“Do You Want A Civvy Street Job Offer When You Get Out?”
If your answer is “Yes”, and you take my advice, you could even get an offer before you finish, i.e. before your last military salary payment goes into the bank!
It doesn’t matter whether you served in the Army, the Navy or Marines, or the RAF; my CV will work for you and get you an interview. Guaranteed. Checkout my LinkedIn Profile for actual testimonials from other Service leavers I’ve helped…..
If you really want to get that Job Offer from a ‘Civvy Street’ employer, maybe even before you leave the Armed Forces . . . . . then this is going to be the most exciting message you’ll ever read!
There’s an outstanding new Career Transition Product called the “Armed Forces CV”. It’s written specifically – by an ex-military Expert – to enable you to ‘get your foot in the door’ with a civilian employer, and at the same time gain a real advantage over competing civilian applicants.
That’s what this brand new CV Package could help you to do.
And it’s not like any other CV Package you’ve ever seen. It WILL get civilian employment lined up for you. And if you start the process early enough you could have a job to go to before you even leave the Military!
Simply because every part of the Package and our service has been carefully and painstakingly researched, and accurately targeted. The result, The Armed Forces CV, is there because ‘you asked for it.’ Well, not ‘you’ specifically, but built from the answers from people just like you to real live questions. Questions from people who have already been through the ‘mil-to-civvy’ transition, have since got into civilian employment, and with our help have easily left the competition for dead.
A simple web page was set up way back in 2010. People in your situation, about to leave the Services, visited it and left me their most pressing questions, challenges and fears about moving into ‘Civvy Street’, of getting an interview with a civilian employer, and being able to compete on a ‘level playing field’ with similarly-qualified civilians. Those questions and challenges haven’t changed. In fact, they’ve intensified, especially with the increased influx of competition from abroad.
I personally analysed the questions, using my 20-plus years of professional experience and hard-won expertise, and answered them! Then I ran them past my clients, civilian and military, and my ‘team’ of writers and in-house experts. Finally, I went out to the industry and got the opinions of other CV and Career Change Experts.
If you know me, that meant no fluff or B.S. – I always ‘tell it like it is’, no punches pulled. Just the real answers you wanted to know.
The Armed Forces CV was designed to address every single point, and to incorporate every single identified facet. I can honestly say that the resultant product and service meets or exceeds specification in every respect.
Here’s a sneak peek at the ‘stealth’ solutions we’ve built into our process as a result of your answers, and what now goes into every Armed Forces CV:
And that’s just a fraction of what we incorporate into your Armed Forces CV. All these unique and ‘secret’ techniques are built into it – you don’t even need to think about them! That’s why you should get it today (in fact, you can be reading our Exclusive Career Development Questionnaire in as little as 5 minutes from now!).
And don’t worry…..if for any reason you’re not happy with the content, you have a complete guarantee to protect your investment:
100% RISK-FREE GUARANTEE
Look, you’re my customer. And if you’re not happy, it reflects badly on me. I have a well-established reputation, and you know how word travels within the Services community! So in the highly-unlikely event your Armed Forces CV and Cover Letter don’t get you an interview within 60 days of sending it out after leaving the forces, just fire off an email to me. I’ll happily rework or rewrite the CV – FREE OF CHARGE – for as long as it takes, until you get an interview! You really can’t lose!
(All you need is a credit card, or PayPal account – no special internet accounts or anything like that. And it’s totally secure. Your credit card data is passed directly to the bank and no one but the bank has access to your sensitive information.)
What’s a resource like this worth?
To have someone do all this research for you, or acquire the expertise yourself, would cost you a minimum of £35,000 (I should know, that’s what it has cost me!). Particularly the laser-guided, pin-point accurate, techniques and methodologies I use – SPECIFICALLY for ‘getting your foot in the door’ with a civilian employer, and gaining for YOU a real and distinct advantage over competing civilian applicants.
This isn’t some ‘spray-on’ collection of commonplace or everyday pieces of publicly-available information – this is crucial, specialist, insider knowledge of the marketplace, and breakthrough techniques that have taken me a pretty tough 20 years to acquire.
Everything is done for you, so that you don’t even have to think about the process. The Career Development Questionnaire, which forms the backbone of our service delivery to you, explains everything in PLAIN English. Which means it’s dead-easy to read, understand, and complete. And it’s logically laid out.
Which is why the Armed Forces CV is such a bargain at only £196.37! [This is for the digital (email) version, on a strict time-limited trial; to avoid raising the price, we have cut out the physical products. Instead of paying almost £250, you can print your own copies out at home or at work, and pay the 2010 price. You receive everything else, just no printed copies or CD]
That’s right, a fraction of what it’s really worth, or what it has cost me to research and build our unique interview-winning process. You can still get the full package, including CD Rom and printed and bound copies on Conqueror paper, but we have had to increase the price of this to £246.37. Completely up to you which you choose.
Why would I make it so affordable?
Because I’ve been where you are now. As an ex-soldier myself with over 20 years’ exemplary Regular service, plus a couple of years with the TA behind me, I know how difficult it is to make the change. When I left the Army there just wasn’t a service like this available – not anywhere. The Resettlement people did their best, but frankly just weren’t up to the job. Not entirely their fault – the CV market is too volatile and specialised, and its secrets are jealously protected.
I also know that, as an ex-infantry Warrant Officer (WO1), I am privileged to be uniquely placed to cater for this particular market. I know the language and the marketplace, and understand how to translate your military skills, ranks, appointments and jargon into ‘Civvy-Speak’.
I make it easy for civilians to understand what you are all about. This is key; absolutely vital. If you’ve read the info above, you understand why. I just cannot understand how many of the mainstream CV writing services claim to be able to write a CV for Forces leavers, despite having no military or service experience. Worse, they all use so-called “CV Consultants”. They’re a joke……
On the ‘Civvy-Net’ I have been writing CVs for company directors, managers and other professional ‘high flyers’ through my company – Top Pro CVs – for more than 18 years. Despite this I only comparatively recently (in 2010) realised what a massive need there was for a bespoke product for people leaving the Armed Forces. I should have picked it up much earlier, really.
You get exactly the same level of service and product as my Top Pro Clients, including a one-hour telephone consultation with me personally (if you need it), but you get better value. Because of my specialist background knowledge I write all Armed Forces CVs myself. This means I don’t pass the premium rates I would otherwise need to charge, to cover freelance writers’ fees, on to you..
[Please note: Although my writing your CV personally is of immense benefit to you, I would just point out that there can also be a “downside”, and it’s this: When I’m busy (which seems to be all the time since the last SDSR), it can take me a couple of weeks or so to get your first draft out to you for approval. This is simply because there may be a dozen people in the queue ahead of you. There is absolutely nothing I can do about it. I write for up to 10, even 12, hours per day, 6 days per week as it is, sometimes 7. It is physically impossible for me to consistently produce more than 1 – 2 CVs per day.
I have tried taking on writers with military experience to do the ‘grunt’ work for me, and then finalising it myself, but quality goes down the pan and I end up writing it myself anyway. So that idea went the same way as the glass hammer I gave my Dad for Christmas. For most people who plan well ahead this isn’t a problem, and sometimes, if there is an urgent need, I can adjust my schedule slightly. But you need to consider this when ordering – plan on 2 weeks from getting your paperwork back to me, and within 1 or 2 days tolerance that should be fine. Just being honest – if I could do more I would!]
Our unique Career Development Questionnaire, which has been cleverly-designed to double as interview preparation, can be downloaded to your computer in a flash. Which means you can be reading it and beginning your civilianisation process in as little as 5 minutes from now.
No matter what, however, The Armed Forces CV is an absolute bargain for you.
And yes, I am still being pressured by my Financial Director to raise the price again from £196.37 to at least the Top Pro CV level of £297.37 very soon. He has pointed out, probably quite correctly, that at this price it won’t be long before I simply won’t be able to cope personally with the volume. I may, therefore, have to recruit another ex-military writer to take up the overspill, as I did before. That will of course mean additional overhead expense.
He also argues that because you are guaranteed to get your CV written by me personally (rather than by one of my other executive writers), there is more reason for you to pay premium price. He doesn’t understand – he’s not ex-military. And of course he’s an accountant. I was once told that accountants know the price of everything but the value of nothing! His name’s Phil, but I call him Vlad (the Impaler)……
Once I get a few more testimonials from satisfied military clients, and the volume picks up, the price may have to increase. So you’ll want to be quick if you want to be sure to save some money.
£196.37 is a drop in the ocean
compared to the results you’ll get with the Armed Forces CV.
Right then – let me tell you what else I’ll do to make this absolutely the best investment you’ll ever make.
I’m going to ‘throw in’ some free bonuses that are literally worth more in real terms than the CV Package itself!
Simply grab your Armed Forces CV right now, and here’s what I’ll also give you:
FREE BONUS NO 1:
Tightly-focused, personalised and targeted Cover Letter (worth at least £49)
This amazing bonus is all about actually getting your Armed Forces CV opened and read.
I can’t stress how important the ‘humble’ Cover Letter is – I’m actually writing a book on the subject at the moment. Send your CV in without one, or write it badly, and your CV will never see the light of day. Fact.
When you identify a position you want to apply for, just send us the details and we will write you a personalised Cover Letter, to exactly match your CV, to GUARANTEE it gets read!
Once you get it, the Cover Letter will also show you:
Not bad, right? But that’s not all you get! Because I’m also throwing in:
FREE BONUS NO 2:
Interview Follow-up Letter (worth a minimum of £29)
Are you beginning to see how valuable this package is? This bonus alone gives you the edge over all those other interviewees, who simply won’t bother to write this important relationship-creating masterpiece. They won’t even think about it!
Here’s what it reveals:
Imagine how you’d feel if you knew these things! YOURS FREE when you order the Armed Forces CV. You are reading this, aren’t you?
Well the good news is, that’s still not all! Because I have yet another gift for you.
FREE BONUS NO 3:
CD-ROM with your Armed Forces CV in 4 digital formats (normally £19 each, so a £76 value!)
In addition to the physical copies of your Armed Forces CV (in PDF – Portable Document Format), for perfect printing, copying and reproduction every time, and professionally bound for that extra presentational panache, you’ll also receive it in 3 extra (editable) digital formats on CD-ROM.
Here’s a short list of what this amazing bonus contains:
Phew…that’s some list of FREE Gifts, don’t you think? A total of over £154 in bonuses!
They’re each worth every penny. But today, they’re yours FREE.
I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep these bonuses up there. It’s part of another marketing test we’re running.
They’re worth a lot, and we have previously charged extra for them, so at any time I could be persuaded by my Financial Director (he’s a bit tougher than me, which is why I keep him on staff) to take them down forever.
So if you want them, get in quick!
Listen, don’t take my word for it on how great this package is. Read what people just like you have had to say about it. These are actual (and recent), genuine testimonials, and can be viewed at our premises by appointment. Many of them are also on LinkedIn::
This from a former Infantry WO2, currently providing Asset Recovery Services and Close Protection in Hungary:
“In a nut shell my previous CV was not getting me anywhere fast. I was introduced to Stephen via The List UK, the Services business network. Stephen has opened my eyes to the highly important subject of how to translate my Military & civilian experiences, skills and abilities from Military speak into civilian language, his ex military background previous experience & style immediately put me at ease and very quickly gave me confidence and a feeling of trust. I was therefore willing to impart private and confidential information to him in the form of my current CV.
Stephen very quickly got to work having received all the information he required to get going in less than one week my new very informative and professionally presented CV along with the very important covering letter was ready for me to present to a new recruiter whom I had been in contact with previously. Throughout the whole process Stephen maintained first class communications and provided advice when it was sought.
This is one service I would have no hesitation in recommending to others, in fact I have already informed a number of ex military friends & colleagues about Stephen and his company. I am sure they will make contact with him very soon. Total value for money a first class service, with the added advantage of being able to make follow up enquiries to seek advice from Stephen in the future, as your career or circumstances may change.
Glowing praise indeed, of which we are very proud . . . . . . and this from an Ex-Corporal, The Parachute Regiment, currently on an FCO Contract providing Close Protection in Kabul, Afghanistan:
“I would highly recommend Armed Forces CVs. The service was quick,and highly efficient. Despite being out of the country there was regular communication by emails through the whole process. I was sent a draft for which I asked for a few alterations to be made, and these were done straight away.
As I was away the completed CV was then sent through email in several different formats, and the whole excellent package was there waiting for me when I returned home.
I used the CV to approach several companies and was offered interviews straight away. This is a highly professional service and would highly recommend it to anyone.”
How about this one from a Weapons System Expert, a Lieutenant Commander about to leave the Royal Navy:
“Many thanks for your excellent service. Now convinced and very content with your product and output!”
A (female) Staff Sergeant from the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police had this to say:
“Had tried to do my CV via the Career Transition Workshop but hadn’t been getting past the first filter. It was suggested to use the Armed Forces CV advertised in Soldier Mag.
This is the first site I had used, as it was aimed at the Services. I cannot fault the service I have received, and the CV is very different to my attempt. It definitely does ‘smack you in the face’ and make you want to read on.”
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. And these people are more than happy. Just like you’ll be.
You can’t leave this page empty handed, can you?
For a mere £196.37, you’re getting the Cutting-Edge CV you need . . . PLUS MUCH MORE.
Now, you can only get this product from me – we’re the ONLY Specialist Military CV Writing Service in the UK. It’s not available anywhere else, even on the web. Just imagine being able to get yourself started on this unique career transition package straight away.
Opportunity + Preparation = Success
Increasingly, many of our clients purchase their Armed Forces CV when they are NOT specifically looking for a move. This gives them the competitive edge when they do actually begin the search for their “perfect” job because most of the groundwork has already been done. In today’s uncertain business climate this can be an absolute master-stroke; you never know when you may quite suddenly find yourself having to look for a new position!
It has been said that overwhelming success ONLY occurs when opportunity meets preparation.
At Armed Forces CVs we appreciate and cherish the Lifetime Value of our Clients. Because we securely store your dossier of information “in perpetuity”, each new Professional CV we craft for your next and subsequent moves is completed quickly and efficiently without any compromises on quality or accuracy. All you need to do is give us the details for your new position and we update accordingly, for a very modest fee.
As Members of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC), we consider our Clients our most valuable and sought-after resource.
We’re also Members of the UK’s Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), and Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (FIRP). We are invested in the very highest standards of service and professionalism.
Our research indicates that today, unlike 20, 10 or even just five years ago in some arenas, there are very few “jobs for life” out there any more. Sadly this includes the Armed Forces. Indeed, in today’s marketplace people typically change jobs every 3 to 7 years on average. Amazingly it is not unheard of now for an individual to have had up to four complete career changes over their working lifetimes!
The good news for you is that once you become an Armed Forces CV Client, you will never need to concern yourself with obtaining the best possible CV ever again. We Guarantee It!
Finally, and in summary, we have given you a LOT of information; hopefully enough to make an informed choice. However, please feel free to explore the site and satisfy yourself that we will do what we say. Then give us a try – you won’t regret it, and you will have that new civilian job much sooner than you think. Good Luck!
Hope to welcome you as a client soon. Until then, very best regards, and stay safe. Wishing you great success.
Warrant Officer First Class (WO1), Retired
Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (FIRP)
Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM)
Member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC)
P.S. Don’t forget, in addition to your Armed Forces CV Package, you’re getting more than £150-worth of bonuses for just a fraction of that price. Everything to get you started in ‘getting your foot in the door’ with a civilian employer, and gaining a real and significant advantage over the hundreds of competing ‘civvy’ applicants.
So if that’s what you want to do, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Grab it now!
“My Unique, Bespoke, ‘Civilianised’ Military CV Will Land You Your First Job Interview After Leaving the Armed Forces in 60 Days or Less…Guaranteed….Or I’ll Rewrite it Until it Does!”
Please don’t waste weeks and months trying to get your foot in the door with a weak CV.
Get your Professional CV from the ONLY Military CV Specialist in the UK! If you have served in the Army, Royal Navy (RN), Royal Air Force (RAF) or Royal Marines (RM) you WILL get interviews with our CV and Cover Letter Package. We guarantee it!
More Than 500 Ex-Military Clients Can’t Be Wrong…
Well over 500 ex-military Clients just like you have proved it. We’ve helped them into their first civilian job, and into new careers. Look at some of the testimonials over on the right, or see my LinkedIn Recommendations. BS not spoken here….
Our Clients come from all 3 Services, and across the full rank spectrum. Commissioned and non-commissioned – from the Officers’ Mess to the NAAFI, and from the Wardroom to the Mess Deck. Private Soldiers, Riflemen and Craftsmen, Navy Rates, RAF LAC’s and JT’s up to Senior NCOs, Warrant Officers, Colonels, Wing Commanders and Naval Commanders. We’ve written successful CVs for them all. We also have an increasing number of Clients from the Police Forces around the UK.
There are dozens of CV writing companies advertising on the web, at prices between £25 and £600…or even more. They all use so-called ‘CV Consultants’….
Just think about that for a minute. Those companies have to make a profit, so must be paying their ‘consultant’ out of that £25….. How much time do you think he or she will spend on your CV? And what knowledge does he/she have of the military, our skills or way of life? Do they understand the difference between a Colonel and a Lance Corporal? How can they possibly translate that experience and expertise into language civilian employers will understand, when they don’t understand it themselves?
Come to the Experts…
Armed Forces CVs is run by Ex-Military for Ex-Military. Your Professional CV will be written personally by Steve Thompson, an ex-infantry WO1 with more than 15 years’ post-military experience in industry. Steve’s been Head of HR for a global manufacturing company, and has a strong background in recruitment. He’s a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Practice (FIRP). Typically, he writes one CV per day for military Clients, spending an average of 6 – 8 hours on each. Having been made redundant twice, Steve takes your future very seriously indeed.
You’ll never need to explain your service or skills to us – we’ve been there, done it, got the DVD, trashed the T shirt. Better than that, we have both the expertise and years of successful experience. We translate your armed forces background into “Civvy-Speak” anyone can understand!
Civvy Street needs talented people like YOU. Your Military CV needs to tell them WHY!
Did You Know That More Than 90% of Military CVs Don’t Even Get Read? Want to Know Why? Read On to Find Out….
Maybe you’ve written your own CV, perhaps with the help of a professional or the Career Transition Workshop (CTW). If you have, and want to use it, here are some FREE tips to help you improve it:
First and foremost your CV should sell you – HARD. It really should be your “Silent Salesman”.
The moment the envelope is opened, it should immediately:
…and your CV needs to be strong enough and focused enough to do that in just 8 – 12 seconds….MAX!
Not easy. However…
It’s deceptively simple in principle. You MUST turn your CV into a solid, commercial marketing proposal. It should almost literally grab the reader by the throat and gives him or her a good shaking! It’s the key component of a critical sales process that promotes and sells YOU. The CV should scream out that you’re the ‘hot, new, shiny, must-have product’ your target employer just can’t do without! You’re the ‘plug-in’ solution to their ‘key frustrations’ (i.e. what they’re advertising for).
6 Important Keys
The CV needs to tell them the six key attributes they absolutely MUST know about the candidate: what, why, when, how, where, and who (Kipling’s “Six Honest Serving Men”). Most of the CVs we see don’t even cover 2 or 3….
Cut Out the ‘Green’ Language
Cut out all the military jargon and rank info. Dump the ‘radio procedure’ terminology. Forget the job-description type passive language like “Responsible for”. It’s weak – it tells the reader what you had to do. It doesn’t tell them whether you actually did it. Nor does it explain what you achieved for your employer.
Positive, Vibrant, Action Verbs
You must use strong, positive, vibrant language and ‘action’ verbs to describe your performance. Give actual numbers to quantify how much you contributed. And tell each of those ‘mini stories’ in a way that connects with their business needs.
Tell the employer how YOU will save them money. Tell him how YOU will streamline procedures and speed up processes. Tell her how YOU will improve staff retention. Tell them how YOU will increase their profits, and much more…..
Get the idea? It’s all about how you will help THEM – not about how they should help YOU!
Unless you do that – in ‘CivvySpeak’- within 8 to 12 seconds of the reader opening your CV, you’ve no chance. Sorry to burst your bubble, chum. I expect CTP didn’t put it quite like that ….
But here’s some GOOD NEWS…. If you can’t do it, Steve can do it for you.
It’s not the best CANDIDATE who gets called to interview
– it’s the candidate with THE BEST CV!
Have a look at these excerpts from an interview Steve gave back in 2011.
It explains why service people struggle to compete for jobs with their civilian counterparts when they first leave the services, and why using a Professional CV writer – particularly for service leavers – is a sensible time and money-saving strategy in today’s Job Market:
The SHOCKING TRUTH about your CV – Why MORE THAN 90% never even get READ…..
AT LAST – what every serving Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine needs to know about returning to ‘Civvy Street’……Here’s an open letter from Steve (our MD, the CV Master) to all service leavers:
Huddersfield, England UK
I won’t bore you with fluff or filler, or give you a load of waffle. I’ll be direct and candid, straight to the point – that’s my style, like it or lump it. I “tell it like it is”. So before we get down to the ‘nitty-gritty’, here are a few facts for you:
Enough ‘facts’ – what do they all mean?
Simply this. When you leave the Military, return to civilian life, and apply for a civilian job…. you’re at a major disadvantage when compared to any civilian competition.
It’s not rocket science. It makes sense really. Look at the situation the other way round. What if a ‘civvy’ shooting club member applied for a sniper’s job in Afghan or Iraq. How likely do you think it would be for him to be offered the position if all of the competition was from SASC or a Regimental Bisley Team? The core technical skill sets might be broadly similar, but he would not have the kinetic operational experience, know the ground, speak the language or ‘fit’ into the culture.
And it is very likely his CV would reflect that!
The bottom line is this. It doesn’t matter how good you are. Or how well qualified, or what your considerable skill sets may be.
If you can’t get those attributes across to the potential employer, you’re dead in the water. And remember that you aren’t there to personally explain them. Before you get the opportunity to do that, your completely impersonal and anonymous Military CV has to open the door for you.
And it has to do that in about 8 – 12 seconds, max!
That’s all the time your CV will get on first ‘sift’. Think about it – most job advertisements attract literally hundreds of applications and CVs. Typically, there are between 350 and 500 applications for the majority of ‘white collar’, management or professional vacancies.
This mountain of CVs has to be reduced to a manageable number of ‘possibles’ quickly. Often by the same overworked and underpaid person who placed the ad for the vacancy in the first place.
It’s a heck of a job. I know, I’ve been there and done it – watched the video, got the T-Shirt!
The reality is that you just don’t have the time to even start evaluating them. You just pull those out that look right; those that have the specific skills or keywords you’re looking for. If they don’t jump out at you immediately, you just bin that CV and move on to the next.
You know what ‘Overstretch’ is, and ‘Mission Creep’. Civvy Street is no different. Managers and department heads in industry have exactly the same problems – not enough people, time or resources . . . goal-posts constantly being moved . . . and everybody wearing too many hats. So time and effort is at a significant premium!
Today’s fiercely competitive marketplace separates the very good CV from the excellent. But only the best of the ‘excellent’ category gets past the initial sift for a second look. The final filter will narrow these excellent 4 or 5 CVs down to the truly exceptional 2 or 3 that make it to interview.
Remember, none of the people featured in the CVs are known by the selectors at this stage. The ONLY decider is the strength of the CV and Covering Letter. It’s these crucial two documents that secure the interview for you.
Here’s a good example (despite being a couple of years old) of just that. It’s a brief testimonial from an RAF Officer who kindly wrote to me on the final day of celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee back in June 2012:
I hope all is well with you and that you’re enjoying the Jubilee celebrations.
I wanted to give you some feedback on the CV and cover letter you helped me with and to say thanks.
I have so far sent the CV to one company with the cover letter you wrote. The combination did the trick and I got short-listed for an interview. I had the interview a couple of weeks ago and used a lot of the principles from your ebook to create a good impression. I got the call last week offering me the internship and I will be heading down to London tomorrow to meet the team.
My biggest dilemma now is that I still have 18 months left in the RAF!! I had fully expected to spend over a year networking and getting rejected but with your expertise and perhaps, some good luck, I have my first offer on the table already.
Thanks again for all your assistance,
Well done that man!
READ ENOUGH? GET YOUR ARMED FORCES CV NOW…
Many of our clients, when they turn up for interview, are often surprised at how few competitors make it through. In every industry and sphere of employment nowadays, management time is at a premium. Gone are the days when 20 people would be called for the initial interview. The process is just too expensive.
So it’s now more important than ever that your CV and Covering Letter are incredibly powerful and focused. We are biased, of course, but we would always entrust them to a professional. If you haven’t already looked at it, I would recommend you read the Common Questions page on my Top Pro CVs site for further detail.
At Top Pro CVs and Armed Forces CVs we are in constant touch with employers and our clients. We have years of feedback and experience to draw on. The two biggest problems we see in military and ex-military CVs are as follows:
We take our jargon for granted and use it naturally. The civilian recruiter or HR Professional doesn’t, and has neither the time nor inclination to start trying to work it out.
When he or she reads terms like ‘Regular’ and ‘Territorial’ on a CV, for example, and ‘operational readiness’, they have to stop and think. Firstly what those terms mean, and secondly how they translate and mesh into their own or their company’s environment. It breaks the flow and slows down the process.
Human nature being what it is, most readers will simply take the easy option and move on to the next CV. Chances are he or she can understand that candidate’s background, skills and qualifications instantly. He or she doesn’t have to think about them at all. Your chance has gone. Forever.
Get This! Your CV needs to be written in ‘Civilianese’
just to compete on a level playing field.
Then of course it has to actually do that competing.
Writing a CV in the first place is not an everyday familiar task for most people. That said, many intelligent and articulate individuals, given a few hours, can use a word processor and can get skills and experience down on paper.
But that isn’t the issue here.
What chance do you think a ‘standard’ Word document has, if it looks just like all the other CVs in the pile. Don’t even mention all the competition and other factors we discussed earlier….
Or worse, the gimmicky, often ‘arty-farty’ type of offering most SNCO’s and Officers (sorry guys!) seem particularly adept at pumping out? Ask any recruiter or personnel/HR person who sees them every day. He or she will tell you that the one place where artistic design should NEVER surface is on the face of your CV!
There is just no room for these, and the ‘look-alikes’ fade into the background.
The fact is that CV Writing is both an art and a science. Are you good at both?
More importantly, do you know what current recruiters are looking for in a CV? Or which ones they automatically drop?
We do. We are writing and analysing CVs for 8 – 10 hours every day, 5 or 6 days a week. That’s how you get good at anything, isn’t it?
Your CV needs to be your powerful advocate. Accurate, committed and totally focused on the task at hand. It must present you in plain, everyday (civilian) language. If you are to get an interview your CV MUST AT FIRST GLANCE stand out from the pack without gimmicks or fancy, quirky visual tricks.
Your CV should spring off the page in a clean, clear, credible and professional way that leaves no doubt in the mind of the selector that you are the very best candidate for interview. It should immediately cut any potential rivals out of the equation.
Forget the 8 – 12 seconds mentioned earlier. Old info. It’s now said that unless your CV makes an impression within 8 seconds today, you’re dead. Out of the race.
Your CV from Armed Forces CVs does exactly that. Together with your targeted, structured and individually-tailored Cover Letter it acts as your silent but incredibly powerful salesman, instantly propelling you, in leaps and bounds, well ahead of the competition.
That’s it. Everything else, as they say, is just commentary.
If you want that Interview, you need The Armed Forces CV.
I know – I can almost hear you saying it: “He’s bound to say that, he wants to sell me a CV!” And you’re right, I do – it’s my business!
But the reality is that there is just nobody else out there who knows the ground and the players like we do. And we have the unique strength (if I say so myself) of having on staff, as Chief Writer, an ex-Army WO1 who has successfully made the transition. Steve’s been a civilian for more than 20 years now. He’s helped hundreds of ex-Service people just like you to move swiftly and seamlessly into their new lives as civilians.
Steve has been ‘hiring and firing’ for most of that time. Initially as a Financial Accountant in industry, then as Finance Director and Head of Personnel for a global manufacturing group. Latterly he has been self-employed as a management consultant and business restructuring specialist.
Following his second redundancy in 1997, at the request of many friends and colleagues who he had been ‘servicing’ for a number of years, Steve set up a CV Writing Service. Top Pro CVs (Top Professional Resumes) grew very quickly, largely through word-of-mouth recommendation and incorporated in 2005. Steve was the founder, Chief Writer and Marketing Copy Writer for the company. They became a highly-successful and leading UK provider of Career Coaching and CVs at all levels.
Right. Now that you know ‘what’s what’ – here’s a simple question for you: