Attitude and the January 2012 Career Conference

The Cameron-Brooks team and the January 2012 Career Conference JMO candidates will arrive in Austin, TX this Friday to kick off our first Conference of the year.  As we make final preparations for the conference, I wanted to share some thoughts heading into the Conference.
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JMO Interview Mistakes

I was just conducting a mock interview and a candidate asked me, “What are typical mistakes that every candidate makes during the interview process at the Career Conference?”  The more I thought about this question, I began to realize how good it really was.  Of course, there are mistakes and there can be those that […]
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Interview Attire for the JMO to Business Transition

In a previous blog post, I wrote about professional communication, specifically verbal communication. Today’s blog post is about professional non-verbal communication, particularly business dress or attire for interviewing. Roger Cameron writes in PCS to Corporate America, 3rd Ed., “Your physical appearance should imply that you are professional and competent and that you can get the […]
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Mature Communication

Every Conference, a few JMO candidates lose some interviews due to immature communication.  This is disappointing because it is completely avoidable.  I debated whether or not to write this post, because in reality, I feel I should not even have to address this.  However, during an Interview Preparation Workshop this week, two candidates used inappropriate […]
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Current Economy and the JMO Career Search – June 2011

The economy seems to be back on that roller coaster ride (it probably never got off of it) and according to the headlines, we may be in another dip, though not as drastic as 2009.  I am writing this post because I know that Junior Military Officers thinking about separating from the service are following […]
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JMO Interviewing and the Failure Question

One of the several reasons companies value Junior Military Officers’ experience is that they have failed.  Yes, exactly, failed.  How can that be so?  Because when one fails, and fails in the right way, that person learns valuable lessons to apply in the future.  The companies then value that the JMOs have learned valuable lessons […]
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The Initial Interview – It’s not about you

During my interview preparation workshops I deliver to our DPP candidates at bases all across the country, I usually start off with a short exercise to illustrate a basic premise of interviewing and I thought it would be worthwhile to share it with everyone on this blog post. Here’s the exercise:  1)      Take out a […]
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Perspective from Cameron-Brooks Alumnus

My name is Dave and I’m an IBMer.  My name used to be Captain David Bradt USMC and with the guidance and proven methods of Cameron Brooks I was able to transition 6.5 years of service to my country into a very rewarding, challenging career with IBM with tremendous amounts of opportunity and leadership options. […]
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Positive Self-Talk and Visualizing Success

Last week  I wrote a short review on Mind Gym by Gary Mack and committed that I would write a few follow-up blogs from lessons I learned from the book that apply to a JMO conducting a successful transition from the military to business.  This week I want to relate a few of Gary Mack’s […]
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Improve and Strengthen Your Mind

Yankee baseball legend, Yogi Berra, once said, “90% of the game is half mental.”  Yogi is known for his wit and wisdom that sometimes is hard to understand, yet this one is clear. What Yogi meant was,  that in order to be successful in baseball, one’s mental capacity is more important than one’s physical talents .  […]
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Leadership Enthusiasm

I want to follow-up on Scott LePage’s recent post about the June Career Conference where he quoted legendary basketball coach John Wooden. Several years ago Investor’s Business Daily interviewed John Wooden for the Management section of their newspaper.  They reprinted the article after Wooden’s recent passing.   What struck me most about the article was a quote from Coach […]
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