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How can you find the best UK jobs for ex-military personnel?

Seeking out the best jobs for ex-military personnel can seem difficult. However, there is help and support if you know where to look, with one of the best options being to attend dedicated events aimed specifically at armed forces leavers, such as VeteranUK.

So what are some of the issues that you need to deal with, and how can the right support help you make the transition from a military career to a civilian role?

What are the challenges facing armed forces leavers when looking for work?

One of the biggest worries for many veterans will be how they can overcome some of the misconceptions that some employers may have about military leavers.

According to research by the Royal British Legion (RBL), common concerns include employers being wary over the potential for veterans to have mental health issues, while some hirers may struggle to understand how military terminology and qualifications on a CV translate to the civilian sector.

As a result, it’s estimated that almost a third of recruiters are reluctant to consider ex-forces candidates, which can be dispiriting for ex-forces personnel who may feel they’re fighting an uphill battle to have their skills and experience recognised.

Where can you turn to find support?

Fortunately, there is help available. For example, the government offers access to a range of employment schemes for veterans, as well as certifying especially veteran-friendly organisations through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The government itself is also a major employer of ex-forces personnel in departments like the Civil Service.

Charities like the RBL can also offer advice and assistance on everything from CV writing to interview preparation and technique. However, if you want to stand the best chance of finding a new career that fits you, attending a careers fair focused specifically on military leavers is a great place to start.

What can you expect to find at an ex-military focused career fair?

An event like VeteranUK lets you network directly with employers who understand the benefits of having ex-military personnel on their team. This can help alleviate many of the worries that armed forces leavers may have about potential employers not understanding what they have to offer.

Exhibitors at these events will have a huge amount of experience working with veterans and many will have signed on to the Armed Forces Covenant to show their support and commitment to these individuals. This can make them among the best jobs for ex military in the UK.

However, it’s not just about networking with potential employers and fellow armed forces leavers. Other benefits of visiting these events include talking to training companies about what options are available to enhance your skills and gain qualifications that are recognised and accepted by civilian employers. You can also speak with specialist recruiters – many of which are run by veterans themselves – to get great advice on how to make yourself stand out and appear attractive to employers.

If you want to take advantage of VeteranUK events in Manchester and London and find out for yourself what ex military jobs they can offer to those leaving the armed forces, register to attend for free today.

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