SaluteMyJob FAQs For Candidates
Q. How does SaluteMyJob help ex-Service men and women?
A. We provide access to jobs that our clients offer, usually specifically targeted towards former Service men and women. We translate the skills, knowledge and experience of ex-Forces jobseekers into the language of commercial employers. We use the results to match our candidates to jobs where they will succeed in companies to which they are best suited
Q. Why it is necessary to use assessments? Is a CV not enough?
A. Many employers do not appreciate the skills and qualities that ex-military offer or understand their experience. Unfortunately this results in many CVs being overlooked. Our assessments translate these skills and qualities into commercial language, thereby providing evidence to inform the employers’ selection and decision making process. Additionally, the results help our candidates to better understand where they are most likely to add value in the workplace.
Q. You are a Social Enterprise. What does this mean for me?
A. We are a business that is acting in the interests of the military and ex-military community. Over 50% of our profits are spent on improving the employability of ex-military candidates through the provision of advice, training and expertise.
Q. Is SaluteMyJob a recruitment agency?
A. No. SaluteMyJob is a business-to-business provider of professional consultancy, recruitment and assessment services to employers. We help employers put structured, pragmatic veterans’ programmes in place and support their in-house or outsourced recruiting operations.
Q. What do you mean by ‘Finding Hidden Talent?
A. Ex-military are often overlooked by potential employers due to a lack of understanding of the skills and experience ex-military offer. Additionally, the ex-military talent pool is disparate, making it difficult for employers to access.
Q. Do the employers you work with recognise the qualities that ex-service men and women offer?
A. Yes they do. Our consultants work closely with our clients to break down that knowledge gap. The majority of our clients have formally committed their support to the military and ex-military community by signing the Corporate Covenant (for more information on the Corporate Covenant see here).
Q. How do I register with SaluteMyJob?
A. Click on the ‘register with us’ page. You will be asked to upload your CV and covering letter. Once registered, candidates will be visible to our team and will be considered for suitable roles as appropriate.
Q. I am not interested in any of the vacancies on the SaluteMyJob website. Is it still worth registering?
A. Yes, in addition to matching candidates to our advertised roles, SaluteMyJob works with a number of ex-military recruitment agencies and charities in order to provide them with candidates to roles which they are advertising. This means that there are roles which we are looking to fill which are not visible on our website.
Q. I am leaving the forces in a few months time so I do not need a job yet. Can I register with SaluteMyJob now?
A. Yes, the key to a successful transition is good planning and preparation. As soon as you have written your CV, register with us but let us know when you will be available to work. We often get roles in advance of when they need to be filled so we can put you forward at the appropriate time.
Q. What advice would SaluteMyJob give to Service Leavers?
A. Download our ‘Top Ten Tips’ for advice on how to best prepare yourself for a successful transition to civilian street.
Q. Does SaluteMyJob offer training courses?
A. Yes. In partnership with IBM and the Corsham Institute, we run free training courses in two IBM Security products, QRadar & i2 Notebook. These are exclusively for SaluteMyJob candidates. More information on these courses is available on our website. We also signpost to other suitable training opportunities through our courses website.
Q. What barriers to employment in the commercial sector do ex-military candidates face?
A. There are 3 main barriers:
- Lack of understanding of industry sectors, companies and roles
- Job readiness (skills, CVs, confidence, fear of the unknown, attitudes and behaviours)
Q. What barriers to hiring ex-military talent do employers face?
A. There are 6 main barriers:
- Translation of acquired military knowledge, skills and experience into commercial language
- Perceptions, stereotypes and risk
- Access to the disparate ex-military talent pool
- Ever tighter HR policies and processes
- Knowledge of hiring managers/ HR business partners
- Confusion arising from a plethora MOD organisations and Service charities