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

over 2 years 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

almost 3 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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WHAT DO POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS FIND WHEN THEY GOOGLE YOU

almost 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

According to online job search expert Susan P Joyce, 80 per cent of employers Google potential employees as part of their selection process. Every hire represents a substantial investment for an employer, so, if you are looking to make the transition into the civilian job market, you have to look at how you can influence what employers will find when they Google your name. Social media profiles...

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WHAT NOT TO PUT ON YOUR CV

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

According to the BBC, employers receive an average of 60 applications for every low-skilled job and 20 for every skilled post. Some jobs get many, many more. It’s difficult enough to convince a recruiter that you’re the right person for the job, however, before you can even present the skills and qualities that make you perfect for the role, you have to ensure your application and CV is not dis...

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER BEST PLACE TO WORK IN BRITAIN

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Jaguar Land Rover, a signatory of the armed forces covenant, has been named the best place to work in the UK by a new survey. Carried out for news agency Bloomberg by statistics portal Statista, the survey covered 15,000 UK employees, and included only companies that employed more than 500 workers. Respondents were asked 35 questions about their employer and their perceptions of employers in th...

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ONE IN 11 FORCES VETERANS WILL NEED ‘SIGNIFICANT’ PHYSICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

about 3 years ago by Simon Osborne

More than 60,000 ex-military personnel either need extra support now or will do in the future for a wide range of physical and mental health issues, according to a new report by King’s College London and forces charity Help for Heroes. The report, named Counting The Cost, which was launched at the Imperial War Museum in London, identified more than 750,000 men and women who had served as milita...

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INTERVIEW TIPS FOR THE EX-MILITARY JOB HUNT

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

You’ve polished up your CV, found the jobs you’re well-suited to and made it through the first stage of the application process. Now comes the part that can make even battlefield veterans nervous: the job interview. Interviews can take different forms. Some take place over the phone or Skype, some involve practical, aptitude or psychometric testing. The formal face-to-face interview, however, i...

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MOVING ABROAD AFTER YOUR SERVICE: POINTS TO CONSIDER

about 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Moving abroad after your service ends can offer exciting career opportunities in new and stimulating surroundings, and it may seem like a good option if you are finding it tough to secure jobs for ex-military at home. Having served in the military, you might well have been stationed in different locations around the world, and you will certainly be used to dealing with a wide range of people fr...

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COMBAT STRESS SEES NUMBER OF VETERANS SEEKING MENTAL HEALTH HELP QUADRUPLE

over 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

The UK’s leading mental health charity for military veterans has reported a fourfold increase in the number of former services personnel seeking help for mental health issues in the past two decades. Combat Stress, which offers residential and community-based advice and treatment for veterans suffering from a range of mental health conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), de...

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INSURANCE COMPANY VP RECOMMENDS “HIDDEN GEM” INDUSTRY TO FORCES LEAVERS

over 3 years ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

The vice president of Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately owned, independent insurance brokerage firm, has described the insurance industry as a “hidden gem” that is often overlooked but could be perfect for many Forces leavers looking to transition to a new career. Lockton VP Henry Dyson also served in the Army between May 2004 and September 2008 as a company operations officer in...

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