Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Recruiter Spotlight: Bob Berkholz


Bob is an Officer Candidate Recruiter out of Orion's Austin, TX, office. He is a graduate of Colorado State University and moved to Austin, where he met and married his wife, Leigh. They have two daughters, Madison and Riley. Prior to joining Orion in 1997, Bob was a Marine Corps Logistics Officer from 1990-1994. From 1994-1997, he was a commercial helicopter pilot flying offshore oil rigs for PHI.

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

The officers that I have seen have the most success in making their transition start that transition preparation almost a year out. It is important to have a career transition coach/recruiter who will guide the JMO through this process. Those that start this 10-12 months out seem to consistently have success and a very smooth transition. What takes place during those ten months ranges from an initial screening, professional career counseling during our visits to the different military posts, establishing a high-grade resume for presentation, interview coaching, industry coaching, and salary negotiations. This can be overwhelming if individuals have not prepared themselves for all of the different requirements a job search entails.

What do you like most about working at Orion?

The culture at Orion is focused on assisting the military veteran. Everything we do is based on that core value and that makes for a very rewarding organization to be a part of. The operational tempo often times is very high, and, with the team that we have assembled over the years, you see a very productive and rewarding result of quality positions we are able to present to the Junior Military Officers and enlisted personnel as they transition off of active duty.

What are you actively recruiting for at the moment?

I highly encourage any officer transitioning out to attend an Orion hiring conference. These events are ideal for officers to get access to some of the best companies in the country. A lot of the companies that attend are not advertising their openings to the public, so these events are a hidden job market that the JMO is having tremendous success in taking advantage of in obtaining highly sought after leadership positions.

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

Once I establish a relationship with each of the officers I work with, it is one that will last for many years. I have a lot of hiring managers working for companies all across the US that I recruit for that were also former candidates of mine that transitioned off active duty over the past 15 years. Not all of these prior officers, now hiring authorities, were candidates I placed, but every one of them were candidates that I in some way assisted in their job search, interview prep, and career search counseling.

Connect with Bob:

bberkholz@orioninternational.com
(800) 336-7466 ext 415
www.linkedin.com/in/bobberkholz

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