We just completed the April 2013 Career Conference and are already busy preparing for the follow-up interview process. 52 candidates and 14 spouses and support team members attended the Conference, and all candidates have companies pursuing them into the follow-up process. The candidates interviewed with an average of 12 companies and averaged 7 companies pursuing them for a 60% pursuit rate. They all worked diligently at the Career Conference and all of at Cameron-Brooks offer our congratulations to the candidates on taking their first steps towards their new career in Corporate America.
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Last night the Cameron-Brooks team arrived to cold and rain in Charlotte, NC but with a very bright outlook for our upcoming April 2013 Career Conference which will officially kick off tomorrow. From the quality of both the companies and the candidates, we have what looks to be another great Career Conference.
As I travel around the country and meet with officers to discuss their options should they decide to separate from the military, one of those options some officers are considering is attending a full-time MBA program. I wanted to post two articles below from the Wall Street Journal that discusses the value of attending a full-time MBA program to offer some good insight.
There are times that attending a full-time MBA program could make sense depending on a candidate’s goals, timing, financial situation, etc. but there are no quick fixes to top 10% success. Coming from someone who has an MBA, I definitely believe these programs are worthwhile, but not as a way to “shortcut” your way to success and corporate leadership.
We just completed our first Career Conference of 2013. 52 candidates and 16 spouses and support team members attended the Conference, and all candidates have companies pursuing them into the follow-up process. The candidates interviewed with an average of 12 companies and averaged 7 companies pursuing them for a 59% pursuit rate. The entire Cameron-Brooks Team would like to congratulate the January Career Conference candidates on taking their first step towards a new career in Corporate America.
The Cameron-Brooks team and the January 2013 Career Conference JMO candidates will arrive in Austin, TX tomorrow to kick off our first Career Conference of 2013. In our recent travels to various bases and posts, my colleagues Joel Junker, Chuck Alvarez, and I have seen how diligently the candidates have been working and preparing to make a successful transition to Corporate America.
Well, it’s a new year and I hope everyone had a great holiday. We all seemed to somehow avoid the end of the world as predicted by the Mayans and so far we’ve survived the dreaded Fiscal Cliff. Everyone here at Cameron-Brooks had a chance to take a few days off, enjoy family, and be thankful we get to be a part of an organization dedicated to helping our candidates and client companies reach their goals and dreams.
As we look back on 2012, it was a very good indicator that there are growing opportunities for a well-prepared JMO making the transition to Corporate America. The latest unemployment numbers remain encouraging with the national unemployment rate at 7.8%, down from 9.4% at the end of 2011. As a JMO over the age of 25 with a college degree, your unemployment rate is almost half that national number, at 3.8%. The private sector added an average of 153,000 jobs per month in 2012 while the government/public sector either reduced jobs or remained stagnant.
In 2012, we continually heard the same message from our client companies; there are no shortage of applicants applying for jobs but there is a shortage of well qualified, well vetted, and well prepared applicants. Last year again showed us that the opportunities exist but a JMO must be well prepared to take advantage of them. Our candidates averaged 12 interviews at each of our five Career Conferences last year and our first Conference of 2013 is already shaping up to be a good one. We have 20+ companies scheduled to attend and are continuing to add in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned to the next couple of blog posts where I will provide some additional details and results from our first Conference of 2013.
As the Holidays and New Year once again greet us, we find ourselves thankful for cherished friendships, both old and new. We are also thankful to have had the opportunity to work hard in a meaningful environment and achieve our goals while helping others achieve theirs. This is the gift of yet another year to add to our collection of favored memories. Regardless of the trials and tribulations we may have experienced over the past 12 months, we are awed by the many gifts in our lives for which to be infinitely grateful. And, we are constantly reminded that when our gratitude outweighs our expectations, we experience a joyfulness that cannot be suppressed.
We hope the coming year will bring to you a renewed sense of peace, both personally and professionally, a willingness to share yourself in a positive way with those around you, and the strength and courage to face new challenges with the deep sense of honor and integrity that lies within you. Be willing to open your heart enough to lift someone’s spirits, and maybe their entire outlook, so that they in turn may pay forward the kindness you have shown them.
For over 40 years, Cameron-Brooks has been entrusted with the great honor of helping officers, who have served so unselfishly, turn the pages in their military careers and write on a fresh sheet. We take this privilege very seriously and are honored that so many have placed their futures, and those of their families, into our willing hands.
We are also very thankful for our client companies and recruiters, many who have worked with us for decades and continue to return to the well, and a significant number of others who have stood where our Junior Officer candidates are now standing – between two worlds. We are also extremely appreciative of those people and companies who have made a decision to sign their names beside ours and support these amazing officers.
Lastly, we are immensely grateful for the treasured relationships we have built within our Team, and wish the very same for all of you. It is a rarity to find a group of people with which to work on a daily basis whom you consider as close as family. While we walk together through both good times and bad, we know that we are working in unison for the common good of all we serve. How fortunate we are to be daily involved with wonderful people – at home, in the office, and on the road. This year, may you continue to make a difference on your daily walk and be a perpetual inspiration to the lives you touch, as you have been to us. Blessings to you for a lovely Holiday Season, and a prosperous, beautiful and meaningful New Year!
The Cameron-Brooks Team
Roger, René, Mary Lou, Chuck, Joel, Rob, Janis, Candy, Michelle, Leslie, Bernadette, Danielle, Pam, Debbie, Diana, Carole, Valerie, Aimee, and Lauren
As I travel around the country presenting information to JMOs considering a transition to Corporate America, I discuss and define the concept of being a development candidate. This is not a term you can “google” or look up via the internet. It is a term we created to best describe the type of JMO our client companies are interested in. To be a developmental candidate requires both the ability and desire to be a top performer in business. A couple of months ago, I watched a lecture on TED.com I thought really illustrated this idea of desire and what it takes to be successful, not only in business but in any pursuit really.
The lecture was from a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania about what the true recipe for achievement is. Is it talent? Is it luck? Is it intellect? As her presentation illustrates, the “special sauce” for making it to the top 10% is about perseverance, tenacity, hard work, and determination, all executed over a long period of time (at least 10 years). She summed all of this up into one word, grit. And during that period of time, it requires that perserverance and grit to not just work hard but work hard in doing things outside of your comfort zone to improve and add to your skillsets. My son loves sports and primarily basketball. He spends a lot time in the driveway dribbling, shooting, etc. He has grit but more often than not, he’s dribbling with his right hand only or shooting from the right side, both of which are strengths for him. I’m always telling him to spend more of his time practicing those areas where he is not so comfortable – dribbling with his left hand, shooting from the left side of the court, etc. Part of this idea of grit means you have to be tenacious but just as much in the areas where you may not be as comfortable to truly be successful.
We live in a society where it’s all about instant gratification but the reality is there are no true shortcuts to success. That goes for your career, health and fitness or etc. There are no magic pills to take where you will instantly lose 20 lbs and be in great shape. When I was pursuing my MBA at Southern Methodist University, there were several of my classmates that really believed that getting their master’s degree was going to be “the ticket” to being a top performer with a company. MBA programs even espouse their programs in this manner. Don’t get me wrong; MBA programs are worthwhile and important but they are not a “shortcut” to get to the top of corporate leadership. There are no quick fixes to top 10% success, whether it be in business or in any endeavor you choose to pursue.
If you are interested in watching the presentation, I’ve included it below:
We just completed our final Career Conference of 2012. 51 candidates and 19 spouses and support team members attended the Conference, and all candidates have companies pursuing them into the follow-up process. The candidates interviewed with an average of 12.2 companies and averaged 7.3 companies pursuing them for a 60% pursuit rate. The entire Cameron-Brooks Team congratulates the November Career Conference candidates on their first successful step in their transition to Corporate America.