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4 Tips for Hiring Veterans and Ex-Service Men and Women

By Kinexus on 13 December 2018
Veterans and ex-servicemen hold a wealth of knowledge and skills unique to their defence training and experience. Although some practical abilities may not be relevant in a business setting, all of their soft skills are a huge asset. Collaboration, problem-solving, attention to detail, leadership and many other skills are commonly held and refined by most ex-defence persons. Hiring and retaining these men and women is an excellent opportunity to inject strength, diversity and efficiency into your business. With that being said, you often need to plan and fine-tune your hiring and retention strategies to maximise your chances of identifying, attracting and keeping these hidden gems. So, here are four strategies we recommend you implement to make the most of hiring and retaining ex-defence candidates.
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Rewards of Transitioning to the Civilian Workforce from the Military

By Kinexus on 22 November 2018
Transitioning to the civilian workforce is a huge step. Going from the comforting arms of the ADF into the world can be daunting to say the least. Although your resilience may be high, your skills and experience don’t always translate. The civvies are talking in acronyms you don’t know and you’re starting to understand the blank stares you got from your missus/mister when you were talking about work. But don’t let the fear phase you. There are some incredible rewards civilian life offers that makes the transition worth it.
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How to Successfully Negotiate a Pay Rise

By Kinexus on 15 November 2018
In the defence forces, remuneration is standardised with a 6% increase over a 3-year period. Which is about 2% each year and in line with increases to the national Average Weekly Earnings. In the Kinexus 2018 salary survey, there was a reported average increase of 4.4% over a one-year period across private defence organisations. So why is this higher than the ADF and overall national average? There are probably a few reasons for this, including unstandardised pay rates, increasing investment in the industry, technical focus of most roles and the project orientated nature of the industry. However, it’s also because people simply asked for increased pay. Many ex-defence employees assume a salary increase will come around on its own, but in general, organisations won’t give salary increases above inflation (or sometimes at all) unless the raise has been asked for and negotiated. Overall, the principles of a pay increase in public or private companies are not all that dissimilar. Most pay rises come around, or are appropriate to ask for when there has been a notable jump in time in service or the level of duties being performed. The difference lies in the need to proactively ask for an increase when you work for a private industry employer. For help going through the processes for the first (or hundredth!) time, here is a quick guide to asking for a pay rise.
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Moving into Defence from an Adjacent Industry

By Kinexus on 8 November 2018
By Pritam Bhuyan The Defence Industry has traditionally been notoriously difficult to break into. Some of the red tape involved is justified, the rest is up for discussion another day. Companies are facing the stark possibility that the current size of the workforce will struggle to meet the demands of industry. This has led to an increased opportunity for people from adjacent industries to make a move to the Defence Industry - unheard of a few years ago. The sectors primed to crossover include:
  • Transport - automotive, rail, and aerospace
  • Utilities - water, power, gas, electricity
  • Mining
  • Medical devices
If you are thinking of making the transition into Defence Industry, there are a few things to consider first.
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What are the Differences Between Military and Business Leadership?

By Kinexus on 25 October 2018
Being a leader in the business world vastly differs from being a leader in the military. After I left the Navy, I built a career in leadership. I have led multiple sales teams to success and received numerous leadership awards. My career as a leader wasn’t always successful though. In the beginning, my approach was to take a military tactic with my team, and this didn’t turn out the way I expected. Luckily, I had a good mentor, who coached me on how to be an effective leader in the business world. Let me share some of my learnings on some of the key differences.
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3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Transitioning into The Civilian Workforce

By Kinexus on 18 October 2018
After 20 years of US Navy service in the Submarine Force as an Electrician, including four different submarines, two tours as a recruiter and 12 deployments; in January of 2018, I retired. There are many differences between work in, and out of the Forces. There are three things, in particular, I have found completely different and should be considered if transitioning out of the military.
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Why You Should Consider a Career in Defence Industry

By Kinexus on 4 October 2018
There has never been a better time to develop a career in the Defence Industry. The industry is growing and changing rapidly, with large and exciting projects coming online all the time. With a focus on upgrades, innovation and system integration there will be more jobs available than ever before. Despite the opportunities this presents, the industry is facing a lack of available talent to deliver on committed projects. As a result, many organisations have started looking outside of Defence Industry to source their workforce. While you may be concerned your previous experience or skills are not transferable to Defence Industry, some careful adjustment of how you present these will help you appeal to more defence employers. If you are open to making the switch, here are some steps you can take to demonstrate your value and increase your chances of getting your foot in the door of a new industry.
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How to Translate Your ADF Experience into Civvy Street

By Kinexus on 20 September 2018
More has been written on the transition of ex-service men and women out of uniform and into Defence Industry (or civvy street) than you can poke a stick at. Recruiters, hiring managers and individuals all have a part to play in the successful facilitation of this. Some military careers prepare people for an easy transition into industry; formal engineering qualifications for example. However, what of those men and women who dedicated years of their life to more operational or less technical roles? How do they translate their skills into a way commercial companies understand?
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The Highlight Reel from the HunterNet Defence Conference

By Kinexus on 13 September 2018
I attended the HunterNet Defence Conference at the end of August. It was my first in a few years, so it was interesting to see the change in ‘vibe’.  Matt Hall, former RAAF fast jet pilot and Red Bull Air Race competitor kicked things off, wowing us with his amazing flying skills as he manoeuvred his racing aircraft above us. Matt generously donated his time and resources, and impressed us that evening as guest speaker at the conference dinner.  Into the conference the next day, there were three main themes.
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