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.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Four Essential Documents for Your Military-to-Civilian Career Transition

There's a lot to consider and prioritize as you prepare to transition to the civilian workforce. As you decide how to go about your transition, one thing you can do to streamline the process is make sure to have the following four key documents ready for your recruiter. 

College Transcripts, if applicable
If you have completed college, request a copy of your College Transcripts from your undergraduate and/or graduate school(s). This does not need to be sealed, and an unofficial copy is fine.

Evaluation Reports
Send a copy of your last 3 observed reports to your Recruiter. We use these to get an idea of what you have accomplished in the military, and they are a great starting point in writing your resume. Additionally, reviewing your evaluations will help your Recruiter identify key points to highlight when preparing you for interviews.

Professional References
References should include the names and contact information of 2-3 supervisors and 3-4 peers. It is a good idea to let the person know that you would like to use them as a reference during your job search. Please note, they do not need to write you a letter of recommendation, they just need to be willing to answer a few questions over the phone and provide a quick review of your performance.

Most importantly, you'll need your resume. An Orion recruiter can help polish your resume. You can also find more tips here. 

Once you have these four documents, you’re ready to begin your job search. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Subscribe NOW to Orion on YouTube

Want to learn more about Orion, our services, and our culture? Check out our YouTube channel! On it, you can watch videos on becoming an AE with Orion, working with us to find a civilian career, watch highlights from some of our past DCC Keynote speakers, and much more. Be sure to subscribe to the channel to catch all the latest content as we continue to upload new videos.

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.