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June 2014 Career Conference

Today the Cameron-Brooks team and our June candidates will arrive in Austin, TX to begin our third Career Conference in 2014 and our last one in Austin, TX, at least for the next couple of years.  As we head to the Conference, the latest unemployment rate numbers have just been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The National unemployment rate remains at 6.3% while the unemployment rate for those over 25 years old with a college degree (i.e. the JMO demographic) is now at 3.2%.  What is really interesting is there were 217,000 jobs created in May and from the article I just read, those new jobs created means  the U.S. economy has finally regained all the jobs lost during the recession and begun to head toward new peaks.  While things are certainly not perfect, it is a good sign and our June Career Conference candidates will average just over 12 interviews at this Conference, again representing this positive trend.  I’ve included the link the article below if you’d like to read it:

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/obama-poised-to-hit-key-milestone-on-jobs-162039391.html

Sample industries for the June 2014 Career Conference include: Consulting, Medical Device, Construction, Mining,  Financial, Industrial, Oil & Gas, Facilities Maintenance, Consumer Products, High Technology, Automotive, and more.

Sample companies include:  Oldcastle, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, EY, PwC, Carrier Corporation, Medtronic, Gallo Winery, Koch Industries, Noble Energy, Shell, TRW Automotive, and many more.

Sample positions include:  Marketing Product Manager, Senior Process Improvement Leader, Field Clinical Representative, Applications Engineer, R&D Engineer, Senior Consultant, Six Sigma Black Belt, Manufacturing Supervisor, Reliability Engineering Supervisor, Global Supply Chain Team Leader, Senior Financial Analyst, Process Engineer, District Manager, and many more.

Sample locations include:  Boston, Dallas, Syracuse, New York City, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Birmingham, Tampa, Wilmington, DE, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and many more.

All of us at Cameron-Brooks, are indeed proud to call these June Candidates our partners and are excited to help them take their first steps of many in their transition to Corporate America.  Stay tuned to next week where I will publish a blog post commenting on the results of the June 2014 Career Conference.

Rob Davis

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The June 2014 Career Conference

Today the Cameron-Brooks team and our June candidates will arrive in Austin, TX to begin our third Career Conference in 2014 and our last one in Austin, TX, at least for the next couple of years.  As we head to the Conference, the latest unemployment rate numbers have just been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The National unemployment rate remains at 6.3% while the unemployment rate for those over 25 years old with a college degree (i.e. the JMO demographic) is now at 3.2%.  What is really interesting is there were 217,000 jobs created in May and from the article I just read, those new jobs created means  the U.S. economy has finally regained all the jobs lost during the recession and begun to head toward new peaks.  While things are certainly not perfect, it is a good sign and our June Career Conference candidates will average just over 12 interviews at this Conference, again representing this positive trend.  I’ve included the link the article below if you’d like to read it:

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/obama-poised-to-hit-key-milestone-on-jobs-162039391.html

Sample industries for the June 2014 Career Conference include: Consulting, Medical Device, Construction, Mining,  Financial, Industrial, Oil & Gas, Facilities Maintenance, Consumer Products, High Technology, Automotive, and more.

Sample companies include:  Oldcastle, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, EY, PwC, Carrier Corporation, Medtronic, Gallo Winery, Koch Industries, Noble Energy, Shell, TRW Automotive, and many more.

Sample positions include:  Marketing Product Manager, Senior Process Improvement Leader, Field Clinical Representative, Applications Engineer, R&D Engineer, Senior Consultant, Six Sigma Black Belt, Manufacturing Supervisor, Reliability Engineering Supervisor, Global Supply Chain Team Leader, Senior Financial Analyst, Process Engineer, District Manager, and many more.

Sample locations include:  Boston, Dallas, Syracuse, New York City, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Birmingham, Tampa, Wilmington, DE, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and many more.

All of us at Cameron-Brooks, are indeed proud to call these June Candidates our partners and are excited to help them take their first steps of many in their transition to Corporate America.  Stay tuned to next week where I will publish a blog post commenting on the results of the June 2014 Career Conference.

Rob Davis

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Setting Goals for a Great 2014

During my recent trip to Germany, I used a portion of my nine-hour flight time to reflect on this past year, and what it is I’d like to accomplish in 2014.  I thought about what I accomplished professionally this year at Cameron-Brooks, my relationships with my two children and my wife Heather, my relationship with my colleagues, my professional development outside of work, etc.  Most importantly, I thought about how I wanted to improve in those areas and began to make a list of my goals for the upcoming year.

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November 2013 Career Conference Results

The November 2013 Career Conference candidates and the Cameron-Brooks team have just completed their work in Austin, TX for our final Conference of the year.  We’d like to take the opportunity to compliment the 53 candidates and 21 support team members who attended the Career Conference.  They prepared for an average of 11 months prior to attending this Career Conference and their hard work paid off.  With over 700 interviews over two days and an average of 13 interviews per candidate, the November Career Conference candidates converted nearly 61% of those interviews into company pursuits.  As we both prepared for, and executed the Career Conference, it was exciting to see the level of demand for C-B development candidates.

It was also exciting to see the how many different industries were represented at the Career Conference and the extent of the opportunities to allow the candidates to see how their backgrounds related to a wide variety of industries to include consulting, oil & gas, consumer products, medical device, industrial products, finance, banking, pharmaceutical, etc.  We heard from a number of our client companies who, as they develop their future business plans, knew they wanted to hire junior military officers as significant contributors for their business.  They like the fact that Cameron-Brooks candidates are very proactive in their preparation and their management of their careers. 

Another point to note from the recruiters was how much easier it was to make decisions and pursue candidates who took the time to build rapport.  No matter how small or large a company may be, each one has a culture and an environment that the recruiter has a responsibility to uphold.  The candidates who were able to be natural and themselves during the interview allowed the recruiters to see how they would fit within the company.   The ability to communicate in a natural manner comes, in part,  from great preparation.   By spending a lot of time practicing their answers, knowing their resume, etc. it allows the candidates to feel confident and thus communicate in a way that still allows their personality to shine through.

All of us at Cameron-Brooks offer our congratulations to the November candidates on taking their first steps towards their new career in Corporate America.

Rob Davis

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The November 2013 Career Conference

This coming Friday the Cameron-Brooks team and our November candidates will arrive in Austin, TX to begin our fifth and final Career Conference of 2013.  This November Career Conference is just another great representation that the market continues to show strong demand looking for standout AND well prepared JMOs.

Sample industries for the November 2013 conference include: Consulting, Medical Device, Pharmaceuticals,  Financial, Industrial, Oil & Gas, Facilities Maintenance and more.  

Sample companies include: Johnson & Johnson, ExxonMobil, Cameron International, KPMG, PwC, Derrick Equipment Company, Gallo Winery, Mars Inc., Cargill, Noble Energy, Unilever, Frito-Lay, and many more.

Sample positions include: Lean Champion/Blackbelt, Regional Director, Reliability Engineer, Technical Services Engineer, Operations Manager, Product Stewardship Manager, Program Account Manager, Field Clinical Representative, Consulting Associate, Manufacturing Supervisor, Transport Supervisor, Area Engineer, and many more.  

As we make our final preparations for the Conference, we expect the average number of interviews will be ~12 per candidate.  We are proud to call these November Candidates our partners and are excited to help them take their first steps of many in their transition to Corporate America.  As always, I will publish a blog post commenting on the results of the November 2013 Career Conference.

Rob Davis

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The Re-Education of Jim Collins

A candidate recently turned me on to a very good read about leadership, growth through failure, etc.  Jim Collins, author of best selling books like Built to Last, Good to Great, and Great by Choice to name a few, was offered to chair West Point’s Class of 1951 Study for Leadership in 2011.  He has since made several trips to USMA to work with the cadets there and the article below describes his observations.   Enjoy.

 http://www.inc.com/magazine/201310/bo-bulinghamo-burl/jim-collins-re-learns-leadership-at-west-point.html

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August 2013 Career Conference Results

Congratulations to all of the August 2013 Career Conference candidates on taking their first steps towards their new careers in Corporate America.  46 candidates and 21 spouses and support team members attended the Conference.  This was one of the largest turnouts of support team members and spouses we have had in recent years and the support and help they provided to all of the candidates was outstanding.  The candidates interviewed with an average of 13 companies and averaged  8 companies pursuing them for a 61.5% pursuit rate.  

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