How to apply for a role in a large corporation

We spoke with Liz Coombs, Head of Talent Brand, Deloitte, to gain a better understanding of how to approach large corporates.

Liz helps to run the Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme and here she offers valuable advice on how to sell yourself and your transferable skills when connecting with a large corporate organisation.

Things to consider when applying:

  • Tailor your application to suit the specific organisation, role or business that you are applying for
  • Ask specific questions and have a discussion to understand the role you want to apply for.
  • Call the organisation and ask to speak to someone who deals with ex-military recruitment.
  • Ensure that your CV, cover letter or email is not generic and specifically explains who you are, your expertise and what role you are applying for.

Liz advises that you should not underestimate the value of the generic skills that you have garnered. Your generic skills could ensure you stand out from the rest of your peer group that will be applying for the same position. You should tailor those skills to enhance your application.

Be aware that the significance of your transferable skills will be dependent on the organisation, type of role you are applying for and the level of entry into the organisation.

Skills that are valued in large organisations:

  • A can-do attitude to undertake any task that might be given.
  • The ability to cope under pressure
  • Drive and determination
  • Problem solving skills
  • Analytical reasoning Strong communication skills
  • The ability to use software such as Powerpoint, Word and Excel

Have realistic expectations when you land a role because in the first couple of years of joining a commercial work environment, you may not get a chance to practice or showcase your leadership skills. If you focus on the big picture, you’ll realise that these skills become more useful as you gain seniority in your role.

Liz recommends that you apply to a range of different roles and ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’. Don’t use military jargon and acronyms in your job application and don’t be too formal.

Deloitte has a military recruitment page where you can source information and also reach out to someone from the recruitment team.

Alternatively, you can use the OA contact list to talk to people in different sectors and companies so you can do your homework before you start approaching large organisations.

Listen to the webinar with Liz Coombs here.

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