The Cameron-Brooks Transition Timeline
Where others may recommend beginning the planning and preparation process a few months before separation, we believe the earlier you start, the better. Most officers start our program one year prior to transition, but not one of our alumni will advise that you can start too early.
ONE OR TWO+ YEARS
Before you even start considering a transition, investigate, ask questions and find out why it’s to your benefit to partner with a recruiter.
If you’re still considering a transition, curious about a business career or wondering if you should partner with a recruiter or try it on your own, be sure to attend one of our Information Meetings or watch a live or recorded Webcast, “Considering a Business Career?” You are in information-gathering mode at this time. You will save hours by investing the time to watch just ONE of our introductory presentations. This will help you explore different career options in business, guide you to other places to gather information, and kick-start a plan to transition.
Partner with Cameron-Brooks. Start our Development and Preparation Program and Interview Prep Workshops.
If accepted into the Cameron-Brooks Development and Preparation Program (DPP), you will immediately begin in-depth and focused preparation to help you reach your career goals.
- Start our proven Development and Preparation Program©.
(Ideally, start a minimum of 12 months before a transition, but we can work with any timeline. DPP© is set up to be self-paced.)
- Start attending Interview Preparation Workshops. During these two-hour sessions led by one of our experienced Recruiters, you will work with other officers preparing for the transition to learn and practice interviewing fundamentals. You will have the opportunity to attend multiple workshops as these will be conducted every time we visit your area.
- Dive into our world-class Reading Program including books such as PCS to Corporate America, 4th Ed., Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Goal and many others.
- Determine your timelines. Typically, officers attend a Conference 45 to 60 days prior to starting terminal leave. If you don’t know your timelines or have not made the decision official, no problem! You just continue to work through DPP© and meet with us until you are ready.
Don’t Have a Year?
Short on time? Just made the decision to transition? Just heard about Cameron-Brooks? Call us and let us explain how we can tailor our program for a shorter timeline.
We have some officers who start our program 2 and 3 years before transitioning. We also have some officers who come to us with only months, and in some cases weeks, before they depart the service. Everyone who has done this will tell you they wish they would have started earlier, but are glad they still partnered with Cameron-Brooks. We can tailor our program to help achieve success in any time frame and can adapt our process to your unique situation. So, no matter what your timelines are, contact us.
Five to 11 Months Before Interviews
You will be well into our Reading List and DPP© Program.
The time between your commitment to the Cameron-Brooks Program and your Career Conference interviews can be like getting a mini Master’s degree in the business world. It will take dedication on your part, but in the end you will see success. During this time, you will read, continue with interview preparation, talk with other candidates, hear from Cameron-Brooks Alumni and much more. You will become much more in-tune with the business world and will hone your career goals.
Four Months before interviews
Our expert Resume Consultant will work with you to craft your world-class business resume.
By this point in the process you will have done a great deal of business reading. You will have had in-depth conversations with our Recruiters and other team members. You will have realized the value your education and military experience can bring to a business career. Now it’s time to pull it all together on paper.
Two Months Before Interviews
Interview prep goes into high gear with webcasts, mock interviews and more.
What truly sets Cameron-Brooks apart from other recruiters is our ability to prepare YOU for the business world. We want you to be able to hit the ground running in your new position. But you have to get past the interview. So, during this time frame we help you hone your interview skills – coaching you on how to give honest, professional and valuable answers.
One Month Before Interviews
Goals, interests, preferences, etc. are all re-addressed to ensure you are well matched with companies and positions at the Conference.
By this time, we know each candidate pretty well. But we spend extra time listening to you to ensure we thoroughly understand your interests, preferences and goals. Additionally, our Client Services Team led by our CEO, Chuck Alvarez, begins to sign up leading companies to attend the Conference.
Two Weeks Before Interviews
You are matched with client company opportunities for the Career Conference.
Over the course of the two weeks leading up to the Conference, our most seasoned company leadership matches you 3 separate times with the companies and opportunities at the Conference. These decisions are based on your preferences, interests, career goals and client company requirements.
The Interviews (Career Conference)
All your hard work leads up to this event. Here’s how it works.
Most officers attend the Conference 45 to 60 days prior to starting terminal leave. This allows them to conduct their career search and military out-processing while on active duty. They finish the career search well before starting terminal leave, and begin work shortly after terminal leave starts, creating an overlap in benefits during the transition. The Conference starts on a Friday afternoon with self-study/preparation. Saturday and Sunday include small group presentations and individual coaching to prepare for interviews, and interviews are conducted Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, you will know which companies have further interest in you for potential follow-up interviews.
18 Working Days After Interviews
Follow-up interviews. Offers. Acceptance.
Over the 18 working days after the Conference, you will travel to company sites to conduct follow-up interviews. During this time, we have a dedicated Follow-Up Team who will work closely with you on coordinating your follow-up interviews, ensuring you are well prepared for each event.
At the completion of the Follow-Up Interview Process, you will make a decision on your employment offer(s).
Two to Three Weeks
Transition logistics are in full gear.
During the time between your acceptance and when you start work, you can process out of the military, conduct house-hunting trips and coordinate all of the logistics to move to your new location.
Congratulations! You are officially a Cameron-Brooks Alumnus!
Your alumni status means you continue to have access to all of the resources you had as a candidate, plus the lifetime commitment from Cameron-Brooks to help you in your career goals by providing:
- Access to the Learning Library
- Letters of recommendation to executive or part-time graduate programs
- Career guidance
- Promotional mock interviews
- A robust LinkedIn network of other Cameron-Brooks Alumni