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.

 

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 

A very happy new year from the Hire a Hero team! Whether you’re continuing your job board or looking to start a fresh in 2018 find out how Hire a Hero can support you:

Job Board

Our job board is regularly updated with opportunities across the country and from a wide variety of career sectors. All employers are specifically interested in recruiting ex-military personnel given their knowledge of the transferable skills they have to offer. Take a look at our live vacancies now: Hire a Hero Job Board

Career Coaching

Working with a Hire a Hero Career Coach can change your outlook on your job search. Our Career Coaches are all volunteers with their own specialism so we aim to match you with someone best suited to your needs. It’s so simple to begin working with one of our Career Coaches, just get in touch with our Military Liaison Officer, Jinty: jinty@hireahero.org.uk. Find out more about what our Career Coaches can offer you: Hire a Hero Career Coach

Networking

We’re aware that often it’s more about who you know than what you know which is why, when you sign up to work with Hire a Hero, our network is your network. Let us help you open doors, gain insight and connect you to the right people. This is done mostly through our Career Coaches to suit your needs. Find out more: Hire a Hero Networking

At Hire a Hero we aim to serve those who served us by doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes. If you don’t feel like you fit in to any of the areas above then we urge you to still get in touch. If Hire a Hero are not right for you we will signpost you to the best available support.

info@hireahero.org.uk

www.hireahero.org.uk

01495 366670

We’re so pleased to share with you that Hire a Hero have received a Silver Defence Employer Recognition Award. 

This is the second Silver Defence Employer Recognition Award we have received as a charity since the scheme began in 2014.  

The scheme aims to encourage employers to support our Armed Forces and their families as well as inspire others to do so too.  

As a charity which aims to support those who have served in their transition to civilian life by doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes, we are always pleased to be recognised not only for the work we do day-to-day but also to raise awareness of how we can support anyone who is struggling in their transition and finding employment. 

Our Military Liaison Officer, Jinty Morgan received our Silver Award at the official Defence Employer Recognition event in Cardiff last week. 

Thank you to all those who voted for us to receive this award and for your on-going support. 

As many ex-military personnel will know, having military experience doesn’t guarantee you a job on Civvy Street but what is does is give you an edge that other candidates don’t have.

Your military experience is extremely valuable to an employer who can see and understand how it fits in to their workplace and how your experience will benefit their business. It is up to you to show how your military experience fits their civilian needs.

GET THEM UNDERSTANDING 

One of the toughest challenges can be to translate your military experience particularly on to your CV. The easiest way to do this is to find out what a civilian would understand as your military term. Many acronyms and phrases are used within the military which frankly don’t make sense to someone with no experience of or connection to the military.

Make your CV readable to a civilian audience and to know you’ve got it right, ask a civilian friend ro family member to have a look.

OVERCOME ANY STIGMA 

Those within the military often have a stigma placed upon them that they are ‘damaged’ due to their service when at Hire a Hero we know that in fact only 8% of personnel are discharged from the military on medical grounds. While of course there are those who have been impacted by their time in the military with conditions such as PTSD or physical injuries these are not individuals who are not currently or will not be capable of fully re-integrating in to civilian life and employment with the right support.

Don’t allow yourself to feel or be stigmatised by your military career. Show how much you have to offer.

BE PREPARED FOR COMPETITION 

You’ll potentially face some tough competition as you search for employment in civilian life and this is when your transferable military skills can really make you stand out from the crowd. Do what you can to emphasis important transferable skills this are key to civilian employers.

If you’re struggling to see how your skills transfer across, find out more about a Hire a Hero Career Coach.

YOU ARE VALUABLE 

Never doubt that what you have gained from your military experience is much sought after by employers and that they will see this with a CV adapted to suit the role you are applying for within their business.

Find out more about how Hire a Hero can support you as you market yourself to civilian employers: What we do and how we do it.

While making the transition to civilian life there are of course key factors which make the transition to that much easier.

The British Army outline these as functional policies which support a transitioning soldier. These are:

Employment, Education, Housing, Health and Welfare, also known as E2H2W.

While these are the key areas of transition, on a personal level Hire a Hero also believe that our additional key transition factors should be added to the mix:

Good friends, a good network and good luck!

A supportive environment during the transition creates stability and can boost your confidence at any low points. Family and friends are a very important part of creating this environment and are also a key part of your transition to civilian life. Not only can they offer you support but insights to civilian life and processes along the way. Everything from housing to health care and working structures can be different and something you are required to adjust to. Seek the advice of those around you.

When we say friends you may think of those closest to you but building contacts and a network in civilian life is also a key transitional factor we believe. While friends and family can offer insights perhaps a new contact might be able to give you more specialised advice? Growing your network is particularly of benefit when seeking employment. It is thought that at least 60% of opportunities are found through networking, which for someone seeking employment opens a whole new market. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who might be able to help you in any way. Hire a Hero has a vast network which is open to anyone who has served and we welcome contact.

Being in the right place at the right time can for some happen and there’s no reason it shouldn’t happen for you however this does not mean that luck is just going to fall into your lap. The transition gives you the opportunity to create the path to your own good luck. You might be surprised by the opportunities that come your way with proper planning, forward thinking and being in touch with the right people who are able to support you as you make the transition to civilian life.

A positive transition gives those who have served the opportunity to easily integrate back into civilian life and to feel like valued members of the community. If you are thinking about leaving the forces or are being discharged in 2016 then get in touch with Hire a Hero. We can work alongside you as your search for employment offering the good friends and good network which in turn will create the good luck.

info@hireahero.org.uk, 01495 761084.

Considering a career abroad? Given your military service you may be used to working all over the world so the prospect of moving and working in a new country can seem like a great opportunity and exciting step forward.

While it may be something you are accustomed to during your military career, progressing your career abroad can sometimes be more difficult in civilian life. As with anything the better you plan and prepare the more you are likely to succeed.

The experience you can gain abroad can really add to your CV and show your ability to adapt so it is not an option to shy away from but instead of applying for a job abroad on a whim, consider these important points:

How will your surroundings differ?

Depending on the country you plan to move to there will be varying factors you need to take into account. What are the cultural, political and economic differences and is this a stable and safe environment to be working in? Will you be facing a language barrier and if so how will you overcome this?

Are you expectations realistic?

Is the job market what you expect it to be? By doing research into your specific industry you should be able to gain a solid knowledge of what to expect and what is realistic in terms of your job goals. This will also help you to understand if you currently possess all the necessary qualifications and skills as this may differ from what you require currently. While larger organisations are good to get a foot in the door with you should also look into smaller companies who may have opportunities. Local recruiters could prove to be useful but always be clear on what you are seeking and try to avoid temporary opportunities if you plan to stay long term as this could put you in a bit of a difficult situation. A great way to make this move can be through a current employer in the UK. Are there any opportunities to progress where you are now but in a different country?

Explore networking opportunities

If you are interesting in moving to a career abroad then LinkedIn could prove to be a very valuable networking tool. This can give you the opportunity to reach out to people within various sectors who may be able to provide you insights or advice. Be sure to keep track of who you are in contact with and thank them for any useful contact.

Have the necessities in place

Where will you live? If moving with family how will this work for them in terms of various transition elements such as schools etc? Do you need visas, work permits and what could prove to be cultural difficulties around this profession? Again your research should help you to assess and gain insight to ticking off all these areas.

Don’t forget that moving abroad long-term can be a lot more difficult than you perhaps initially anticipate. Personal factors such as social life and finding a good work-life balance could be difficult for some time but this will come together eventually.

While a difficult transition, moving your career abroad can transform your career if you do it right. Make yourself a simple ‘to-do’ list and really get to grips with whether or not the move is for you. If you decide it is then try not to get disheartened by difficult days or weeks. Keeping focused and productive will really help during this difficult career move.

The MOD have recently announced a new scheme which will support those serving to apply for a loan which will meet the cost of a rental property deposit.

The scheme, which has been launched this month hopes to making renting in the private sector a simpler process for those serving given its competitive and expensive nature.

The loan will be an advance of salary and will only be granted to the amount of the rental deposit. This loan must also be repaid within 12 months with repayments being recouped on a monthly basis.

A key point of the scheme is that, having paid the full deposit the landlord of the property must put the funds in a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme, as set out in the Housing Act 2004.

Since the launch of the scheme the government has also provided a guide for tenants and landlords in the privately rented sector to support them in understanding rights and responsibilities under the scheme.

Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Andrew Gregory spoke at the launch of the Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme saying: “I am delighted that all permanent Service and civilian personnel, including staff in DE&S, are able to apply for this scheme and I am particularly grateful to the Department of Communities and Local Government who originally developed this initiative and then encouraged us to take part.

The scheme reinforces the Department’s Whole Force Approach to all those permanent employees of Defence – military and Civil Service, who collectively deliver our outputs. Moving home can be expensive and can lead to cash flow challenges for individuals and families; the Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme is designed to alleviate that problem. It will help allow individuals to exercise greater choice in where and how they live their lives, and it complements wider efforts for Service personnel, particularly under the New Employment Model, to modernise their terms and conditions of service.

Finally I would like to stress that Line Managers, Commanding Officers or Delegated Authorities have a crucial role in approving the advance in a timely manner and checking the evidence that the landlord has paid the deposit into a Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme.

If you are interested in the scheme you can find out more by searching ‘Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme’ on the MOD Defence Intranet.

Yesterday 14 members of the armed forces attended a ceremony at Lancaster House to be recognised for their courage, bravery and military service.

The 14 personnel represented a total of 139 recipients of the latest Operational Awards including those from regular and reserve forces from all three services.

One of those who attended was Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey of the Parachute Regiment who has been awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry that a British and Commonwealth serviceman can achieve.

Following the award, Lance Corporal Leakey has shared his story of the deployment on a combined UK/US assault led by the United States Marine Corp into a Taliban stronghold to disrupt a key insurgent group.

The Gov.uk website tells that, on leaving their helicopters, the force came under machine gun and rocket propeller grenade fire, pinning down the command group on an exposed hill. They spent the next hour trying to leave the area. During this time a Marine Corp Captain was shot and wounded as well as communications being put out of action.

Lance Corporal Leakey said:

“When you hear there’s a man down, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Clearly then your plans change.”

Gov.uk continues: Realising the seriousness of the situation – and with complete disregard for his own safety he dashed across a large area of barren hillside being raked with machine gun fire. As he crested the hill, the full severity of the situation became apparent: approximately twenty enemy had surrounded two friendly machine gun teams and a mortar section, rendering their critical fire support ineffective.

Under fire yet undeterred by the very clear and present danger, Lance Corporal Leakey ran across the exposed slope of the hill three times to initiate casualty evacuation, re-site machine guns and return fire. His actions proved the turning point, inspiring his comrades to fight back with renewed ferocity. Displaying gritty leadership well above that expected of his rank, Lance Corporal Leakey’s actions singlehandedly regained the initiative and prevented considerable loss of life.

Lance Corporal Leakey said:

“It’s massively humbling to put me alongside other people who have received this award. I’m conscious that there were other men on the ground that day who were doing their job just like everyone does. I see this as a massive honour for the Parachute Regiment as a whole. It is overwhelming. And I think it probably always will be.”

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“The award of a Victoria Cross is a particularly significant event. Lance Corporal Leakey’s heroism was quite remarkable and reflects the very best traditions of the military.”

Find out more about the Victoria Cross in an article by The Telegraph today – What is the Victoria Cross and how do you get one?

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