Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Recruiter Spotlight: Chris Hurst


Chris Hurst grew up in a Navy family, as his father was 30 year career Naval Officer whose three sons all went into the Navy.  Chris went to the University of Virginia and commissioned through NROTC in 1989.  Other than SWO school, Chris spent four years attached to the USS Scott (DDG-995), on which he served as the First Lieutenant, ASW Officer, and Training Officer.  Chris says he had a great four years in and that during that time he did two six month Mediterranean deployments and two three month deployments to the North Atlantic and the Caribbean for Drug Ops. 

Chris' first post-military position was in production management in Indiana.  He'd never lived away from the coast, but decided to be flexible on his geographic preference in order to find the best position.  Chris loved Indiana, but corn fields are no substitute for the ocean! Subsequent to that, Chris spent several years in accounting and financial management in the not-for-profit sector.  While that went well, Chris wanted to pursue something having to do with the military, but still felt strongly about providing a service that he could be proud of.  That is when he found Orion, which allowed him to do both. He has now been with Orion going on nine years. 

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

When you accept a position, set a goal to be there a year before looking around at other opportunities.   Too often things get hard and people fall prey to the "grass is greener" syndrome and miss out on the benefits of being a long term contributor to a company.

What do you like most about working at Orion?

Working with veterans as candidates and with many veteran and outstanding civilian co-workers at Orion.

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

My Executive Officer aboard the USS Scott (now Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis, USN) used to judge the effectiveness of the Wardroom after-lunch training in part by how long it took my head to start bobbing during the presentation.  A boring lecture could see signs of failure and significant head-bobbing in under five minutes.

Connect with Chris:

800-544-3787 ext. 516

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