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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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Cyber Security: Keeping Ahead of the Skills Shortage

By Kinexus on 6 December 2018
With our online vulnerability increasing, cyber crime is worth over $450 billion US a year. With the world being more connected than ever, we need to look at developing our cyber skills to stay ahead. Although technology has begun replacing people when it comes to security, people are key to protecting ourselves, businesses and national security. Despite cyber crime statistics increasing year on year, the skilled workforce remains stunted, and it’s estimated that by 2021 there will be a shortage of 2 million skilled workers. Most businesses and leaders don’t know about security dangers and risks until after a breach, the Australian Government reported the average cost of a cyber attack to a business was around $276,000 and that 85% of cyber attacks can be prevented by having the right cyber security individual in your organisation. So what needs to be done to attract and keep the right talent, and ultimately ensure your business is no longer at risk?
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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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