The Sword - August 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Children of Fallen Patriots Scholarship Recipient Jacob Healy Speaks at Orion International Hiring Conference,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Orion Account Executive Alex Jigger Interviewed on San Diego Radio Station,
Meet Our Candidates,
National Distinguished Candidate Conference,
Veterans Led Federal Hiring in 2013,
According to Our Clients,
Refer a Colleague to Hire Military Talent,
Connect with Orion

Children of Fallen Patriots Scholarship Recipient Jacob Healy Speaks at Orion International Hiring Conference

Jacob Healy, a scholarship recipient and now Programs Analyst for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, spoke at Orion's Hiring Conference in Jacksonville, FL on July 14 about the loss of his father during a special operations mission and the opportunities that organizations like the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation have given him, which provides college scholarships and long-term educational counseling to children of those who have lost their lives in military service.

Jacob is the Gold Star son of Senior Chief Navy SEAL Daniel Richard Healy, who died on June 28, 2005 when his helicopter was shot down during a rescue attempt in the Kunar Province of the Hindu Kush Mountains. Eleven Navy SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers were lost that day, making it the largest loss of special operations personnel since WWII. Only Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class SEAL Marcus Luttrell would survive. Known as Operation Red Wings, the story has since been told in the book and film Lone Survivor.

He recounted his father’s 13 years of SEAL service, which took him all over the U.S. and to many places overseas, from training in Virginia with SEAL Team 10 to studying Russian at the Defense Language Institute in California and time in Russia.

Jacob went on to speak about how losing his father meant losing his hero, with all of the support, encouragement, and ambition that his father gave gone with his death. With his loss, the biggest trial that Jacob faced was discovering his identity.

Jacob credited the grace and support of organizations like the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation for giving him a hope for the future. With their support, he has been able to graduate with a BA in Architecture from the University of San Diego and now has been able to help and serve other Gold Star families as a Programs Analyst of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. He concluded his speech with excitement about making a difference in the lives of others through the foundation.

Jacob will be accompanying the Orion team on the final event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge, hiking from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, which will take place over 7 days and cover 130+ miles.

If you or your company would like to help others like Jacob, please consider a donation sponsorship, which will support the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and our other partner Veteran organizations, Operation Military Embrace and Warrior Hike. To make your donation even more impactful, Orion will double your donation by matching, dollar-for-dollar, the first $14,505 (symbolic for matching the elevation of Mount Whitney).

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office – Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

Learn more about the Veteran Low to High Challenge at

Upcoming Hiring Conferences

Orion Military Hiring Conferences – Interview Junior Military Officers,
Noncommissioned Officers and Enlisted Technicians Recruited for your Hiring Needs

An Orion Hiring Conference is your chance to interview the best military job seekers, selected specifically for your open positions. You will be presented with prescreened, qualified and suitably matched veterans that are interested in your available opportunities. Click on the dates below to learn more about our upcoming hiring conferences. 

Norfolk, VA (Midwest Technician positions)

Baltimore, MD DCC

Northern NJ

September 8-9

October 13



Atlanta, GA

Raleigh, NC

Atlanta, GA


Norfolk, VA (Midwest Technician positions)

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL DCC

August 25

September 15

October 27-28

South Central  

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

August 11

September 22

October 27


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA DCC

August 1

Orion Account Executive Alex Jigger Interviewed on San Diego Radio Station

Orion Account Executive Alex Jigger was interviewed in June on local San Diego radio station 1170AM KCBQ as part of their Military Mondays segment on how Orion International can be a resource for transitioning military and for companies that wish to hire veterans.

Jigger, a former Marine Corps Officer, started off the program recounting his own transition from military to civilian life. Recognizing the need for help finding the right opportunities, Jigger researched different recruiters and reached out to Orion International for help finding positions that would match with his skillset and experience.

Impressed with the transition help that Orion had to offer, including interview preparation, resume building, and more, Jigger expressed an interest in coming on board to join the Orion team as an Account Executive at their San Diego office.

This offered him the chance to be an advocate for transitioning military by working directly with companies to help find them the perfect veteran candidate for positions they are trying to fill.
In this role, Jigger likens himself as a “match-maker” of sorts, helping to pair “veterans who want great jobs but don’t know the industry” with “companies who want to hire veterans but don’t know the skillsets of the [military] industry.”

During the segment, Jigger offered some advice to those getting out of the military and looking for a civilian career to “develop yourself as a product; you are marketing yourself for a role,” he advised.  “All of your experiences from high school to the day that you sit in that interview chair have prepared you for the role that you are going to be taking on.”

Jigger wrapped up his interview by stressing that Orion International can help and act as a go-between to translate skills, both for former military and for companies looking to hire veterans.

Find out more about hiring transitioning military and veterans, or request information about hiring military talent through Orion International.

Meet Our Candidates


The battle for talent in the workplace can be fierce.  It doesn't have to be if you know where to look. Below is a preview of actual Orion International candidates and the valuable skills and experience they possess.

Special Forces Detachment Commander View Resume

Operations Manager; West Point Graduate View Resume

Director of Security / Naval Aviator with an MBA View Resume

Top Rated Battery Commander; USMA Graduate View Resume

Gas Turbine Systems Mechanic View Resume

Fire Control Technician View Resume

Machinist Mate View Resume

Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Technician View Resume

National Distinguished Candidate Conference

Mark your calendar for our upcoming National Distinguished Candidate Conference:

Baltimore, MD
September 8-9

Since 1991, our clients have told us that the most important factor in deciding to hire military through an agency is the Quality of Candidate. Our unique Distinguished Candidate Conferences are designed to recruit, assess, screen, and present the top military candidates for your hiring needs. In 2013, more than 170 client companies strategically hired Orion’s Military Officers through our Distinguished Candidate Conferences, with nearly 50% making multiple hires.

Orion’s Distinguished Candidates are carefully selected and represent the very top tier of Military Officers transitioning from Active Duty. They are seeking careers in growth roles including Leadership Development, Operations Management, Engineering, and Sales.

Our Junior Military Officer Candidates at these National Events:

  • Service Academy Graduates and graduates of the nation’s top universities.
  • Candidates with MBAs and other advanced degrees; and those with PMPs, PEs, and other professional certifications.
  • Candidates who have consistently ranked well above their peers in their professional military evaluations.
  • Willing to relocate and geographically flexible.

Distinguished Candidate Conference Highlights:

  • These events will feature 30 minute Client Presentations in which you can present to the candidates you’ll be interviewing in advance. We recommend a C-level or VP Presenter for client presentations.
  • Enjoy an additional opportunity for socializing with the candidates and other Hiring Managers, at our President’s Reception following the Keynote Address on Monday evening.
  • Pre-screened, assessed, qualified Officer Candidates suitably matched for your particular hiring needs.
  • A private and professional interview setting.
  • Personalized attention to ensure the best in customer service, including insight on the candidates and advice on the most effective hiring strategy.

In addition, Orion’s Executive Leadership Team will be available throughout these events to meet and discuss your company’s talent planning and how our dedicated on-boarding programs, assessment tools, and other enterprise-scale service offerings may be able to support your organization in 2014 and beyond.

What do our clients have to say about the caliber of candidates at an Orion Distinguished Candidate Conference?

"Our experience at Orion's Distinguished Candidate Conference was a great success. The candidates were of the highest caliber and extremely well matched for our Leadership Development Program. This event enabled us to hire 5 outstanding JMOs very efficiently, saving weeks of time. I look forward to seeing the impact these new leaders will have on BP." - Program Manager, BP

Our Distinguished Candidate Conferences enable you to develop a strong pipeline of future leaders and foster strategic organizational growth.

Learn more about our Distinguished Candidate Conferences and discover for yourself the impact a Military Officer can have on your organization.

Veterans Led Federal Hiring in 2013

While Federal hiring has declined nearly 50 percent over the last four years, Veteran employment in Federal agencies has seen an increase, a July 9th Partnership for Public Service report states.

About 77,000 new employees were hired in fiscal year 2013, with Veterans comprising 45 percent, a 10 percent increase from Veteran hiring in 2008. Currently, Veterans make up 32 percent of the federal workforce.
This increase coincides with the Veterans Employment Initiative, signed by President Obama on November 9, 2009 to help men and women who have served in the military find employment in the federal government, with emphasis placed on aligning the talents of transitioning military and Veterans to key positions that they are well suited and qualified.
With the new initiative, it’s no surprise that Veteran hiring has seen a significant increase during the last five years, as the Departments of Defense, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other Federal agencies have made it a priority to help transitioning military and Veterans find a career in a government agency with tools such as, a website devoted to providing information on Federal employment to Veterans and transitioning military.
With an increase in Veteran hiring awareness coupled with key government initiatives like the Veterans Employment Initiative and Joining Forces, it is likely that the number of veterans hired in Federal agencies and the private sector will continue to steadily rise.
In March, the Department of Labor reported the jobless rate for all Veterans at 6.6 percent, a bit lower than the jobless rate for the population as a whole. Yet, the unemployment rate for Veterans remains disturbingly high, sitting around 9 percent, noticeably higher than for non-Veterans in the same demographic group.
Regardless, the growing trend of hiring Veterans in federal agencies is an important step in the right direction to raise the employment rate and lower the jobless rate for all Veterans.

According to Our Clients

“Orion’s Hiring Conferences are always top notch, and the candidates at ALL of the conferences are always well prepared and of strong caliber. Whether regional or DCC, the events are well run and there is not one that is better than the other.” - Renee Heininger, Whirlpool

Refer a Colleague to Hire Military Talent

Is your company or that of a friend or colleague in need of military talent? For every referral you provide, you will be automatically entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral results in a placement, you will personally receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thank you. As always, we will maintain your privacy and never share your information nor that of your referral.

Click here to refer a colleague to hire military talent now!

Connect with Orion

Did you know that there are several ways to connect with Orion and learn how veterans impact the civilian workforce?

• You can join our LinkedIn group for employers, Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet®. This group is a great way to show your support of veterans in the civilian workforce.

• Read our blog, Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet®. This blog covers everything from veterans in the news to general employer-employee relations. Check it out!

• You can follow Orion on Twitter (@hirevets) to receive updates about Orion, learn about upcoming hiring events, and find links to articles of interest.

• Orion is now on Google+! Follow us to keep up to date on all things Orion. 

Join Orion’s Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet group on LinkedIn

 Read Orion's Blog

Find us on Twitter

Follow @hirevets


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