Take care when writing a CV for civvy street. Avoid military terminology and be prepared to be interviewed by a 20 year old person in HR who think they know it all.........and who's more worried about their own job than giving you one.....A job that is. Been there and been through it. Might I suggest that when you have written it and amended it 40 times or so....take it to an agency that deals with Senior Management and let them pull it apart with you. I think in the long run it will be worth the effort.
Hope this helps and all the best in your transition to civvy street....its not easy...different mindset.
In most jobs a two page CV does become wallpaper, dont expect replies to your letters or emails, write to everyone or anyone, mates in jobs, ask them.
It can be hard at the mo, ive seen Senior Managers and Graduates applying for Line jobs, keep on plugging away, and remember once in a job, it is easier to find another, just its hard getting on the rung.
I applied for a job with a company that provided software to the government and the MOD, so I had to be vetted. No great sweat given my career.
The question that amused me was:
Are you or have you ever been a member of an organisation that participates in espionage, terrorism or sabotage?
I answered Yes to all three. The guy reviewing my form ran out of the room and brought in the Operations Director.
"I was in an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment. Espionage was my day job. The sabotage of Reserve Demolitions was a regular sideline. In 1978 I was on the Directing Staff training a unit prior to Op Banner, and I regularly shot at them, planted bombs and stuff."
The Ops director had a good laugh, I got the job and we became good buddies. I used to conduct interviews on his behalf.