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This Former Officer is Now a Recruitment Expert, Here’s His Advice on Negotiating Your Salary

Simon Treadgold served in the Army for 20 years and is now Head of Recruiting at Capstar, which provides secure travel and lifestyle management services to corporate and private clients, and is run by former Army officers.

When negotiating a salary you must manage your expectations. If you successfully apply for a job with a set salary, then you already tacitly accepted the fixed amount, which makes negotiating for a higher salary difficult. However, if the role was advertised with a salary bandwidth, then obviously you want to earn towards the higher end of that bracket.

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3rd July 2018: OA Webinar – Opportunities in franchising

In this webinar we are joined by Edward Ross, the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Forces into Franchising. Ed will be discussing what opportunities are available to veterans within franchising.

Ed is a former Army Officer in the RDG. He left in 1997 and worked in London as a Business Development Manager and has set up and run his own businesses. He is now a full time dad.

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4th July 2018: OA Event – Consultancy Workshop – Bristol

Join the OA for a workshop day that will look into the skills and experience required to work within consultancy.

The day will start with an overview of consultancy, including a review of skills and qualifications.

This will be followed by a series of presentations delivered by those already working within consultancy from a range of organisations. The presenters will share their experience and give insight.

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5th July 2018: Two Roses Networking Event – Leeds

The Two Roses business networking group runs events in Leeds that bring together ex-service personnel in transition and those who have found employment in a variety of sectors.

The meeting will start from 6:30pm, at around 7pm there are a few short presentations to allow members to speak, explaining: what they do, how they can help and what they would like to be helped with (if possible). After this the group will go to general networking and if there is interest retire to a nearby bar.

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11th July 2018 – Heropreneurs networking

Come and join heropreneurs and hear the tale of how the team at Pricesearcher are making a fairer product search engine.

This event will be of value to anyone in the armed forces community who is interested in setting up or growing their own business & those allies who wish to work with and support them. In addition to the talk there will be plenty of time for networking.

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The Association of ex-Service Drop-In Centres – mapping the UK

The Association of ex-Service Drop-In Centres (ASDIC) was set up last year for all those like minded organisations who manage veterans’ Drop-In centres. (OVERCOMES REPITITION) All over the UK there is a steadily increasing number of Drop-Ins where veterans and other members of the Armed Forces community may go for help and advice, or simply for companionship. It is a broad community and includes both the Merchant Service and Fishing Fleet whose veterans are welcome too. Currently there are believed to be about 60 Drop-Ins in operation and more are being discovered all the time and 25 have already joined ASDIC. Drop-Ins vary hugely in their modus operandi but all serve the same broad purpose, which is to provide social and welfare support to veterans and their families.

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Top Ten Tips for Developing an Internal Military Network

An internal military network is a great way to maximise the benefits that veterans can bring to your organisation.

If you are thinking about developing your own internal military network, here is what you need to consider.

1, Have a network with clear purpose and vision aligned to your organisation’s brand/vision and ensure activity is linked back to this.
2, Have an individual or group with the commitment/motivation to make the network succeed and share the work load.
3, No need to reinvent the wheel – learn and leverage from other schemes/activities already being run in the business and what other business and sectors have already implemented.

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Three Steps for a Smoother Transition into a Civilian Career

There are many ways to get job ready when you leave the Armed Forces, but here are three effective approaches that worked for these former officers.

A career consultation is personal, being tailored to your requirements. It can help you identify suitable job roles, and the steps needed to achieve your professional ambitions. The OA Career Consultants are former officers, and able to understand many of your transition challenges. They can also help you to identify your transferrable skills and communicate your potential commercial value to employers.

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8th May 2018: OA Event – Project Management Workshop – York

The skills and experience required to manage a project are common within the Forces and many individuals look to transition into a new career within Project Management when they leave, but what does this look like in a civilian context?

Kindly hosted by Network Rail this event is one of a series of OA career-focused workshops delivered in conjunction with employers which explores these questions…

The workshop will begin with an overview of project management within a business setting, including a review of qualifications.

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8th May 2018: OA Webinar – A Portfolio Career

OA consultant Fiona Jackson is joined by Vix Anderton, a former RAF Intelligence Officer who left the Service in 2014.

She will be sharing key insights into her career including pros and cons of a portfolio career and lessons she has learnt along the way.

Vix now has a portfolio career, working on gender and conflict, diversity and inclusion, and mental health and wellbeing.

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