Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recruiter Spotlight - Dustin Stout

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For this spotlight we spoke with Dustin Stout, an Orion Talent Technical Recruiter. Dustin provides insight on how to leverage your specific experiences and the importance of making the right decision when it comes to your career. He also gives great advice on what’s really important to former and transitioning military personnel during the civilian job search, while giving you insight on his background.

Education and Military Background: Two weeks after high school graduation I was off to boot camp and served as a Nuclear Mechanic on two submarines, the Minneapolis St. Paul and the Miami. I was in the Navy for 11 years before transitioning out in 2014. During my last tour I was a recruiter at NRD Pittsburgh which gave me great experience going  into my recruiting career at Orion Talent.

History with Orion: When I decided to exit the military, I knew there were three major companies that could assist in my transition. I had heard the best results came from Orion, so I started working with them as a candidate but Orion saw my drive, determination and previous recruiting experience and provided me an opportunity to start my career as an Orion Recruiter.

I started with Orion at the end of March 2014, and have been happily placing candidates into rewarding careers ever since.  
What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile? The most rewarding part of my job is being able to help candidates when they first get out of the military to find their career path. It’s rewarding to help relieve the stress of how they are going to feed themselves and their families.
What advice do you have for prospective Orion candidates? LinkedIn is the best resource to get in touch with various recruiters. I advise all transitioning military personnel to start the process as early as possible. Put the word “transitioning” into your profile and give a roundabout date of when you are planning on starting your civilian career.   

What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Orion? I would like to see an increase in Orion’s virtual presence and give candidates the ability to interview without the need to travel.
What has been your proudest moment at Orion? My overall daily interaction with veterans is a constant reminder of my proudest moments with Orion. I personally visit with candidates at the bases and talk with them, helping them through the whole process. That’s more rewarding than other parts of the everyday grind.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why? My favorite port I visited while in the Navy was  Glasgow, Scotland. The culture was very similar to the American culture with a European feel. It was a very inviting place and I enjoyed my beer while there!
What does true leadership mean to you? Taking care of your subordinates. All the other stuff happens if you take care of your people.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you? I handle all of my own house work. I enjoy using tools, saws, and just finished installing a new floor in my kitchen. I am a handyman - if I don't know how to do it, I’ll figure it out.
What was your first job? The Dollar Tree. When I was 16 years old I started as a customer service cashier. Even when you work at a dollar store people still try to get things cheaper. There were always price negotiations to get things cheaper than a dollar. It was an experience, that's for sure.

Connect with Dustin:

Phone: (800) 872-5002 ext 121

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