Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Recruiter Spotlight: Mike Wood

Mike Wood is originally from Richmond, Virginia, with strong roots both in there and in North Carolina. His family has a long history of military service, as his father was in the Navy, grandfathers were in the Army during WWII, his uncles in the Army during Vietnam, and on and on. Mike grew up wanting to be in uniform.

While in High School, Mike was a varsity athlete, playing both football and basketball all four years. He had a retired Sergeant Major that ran a Marine Corps JROTC program that used to work out with the football team and that was where he was introduced to the Marine Corps. Mike earned a 4 year Marine Corps ROTC scholarship that he choose to use at Virginia Tech, where he participated in ROTC and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets for four years, earning his degree and commission in the Marines.

Mike served for just over seven years as both a Supply Officer, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and as an Officer Selection Officer in Northeast Pennsylvania. He deployed for OIF 1 in 2003, returning home just in time for the birth of his twins.

Mike has been married now for 10 years, has 7-year-old twins, Cooper and Mackenzie, and a 3-year-old son. His wife Stacie is also a VT graduate from Virginia, whose family also has strong roots in the military. They have lived south of Raleigh, North Carolina, now for over three years and love the area and working for Orion.

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

Take advantage of every opportunity to interview, network, and improve yourself. The candidate that puts forth the effort to prepare and expand their horizons typically wins the interview. When you are separating from the service or making a career change, you have to learn what is out there through these avenues, because you don’t know what you don’t know.

What do you like most about working at Orion?

Staying connected to the military. I am very patriotic and loved being a Marine. Having the chance to talk to other veterans, learn about the amazing things they have done for our country, and give back to them by helping them find a good career is immensely rewarding.

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

Maybe that I am the first person in my family to earn their college degree, first and only Marine, and first and only Officer?!

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