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OA Opens York Office

The OA opened its new office in York on Tuesday 15th August.

This will be the OA’s base for organising events and liaising with stakeholders in the North of England. The previous office was in Leeds, but has relocated because of the improved travel links and the fact that many formers officers live in and around York. The office will be based in the Innovation Centre next to the University of York, which reflects the OA’s commitment to develop new and cutting-edge ways of supporting officers.

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How to Write an Effective Ex-Military CV

Despite the importance of networking and LinkedIn, your CV remains an important document for anyone looking for work.

You have made the crucial decision to leave the military, and now need to focus on finding your new career. Sending a CV is often the first direct contact with an employer or recruiter, so be confident yours will impress. Here is a brief overview on how your CV can help to position yourself as a strong candidate

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What does your personal brand say about you?

A strong digital brand can help you find work, so make yours effective.

Employers and recruiters are increasingly researching candidates online to help decide if they are suitable. You therefore need to make sure you have a strong and positive digital presence.

Social media expert Lincoln Coutts gave a presentation about developing your personal brand online at the recent OA Employment Symposium in York. Here is Lincoln’s advice on creating an effective brand.

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6th September 2017: External Event – JP Morgan, Ex-Military Insight Day – London

Now entering its eighth year, JP Morgan’s Ex-Military Transition Program is committed to providing a market leading opportunity to Ex-Military personnel.

Their events offer prospective candidates a comprehensive brief on the entry routes available to ex-military personnel across all ranks and Services; from their market-leading internship to their direct-hire opportunities.

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Finding a Flexible Approach to Work after Service Life, by Harriet Rogers

Harriet Rogers shares her story about wanting a new career that is more flexible and not office based.

It was during my career transition workshop, run via CTP, that panic began to set in. My fellow officers announced their chosen industries to work in after leaving the military – Project Management, Consultancy, Defence Sales, Finance – making me feel increasingly like an imposter. I introduced myself and feebly squeaked that I wanted “something flexible and online.” I felt mortified that I did not have a better plan.

Despite 12 years of commissioned Service and working in high pressure environments, I suddenly doubted if I could adapt to my new career. I appreciate I am not alone.

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What do Recruiters Look for in Candidates with Military Experience?

When applying for a job it can be difficult to know exactly what employers and recruiters want from candidates.

The OA recently hosted a panel discussion with recruiters to answer questions about the job application process, during the recent OA Employment Symposium in York.

The panel included Michael Sanderson, Siemens Talent Acquisition Partner; Leanne Wood, Network Rail Defence Engagement Manager; Tony Ellender, Balfour Beatty Emerging Talent Manager; Korinna Sjoholm, Berwick Partners Associate Partner, and Sharon Goodall, NHS Digital HR Manager.

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RAF and Army Dominate OA Inter-Services Triathlon

Teams from the Army, Navy and RAF competed in the annual OA Inter-Services Triathlon, on Wednesday 26th July at Cotswold Water Park. The RAF won both the men and women’s individual races, while the Army dominated the team categories.

The event, sponsored by the Officers’ Association (OA), was organised this year by the RAF Triathlon Association. Competitors swam through 1.5 km of open water, cycled 41 km of tricky terrain and finished the course with a 10 km run. The rain added an extra challenge, making the road and track slippery.

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Former Air Vice-Marshal, Steve Chisnall, to Cycle in the OA Triathlon Team

Steve Chisnall, an Officers’ Association (OA) Trustee and former Air Vice-Marshal, is cycling for the OA in the OA Inter-Services Triathlon at the end of July. We interviewed him to find out more.

This year the triathlon is organised by the RAF Triathlon Association and sponsored by the OA. The Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event, in individual and team categories, including Male, Female and Veteran.

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