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Top Ten Tips for your CV

about 1 month ago by Simon Osborne

Help! I’m leaving for Civvy Street! So you’re ready to cast off the comfort blanket of military life, move back to the civilian world and take the next step in your career. You’ve probably decided where you and the family want to settle, you may have even bought or rented a house, but when it comes to applying for jobs and writing a CV to get you those all-important interviews, do you know wher...

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Tips for your CV

4 months ago by Phil Hall

Making the transition from the military to civilian life can be a difficult time, and one of the main challenges is often in securing suitable employment. You might not realise it but, as a Forces leaver, you are already likely to have a lot of the skills and qualities that many employers are looking for. The difficulty can sometimes lie in identifying these skills and communicating them to pot...

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FINDING A WAY ACROSS THE EMPLOYMENT SKILLS GAP

9 months ago by Simon Osborne

There’s been a lot of talk about the skills gap in the UK jobs market. That is the gulf existing between the skills that employers and the UK economy as a whole requires and those that the current and near-future workforce possesses. Forces Leavers looking to make the transition to the civilian jobs market should already have an advantage. According to recent reports by the Chartered Institute ...

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THE TOP TEN SKILLS THAT EMPLOYERS WANT

10 months ago by Simon Osborne

What do employers really want? If the headlines are anything to go by, it's employability skills. Bosses are always banging on about how too many job candidates just don't have these employability skills. But what are they? A survey of members of the Institute of Directors - the organisation of top bosses - came up with the following top ten employability skills. Honesty and integrity Basic lit...

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SIX TIPS TO HELP YOU NETWORK YOUR WAY TO A JOB

11 months ago by Simon Osborne

Looking at our vacancies is a great way to find a job, but you can improve your chances by get out and about too. How? By networking. Lots of people are a bit suspicious about networking. They think it means going around selling yourself and dishing out business cards left, right and centre. Well the good news is that it's not about going all out to get what you want in a pushy way. Networking ...

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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR FACE FITS

about 1 year ago by Simon Osborne

Moving from the services to a Civvy Street career is not just a change of job - it’s a change of workplace culture. Sounds fancy but it's not - just as everyone has a unique personality that affects what they think is important and how they do things, so do organisations. That means when you are looking for a new employer, you need to find one with a corporate culture that matches your own styl...

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HOW YOUR FORCES EXPERIENCE HELPS WIN THE JOBS BATTLE

about 1 year ago by Simon Osborne

Employers like ex-forces personnel. It's a fact. You don't have to take my word for it. Olivia Garfield, chief executive of telecoms infrastructure provider Openreach, has been quoted in The Sun newspaper as saying: “These people have served their country well and so deserve the chance of full-time employment with generous pay and pension provision. They are highly skilled, motivated and discip...

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HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP YOUR EX-MILITARY JOB HUNT

over 1 year ago by Simon Osborne

If you’re making the challenging transition from the military to the civilian jobs market, you’ll want to use every tool at your disposal. Social media has changed the way many of us socialise and communicate but it has also come to play a major role in the job hunting process. LinkedIn is an obvious first choice as it is a social network with a professional slant. The site itself claims to hav...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH THE QUESTION: ‘WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS?’

over 1 year ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

If you’re looking to make the transition from the military to civilian employment, you’ll have to get used to the job interview process. There are a number of potential pitfalls that you should be aware of, but one of the most awkward (and common) questions you are likely to be asked will concern your own weaknesses, and your need to identify them within yourself. There are a number of ways for...

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DON'T LET CV ERRORS MAKE YOU A LAUGHING STOCK

about 2 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Heard the one about the candidate who put "I'm looking manly for an IT role,'" on his (or maybe her) CV? What about the CV that boasted the applicant was "a director with strong breath"? These are just two of the CV mistakes that turned up in a new survey of 500 CVs by Corinne Mills, career coach and author of ‘You’re Hired! How to write a brilliant CV’. One CV claimed that the candidate had be...

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