Newsletter 30 March 2020

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Hi all,

We wanted to start this newsletter off with a huge THANK YOU to our NHS and all the staff that are involved in tackling COVID19. None of us will understand the sacrifices that they are making and even though they are physically and emotionally worn out, they are there for us fighting this pandemic – THANK YOU.

Ex-Military Careers

During these times, we are also self-isolating to play our part in keeping this virus from spreading BUT, we are here for you and fully operational for anything you may need. 

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Recent vacancies

  • Health and Safety Advisor, Barry, £-Competitive
  • Warehouse Shift Operator, Barry, £-Competitive
  • Stores Manager, Barry, £-Competitive
  • Workshop and Instillation Manager, Poole, £45,000 rising to £50,000 + Benefits

Recruitment and what to expect during the COVID19 outbreak

You will have noticed that the recruitment industry as a whole is on the quiet side at the moment, this is due to businesses assessing the current situation and how it is affecting business. One thing that is for certain, is that the current outbreak is changing the way recruitment agencies and jobseekers are working together.

CV Tips

This quiet period is the perfect opportunity for you to brush up on your CV and make it stand out from the rest. We all know the 6 P’s; Prior Preparation Prevents P*** Poor Performance! We have listed some CV Tips below for you, but if you want a professional opinion there are a number of professionals out there that know exactly how to translate your military skills into a language that civilians will understand. We highly recommend Rachel from RL CV Writing -

Keep to the Point

  • Usually a CV should be no more than two pages – and that's two pages of A4 paper! Employers spend, an average, just 8 seconds looking at any one CV, and a sure-fire way of landing yourself on the no pile is to send them your entire life story. Keep it punchy, to the point, and save those niggly little details for the interview. 

Tailor it

  • We've all done it. Whizzed the same CV out to lots of employers to save time... Stop! Take the time to change your CV for each role that you apply for. Research the company and use the job advert to work out EXACTLY what skills you should point out to them. They will appreciate the obvious effort.

Include a Personal Statement

  • Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job. Instead, use a short personal statement to explain why you are the best person for the job. This should be reflected in your cover letter. Input here your strengths as to why an ex-military serviceman would be a valuable asset to any company. Think about the unique skills and experience that you gained as a member of the Armed Forces.

Career History

  • Emphasise the most impressive aspect of your career to date by balancing the requirement to cover all the essential information with the need to keep it brief. Include things that employers of ex-military personnel would be most interested in , such as dates of tour duties, changes of regiment and promotion.

Skills Learnt

  • Think carefully about your transferable skills and use these as the basis of your CV. Eg, Health Safety (including first aid), engineering, learning and development, project management and leadership.

Keep it current

  • You should keep your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don't later forget something that could be important.

Tell the truth

  • Everyone lies on their CV, right? NO! Stop! Blatant lies on your CV can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your background and references. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new job for lying. You also may get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can't answer questions on what you claim to know. And that can be VERY awkward!

Style it out

  • We live in a world where image is everything, and that also goes for your CV. Take some time to pretty it up... Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Use the graphic design trick of leaving plenty of white space around text and between categories to make the layout easy on the eye.