From William Magee, now Radio Network Specialist at Vodafone.
After many attempts writing and submitting CV’s and not getting much back I contacted Tim Jones asking for some direction. Tim promptly answered my email and requested that I send him a copy of my CV and gave some encouraging words of wisdom! “Don’t get down, get busy.”
After a few emails and a short telephone conversation I had a template and a whole new way of constructing my CV for future submissions.
He showed me not only how to write an interview winning CV but explained why it was so important to construct a CV in such a way. Tim was very confident, reassuring and down to earth throughout the whole process and was there to lend a helping hand and answer any questions I had.
After 4 to 5 drafts I had a CV that I was happy with and got the push from Tim to get it out there.
Within only 24 hours I had experienced my first telephone interview. This was a very stressful experience and I felt that it had not gone well at all, but an experience none the less.
I contacted Tim and explained the interview had gone quite badly, I felt like I was in the hot seat and had no control over the interview, or my answers, as the questions came so thick and fast. He talked me through the “sales directive” and showed me how important it was to sell myself in an interview, take control of my answers and ensure that I didn’t miss an opportunity to add value.
I am now looking forward to starting in a challenging new role with real opportunities for career progression and training following on from a very successful interview. If anyone is struggling with their CV’s then I would certainly recommend letting Tim have a look at it, it could be the best advice you have ever asked for! Thank you Tim, and thank you ExForcesNet.
From Luke Mitchell, Telecommunications specialist and project manager
I wrote many a post on the difficulties of finding work and even getting interviews and just like above it was the help of the community and its members that have helped me the most in the process.
Community members wrote to share their experiences and make me see it wasn’t all me, they all had similar experiences. They gave me the encouragement, confidence and gentle slap needed to not give up and recognise my own self-worth. People even put words in with their employers and through all this my CV was received, interview booked and a fantastic job was offered.
It’s great to read the post above from William, showing that the help is out there. very happy to be an ExForcesNet Member and help out anyone who asks for it.
Good luck to all.
From James O’Donnell, Qatar
I left the Corps in 2002 and have been employed in many roles. I have been a member of member of JiB for a number of years and I must say that the postings from ex-Corps members has been informative, interesting and above all, helpful. I have extracted a lot of useful information from the community over the years in my transition to civilian life.
I had been wanting to get back into work in the Middle East but was not having any success in getting myself noticed and was really struggling to make any contacts. I contacted Tim via LinkedIn to ask his advice on how best I could position myself better for any possible roles. I sent Tim my CV for a quick review and I must say the advice and guidance that I received from Tim was absolutely outstanding. Tim not only provided his view of the world but he also put me in touch with the members who were already living and working in the Middle East and each and every one of them provided me with very useful guidance, advice and encouragement.
After a number of telephone calls, Tim helped me update my CV to better highlight the skills that companies in the Middle East would be more interested in. The difference in how my CV read was remarkable. Within a few weeks I had a telephone interview for a role in Qatar and was offered the role within days. I have now been here for 8 months and both I and family are thoroughly enjoying it.
The help and encouragement I received from the Group was immense, and I have no doubt that I would not be here if it wasn’t for this help. A very important point to highlight is that EFN is not only a community to assist with transition, it is very much a community that can help throughout your civilian life. Soldiers are taught to work as a team and, in my opinion, this is a shining example of how our military training can be carried forward into civilian life to the benefit of all. I am always available to help, advice, encourage and guide any member that is in need.
Thank you Tim and all.