A comprehensive guide to the very best ex-military recruitment options and ex-military jobs out there.
If you’re ex-forces or you’re soon going to be and you’re looking for your next job, you’re in the right place.
Job searching tips
1. One, some or all?
We recommend that you use as many different job sites as possible, the main reason for this is that businesses and recruiters may only advertise jobs on certain sites. There’s not an exact science to it, perhaps they have a limited budget for recruitment or they feel that they’ve had good results through a certain site so don’t see the point in using others, whatever the reason we advise you cover as many bases as possible.
2. Consistency is key
Most job sites will ask you to create a profile and upload a CV so when using multiple job sites it’s important to keep them all consistent with each other and always updated. It might seem obvious but as a service leaver you will have a lot of moving parts during resettlement, you’ll be gaining new qualifications, perhaps you’ll be moving house, so a good way to keep on top of things is to make 30 minutes available each week to check everything is up to date.
3. Stay Alert
Once you know what type of job you’re looking for, take the time to set up alerts with each job site for jobs that meet your criteria. It might seem overwhelming at first as you scroll through your emails but if you set aside a small amount of time at the end of each day to prioritise your results and understand what jobs you want to apply for, you’ll have it under control and will be attending interviews in no time at all!
We’ve taken the time to list as many of the ex-military recruiters as we can. You’ll notice that most of the organisations below are owned by ex-military personnel and have signed the covenant, essentially ex-military recruiters have a real understanding of your requirements and in most cases they have already navigated these requirements with the businesses they recruit for.
Ex-Mil Recruitment is a traditional and online recruitment consultancy for ex-military by ex-military. With over a decade each of recruitment and military experience, They have a unique understanding of both the needs of ex-military jobseekers and employers who want to recruit the best ex-military personnel.
The List has a unique job board because they recognise that there are thousands of people leaving the Forces every year and because ex-Forces people are constantly moving around the job market. They ‘pull-in’ jobs from right across the country and from all sectors in order to present those jobs in one place.
Forces Recruitment Solutions.
The FRS brand has helped over 10,000 ex-servicemen and women into work since 2001. With over 100 years of combined ex-military recruitment experience, Forces Recruitment Solutions is not only the UK’s leading recruitment and retention consultancy but the first military choice when employers are considering adding ex-Forces to their team.
Demob Job are a long-established technical and engineering recruitment specialist for ex-military personnel. Acting as an extension of their client’s team or as an outsourcing recruitment partner, they utilise their extensive insight to identify high quality candidates with a technical and engineering skillset that meet their client’s job specifications.
Salute My Job.
SaluteMyJob is a business with social purpose providing consultancy, recruitment and training services to employers and helping former members of the Armed Forces, and reservists, into employment. They aim to increase demand ‘pull’ for ex-military people as employees, contractors or consultants.
Recruitme are a veteran owned company offering ex forces recruitment and permanent multi sector recruitment. They pride themselves on being an independent recruitment firm with a strong team ethos and a mix of experienced consultants from the Armed Forces Community who have grown from the grass roots to become effective recruitment partners to their clients.
First Military Recruitment.
As a Veteran owned and predominantly Veteran staffed business, First Military Recruitment are a trusted partner with a mission to identify the very best ex military and defence sector talent that is on the market. They predominantly recruit ex Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, specialising in technical, engineering and leadership roles.
4exMilitary is a web-based award winning recruitment organisation helping ex servicemen and women from the Army, Royal Navy , RAF and Royal Marines with a leading Internet Job Board for ex-military personnel and for employers who seek to recruit ex-military personnel, acting as a single point of contact.
Forward Assist Recruitment.
Forward Assist Recruitment offer a consultative and informed recruitment service dedicated to those who have served in the Armed Forces. Working with employers from both the public and private sector across a broad spectrum of disciplines, through their commitment and integrity they match the right candidates to the right employers.
Mainstream job sites
The mainstream job sites that you can see below are all similar in the service they provide, you may just find that you prefer the usability of one site over another, we recommend that you have a look at all of them because you never know where that perfect job might be.
Indeed is one of the best job sites in the world with over 250 million unique visitors every month. Indeed strives to put jobseekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post CVs, and research companies.
Since Jobsite formed in 1995, they have become part of the UK’s largest hiring platform, offering jobseekers the chance to search, view and apply for over 250,000 live job adverts, in any industry, across the whole of the UK.
LinkedIn Jobs is a great tool for service leavers and veterans because you can search for jobs whilst building your network. If you decide to pay for their premium service you can even see jobs where you would be the top applicant.
The UK’s largest hiring platform, with over 280,000 live jobs adverts on their site, helping you to find any type of job, in any industry, wherever you’re based. They’re great for sending you instant alerts and recommendations.
Reed provide a full service for anyone looking for a new job. They’re not a recruitment agency, They’re a job site. This means They advertise vacancies on behalf of employers and recruitment agencies who are looking for staff.
Glassdoor is a great jobsite, it’s multi functional with it’s ability to not only help you find jobs but you can also read company reviews, ratings, salary reports and interview reviews that have been provided by real people.
Monster Jobsite is recognised for its job search engine and as being a pioneer of online recruitment. On their Job Board, you will find countless job vacancies from top employers in the United Kingdom and abroad.
CV Library claim to be the UK’s favorite job board. Candidates can register their CV to be headhunted by top employers from across the UK, you can search and apply for over 150,000 jobs across all industries.
If you know the industry that you want to work in then take a look at our recruiters below.