Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recruiter Spotlight: Sean Crittenden

Sean Crittenden was commissioned through the Penn State University NROTC in December 1999. After completing The Basic School in Quantico, VA, He attended and subsequently graduated from Naval Flight School as a Naval Flight Officer in Pensacola, FL. He was then assigned to VAQ-129 FRS in Whidbey Island Washington where he was designated as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer (ECMO), flying EA-6B Prowlers.

In 2003, Sean transferred to VMAQ-2 in MCAS Cherry Point, NC, where he served as Squadron Legal Officer and Airframes Division Officer. In 2004, Sean deployed with VMAQ-2 as it became the first EA-6B Squadron to conduct combat operations from Iraqi soil. He subsequently amassed more than 429 Flight Hours during 95 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and 5-07. He additionally served in both Baghdad and Doha, Qatar as the resident USMC EA-6B liaison officer.

After his return from OIF in 2006, he was then assigned as the Marine Det OIC of the US Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School, Coronado, CA. During this time period, he served as Operations Officer, Resistance and Field Survival Department Heads. He also completed his MBA through the University of Southern California, before making the transition into the corporate world in 2010.

Sean then worked in Global Asset Management for UBS from 2010-2012 as a Performance Measurement Analyst. It was during this time that Sean missed the connection he previously had with the military, and understanding the difficulties of transition for Military Officers to the private sector, he decided to assist those desiring that transition by serving as a candidate recruiter for Orion International.

Sean, his wife, Jen, and daughter, Kayla, currently reside in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.

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

I think the best piece of advice to give transitioning military professionals is to start preparing early.  Take the time to research industries, and speak with your recruiter about the things that interested you in the military.  Get your resume ready to go, and use the tools Orion provides for interview preparation.  Those who practice and begin thinking about their transition early will be the most prepared, and have the advantage when it comes to successfully interviewing and getting placed with a great company!

What do you like most about working at Orion?

Helping former military personnel make a successful transition into the civilian sector.  We’ve all been where you are, and know the stressors and obstacles of transitioning into the unknown.  It’s great when a candidate is excited about their new career opportunity, and knowing that you’ve been a part of making that happen.

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

I love rock climbing with my wife and daughter on the weekends in sunny San Diego…If any of you know any hot spots, let me know!

Connect with Sean

Phone: (888) 756-7466 x 215
Email Sean

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