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EllisKnight International is taking affirmative action to reduce its carbon footprint through a number of measures including recycling initiatives, water management, energy-saving lighting and vastly reducing business travel.

Unavoidable emissions will be offset through projects including two world-leading clean cooking projects in Kenya and Ghana. These clean cooking projects not only cut carbon emissions, helping tackle climate change, but they also improve lives by halving fuel bills for families and reducing exposure to toxic fumes, which kill more people each year than malaria and tuberculosis combined. By cutting fuel requirements the projects also reduce deforestation, protecting precious habitat.

"We are delighted to work with experts in this sector, ClimateCare. They have over 20 years' experience running some of the most innovative and largest voluntary carbon offset programmes in the world. Working with them has allowed us to take full responsibility for our carbon footprint and integrate action to tackle climate change and improve people's lives." – David Holby-Wolinski, EK Co-Director.


"We work with forward-thinking organisations to turn their climate responsibilities into positive outcomes. Our trademark Climate+Care approach helps organisations take a smart approach to address their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions through projects which also support sustainable development". – Explains ClimateCare's Director of Partnerships, Robert Stevens.


It is essential as an ethical organisation that we continue to drive the reduction of our business travel emissions, office energy, waste and water use. Offsetting the emissions that we have been unable to eliminate allows us to support – among others – the Aqua Clara water purification project in Kenya. This project helps communities gain access to safe drinking water by making affordable household purifiers. In doing so, it reduces the need to boil water – cutting carbon emissions and lowering rates of deforestation in surrounding areas. It's a fantastic project and one that we are extremely proud to support" – Paul Smith, EK Co-Director.


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About ClimateCare

ClimateCare is a profit with purpose business which works with forward-thinking organisations to help turn their climate responsibilities into positive outcomes. Since 1997, ClimateCare and its partners have cut over 43 million tonnes of CO₂ and improved 41 million lives around the world.

We have more than 20 years' experience as a leader in the global carbon markets and climate change sector. We work with major public and private sector clients to fund sustainable development projects that reduce carbon emissions at scale, measurably increase the quality of life and deliver towards the UN Global Goals.
ClimateCare also advises on a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation subjects, from large scale implementation to national climate change policies. ClimateCare's award-winning team use their extensive experience to design, structure finance for and deliver impactful projects around the world.

ClimateCare develops cost-efficient, high impact, Climate+Care programmes to tackle poverty, improve health, and protect the environment. ClimateCare is currently ranked the number one B Corp in the UK – B Corp is a global movement of more than 2,500 purpose-driven companies that are using business as a force for good. ClimateCare operates globally from offices in Oxford, UK and Nairobi, Kenya.

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- About ClimateCare
- What they do
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One of the most common recommendations when going into an interview is: ask questions. But you would wonder why? Well, it shows interest in the role and the company you are applying to.

At some point, during your interview, consider asking some of the following:

If I got this role, what would you see as my priorities in the first, for example, three months? (Ask this to your future line manager).
How does this role fit into the company's longer-term plans? (Ask this to your future line manager).
How would you define success for this position? (Ask this to your future line manager).
As an employee, how could I exceed your/the company's expectations? (Ask this to any interviewer).
What do you like about coming into work here? (Ask this to any interviewer).

Some questions that are better to avoid:

• Do not ask about gossip or rumours you've heard about the company or role.
• Do not ask too much about the interviewer.
• Do not ask if they do background checks.
• Do not ask how quickly you can be promoted.
• Do not ask how soon, after hiring you, you can start applying for other positions in the company.


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  Ex-Military Candidate's Resources  



1. Tell us about yourself.
• Plan on 2 minutes max.
• Consider starting with your immediate situation and why you have left/are thinking about leaving your current job (most relevant).
• Go back to education.
• Then each key role/phase of your professional career back up to your current situation.

2. What do you consider your key achievements? What are you most proud of?
Consider educational, professional, and personal.

3. Why are you interested in us and the role on offer?

4. What have you been told are your areas for development?
We recommend to just give one, applying the STAR method. Let the interviewer know: what did you identify and what was the positive outcome/development.

5. Tell us about a time you managed a project, or showed leadership or innovation?
Apply the STAR method. Try to use impressive examples with valuable and positive outcomes. Consider using one of your stated key achievements.

6. Tell us about a time you came up against an obstacle or were faced with confrontation?
Apply the STAR method. Use examples with positive outcomes and/or lessons learnt.

7. What is your management style?

8. What cultural differences do you think you will face between your previous/current employer and this one?
Try to highlight similarities and skills & methods that both areas share.


General principles of answering


• Always apply PEPP:
    o Show that you're prepared.
    o Be engaging.
    o Be positive and describe positive decisions and results.
    o Demonstrate your professionalism.
• Always apply the STAR method when giving examples.
• Always finish on a positive – even when giving a 'negative' example.
• Always be focussed, and interested in the role on offer.


• Do not volunteer examples of failure.
• Do not answer with irrelevance or waffle – answer the question.
• Do not belittle yourself or your achievement.
• Avoid negatives, after-thoughts, cynical or sarcastic comments, and strong negative opinions.
• Never be confrontational with the interviewer.


STAR Method

An answer structured in these four components shows how you demonstrated skill in a particular context, so the potential employer can imagine how you might operate in their workplace. If you are asked to give an example of a specific circumstance, follow this method:


• Describe the situation you were confronted with. Why was it important? Why and how were you involved?


• Describe the task which needed to be done to resolve the situation.


• Describe what you did. Be clear about your exact role. Explain what you did, how you did it, and why you made the decisions you did.


• Describe what the result was. Always volunteer examples with positive outcomes. If asked for an example of something that did not work – always use an example where positive lessons were learnt and follow this up with an example of when these lessons learnt were evidenced.


For more question examples that can help you to prepare for your interview:

 ⬇︎  Download here our sample interview questions ⬇︎ 


 SOURCE: Career Transition Partnership (CTP)


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When you are planning to attend a job interview, you need to do your homework first. We encourage you to have a look at the company's website you are applying to and pay special attention to the following:

• What exactly does the company do?
• How is the company structured?
• What are the current hot topics (company and industry)?
• What are the company's values and principles?
• What does the basic information suggest? Doing well/poorly?
• Who are the key personalities?


Phone interviews:

• Agree a time when you know you can be alone and undisturbed.
• Ensure the interviewer has the correct contact number to reach you on.
• Ensure your chosen location is quiet – no background noise (traffic, chatter, children etc.)
• Ensure your chosen location has satisfactory reception if using mobile.
• Try to use a location with a table and space to spread basic documents.


Face-to-face interviews:

• Avoid cramming in revision immediately before the interview.
• Avoid taking notes into the interview for reference.
• Avoid writing your own notes during the interview.
• Try to dress to fit the company/role on offer, not your old or current one.
• Dress smart or smart casual, even if it's a video-interview. 


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We made a list of recommendations you that you should keep in mind when writing your CV for a civilian job, as the prospective employers might not be familiar with military jargon:


Military Acronyms

• Try to avoid all Acronyms regardless of if its military or civilian.


Military ranks

• Use your own Rank but don't use the abbreviations. When referring to others E.G. your Commanding officer civilians won't understand the significance of that so try putting it in a way a civilian may understand E.g. Commanding officer (CEO).


Military unit size

• Again a civilian won't know unit sizes so it's worth when referring to your Regiment or battalion adding brackets with an estimated size.
• Writing a CV is a difficult task in particular for the military community as a CV is essentially being big-headed and telling the world how amazing you are, which goes against everything you would have been taught throughout the training.


Less is more

  • Keep your CV to a maximum of two pages; you want a short punchy CV
  • When describing your experiences don't write a full book, keep the details limited but enough to provoke interest. As that experience may be a key talking point in an interview, which may appear boring and barely stand out on paper but be captivating during an interview.


SOURCE: Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

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One of the most common inquiries when writing a CV is, how to write a profile introduction. 

It can be a challenge to transmit concisely and powerfully our personal qualities and traits; that's why we collected a series of words that will help you build a description of yourself, your skills, activities and achievements throughout your career.


Power Words: Personal Description


Active Assertive Attentive
 Agreeable Alert  Ambitious 
 Boundless Bright  Broad-minded 
 Calm  Capable Charming 
 Cheerful  Coherent Comfortable 
 Composed  Committed Compassionate 
 Conscientious Consistent  Creative 
 Confident  Cooperative Credible 
 Cultured  Decisive Detailed 
 Determined  Diligent Discreet 
 Dynamic Effective  Empathetic 
 Eager Efficient  Encouraging 
 Energetic  Entertaining Enthusiastic 
 Excellent Forgiving  Friendly 
 Fair  Faithful Fearless 
 Flexible  Frank Friendly 
 Generous Gentle  Honest 
 Harmonious  Helpful Honourable 
Impartial   Industrious Instinctive 
 Independent  Integrity Kind Knowledgeable 
Likeable   Leader Literate 
 Logical  Mediator Methodical 
Motivated Measured  Mature 
Objective Outgoing Organised
Patient Persistent Positive
Practical Proactive Professional
Placid Plausible Pleasant
Productive Receptive Reflective
Resolute Responsible Reliable
Resourceful Respectful Responsible
Sociable Selective Self-Assured
Sensitive Shrewd Sincere
Skilful Steadfast Stimulating
Successful Succinct Talented
Tenacious Thoughtful Trustworthy
Unbiased Upbeat Vigorous
Warm Wise  


Power Words: Actions


Achieved Adapted Administered
 Advanced  Assigned  Assessed
 Absorbed  Accelerated  Attained
 Attracted  Announced  Appraised
Approved Budgeted Bolstered
Balanced Boosted Bargained
Benefited Beneficial Built
Categorized Comply Created
Critiqued Closed Collaborated
Combined Controlled Consolidated
Designed Delegated Demonstrated
Developed Detected Efficient
Enhanced Excelled Exceeded
Enriched Established Fulfilled
Financed Forecasted Formulated
Generated Guided Granted
Helped Hosted Implemented
Investigated Increased Incorporated
 Initiated  Influenced  Integrated
 Innovated  Instituted  Justified
 Listed  Logged  Maintained
 Mentored  Measured Multiplied 
Negotiated   Observed  Operated
 Obtained  Organized  Prepared
Promoted Presented Produced
Programmed Provided Projected
Qualified Quantified Quoted
Recommended Recorded Refined
Revamped Reacted Retained
Recovered Reinstated Revised
Sustained Skilled Saved
Scheduled Shaped Solved
Supported Supervised Secured
Simplified Streamlined Strengthened
Triumphed Troubleshot Taught
Tutored Trained United
Unified Updated Upgraded

SOURCE: Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

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There are skills that every employer is looking to find, no matter the industry or job position; these qualities are also known as "soft skills". We gathered for you the 11 most common and important ones:

Effective communication.

Employers seek candidates who can listen to instructions and act on those instructions with minimal guidance. They want employees who speak, write, and listen effectively, organize their thoughts logically, and explain everything clearly.

Computer and technical literacy:

Almost all jobs now require an understanding, ranging from basic to advanced, of computer software, word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, and Internet navigation.


Employers always want people who can get them out of a pickle. Problem-solving ability can aid you with making transactions, processing data, formulating a vision, and reaching a resolution. Employers need the assurance that you can conquer job challenges by thinking critically and creatively.

Interpersonal abilities:

Relationship-building and relationship-management are high priorities with many employers. These skills confirm that a candidate can relate well to others, both co-workers and customers.

Teamwork skills:

The ability to work well with others while pursuing a common goal is a long running favourite of employers. But so is the ability to work with minor supervision.

Diversity sensitivity:

In today's world, cultural sensitivity and ability to build rapport with others in a multicultural environment is highly valued by employers.

Planning and organizing:

Workplace life requires prioritizing and organizing information. Employers value people who, metaphorically, dig a well before they're thirsty.

Leadership and management:

Leadership consists of a strong sense of self, confidence, and a comprehensive knowledge of company goals. These are qualities that motivate and inspire, providing a solid foundation for teamwork. Employers continue to look for assurances that you can, in some way, either make money for them or save money for them. Skills useful in saving money are universally desired, including by the non-profit organizations.

Adaptability and flexibility.

Nearly half of employers in a recent survey gave a high rating to "openness to new ideas and concepts." They also like candidates who can work independently or as part of a team, changing gears when required, whether multitasking or adapting working hours and locale.

Professionalism and work ethic.

Employers seek productive workers with positive work ethics who stick with challenges until they meet them.

Positive attitude and energy.

The last to be picked and promoted are candidates who show gloomy outlooks and emotional immaturity. Exhibit a sunny outlook and energetic, organized behaviour.


SOURCE: Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

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What is a CV?

A curriculum vitae, often shortened as CV, is a written overview of someone's life's work records. It outlines where you excel and shows what you can offer.


• Make every word count.
• Spend a considerable amount of time refining and improving your CV.
• Get someone you trust to read through your CV and provide feedback.

• Use poor grammar.
• Make spelling mistakes.
• Make statements you cannot back up.


 Introduction (Profile)

• Explain who you are. Describe your key attributes.
• Highlight what you have to offer and have an impact.
• Capture the reader's attention.
• Your CV is your choice and needs to reflect you accurately in a positive way.
• Consider using 3rd person instead of 1st person to keep your CV concise.


Key Skills (education and qualifications)

Select 4 or 5 keys skills of your ex-military career that are general and transferable:

• Articulate each skill in a short paragraph which builds on the introduction.
• Always provide an example of an achievement that demonstrates the skill.
• When the Key Skills and Introduction are combined the reader should have a clear picture of who you are and what you have to offer.

Don't forget to visit our article with Key Skill examples that employers want!



• Outline your experience to validate everything you have said in the Introduction and Key Skills.
• Use positive power words. What is a power word?
• Ensure power words have meaning for you and you are confident you know their meaning.
• Use bullets to highlight what you did and when you did it.
• Consider highlighting the start of each bullet point in BOLD.
• Make the experiences chronological putting the most recent first.
• Reduce the details as you go down the list, employers don't need to know about your full responsibilities of peeling potatoes in a cafe in New Zealand on your gap year.


Interests and Achievements

• Use this section to stand out about the type of person you are.
• Highlight what more you can offer beyond that of other candidates, do not just use it to fill space.
• Consider things that are not related to your work such as charity/community work, volunteering etc.
• This section is optional and could also be used for Education and Qualifications.


General Advice

• Add page numbers and your name to the bottom of each page in case they get separated after printing.
• Put your name address and contact details at the top of the first page. (If you are willing to relocate state this as location may be what is stopping you from getting a job).
• Add in social media references such as LinkedIn.
• You do not need to state your age or marital status.
• When adding your Email address have a sensible Email address preferably consisting of your name, Avoid adding email address like the following;
• If you are currently in employment or still serving, avoid using your work email in case potential employers try to contact you and you have already left service or no longer employed by that company.


 SOURCE: Career Transition Partnership (CTP)


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EllisKnight International Recruitment has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at EllisKnight receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 within their Berkshire based office. The rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.

EllisKnight International Recruitment is based in the South East, a region where 15% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage - around 572,000 jobs. Despite this, EllisKnight has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day's pay for a hard day's work.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 230,000 people and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers. 


They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs, Lush, and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like EllisKnight International Recruitment, believe that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay." - Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation


"We're delighted that EllisKnight International Recruitment has joined the movement of over 6000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs, Lush, and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like EllisKnight International Recruitment, believe that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay." - Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation

"People are at the very heart of what is as a business and it's vital that each member of staff is sufficiently rewarded for the amazing job they do every single day. We want to ensure that we continue to be seen as a leading employer that truly values the team we have, by not only paying the real Living Wage but by also offering a great working environment where they feel happy and supported."- Paul Smith, EK Co-Director. 


For more information, please visit the Living Wage website:


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