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Veteran Success Story: Seth Robert

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Seth Robert is a former avionics, electronics, weapons technician for U/AH-1 helicopters in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served from June 2000 to May 2005. Upon leaving the military, Robert struggled to find a civilian job that matched his education and skills. Orion International helped Robert find the perfect job in under a week. Today, Robert is the southern region operations manager for Canrig Drilling Technology.

Robert first interviewed for Canrig over six years ago. As a former Marine, who worked as an avionics/electronics/weapons technician on U/AH-1 Helicopters, Robert left the Marine Corps after five years of service looking for a civilian job that did not strap him down to a desk in an office.

"I had talked to some recruiting firms and they did not do a very good job for me. They didn't listen to what I was looking for," Robert said. "They just set me up for a bunch of interviews that had nothing to do with my education or background. I felt like I was not getting the attention that I wanted."

Robert then did an internet search for "military recruiters" and sent an email to Orion International. Within minutes, Robert received a phone call from Orion.

"Orion interviewed me and asked me what I was looking for. Three days later, I was sitting at one of their hiring conferences that they had in Dallas, TX," Robert said. "Prior to the interviews, they worked with me on my resume and talked to me about the hiring process. It was comforting to know I was not alone in the process."

Orion arranged several interviews for Robert at the hiring conference and he had multiple offers in various industries within a week.

"I was extremely excited about how quick it was. I did not know anything about the oil industry, but the Canrig job sounded like it would work and it did."

Though Robert’s first job with Canrig closely matched his job in the military working on helicopters, an oilrig is a different platform. "I had to learn how my former training was relevant to my new job," Robert said.

Robert pointed out that his success transitioning from the military to the oil and gas industry is typical, as former military are accustomed to working 12 hour shifts and being on assignment for long periods of time that the oilfield typically requires on the rig. Thus, former military make ideal candidates for oilfield jobs. For civilians who are used to working 8 hour shifts, the turnover rate is more than 50%, Robert said.

Robert is a strong supporter of hiring military and using Orion International.

"I oversee a large group in my organization," he said. "All of the managers that report to me are prior military. They work hard and move up quickly. They understand the dedication that it takes to be great in our company."

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