From the Battlefield to the Boardroom Podcast

This podcast is an extension of Orion's From the Battlefield to the Boardroom Blog, and is dedicated to supporting military job seekers throughout your transition process by providing valuable insight and guidance from other Veterans and business leaders.

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   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 Officer

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?