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Officers’ Association hold first virtual employment forum

Officers looking to leave the Services, or those who have already left and are looking for their next role in the civilian jobs market, had the opportunity to hear from industry experts, employers and business professionals at the OA Virtual Employment Forum on Thursday 21st May 2020.

Employers who attended the forum were actively seeking to recruit officers who in turn will be able to benefit and learn from them as they talked through interview skills, online platforms and job-hunting techniques.

The Forum also offered the chance to focus on keeping positive and proactive in job searches, with the reassurance that their skills as a former officer are in-demand.

Practical advice on how to build an online personal brand, how to create a job search narrative and help in understanding how to refine a job search were all covered in the information-packed forum. Guests speaking at the event were ex-officers who have gone on to work successfully in the civilian job market, giving insight into the challenges and rewards they faced as they embarked in a new role.

The event was run in a virtual setting and designed to replicate the more traditional employment forums the OA holds.

Lee Holloway, Chief Executive Officer of the Officers’ Association (OA) commented: “Former officers have gone through one of the toughest recruitment and training programmes in the world. As a result, they are well equipped to tackle the management and leadership challenges in today’s Covid-19 hit economy.

The OA Virtual Employment Forum gives officers the chance to prepare for their next career, along with being put in front of recruiters actively seeking to employ former officers.”

Source: Officers’ Association