How To Prepare for the Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair

Now that you have registered to take part in the Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair - what are the next steps?

Research and prior preparation is key to getting the most out of the virtual careers fair! We want to make sure you are confident and fully prepared before the event on 6th and 7th June.

To help you get the most out of the virtual careers fair, follow this step-by-step guide and if you'd like some extra help, then register with SaluteMyJob and one of the employment consultants will be in touch. Or if you are an officer, the OA would also be delighted to help.

If you haven't already registered for the ex-military in management virtual careers fair, click here to register.


Steps to follow...

Step 1. Have an idea what path you want to take

Before the careers fair, it is important to have some idea of what career path you are hoping to transition to.

It will be beneficial to gain an understanding of what sort of jobs are out there. Narrow down your options by researching the jobs, companies and industries your skills are best suited to. Use websites such as My World of Work, National Careers service or speak to one of SaluteMyJob’s employment consultants or the OA for further guidance.

 

Step 2. Translate your military skills

One of the biggest barriers for ex-military jobseekers is understanding how to translate your skills and experience into the language of commercial employers. These soft and hard skills you have gained in the military are exactly what employers want. So how do you go about translating these skills?

  1. Start by making a list of your key skills, qualities and experiences gained in your job roles.
  2. Ask your colleagues and check your appraisals to see what attributes they see as your strongest.
  3. Finally, you’ll need to translate those skills and qualities into commercial language. Check out SaluteMyJob’s military skills translation blog. This is a big part of what SaluteMyJob do so if you’d like to speak to someone about this, then register with SaluteMyJob or contact your SaluteMyJob careers consultant. My World of Work is also good tool to help translate your military skills.

 

Step 3. Polish that CV

CV’s undoubtedly help you get a job, so it is important to polish up your CV before the virtual career fair. The key to making your CV stand out, is to use the transferable skills you found in step 2 and add them to your CV in commercial language. Your CV has 30 seconds to impress the reader so it needs to be:

  1. Easy for the reader to scan.
  2. Contain all the key information (name, location, key skills, most recent job) in the top two thirds of page one.
  3. Short. We  recommend 2 pages, unless you have a load of technical information to list - but max 4 pages.

If you don’t already have a CV or your CV is just not quite right, we have an excellent CV template and a great top tips guide on how to make your CV stand out to employers.


 

Step 4. Fill Out Your Virtual profile

Now that you know what sort of job you are looking for, you are confident with your transferable skills and you’ve polished your CV, you’ll need to translate this information to your profile on the Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair platform.

This won’t take a minute but make sure you do complete your profile and fill in as much information as requested on the virtual career fair platform, it could be the reason an employer contacts you for a possible job - so think about this in the same way you would perfect your CV. Include a professional headshot to include on your profile and make sure that it is up to date.

+ How To Update Your Virtual Profile

To update your virtual profile, complete the following:

  1. Click here to Log into your Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair account
  2. Click the Screen_Shot_2017_05_18_at_16_23_23 in the top right corner of your screen and select 'Your Profile' from the dropdown.
  3. Click 'Edit Profile'
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  4. You will now see your full profile. Here, you can upload your CV, add a profile picture, write some information about yourself and much more.
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Step 5. Do your homework

Find out who is taking part in the careers fair. The names of employers who will be taking part in the Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair will be released closer to the time of the event. Once released, do your research. Look at their website, their social media to find out what you can about who they are and what they do. If the company looks like a place you feel you would like to work, dig deeper with your research. During the careers fair, you can interact with employers so being able to approach a business, with confidence you have done your research will help make a good first impression, especially if you are asked for an interview on the day.

Also look closely at the roles the employers are advertising at the moment - see if any of them suit your skills and think about why you would be a good candidate for the role.

 

Step 6. Test your computer

We recommend that you use a computer during the virtual careers fair and it is important to make sure your computer is compatible. It is possible to use your tablet or a smartphone but it is not advised.

 

Step 7. Check your social media accounts

Take a look at your current social media accounts and determine whether they’re an accurate portrayal of who you are as a professional. If you feel like they’re lacking a professional element, you should definitely invest some time in polishing them up.

 

And finally, GOOD LUCK! We look forward to virtually meeting you on 6th and 7th June. If you have any further questions please get in touch via info@salutemyjob.com. For more info on the Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair, click here.