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We are excited to launch the Cameron-Brooks Podcast. For almost 50 years, the Cameron-Brooks Team has partnered with high performing military officers assisting them with transitioning to a successful business career. We have a continuing relationship with a vast majority of our Alumni. Some of our successful Alumni include the CFO of Twitter, Chief Marketing Officer of Tyson Foods, COO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, COO of RJ Reynolds, VP of Supply Chain at a Fortune 500 Medical Device Company, Executive Vice President of Logistics for Walmart Stores, Inc. to name just a few. The purpose of the Cameron-Brooks podcast is to draw best practices, lessons learned and career advice from our Alumni and other business partners to assist others in reaching their potential and goals. This podcast will help anyone who has a desire to grow both personally and professionally.



While the podcast will mostly be episodes of conversations with Cameron-Brooks Alumni, it will also include book reviews, career advice, interview tips and leadership lessons from Cameron-Brooks Team Members.

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We are excited to launch the Cameron-Brooks Podcast. For almost 50 years, the Cameron-Brooks Team has partnered with high performing military officers assisting them with transitioning to a successful business career. We have a continuing relationship with a vast majority of our Alumni. Some of our successful Alumni include the CFO of Twitter, Chief Marketing Officer of Tyson Foods, COO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, COO of RJ Reynolds, VP of Supply Chain at a Fortune 500 Medical Device Company, Executive Vice President of Logistics for Walmart Stores, Inc. to name just a few. The purpose of the Cameron-Brooks podcast is to draw best practices, lessons learned and career advice from our Alumni and other business partners to assist others in reaching their potential and goals. This podcast will help anyone who has a desire to grow both personally and professionally.



While the podcast will mostly be episodes of conversations with Cameron-Brooks Alumni, it will also include book reviews, career advice, interview tips and leadership lessons from Cameron-Brooks Team Members.

    Episode 137 – 4 Alumni Share Their Conference Experience

    Episode 137 – 4 Alumni Share Their Conference Experience

    Welcome back to another installment of our Conference Alumni Series. On this episode we hear from 4 recent Cameron-Brooks alumni who attended the November 2021 Career Conference share their conference experience. We really like bringing these conversations to you. It is one of our attempts to try and remove uncertainty from the transition process and ultimately give you confidence through this process.



    And what was really remarkable about the November 2021 Career Conference was that 77.8% of all interviews at the Conference resulted in the pursuit. That means that after the interview, the company expressed interest in having another interview. That is the highest pursuit rate in the 50+ year history of Cameron-Brooks! There are multiple factors that contribute to such an impressive conference result, but one of the key reasons is that the officers who attended the Career Conference were prepared to meet hiring managers in Corporate America. 



    On this episode, you will meet: 



    Natalie Snyder, a former Army Engineer officer who accepted an offer from KeyBank as a Client Success Process Engineer



    Alex Wheelon, a former Air Force Civil Engineer officer who accepted an offer from PROCEPT BioRobotics an an Operational Project Manager



    Mitch Heaton, a former Navy Nuclear Power (Submarines) officer who accepted an offer at NextEra Energy as a Project Engineer



    Adriel Paderanga, a former Army Quartermaster officer who accepted an offer from Ernst & Young (EY) as a Senior Consultant



    They fielded a number of questions from the webcast attendees including:







    During the interviews, did you get a good feel of which companies would likely give you an offer? 

    How were the job offers structured?

    What was the follow up process like?

    Did you hit interview fatigue during the Conference?

    Interview best practices at the Conference?

    What percentage of your interviews were more conversational and how did you approach them?

    Pro tips on conversational interviews?

    How do you handle more structured interviews?

    How did you manage the “uniqueness” of a virtual conference?

    How did you balance accepting an offer in a timely manner vs. completing other interviews?

    What were your in-person interviews like, especially in light of the COVID environment?

    How do you get a good feel for a company’s culture, especially if you didn’t go onsite?

    Did you have enough time to research companies and prepare for interviews at the Conference?

    Did your interviews align with your location preferences, salary expectations and the types of positions that you were looking for?

    What else did you do to prepare for the Conference?







    I hope the unique perspective from our alumni about their conference experience gives you confidence as you are preparing for your transition.



    To stay connected, we encourage you to check out our website, YouTube Channel, follow us on LinkedIn.

    • 50 min
    Episode 136 – My Spouse Is Thinking About Making a Transition … Now What?

    Episode 136 – My Spouse Is Thinking About Making a Transition … Now What?

    Today on the Cameron-Brooks podcast, we're tackling a NEW topic that can be half of the equation when officers consider making a transition.



    SIGNIFICANT OTHERS.



    We're always believed that significant others make a SIGNIFICANT







    difference in the transition decision and process. And, at Cameron-Brooks, we like to ENCOURAGE involvement from significant others from the very beginning. It's a large life decision and requires a lot of thought, reflection and research.



    As we discuss the role of spouses and significant others in the transition decision, we thought "what better way to share tips and tricks than by hearing from the spouses of our own alumni?!" So I want to introduce you to my colleagues and new Cameron-Brooks teammates: Julie and Val!



    Julie and Val both had their spouses come through the Cameron-Brooks program, so they have first-hand experience in the transition experience as a spouse. We wanted this particular episode to cover the idea of, "... my significant other is thinking about making a transition ... NOW WHAT?"



    So, the FIRST thing we wanted to share were THREE QUESTIONS to help you get your bearings on your personal and professional goals as a family.



    1. What's your WHY for getting out. We ask officers this question a lot, but it's important to discuss your WHY as a family. You want to be aligned!



    2. What are your options? What do you want to do, hopes/dreams, what's even viable...



    3. What resources are available to you?



    Val walks us through these questions and dives into even more detail on things you'll want to discuss as partners considering a transition.



    We also talk through the process of what working with a military officer recruiting firm looks like if your significant other decides to utilize a firm, and we note different areas for significant others to get involved.



    Our hope for this episode was to be a resource for military officers and their significant others as they consider a military transition.



    To stay connected, we encourage you to check out our website, YouTube Channel, follow us on LinkedIn.

    • 37 min
    Episode 135 – Avoid This ONE THING When Making a Transition

    Episode 135 – Avoid This ONE THING When Making a Transition

    We speak with thousands of military officers every year about making a transition, and we've picked up on a couple of patterns. Our ultimate goal at Cameron-Brooks is to help ensure the long-term success of our candidates and our client companies. We've found that military officers who really set themselves up for success avoid this one thing when making their transition.

    The career do-over.

    Establishing a solid BASE of business experience the 3-5 years after making a transition is critical to building out your career progression. You wouldn't bake a wedding cake and stack the smallest layer on the bottom. The bottom layer is the largest to ensure its stability. Approach your career strategy with the same idea! Our candidates are searching for the long-term opportunities that will present both a good challenge and a reward.

    So, how do you avoid a career do-over?

    We've published a document that discusses exactly which mistakes to avoid and how to avoid them. You can download the document, here.



    We also tackle this subject in today's podcast. We hope that chatting through these 5 most common mistakes will help you as you consider making a transition and eventually if you decide to "push the button."

    The episode highlights include ...



    How to avoid kicking the can down the road ... especially when your OPTEMPO is crazy busy.

    How to avoid confusing the importance of extrinsic vs. intrinsic factors in career satisfaction.

    Making sure you get connected with companies who understand (and value!) your military experience and skillset.

    How to best prepare for the transition.

    Why it's important to know about the HR filtering process.



    We hope you find a few nuggets of helpful transition knowledge when thinking about the future. And, if you find this episode helpful, we would encourage you to share this episode with a friend who might be "kicking the can down the road" because they don't know where to start.



    To stay connected, we encourage you to check out our website, YouTube Channel, follow us on LinkedIn.

    • 48 min
    Episode 134 – One Thing Business Leaders All Have in Common…

    Episode 134 – One Thing Business Leaders All Have in Common…

    What do business leaders have in common? They read. For the first 20 years of my life, I was not a reader.  I paid the price.  My verbal, reading and writing standardized test scores were average.  This was an indicator that I was missing out on a whole world of development and education out there.  Not until my spring break as a sophomore in college did I start reading.  I picked up a novel by John Grisham called, The Firm.  Not exactly a professional development book, but it kick-started my love of reading and took off from there.  Now, I have insatiable appetite for all kinds of books.



    If you want to be a leader, you need to be a reader (read this article by Forbes for additional reading).  Why? The business world and leadership is dynamic.  One way to not only keep up but to stay ahead is to connect with experts.  Most of us cannot schedule a meeting with a leadership expert like Jim Collins because we don't have the network to get in with him; we can't interact with a manufacturing and process improvement expert like Taichi Ohno because he passed away in 1990; or the founder of the JMO to business transition, Roger Cameron, because he is retired and on the golf course.  Yet, we can learn from their expertise by reading books and articles they have written.



    Additionally, reading is like food.  Even though you ate a meal last week, it won't sustain you today.  Even though you read several leadership books last year, how much do you really remember?  You need to keep reading to stay sharp!



    Finally, if you are making a transition from the military to business, reading is critical for several reasons.  My colleague, Pete Van Epps, highlights them in this blog post.  They include preparing to interview and explaining how your background relates to companies.  You want to be able to connect your military experiences to business terms so they understand what you have done.  Additionally, you want to ensure a smooth transition and hit the ground running.  You want to learn as much as you possibly can before you start your new job.



    Some of the books I recommend in the podcast include:



    PCS to Corporate America 4th Ed. by Cameron, Alvarez and Junker



    Mindset by Carol Dweck 



    The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday



    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl



    I would share more of my favorite books, but these are 4 at the top of my list.



    Enjoy!



    Joel



     

    • 25 min
    Episode 133 – Career Management? Do What You Are Good At!

    Episode 133 – Career Management? Do What You Are Good At!

    When I ask officers in the military what they are looking to do when they get out of the military, I often hear something like, "I want to do something I am passionate about." When I follow up with a question, "Like what?" I typically don't hear a clear and specific answer.



    I think I know why.



    When a leader really examines what they are passionate about it's NOT a hobby like golf or surfing. It IS typically LEADERSHIP.



    I speak to former military officers all the time and the thing that I hear over and over again is they are passionate about leading teams, solving problems, leading projects, thinking critically and making a difference. Whether that is a medical company, a consumer packaged goods company or another company. That is exactly what the guest of this episode, Stevie Solano, said.



    Stevie is a former Air Force Aircraft Maintenance officer who transitioned in early 2018 and went to work at USAA in a business analyst role. In this episode we talk for a moment about her Air Force career, her experience partnering with Cameron-Brooks and her career management since her transition. We also talk about the Career Conference she attended and why she ultimately chose USAA over all of the other offers she received.



    The conversation ultimately landed on the topic of how she managed her career into the role she is doing now as a Senior Strategy Analyst. This is similar to the role she started in, but describes how she used her skills and







    experience to navigate to a role where she can really capitalize on her ability to build relationships, think creatively and come up with solutions that make her company better!



    I think you'll really appreciate this episode because Stevie gives further perspective on her role as a business analyst and insight into that career field broadly and the things she did to find early success in the role and the company.



    To learn more about how Cameron-Brooks can help you prepare to interview, contact us at (210) 874-1500.



    Best,

    Pete



    To stay connected, we encourage you to check out our website, YouTube Channel, follow us on LinkedIn.

    • 41 min
    Episode 132 – Post-August 2021 Career Conference Review

    Episode 132 – Post-August 2021 Career Conference Review

    Welcome back for a special episode! Rob Davis, Transition Coach, interviewed 5 recent alumni of the August 2021 Career Conference for our post-August 2021 Conference review webcast. At the time of the interview, all alumni guests had already accepted an offer for employment. We really enjoy doing this type of episode because it gives those who are planning to attend a future Career Conference (or those who are curious about the details of the conference) a "peek over the fence" to how exactly everything went down.



    In this episode, Rob spends a few minutes sharing the "statistics of the Conference" - average number of interviews, pursuit rate, the companies who attended and the positions offered (see much more about this here). He also shares the interview schedule of a candidate from the Conference. Hearing the breadth of companies that just one officer interviewed with is very interesting. The variety of interviews coupled with the fact that no two officers had an identical schedule highlights that the career conference is personally tailored to fit the officer's needs and wants.



    The alumni that Rob interviewed were from both the USMC and Army and different branches including Infantry, Signal, Intelligence, Aviation and Air Defense Artillery. He engaged them in the following lines of questions:







    Your reason for partnering with Cameron-Brooks.

    The biggest surprise from the Conference

    The most beneficial thing you did to prepare for the interview.

    Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?

    How did you grow professionally through this process?







    Then, the panel fielded questions from the live audience on topics such as:







    What caught you off guard?

    What is the follow up interview process like including "dinner interviews?"

    Salary-based questions

    What about remote work?

    Location preference

    The transition timeline

    Virtual vs. in-person interviews

    How did you prepare?

    What are you most excited about?







    These episodes are so insightful because you get to hear perspectives from officers who just wrapped up their career search days before this webcast/podcast. I hope that their perspective gives more insight in your future transition.



    To stay connected, I encourage you to also check out our website, YouTube Channel , follow us on LinkedIn.



    As always, if I can be a resource you can contact me directly.



    Best,

    Pete



    (210) 874-1519 // pete@cameron-brooks.com

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Great professional development

Love hearing from these experts on transition strategy, mainly because their advice can be used for every interview and human interaction for the rest of my life. Keep making great content!

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Golden Nuggets

There are so many life lessons and tips on self development and personal growth! I truly enjoy each podcast and the success stories!

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Very informative

As a future transitioning JMO, it's fun to hear the experiences and advice of folks who have been in my shoes.

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