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 style of doing things - put simply, a job where your face fits.
For instance some companies are very formal - everyone wears smart suits and the boss is addressed as Mr Bloggs. In others, you can turn up in your jeans and everyone is on first name terms. Some companies insist you do everything in a specific way; in others you can work however you want provided you get results. If your natural style of working is at odds with that of the company, it's recipe for trouble
Employers know this, and prefer to recruit people who fit their company culture - so finding an employer with culture that suits your own increases your chances of getting the job. Job ads rarely make an employer's culture clear, so here's a few ways to find out what it is:
Fortunately a forces background prepares you to get on with all types, so whatever sort of company you apply to, stress your flexibility and capacity for initiative and teamwork. Whatever the company culture, they will go down well.
Until next time,