A Podcast to Catapult Careers


  • Episode 122 – Our Most Frequently Asked Questions (Part 2)

    Episode 122 – Our Most Frequently Asked Questions (Part 2)

    26/04/2021 Duração: 40min

    Welcome back to PART 2 of our Frequently Asked Questions conversation! We covered the first set of FAQs on podcast episode 121.  Our goal for these episodes is to help officers who are considering a transition (or who are curious) learn more about Cameron-Brooks as a transition resource. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we cover: Timing - when should you start? What's normal? As we discussed in Episodes 114 and 116, our purpose is to help officers "transition" and in doing so, avoid the early career do-overs. In order to do that effectively, two things must exist. We must know you professionally and have a relationship. Who you are. What you are good at. What you like and are interested in. How you see yourself. You must be prepared to interview with Corporate America. There must be a level of interview prep that occurs in orders to maximize the outcome of 10-12 interviews. Next, officers ask about our Mutually Accountability Partnership (most call it an "Exclusivity Clause" initially. Although w

  • Episode 121 – Our Most Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1)

    Episode 121 – Our Most Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1)

    12/04/2021 Duração: 32min

    Welcome back to another addition of the podcast! Many of the people who have chosen to partner with Cameron-Brooks already know much about our model - who we are, what we do, how we do it and our relationship with the companies who come to us seeking to hire Junior Military Officers. That said, even people who know a lot about who we are had to start somewhere. That start is usually defined by doing research and that research often includes an informational phone call with a team member at Cameron-Brooks. Hope happens to be one of the team members at Cameron-Brooks who spends a lot of time with officers looking for more information. Though we publish a list of FAQs HERE and HERE , Hope thought it would be a good idea to cover some of the most frequently asked questions on the podcast. I couldn't agree more! So, Hope, Joel and I hit the record button and Hope led us through a series of questions she receives most often. We only covered 7 questions but the session took about an hour and twenty minutes, so we

  • Episode 120 – 3 Reasons You’re Getting Ruled Out in an Interview

    Episode 120 – 3 Reasons You’re Getting Ruled Out in an Interview

    29/03/2021 Duração: 20min

    Welcome back! On this episode of the Cameron-Brooks podcast, we continue our series of interview tips to help elevate your interview game. Of course the ultimate goal in moving from the military to Corporate America is to chose the best opportunity amongst many and avoid any early career "do-overs." More on that HERE and HERE and HERE! For now, here are the three most common reasons that we see as to why people get ruled out of interviews. Rapport! All too often I see an officer so focused on delivering the perfect answer that they lose sight of the conversational nature of the interview. This means having a good back-and-forth dialogue in order for the hiring manager to further explain the company and/or opportunity and for you to explain your interest and fit. Unfortunately, sometimes an inexperienced interviewer will see the interview more like a military board than a conversation. Connect! Often in workshops and mock interviews I will ask a military officer if the position we are practicing with is a

  • Episode 119 – Tips on Answering Interview Questions About Short- and Long-Term Goals

    Episode 119 – Tips on Answering Interview Questions About Short- and Long-Term Goals

    15/03/2021 Duração: 13min

    I am frequently asked, “How do I answer the interview question, ‘What are your short- and long-term goals?’ when I'm not sure what I want to do for a career in business right now?” Over the past few years, we've written a couple of blog posts on this topic.  One of the comprehensive posts was "Tips on Answering 'What Are Your Short and Long Term Goals?'" in May of 2015.  I encourage you to read this particular post and listen to the podcast where I expound on why recruiters ask this questions and how to approach the answer to make an impact. In the podcast, I demystify this question and cover: The recruiter's real question or question behind the question is, “What are your short- and long-term goals because I want to know what you want to do. And, I want to know if you can achieve those goals in my organization and be happy.  Are we the right match for one another?”  Tips on how to balance being specific with your goals but not so specific that you rule yourself out because a particular goal is not a

  • Episode 118 – The Power of Comparison

    Episode 118 – The Power of Comparison

    01/03/2021 Duração: 24min

    Welcome back! This is the continuation of our conversation with Cameron-Brooks President and CEO, Chuck Alvarez all stemming from Episode 114. In that podcast, Chuck took a look back at 2020 and a look forward to 2021. From that conversation, he further defined the JMO "transition" in Episode 116 and is back to talk more about comparing options in the process. Chuck has personally helped over 5,300 officers move from the military to Corporate America. On this episode, he sheds light on the benefits of comparing career options and how it can be one of the most reliable and effect ways to launch a career in a new industry. What is the means by which a person could be able to place value on a choice? How do officers assign value amongst many choices?  We explore the fact that we all make decisions in either isolation or in relation to other choices and how relativity can be a very powerful tool. In the military, we've been trained to compare at least three courses of action relative to each other. Circumventing

  • Episode 117 – How to Interview During a Global Pandemic

    Episode 117 – How to Interview During a Global Pandemic

    15/02/2021 Duração: 37min

    On the forefront of every job seeker's mind? How to interview during a global pandemic. Let's introduce you to Madeline Calves. She is a former USMC Communications officer who attended our very first virtual Career Conference in April 2020. Madeline launched her career with Abiomed, a leading medical device company that makes products to help revitalize patients in preparation for important surgical procedures. When we spoke last month, Madeline was completing an intricate training program in preparation for her role as a medical device sales representative. Madeline is excited because she knows that the products she will represent literally change people's lives. Although Madeline has been with Abiomed for less than a year, we wanted to share her thoughts and experiences around virtual interviewing. Her candidate class was the first group of candidates to interview during the pandemic. We thought the topic was still incredibly relevant. Let's flash back to April 2020. Although Madeline had been in the Cam

  • Episode 116 – Defining the JMO Transition

    Episode 116 – Defining the JMO Transition

    01/02/2021 Duração: 27min

    Welcome back! In this episode we are continuing the conversation with Cameron-Brooks President and CEO, Chuck Alvarez. In Episode 114, Joel Junker interviewed Chuck as they explored how Cameron-Brooks helped Junior Military Officers (JMOs) move from the military to Corporate American in 2020 (during a global pandemic.) Chuck also looked forward to 2021 and shared his predictions on how things would shape up. In that episode, Chuck defined the word "transition", or at least how we define that word. In the process, he provided some much needed clarity and tangibility to the idea of a JMO transition. In this episode, I asked to Chuck to go deeper on the topic. In doing so, he makes some points in the conversation that I think will really help JMOs in their decision making process regarding a "transition." A major concern that executives in Corporate America consistently face is ensuring that their leadership bench at the Director and Vice President level is full of talent. Like the military, companies must be d

  • Episode 115 – The Value of a Part-Time MBA

    Episode 115 – The Value of a Part-Time MBA

    18/01/2021 Duração: 35min

    Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Cameron-Brooks Podcast.  I caught up with Cameron-Brooks Alumnus, Dave Hanson, who transitioned from the Army to Love's Travel Stops in 2015.  As one of the first Cameron-Brooks Alumni to transition to Love's, Dave knows a lot about career management to include self-development, being a giver and the value of the part-time MBA. As we got into the dialogue, I initially thought this episode would be about being patient, being a giver and then you will have opportunities to advance and increase responsibility.  However, Dave and I started talking about his MBA.  While working at Love's, Dave started and completed his MBA at University of Massachusetts Amherst.  We talked about the pro's and con's of the part-time MBA while working versus transitioning out of the military and to an MBA program.  Dave talks about his ability to apply what he was learning while working as well as the opportunity to bring real world work problems to the classroom.  Additionally, since

  • Episode 114 – Silver Linings of 2020 and Looking Forward to 2021

    Episode 114 – Silver Linings of 2020 and Looking Forward to 2021

    04/01/2021 Duração: 01h02min

    Well, here we are!  The beginning of 2021.  What were you thinking about one year ago?  I'll share what I was thinking about:  I had big goals for growing our reach with JMO candidates.  Our client companies had predicted a lot of openings throughout 2020 and, together with our recruiting team, we needed to find the most talented JMOs who were making a transition and wanted to become the next generation of business leaders.  All of this looked on track by the end of February after a great January 2020 Conference.  Then, within weeks, my thoughts went from record setting to reorganizing expectations. We changed our conferences from an in-person format to a virtual experience, organizing our office to support social distancing, conducting Zoom trainings, and more. The changes brought about by the announcement of a global pandemic impacted every facet of the economy.  In fact, unemployment rose to a record 14.7% within a month and GDP dropped in the second quarter to the worst since the Great Depression on an

  • Episode 113 – Putting All of Your Eggs in One Basket

    Episode 113 – Putting All of Your Eggs in One Basket

    14/12/2020 Duração: 37min

    One of the most common idioms in the English language is, "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket." When discussing our partnership agreement with military officers, this phrase comes up quite often. We tackled the topic of our partnership during a recent in-depth podcast episode. However, we thought it would be helpful to address this specific phrase as it relates to crafting a successful transition strategy. So what do officers mean when they say, "I'm not sure about putting my eggs in one basket?" Typically, the idiom encourages eliminating risk when possible (i.e. investing in a diverse financial portfolio or diversifying your skillset). Officers want to eliminate risk in their transition. How do you eliminate risk? As a military recruiting firm that's been in business for over 50 years, we have a few ideas. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Seek out expert advice. Diversify your strategies (i.e. career fields, industries, locations, etc.). During this podcast, we touch on this idiom and how it rela

  • Episode 112 – How to Unlock Other People’s Potential

    Episode 112 – How to Unlock Other People’s Potential

    30/11/2020 Duração: 55min

    Several years ago I received feedback from a leadership assessment that in an attempt to help my team members solve problems, I was actually making them feel "less than" and defeated.  Team members would bring me problems or challenges, and loaded with so much experience, I thought it best to give them advice on how to solve it.  Instead of listening and asking questions, I'd send them on their way better off with my wisdom! As I listened to this feedback, I was dumbfounded on one hand and felt kind of dumb on the other hand.  Of course quickly solving issues and offering advice would have the opposite of the intended effect.  This is actually how I feel when I just want to share with someone else what is on my mind and want help processing it. I actually don't want the person to solve it for me, I just want support.  Support means, listening, asking questions and understanding.  Help me think this through. About the time I got this feedback, I listened to Michael Bungay-Stanier talk about his new book, The

  • Mini-Sode 111 – Be the 8%

    Mini-Sode 111 – Be the 8%

    24/11/2020 Duração: 17min

    Did you know that less than 8% of the people who make New Year's Resolutions keep them to the end of the year? Today on the podcast, we encourage you to be the 8% with the will-power supercharger emotion: gratitude. On the Cameron-Brooks podcast, many of our discussions and topics revolve around career success and the journey on how to get there. A large number of our candidates have been successful in the military and, subsequently, our alumni have been successful in the business world because of their grit, determination and perseverance. And these qualities are important to have and important to practice. But how do we sustain them? I’m sure a large portion of our alumni can remember struggling to work their way through our reading list and DPP. It’s a self-paced program! We even sometimes call it a “Mini MBA”. And like any type of academic work, it takes willpower to work your way through the curriculum. However, willpower can be fleeting. In our research for this mini-sode, we stumbled across a Hap

  • Episode 110 – Military Recruiting Firms and Partnership Agreements. What Gives?

    Episode 110 – Military Recruiting Firms and Partnership Agreements. What Gives?

    16/11/2020 Duração: 59min

    One of the most frequently asked questions we receive as a military recruiting firm? Do you have a partnership agreement? We encourage military officers to ask this question (check out our full list of recommendations, here) as they begin their initial transition research. Each military recruiting firm has a different flavor. Some require a signed agreement, some have partnerships, and others don't require anything at all. Asking these questions during your initial conversations with a recruiting firm will help you determine your best fit. Through our experience, we have found the dynamic of a partnership agreement to mirror that of a friendship. When building a new friendship, you both mutually agree to invest in the relationship by getting to know each other, prioritizing your time together and being present when it really counts. If there is no agreement to invest in each other, there is no friendship. You can't count on the other person because the depth of the relationship doesn't exist. On this epis

  • Episode 109 – What Sets JMOs Apart?

    Episode 109 – What Sets JMOs Apart?

    02/11/2020 Duração: 42min

    Welcome back! We have a special treat for the podcast. On this episode, I interview Cameron-Brooks team member, Hope Drury. Hope wears multiple hats in the organization including advising JMOs on how to prepare to transition, helping spearhead our marketing and social media programs, and also plays a key role in the JMO resume writing process. Hope is a native of Fredericksburg, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University. In the five years since starting at Cameron-Brooks, she has worked about half of that time at our corporate office and the other half remotely. Hope brings a fresh perspective to the podcast as she shares her thoughts on common JMO misconceptions, what sets JMOs apart one from another and then, finally, key success characteristics that every young business professional should emulate. Some common JMO misconceptions she sees when working with officers include: A JMO needs to have a submitted resignation prior to engaging Cameron-Brooks. Truth: when we meet with JMOs, we help them explor

  • Episode 108 – From Military Officer to the C-Suite

    Episode 108 – From Military Officer to the C-Suite

    19/10/2020 Duração: 29min

    There are many former military officers who are now at the C-Suite level.  Some Cameron-Brooks Alumni who have made the C-Suite level include Debra Crew, the former CEO of Reynolds American, Inc. and now President of Diageo North America; Anthony Noto, CEO of SoFi; Roland Smith, former Chairman and CEO of Office Depot; Howard Friedman, President and CEO of Post Consumer Brands; Andy Callahan, CEO for Hostess Brands; Chris Hsu, former COO and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and current founder and CEO of Zibo; John McGrath, CEO of Pactiv Evergreen; Bill Horton, CFO of Weber Stephen Products, LLC.; Michael High, Business Unit CFO of Shell Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and many others.  We are proud to have been a part of their success. I am sure all of these C-level executives would say a big part of their success and career growth coincided with what they learned during their time as a military officer. In this podcast, I caught up with Michael High to learn how he used his military experience to become the CFO

  • Episode 107 – The Self-Evolved Leader

    Episode 107 – The Self-Evolved Leader

    05/10/2020 Duração: 42min

    What is a self-evolved leader? We tackle this exact question and cover the  importance of elevating your leadership in this episode of the Cameron-Brooks podcast. Our guest speaker and subject matter expert is Dave McKeown. Dave has spent his career working with leaders and leadership teams to help them elevate their focus, develop their people and get more done. He helps individuals, teams, and organizations achieve excellence by doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well. Dave is the CEO of Outfield Leadership and in this podcast we discuss his new book, The Self-Evolved Leader - Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down. Our conversation is rooted in the idea of minimizing "heroic leadership" and facilitating team flow. Dave points out that in a world where everything is urgent and everything needs to get done now, heroic leaders feel like it is more effective or efficient to step in a tell the team what to do or just save the day.  We have been consistently rewar

  • Episode 106 – Want a Promotion? Practice these Two Virtues.

    Episode 106 – Want a Promotion? Practice these Two Virtues.

    21/09/2020 Duração: 32min

    For 21 years I have partnered with Junior Military Officers (JMOs) making a transition to business.  One of the top reasons JMOs want to make a transition? They want a promotion and responsibility based on performance.  Some think that means they will transition right out of the military and take a big step up in responsibility.  In my experience, I have found that to be far from reality.  Instead it takes two virtues, humility and patience. First, you need to build a foundation of success and then great responsibility will come. In this episode I speak with Erik Rabichaud who transitioned from the Army in 2017 to a General Management career with Love's Travel Stops.  He started out working long hours and some weekends learning all facets of the business. Within a couple of months, Love's promoted him to manage his own store with $40M in revenues.  Earlier this year Erik earned another promotion to the District Manager role for Truck Care Operations.  Each promotion has come with increased compensation and e

  • Episode 105 – The Path to Regional Sales Director of the Year

    Episode 105 – The Path to Regional Sales Director of the Year

    07/09/2020 Duração: 37min

    Welcome back! Today you'll meet Aaron Carter. Aaron is a former Army Field Artillery officer who transitioned in June 2014 and launched his career in a Professional Sales role at Cordis. Cordis is a company that develops and manufactures medical devices for diagnostics and interventional procedures to treat patients suffering from coronary and peripheral vascular diseases. When Aaron started at Cordis in July 2014, Cordis was an operating company with the global healthcare company Johnson & Johnson. Within 9 months of employment, Cordis was acquired by Cardinal Health, a global, integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide. The acquisition was quite a change and we spend a few minutes exploring how he navigated those waters and his path to regional sales director. Aaron has been extremely successful at Cordis. During our conversation he spends a f

  • Episode 104 – An Alumni’s Journey with MS and Advice on Handling Adversity

    Episode 104 – An Alumni’s Journey with MS and Advice on Handling Adversity

    24/08/2020 Duração: 50min

    On this unique episode of the Cameron-Brooks podcast, we interview an alumni about his journey with multiple sclerosis and his positive mindset in handling adversity. Kevin Byrne, a former Army Apache Helicopter Pilot, who transitioned through the Cameron-Brooks program in 2000, recently volunteered to be a guest on our podcast.  Kevin has a heroic story to tell.  This podcast is unlike any other we have done in 100+ episodes. At first, I thought we were going to discuss Kevin's career and transition and maybe he did as well.  However, as I studied his LinkedIn profile, I noticed something particular about his career.  He has not been working for the last 3 years.  As Kevin says, he is twice retired.  First in 2000, he medically retired from the Army due to Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and again in 2017 due to the effects of the debilitating disease. In this podcast, Kevin tells his story on continually adapting to his life situation and handling adversity.  He says, "This disease will never stop and never

  • Episode 103 – 3 Companies in 5 Years. Too Many?

    Episode 103 – 3 Companies in 5 Years. Too Many?

    10/08/2020 Duração: 41min

    Welcome back! On this episode of the Cameron-Brooks podcast, I interview Jim Marek. Jim spent over 7 years as a USMC Infantry officer before transitioning to Corporate America. When Jim came to his Career Conference in January 2016, he received multiple employment offers in roles focused in Consulting and Professional Sales. He ultimately chose to start his business career at H-P Enterprises. Since making his transition, Jim has worked at three different companies so the thrust of this conversation is focused on career management. Our conversation begins discussing Professional Sales and why JMOs have a misconception about this career field. Jim likens it to being to an Infantry Platoon Commander or the owner of a battle space. As a Sales Professional he made sure to understand how his customers go to market, so whatever he sold would help them cut costs or drive revenue. Jim worked to understand the financial, contracting, legal, marketing, delivery, product development and operations - basically every aspe

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