contract terminated

#1
Hi all
I have been lurking for a long time so my first post.
I went in work last Thursday to find out my contract has been terminated (cost cutting) i have now joined the unemployed statistic. I was in the job centre yesterday (great help they are!) i felt like i was in a factory, in one end out the other and they get a tick in the box. I spent 13 years in the artillery, been a civvy for 7 years, and at the moment i haven’t a clue what i want to do. I done my Microsoft certified system engineer as resettlement when leaving the army but it was a case of having the qual but not the experience. I have done a number of jobs since leaving the army including Security manager, tech support, watch keeper (comms Iraq) and teaching teenagers ASDAN and key skills in order to get them in the army. I live in Rochdale (N Manchester) so i have a good area to go at. If anyone can help with some advice it would be appreciated. I haven’t got a clue what to do next, i am interested in the following fields but i am open to any suggestions.
OIL RIGS comms (i have read through the post and believe they are not taking on at present, also the training and cost)
COMPUTER TECHNICIAN (self employed IT TECH visiting people’s houses to sort out problems)
Social worker\mentor working with children
Like i said any advice would be appreciated, i have an appointment next week with NEXT STEP who should throw some light on funding\grants etc. I am throwing this out to see what feedback i get and maybe a kick *********** and a reality check. I am open to anything.
Cheers in advance
Matt
 
#2
Hiya Matt, Am studying career coaching. Want to specialise in military/civilian transition....
You need to market yourself, have a personal brand. You could teach kids IT, combining your two choices.
What are your assets? List.
Where do you lack skills experience etc.? List.
Where/who is your target market? List
How can you best reach them? List
Once you have listed these, you will have a better idea what gaps you need to fill in to build your 'brand'- one that needs to be marketed very specifically to the right target audience.
Next, check all job markets, published and hidden. Networking is a good way to uncover the hidden. +- 80% of job openings annually, are never published!
Try work experience as IT teacher's aide for a while.....you have a lot of varied experience and this shows you are adaptable. Ultimately the answer to your employment dreams lies within you! What work would you do if money was no problem?
Hope I was of help.
 
#6
Jerrycan2793 said:
What a coincidence that you both joined on the same day, have fun you guys dont stay out to late
Indeed. And I have a funny feeling that this may be leading up to another plug for that guy who sells PDFs telling you how to get any job you want...
 
#7
Sorry my Bad what a coincidence they both only have one post.... Im off to hang my self till it really hurts now, STUPID STUPIDDY STUPID.
 
#9
The only help you need RFEA, and if your going to use multiple log ons try changing your post style
 
#10
thanks all for the comments
career_coach


i was thinkong along the teaching IT, i had a meeting with NEXT STEPS yesterday who ironed out a few bumps about grey areas. they come up with an ACTION PLAN that she will send out to me with short and long term goals. the short term is a job ASAP that pays the bills the long term is what i need to do to achieve what i want in the future. she had good knowledge of courses on offer and how to get these courses free. NEXT STEP is open to everyone and it is worth an hour if you are thinking of a career change. when i receive the ACTION PLAN i will post up anything usefull.
cheers
 
#12
I don't know... this woman at NEXT STEPS, what's she look like?

Is bumb ironing the new donkey punch?
 
#13
A personal brand, what total and utter bullshit. That crap is symptomatic of the new labour approach to the world, all spin and no content. You need skills, experience and the right attitude, the rest is superfluous rubbish.

Write a decent CV then apply for jobs you can do.
 

The_Duke

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#16
career_coach said:
You're right, skills, experience and the right attitude are all you need in the military but in civvy street it's me first, so marketing yourself gets you places.
Really?

I work in civvy street and can guarantee that no amount of personal branding, personal statements, career coaching or ACTION PLANS have ever got me a job. Strangely enough, my skills, training and experience have.

If I ever see the CV of someone containing any element of branding, "people person", "goal centric" or other PR waffle, it goes straight into file 13.

I want to know what people are trained to do, what they have done, and how well they have done it - based on key performances. Statements about personal attributes such as "I am a dedicated team player, always striving towards my goals, but with great interpersonal skills" are ignored as the lies they usually are.

After all, no-one would ever put "I am as jack as fuck. I do the bare minimum I can get away with, and will trample over anyone who stands in the way of me achieving more pay for less work" despite that being a far more honest appraisal of most people's personal profiles.
 
#17
The_Duke said:
career_coach said:
You're right, skills, experience and the right attitude are all you need in the military but in civvy street it's me first, so marketing yourself gets you places.
Really?

I work in civvy street and can guarantee that no amount of personal branding, personal statements, career coaching or ACTION PLANS have ever got me a job. Strangely enough, my skills, training and experience have.

If I ever see the CV of someone containing any element of branding, "people person", "goal centric" or other PR waffle, it goes straight into file 13.

I want to know what people are trained to do, what they have done, and how well they have done it - based on key performances. Statements about personal attributes such as "I am a dedicated team player, always striving towards my goals, but with great interpersonal skills" are ignored as the lies they usually are.

After all, no-one would ever put "I am as jack as fuuck. I do the bare minimum I can get away with, and will trample over anyone who stands in the way of me achieving more pay for less work" despite that being a far more honest appraisal of most people's personal profiles.
Fvck, did I send you the draft version of my CV in error?
 
#18
Never believe anyone who is an expert without any experience, or has just finished a Uni course and is willing to sell you their services and experience when in reality they have none. Get a good CV (there are people on here who can help) and sell yourself, for the other do gooders who will sell you help it is a business they are not your pal they just want your cash that’s how they earn a living.
 

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