8th June 2020

A Guide to Post-Lockdown Job Searching

This guide has been put together by RBLI‘s Head of Armed Forces Employment Support for military families and veterans at this hard time.

8 million employees have been placed on the Government’s Furlough scheme and the uncertainly around the future of these positions abounds. Many millions more, mostly young people and or those in low paid work, have already lost their jobs. How many of these people are veterans, early service leavers, partners or young people from military families? All are eligible for our support.

Over the last 10 years the LifeWorks team has worked with 1000s of veterans and military partners through face to face delivery, remote coaching or access to our online platform. While nobody can predict what the workforce will look like as infection rates flatten, the R decreases and lockdown restrictions are reduced, our team are here to provide employability advice and vocational or career assistance to our military community. Like most, we have had to change our approach and we know job seekers or those looking to increase their employability prospects will have to change also to ensure they are best placed to rise above others in an increasingly competitive area.

We’re all too aware of the positive impact veterans and military family members bring to any organisation, given the chance. We feel sure, the confidence boost and self-efficacy LifeWorks can provide, combined with the inbuilt resilience of the military community, beneficiaries can come out of the COVID-19 crisis in a better place than many, quicker to exploit openings and ready to add value again.

Virtual job searching and remote interviews present both challenge and opportunity and below are some things worth considering as veterans and military family members approach the virtual interview stage. Some may recognise the mnemonic!

Protection. Think about where you will be when the interview takes place. Find somewhere quiet and ask those around you to be considerate. Also, make sure any social media platforms don’t shed a poor light on you.

Ammunition. Prepare, and make sure the use of force is appropriate. Think about what the interviewer might ask. Google the most common questions in a job interview and have these answers ready. Has the organisation signed the Armed Forces Covenant? So what? Remember it’s likely a remote interview will occur on the ground of your choosing, so prepare the ground to your advantage.

Weapons. Ensure your responses and questions are as tailored as your CV should be – and make sure your CV is in front of you at interview. Keep one eye on your own body language. Use silence to your advantage, let the interviewer talk and consider your next move.

Personal Camouflage. Dress appropriately – you will have to judge this, but it’s easier to take a jacket off than put one on at the start of any interview. Be yourself.

Equipment. The generous overlooking of bad WiFi, being on mute, background noise etc may soon rub off, so you need to show how adept you are at using all mediums of communication. Test it.

Radios. Best to turn them off!

Specialist Equipment. Regimental tie? Veterans badge? Again, this depends on who is interviewing and the organisation you’re trying to join.

Orders. After your interview, send a well-timed follow-up email within 24 hours, thanking the interviewer for their time and letting them know you’re available if they have any additional questions.

 

And remember, if you are a veteran or military family remember, you can contact our team direct on 0800 319 6844 or email lifeworks@rbli.co.uk for fully funded employability support.