Jobs lists also offer a breadth of opportunities for veterans. Any veteran considering transitioning out of the military should not feel pigeon-holed into an industry that directly correlates to their military occupation. It is wise to consider all your options, and these seven industries, as GI Jobs points out, are a great place to start.

Click here to begin your career search today!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Leadership Lessons Webinar - Join us on July 12th

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The Jack Welch Management Institute invites you to attend a free Leadership Lessons Webinar with James Schenck, Chief Executive Officer of Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), on Wednesday July 12th at 1:30 pm EST.

Mr. Schenck will share the leadership and business lessons gained through his transition from the military, and rise through ranks of the banking and financial services industry. He will discuss his leadership philosophy and answer questions from the audience. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn from one of today’s leading executives.

Since becoming CEO in April of 2014, Mr. Schenck has led PenFed’s asset growth from $17.6B to over $23B, establishing it one of the largest credit unions in the United States.  He serves alongside an outstanding executive team and nearly 2,000 employees who help PenFed's members "Do Better" each day.


James Schenck Biography

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Mr. James Raymond Schenck has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Pentagon Federal Credit Union since April 1, 2014, and has served as part of its executive leadership team since 2001. Before joining PenFed, he was an Army Officer. He served on the Army Staff in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, overseeing the Army's OPTEMPO Budget. His final tour was as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Mr. Schenck graduated from the United States Military Academy and became an Aviation Officer, flying UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and taught Economics and Finance at West Point.