The Real Cost of a Weak Military CV – Send it out and Starve.
How to Lose £10,000 to £15,000 (or more!) in 30 Seconds or Less….and STILL Be Out of Work!
Here’s a clue – canvas your mates, CTP, CTW and other well-meaning but clueless ‘advisers’ for their hints and tips on CV writing, or worse still, buy a cheap and cheerful “Military” CV from a civilian cv writer that doesn’t understand us or what we do…
Here are the REAL facts about trying to get work after leaving the military – if you use the wrong approach and poor quality tools…..
3 – 6 Months to Get a New Job….
Most job seekers take an average of 120 – 180 days to find a new job. That’s not BS – don’t take my word for it; check out the UK government’s stats, or ask any employment consultant or agency. Transitioning from the UK Military can take even longer.
In terms of lost income, if you earn an average of let’s say £55.89 (2020/21 rate for a Private Soldier) per day (VERY conservative for most of my clients), you would lose £6707 – £10602 over that time. Go on – get a calculator and do the sums: £55.89 per day multiplied by 120 days = £6707, multiplied by 180 days = £10602.
Add to this the cost of living through the same period (food, rent/mortgage, utilities etc), and then the month “in hand” you have to work before you get your next salary injection, and you are looking at, conservatively, the thick end of £10,000 – £15,000 (yes, that’s TEN TO FIFTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS!) loss to you and yours in the time it takes to send out multiple copies of the weak CV you wrote yourself, or to sign up for a quick, easy, cheap CV by one of the hundreds of civvy companies peddling their ‘military cv’ in the marketplace.
Choose Your Military CV Writer Wisely
It takes about 30 seconds to sign up for these services. If you make the wrong choice it may take months to get back on track.
First of all, say 2 – 4 weeks after you’ve sent out your shiny new CV, you start to worry. You’re checking the mail and your inbox daily. Maybe twice a day.
No replies, no interview offers. Nothing.
The Clock is Ticking…
Then you sit and wait a bit longer. “Maybe it’s just a bit of bad luck”, you tell yourself.
And wait some more, spending even more money you can’t afford just to stay afloat. You’re using credit cards, savings, borrowing off friends and family…
Then realisation finally dawns. You feel sick. The CV you have bought (or worse – written yourself!) is simply not up to the job, just isn’t cutting it. Maybe you spent £75 getting it done (some companies charge even less!).
Even if you used a credible company that offers a worthwhile guarantee you will now have to go through the exercise again and either spend the same or more (if you have got the message by now) to get a proper job done by somebody else.
Or you will go through a rewriting exercise with the same company that provided the weak CV in the first place, or canvas some more opinions from mates who don’t have a clue so you can ‘improve’ what you have…
In the meantime, of course, the ‘ideal’ job you were chasing originally has probably already gone. So now you are starting the process all over again and the clock is still ticking relentlessly on.
Still no money is coming in.
Do yourself and your family a favour. Do the job once. Read the testimonials elsewhere on the site, and on my LinkedIn Profile to see how a Military CV from Armed Forces CVs consistently delivers – many of my ex-mil clients come back to me for each job or career change they go for, as do my civilian clients. The CV does “exactly what it says on the tin”.
The Testimonials below are from civilians who have also used my services. I include them to demonstrate that the principles I use are applicable ‘across the board’ – you have the additional benefit of my extensive expertise and military service to be able to translate your experience into language that civilian recruiters and HR managers understand:
“As a high-earning City banker with a major player in London and 6 years exemplary service I expected to be earning a good salary for a long time to come. My future plans were based on that. Then the ‘bombshell’ dropped and I, along with 32 others, was made redundant with 3 days warning! Now you can argue employment law notice and consultation periods till you are blue in the face, but this was reality. OK – I had a reasonable ‘lump’ to tide me over for about 6 months, but it was still like being kicked in the b***s.
I looked around on the internet for a CV Writing Service and eventually (about 3 weeks later – remember I had money in the bank!) got Top Pro to do the work. I was very impressed with the professionalism demonstrated throughout the process and with the superb finished product.
Two weeks later I sent the CV out to 3 companies. I was offered 2 interviews within a fortnight, and the third company offered me the job WITHOUT EVEN SEEING ME! I couldn’t believe it! As it happened the job offer was from a company I did not want to work for, but a month after that, after going through the 1st company’s recruitment process I was back in employment. And I still had money in the bank.
A lot of my co-workers at ********* are still looking for jobs, and most of them haven’t even had an interview yet.” Michael S, South London
Powerful stuff, from a high-flying banker. On the ‘Civvy Net’ I write regularly for senior people, but recent graduates, trades people, retail workers and others also use our services at Top Pro CVs and Professional CV Writing Services. This one is from an office administrator living and working in Northern Ireland:
“I just can’t thank you enough! After failing miserably to get an interview with my own, very pretty and flattering CV, I reluctantly came to the conclusion that it wasn’t me it was the CV.
I had read books and articles, downloaded Word templates from the ‘net and all sorts of other things to really produce my best effort. But this isn’t school and I didn’t get any gold stars. I just got polite ‘thank you for sending us your CV’ and ‘we are sure you will find something soon’ letters, but mostly I got no reply at all.
Your CV and Covering Letter got interview offers within 2 weeks of sending them out and I am now back in a job. Thank you thank you thank you!!!”
Melanie P, Newcastle (County Down, Northern Ireland)
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