Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Step-by-Step Guide to an Ideal Military Transition Timeline

Orion usually begins working with military professionals who are approximately 18 months from their planned start date. Based on that timeline, you can use the following checklist as a guide to ensure you are doing everything possible to prepare yourself for success in Corporate America.

But keep in mind, it's never too late to start working with Orion to find a civilian career, even if you are leaving the service tomorrow. While 18 months is an ideal amount of prep time, Orion can handle any timeline. No matter when you begin preparing, you should start at the beginning of our timeline and move through the timeline at the speed appropriate to your transition.

18 - 7 months prior to your separation date

- Attend a base visit presentation and/or schedule a base visit interview.
- Conduct an initial phone screen with an Orion Candidate Recruiter to determine initial interests and establish general target locations. Your recruiter will send you an initial preparation packet.
- Establish your timeline. Let your recruiter know your planned Earliest Start Date.
- Begin your professional reading in target areas using our suggested reading list.
- Subscribe to The Hunter, Orion's monthly e-newsletter for military job seekers. You will stay up-to-date on industry trends, articles of interest and Orion hiring events and featured job opportunities. It's a great way to get a jump start on your civilian career.
- Begin listening to Orion's From the Battlefield to the Boardroom Podcast, with episodes dedicated to supporting military job seekers throughout their transition process.
- During this time, we will be in contact with you every couple of months to check in, and determine your progress.

6 - 4 months prior to your separation date

- Attend a base visit presentation and/or schedule a base visit interview.
- Contact your Orion Candidate Recruiter about your preferences. Make sure you clearly communicate the industries that you are looking for, your salary range, and geographic preferences. Keep in mind that the more flexible you are, the more opportunities we can show you.
- Complete your resume using one of our two resume formats.
- Complete interview preparation as assigned by your Orion Candidate Recruiter.
- Your Orion Candidate Recruiter will recommend a hiring conference for you based on your projected timeline and geographic preferences.

4 months prior to your separation date

- Finalize plans to attend a regional hiring conference as recommended by your Orion Candidate Recruiter.
- Conduct a mock interview with your Orion Candidate Recruiter.
- Ensure resume is completed in accordance with Orion resume standards. Send a final draft to your Orion Candidate Recruiter for review.
- Call your Orion Candidate Recruiter to finalize your transition timeline.

3 months out – separation

- Attend a hiring conference, mini-conference®, or be submitted to an opportunity via direct placement.
- Your Orion Candidate Recruiter will contact you as opportunities arise. Please stay in regular contact with your Recruiter throughout the hiring process.

Transition Date

- Begin your civilian career! Your Orion Recruiter will be in frequent contact with you as you start your new position and beyond.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

We’ve Launched our Podcast for Job Seekers!

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Orion is proud to announce the launch of our podcast, From the Battlefield to the Boardroom! This podcast is dedicated to supporting military job seekers throughout your transition process by providing valuable insight and guidance from other Veterans and business leaders.

Here is a list of pre-recorded Podcast topics available for listening: 

We will be adding new podcasts on an ongoing basis, so please check back often!

We hope you enjoy our new podcast series! If you have any questions about a specific show or recommendations for future topics, please send us an email at

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Find Your Next Career with an Orion Featured Employer

Orion's Military to Civilian Recruiting Team works hard to develop an outstanding reputation with employers in order to offer our veteran job seekers satisfying new careers. We work with a wide variety of corporate clients, ranging throughout the Fortune 500 and beyond. 

Many of these clients have partnered with Orion as their exclusive or preferred source of Military Talent. These Featured Employers have distinguished themselves in their commitment to hiring Military. These companies realize the value that Veterans bring to the workforce and continually seek to add transitioning and former Military service members to their ranks.

The Military Friendly companies with which we work span many different industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, High Tech, Manufacturing, and Semiconductor, and include BASF, Phillips 66, Honda, Wrigley, and Bell and Howell, among many others. This breadth of companies helps our military job seekers gain as much company exposure as possible. 

Working with Orion ensures you have access to positions and companies you may not if you are searching on your own and/or with other firms. In fact, Orion is the only firm that will give you the full list in advance of each company you will interview with, giving you ample time to prepare and the best chance for interview success.

We are continuously hunting for top companies seeking to build their leadership and technical teams by hiring veterans, so be sure to check our Featured Employers page regularly for updates. You can also Follow Orion International on LinkedIn, Join our Military Network on LinkedIn, Become an Orion Fan on Facebook, or Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Why Work with Orion International?

This video highlights Orion’s completely FREE services for Military Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Technicians separating from Active Duty, as well as veterans who have already transitioned but are seeking a career change. 

We hope you enjoy the video and register with us online to speak with an Orion recruiter in your area today! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Apply Now for an Account Executive Position with Orion

As Orion continues to grow, our Austin, Cincinnati, Raleigh, and San Diego offices are currently hiring Account Executives to join our team. 

Account Executives are responsible for discovering and securing job opportunities for our veteran job seekers. Account Executives create and maintain relationships with America's leading companies to provide a pipeline of military talent that only Orion can offer. As an Account Executive you will grow and manage a portfolio of client accounts through development of your lead list, business development calls, and client visits. 

Once a job offer is received, it is the Account Executive who discusses the specific opportunity with the selected candidates, provides interview guidance and preparation for the candidate and arranges the interview process. Throughout 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. 

If you are prior military and motivated, energetic, and interested in sales, a career as an Account Executive may be for you! Interested in being considered? 

You are invited to listen to a recorded presentation (Username: iprep / Password: video) where we will give an overview of the Account Executive position. The brief will cover the requirements of the job, the compensation and earning potential and the career opportunities at Orion. 

After listening to the presentation, if you are interested in applying for one of the openings click on the link below and you can conduct an "on demand" video interview and answer the following questions with a brief video answer:

1. Tell me about yourself
2. Why are you interested in a sales role? And why are you interested in the Account Executive role specifically?

If you're looking to join a team for fellow veterans helping other veterans, apply today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How To Boost Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn - Presented by the Jack Welch Management Institute

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In today’s business climate, maximizing your social presence is a must for professionals at any level. With over 465 million users worldwide, LinkedIn represents the world’s largest audience of influential, affluent and successful professionals online, and is the ultimate personal branding platform in the digital age.

The Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI) transforms the lives of its students by giving them the tools to become better leaders, build great teams and help their organizations win.  JWMI recently hosted a webinar “How to Boost Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn,” presented by Michael Levine, Senior Account Executive at LinkedIn. Levine has worked in media sales across print, digital and mobile platforms for a number of industry leading organizations in the US, Australia and the UK. In this webinar, Levine shared his knowledge and insight on how to network and grow your business on LinkedIn, whether you are a student, alumni, or a professional at any level.

Optimizing your profile and LinkedIn engagement will allow you to:
  • Improve your online reputation and create awareness.
  • Position yourself as a thought leader and engage with other influencers
  • Identify potential leads and engage them - discover content that matters, build your        knowledge and gain insight from top industry leaders.

In addition, Levine advises everyone to follow Jack Welch, one of the most successful and highly followed influence on the LinkedIn platform, and founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute. Get some ideas from Jack and other influencers that can help improve your network, and guide you into making a brand for yourself.

Check out the webinar here, and learn to leverage LinkedIn to maximize your personal brand and expand your business. Learn more about earning your online MBA through the Jack Welch Management Institute.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Veteran Job Seekers: Jump Start Your 2017 Career Search at an Orion Hiring Conference

The New Year is here and moving quickly. January brought with it eight Orion Hiring Conferences across the country and has resulted in our candidates coming away with excellent career opportunities. We are offering six Hiring Conferences in February, followed by another six in March. Register now to attend one of our upcoming Hiring Conferences and interview with hiring managers for positions that are a match with your background, skills and preferences.

Now is the time to start preparing for your 2017/2018 transition from the military. Check out our Winter/Spring conference schedule below:

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - Monday, February 13, 2017

Northeast Regional Hiring Conference - Philadelphia, PA (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)
South Central Regional Hiring Conference - Houston, TX (Enlisted Technician & NCO)
Northwestern Regional Hiring Conference - Portland, OR (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)

Monday, February 20, 2017 - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Southeast Regional Hiring Conference - Jacksonville, FL (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - Monday, February 27, 2017

Midwest Regional Hiring Conference - Detroit, MI (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)
Northeast Hiring Conference for Midwest Opportunities - Virginia Beach, VA (Enlisted Technician & NCO)

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - Monday, March 6, 2017

South Central Regional Hiring Conference - Dallas, TX (Enlisted Technician & NCO)
Western Regional Hiring Conference - San Diego, CA (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)

Monday, March 6, 2017 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

National Distinguished Candidate Conference - Dallas, TX (Distinguished Candidate)

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Monday, March 13, 2017

Northeast Regional Hiring Conference - Providence, RI (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Monday, March 20, 2017

Northeast Regional Hiring Conference - Norfolk, VA (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Friday, March 24, 2017

Northwestern Regional Hiring Conference - Seattle, WA (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)

Monday, March 27, 2017 - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Southeast Regional Hiring Conference - Atlanta, GA (Officer and Enlisted Technician / NCO)

Click here to view our full Hiring Conference schedule.