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:, 01495 366670.



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