What to call an SO2 (W) appointment on a civilian CV

#1
I'd appreciate some help from the combined might of the Arrse community. I'm redrafting my CV in the hunt for civilian employment and the area I'm having most trouble with is describing my last SO2 (W) appointment, particularly in translating the job title into civvy speak.

Does anyone have any useful ideas?

I
 
#2
Interceptor said:
I'd appreciate some help from the combined might of the Arrse community. I'm redrafting my CV in the hunt for civilian employment and the area I'm having most trouble with is describing my last SO2 (W) appointment, particularly in translating the job title into civvy speak.

Does anyone have any useful ideas?

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Can you tell us what the job entails and what you achieved?
 
#4
Interceptor

I still use my SO2 (W) in my CV and have done for the last 12 years. Explaining what the post entailed is more important than the job title.
 
#7
well in 18 years of uniform i've not heard of a SO2(W), but i've only been a staff officer in 3 x 1*HQs, a 2* HQ and a 3* HQ...so i'm relatively inexperienced which is why i don't know!
 
#8
goon_bde said:
well in 18 years of uniform i've not heard of a SO2(W), but i've only been a staff officer in 3 x 1*HQs, a 2* HQ and a 3* HQ...so i'm relatively inexperienced which is why i don't know!
SO2 (Weapons) i.e. it was technical staff appointment

i.e you had top be able to do sums.
 
#10
A lot of CV's now are no longer done in chronological order, but are skills/role based. Therefore converting SO2(W) would not be a drama, because if it is done as skills type CV, it would just be a straight read-across of what you did etc, rather than trying to explain the job title.
 
#11
How does "Product Development Manager" sound?

I was WO1(RSMI) Comms and Veh Systems at ATDU for 2 years and thats what I put on my CV.
 
#12
RogerOut! said:
How does "Product Development Manager" sound?

I was WO1(RSMI) Comms and Veh Systems at ATDU for 2 years and thats what I put on my CV.
I have used "i/c Unforeseen Circumstances" in the past. Didn't get me a job, but it raised a smile at the interview.
 
#13
I tried to 'civilianise' my CV and it just bounced too often so, following the kind advice of an ex-mil head hunter, I ignored all the bumf I got from CTP and went back to mil titles with a short explanation underneath. It worked a treat and lead to a stream of interviews.

Basically, if they like the idea of ex-mil it's a step-up, if they don't then it doesn't matter what you write.

Regards,
 
#14
RogerOut! said:
How does "Product Development Manager" sound?
Thanks for all the help and advice. I have used the term "Communications Systems Project Manager" and incorporated "product development" into the spiel.

Thanks also to Goon_Bde for raising a smile. Eighteen years and never come across an weapons staff officer? Were you stacking shelves in the QM's?
 
#15
Interceptor said:
RogerOut! said:
How does "Product Development Manager" sound?
Thanks for all the help and advice. I have used the term "Communications Systems Project Manager" and incorporated "product development" into the spiel.

Thanks also to Goon_Bde for raising a smile. Eighteen years and never come across an weapons staff officer? Were you stacking shelves in the QM's?
Nice one.
 
#16
Danny_Dravot said:
well in 18 years of uniform i've not heard of a SO2(W), but i've only been a staff officer in 3 x 1*HQs, a 2* HQ and a 3* HQ...so i'm relatively inexperienced which is why i don't know!
That is fookin scarey that comment; and you were, I take it, responsible for taking decsions on live men and women on the ground? Yet you were completely unaware of something so basic? I bet you still think that a front line exists and support arms shouldnt be given arms, ammunition and rations eh?

Move up the chain, you have earned your stars Blackadder, albeit for complete buffoonery, astonishing.

If I may Interceptor, I would reasonably expect a warrant officer in a technical arm to know what a SO2(W) or even, a SO3(W) (earning first leg) would or should be about.
 
#17
interceptor, im with you here, been in REME 22 years just about, WO1, and ive never heard of it either,
 
#18
Well to counterbalance, I knew what the (W) meant, and I was "only" a bleep Senior Rank....
 
#19
twosup said:
interceptor, im with you here, been in REME 22 years just about, WO1, and ive never heard of it either,
Interceptor is one or has been one I think; as for REME not knowing, from my Stanmore days, I think REEMs have more + (dagger) people than most, surprised you have never seen one on a staff list and asked.

Be lucky
 

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