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BY Joel Junker

Preparation is key regardless of whether you use a JMO recruiter

Many junior military officers transitioning out of the military are attracted to Cameron-Brooks because of our world-class preparation program. Because we accept less than 15%, many officers will not qualify for our Development & Preparation Program ©. This should not be used as an excuse to not be prepared.

I have interviewed thousands of JMOs considering a transition from military to business in the last 12 years, and I am always attracted to those officers who have already established their own self-development program. I know other companies will be impressed as well. You can start your preparation on your own with a reading program. Go to one of our early blog posts at http://cameronbrooks.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/suggested-reading-for-military-to-corporate-transition/ . Ensure that you read Roger Cameron’s book PCS to Corporate America, 3rd Edition. It is full of advice as well as exercises to prepare you for an interview.

Finally, we will be adding a career transition resource center to our web site in the near future. This will be open to all JMOs regardless of whether or not they are accepted into our program.  You can also e-mail me at ssosland@cameron-brooks.com or post your questions here, and I would be happy to provide you with guidance. Most officers prepared for four years before assuming their first leadership position in the military. If you come to corporate America you will be expected to multi-task and continue your self-development to get promoted. Why wait until you are three months from your separation date to begin? I encourage you to start now.

Steve Sosland