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BY Joel Junker

January 2020 Career Conference Results

Our first Career Conference of 2020 is now in the books and was a great success!  Despite having to change venues due to our Charlotte hotel being renovated, everyone survived January in Chicago!  We are now busy working hard to coordinate the follow-up interviews for all the January candidates and expect an action-packed 3 weeks of travel, interviewing, and the launching of business careers!  Read below for a synopsis of our January 2020 Career Conference results.  

We had 53 candidates and 12 support team members attend the January 2020 Career Conference.  With 34 distinct companies (many with multiple divisions attending) and over 100 recruiters in attendance, including 22 alumni, the candidates conducted nearly 700 interviews with an average of 13.2 interviews per candidate!  The pursuit rate for this conference was 63.8%.  “Pursuit rate” is defined as the number of interviews in which the candidates achieved success divided by the total number of their interviews. “Achieving success” in an interview at the Career Conference simply means the companies expressed interest in moving forward in the interview process with the candidate. So, for this Conference, the candidates converted 8.4 of those 13.2 interviews into a successful interview.  For more of an inside look at the Conference, check out our YouTube Channel.

A sample of the client companies represented at the January 2020 Career Conference included the following:

Healthcare & Medical Device:

One of the world’s leading medical technology companies, and together with their customers, they are driven to make healthcare better.  They offer a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical & Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine, which helps improve patient and hospital outcomes. FORTUNE Magazine recognizes them a one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” and ranks #11 on “100 Best Companies to Work For List.”  They attended the Conference recruiting for manufacturing team leadership roles, IT project management roles, and marketing positions.  


A premier global management consulting firm dedicated to helping leading companies solve their most complex business issues and improve enterprise value.  The company fields experienced teams of entrepreneurs, strategists and technologists committed to exceeding their clients’ expectations and delivering high‐impact solutions. Whether helping to improve revenue growth, increase technology effectiveness, reduce cost structures or integrate an acquisition, their clients can expect
comprehensive, situation‐specific solutions and a relationship built on direct, candid collaboration.  They have built a team of seasoned consultants who have decades of experience in Business and Technology Transformation, Data Analytics, Business Threat Intelligence and Mergers and Acquisitions.  They attended the Conference recruiting for Consulting positions.

High Technology:

 For over 165 years, this company has developed life‐changing innovations, including the glass for Edison’s light bulb, ultra‐thin glass for active matrix liquid crystal displays (LCDs), ceramic substrates for diesel and automotive emissions control, and the first commercially viable, low‐loss fiber for use in telecommunications. They are a leading innovator in the material science of glass. They have unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics with deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. Their markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life science vessels.  They attended the Conference recruiting for project manager positions.

Oil & Gas Industry:

This company has 131 years of experience in the energy business with roots tracing back to the formation of the Ohio Oil Company in 1887. They are a leading, integrated, downstream energy company headquartered in Findlay, OH. With the acquisition of Andeavor in 2018, they are the largest independent petroleum product refining, marketing, retail and midstream business in the U.S.  They operate the nation’s largest refining system with more than 3 million barrels per day of crude oil capacity across 16 refineries. MPC’s marketing system includes branded locations across the United States including retail convenience stores that they own and operate.   They attended the Conference recruiting for a variety of positions to include Information Technology, project management, logistics, etc. 


This company is a leading provider of innovative protective packaging materials and systems.  The company owns and operates multiple North American manufacturing and warehousing facilities devoted to protective packaging solutions. Their products and systems can be found in virtually every consumer and industrial segment and are supported by comprehensive sales, customer service, technical service and a distribution network. Their customer roster includes everyone from well‐known brands like Amazon to emerging start‐ups. The company believes in the continued investment in protective packaging innovation to develop solutions that meet or exceed their customers’ expectations, taking a consultative approach to every project they undertake to help understand their financial impact, as well as performance deliverables.   They attended the Conference recruiting for manufacturing team leadership positions and sales.

Consumer Package Goods:

One of the largest food manufacturers in the world and operates in the following business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Confectionary, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. Following their 2008
acquisition of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, they are the world’s largest manufacturer of chocolate, candy, gum and mints. Mars owns billion‐dollar confectionery brands such as M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, MARS®, EXTRA® and ORBIT®. Two of their brands are more than 100 years old: The company  has grown into a company of global scope with operations in more than 80 countries. The company has received many awards, among them the 75th consecutive year on the Great Place to Work “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” list and the 6th consecutive year on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.  Multiple divisions of the company attended the Conference recruiting for team leadership and marketing positions.

If you are interested in exploring your options and seeing how Cameron-Brooks could assist you in your career search just like our January 2020 Career Conference candidates, check out our website and upcoming base visit schedule.

Rob Davis