Posted: 13th Nov 2020

Hays CEO, Alistair Cox, confirmed as keynote speaker for OA's VEF event

As news of redundancies and business closures frequent the headlines, it can be challenging to remain positive and proactive in your job search. At the Officers’ Association, it is business as usual as we continue to partner with a wide range of employers looking to recruit from the Officer Talent pool.

November 25th sees our third Virtual Employment Forum go live; an online event giving officers access to the latest market intelligence covering civilian recruitment trends, career know-how and job vacancies. Geared to officer job seekers of all ranks, it provides a real opportunity to access expert employment advice and to network with former officers and recruiters online – helping to expand career horizons and aspirations.

CEO of global recruitment firm Hays plc, Alistair Cox will provide the opening keynote address.  Heading a specialist recruitment group that operates in 33 countries and with over 90 branches of Hays in the UK, Alistair will lead with an overview of the current jobs market as well as insights into expected areas of growth.

An executive panel of speakers includes Justin Maciejewski, Director of the National Army Museum and Nick Madhavji, CEO of Joskos, will relay what is happening in each of their sectors and where future job opportunities will emerge. And to provide a real-world context, a transition panel consisting of former officers now working at American Express, PA Consulting and Bain will relay their experiences of moving from military to civilian roles.  A lively Q & A session will aim to answer any questions not covered by the panellists at the end of each of these slots.

Andrew Roberts, a serving Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, attended a previous VEF event, commented: “Very useful and insightful.  Great to hear first-hand from recruitment experts and personnel who have just successfully been through the process.”

This full-day employment event looks at current vacancies and upcoming opportunities across a range of sectors, including non-legal careers in Law, and live jobs with Jacobs.

Former Army Major and OA’s Director of Employment, Laura Blair, said:
“Not only will officers learn about emerging and expanding sectors but they will also learn how to sell themselves  – understanding how to articulate their transferable skills and experiences and how to excel throughout the job application processes.”

It what can feel like a daunting time it is crucial remain focused, educated and connected – the Virtual Employment Forum aims to provide all three and keep officers job seekers on track as they look for their next career

Register to attend:

If you are unsure how the current climate has impacted the employment landscape, or lockdown has impacted your confidence when job hunting, please register to join us:

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