The ‘Ex-Military in Management’ Virtual Careers Fair, a joint collaboration between SaluteMyJob and the Officers’ Association (OA) attracted almost 300 ex-military jobseekers over the two-day event on 6/7th June.
The interactive virtual fair was aimed at former or transitioning Service men and women looking for management roles in the commercial and Third sectors, with a focus on Project Management, Facilities Management, Operations, Consulting and Risk Management.
Employers who exhibited at the virtual careers fair included Barclays, Worldpay, Amazon, Interserve, Petroineos, Ultimate Security Services Ltd and WYG. Employers offered job vacancies, recruitment advice and career insight to all registered participants. Network Rail and the NHS were also on hand to host webcasts offering expert advice to candidates.
The Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair was a great opportunity for former and transitioning military personnel to meet Armed Forces friendly employers, get expert careers and CV advice and network with other veterans. Jobseekers had access to career and employment opportunities, best practice resources, webcasts and the opportunity to join online chat sessions with employers and other experts, including SaluteMyJob recruitment consultants - all for free. The event also gave employers the opportunity to better connect with former Service men and women.
Throughout the two days, a variety of webcasts took place. These included webinars from Kieron Lyons, Customer Fulfillment Talent Acquisition at Amazon, who gave an introduction to the company, explaining their culture and potential roles. Lee Grant, Head of Service and Community Development at BIFM, hosted a webinar on a career in Facilities Management and Daryl Edwards, Head of Workforce at NHS Digital, spoke about the benefits of working for the NHS.
Alan Cliffe, of WYG, said the most successful part of the Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair was having the opportunity to help Service Leavers, he added that he believed virtual events like this are “the way forward”.
Ex-Military jobseekers attending the Virtual Careers Fair joined from as far afield as Singapore and Pakistan and reported very positive experiences of their engagement with employers and the OA and SMJ advisors. Paul Rennie-Smith wrote to thank the team for organising the event, which he described as ‘a great initiative’.
John Kerner, a leadership and management professional looking for interim roles offered candidates his top tips and said ‘it’s a great pilot event with considerable potential for the future, I believe’.
Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, said: “We and the Officers’ Association are delighted with this inaugural virtual careers fair and have learned much from the event. It enabled transitioning and former Service men and women to attend from wherever in the world they are serving or working. For employers, they could participate from their offices, avoiding the time and cost of travelling to a face to face event. We aspire to run similar events in the future, targeted at different regions and sectors.”