Skills, leadership and ex-military talent

Skills, leadership and ex-military talent

Barely a week goes by without skills shortages in the UK economy hitting the headlines, which are predicted only to grow as a result of Brexit and other significant economic events.

Another common theme in the news recently is the importance of building leadership development to support the growth of businesses. But what could solve both these problems? The ex-military talent pool.

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Ambitious Communications Systems Specialist in the Army set to make her mark in cybersecurity

Ambitious Communications Systems Specialist in the Army set to make her mark in cybersecurity

Jasmine Eyers is currently serving in the British Army as a Communications Systems Specialist in the 21 Signal Regiment. Jasmine is currently going through resettlement and is due to leave the military in the Summer after 13 distinguished years. She has completed a number of cyber-related courses, including IBM’s i2 training course through SaluteMyJob, which she described as ‘the best yet’. She is incredibly ambitious and has firmly set her sights on making her mark in the cybersecurity industry.

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The hardest interview questions (and how to answer them)

So you’ve reached the interview stage (well done!) and now you need to prepare. You’ve done all the research on the company, looked at how your skills are well-suited to the role and now you need to think about how to answer those interview questions. This may be your first interview since leaving the military - but even if it is not, interviews can be daunting. But just try and remember that this is a chance for you to show off your skills and experience - and employers are not out to trick you. They understand that there will be nerves and they want you to do your best. Although you never know what questions may be asked, it is good to be prepared for the most common questions most likely to be thrown at you.

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How to build a professional online presence

How to build a professional online presence

As well as creating that stand-out CV, when looking for a new job it is important to have an online presence where you can highlight your skills and experience to prospective employers. Not only will you be able to showcase why employers should hire you - but having a professional profile will help you build a network of contacts and connect with others who will be able to assist you in your job search.

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How offering conversion training to ex-military personnel can help close the notable skills gap in cybersecurity

How offering conversion training to ex-military personnel can help close the notable skills gap in cybersecurity

SaluteMyJob interviewed head of IBM's Security Division in Europe, Julian Meyrick, a former Regimental Signals Officer, who served for six years in the Royal Green Jackets in the British Army. Mr Meyrick discusses how veterans are a valuable talent pool that could help fill the large number of vacant cybersecurity roles and how offering conversion training to ex-military personnel is a way of addressing and closing this notable gap.

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How employing ex-military personnel can benefit SME's

How employing ex-military personnel can benefit SME's

Waves is a Learning and Organisational Development Company, providing consultancy to the military and commercial sectors, in the UK and Middle East, founded by Lou Whiting, a former Army Officer. SaluteMyJob chats to the director and owner about setting up your own business post-transition, the benefits of employing from the military community, the transferable soft and hard skills of ex-military personnel and she offers some top tips for SME’s looking to employ veterans.

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The challenges and benefits of employing veterans as a Small Business

The challenges and benefits of employing veterans as a Small Business

In this case study, we chat to Simon Cole, Operations Director of Enterprise mobility specialists DOGFI.SH Mobile. Simon reports a number of challenges in actively trying to engage with and recruit veterans - but also offers an insight into the benefits of employing veterans, offering his own top tips to other SME's.

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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides £40,000 grant to support 350 ex-Army jobseekers into commercial employment

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides £40,000 grant to support 350 ex-Army jobseekers into commercial employment

SaluteMyJob has been awarded £40,000 by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This grant will help to improve the competitiveness of 350 ex-Army jobseekers by providing a unique programme of employment support activities.

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Why should you become a volunteer with the RAF Air Cadets?

Why should you become a volunteer with the RAF Air Cadets?

Jo Parkes is a Project Officer at RAF Air Cadet headquarters and has been since 2004. She always wanted to be become a volunteer after she joined as a cadet 10 years earlier when she was 15. Jo chats to SaluteMyJob about how employers and ex-Service men and women can get involved with the air cadets - and how rewarding being a volunteer can be.

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Former Warrant Officer to Prison Officer - and Hollywood extra

Former Warrant Officer to Prison Officer - and Hollywood extra

Carl Salmond is a former Warrant Officer 1st Class with the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. He left the Army in 2008 after 22 years of exemplary military service. He has since gained extensive experience as a security consultant, managing and leading close protection and surveillance teams and facilitating and delivering security training courses. Since leaving the Army, Carl has also starred alongside Hollywood stars, taking on extra roles through a military casting agency and is about to begin a new career as a Prison Officer. 

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Former Lance Corporal looking for the right job

Former Lance Corporal looking for the right job

Craig Slicker, a former Lance Corporal left the Infantry in 2013 after 17-years’ service. After being made redundant, Craig has continued to struggle to find the right role which suits his experience and skills. He believes Veterans’ Gateway will be a great tool for people struggling to find work and adjust to life outside the military - something he is still battling.

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Former Army Sergeant enjoying life in Civvy Street

Former Army Sergeant enjoying life in Civvy Street

Stephen McCue is a former Sergeant in the Royal Armoured Corps. In 2009 he sustained serious injuries while in Afghanistan after his armoured vehicle was hit by an IED. He was medically discharged in 2013 and although he initially struggled during his resettlement period - he really enjoyed moving into civvy street and now has a successful career.

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Former Army Captain struggling to find work

Former Army Captain struggling to find work

Jonathan Bebbington is a former Captain in the Royal Logistics Corps. He had an exemplary military career and left the Army in 2012 after 28 years. Since then, although highly experienced, with a huge amount of transferable skills, Jonathan has really struggled to find employment.

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Former Navy Lieutenant Commander on his military transition to the US

Former Navy Lieutenant Commander on his military transition to the US

Mark Gill is a former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. Mark left in 2015 after 25 years’ service. He is currently living in the US and said there was little positives he could take away from his military transition after struggling to find his way in the job market.

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Former Reservist deploying to Africa for charity work

Former Reservist deploying to Africa for charity work

Keith Blake joined the Army as a Reservist in 1994 and left in January this year after 23 years. He has found it difficult to navigate what resettlement support is available to him and has struggled with finding employment and financial support. He believes Veterans’ Gateway is a “win” for veterans and will engage with the service in the future.

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Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair attracts 300 ex-military jobseekers and top employers

Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair attracts 300 ex-military jobseekers and top employers

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.

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