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5 REASONS WHY EX-SERVICES BELONG IN I.T

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Deciding what to do after you finish your time in the Services or deciding to change your profession can be a tricky decision – it’s important that you find something stimulating, that’s in demand and that will provide you with a long-lasting and rewarding career. In a technology-driven world, working in the IT industry could just be the career choice for you. Not convinced? Here are five reaso...

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MAKING THE LEAP

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

If you’re thinking of changing your career, embarking on a search for your new role can be very daunting. How to approach this effectively in your Job Search Plan, CV, Online Profile and Cover Letter can also be a scary prospect. Feedback from senior recruiters suggests that, in today’s market, a CVs relevancy to a role is more important than it’s ever been. With the internet making it far easi...

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PLUMBING CATCH 22 – WORK BASED LEARNING

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Without work based learning, training in plumbing is as useful as learning to drive in a car park and never going out on the road. It doesn’t matter that your workshop training was brilliant, if you don’t have the opportunity to hone your skills in real life, you won’t gain a full qualification and you won’t have enough experience to become a good (never mind great) plumber. This is why trainin...

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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Everybody thinks about leaving their job from time to time, and armed forces personnel are no different. Far be it from me to encourage our guys and girls to leave the armed forces - as a former member myself, I value the work of our armed services too much to ever do that. But if you are thinking about it or if you fear you may be made redundant in the future, it makes sense to consider the pr...

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STOPCOCKS PLUMBING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEMALE FORCES LEAVERS

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

At Stopcocks Women Plumbers we’d particularly like to welcome female service leavers to train with and join us as self-employed plumbers. Why? We see many parallels; - Stopcocks Women Plumbers have standards of excellence, so do the services. - Stopcocks Women Plumbers are practical and get things done, so are service leavers. - Stopcocks Women plumbers are solution focused, so are service memb...

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FRANCHISING AS A ROUTE TO SELF-EMPLOYMENT

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Today I'm going to discuss setting up your own business. Being in business for yourself is exciting (take it from me!) but it is a very big step. One way to start a business that may be less stressful is with a franchise. You may have noticed that Cross Deck now has information about franchises - take a look here https://www.cross-deck.co.uk/franchises/ now. Many companies offering franchises t...

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MIND-SET “THE DIFFERENCE”

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

mind·set or mind-set 1. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations. 2. An inclination or a habit. Having the correct mind-set is the major factor in achieving goals and reaching targets. Working hard and dedicating yourself to any given goal is a by-product of developing the right mind-set! Time and again I encounter peopl...

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THE SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

You may enjoy chatting on the 'phone, but it's a brave candidate who doesn't baulk at the thought of a telephone interview. For many jobs it's now the first hurdle you have to overcome to get hired, and as usual the secret of success is preparation and forward planning. Here’s how to deal with it. Gather your materials in advance – your CV to refer to when asked about your skills and experience...

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FROM DEFENCE TO DISTRIBUTOR: A NEW KIND OF SERVICE

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Jason Dowle had spent 23 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps working his way up the chain of command to Warrant Officer Class One Regimental Sergeant Major, so starting a new career with Mac Tools in July 2011 was quite a change of scenery. His keen interest in motorcycle racing meant that Jason had always been aware of the leading tool manufacturers, so when he also learnt that they offered ...

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HOW TO TACKLE A CAREER CHANGE

over 5 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Going back to work after a holiday can be a real pain. Most of us get over it pretty fast, but for some, it’s a sign of a real need to change career. Whether you are looking at leaving the services or already in Civvy Street, you don't have to stay in the same business sector all your life, even in these tough times. A recent survey showed that more than a third of office workers alone were pla...

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