Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Recruiter Spotlight: Jim Freeze

Jim Freeze graduated from West Point in 2005 and served six years in the Army as an Armor Officer. After being commissioned, Jim attended the Maneuver Officer Basic Course and Scout Leader Course at Ft. Knox, KY, before being assigned as a Recon Platoon Leader with the 4th Stryker Brigade (2ID) at Ft. Lewis, WA. He deployed during the Surge in 2007 with his platoon to Diyala Province for 14 months. He is a Purple Heart veteran and also earned an Army Commendation Medal with V device.

After returning stateside and doing a few months as a Battalion Adjutant, he elected to attend the Engineer Captain’s Career Course at Ft. Leonard Wood to be with his wife, Grace (an MP Officer and West Point classmate). Following the CCC, they relocated to Ft. Riley, KS, and Jim was selected for a job as an Aide-de-Camp to one of the Deputy Commanding General’s of 1st Infantry Division for 18 months. He deployed again to Basra, Iraq, as an Aide in January 2010, while the Division assumed control of the nine Southern Provinces of Iraq. Upon returning to the US in January 2011, Jim and his wife both began their transition out of the Army.

Jim is one of Orion's Army Officer Recruiters and works with candidates who are 4-18 months from starting a new career.

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

My one piece of advice for transitioning military professionals is to communicate. Don't be afraid to communicate to your recruiter and your personal network what you want and why you want it. If you don't know, ask yourself what you would value in a new career (location, salary, job type, etc). It's to your benefit to be open, upfront, and honest with your recruiter. What do you have to lose? At the worst, we tell you we don't have any opportunities for you at that time. At best, we can help you realistically figure out what makes best sense for you given your background and preferences and line you up with interviews for those positions. You really have nothing to lose unless you don't communicate.

What do you like most about working at Orion?

What I like most about working at Orion is being surrounded by other military veterans who genuinely care about helping fellow veterans make the transition to a civilian career. It's very encouraging and rewarding.

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

An interesting fact about me is that I am the lead advocate in North Carolina for a non-profit organization called Team Red, White, and Blue. Their mission is to enrich the lives of veterans and their families through meaningful, friendship-based relationships and by helping them reintegrate into society when they return from combat. To learn more, visit www.teamrwb.org.

Connect with Jim:

jfreeze@orioninternational.com
800-872-5002 x. 105
www.linkedin.com/in/jimfreeze
http://www.orioninternational.com/military-officer-transition-program/officers/army.aspx

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