The Bullseye - September 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Join Orion as We Raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014,
Local 5Ks in Support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge,
Children of Fallen Patriots Scholarship Recipient Jacob Healy Speaks at Orion International Hiring Conference,
Alumni in the News,
GI Jobs Article on Operations Management Features Orion Alumnus at Polaris,
Congratulations to this Month's Winner!,
Career Opportunities Within Orion,
Join Orion's Alumni Club,
Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion,
Connect with Orion

Join Orion as We Raise $100K for Veterans in 2014

Join Orion as we raise $100K for Veterans in 2014 through the Veteran Low to High Challenge - directly supporting Burned and Wounded Personnel and their Families, Children of Fallen Service Members, and Transitioning Combat Veterans. 

All donations are tax-deductible and will benefit our partner Charitable Veterans Organizations - Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots, and Warrior Hike. Learn more about our Partner Organizations.

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge will occur in October, when our team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors, will hike from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, a trek which will span 7 days and 130+ miles. It is our goal to gain national recognition for our Partner Organizations and raise $100K+ by undertaking and completing the Low to High Challenge.

Get Involved

  • Make a donation to the Veteran Low to High Challenge! All donations are tax-deductible, and we appreciate each and every contribution. To make your donation even more impactful, Orion will double your donation by matching, dollar-for-dollar, the first $14,505 (the height of Mt. Whitney!) raised in Individual Donations. Donate now
  •  Get your company involved! Corporate Sponsorship is an opportunity for your organization to receive high-visibility recognition within the military community while directly supporting our partner charitable organizations. We have several levels of Corporate Sponsorship available, to allow your company to contribute in a meaningful way to the Veteran Low to High Challenge, regardless of budget. Learn more about Corporate Sponsorship
  •  Participate in a 5K in your area. We are holding a 5K Race in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge 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. All proceeds from these events will be donated to our partners. Learn more and register

Please contact us any questions and to learn more about contributing to the Veteran Low to High Challenge. We appreciate each and every donation, and thank you in advance for your support!

Local 5Ks in Support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge

We are holding a 5K Race in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge 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. All proceeds from these events will be donated to our partners. Learn more about our Partners.

September 6, 2014 - West Chester, OH

Go The Extra Mile For The Vets 5K - In Support of Wounded Warriors, Transitioning Combat Veterans, and Children of Fallen Military Service Members
http://www.veteranlowtohighchallenge.com/5k/cincinnati/


September 13, 2014 - Lake Pflugerville, TX

5K Warrior Run - In Support of Wounded Warriors, Transitioning Combat Veterans, and Children of Fallen Military Service Members
http://www.veteranlowtohighchallenge.com/5k/north-austin/

 

September 20, 2014 - Cary, NC

Patriot Challenge 5K - Show Your Colors - In Support of Wounded Warriors, Transitioning Combat Veterans, and Children of Fallen Military Service Members
http://www.veteranlowtohighchallenge.com/5k/raleigh-cary/


September 20, 2014 - Virginia Beach, VA

                                          

                              September 20, 2014 - Virginia Beach, VA

A family friendly 5K at Virginia Beach's Mount Trashmore Park! The Help Our Heroes 5K will feature a timed 5K run/walk for adults and kids alike and plenty of fun for the whole family.

                                       View Event Details Register to Run

 

November 8, 2014 - San Diego, CA

                                          

                                    November 8, 2014 - San Diego, CA

A family friendly 5K at San Diego's NTC Park at Liberty Station! The Warrior Tribute 5K will feature a timed 5K run/walk for adults and kids alike and plenty of fun for the whole family.

                                       View Event Details Register to Run

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. He also spoke about the opportunities that organizations like the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which provides college scholarships and long-term educational counseling to children of those who have lost their lives in military service, have given him.



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 would like to help others like Jacob, please consider a tax-deductible donation sponsorship, which will support the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and our other partner Veteran organizations, Operation Military Embrace and Warrior Hike, or participate in a 5K Run / Walk Race.

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 www.VeteranLowtoHighChallenge.com.

Alumni in the News

Not only does Orion recognize the excellence that our alumni bring to the civilian workplace, but so does the press! Our alumni continually succeed in their civilian endeavors and serve as examples of how their leadership qualities, technical experience, and intangibles, such as loyalty, work ethic, and integrity, benefit their chosen field. Read about our alumni in action below:


photo from G.I. Jobs

Harrison Drapo

Captain, Army (2009-2014)
2nd Shift Welding Supervisor, Polaris
By: G.I. Jobs Magazine

What appealed to you about operations?

 I was pretty open when I got out of the military. I felt I had a lot of skills that could translate to a lot of areas. But it was Polaris itself that sold me - it’s a toy company for adults…Read full article.

GI Jobs Article on Operations Management Features Orion Alumnus at Polaris

A June 2014 article in GI Jobs by Sarah Hodon focuses on Operations Manager careers and why they are such an excellent transition for veterans. Careers in Operations Management span all industries and ensure that the company "keep[s] their businesses running, with the right people doing the right jobs with the right equipment while delivering their products or services on time and at the right price."

Polaris, maker of off-road vehicles, including ATVs, motorcycles, and snowmobiles, is among the companies leveraging veteran talent among their ranks. “Our operations managers can support any piece of the company. Right now we’re filling a lot of these positions in our international groups, corporate procurement, sales and service, and the manufacturing side, where they’re focusing on things like lean," explains Amy Fossum, Staffing Manager at Polaris. She goes on to tell Hodon that Polaris hires veterans because they know how to lead, how to plan and conduct training, and they're adventurous.

The article points out that not only does this career field offer great advancement opportunities and responsibility, but also excellent pay. Hodon cites payscale.com stating that the average pay for operations managers in the U.S. is $80,339, and the top pay potential is well over $100,000.

In addition to exploring what this career entails, the article also profiles veterans from various companies, including Orion alumnus Harrison Drapo, supervisor at Polaris. Drapo was hired by Polaris through Orion in November 2013. An Army Captain with five years of service, he describes his typical day as "mak[ing] sure the employees are happy, productive and keeping everything on track."

Dalton Pierce, Director of Operations for Polaris’ Roseau, MN, manufacturing facility, explains that while military experience might help to set a veteran apart from other candidates or get the job, veterans should expect a learning curve. “Veterans are going to be looking at starting out behind their peers from an age group standpoint because they’ve spent the last three to four years defending their country, while their peers spent three to four years learning manufacturing,” Pierce states, “But in my experience, vets quickly outpace the typical college graduate."

Careers in Operations Management offer great advancement, salary, and a diversity of responsibilities that can make every day on the job unique. To read Hodon's article and learn more about this career field, click here.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Leo Butler won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing

 and is the winner of a $50 gift card.  

 
Ready for your chance to win a $50 gift card? You’ll receive an entry into our monthly drawings for Client and Job Seeker referrals for each referral that you submit – good luck and thank you for the referral!

Career Opportunities Within Orion

Become part of Orion's team! We are currently hiring for the following:

Account Executive - San Diego, CA; Raleigh, NC

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our San Diego and Raleigh offices.

Account Executives are responsible for discovering and securing job opportunities for our military candidates.

Account Executive Essential Job Duties

  • Create and maintain relationships with America's leading companies through development of a leads list, business development calls, onsite client presentations, and networking.
  • Educate potential clients on the value of hiring military candidates.
  • Grow and manage a portfolio of client accounts within your territory.
  • Once a job order is received, discuss the specific opportunity with identified candidates by providing a complete background on the position, company, and industry.
  • Through the final phases of the hiring process you will work with both the client and candidate to provide superior customer service and consultation to each.
  • Required travel - Attend Hiring Conferences in your region between one and two times each month; additional occasional travel within your region to client locations.

Account Executive Qualifications

  • Military Experience - You must be a former or transitioning military professional.
  • Education - Bachelors Degree is required.
  • Previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales.
  • Excellent presentation skills, energetic, and motivated.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Orion offers our Account Executives a competitive salary plus bonus structure that leads to a salary plus commission compensation structure.
  • Orion provides a full benefits package to our employees including vacation and holidays, medical, dental, vision, LTD, STD, life insurance, and 401k.

Apply for this position, or contact us with questions.

 



Enlisted Candidate Recruiter - Austin, TX

Orion is currently seeking an Enlisted Candidate Recruiter for our Austin, TX office.

Position Description:

  • Work with candidates exiting the military and identify those who have the skills and abilities our clients are looking for.
  • Source, screen, and match candidates for opportunities based on a variety of qualifications.
  • Prepare candidates for interviews and work with them through the Orion pipeline, from sourcing, to acceptance of a job offer, and after they begin their new position.
  • Daily activities will include but are not limited to: searching for candidates, cold calling candidates, screening candidates, identifying candidates for opportunities, and working with candidates on resume preparation and interviewing skills.
  • You will travel to different military installations in your territory interviewing potential candidates. You will also travel to hiring conferences sponsored by Orion International.

Compensation and Benefits:

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment.  We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure.  We also include a 401k plan, medical and dental, disability, and profit sharing. At Orion, we believe in promoting our top performers in a company that is focused on growth.

Requirements:

  • Must have served in the United States military - no exceptions.
  • Must have military recruiting experience.
  • Must live in the greater Austin area.
  • A military technical background is desired.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.

Join Orion's Alumni Club

As an Orion alum, your experience and guidance is a valuable asset to veteran job seekers who are now in the same position you were when searching for a career. Join Orion's Alumni Club if you'd be willing to share your expertise with current Orion job seekers or discuss options for hiring military with our Account Executives. Check out Transition Corner for others who have participated in Orion's Alumni Club.

If you would like to participate, complete this form to be enrolled in Orion’s Alumni Club and entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card.

Help grow our Alumni network and join our LinkedIn Alumni group! Connect with over 600 members and keep up to date on Orion news, updates, and other alumni-related topics.

Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion

Do you know a military job seeker looking for a civilian career? For each referral that you give us, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral is hired through Orion, you will receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thanks.

Click here to refer a Military Member to Orion now!

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