The most exclusive club in the world

My first introduction to the Exclusive Club was back in 1981, just before Christmas, when I was ‘invited’ to help decorate the Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess at the Army Apprentice College in Harrogate. I was sixteen and remember it well. My ‘friendly’ Troop Sergeant stood us all in a line and explained that, although we would be giving up…

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Most want to become a pilot

Having worked as a military recruiter within a busy city centre Armed Forces Careers Office I have witnessed it with my own eyes; a good ratio of people looking to join the Royal Air Force want to be a pilot. Sadly the majority do not make the grade and therefore pursue other careers within the RAF. These careers ultimately revolve…

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Ex-Military jobseeker mistakes

Normally at this time of the week I would send out a ‘vacancy alert’ but I thought I would take the opportunity to point out some ex-military jobseeker mistakes I have already come across this week. Mistakes that are possibly preventing your applications from moving forward!!! So if you are looking for work it might be wise to take a…

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Recruitment Problems – are you experiencing these?

RECRUITMENT PROBLEMS - ARE YOU EXPERIENCING THESE? I recently delivered a presentation to companies on the employability of personnel who have previously served in our Armed Forces; Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. Part of my presentation concentrated on a few of the problems employers are experiencing all across the UK:     Increased competition in your local…

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That all important follow up

MAXIMISE YOUR APPLICATION This article is not an exhaustive list of actions you should undertake when applying for a job but a short list of key points that many ex-military jobseekers do not take into account within the application process. It can be relevant to either an application direct to an employer or through a recruitment agency. Always remember the…

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Even the difficult ones need filling

During our morning team meeting I congratulated Kim on successfully filling a client vacancy which on the surface presented itself as a very difficult recruitment assignment. We also shared and discussed previous filled positions listing those perceived as ‘difficult’, see flip chart image below. These ‘difficult to fill’ vacancies come in various permutations; tricky location, unfamiliar skill sets, salary restrictions,…

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Hidden Talent

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, I spent some time preparing a presentation that I have been asked to deliver to some employers. I’ve entitled it ‘Hidden Talent’ with the ultimate message being ‘are you missing out on some of the best-talented employees available?’ My first of only 5 slides consist of a picture of a heavily wooded area with overlaid…

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The Scratch Card

The Scratch Card When I initially set my company Demob Job up back in 2005 I operated from ‘Bedroom #3’.  Accompanied by my mobile phone, laptop and my two dogs I set out to create a business from scratch.  I built the website, designed all the promotional material and started learning the ‘skill’ of being a recruitment consultant. For me…

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Whole of market

Prior to working in the ex-military recruitment sector I worked as an Estate Agent and the term ‘whole of market’ was a very popular phrase, especially when customers were considering their mortgage options; after all who would not want the BEST deal from all that is on the market.   Now working in the recruitment sector I do not hear the phrase ‘whole of…

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Even the most experienced get nervous

You might be surprised to find out that even the most experienced ex-military person gets nervous before a job interview. I recently coached David who had served his full 22 year Army career and was about to attend his very first commercial interview. ‘Adrian, believe it or not, I am quite nervous as I have not had an interview before’…

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Our recruitment statistics

One of my key points, when I am speaking with potential new clients, is about ‘service delivery’. It’s not about the number of CVs I send to you it is all about the number of SUITABLE candidates you will receive. This is clearly demonstrated by our company ethos; it’s not about numbers, it’s about quality; right skills, experience, qualifications, salary…

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Great client call

Great client call As the Managing Director of Demob Job it is always a good day when one of our clients goes out of their way to personally give me a call to tell me how pleased they are with the service they have received.  This is especially true when the client is one of your original customers, a business…

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