The Bullseye - May 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Veteran Success Story - Joe Fikes, Earning his Online MBA Through Jack Welch Management Institute

 

Joe Fikes graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1997 with a BS in English. He served for four years as a Surface Warfare Officer, then he moved into Electronic Warfare, and then became a Public Affairs Officer. In 2007, after ten years in the Navy, he left active duty and moved to the Baltimore area.

If you are considering earning an MBA, the Jack Welch Management Institute is the place to learn proven practices from the front-lines of business. Orion International has partnered with The Jack Welch Management Institute to present this opportunity to earn your MBA, completely online, learning directly from top business leaders, while you continue to grow in your current career.

Fortune Magazine recently featured the MBA program in their article, "How Jack Welch Is Reinventing the MBA" by John A. Byrne. The article points out that "the four-year-old Jack Welch Management Institute is one of the very few business schools that is run like a business, with a laser-like focus on customer service. The school is closely managed on student surveys that measure the impact of the education as well as the likelihood that a student would recommend the institute to a friend or colleague."

Visit us online to learn more about earning your MBA through the Jack Welch Management Institute.

Veteran Spotlight: Ryan Kaiser

Sometimes the initial job you get when you first transition out of the military isn't a perfect match. When that's the case, you may find yourself back on the job market much like Ryan Kaiser, a former Air Force Captain. Separated as part of the Air Force Reduction-in-Force in 2011, Kaiser found a career in the industry he wanted right off the bat, but it didn't pay enough to make it a long-term career.

When it was time to change careers, Ryan knew he wanted to be in medical device sales and sought Orion's help. "I used Orion five years ago when I originally separated, and I was impressed with them. But I took a job that I found outside of Orion," explains Ryan, "This time, when I saw there were three companies coming to the Orion Chicago DCC in that field, I scheduled my trip." This time around, Ryan was hired by Medtronic as an SER (Sales Education Representative).

Ryan now works for the biggest medical device company in the world for spinal correction. He says he's part of a dynamic and extremely comprehensive program to develop a sales training force from within this company. "My first year's pay while in training will be $25K more than my previous civilian job, and it will go up another $40K next year, with a possible promotion at two years. I chose a top-notch company that offers a ton of benefits that are better than the industry standard."

Ryan's transition from the military was a rough one. "Being forced to leave the Air Force was like having a close family member die suddenly. I had not taken enough time to assess myself and where I wanted to go with my next career. I would recommend that everyone in the military start planning for their post-military career, even if you are not planning on separating for a few more years. It may take education or experience to get your foot in the door in that new industry, and you can start working on that now."

Ryan also encountered a steep learning curve when entering a new industry, but his time in the military prepared him for it. "I feel learning a new position was a constant part of my military career, so becoming competent in a new field was very easy. Medtronic looks for self-motivated, loyal people that can keep cool under pressure and work with people that are both senior and junior to them. Because of this, a senior O3/O4 or SNCO with a good educational background would be great at learning the industry."

Leadership is another trait that is invaluable when it comes to starting a civilian career. Leadership comes much earlier in the military, and Ryan explains that there are people that have been in civilian industries for 30 years that never lead 100+ people. "You can do that as a CGO with only a few years of service in the military. NCOs lead people very early, too," he reminds his fellow veterans.

"Every veteran comes with an amount of professionalism, work ethic, and loyalty that are extremely hard to match. Shoot high," Ryan advises, "You are extremely valuable and deserve a great job in your civilian career. Once you get it, work hard to keep it!"

Career Opportunities within Orion

Account Executives

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers with a strong record of achievement to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive. We are hiring for our Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; and San Diego, CA offices.

As an Account Executive, you will be responsible for identifying and working closely with America's leading companies in order for them to hire transitioning military veterans and develop smarter hiring programs. The work you do will help fellow veterans transition into the civilian workforce. Average total first year income for Account Executives is $80K+, with a goal of $100K+ in your second year and beyond. In addition to unlimited salary potential and a comprehensive benefits package, Orion provides additional reward and recognition to our top performers.

To qualify, you should have military experience, a Bachelors degree, and previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales. You do not need prior sales experience, as we will provide you the training, tools and resources needed to succeed. Learn more about joining the Orion team.

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.


Navy Officer Recruiter

We are also seeking a Transitioning USMC Officer to join our San Diego team as a Marine Corps Officer Recruiter. We are hiring for our San Diego, CA, office.

Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning Officer candidates at a salary of $60,000 - $65,000 base salary, plus commission. For this position, you must be a recently transitioned USMC Officer less than one year removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning. Click here to apply.


Enlisted Personnel Candidate Recruiter

Orion International is Seeking Enlisted Personnel Candidate Recruiters in our San Diego, CA, office.

Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning enlisted candidates. 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. For this position, you must have honorably served in the United States Military and have civilian or military recruiting experience. Click here to apply.


Client Delivery Recruiter

Orion International is seeking a Recruiter to join our national Military Talent Program Recruiting Team in our Cincinnati, OH, office. 

As a Client Delivery Recruiter you will work with transitioning and recently transitioned military members of all ranks and aid them in their transition to a new career in Corporate America. You will be responsible for recruiting military candidates in support of Military Talent Program Accounts, including members of the Fortune 100 and other top companies. There is no prior Recruiting experience necessary as you will receive all of the training needed to succeed in this role, and will be trained by our experienced recruiting team.

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. For this position, you must have honorably served in the United States Military and have civilian or military recruiting experience. Click here to apply.

Orion on LinkedIn

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 the Alumni network and join our LinkedIn Alumni group! Connect with 800+ members and keep up to date on Orion news, updates, and other alumni-related topics.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Bryan Moses 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 referrals and Job Seeker referrals. That's one entry for each referral that you submit - good luck and thank you for the referral!

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 Service Member or Veteran to Orion now!