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Date Posted: Thursday, 4 May 2017 @ 08:41

Being social when leaving the forces, is an important part of your job search strategy and therefore should be integrated into your processes.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We use social media in our personal lives on a day to day basis. Checking and updating Facebook, following on Twitter.

The world is changing at a speed so fast that for most it’s hard to keep up. Social media technologies take on many different forms other than Facebook and Twitter, they include magazines, Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, social networks, podcasts, photographs or pictures and thousands of these are dedicated to your future careers.

These technologies have accelerated the rate at which relationships develop, information is shared. This in turn can influence and change, not just individuals seeking employment or business employment strategies, the world has seen the power of social media and its effect on society, which has toppled political states.

What you need to do is harness this power!

It can be hard at times, to filter through everything and to assess the accuracy and relevance of the information that is shared and make best use of it. There is an increasing trend by companies using social media monitoring tools that allows them to search, track, and analyse conversation on the web about their brand or about topics of interest to their company.

You need to turn this around and set-up your own free Social media monitoring tools, that will allow you to find insights into different sectors and companies. This will allow you to search, track, and analyse jobs and sector trends, then react to these and interact / engage with the right people.

However, the reality is that the value of social media is directly connected to how seriously you use it, so you need to understand the platforms you are using to see the best returns. Those that succeed are not the ones that accept or embrace change by using social media for their job search strategy, but those who are proactive and reassess their strategies.

Leaving the forces is hard enough, it is true service personnel are skilled in team work, cross cultural communication, and they are creative and understand accountability. These skills are prerequisites when entering the civilian workplace, by incorporating a social media strategy into your career search you will be better prepared for a civilian working life when you take up your first job.

 

Date Posted: Wednesday, 3 May 2017 @ 14:10

Employers will not hire Veterans, employers hire well prepared candidates, who add value to their company.

More and more companies are committed to hiring people from the Armed Forces Community (AFC). This doesn’t provide the AFC with an advantage over other candidates applying for the same job, it does mean you are going to get the same opportunity, go through the same application process.

In the Forces we are provided with the same training and it’s natural for some to succeed better than others, which is the same in all walks of life. Those that do succeed are the ones able to make their military experience relevant to employers and are able to quantify their accomplishments and keep away from the uses of military-slang and acronyms.

Prepared and Ready

You have completed your resettlement. You have a decent CV that’s been checked by someone who has never served, and it makes sense to them. The CV has done its job and managed to land you an interview. You get a haircut, you wear a clean suit that has been ironed the night before, clean shoes and you showed up on time because you carried out a recce as soon as you got the amazing news. You give the interviewer a firm handshake, and smile because you have done your due diligence and you are feeling confident.

You both sit down and THEY ask, “what did you do in the military?”

You sit up and your chest swells, because you are proud of your service in the RN/Army/RAF. You look them in the eyes and tell them you were a Nuclear Specialist, a Recce Mec, part of psyops team, or whatever your career specialty was. The look on their face says it all, you’ve already lost them because you may as well have replied in a different language.

Only a small proportion of population has ever served in the military! When we talk about our past service, we talk about our military job titles, because most of us in the military understand what they mean and do. The interviewer doesn’t understand your job title or what it entails and may even think your experiences are unique to the military, and irrelevant in the real world after all.

Accomplishments

Start defining and explaining your careers based on your accomplishments, you are not defined by your job title but rather by the sum of your experiences and accomplishments. You must learn to develop a pitch that explains your military career while simultaneously putting into terms the interviewer will understand.

“I served 22 years in the RLC as an RQMS, blah, blah, blah”, and the interviewer will start thinking about lunch!!

Try this:

“During my military career, I participated in transportation and logistics operations supporting an organisation of over 600 personnel. I helped maintain a fleet of vehicles and equipment/stores worth well over £25M and supervised teams of up to 100+ people. I received commendations for cost cutting measures and process improvements that I implemented whilst here in the UK and serving overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. Due to my demonstrated management and leadership abilities, the Royal Logistic Corps promoted me on multiple occasions. I finally retired from the Army as a senior manager and am now looking for a career within the civilian world in which I can fully utilise my leadership skills to help the right company reach its goals.”

Interviews are limited mostly by time so you must be able to sell yourself right away and as often as possible. From the example above, a senior NCO is able to describe their military career in under 20 seconds in a manner that employers will understand and appreciate. You can highlight you career sector, supervisory/management and leadership experience, value of assets managed, accomplishments and the type of environments these were achieved in.

You have also given the interviewer leads for follow up questions that would highlight your experience and ability to do the job they are hiring for.

  • “Tell me about the cost cutting measures and process improvements that you implemented?”
  • “Can you give me examples of your management and leadership abilities?”

I will leave you to answer those questions, because no-one knows you better than you. Adapt your pitch and then practice again and again so it is second nature.It will be easier to learn than the Marksmanship Principles.

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