First impressions matter.
When working with a military client I explain from their initial contact that it is my intention to ‘get them to think differently and then they will act differently – then the magic begins’. A bold statement that needs reviewing.
Think differently: I tell them that first impressions matter. I explain that the information they have on their CV has to have an immediate response. The door is ‘ajar’ for 6 seconds. They have a limited time to make a positive first impression. In those 6 seconds the person [in 96% of cases the first person is Artificial Intelligence], decides if your CV will be read by a suitable Manager. Every word has to earn its place on the CV. No waffle, no clichés.
Act differently: From day one of working with me I ensure they act differently. The regular homework is set for a purpose. I am preparing them for a first round job interview.
Magic begins: A bold statement certainly but a true one. The magic begins when they make progress. Multiple interviews are not uncommon – as are the job offers. Their self-confidence and visible aptitude are visible. Both to me and to the Hiring Manager.
Since 1st Aug – 26th October my military alumni have accrued:
147 job interviews. Ranging from an informal ‘chat’ over a cup of coffee through to a 1.5 hour presentation to the Board of Directors.
64 job offers. Many clients have had multiple job offers.
26 job start dates.
12 work experience start dates
I have used the word ‘Magic’. It is more than that. It is wonderful.