Hire a Hero have teamed up with The Square to provide employment opportunities in the construction industry.

Many companies today are using social media to advertise positions and find new employees. Using social media effectively in a professional manner should be a key part of your search for employment.

Social media profiles give you the opportunity to advertise yourself to potential employers, but they also serve as a space where employers can find out more about you. Being conscious of what you post online is really important and particularly if you’re seeking employment, you should be using social media channels with a professional head on.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the most valuable social networking tools if you’re searching for employment. LinkedIn provides an online professional network of employers where you can approach individuals directly and likewise they can get in touch with you. If you’re on LinkedIn then make sure you’re profile is up to date with all experience, career information and transferable skill sets. Think of LinkedIn as an online CV which employers across the country can access at any time. Your profile can also include endorsements from previous employers so the more you can network and connect with people the more your connections will grow.

Twitter

Many people now use Twitter in a professional manner, having short conversations and sharing information. It’s very easy to be informal on Twitter given its nature however always remain professional if your profile is open to the public. Twitter gives you the opportunity to follow companies to keep up to date with what they’re doing, which is really useful particularly if you have an interview coming up and want to know all the latest information. Your bio on Twitter can even include a link to your professional LinkedIn profile which gives people the opportunity to find out more about you, your skills and expertise.

Facebook

Facebook is still one of the largest social media networks and while predominantly set up and used to connect with friends and family, it is increasingly becoming a platform which can be used more professionally. As with Twitter, Facebook is largely informal but don’t get caught up in this, particularly if you have a profile which is open to the public. Generally, Facebook is the least friendly social media platform to openly network but again offers a great opportunity to find out more about companies you apply for vacancies with.

If you’re not using social media as a mean to find employment then you should keep the following in mind:

  • Is your personal profile private? Are you sure? Check the privacy settings of your profiles to ensure that, even if they are personal they don’t portray you in a bad light.
  • Many employers now have a look at online profiles to find out more about candidates. Have a think about how you’re portraying yourself in a professional and personal sense.

If you are looking for support with networking and finding employment then a Hire a Hero Career Coach could help. Find out more: Work with a Hire a Hero Career Coach or get in touch with our Military Liaison Officer, Jinty: jinty@hireahero.org.uk, 01495 366670.

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No matter what stage you are at in your transition to civilian life, we’re confident that one of our Career Coaches could help you.

We believe that key to a successful transition is good friends, good networks and good luck. Our Career Coaches provide just that and work with you on an individual basis to provide support tailored to your needs. All contact can be carried out over the phone or by email, so no need to take time out of your week to arrange meetings. This also means that we can put you in contact with the best Career Coach, suited to your career goals no matter where they are in the country.

Good Friends

Everyone needs good friends in their transition, and working with a Hire a Hero Career Coach puts you in touch with people who are genuinely interested in what’s best for you and your career.

Good Networks

Our Career Coaches open doors to opportunities and can help you to explore new options that you may have never considered before.

Good Luck

The transition is all about making your own luck, by working hard to achieve your goals. By working with a Hire a Hero Career Coach, you’ll explore more opportunities, think outside the box and increase your chances of a successful transition. Hire a Hero and our Career Coaches do all we can to increase your luck.

Whether you’re still serving and looking to gain some insight to what Civvy Street is like, or already made the transition and looking to explore more career opportunities in civilian life then get in touch and begin working with a Hire a Hero Career Coach: info@hireahero.org.uk.

 

Hire a Hero have teamed up with Savoo.

Savoo.co.uk is an online fundraising platform that works with over 2,000 leading retailers to donate a percentage of every purchase to charity at no extra cost to the shopper.

You can help support Hire a Hero whilst searching the web or using Savoo’s vouchers on your purchases. In 3 easy steps, you can support the charity and save money.


You can start Saving and Fundraising today by visiting: www.savoo.co.uk

Hire a Hero have teamed up with Veterans Next Step to bring you all the benefits associated with their membership.

Veterans Next Step are a dedicated team of ex-military personnel with a passion of making the transition into civilian life as easy and rewarding as it should be. After creating your own personal profile, you become a member, have access to their job board and will receive notifications of the latest vacancies and training opportunities best suited to you.

By working in partnership with Hire a Hero, Veterans Next Step are offering a free 12 month membership who sign up using our unique code: VNS18.

Find out more about Veterans Next Step by visiting their website. Details below:

 

As someone who has served in our Armed Forces you stand out for a number of reasons to civilian employers.

Quite often, we hear of service leavers and veterans thinking that they stand out for negative reasons but at Hire a Hero, we and our job board employers believe that you stand out for all the right reasons. Knowing what makes you different from other candidates could be the key to civilian employment success, as you’ll know how best to market and sell yourself.

Here are some of the things that we believe make you stand out to Civvy Street employers. It’s important to not only understand how these fit with you as an individual and to your experience, but also to be able to give real-life examples to a civilian employer of you utilising these skills to be benefit of your employer.

Teamwork and Leadership

As someone who has served, you’re very used to working as park of a team in a variety of situations. Not only that, no matter what your rank in the military, you also possess leadership skills. Both of these are really valuable and giving your best examples of both will really help you to demonstrate to civilian employers that you can not only work effectively as part of a team, but also on your own and taking ownership of a team.

Specialist Skills

What’s really important when thinking about specialist skills is how you explain and translate these to civilian employers. Often it can be difficult to translate specialist military experience and roles in to civilian speak, but a Hire a Hero Career Coach can help you do this. Sometimes words or phrases you use may not seem like military speak, but to a civilian they don’t portray well enough the specialist skills you have. If you’re unsure, have a civilian family member or your Hire a Hero Career Coach look over your CV. This is a really effective way to ensure that, if the person who receives your CV has no military experience they still understand how highly skilled and qualified you are.

Transferable Skills

With military experience comes a number of transferable skills. Often these may not stand out to you as they come naturally and you use them day to day but things like precise communication, impeccable execution, accountability as an individual and working under pressure and in stressful situations and environments. Again tell the employer about these skills and give real-life examples of them in use to impress.

Enthusiasm and Drive

Civilian employers, like all employers like employees to be driven and enthusiastic. By having dedication in your military career and being passionate about your experience from this will show your drive and enthusiasm. Though you may be daunted by the transition, express your desire and motivation to succeed in your new civilian life and career. You can show your enthusiasm in a number of ways, but a key way to do so is to know the business you are applying to work for. Having done your research and being knowledgeable demonstrates a keen interest in the company and being part of it.

If you’re unsure what makes you stand out as an individual them a Hire a Hero Career Coach can help. Find out more: Work with a Hire a Hero Career Coach, and contact our office team to get involved: info@hireahero.org.uk, 01495 366670.

 

 

The Hire a Hero Career Coaching Scheme supports all ex-military personnel. From one day to a full service, redundancy, medical or voluntary discharge, we aim to support all ex-military personnel to make the transition from service to civilian life. 

Our Career Coaches provide vital support to those who have served and it is one of the most rewarding ways to support Hire a Hero and our service leavers and veterans. 

Why become a Career Coach with Hire a Hero?  

Working with a Career Coach gives ex-military personnel an individual point of contact on the other side of the fence as well as regular and reliant support. The time moving between military and civilian life can raise a number of issues for members of the armed forces. This can lead to uncertainty, vulnerability and beginning on a downward spiral. 

Becoming a Career Coach with Hire a Hero means that you are an important and integral part of preventing this downward spiral for the ex-military personnel you support. The relationship is on-going and is only closed when the service leaver is fully settled in civilian life. 

You have a direct impact on making the transition from service to civilian life a positive experience for those who have served and all from just giving a couple of hours a week. 

You don’t even need to meet face to face! Infact almost all of our Career Coaching relationships are carried out over the phone or by email. 

Could you be a Hire a Hero Career Coach?  

Hire a Hero will equip you with all the skills you need to make the Career Coaching relationships a success at our one day training course. You’ll also have the on-going support of the team. 

We hear from many individuals that they don’t feel qualified enough for the role, but you’d be surprised by how much civilian insight and knowledge you have. 

Many Career Coaches have a military background and their own transition story to share but this isn’t a necessity. Civilian experience is just as important in helping service leavers to adapt to life and employment on Civvy Street. 

More information . . . . 

Find out more or be kept up to date with future training session by getting in touch with our Military Liaison Officer: jinty@hireahero.org.uk. 

Searching for new employment is a daunting process, particularly if it’s new to you. Today’s job market is full of competition and as someone who has served in the Armed Forces, you’ll find yourself now also competing with civilian counterparts. 

It’s so important to keep in mind and understand what extra qualities you have to offer from your military service and how you can use these to your advantage in the job searching process. Here are some of our top tips of what you need to be doing to make yourself stand out from the crowd. 

Make it ‘I’ not ‘We’ 

As someone who has served in the forces, you’re very adaptable and know how to work in a team. On Civvy Street working in a team is just as important, however employers need to know about you as an individual and your achievements. It can be difficult to move from a ‘we’ to ‘I’ mindset, but you need to sell what you’ve done as an individual to employers. Yes, we’re sure you worked very effectively as a team, but think about what you personally brought to the challenge or task set to you. The more you think like this, the more natural it will become. 

Write an unforgettable CV 

You’re CV is your first impression on Civvy Street so make sure it isn’t pushed in to the wrong pile. CV’s are notoriously difficult to get right, and as employers are looking for different things, you need to make sure you adapt your CV to each of them to make sure it tells them everything they want to know and hear. In terms of format and layout, you’ll hear lots of different advice, but make the CV writing process less complicated by seeking support from one of our Hire a Hero Career Coaches.

Tailor your application – know the business, know the role 

Just like your CV, any job application you send needs to be tailored. Having a generic overview is great, but there’s nothing worse for an employer than reading an application that clearly doesn’t address or meet the job description or person specification. These are a great place to start to make sure you know what the business wants from their new employee. You should also get to grips with the business and demonstrate an understanding of them. These are sure fire ways to make you stand out and have the best chance at success. Though time consuming, it’s a must. 

Engage and network online 

We’re living in a digital age and more and more opportunities are becoming available online, particularly through online networking opportunities. Professional social media outlets such as LinkedIn are very useful in growing your networking, interacting and engaging with people in the industry you are interested in working in and also having you be the first to hear about employment opportunities. Again one of our Hire a Hero Career Coaches can help you to get this right if it’s something you are unsure about. 

Be open to options 

Those who are open to options stand a better chance of success and are also very appealing to employers. While it’s really important for you to have a goal and an aim, it’s just as important that you don’t get so tied up in this, that you miss out on opportunities that are on the path that lead you to where you want to be. If you’ve been consistently applying for specific vacancies and getting nowhere, thinking about why this might be and potentially exploring another pathway to get there is advisable. Remember, you’re working toward an end goal. It might take you a while to get there but you will get there! 

No matter where you are in your transition, get in touch with Hire a Hero for an informal chat. We do whatever we can to support you in whatever way you need and our high trained and career specialist Career Coaches offer fantastic support in a variety of ways to those who have served. 

info@hireahero.org.uk 

www.hireahero.org.uk/career-coaching 

01495 366670 

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR VALENTINES according to Phillip and Holly on This Morning!

The CHARITABLE BOOKINGS Signature Dish is a premium recipe book with 365 main courses from 365 leading UK chefs.
At £40 including postage, this makes for the perfect gift for your loved one this Valentines. In addition, for every book purchased, CHARITABLE BOOKINGS will make a £5 donation to Hire a Hero at no extra cost to you.
Purchase your book before 6pm today and CHARITABLE BOOKINGS will ensure you receive it in time to gift on Valentine’s Day!

Buy a Book here

If you haven’t made a restaurant booking for Valentines don’t worry as there is still time. Make a booking through CHARITABLE BOOKINGS and £1 per person will also be donated to Hire a Hero at absolutely no cost to you.

Book a Resturant here

 

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