Top 10 Tips for ex-Military Job Seekers

We have created a ‘Top 10’ list of job seeking tips we believe are invaluable for you to be successful in securing your new job.  So if you are about to leave the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force you might find implementing them will make a positive difference.

  1. Email Address.  Create a bespoke professional email account dedicated to your job seeking activities.  This will prevent important emails being lost amongst a busy personal email account.  There are plenty of free online email providers including Gmail.  Make sure your email address looks professional and includes your name; peter.smith6787@.
  2. Have a Plan.  Like most things in life if you want to achieve something it makes it a lot easier to work to a plan.  Create a job seeking plan detailing when and what you are doing and stick to it.
  3. Target your CV.  Make sure your CV reflects the job for which you are applying as you need to capture the readers attention at a very early stage.  Where possible support your application with a short covering letter/email containing why you are suitable for the role and your availability.  Do not dismiss those who pay to have their CV professionally drafted as this document is the key that unlocks the door and without it you might be knocking but no one will answer.
  4. Contact Details.  Too many job seekers, including those who have served in the Armed Forces, leave their contact details off their CV.  The reader wants to know where you live in relation to their vacancy and they want to be able to call you.  Failure to place this information on your CV may result in it being dismissed at a very early stage.
  5. Prepare for Interviews.  Lets face a fact here, the biggest first step to securing a new job is gaining that all important interview.  All the effort which is required to gain that interview must not be lost by poor preparation so spend time researching the employer, the vacancy and drafting questions to ask.
  6. The Follow Up.  Make sure you try and follow up every application.  Pick the phone up and call the recruitment agency or employer and ask for confirmation that they have received your application. Gain the competitive edge it may open up a conversation with a Hiring Manager gaining you the opportunity to sell yourself.  Having the confidence to call into a company can make an excellent first impression.
  7. Your Mobile.  Make sure that your mobile answering service is switched on and you have a ‘sensible’ recorded message; ‘you have reached John Smith, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can, thank you’.
  8. Remain Positive.  Face a fact not everyone will respond to your application, want to speak to you on the phone or offer you a job.  Being a professional ‘Job Seeker’ involves lots of rejection so get over it, take on board mistakes you have made, implement lessons learnt and simply move on.
  9. Activity, Activity, Activity.  Write this on a big piece of card and place it on your wall.  Be pro-active, take control and through plenty of activity make things happen.  Do not sit back and wait for things to come your way, make it happen and start today.
  10. Number 10.  This one will take you just a few minutes; register your CV today on CivvyJobs; the number one ex-military job board.  Register today, click here.