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Celebrating Armed Forces Day

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​Please join us to celebrate Armed Forces Day, when ordinary citizens along with current and previous members of the Armed Forces community celebrate and show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

Celebrations begin today with events taking place across the country throughout the week. On Saturday 29th June, this year’s chosen host town, Salisbury will be holding a number of parades, demonstrations, displays and activities for all the family to enjoy.

The Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests daily and I am proud in my role and career to date in assisting service leavers to make the transition to civilian life and employment. 

I have worked in recruitment for over four years, predominantly with service leavers from the Royal Air Force (RAF), British Army and Royal Navy. It can be difficult for military veterans returning to ‘civvy street’, so as part of my role, I attend events around the country to offer practical guidance such as advice on CV writing, how to sell their skills to an employer and how to prepare and excel at interview, as well as providing an overall understanding of what to expect when transitioning into civilian life.

There are many opportunities out there for forces leavers. I’ve worked with many of them, placing around 100 service leavers each year in the UK and overseas into roles for quality inspectors, aircraft and vehicle maintenance mechanics, electronics technicians and project managers.

I take great pride in helping service leavers. It is always touching to hear their personal circumstances and the journey that they have already taken to the point of contacting me, and it is because of this I that have a genuine passion for my job and will go above and beyond to ensure that they feel supported whilst starting a new role. They have proven to be a valuable asset to employers.  Some of the positive characteristics that our clients have commented on when hiring ex-forces candidates include:

  • Organised, disciplined and punctual

  • Take pride in completing all tasks to a high standard

  • Work well individually and within a team

  • Flexible and adaptable to different types of environments

  • Good improvisation skills with continuous improvement mentality

  • Management and leadership qualities

  • Willingness to invest in themselves

Jonathan Lee Recruitment has specialised in engineering and manufacturing recruitment for 41 years. Our team consists of specialist recruiters alongside trade professionals including service leavers from the RAF, REME and the British Army.

We are proud to be working with current and ex servicemen and women to provide support wherever necessary.


Please contact me if you are a service leaver looking for your next move or would like general advice on resettlement and career opportunities. 

Also, if you are an employer who would be interested in any of these skillsets and would like to assist with providing service leavers with their next opportunity, please let me know.

There are hundreds of events taking place to celebrate Armed Forces Day across the country. Find out what events are taking place locally to youclick here

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