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BY Joel Junker

Attitude & The April 2019 JMO Hiring Conference

Tomorrow the Cameron-Brooks team will travel to Chicago to kick off our second 2019 JMO hiring conference!  As we put the finishing touches on the conference preparation, we expect it to be another jam-packed four days with the candidates expecting to average 12+ interviews each!

As the candidates make their final preparations for the Conference, I wanted to share a quick thought.  During our matching process where we develop our candidates’ interview schedules,  we look at the entire picture from the candidate’s military performance, positions held, academics, test scores, location preference, career field interests, etc.  to match against the objective and subjective requirements our client companies provide to us.  When all is said and done, if a candidate is on a company’s interview schedule, it means they have met the qualifications to be there.

But as, our CEO and President, Chuck Alvarez, once said “once they are in the room, it is all about attitude.”   I could not agree more.  What he means is that companies are coming to hire candidates they feel are going to be a good fit in terms of ability but also in terms of fit for the company’s culture, values, etc.  Displaying the right attitude means demonstrating to a company in the interview the value you can bring to their organization.    It means showing them how you can contribute to help them solve their problems, etc.  What it does not mean is approaching the interview from an “I” or “me” perspective and interviewing in a way that shows a company this interview is all about you and what you can get from the company.   And, displaying a great attitude is paramount when you have a background that is considered non-traditional, like a JMO transitioning to Corporate America.

If a candidate’s objectives are not as strong, then displaying the right attitude becomes even more critical and must be an area of strength for that candidate.  Conversely, I have seen many candidates with a very strong resume in terms of academics, military performance, etc. get beat out by someone who, at least on paper, was not as strong because they simply lacked the right attitude.  So, for all of the  April Candidates, safe travels to all of you and make sure you packed the right attitude to travel with you!

We have a great lineup of companies and opportunities include 8 new companies awaiting the April Career Conference Candidates.  Here is a quick sampling of what we have in store for the  April Candidates:

Sample industries include:  High Technology, Information Technology, Energy Sector, Consulting, Medical Device, Health Care, Consumer Package Goods, Professional Services,  Facilities Services, Diagnostics & Testing, Automotive, and more.

Sample companies include:  Boston Scientific; DaVita Healthcare; KeyBank; Stryker Corporation; ExxonMobil; Motorola; Corning; EMCOR; ZS Associates; Public Storage; Eurofins Scientific, and many more.

Sample locations include:  Denver, CO; Charlotte, NC; San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Baltimore, MD; Cincinnati, OH; Saint Louis, MO; Cleveland, OH; Phoenix, AZ; Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN; Kalmazoo, MI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Dallas, TX; Philadelphia, PA; and many more.

Finally, if you haven’t already, check out our podcast either on your podcast app or here. On the podcast, we interview Cameron-Brooks alumni who are making an impact in the business world. The podcast features alumni from different military backgrounds who went into a variety of roles across companies and industries.

Stay tuned until next week – I’ll be back to post the results of the April 2019 Career Conference!