Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Orion International is now Orion Talent

Last week we matched our 40,000th Veteran with a rewarding career, and this Monday, May 22, 2017, Orion International became Orion Talent! 

This change aligns with our commitment to grow our services to meet our clients' ever-expanding talent acquisition needs. We focus all of our energies on putting talented Veterans to work, and now our name reflects that commitment and the expansion of our services to deliver even more great talent to American businesses.

Watch this 1 minute video to find out more about the name change, and what this means to you! 

Too learn more about Orion Talent, visit us today!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Engineering Careers for Veterans

Engineering is an in-demand career field and encompasses a broad range of positions. While many JMO candidates don’t feel qualified for a position in this field since they have been out of school for several years, in many cases it doesn’t matter if you have an engineering degree or not.  Companies may take a candidate with a hard science degree, strong technical aptitude, and practical experience for some engineering roles. 

Serving as an Engineering Division Officer on a ship or the Quality Assurance Officer in your squadron may qualify you for an engineering role. Orion has helped find engineering careers for JMOs from many different backgrounds, including Aviation Officers, Artillery Officers, Mechanical Engineering Officers, Nuclear Surface War Officers, Army Corps of Engineers, Communications Officers, and Pilots.

Engineering careers span virtually all industries and can range from technical to managerial. Veterans interested in engineering careers should be interested in quality and process improvement and have hands-on experience. From initial engineering roles, you can expect to move into other roles of increasing responsibility to include Engineering Manager, Plant Management, and, ultimately, into executive leadership positions within a company. 

Examples of Engineering Positions Available to Veterans

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Facilities/District Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
Orion’s clients come to us to recruit the best the military has to offer, and we continue to success in match talented JMOs with engineering positions with top companies like BASF, Lutron, PPL Corporation, and Honda, among others. Click here to learn more about our services for JMOs and here to search for engineering careers now.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Orion’s Senior VP of Recruiting, Todd Phillips, gives the inside scoop on attending a Hiring Conference

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The latest in our Podcast Series: Todd Phillips, Orion's Senior Vice President of Recruiting gives candidates the inside scoop on attending an Orion hiring conference. He has traveled across all regions and has become a hiring conference legend at Orion.

Todd talks about the difference between an Orion Hiring Conference and a traditional job fair, how to prepare for an Orion Hiring Conference, and what to expect - from the job interview to the offer stage. Listen to the full podcast here! (11:12)

If you have any questions about a specific show or recommendations for future topics, please send us an email at

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

8 Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview

As technology continues to advance, the world we live in continues to shrink. It’s now easier than ever to chat face-to-face with a loved one all the way across the world. This same technology is also changing the way we interview for jobs. Virtual interviews are being increasingly used to connect job candidates in one state to hiring managers in another. In fact, Orion is excited to offer virtual interviews for a variety of positions both within Orion and with our clients through HireVue.

This new method of interviewing offers flexibility, lower costs, and ease of use to both candidates and employers. But with this new way to interview comes new keys to success. Check out our 8 tips for a great virtual interview.
1. Dress the part: Wear whatever you would wear to an in-person interview for a virtual one. (i.e. Wear pants. This humorous reminder is courtesy of a comment we received on LinkedIn when we recently posted a Military Times article on Skype interviews. Obvious, but true!)
2. Choose an appropriate user name: If you're using Skype, make sure you have a professional username, nothing inappropriate like "ilikebeer2012" or "partyanimal15".
3. Be prepared: Have your resume and any notes/questions ready to go.
4. Test your tech: Ensure your internet connection is strong and reliable, that your microphone is clear, and your webcam provides a good image.
5. Silence your phone and computer: The last thing you need is a ding alerting you to a new email or a text message distracting you from your interview.
6. Ensure a quiet professional environment: In her article on virtual interviews for, Allison Ross advises to avoid sitting in front of window, both for lighting and distraction issues, and avoid sitting in your bedroom.
7. Do a dry run online with a friend or family member: Dawn Dugan lists this tip in her article on the topic. It’s a great way to test technology, ensure that you come across the way you want, and how the background you choose looks from the other end.
8. Look at the webcam: Dugan also points out that this is as close as you come to looking your interviewer in the eye. It may be tempting to look at the image of yourself on your screen, but that will look odd on other end.
A virtual interview is an effective and efficient way to get a job. And as more and more companies turn toward this technology, it’s important to become comfortable in front of the camera. Following the tips above should lead to a successful virtual interview!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Orion’s Nick Ruscoe Live with Jack Welch

Orion Account Executive Nick Ruscoe is currently a student in The Jack Welch Management Institute MBA program. Nick has been with Orion for just over a year, and is currently taking two classes each semester while working full-time as an Account Executive, where he works with top companies to identify great career opportunities for transitioning and former military.

When Nick was recently given the opportunity to ask Jack Welch a few questions about industry trends, he jumped on the chance, and asked two questions of Jack.

The first was in regard to the rise of automation. This has been a newsworthy topic in recent times, for both small and large companies. Major truck manufacturers like Volvo are testing autonomous driving for cross country deliveries, while a coffee shop in California has made headlines with its fully mechanized coffee shop with coffee prepared by robots, sold with a lower price tag than that of a barista-staffed coffee shop.

Nick expressed that this has always been a concern, but appears to be coming a lot faster and in more industries than expected. Nick asked Jack how this trend will impact employees.

Jack Welch responded “The pressure will be on for the better people. This will be a talent battle.” The jobs that are being taken over by robots are blue collar and low tech positions. This will put pressure on employees to continue their education, and to shine as leaders and team builders.  

He stated, “to answer your question, will automation take some jobs? Like coffee making, etc?  Yes! But if you are a leader, everyone will want you.”

As a follow up, Nick asked Jack how this competition will impact Veterans who are seeking jobs, versus employees that have industry experience.

Jack adds, “I was crazy about hiring military veterans. We always had great ones. The Veterans I hired were flexible with their time, flexible in their mobility, and they were intense. They knew what leadership meant and did all kinds of great things as employees.”  

Nick thanked Jack Welch for his time and creating the MBA program. As a student in the program, Nick said that he is so thankful for the ability to be able to take what he learns in class, and apply it the next day at work. Please visit us online to learn more about the Jack Welch Management Institute Online MBA program.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Orion Senior Account Executive Alex Jigger Appears on Operation: American Dream

Orion Senior Account Executive Alex Jigger recently appeared on Operation: American Dream to discuss military-to-civilian transitions in a segment called "Transition - What Does That Mean For Someone Who Has Served?" Check it out below.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Student Veterans Working with Orion

Regardless of how long you have until graduation, it's never too early to begin working with Orion. Orion is the nation's largest military career placement firm, and we'll help put your hard-earned degree to work. Watch the video below to learn more about working with Orion.

Register on our site to have access to Orion's Recruiting Team so that we can begin to plan to help you through your transition.