Getting to know our military at CTP employment fairs

As a brand new ex-military recruitment company, we’ve recently started attending the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) events. What valuable lessons have we learnt at our first two CTP Employment Fairs?

Firstly, the CTP events are very professionally run – everything is thought of, guidance is clear, and the events always run smoothly. It is a fantastically good atmosphere with a really positive vibe, and the events are always in a great location.

The CTP staff and volunteers are exemplary. They are happy to allow you to have a look around as a guest initially if you wish, which is a good opportunity to gauge the event and the military professionals attending.

For any company considering attending, we highly recommend it!

As a judicial service recruitment company, we promote a whole sector, not just an individual job. There is a vast array of roles within the sector, including desk, field, enforcement and mobile, and expressing that in a list of jobs across the UK is impossible. Instead we focus on the person, what and where they aspire to work, and we go forward from that point.

It is a different approach, but it works to the benefit of the potential applicant or candidate from minute one.

So, what are some of the most common questions we get asked at these events?

What is judicial services?

We often refer to this as a simple linear process. It is a conveyor belt of varied pieces of work that enable a service to be provided to individuals and to government. It is not always debt or asset related either – this is a common misconception.

Roles and processes exist in understanding, identifying or stopping potential court actions. This is the first part of the process. Government, individuals and companies will always try to avoid the judicial services route which can move into costly legal actions, so why not try to do this through effective non-court order activity. Think of it as positive engagement.

Part two of the process could be the obtaining of a court order, ordinarily through a court.

And the third and final part is the compliance with the rule of law, the enforcement of that court order or instruction.

Surely I need legal qualifications?

No, this is another common misconception.

For distinct roles there could be requirements but only if they are really unique roles, for example a role providing legal advice to a court as a legal adviser in a Magistrates Court would require legal prerequisites

Judicial services are more about engagement. It is as much about avoiding the court order and the ultimate actions that the court order could bring.

Are there any roles I could do outdoors?

Field engagement is a non-court order related activity, it is working on behalf of companies or government departments to re-engage a customer, identify if assistance is needed or obtain information to assist that individual.

Many driving roles exist for both Government and judicial service companies where they do the work on behalf of government, think DVLA and the mobile ANPR vehicles that drive across the country to identify vehicle excise tax evaders.

What office-based roles are available in judicial services?

Good with people but don’t want to get wet?
Many roles in customer care exist, where potentially vulnerable people are involved, and you may be working as part of a team to resolve issues for those people.

Inquisitive or investigative orientated?

How about trace work for a judicial service company or government department, using the best databases and sources of information to locate and track those who disregard the rule of the law and the court order.

What exciting work have Richardson Bailey team members undertaken in their own careers?

Causing a near airport closure for an airline that had refused to pay the fuel was… different.

As was the late-night call to a premier football club whose player was one hour from running out on the pitch for a premiership game, to be arrested for blatant disregard of his motoring fines. Live on Sky Sports.

What is the most rewarding and people-focussed role in judicial services?

Most probably the work where you are engaged with an individual who has, for varying reasons, genuinely struggled. Working with that person and others to ensure the right solution for that person happens. Getting them through a process and helping them.

In addition, there are victims. Being able to ensure the rule of law is adhered to is paramount in a just society.

Where a wrong has occurred and victim has legal recourse, they should have that recourse. Whether that is for vulnerable people who have been taken advantage of unscrupulously, or where the rights of purchasers are ruined through being conned, seeing them recompensed properly is extremely rewarding.

What is the best salary I could earn and in what role?

Project management can be a rewarding, and potentially high earning, career, as you can specialise, in accountancy roles. The highest earning role in the field is enforcement agent work.

Lessons learned!

An event will open at 10am. Strictly no candidates in before this. However, be ready at 9.30am, as exhibitors will walk around and many of the exhibitors are ex-military and will take an interest and chat, so be sure to set up early.

This is the military, so some candidates are in before 10. No idea how, probably through an unopened 6th floor window, so be prepared early.

The event is daunting for some candidates, it will be the first they have attended. Most will probably do an initial lap, have a look and then go around again. So you can have moments where there is nobody at your stand, and then they all come at once. So be prepared with enough people on your stand to talk to them!

Listen to them. Many of the candidates are finding their feet and are not sure how their skills and knowledge translate into the roles or sector you work in. You have to take your time to understand what it is that spikes an interest. Everybody talks about transferable skills; but what does that really mean. Be prepared to engage on this subject. And when they do talk about those skills and aspirations, you will probably be blown away.

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