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  • How do You List Volunteer Experience on a CV

    Posted on Monday, October 21, 2019 by Jessica FenderNo comments

    A high-quality resume contains neatly organized relevant information about you and your previous professional experiences. However, for some reason, people feel intimidated by the idea of listing their volunteering experience on a resume. Just because you didn’t get paid, doesn’t mean the experience wasn’t valuable and beneficial for your professional career. As stated by Forbes , volunteer ...

  • Top Ten Tips for your CV

    Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 by Sian RichardsonNo comments

    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 where ...

  • From Sergeant, Center 2 Tank Commander, to Manager in a leading Data Center provider

    Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by Simon OsborneNo comments

    Wayne's story: In April 2010, I was in my last 10 months of 22 years of military service and I was in the transition to civvie street! After speaking with friends and family and trying to understand the employment market, I thought outside the box and wanted to avoid the usual lines of work (plumber, chippy, bricklayer, driver etc.). I had to think long term and if the tech market was the way ...

  • So you want to be a Facilities Manager

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2019 by Jess CarterNo comments

    Over 17,000 people leave the military every year and many of them choose to go into Facilities Management (FM). Why is this? Even in recession hit Britain, FM services have borne up very well due to the adverse impact that poorly managed FM has on the corporate profitability. For some ex-Service men and women, their chosen new career path in FM appears to bear no relationship to their service ...

  • Step into Health - Ex-Forces to the NHS

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2019 by Simon OsborneNo comments

    When considering your second career, don't forget that the NHS is not just about medical and wellness jobs, there are a huge number of varied career opportunities with Health Trusts across the country covering a very wide spectrum of opportunities. Recognising the benefits of recruiting from the ex-forces community, the NHS has long looked to encourage forces leavers to think about a career with ...

  • The Top Ten Skills that Employers Really Want

    Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Jess CarterNo comments

    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 ...

  • Finding your way across the Skills Gap

    Posted on Friday, May 24, 2019 by Simon OsborneNo comments

    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 of ...

  • Six tips to help you network your way to a better Job

    Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 by Simon OsborneNo comments

    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 ...

  • Watch out for CV errors

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Jess CarterNo comments

    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 ...

  • What not to put on your CV

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2019 by Jess CarterNo comments

    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 ...