The Hunter - January 2020

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

In this Issue

Careers for Navy Electronics Technicians

Veteran Spotlight: Anthony Great

Veteran Franchise Opportunities: Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs

Military Officers Connect with Civilian Careers at Orion’s Distinguished Candidate Conferences

Exclusive Opportunities Through Orion

Video Series: Minute with Mike

According to Your Peers

Career Success with Orion

Podcast Series for Job Seekers

Upcoming Hiring Conferences

Join the Orion Team

Career Transition Planning and Base Visits

Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion

Companies Recently Hiring

Connect with Orion Online

Careers for Navy Electronics Technicians

Over the last 28 years, Orion has matched over 45,000 Veterans with rewarding careers, including more than 6,000 Navy Electronics Technicians, and we are particularly proud of the high caliber opportunities we have available for our nation’s Enlisted Navy personnel. 

Whether you have two years or two weeks before you leave active military service, there are many steps you can take prior to your separation date that will position you for success as you transition into the civilian workforce. We invite you to use our career resources and tips for Navy Electronics Technicians to help navigate the change. No matter where you are in the transition and who you need to consider, we have resources that can help you plan and manage the changes ahead. 

At Orion we know that the technical knowledge and intangible skills you gained in the military have employers competing for your expertise. With high salaries and strong opportunities throughout all parts of the U.S., now is the time for you to work with Orion to lead you into a position that will be the best match with your background, preferences and skill set. 

Here are just a few recent careers Navy Electronics Technicians have found through Orion:

Ready to start a new career? Visit us online to learn more about Free Career Services for Navy Electronics Technicians.

Veteran Spotlight: Anthony Great

We’re proud to profile Anthony Great, a former U.S. Army Armor Officer who is now a Production Supervisor with Tempur Sealy.  Anthony worked with Orion Talent a few years ago to help find a career when he transitioned from the Army, and attended a Distinguished Candidate Conference in Atlanta. After a year in his position, Anthony was looking for a career change, and reached out to Orion to help him find a new position.

“The Orion team did an outstanding job preparing me for my interview with Tempur Sealy,” Anthony said. “I did mock interviews, and I was given information about the company. I was also informed of how to get further information about the company.” One of the most important tips Anthony received from the Orion Recruiting team was to research not only the company, but the hiring manager.

“By researching the hiring manager, I discovered that he had served as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer prior to being commissioned,” Anthony explained. “With his military background, I knew that he understood the challenges I faced.”

According to Anthony, his experience serving in the Army and working with people from very diverse backgrounds has been key to his success so far at Tempur Sealy. “I have been able to build a winning team and make tough decisions in stressful circumstances. The military has prepared me to make an immediate impact in my role,” Anthony explained.

In his short time at Tempur Sealy, Anthony has also had the opportunity to apply for a higher role as Night Shift Production Manager. He counts his leadership skills that he acquired in service as key to his success in the civilian workforce.

Anthony’s advice to transitioning military leaders is to prepare for the transition. “Conduct your transition like a military operation,” he advised. “Plan, conduct reconnaissance, establish contingency plans, rehearse, prep the battlefield with shaping operations, and execute the critical tasks efficiently and professionally,” he stated. 

If you are transitioning soon and looking for a civilian career, join Anthony and the thousands of others like him who have found rewarding careers through Orion Talent. Begin your career search with Orion and register today.

Veteran Franchise Opportunities: Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs

Orion has partnered with JDog to provide exclusive franchise opportunities for honorably discharged Veterans and Military family members. The company is seeking motivated entrepreneurs to own and operate a franchise, backed by JDog’s proven business model and all of the support you need to be successful. JDog franchise opportunities include JDog Junk Removal & Hauling and JDog Carpet Cleaning.

JDog was founded by a Veteran with the goal of helping Veterans experience business ownership by running their own franchise, employing fellow Veterans, ultimately reducing Veteran unemployment to less than 1%. As a JDog franchise owner, you will join the extended Military family the company has created, and continue to serve by serving your community.

Why do Veterans make great entrepreneurs? JDog’s blog post, “Why We Choose Our Heroes,” highlights the qualities and skills that Military candidates possess that make them ideal for franchise ownership, including:

Ingrained Ethos: Respect, Integrity, and Trust are expected in the Military. As you deal with customers and employees, these values will serve you very well.

Leadership: Business owners are leaders. Whatever their position in the Military, service members have experience with a variety of leaders who show different styles of leadership.

Discipline: One of the first skills gained in the Military is discipline. Discipline is also beneficial for business owners because it is essential for smooth operations and making success more attainable.

Commitment to Serving: As an entrepreneur, you are serving customers. Whether selling goods or offering services, you act for the benefit of a customer. While Military members fulfill their duties, they are acting with the benefit of our country in mind.

Support System: During their time in the Military, Veterans had a tight knit brotherhood and sisterhood they could depend on. Particularly when a Veteran joins a franchise, a support system is provided to encourage success and create comradery. When Veterans join JDog Brands, they join our brotherhood and sisterhood of others who have served their country.

View the full blog post here.

Visit JDog online to learn more about franchise opportunities, and complete this form to speak with a JDog franchise specialist.

Military Officers Connect with Civilian Careers at Orion’s Distinguished Candidate Conferences

Orion Talent hosts a number of Distinguished Candidate Conferences each year across the country, featuring Engineering, Sales, Project Management, Leadership Development, and Operations Management positions available nationwide.

Distinguished candidates include graduates of Military Service Academies or Top Universities, those with an advanced education, and those that have consistently ranked above their peers in Officer Evaluations.

Our DCCs offer a unique format, designed to maximize our candidates’ chances of receiving a job offer, consisting of interview preparation, briefings by the interviewing companies, and a President's Reception to network with hiring managers and other candidates, culminating in interviews the next day.

You can view a complete guide to our DCCs in this video featuring Orion Regional Recruiting Manager Mike Wood:

The feedback from candidates attending our DCCs is consistent every year, with veterans saying it is by far the best way to find their next career.

In 2019, nearly 200 Military Officers found their civilian careers through our Distinguished Candidate Conferences, with companies including Corning, Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, Siemens, and many others. See below for our upcoming DCC schedule:
Orion only holds a few DCCs each year, so opportunities to attend are limited. If you would like to be considered for one of our special special hiring events, please complete a form above or contact Chris Hurst at

Video Series: Minute with Mike

Check out our weekly video series, Minute with Mike! Every Tuesday, Recruiting Manager Mike Wood offers a brief review of the current job opportunities nationwide, along with advice for your job search. Watch the video below, and keep an eye out on social media for the weekly editions!

According to Your Peers

Career Success with Orion

Podcast Series for Job Seekers

Have you tuned in to From the Battlefield to the Boardroom, our podcast series dedicated to supporting military job seekers? We have a variety of episodes covering everything from the civilian transition process to valuable insights and guidance from other Veterans and business leaders.

We've recently added new podcasts, including:

108. Resources for Veterans and Employers through PsychArmor

107. Is a Government Contract Role Right for You?

106. Recruiter Provides Valuable Insight on How to Perfect Your Resume

105. Overcoming the Soft Skills Gap

104. Careers for Veterans in the Data Center Industry

If you are ready to enter the interview process, visit our Interview Essentials page to sharpen your interview skills!


Visit us online to listen to all the episodes, and explore our new podcast categories on each stage of the transition process. You can also subscribe via your favorite podcast platform or RSS feed, to automatically receive new episodes as they are released.

We'd love to feature your questions in our upcoming episodes. If you have any questions you'd like to hear us answer, click below to email us!

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Upcoming Hiring Conferences

If you will be separating from the military and preparing to begin your civilian career within the next 90 days, be sure to attend one of our hiring conferences. After a full day of preparation, you'll interview with hiring managers for only those positions that are a match with your needs and preferences.


Parsippany, NJ January 12 - 13 - Officers please contact Ben DiTota, 757-998-8544, for more information; Enlisted candidates please contact Amy West, 757-998-8520, for more information. 

Norfolk, VA January 26 - 27 - Officers please contact Ben DiTota, 757-998-8544, for more information; Enlisted candidates please contact Chris Dove, 757-998-8516, for more information. 


Chicago, IL January 19 - 20 - please contact Dan Young, 513-644-3355, for more information. 

South Central

Dallas, TX January 19 - 20  - please contact Matt White, 737-209-3377, for more information. 


Atlanta, GA  January 20 - 21 - Officers please contact Mike Wood, 984-208-3986, for more information; Enlisted candidates please contact Michael Block, 984-208-3981, for more information. 


Seattle, WA  January 9 - 10 - Contact Jay Koranda, 858-267-4233, for more information.

San Diego, CA  January 19 - 20 - Contact Jay Koranda, 858-267-4233, for more information.

Join the Orion Team

Account Executive Careers with Orion 

Orion Talent 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 San Diego, CA and Austin, TX 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. Average total first year income for Account Executives is $80K+, with a goal of $100K+ in your second year and beyond. 

To qualify, you should have military experience, a Bachelors degree, and 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.

Visit our Account Executive Careers with Orion Talent page to learn more about working at Orion, including a video, podcast, and webinar on our Account Executive positions. 

Once you are ready to apply, the next step is to complete an online sales assessment.

If you're looking for a quick way to introduce yourself, please send an email that includes your resume to Isabel Jessee.   

Career Transition Planning and Base Visits

When our Recruiters visit a location near you, it's a chance to get a jump start on your career search, regardless of your ETS date. Our Recruiters will discuss your goals and preferences with you and present a realistic picture of what to expect in your search. You'll get resume advice, interview preparation tips, and much more! Please send an email to the Regional Recruiter listed for the base visit in which you are interested.


For all base visits in the Southeast, contact Mike Wood for more information.

MCAS New River - December 19
JB Charleston - December 19

South Central

For all base visits in the South Central U.S., contact Bob Berkholz for more information.

Fort Hood - January 14

Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion

Did you know that Orion candidates earned $16,000 in referral bonuses in the third quarter of 2019?

For every job seeker you refer to us who is subsequently hired through Orion, you'll receive a $100 gift card to a retailer of your choice after they reach 90 days on the new job!

It's simple - just click here to refer a friend. 30 seconds of your time could be $100 in your pocket!

Companies Recently Hiring


Genpak LLC


Digital Realty Trust

Smiths Dectection

Elite Line Services

American Zinc Recycling 

Preferred Freezer Services

Continental Automotive Systems

Johnson & Johnson

Rees Scientific


Lutron Electronics Company


Bridgestone Firestone

Komatsu America Corporation

Connect with Orion Online

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