Date: Thursday October 8, 2015 at 10:35am
Name: Jack Kinnear
Job title: Recruitment Consultant
Rank and Regiment: WO2 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
What did you do in the Military?
Completed 22 Years as a vehicle mechanic attached to various regiments in operational and peace-time locations throughout the world. Worked on all military vehicles from motorcycle to challenger tank and everything in between. Also completed 30ears in army recruiting, running the 3 offices in Essex as senior recruiter and office manager.
Since joining REED can you give me a brief overview of your career to date?
Completed various internal and external training courses and coaching sessions to improve my knowledge of the Health & Care sector. Formed a desk partnership with my line manager and increased my monthly billing month on month so far. Taken on Fife area as a project to establish a footprint for REED, where none exists at present.
Why did you choose recruitment after the Military?
I wanted the chance to put my 8 years of army recruiting experience into the civilian environment and see if I could make a success of it. I felt that it was a natural progression and hopefully good use of my knowledge, skills and experience.
Why did you choose REED?
A friend was already working for REED and I liked what I heard from him regarding the working environment and his colleagues. It sounded like a company that rewarded a good work ethic and encouraged personal growth from within through internal coaching and training.
What are your main achievements to date?
"Best ever" billing increase each month. I made my first permanent placement last week (although I am a temp consultant) and have my second permanent candidate in for interview this Friday. I have 3 CVs under consideration for the Reed Graduate Referral Scheme.
Any advice for service leavers?
Take as much advice on your CVs as you can get. Learn to word it to suit a civilian audience and don't be afraid to sell yourself. Take advice about transferrable skills and make sure you create multiple CVs according to the job you are applying for.