Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Top JMO Candidates Find Careers through National Events


Orion International held its first Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) of 2015 in Houston, TX, earlier this month. For this latest DCC, as with every DCC, our recruiters work hard to make the best possible match for each and every candidate and client attending. We pride ourselves in being able to provide as much information as possible on the companies and positions to our candidates, in advance of the conference.  Candidates know who they are scheduled to interview with and have plenty of time to prepare and conduct research in advance.

For the select group of the top JMOs who are invited to attended, our DCCs offer a unique format, designed to maximize our candidates’ chances of receiving a job offer, including the following:
  • Company presentations detailing information on the company itself, as well as their open positions
  • A panel discussion with three former military officers sharing their thoughts on making the transition and navigating a career in the private sector
  • A social mixer where company representatives and candidates get to meet and talk informally before the “official” interviews the next day. 
This last element provides every candidate the chance to interact with all of the companies they are interested in, even if they are not scheduled for a formal interview the next day.

The feedback from candidates attending our DCCs is consistent every year, with veterans saying it is by far the best way to find their next career. Former Army Lieutenant Ryan Demastus attended our Houston DCC a few weeks ago and has already accepted a job offer as a Sales Fellow with Novartis Pharmaceutical. Demastus explains, “This was a first-class event all the way. The quality of the companies that Orion brings to conference, along with the professionalism of the staff, is unparalleled. The experience is amazing.”

When asked about the companies in attendance and the preparation he was given, Demastus continues, “I was presented with many Fortune 500 companies for interviews in fields that were in my background and some that the recruiters thought would be a good fit based on conversations that I had with them. I was more prepared for the conference than I thought I would be. This was 100% on the Orion staff. I have and will continue to recommend Orion's services to transitioning military members. ” 

Read more testimonials from Military Officers who have found their civilian careers through an Orion DCC.

In 2014, more than 180 Military Officers found their civilian careers through our DCCs, with companies including Bank of America, BASF, Caterpillar, Cintas, ConocoPhillips, Georgia-Pacific, Honeywell, Medtronic, Michelin, Nestle Waters, PepsiCo, Pulte Group, Whirlpool, and many others.

There are seven Orion DCCs left this year. You can request an application for the next two below:

Orion only holds a small number of DCCs each year, so opportunities to attend are limited. If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please click here

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