Career advice

FFJ Explores CV Writing with the RFEA

Lee and Joanne from the RFEA joined us at FFJ to give some hints and tips to help you to create the best possible CV for your job search, take a look at our webinar:



British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS)

We host successful National Employment & Careers Fairs across the country and our aim is to continuously introduce the Armed Forces community to companies and try to ensure they are fully aware of the benefits of employing from this community.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

BFRS is a Community Interest Company (CIC). We are a Social Enterprise that was created to work in support of the Armed Forces community. We support them by working with companies across the UK that are looking to hire, re-train, and offer career advice to them. A CIC is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community (for us the Armed Forces community), rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. CICs tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues. For us it to ensure the Armed Forces community are not disadvantaged due to their service.

Visit the BFRS site to find out more.


BizEd Projects C.I.C.

Current CV and application processes do not support the skills or knowledge gained through volunteering or other unpaid experience to be emphasised within the recruitment process. This can result in a half-filled CV or incomplete application, especially if you have relocated several times. BizEd Projects will work with you to convert all of your experience from personal and professional experience and package this in a way to help you gain employment. Simply send through any existing information, follow up with a call to discuss with our friendly team and then we will return the updated document to you to review.

We offer an online service with a 20% discount for forces families. 

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

BizEd Projects C.I.C is committed to supporting the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that armed forces families are not unfairly disadvantaged when they seek employment or opportunities within the workplace. We develop products for individuals and employers to break down barriers and challenge existing work practices that may unconsciously discriminate.

Visit the BizEd site to find out more. 



Career Pursuit – a career guide for military families on the move

Moving around with your Serving partner doesn’t mean you have to give up on your own ambitions and aspirations, Helen Massey shares who can help you through with her brand new career guide.

Career Pursuit is for all ‘other halves’ of the Armed Forces, it's free and offers career support, advice, resources and top tips, including setting up and running your own business.

Author of Career Pursuit, Helen Massey said:

'Moving with the military can have an impact on your career and inspirations. I have been a military partner / spouse for over 17 years and during that time I have completely changed my career. Career pursuit had been designed to help military spouses and veterans facing a similar transition. 

There is a wealth of support available in one place. With advice, resources and top tips from successful entrepreneurs and experts, you see that moving around with your military partner does not mean giving up on your own ambitions, and it may even help propel you to the next level. Just click on the front cover to read the full guide. Happy reading!'

You can access Career Pursuit online. 




Capgemini offer some great career advice options for young adults, helping to get you job ready: 


Learnathon is a series of informal one hour webinars for students in year 11 (S4 in Scotland ) and above, with a wide range of topics covering market trends/knowledge, key employability skills and career insights. They are hosted by our Capgemini team and we love to bring them to you!

To join the webinars visit the Capgemini site



Eluceo Ltd - iShine

Overwhelmed by career choice? Don't know where to start looking for a new career? Lack the confidence to identify your strengths? Look no further! Let Eluceo’s lifelong career road-mapping app, iShine®, help you!

Whether you are returning to work after a career break, changing career, or just starting out in the working world, iShine® empowers you to take control of your future by offering you a unique way to plan, track and manage your career. Using the latest Labour Market Information, iShine® takes the risk out of rethinking career plans, giving you clarity and confidence to work towards your career goals. Do what you love! Get started for free: • Android • iPhone • Online.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

Eluceo, a forward-looking enterprise with strong social values is set up to help individuals navigate the complex arena of education/lifelong learning into fulfilling employment. Our lifelong career road-mapping app, iShine®, is created with initial inputs from members of AFF. In addition, through our association with veterans in our areas, we have a good understanding of the issues encountered by military families and therefore seek to produce solutions to support them, including working with career and wellbeing coaches. No matter what stage you are in your  career journey, you will find our website ( has a wide range of information and resources just for you. 

Visit the Eluceo site to find out more. 



 Families Employment Support Officer - Army Welfare Service - Northern Ireland

The Families Employment Support Officer assists and advises the dependants of Service Personnel on the issues relating to finding employment in Northern Ireland.

The support officer covers NI and will provide local information relating to the area in which you live and work. Advice and information is available to all dependants (both partners and school leavers).

We offer information on a wide range of topics, for example:

  • Focused employment searches
  • NI specific employment information
  • Job centre contact details
  • Vacancies in local press and online
  • Information on colleges and universities
  • Employment agencies and how to register
  • Civil service applications – MOD and NI Civil service
  • Signposting service for specialist advice on careers changes
  • CV writing / updating advice
  • “Civilianising” your CV
  • Interview techniques and skills
  • Signposting for security advice on external firms.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

The Families Employment Support Officer continues to provide the dependants of the serving Service Personnel in Northern Ireland with information, advice and guidance on all aspects of seeking employment, further education and training throughout their time in Northern Ireland.

Please contact for more information. 

Before applying for a job in Northern Ireland, Forces Families Jobs recommends that you contact the Families Employment Support Officer for further information and advice.


Forces CV and Career Services

Since 2010 we have helped 1000's of members of the military community to communicate their vast range of skills and expertise to employers and secure their next job fast! We provide interview - winning CV's, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles, help our clients to become clear on their career direction and perform well at interview. 

We offer free CV health checks and prices discounted against normal civilian rates.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

The company was founded by former military spouse, Sian Richardson. We work with the military community at all levels across the tri-services. Our coaching specialist is also a current military spouse and former member of the RAF. We hold the Bronze AFC award and work closely with a number of military organisations, including BFRS whose events we attend to give free CV and career advice. 

Visit the Forces CV website to find out more. 


Higher Futures

Higher Futures offers a comprehensive skills service to the military community. With the largest concentration of army resources in the country, Wiltshire and Swindon is fortunate to have a wealth of highly skilled and resilient people to boost our employment talent pool.

Our specialist consultants offer:

  • Support for the military community in accessing a university level education
  • Support for veterans and reservists to further develop their military skills into civilian recognised qualifications to enhance their employment prospects
  • Access to work experience placements in a variety of sectors across the region
  • Local, flexibly delivered university level courses through our network of UK wide universities and colleges
  • Advise on how to keep training costs down by using the accreditation of any prior learning
  • An end to end brokerage service providing access to bespoke higher level education designed to meet specific needs
  • A range of offers for military personnel and their families including information on local job vacancies
  • Advice on potential sources of funding to benefit all members of the military community.

Have a look at our case studies.  Visit the Higher Futures site to find out more.



Free & Online

Whether you are in education, looking for a career change, leaving the military or simply curious about careers, the completely free, ad free imployable app will give you all the information you need to find and enter a new career.

Get valuable career insights on over 1000 potential jobs in the UK, learn about the day to day job, salaries, entry requirements and what qualifications you are likely to need to break in to that career. In addition, build an imployable profile and see how you match compared to potential and live job opportunities as well as completely free access to online coaching, live qualifications to apply for, jobs and local and national support..

Our commitment to the Armed Forces Community

Our co-founders are both former military and 11% of our users are veterans or family. The App was originally built to help veterans transition in their career, but now it helps everybody. The journey to a more fulfilling career starts here. The imployable App gives you control of every step so that you can identify, map and track your way into the career that you deserve by building your digital CV with imployable. Identify the career you want, see how you fit and what you need to break in to that career. Get access to the qualifications and experience you need, once you are ready use our inbuilt job board to apply for jobs that suit you. The app is packed with coaching videos, support features and access to exclusive perks. We exist to make a difference.

Visit the imployable site to find out more. 


LifeWorks Families, Royal British Legion Industries

Free & Online

A fully funded support service to help military spouses and partners get the job they want. 

LifeWorks Families is available to all spouses, partners and dependants of any serving (or recently discharged) member of the British Armed Forces, including Reserves. The course covers a range of topics from job searching to confidence building and challenging those limiting beliefs. It's available in a range of formats, as a 3 day flexible course, as remote coaching support and online. It's completely free. The course is fully funded by Armed Forces charities.

Looking for your first job? 18+, just left school? 

We know that the current situation will have impacted hugely on school leavers who have been unable to receive career support, direction and guidance. We can help!


Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

RBLI has been improving the lives of our Armed Forces since 1919. Leading the way in providing high quality and life-changing support to the whole Armed Forces Community every day across the UK and abroad.  There are many ways that we provide support, from free employment support for Armed Forces veterans, their spouses and partners, to high quality nursing care provided in our nursing and accommodation centres.

Visit the LifeWorks site to find out more.


Military Coworking Network (MCN)

The mission of the MCN is simple - to provide military spouses and partners of serving personnel across any of the services, the means, the opportunity, and the support they need to achieve their full career potential and maintain independent, professional lives alongside military life.

We achieve this by working in partnership with other organisations whose mission it is to make family life in the military easier, and via our community of military spouses because this is a community that works for the community, gives back to the community, and supports the community.  Our members are the backbone of the MCN – our success is their success.

How do we know what they need?  Because these are our stories too – we are the military spouses. The MCN has been built by us, for us. 

How do we do this? We achieve this via our Online Community and our Coworking Hub Network.

Our Online Community enables our members to link up with people who share their values, understand the challenges they face, and can relate to the problems they experience. Through the many networking opportunities we offer, they can rebuild their support network and make meaningful friendships that can last a lifetime.  Here they have access to a wide range of resources, including career and business support as well as learning and development opportunities to drive and inspire personal and professional development.  And it’s FREE to join!

And finally, our Network of Coworking Hubs gives them a contemporary, stylish space where they can work, study, and connect with like-minded people, share advice, exchange experiences, and learn from their peers. To use one of our coworking hubs, you need to become a member of our Hub Network.  We offer three levels of membership – Gold, Silver and Bronze, depending on your hotdesking needs.  Membership starts at just £20/year, offering excellent value for money.

Visit the Military Coworking Network site to find out more.


My Future in Portsmouth - Portsmouth City Council

My Future in Portsmouth works with 16 - 24 year olds across the PO1 - PO6 postcodes, supporting people into paid employment. 

Our team offers the following support:
- 1:1 careers advice with our approachable, experienced staff
- Finding full and part-time jobs, work experience, apprenticeships and Kickstart opportunities 
- Support to write CVs, job applications and cover letters
- Interview preparation
- Support to find the best pathway for each individual
- In-work support, and help if the job doesn't work out
- Signposting to courses, support groups and personal support required (such as housing, debt management etc)
- Health and wellbeing support 

This is a completely free service. Email us to take that first step towards finding your future career. 

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

Portsmouth City Council have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2017 we have partnered with Southampton, Gosport and Isle of Wight councils to adopt a partnership approach to delivering the covenant within the Solent region of the wider County of Hampshire. Entitled Strengthening Local Covenant delivery, the aim of this partnership is to:
 - Raise awareness among serving personnel, reservists and veterans of the support they can expect from local authorities;
 - Provide a broader understanding of the needs of the local veteran population as well as serving personnel during transition to civilian life;
 - Evaluate the impact of these initiatives.

Email to find out more.  


Recruit for Spouses


Recruit for Spouses is an independent social enterprise dedicated to supporting, championing and finding gainful employment for an untapped talent pool of spouses and partners to members of our Armed Forces.

We don’t just find temporary and permanent jobs for you; we also help you to prepare for your journey back into work. We do this through our Career Academy CiC. We provide free to access training courses including digital workshops without partner MikeAlpha and insight days which provide a series of practical workshops designed to build confidence, provide advice and help with direction. In addition, we offer free bespoke mentoring and coaching programmes designed around each individual – whatever your situation, aspirations or career background.

These free to use resources help people to focus on what they want to achieve and increase their confidence in going out to get it.

Being part of military life is honourable, exciting and diverse. It is also highly challenging and professionally, being married to the military can be detrimental to finding a job let alone holding a career down. With regular job changes, career gaps or changes, a military spouse CV can look busy at best, and viewed as uncommitted and reckless at worst. Recruit for Spouses understand this – we live it ourselves – and we are here to support you back to the workplace.

Visit the Recruit for Spouses site to find out more. 

Recruit for Spouses recognises many military spouses have struggled to maintain or develop their career alongside being part of the Armed Forces community. Which is why, as well as providing real job opportunities, we launched our Career Academy.

During the pandemic, the Career Academy have teamed up with a top Global employer to create the first military spouse focused Mentoring Programme. The programme is developed specifically for spouses who have been impacted by COVID19 and who find themselves furloughed or out of work. The bespoke mentoring programme offers one-to-one support and guidance as well as providing an insight into a large corporate organisation. It will provide spouses with an opportunity to ask for and be shown well-trodden career paths. These could include your dream job or a completely new and exciting role you didn’t even know existed.

To speak to a member of our Career Academy team to discuss how Recruit for Spouses can help you to take your next career move please contact




We offer advice and guidance to support partners and spouses of serving military personnel, and  veterans, into employment.  We are experts in understanding local jobs markets and how your skills and aspirations best fit with the jobs available as well as advising on how to overcome or work around barriers to employment, such as having been out of employment for a long time, or childcare.  We provide advice in developing your CV and interview preparation.

RFEA EM3 Armed Forces Veterans and Families helps veterans, partners, spouses, and their children to gain new skills in emerging industries including digital, medical technologies, gaming, sustainable construction, cyber, and space and satellite. This is a unique opportunity to access free accredited courses and qualifications via our expert partners and get personal careers and employability support from our dedicated caseworkers who have all either served, are military-spouses, or have lived experience of forces family life. Now open for enrolment: sign up here , start your personal development journey and future-proof your career! EM3 LEP initiative part-funded by ESF, available for families living in and around the M3 corridor. 

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

RFEA exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families.  We provide support irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving the armed forces.

Visit the RFEA site to find out more.


Royal Airforce Benevolent Fund

Wellbeing and employment workshops for partners of RAF personnel. 

Our programme, Thrive, aims to help partners overcome these barriers and aims to also:

  • increase the employability of partners who are looking for paid employment
  • further the skills of partners who are already resourceful
  • explore alternatives to paid employment
  • improve overall wellbeing and emotional resilience
  • reduce social isolation. 

We will be running Thrive workshops across the RAF through the use of online platforms and these will be led by qualified coaches who themselves have served or are partners of the serving RAF. To register your interest and stay up to date on future dates and courses, simply fill in our online form.


The Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. We are proud to be the official provider of resettlement and have supported leavers of the Armed Forces for over 20 years, as they transition from the military into civilian life. There are huge benefits from registering and accessing the wealth of support we offer, from career transition guidance, skills workshops, vocational training and routes to employment. 

Visit the CTP site to find out more. 


Skills Development Scotland


Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body and we deliver Scotland’s careers service. We work with partners across Scotland, developing and promoting our service offer to all including the military community. We offer a range of  services to help individuals in relation to skills and employment. We understand that serving, being a family member and then leaving the Armed Forces can be challenging, particularly when it comes to finding employment and getting the career you want. Our services are open to people of all ages and stages, including veterans and service leavers, and their families.

We offer a range of services – in person, online and over the phone – to help individuals transition to civilian life and to help families find the career they want. – The help you need for the career you want. – Making skills work for employers. – Find an apprenticeship. Recruit an apprentice. – Making skills work for Scotland.

Our dedicated Armed Forces page can be accessed here

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

Families, veterans and service leavers can speak to our careers advisers at SDS careers centres across the whole of Scotland. We can support you at any point in your career, and our services are free. Careers advisers will support you to consider the skills you have and find career opportunities that are right for you. Services available include:

  •  Career information, advice and guidance
  •  Help you explore all your options
  • One-to-one appointments
  • Work with you on your career development plan
  • Career events 
  • Labour Market Information
  • Help with CVs, application forms and interview preparation 
  • Advice on apprenticeships
  • Information on and links to local employers
  • Access to Scotland’s careers website 
  • Call the customer helpline on 0800 917 8000. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9am-5pm.

Visit the my world of work site to find out more.


Triage Central Limited 

Review, Refresh and Return is delivered all over Scotland for women over the age of twenty-five who have previously worked, and are seeking support to move forward in their life. Our service can support individuals at any point in their journey towards achieving your goals including volunteering, education, employment, or taking the first steps towards any of these. Women Returners is about providing a tailored service to our participants and your first contact will be to discuss your goals and how we can help you. 


Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

Triage hold the Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award for the Employer Recognition Scheme. We are committed to providing the best service to all of our participants, and welcome applications and engagement from armed forces veterans. Our commitment is to provide a supportive, understanding and tailored service that suits the individual to progress forward with their own goals.

Visit the Triage Central site to find out more.  


The Family Foundation

The Family Foundation is a not for profit registered charity that operates across Wales, we offer a targeted Skills Programmes to support Armed Forces Families.

We offer key skills NVQ courses such as first aid, health & safety in work, customer service etc. We have a conversation with the individual to see what they need help with - CV writing to interview preparation. We offer a free and online service.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

As a charity we understand how difficult it can be for forces families to adapt to 'civi' life, we are committed to be there to break down the barriers. We work closely with other charities to make sure we are providing the most suitable help for each individual. Our staff and trustees have a wealth of experience of working with individuals and families in local communities. 

Visit The Family Foundation site to find out more.


WeCare Wales

Online & Free

Our online resource 'A Question of Care: a Career for YOU' helps you improve your employability. It features an assessment section where you can watch videos of different roles in care and answer questions about how you would deal with the situations that arise. This gives you a first-hand opportunity to see if the job is right for you. Once complete, you will be given a document that can be shown to employers to help you stand out against other applicants.

Introduction to social care

WeCare Wales is offering free training for people interested in working in social care. The three-day online programme is available for anyone living in Wales. The training will cover the essentials needed to start working in social care such as communication, safeguarding and working practices, find out more here

You can apply for roles in care at WeCare Wales Jobs before, during or after attending the training course, but completing the course will help you to be ‘job ready’. At the end of the training our work coach will assist you to look for available vacancies.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

WeCare Wales aims to raise awareness and understanding of social care, early years and childcare and attract more people with the right skills and values to work in caring roles with children and adults.

If you have a positive attitude and a commitment to care for others, then for most roles you can gain any training and qualifications you need on the job. There are lots of ways to work flexibly, so you can fit caring for people around you and your family. 

Visit the WeCare Wales site to find out more. 


Working Wales

Online & Free

Working Wales, delivered by Careers Wales provides a free, bilingual, inclusive, impartial careers guidance and coaching service for anyone aged 16 and over and living in Wales.

Support is tailored to meet individuals needs and can include: - CV and application form support - Job interview preparation - Support with finding a job - Helping you through redundancy - Upskilling and training support - Guidance on sourcing and applying for funding. 


Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

Our advisers understand that everyone is unique and that advice and guidance is needed that is specific to the individual. We recognise that military families may find it difficult to navigate the employment space and Working Wales can help them whatever their needs are in order to find them suitable employment and support them through the recruitment process.

Visit the Working Wales site to find out more.