From the Battlefield to the Boardroom Podcast

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From the Battlefield to the Boardroom Podcast

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   Episode 48 - Career Opportunities for Veterans in the Oil & Gas Industry

Orion has hired more than 2,800+ veterans into the oil and gas industry into companies such as Phillips 66, Halliburton, BP, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, and many more. Military candidates have proven to be an ideal fit for a wide range of positions including Field Service, Operators, Maintenance Technicians, Project Managers, and Engineers.

Steve Casey, Vice President at Orion, joins the show to discuss what military job seekers should know about the oil and gas industry. Topics include:

  • Similarities between the military and oil and gas industry
  • Misconceptions about the oil and gas industry
  • Career opportunities for veterans

   Episode 47 - Dream Job: Veteran Makes a Positive Impact with PPL

Anthony Pearson is a Marine Corps veteran who found his dream job with PPL in 2000. Since joining the company, Anthony has made a positive impact within the company and the community through his commitment to serving others. In this show we discuss:

  • How the military prepared him for a career with PPL
  • His career evolution with PPL
  • PPL's Veteran Resource Group

   Episode 46 - Marine Corps Veteran Launches Career in Sales

Mike Farrell is a former Marine Corps Officer whose interest in Sales was sparked during his time in service. Prior to his transition, Mike attended an Orion webinar focused on careers in Sales and spent the rest of his free time reading up on sales and planning his next career move. In this episode we'll discuss:

  • Why he chose a career in sales
  • His career paths with NuLife Medical and BI Worldwide
  • Key accomplishments

   Episode 45 - Unilever Provides Careers with Purpose for Veterans

Unilever makes thousands of products under more than 400 brand names used by two and a half billion people every day. This global company is behind trusted brands like Dove, Axe, Hellman's, Ben & Jerry's, and many more. Unilever has a strong commitment to hiring veterans and has partnered with Orion to hire military talent into a variety of roles nationwide. Learn more at

In today's episode I am joined by Mike Stevens, a Marine Corps Veteran and Unilever Employee. Mike was hired as a Demand Planning Manager 2 years ago and has recently transitioned into a new position in Finance. In this podcast we'll discuss:

  • What attracted Mike to Unilever
  • His career progression since joining the company
  • What he enjoys most about working there

   Episode 44 - Careers in Field Service for Veterans

Field Service jobs are in high demand because of the variety of industries they serve. Field Service Technicians are responsible for the maintenance and repair of equipment, products and systems. This includes home-based equipment such as security systems, appliances and electronics, and larger commercial items like heavy equipment, factory machinery, computer networks and wind turbines. While the type of work is dependent on the industry, in this episode we'll discuss what to expect if you are seeking a career as a Field Service Technician.

Todd Hecht, an Orion Recruiter specializing in Field Service roles, joins the show to provide insight on why Veterans are a good fit for these positions. Topics include:

  • Required education and training
  • Companies that are hiring Field Service Technicians
  • Career progression

   Episode 43 - The Military Guide: Financial Independence, Part 2

If achieving financial freedom is a dream of yours, make sure you listen to the conclusion of our conversation with Doug Nordman, author of The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement / founder of The Military Guide website. Doug and Brian Henry (Orion's Senior Vice President of Recruiting) join the show to discuss:

  • Financially preparing to leave the military
  • Additional resources for financial education

   Episode 42 - The Military Guide: Financial Independence, Part 1

Orion's goal is to provide resources to not only help you in your job search, but throughout your entire military to civilian transition. In this episode I'm joined by Doug Nordman, author of The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement / founder of The Military Guide website, and Brian Henry, Senior Vice President of Recruiting at Orion.

During Part 1 of our conversation with Doug, we'll discuss:

  • Retirement options
  • The decision to leave active duty
  • Recent changes in the military pension system
  • Financial myths of retirement

   Episode 41 - Career Opportunities for Veterans in the Building Controls Industry

Building controls are responsible for controlling the internal environment of nearly every building worldwide. From office buildings to campuses and stadiums, they all rely on some type of system to regulate heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, and many other systems.

Jay Koranda, Recruiting Manager at Orion, joins this episode to discuss opportunities within the building controls industry. As a former employee with a building controls company, Jay has plenty of insight to offer. Topics include:

  • Similarities between the military and the building controls industry
  • Career opportunities for veterans
  • Companies Orion works with

   Episode 40 - Tom Wolfe, Author of "Out of Uniform" - Part 2

Tom Wolfe joins the podcast again to provide more valuable insight into the military-to-civilian career transition. To conclude this two-part episode, Tom will discuss many topics pertinent to the final stages of the transition process, including attending hiring conferences and estimating your market value.

Other topics include:

  • Dos and Don'ts of working with a military recruiter
  • Keeping an open mind during your job search
  • Choosing which opportunity to accept

   Episode 39 - Tom Wolfe, Author of "Out of Uniform" - Part 1

Over the years, Orion's recruiters have seen a significant difference in the success rates of military job seekers who invest the time to read professional books as they prepared for their transition versus those who did not. The right books can help you to be more comfortable in an interview setting and better articulate your background and professional experience to an interviewer.

One book that provides insight into every stage of the transition process is Tom Wolfe's Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military to Civilian Career Transition. His recently released 2nd edition book is designed to help all transitioning military personnel, regardless of service, branch, rank, rating, time in service, time in grade, or specialty.

Tom joins the show to discuss some of the highlights from his book, as well as advice for military job seekers. Topics include:

  • Challenges / opportunities for job seekers as a result of social media
  • Figuring out what you want to do
  • The value of flexibility
  • The 6 Ps of interviewing

   Episode 38 - Top 10 Interview Dos and Don'ts

To succeed in a job interview it's important to say and do the right things that make a positive first impression and convince employers you would be a great fit for their company. It's also important to avoid making mistakes that could raise a red flag about your professionalism or ability to perform the job for which you are interviewing.

Nora Liles, an Orion Recruiter, joins the show to discuss her list of top 10 dos and don'ts for succeeding in your first interview. Topics include:

  • Researching the company
  • Knowing the position and how it relates to your background
  • Asking thoughtful questions
  • Talking about failure and weaknesses

   Episode 37 - What you Need to Know to Succeed in your First Civilian Career

While many of the things you've learned in the military are invaluable, some behaviors won't help you get ahead in the civilian world. In this episode, we'll give you tips for making the transition into your civilian career successful.

Adam Swartz, former Marine Corps Officer and Orion Account Executive, joins the show to discuss what he learned from his first post-military job. Topics include:

  • The importance of asking questions
  • Being "on time" in the military vs. in the civilian workplace
  • Being aware of how others perceive you
  • Networking
  • What to avoid in the civilian workplace

   Episode 36 - Career Opportunities for Veterans in the Semiconductor Industry

The semiconductor industry is responsible for creating microchips that enable advances in all modern electronics. These microchips are used in computers, healthcare and military systems, transportation, clean energy, and many more. The semiconductor industry is also leading innovation in many emerging technologies, including drones, artificial intelligence and self-driving cars.

Orion has hired thousands of veterans into companies like Intel, Samsung, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Micron and Qorvo. In this episode, Jay Koranda, Recruiting Manager at Orion, discusses opportunities within the semiconductor industry. Topics include:

  • Similarities between the military and the semiconductor industry
  • Career opportunities for veterans
  • Companies Orion works with

   Episode 35 - Overcoming Military to Civilian Transition Challenges

There are many challenges that come with transitioning out of the military into the civilian workforce. Whether you're navigating the interview stage or getting acclimated in your new role, you're likely experiencing some unknown territory.

Dustin Mann, an Account Executive at Orion, joins the show to discuss transition challenges and how to overcome them. Topics include:

  • Communicating your military background to Hiring Managers
  • What to focus on and what to avoid in the interview process
  • Leveraging your military experience to be successful in a non-military job

   Episode 34 - Pursuing a Career Different from your Military Occupation

Some military to civilian transitions are more clear-cut than others. If you are a technician in the military transitioning into a technical role in the civilian workforce, there's likely to be less of a learning curve. However, many military job seekers have the desire to pursue a career that's different from what they did in the military. In this case, it can be hard to visualize your next steps and successfully position yourself for a career change.

Mike Wood, Orion's Southeast Recruiting Manager, joins this week's show to discuss how focusing on your accomplishments, key strengths and drivers in your career search can help you land the job you want. Topics include:

  • Networking
  • Selling yourself
  • Interview tips

   Episode 33 - Leveraging LinkedIn in Your Job Search

With hundreds of millions of users worldwide, LinkedIn is the most powerful social network for building your personal brand and growing your network. As a military job seeker, you might be new to LinkedIn, or maybe you need some insight on how to make the most of this social platform.

Nora Liles, a Recruiter at Orion, joins this week's show to discuss the importance of LinkedIn, and how to leverage it to find your next job opportunity. Topics include:

  • How to let Recruiters know you're available
  • Top 5 tips for getting noticed
  • What to avoid

   Episode 32 - Former Communications Officer Leads Process Improvement at Faith Technologies

Martin Cawdery is a Marine Corps veteran who has found a rewarding career with Faith Technologies. Martin was promoted within 3 months of being hired, and has had such a positive impact on Faith Technologies' business that he's now in a position to hire more veterans into the company.

Listen to this podcast to hear Martin discuss:

  • Transitioning from the military after 22 years of service
  • Pursuing a civilian career that was different than his military career
  • Advice for military job seekers
  • His career at Faith Technologies

   Episode 31 - Career Opportunities for Veterans in the Residential Construction Industry

Orion works with hundreds of residential construction companies nationwide, including David Weekley Homes, Pulte, Taylor Morrison, KB Home and many more. Companies in this industry have found Veterans to be a great fit for a variety of roles, including Superintendents, Production Supervisors, Project Managers, Customer Service and Maintenance.

Mike Wood, Orion's Southeast Recruiting Manager, joins the show to discuss what military job seekers should know about the residential construction industry. Topics include:

  • Similarities between the military and the residential construction industry
  • Misconceptions about the residential construction industry
  • Career opportunities for Veterans

   Episode 30 - Career Opportunities for Veterans in the Manufacturing Industry

Orion works with some of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, including Siemens, GE, Honeywell, Honda, Hershey's, Stryker, and many more. The manufacturing industry offers careers for veterans of all backgrounds and skill sets, with many of the roles being a natural fit based on your military experience. Whether you're a Maintenance Technician, Engineer or a Project Manager, career opportunities in this industry are vast.

In this episode, Nora Liles, former Army Contractor and Recruiter at Orion, joins the show to discuss:

  • Similarities between the military and the manufacturing industry
  • Misconceptions about the manufacturing industry
  • Career opportunities for Veterans

   Episode 29 - Military Friendly Employer: Daifuku

Orion has partnered with Daifuku North America, a leader in the material handling industry, to provide rewarding careers for veterans. Daifuku has career opportunities nationwide and they are looking to fill a large number of openings over the next several months. Learn more about Daifuku's open positions and interview dates and locations here.

In today's podcast I'll talk to TJ Freno, Orion's Account Manager for Daifuku. TJ will discuss:

  • Daifuku's business
  • Career opportunities
  • Why Daifuku is a great place for veterans to work
  • The ideal candidate for Daifuku

   Episode 28 - Top 10 Myths About Working with a Military Recruiter

As a military job seeker, chances are you've been cautioned not to work with a military recruiter. There are many articles online that tell you that you'll have plenty of opportunities on your own, recruiters are motivated by personal gain rather than your success, and the list goes on. We've heard a lot of this advice too, so we wanted to give you lowdown on working with a military recruiter.

Tim Juliussen, Army Veteran and Account Executive at Orion, joins the show to debunk the top 10 myths about working with a military recruiter.

   Episode 27 - Global Powerhouse Siemens Provides Endless Opportunities for Veterans

One of Orion's longest and most successful partnerships is with Siemens, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. Siemens employs thousands of veterans across all functions and job families and our guest today is part of their growing team.

Ben Staples was recently hired by Siemens as a Service Specialist in Seattle and he couldn't be happier in his new role. In this episode we'll discuss:

  • Ben's transition out of the military
  • What attracted him to Siemens
  • Why Siemens a great place for Veterans to work

   Episode 26 - Preparing for a Management Interview

An interview for a management position will typically consist of questions about your experience, leadership style, what you've accomplished in the past and what your expectations are for the future.

Military job seekers possess hands on leadership and are typically a great fit for Management roles. Although your leadership experience is valued, the ability to clearly communicate your accomplishments is the key to success. In this episode, Dave Lehmkuhl, Orion's Southeast Sales Manager, will discuss:

  • Frequently asked interview questions
  • Companies and industries hiring for management roles
  • Reading in preparation for a management interview

   Episode 25 - Developing your Personal Brand on Social Media

Developing and leveraging your personal brand on social media can help you open more doors in your job search. Hiring managers receive a large volume of job applications and you must find a way to stand out from the faceless crowd. By having a clear, online message of who you are, you have the opportunity to convey your identity to the hiring manager and improve your chances of standing out from the very beginning. Listen this episode to hear Jack Morrow, an Account Executive at Orion, discuss the following topics:

  • Defining 'personal branding' and its importance
  • Tips for developing your personal brand
  • How to use social media to convey your brand
  • Social media pitfalls

   Episode 24 - Keys to Acing your Virtual Interview

Virtual interviews are becoming a preferred method of interview due to ease of scheduling and budget friendliness for both the job seeker and employer. The goal of an in-person or virtual interview is the same - you want to make a lasting impression that gets you to the next round of interviews.

In this episode, Dustin Mann, an Account Executive at Orion, gives you the keys to ace your virtual interview. Topics include:

  • Benefits of virtual interviewing
  • How to prepare
  • What to avoid
  • Interview tips
  • Upcoming virtual interviews through Orion

   Episode 23 - Equip Yourself for a Successful Military Transition

As a Former Army Officer and current Junior Military Officer Recruiter, Keri Price knows a lot about the process of transitioning from the military into the civilian world. In this episode, Keri and I discuss:

  • The military transition timeline
  • How to prepare for each stage
  • Transition checklists

   Episode 22 - New Year, New Job!

Happy New Year! If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to find a new job, you don't want to miss this episode. This is the perfect time to begin your job search. Key decision makers are back in the office after the holidays, and budgeting and workforce planning are on your side.

In this episode I'll be joined by an Air Force Veteran and current Recruiter at Orion to talk through ways you can jumpstart your career search in 2018. Topics include:

  • Tips for beginning your job search
  • How to ace the interview
  • "Kissing frogs" until you find the right job

   Episode 21 - Frequently Asked Interview Questions for Engineering Roles

Our most popular podcasts have been about interview preparation, and we've done quite a few related to frequently asked interview questions. We wanted to dedicate a similar show to focus on frequently asked interview questions for technical and engineering roles.

Our guest for this show is Shane Bishop, a Senior Account Executive at Orion. Shane is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and is a former Submarine Officer. His impressive military background, as well as his many years of experience with interview preparation, make him an expert on this topic. Shane gives insight on how to answer the following interview questions:

  • Why are you interested in an Engineering role?
  • What Technical / Engineering experience do you have?
  • How did you apply your technical skill set in your last position?
  • What special technical qualifications do you possess?

   Episode 20 - What to Expect During the Offer Stage of the Interview Process

We've given you the tools to prepare for an interview and how to answer a variety of frequently asked interview questions. In this episode we'll tackle the final step in the process: the offer stage. Once you've arrived at this step in the process, you'll likely have many questions about what to expect. To give you some insight, a Senior Account Executive at Orion, joins me to discuss the following topics:

  • Timeline for extending and accepting an offer
  • In addition to salary, what other factors can help you make your decision?
  • How flexible are companies when it comes to salary offerings?
  • Negotiating a salary

   Episode 19 - Orion Talent Recruiter Spotlight: Kerry Miller

Orion has more than 40 Recruiters nationwide who are all former military. If you've worked with us already, you know that our recruiting team is dedicated to your success as a job seeker. In this episode, I'm highlighting Kerry Miller, a former Navy Career Counselor and current member of Orion's Midwest recruiting team. Kerry and I will discuss:

  • Her career in the Navy and transition into civilian life
  • What she wishes she had known during her transition
  • Success stories - including a veteran that found his dream job working at a pie factory!

   Episode 18 - Overcoming Challenging Interview Questions

Some frequently asked interview questions are more challenging than others and can leave you feeling like you're in the hot seat. In this episode, a Senior Vice President of Recruiting takes on some of the more challenging questions by telling you what employers want to know when they ask these questions, keys to successfully answering, and what to avoid when answering. Questions include:

  • What is your weakness?
  • Tell me about a time that you failed.
  • Tell me about a time that you improved a process.
  • How do you deal with conflict?
  • Why should I hire you?

   Episode 17: Don't Let the Holiday Festivities Slow Down your Career Search

'Tis the season for all things festive! From Thanksgiving turkeys to Christmas trees and New Year's celebrations, your job search may not be at the top of your to-do list. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, It might surprise you to learn that the holiday season can be a great time to look for a new job.
In this episode, we'll talk about a recent article on the, Top 11 Reasons to Job Search During the Holidays. I'll also be joined by a member of Orion's recruiting team to discuss the following topics:

  • Why you should keep your job search going during the holidays
  • Strategies for success
  • Networking during the holiday season
  • Opportunities to interview at Orion's Hiring Conferences

   Episode 16: Everything You Need to Know About Orion Hiring Conferences

A Hiring Conference is your chance to interview with hiring managers for positions that are a match with your background, skills and preferences. Orion holds approximately 75 hiring conferences each year in cities throughout the nation, and the conference will feature positions throughout that region of the country.

Orion's conferences are much different than a traditional job fair. In this episode, a Senior Vice President of Recruiting will give you an overview of what to expect when you attend. Topics include:

  • The differences between an Orion hiring conference and a traditional job fair
  • How to prepare
  • What to expect from interview to offer

   Episode 15: Join The Orion Talent Team as a Candidate Recruiter

Orion's Candidate Recruiters work directly with military job seekers to help them find rewarding careers in corporate America. We currently have a team of more than 40 recruiters nationwide, but we're always seeking top performing, former and transitioning veterans to join our team. In this episode, Orion's Southeast Recruiting Manager will discuss:

  • Ideal attributes for a Recruiter candidate
  • Challenging and rewarding aspects of the position
  • 'A day in the life' of a Recruiter
  • Perks of the job

   Episode 14: Launch your Post-Military Journey with a Career in Sales

Sales is not a career field that many military candidates immediately consider as an option during their transition from the military to civilian life. In this episode we'll talk about why it's worth considering. You'll hear from a Senior Vice President of Recruiting on some of the perks of working in sales, including compensation, path to leadership, personal control, job security and ability to help others. Additional topics include:

  • Determining whether a career in sales is right for you
  • What attributes Hiring Managers are looking for and why they want to hire Veterans
  • Tips for interviewing for a Sales role

   Episode 13: Join The Orion Talent Team as an Account Executive

Account Executives at Orion create and maintain relationships with America's leading companies to secure job opportunities for our Veteran job seekers. Because these roles are essential to our business, we're always looking for motivated, top performing, former and transitioning military members to join our team. In this episode, we'll talk to two of Orion's Senior Partners about:

  • Ideal attributes for an Account Executive candidate
  • Challenging and rewarding aspects of the position
  • 'A day in the life' of an Account Executive
  • Career progression

   Episode 12: What It Means To Be a Military Spouse

In honor of military families around the world, we're spotlighting a military family right here at Orion. Nora Liles is a National Recruiter at Orion in our Virginia Beach, VA, office and her husband Charles is currently deployed to Djibouti, Africa. In this episode, Nora and I talk about what it means to be a military spouse:

  • Support systems during deployments
  • Proudest moments
  • Acts of kindness
  • How to honor military families

   Episode 11: Former Army Officer Climbs the Ranks at Sun Chemical

Danielle Smith is a former Army Officer who landed a career with Sun Chemical in 2014. Since joining Sun Chemical, Danielle has been promoted a couple of times and is a valued member of the team. Listen to this podcast to hear Danielle discuss:

  • Her military transition
  • Why Sun Chemical is a great place for Veterans to work
  • Career progression
  • Advice for job seekers

   Episode 10: Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operations Manager

Zach Marshall is a former Army Officer and now an Operations Manager with Mangan Software. In this episode, Zach talks about lessons learned from his military career, transition into the civilian world and now as a hiring manager passionate about recruiting Veterans. Other topics include:

  • How his time in service prepared him for a civilian career
  • What he looks when hiring a Veteran
  • Veteran success at Mangan

   Episode 9: A Navy Officer's Journey From Transition to Dream Job

Eric Sagong is a former Navy Officer who recently landed a job with StandardAero. In this podcast, Eric discusses his transition process and advice for fellow job seekers. Other topics include:

  • Decision points in his transition
  • Benefits of working with a military recruiting firm
  • Why StandardAero

   Episode 8: Jack Welch Management Institute Online MBA

Orion Account Executive Nick Ruscoe sits down to chat with us about his experience with Jack Welch Management Institute's Online MBA Program.

  • Why JWMI?
  • Using your GI Bill
  • Jack Welch's leadership style
  • Balancing an MBA and career

   Episode 7: Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Preparing for a first interview can be a daunting task, especially for transitioning military job seekers. In this episode, we'll tackle some frequently asked interview questions by telling you what employers want to know when they ask these questions, keys to successfully answering and what to avoid when answering:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your 3 greatest strengths?
  • What is your most significant achievement?
  • What is your leadership style?
  • What are your goals - short and long term?

   Episode 6: The 'Forever GI Bill' - What It Means For You

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 was signed into law on August 16, 2017. Also known as the Forever GI Bill, the new legislation has many changes in store for Veterans and their families. This episode includes:

  • Highlights of the Forever GI Bill
  • Interview with a Veteran utilizing the GI Bill

   Episode 5: Everything you Need to Know about Preparing for the Interview Process

Are you beginning your transition out of the military and wondering where to start? Hear from a former Marine Corps Offiicer and current VP of Recruiting about what you can do to prepare:

  • How to research yourself
  • Building a library of stories to help sell yourself
  • Answering any question successfully with the S-T-A-R format

   Episode 4: Working with Military Recruiting Firms

Hear what transitioning Air Force Officer Jim Bergren has to say about his decision to pursue a civilian career:

  • Decision points in his transition
  • Working with military recruiting firms
  • The importance of attending a hiring conference

   Episode 3: Transitioning Army Officer Discusses His Transition and the Importance of Preparation

Transitioning Army Officer Andrew Manglicmot shares what he's learned about the transition process and gives advice to fellow job seekers. In this podcast we'll discuss:

  • Decision points in his transition
  • Working with military recruiting firms
  • Andrew's motto "Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance"

   Episode 2: What to Expect During the Interview Process

We linked up with a Recruiting Manager to discuss everything you've wanted to know about the interview process. We'll talk about:

  • Typical interview timeline
  • Different types of interviews
  • Interview curveballs

   Episode 1: Ask a Military Recruiter

You asked, we answered! Hear advice from a Recruiter on some frequently asked questions from our job seekers:

  • How do I get started?
  • What kind of positions are available to me?
  • What companies and industries are hiring?
  • What's the difference between a headhunter and a recruiter?