You are a successful applicant in the making!

Job hunting is hard. And it can be even more stressful when you are transitioning from the Defence Force. You don’t know what to expect, and you don’t know how your skills are going to relate to the civilian world. Don’t stress! You have the skills, you are educated, and

You are a successful applicant in the making!


  • Do not apply for the job more than once: you don’t want to look desperate and you don’t want to give extra work to the recruiter

  • Do not use humour in your cover letter or CV: even though this may establish a good rapport, you do not know who you are dealing with! Keep the humour for the interview but don’t overdo it!

  • Do not forget about your family and friends! If they happen to know someone working there, their referral will put your resume on the top of the list of the company hiring. So use your connections to your advantage!

  • Don’t apply for the sake of it and consider each application! Is the job, company culture and environment the right fit for you?

  • Don’t post about your job applications on social media and consider removing any posts that can be seen as inappropriate. Many companies inspect social media pages nowadays to get an idea of the people they are dealing with.

  • You have secured an interview, Do not arrive late but do not arrive too early either. 10 to 15 mins will allow you to breathe before entering the interview room and get a feel for the company environment.

  • Dress professional! Never think it is over the top. It is better to be over dressed than under dressed. You are not going for a fashion parade so keep it classic.

  • Do not underestimate your military skills. Think about your transferable skills. Talk about your leadership, decision making and risk management abilities, and how they can help in the job, but also in everyday life.

  • Do not use acronyms and use civilian terms, to help the recruiter understand your skills.

  • Do not speak negatively about past employers or colleagues – it’s not a good look. Keep everything positive and objective.


  • Customize your resume and cover letter. Avoid the motherhood statements, go straight to the point and highlight your greatest strengths. A good cover letter will stand out from all the other applications!

  • Get familiar with your own resume. If you do get an interview, they will be referring to your CV, so you need to be able to talk them through it.

  • Do have a LinkedIn profile. Who doesn’t have a LinkedIn profile these days?! List your experience using civilian terms, connect with people in the industry you want to work in, and with recruiters working in your field of expertise. Acquire recommendations and endorse other people for their skills. Other things you can do is liking people’s updates and commenting positively on relevant articles. You want to be noticed!

  • Keep calm and be patient. Use the time you have between applications to practice for your interviews. If your partner is at home with you, practice practice and practice, you will be surprised how much of a difference it makes!

  • Do follow up with a phone call 1 or 2 days after submitting your resume, but do not call every day. After you have spoken to them, if they are interested, they will contact you.

  • Do your research! NEVER go to an interview without being prepared. When looking for information, have a look at the company website, all their social media pages and do a google search for relevant news articles. You want to be across everything they do and do not want to make any “faux pas”. Plus they will notice if you have not done your home work!

  • When you arrive at your interview, be confident, smile and give a firm handshake.

  • Do ask questions and be curious! Not only about your application, but also about the company. You want to show you are interested in what the company is up to.

  • Do be prepared for the salary question. Do you research, and understand the salary may be different in the civilian “game”. Find a good balance between what you expect and what they would be likely to offer.

  • Do follow up your interview with an email to thank them for their time and reiterate why you think you are a good fit for the position.

The competition out there is real and if you have recently transitioned and are going against civilians applying for the same job, it is not going to be easy. This is where ERS Recruitment can help you. Our methodology enables us to identify solutions where the successful candidate is not only the best person for the job, but the job is the best opportunity for the candidate. We will present your resume in the right format to the employers and will prepare you for interviews!

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