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Preparing for life ‘on the outside’ is about much more than finding a new job. That’s why QUEST aims to offer advice on all aspects of making the move to civvy street. From practical guidance on buying a house to organising your finances, via finding out how to fit back in to the family routine, our down-to-earth guides and civvy-savvy contributors are here to help!

New Guaranteed Interview Scheme set to help Service leavers
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New Guaranteed Interview Scheme set to help Service leavers

Richmond Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012 and has since been committed to making it easier for Service personnel and veterans to access help and advice when they need it. Claire Withey of specialist claims solicitors Bolt Burdon Kemp shares news of its latest interview-related initiative …

The value of veterans
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The value of veterans

Civilian employers should welcome veterans to their workforce says Ahmed Al-Nahhas, head of the military team at London-based law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp. Here he explains why …

Is your family leaving the services?
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Is your family leaving the services?

The transition period between the point of activating your departure from the Armed Forces to handing in your military ID card on your final day can be an unsettling time for any Service leaver, but what about the impact it has on your family? Luckily Veterans’ Gateway is on hand with advice and support. Read on to find out more …

KELLY RICHARDSON, RAF RESERVIST
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KELLY RICHARDSON, RAF RESERVIST

The Reserve Forces are an integral part of the nation’s Armed Forces. With the government’s plans to increase the size of the Reserves to create a more balanced Armed Forces structure, their contribution will be more important than ever. In the third and final part of our series, read about some of those who’ve already joined up – and how to find out more if you decide to follow suit.

Running your own business: Get some help
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Running your own business: Get some help

Imagine arriving at your new posting and there’s no one to hand over to you. Your phone is already ringing and people are asking you questions you can’t answer. You have reports to write, deadlines to meet and not a clue how to do most of it. That’s exactly how starting a business can feel, says regular Quest contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man, and he has a few ideas as to what you can do about it …

Get set for resettlement!
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Get set for resettlement!

When it comes to making the transition to civvy street, says Tom Spearpoint, a senior solicitor in the Military Claims team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, it’s vital to seek out the right support to help your journey go as smoothly as possible – even more so if you’re leaving as a result of injury or illness

Get some perspective
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Get some perspective

Quest’s regular ‘civvy’ contributor Ryan Mansfield reports from the resettlement frontline on another issue likely to be of concern to our readers: how to form a clear strategy for your next career move. It’s a task, says Ryan, that will involve you coming up with some straight-talking answers to some straightforward questions: What do you want to get out of your new job? What motivates you? What really inspires you? It’s time to be honest with yourself …

Get your house in order!
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Get your house in order!

When it comes to buying a house, whether or not you’re a first timer it’s never too early to start planning where you’re going to live on leaving – and, more to the point, how you’re going to pay for it! Luckily there’s a lot of help available – financial and otherwise – to aid your preparations

MEET THE RESERVES Vickie Bracken, Army Reservist ‘Those who can, teach and train to be the best!’
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MEET THE RESERVES Vickie Bracken, Army Reservist ‘Those who can, teach and train to be the best!’

The Reserve Forces are an integral part of the nation’s Armed Forces. With the government’s plans to increase the size of the Reserves to create a more balanced Armed Forces structure, their contribution will be more important than ever. In our new series, read about some of those who’ve already joined up and how to find out more if you decide to follow suit.

Pants on fire?
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Pants on fire?

You can’t get away with little white lies on your CV any more, says author and careers advice expert, Edd Williams. Here he shares his extensive experience of working on more than 100,000 CVs over the past decade, in light of survey results which revealed that three in five employers have rejected a candidate for lying on their CV

We’ve got employee support in our sights!
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We’ve got employee support in our sights!

… so says Jacobs, which aims to be very much more than a global professional services company with a huge international presence. In the UK it’s carrying out major projects including HS2 and Crossrail, but at the individual level it’s also doing a great deal to support its ex-Forces employees …

‘Sorry, no stereotypes!’
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‘Sorry, no stereotypes!’

Transitioning to the civilian workplace on leaving the Services is now about much more than stereotypical roles such as security guarding or taking a conventional ‘trade’ with you (useful as these still are), says Claire Withey of Bolt Burdon Kemp. And, when it comes to 21st-century resettlement, she’s keen to emphasise the current breadth of skills the ex-military have to offer potential employers

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