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Finding a job that’s right for you is paramount – you’ll enjoy your work, stay motivated, and always strive to do your best. Choosing a career path that suits you in the first instance will also help avoid a potentially stressful vocation swap further down the line.

1. Discover which jobs suit you

Think about your transferable skills and qualities (because there are a lot of them in the Military!) but also what you enjoy! Leaving a high powered position may mean you now want to take it easier, or on the other hand you may be ready to hit a whole new industry hard. If you’re empathetic and want to make a positive difference to people’s lives, then Social work may be your calling. Perhaps you just really enjoy the open road, your own hours and meeting new faces, then become a delivery driver – there’s a huge shortage currently!

2. Explore different industries

Whether it’s a corporate company, working for a state-controlled body, or being your own boss, figuring out what industry you’d like to be part of is an important factor to consider in your job quest.

Private sector:Encompasses all for-profit businesses that are NOT retained or run by the government. The main types of business organisation in the private sector are: sole traders, franchises, partnerships and start up


Public sector: Consists of national and local governments, their agencies, and their chartered bodies. Economic resources are owned and controlled by the state. The public sector has historically been recognised as offering extensive training, good equal opportunities policies and great benefits and pensions.

Charity sector: Often referred to as the third sector, the not-for-profit sector and the voluntary and community sector (VCS). Its priority is to use funds raised to deliver the charity’s aims, with voluntary and paid roles available.

3. Identify employers

Another avenue to consider in your job hunt is what type of employer would suit your personality and work ethic best.

Self-employment: Covers freelance work, setting up your own business and buying into an existing business. You’ll need to be good at networking, making decisions and focused on achieving your business goals.

Small to medium-sized businesses are made up of fewer than 250 employees. Although starting salaries may be a little lower, there is better opportunity to carry out tasks beyond your remit.

Large companies comprise of more than 250 employees. Better resources and generous budgets lean towards higher salaries and support for professional qualifications, but longer hours and less flexibility are more common.

4. Find job opportunities

There are a number of resources you can use to kick-start your job hunt:

Search jobs online.

Speak to one of the XMR team for general careers advice and guidance, vacancies, and work experience and internship information.

Attend careers fairs or expositions.

Use Social media – make use of searchable sites including LinkedIn and Twitter. XMR have trade specific Facebook groups with thousands of members, dedicated to helping you in resettlement.

Engineering (Ex REME, RE, RAF, Navy)

Logistics(Ex RLC, RAF, Navy)

Cyber & Telecoms(Ex R. Signals, RAF, Navy)

Construction (Ex RE, RAF, Navy)

5. Perfect your job application

Once you’ve focused your search, working on your CV and cover letter is next on the agenda.

In order to stay head and shoulders above the competition, you must tailor your CV according to the job you are applying for. Read the job description and person specification thoroughly, and match your skills and qualities accordingly.

XMR can also help you on this front – translating Mil speak into civvy is often the biggest stumbling block.

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