Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Recruiter Spotlight: Matt Clingon

To introduce our new series of postings spotlighting Orion recruiters, we begin with Matt Clingon, a Career Network recruiter in Orion’s Virginia Beach office. Matt Clingon was born on the bayou just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. On his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego shortly after graduating from high school. He attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, California.

Matt was selected to serve at Marine Barracks 8th & I in Washington, DC, as part of the Marine Corps Honor Guard where he participated in a variety of ceremonies across the Military District of Washington, to include ceremonies at the White House, Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Home of the Commandants, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After two years in Washington, Matt received orders to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While serving with 2nd Marines, Matt attended the Advanced Infantry Squad Leaders School.

Shortly after graduation, he served in Iraq, where he led a squad of infantry Marines in the Battle for An Nasiriyah. Upon return from Iraq, he requested orders for Drill Instructor duty at Parris Island, South Carolina. Matt served as a Drill Instructor with 1st Recruit Training Battalion, and was Honorably Discharged in 2006 after eight years of service.

As his last enlistment was drawing to a close, Matt learned of Orion International through a fellow Marine, and was subsequently placed by Orion at Hiring Conference with as Production Supervisor for a building materials company. Matt joined the Orion team as a Recruiter in 2007, and during his tenure has been an integral part of helping hundreds of veterans and transitioning military service members find careers in the civilian workforce.

Matt loves spending time with his beautiful wife of five years and their young son. Matt enjoys fishing, marksmanship, reading, home improvement projects, and has been known to whip up the meanest batch of red beans and rice east of the Mississippi.

If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional, what would it be?

Think outside of the box, and step outside of your comfort zone. That applies both to industry and location. Don’t think like every other person that is separating from active duty. In other words, when you separate from the military, understand that your experience and skill set is applicable to more than just submarines, fighter jets, tanks, and aircraft carriers. Understand that there is a huge need for military talent outside of Norfolk, VA, and Groton, CT.

It’s extremely hard to stand out as the best candidate when you look for a job in an area where every other job seeker is just like you. Whether you are an electronics technician or a mechanic, there are thousands of companies out there that need your skill set, even though they might be involved in an industry that has absolutely nothing to do with the platforms you worked on in the military.

What do you like most about working at Orion?

I enjoy teaching and coaching people on how to conduct their career search and how to interview, and ultimately seeing that combined effort of candidate and recruiter coming to fruition in the candidate gaining a meaningful career after the military.

Are there any specialties you are currently seeking?

I always have a need for Navy Nukes, GSE/M's, FC’s, ET’s, MM’s, and EM’s.

Please share one interesting fact about yourself that you would like candidates to know.

Your career search is very important to me. I work hard every day to help veterans find careers. I spend long hours in the office (I have been known to be at my desk until eleven or twelve o’clock at night). However, when your career search becomes more of a priority for me than it does for you, then I’ll focus my efforts on candidates who have their priorities in order. I can only help those that are willing to help themselves!

Connect with Matt.
800-544-3787 x. 506

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