Firms urged to iden­tify job­seek­ers’ spe­cial skills

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

FOR­MER elec­tronic war­fare op­er­a­tor Rachel Ran­ton, of Bris­bane, cred­its her suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion into the bank­ing sec­tor to hav­ing a woman on the in­side.

Af­ter 11 years in the Army, she knew she wanted to work in a broad sec­tor where she could de­velop her ca­reer and when she ap­plied at a St Ge­orge branch, a staff mem­ber she had never met backed her up.

“One of the ladies that worked at the branch, her daugh­ter was in the mil­i­tary and she said ‘this is the kind of per­son we want’,” Ms Ran­ton (pic­tured be­low) said.

St Ge­orge recog­nised her lead­er­ship skills and put her straight into a branch man­age­ment role.

Al­though her tran­si­tion out of De­fence was rel­a­tively smooth, Ms Ran­ton ac­knowl­edged the chal­lenges other vet­er­ans faced.

“Or­gan­i­sa­tions some­times strug­gle to un­der­stand ex­actly what vet­er­ans can of­fer and how the skills are trans­fer­able, and vet­er­ans strug­gle to sell them­selves and un­der­stand what they want to do next,” she said.

Ms Ran­ton is an in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity con­sul­tant for West­pac, work­ing on projects such as mak­ing the bank a sup­port­ive em­ployer of peo­ple on the autism spec­trum.

“All vet­er­ans are re­ally good at work­ing with who­ever their team is – dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity types and se­nior­ity,” she said.

“That is a strength vet­er­ans bring to the work­force.”

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