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.
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Episode 140 – Does Work/Life Balance Exist?
36:23Welcome back to Part 2 of the conversation that Cameron-Brooks Senior Vice President, Joel Junker had with alumni Melodie Nye, Carl Case and Mike DeBock. In this episode, we hear more from our alumni around the area of work/life balance. Joel specifically leads the discussion around: What are your personal hacks/habits for self-development? We go through valleys or slumps where we are at risk of making a poor career decision. How do you overcome that and use that for career progression? What does work/life balance look like in your world? Words of wisdom/parting advice. There were also several authors, books on podcasts mentioned through the conversation including: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Start with Why by Simon Sinek Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh The Dip by Seth Godin Atomic Habits by James Clear Podcast: How I Built This with Guy Raz Podcast: Exponential Wisdom by Peter Diamandis and Dan Sullivan Author: John Maxwell If you are interested in exploring your options with Cameron-Brooks and curious about how to make a successful transition, I encourage you to also check out our website, YouTube Channel , follow us on LinkedIn and can listen to our podcast here.
Episode 139 – Tips on Career Management (from 39 Years of Experience)
37:57Welcome back! We recently surveyed our alumni, asking about topics for our annual virtual leadership panel. We cover a variety of leadership topics during these panels, but the two most popular topics centered around career management and work/life balance. We have a special 2-episode podcast series featuring three great alumni stretching back all the way back to 2004. Melodie Nye is a former Air Force Intelligence Officer who transitioned in 2010 and launched her career at Kraft Foods as an Associate Product Director. She is currently a Senior Marketing Director at Mars Petcare. Carl Case is a former Navy Surface Warfare Officer (Nuclear) who transitioned in 2010 and launched his career at Ernst and Young (EY) as a Senior Consultant. He is currently a Partner at EY and leads the Financial Crimes Compliance Technology Practice. Mike DeBock is a former Army Aviation Officer who transitioned in 2004 and launched his career at NextEra Energy as a Procurement/Commodity Leader and is now the Executive President for Business Development and Digital Transformation at NextEra Energy. In this first episode, we hear Melodie, Carl and Mike give helpful advice and perspective on the following questions: Why do you think career management is the number one topic that Cameron-Brooks alumni wanted to hear more about? What does a “Five year career map'' look like and how do you create it? Looking back at your career, what are the 2-3 pivotal investments or decisions that you made that others may benefit from. How should people be thinking about getting an MBA? Stay tuned for the second half of our leadership panel conversation in two weeks. In the meantime, to stay connected, we encourage you to check out our website, YouTube Channel, follow us on LinkedIn.
Episode 138 – A Review of 2021 and Trends for 2022
1:02:16Welcome back to a special episode of the Cameron-Brooks podcast! During this discussion, our CEO, Chuck Alvarez, and Senior Vice President, Joel Junker, sit down to review the year that was 2021 and forecast trends for 2022. Reflecting on the last 12 months, we've all continued to navigate a virtual world and live with continual ambiguity. However, one thing is for certain: this past year kept surprising us. Chuck and Joel will review 2021 as a whole and look forward to trends for 2022. The topics will include ... Why 2021 was so unique from a job-market standpoint (perhaps the most unique in our company's history) What traits our client companies look for in Junior Officers when hiring for their next generation of talent The theme of hiring leadership talent Tips on how to mentally prepare for a transition Defining the military to business transition (and why it's SO important to define this early in the process) How defining your "why" can impact your military transition and career trajectory Forecasting trends for 2022 Chuck shares unique perspectives and insights, as he is in constant contact with business leaders from just about every discipline from sales to engineering to finance from numerous industries to include healthcare, energy, financial services, logistics and more. Joel works side-by-side with the Junior Officers in our program along with Officers who are thinking about making a transition. He advises on career planning and discusses transition strategies. With a graduate certificate in Organizational & Leadership Coaching, he offers valuable expertise to any and every officer who asks for help. We hope you enjoy this discussion. To stay connected, we encourage you to check out our website, YouTube Channel, follow us on LinkedIn.
Episode 137 – 4 Alumni Share Their Conference Experience
50:08Welcome 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.
Episode 136 – My Spouse Is Thinking About Making a Transition … Now What?
37:39Today 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.
Episode 135 – Avoid This ONE THING When Making a Transition
48:53We 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.
Episode 134 – One Thing Business Leaders All Have in Common…
25:55What 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
Episode 133 – Career Management? Do What You Are Good At!
41:28When 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.
Episode 132 – Post-August 2021 Career Conference Review
1:12:02Welcome 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 // [email protected]
Episode 131 – Leadership Lessons from the C-Suite
51:26Twenty years ago, Matt Beliveau transition from an Army Officer to a Human Resource Specialist at General Mills. Today, he is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Sarah Lee Frozen Bakery. To thank all of those who helped him along the way, Matt wrote the following post on LinkedIn. It is definitely worth 3 minutes of your time to read. After reading his post, I reached out and invited Matt to be a guest on the podcast and share his leadership lessons. It was clear Matt knew that the transition from the military is more complex than just finding a "job" in the right location and having a paycheck. Additionally, to make it to the C-Suite level, he managed his career well, finding mentors and sponsors while taking a proactive approach. In the podcast, Matt describes the complexity of the JMO to business leader transition that includes changing identity from military officer to civilian, learning a whole new functional role and finally a new company culture. Being a CHRO, Matt has great perspective on work and sees a future that includes more work-life balance and a hybrid work environment, especially for those who work in office environments. Matt also talks about how his military leadership allowed him to lead through the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020 and 2021. He likened it to being on deployment where success depended on being agile, caring about people and following through on commitments. All things top performing JMOs do well. Finally, Matt share some great leadership lessons. Some of the best I have heard on the podcast. If you want to hear them, you just need to listen to the podcast! Joel