With the recent announcement of further cuts to Military staff over the next few years likely to bring an increasing number of committed, highly trained staff from the Army, Navy and RAF onto the job market, the question for recruiters and hiring managers will be how to assess and utilise the wide range of skills that they can offer.
“Having helped a wide range of service leavers from the Army, Navy and RAF of all ranks and ages, both male and female it is very clear that the majority have the key personal skills that companies look for – team oriented, self-motivated and reliable. So we decided to look deeper, and using employer feedback as well as our own experience, we put together a list of the top ten skills that ex-Forces candidates can offer…
- Leadership skills: Employers highlighted this as one of their key requirements. Being able to lead a team of staff requires confidence, as well as being able to delegate tasks and roles, whilst giving help and support to those you are leading.
- Good Communication: Serving in any of the armed forces requires the skill to communicate with colleagues in some of the most stressful and hostile situations. This skill is necessary in all working environments, whether with staff or in a customer service situation.
- Self-Motivated: This is essential, giving individuals the drive to succeed, complete tasks and increase opportunities for advancement and progression.
- Efficiency: This is also becoming an essential attribute, particularly during a recession as companies are looking to streamline or cut costs in all areas. Having the capability of achieving the desired result with minimum use of resources, time and effort is a valuable and vital skill.
- Problem Solving: This is a day to day requirement in most businesses, whatever the industry. Ex-forces personnel will have dealt with various problem solving situations, often under extreme or pressurised conditions, and will usually have the skills to think outside the box.
- Team Player: A key attribute that involves being an active participant as well as considering ideas from other team members. It also includes a willingness to share information, knowledge and experience to gain a positive outcome. Good team players, despite differences they may have with other team players, figure out ways to work together to solve problems and get work done, whilst treating fellow team members with respect.
- Articulate: An ability to express thoughts, ideas and feelings coherently and in a clear and concise manner.
- Reliable: Reliability is a key skill with ex-Forces personnel; the ability to be trusted to do what is expected and consistently achieve desired outcomes, demonstrating a positive attitude and total commitment to your employer.
- Prioritising and Multi-tasking: Time management and the capability to multi task and prioritise are as essential to business as they are in the pressurised situations that most employees from the Army, Navy and RAF have had to deal with.
- Honesty: Honesty is the best policy! An old saying yet it is still relevant within the working environment. Dishonesty generates distrust, which will affect your working relationships with colleagues, managers as well as companies you may be working alongside. Honesty is something which an ex-Forces person will have in spades!
All of these attributes are developed by ex-forces personnel due to the training they have been given as well as the different environments they have experienced. Working and understanding the chain of command as well as being team players, self motivated, honest, reliable are just a few of the qualities they can bring to your business.”
ForcesRecruiting offer various recruitment and resettlement training opportunities to military personnel preparing for civilian life, whilst ensuring that employers recognise the value of the craft and management skills, teamwork and leadership values inherent in military service, ensuring greater job opportunities.
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