The Bullseye - June 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

Orion Alumni Further their Career with the Jack Welch Management Institute Online MBA Program,
Orion International on LinkedIn,
How to Stay Motivated During the Summer Months,
Alumni Update,
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

Orion Alumni Further their Career with the Jack Welch Management Institute Online MBA Program

Veterans are increasingly turning to advanced degrees to further their careers, with an estimated 10.4% of male veterans and 11% of female veterans having earned such a degree in 2009, according to the Educational Attainment of Veterans: 2000 to 2009 by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. They go onto conclude that “the percentage of Veterans with an advanced degree was higher than that of non-Veterans each year [from 2000 – 2009] and increased significantly over the decade.” Additionally, Military.com points out that veterans with an MBA in particular demand more salary than their civilian counterparts, an average of $109,720 compared to $92,360.
 
 
For this reason, Orion International is proud to help better the career trajectory of our Alumni by introducing them to The Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI). If you're considering earning an MBA, The Jack Welch Management Institute is the place to learn proven practices from the front-lines of business directly from top CEOs. The Institute offers a high-impact, ACBSP-accredited online MBA degree, as well as Executive Certificate programs, both led by one of the most successful leaders of all time, Jack Welch.
 
Throughout his career, Jack Welch hired thousands of military officers. He knew their training provided them with the leadership skills to excel in the world of business. Now, Jack has founded an entirely online Executive MBA program to develop a new generation of leaders. Teaching the proven methodologies and immediately actionable practices needed to drive results in any industry, the Jack Welch Management Institute prepares you to translate your skill set from the service into a winning future.
 
You'll learn how to recruit, hire, and motivate the best people, lead change effectively and authentically, unleash the transformative power of candor and differentiation, create winning strategies and operating plans, make presentations that persuade, and forge a career with a continued upward trajectory. And you'll hear from Jack Welch directly in exclusive video messages on breaking business news. Courses enable you to pursue an advanced degree while continuing to build momentum in your current career or as you complete any service obligations.
 
 
According to the JWMI 2013 Career Survey, 97% of the students who responded reported the Jack Welch MBA program has been a valuable investment. 93% reported they are likely to recommend JWMI to others. 
 
"I am a career military officer with a lot of experience leading and managing. Yet, I wanted to learn outside traditional military education programs in order to advance,” explains George Degnon, Brigadier General, Commander, 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, “The Jack Welch Management Institute gave me the opportunity to learn organizational dynamics from Jack Welch - one of the business world's legends. The program provides the right combination of learning flexibility needed by working adults and class structure required to succeed. Part of my learning included the discovery of many parallels between business and the military."
 
Former military service members will be happy to know that they may be able use their GI Bill to fund their MBA at JWMI. And Active Duty Service Members may apply for the JWMI military scholarship, which offers a complete tuition reimbursement opportunity for undergraduates, while graduate students will be responsible for paying a portion of the tuition as an out-of-pocket expense.
 
From leadership to managerial economics, from finance to strategy, the Jack Welch MBA delivers all the fundamentals.  Click here to visit JWMI online or complete the form to learn more about earning your MBA through the Jack Welch Management Institute. And be sure to check out the video below.

Orion International on LinkedIn

Did you know that there are over 12,000 of your colleagues following Orion on LinkedIn? Join them now, and you’ll not only get Orion updates, but you’ll also have access to our Careers page, listing some of our newest opportunities for transitioning veterans.

If you’re not already on LinkedIn, you should be! Having a professional profile on LinkedIn is an important step for job seekers. Not only does it make you visible to recruiters, but it also enables you to search jobs through pages like our Careers page. Learn more about leveraging LinkedIn here.

See you online!

How to Stay Motivated During the Summer Months

The days are getting longer, temperatures are steadily rising, the kids are out of school, and with the start of the first day of summer on June 21st, your goals and motivation at work start to slide. Nip those tendencies to slack off in the summertime so you won’t be feeling the crunch come September with some four easy tips to help you stay motivated, even when the temperature is in the triple digits.

Take advantage of the longer days. The key to staying motivated in the office starts at home. Take time to enjoy the extra hours of the day that the summer months allow by unwinding with a walk after dinner, treating yourself to some ice cream, or even seeing a baseball game. If you take the time to decompress after your day, you will be more prepared to face the next day and will be better able to handle any problems that arise.

Clear away the clutter. While springtime is usually reserved for cleaning, take advantage of the slower summer months to tidy up your desk, inbox, or tackle any projects that have been at the back of your mind. With a cleaner workspace and a freer mind, you will feel refreshed, accomplished, and recharged to keep going.

Don’t forget your fitness. When the temperatures rise, it can be easy to forget about your daily workout and hitting the gym. Who wants to sweat more than they have to in the summer? But don’t hang up your running shoes in June and pick them up again in September. Working out is a great, easy way to relieve stress and increase endorphins and energy, making you feel good about yourself, which in turn will translate into an increased work ethic and productivity at the office.

Keep your goals in mind. Set a goal – or two – at the beginning of the summer about what you would like to achieve in the workplace for the next couple of months. Write it down (this is important – you will be more apt to accomplish your goals if you write it down) and place your goals where you can see it daily. Having a goal will help you become more motivated and give you a sense of purpose and direction.

The summer months don’t have to be a drag in the office. Remember to take care of your body and mind inside and outside of work, and watch your productivity and motivation increase with the temperature.

Alumni Update

The Bullseye recently sat down with John Wittig, a former Navy Nuclear Instructor, whom Orion recently matched with a career at Cytec, a specialty chemicals and materials technology company.

John received his B.S. in Math and Physics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cincinnati. After completing his Ph.D., he joined the Navy as an Officer to train Naval Nuclear Operators in safe operations of naval nuclear reactors and emergency procedures and analysis in Charleston, SC, at the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC). 

Near the end of John’s tour of duty, he attended a Distinguished Candidate Conference in Baltimore, MD, hosted by Orion International. At the conference John met Cytec’s Cluster 2 Manufacturing Director, a former Navy Nuclear Officer himself, which would later steer John down the path to employment.  “It was through the amazing guidance provided by the entire Orion team that I had the confidence to be myself and present the best version of my abilities during the interview,” John states.

After the Distinguished Candidate Conference, John was offered a site visit to meet the Site Manager and Quality Manager. From there, John was offered the position of Quality Engineer, which he readily accepted.

Just six weeks into his new position, John was offered the role of Labor Strike Contingency Manager. “I had learned from Orion that you should never turn down a work assignment, and so I accepted the offer immediately,” he states.

John was tasked with performing all safety related investigations presenting findings and corrective actions to site and union leadership. He was rewarded with the Power of One operations leadership team recognition for his ability to diffuse very tense situations through keeping a cool head and allowing data and facts to drive outcomes versus emotions.

After the labor union contract was ratified, John was offered a position as a Production Area Leader for a relatively small business unit.  He had held this position for three weeks when both the site and operations managers left for an executive leadership team meeting in mid-March 2014. Showing great leadership, John stepped in and ran the site. He managed to run the largest business unit, quickly putting together a two-part plan to focus resources on tackling the major engineering issues Cytec faced, as well as building a bridge to re-engage and re-energize the labor force.

John is proud to report that as of February 2015, the site has experienced six consecutive months of a greater than 90% delivery performance and the first month in recorded site history when they have been able to beat the labor cost budget.  It was because of his leadership and success that John was offered the position of FengXian (Shanghai, China) Plant Manager.

For John, the most rewarding aspect of his career is the team that he has built around him to support his vision. “The business unit is far too complicated for one person to do everything. My success could only be achieved by having the right people in the correct roles that trust me and are willing to follow me through a very difficult time,” John explains.

John attributes his success to the time he spent as a leader in the military. “I learned many valuable lessons about leading people and how to build relationships with people that are completely different from you, which was essential to my success,” he states.

If you would like to participate in Transition Corner and share your story, please contact Allison Thomas.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Theresa Styles 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 Executives

Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; San Diego, CA; and Virginia Beach, VA 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.

We also invite you to view a pre-recorded webinar (username iprep, password: video) hosted by Brian Henry, Orion's VP of Officer Recruiting, which provides a detailed overview of the Account Executive position.


 Air Force Enlisted Recruiter - Austin, TX 

Orion is currently seeking an Air Force Enlisted Recruiter in our Austin, TX office.

Position Decription:

  • Traveling to Air Force bases within your assigned territory (South Central U.S.) to give Career Transition Seminars and to meet with Enlisted personnel, preparing them for their transition into the civilian workforce.
  • Work with TAP Centers to arrange all administrative details of your visits, build a list of enlisted personnel to meet with, and screen all candidates prior to your visits.
  • Source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning Air Force Enlisted personnel candidates.
  • Help Air Force job seekers with resume creation and revision, and interview preparation.
  • Present webinars and conference calls on resume preparation, interview preparation, and career transition topics.
  • Match Air Force candidates with job openings that fit their background, experience, skill set, and preferences.
  • Provide recruiting support to the lead recruiter in your region.
  • Stay in touch with Air Force candidates throughout the months leading up to their transition and following their career placement.

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:

  • Recently transitioned Air Force Enlisted Personnel less than one year removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning.
  • Possess a strong network of friends, colleagues, and professional contacts within the Air Force.
  • Strong desire to assist fellow veterans and succeed in recruiting.
  • Must be able to travel approximately 2x/month to military installations within your assigned territory.

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


Army Officer Recruiter - Raleigh, NC 

Orion is seeking an Army Officer Recruiter in our Raleigh, NC office.

Position Description:

  • Traveling to Army military bases within your assigned territory (Southeastern U.S.) to give Career Transition Seminars and to meet with Officers, preparing them for their transition into the civilian workforce.
  • Work with ACAP Centers to arrange all administrative details of your visits, build a list of officers to meet with, and screen all candidates prior to your visits.
  • Source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning Army Officer candidates.
  • Help Army Officer job seekers with resume creation and revision, and interview preparation.
  • Present webinars and conference calls on resume preparation, interview preparation, and career transition topics.
  • Match Army Officer candidates with job openings that fit their background, experience, skill set, and preferences.
  • Provide recruiting support to the lead recruiter in your region.
  • Stay in touch with Army Officer candidates throughout the months leading up to their transition and following their career placement.

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:

  • Recently transitioned Army Junior Military Officer less than one year removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning.
  • USMA Graduate preferred.
  • Possess a strong network of friends, colleagues, and professional contacts within the Army.
  • Strong desire to assist fellow veterans and succeed in recruiting.
  • Must be able to travel approximately 2x/month, to military installations within your assigned territory.

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


Navy Officer Recruiter - Virginia Beach, VA 

Orion is seeking a Navy Officer Recruiter for our Virginia Beach, VA office.  

Position Description:

  • Traveling to Navy military bases within your assigned territory (Northeastern U.S.) to give Career Transition Seminars and to meet with Officers, preparing them for their transition into the civilian workforce.
  • Work with TAP Centers to arrange all administrative details of your visits, build a list of officers to meet with, and screen all candidates prior to your visits.
  • Source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning Navy Officer candidates.
  • Help Navy Officer job seekers with resume creation and revision, and interview preparation.
  • Present webinars and conference calls on resume preparation, interview preparation, and career transition topics.
  • Match Navy Officer candidates with job openings that fit their background, experience, skill set, and preferences.
  • Provide recruiting support to the lead recruiter in your region.
  • Stay in touch with Navy Officer candidates throughout the months leading up to their transition and following their career placement.

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:

  • Recently transitioned Navy Junior Military Officer less than one year removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning.
  • USNA Graduate preferred.
  • Possess a strong network of friends, colleagues, and professional contacts within the Navy.
  • Strong desire to assist fellow veterans and succeed in recruiting.
  • Must be willing to travel approximately 2x/month, to military installations within your assigned territory.

  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.

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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.

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