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Get Yourself MoneyFit

Category: Finance Get Yourself MoneyFit
A great new website has launched to assist all Service personnel, including their partners, families and dependants, to be better equipped to handle their money and financial affairs. On the www.moneyforce.org.uk site there are tools and advice on topics such as dealing with debt, investments and loans. Moneyforce is a joint initiative between Standard Life Charitable Trust, The Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence. The mobility and overseas deployment of Armed Forces...
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Standing Out from the Crowd

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
To get ahead in the job market it is important to be remembered for all the right reasons and to be confident in the positive impression you leave on those you encounter. When it comes to dazzling recruiters it is essential to not only look the part, but also be their ideal candidate. Candidates who shine are those who have taken the time to prepare. This is true throughout the recruitment process; from the initial application, through the interview/assessment process, during the acceptance...
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Telephone Interviews

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
The use of telephone or Skype interviews is of increasing popularity to employers, as it is an inexpensive medium for measuring a potential employee’s cultural or behavioural fit with an organisation. Read on for some top tips to ensure you create the best impression possible.* 1) Get the Environment right. Try to avoid conducting the interview in a busy, noisy environment or indeed in your car. A private office where you will not be disturbed is perfect. Too many telephone interviews are...
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Networking, Help and Support

Category: Living & Working in Germany
Get yourself involved and start networking! Join the Anglo-German Club or the Deutsch Britische Gesellschaft... or any local organisation! There are opportunities in every village, town and city to get involved with the community in local clubs and associations. Doing so will help improve your German language skills and provide the perfect opportunity to meet new people. Below are some examples of how you can get involved; click the heading to visit the relevant website: UK Affiliated...
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First Steps - Official Procedures

Category: Living & Working in Germany
De-BFG your car and register it on the German net Speak to the BFG office/VLO about the procedure, at least eight weeks before your discharge date. Be aware that this might take a few days, and involves additional costs for taxes, MOT, registration, German car documents, insurance and number plates. Depending on your situation this cost can be up to several hundred Euros.  1. The registered keeper applies for a BFG Form 38 in writing, or, if available, contact a Garrison Customs &...
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German Language Skills

Category: Living & Working in Germany
When moving to another country where English is not the first language, learning the native language should be your number one priority! Although your experience may tell you that a lot of people speak English, speaking the native language when you live and work in a country is a necessity. Employers and many other people you will encounter don’t or don’t want to speak English. Start to learn the Lingo now; you can never be too good, so keep practicing! Your language skills will not...
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Housing in Germany

Category: Living & Working in Germany
In Germany, renting rather than owning property is fairly commonplace. Many Germans leave buying property until later in life, and many don’t buy property at all. It is much more common to rent flats rather than houses in Germany, and there are therefore fewer houses on the market. Renting a Property When looking for a property to rent, it is important to note that the advertised price may refer to one of three categories: Kaltmiete: Cold rent, meaning basic rent only with no...
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Tax & Finances in Germany

Category: Living & Working in Germany
When settling in a new country, t is important to address your personal finances as soon as possible; this may include sorting out your UK pension(s), starting new money saving schemes and changing insurance. For advice, attend a CTP Financial Aspects of Resettlement Briefing (click here for dates and locations), and develop a relationship with a German/international tax and finance advisor. Ensure that your chosen tax advisor is familiar with international/European law. The local Sparkasse...
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Unemployment

Category: Living & Working in Germany
Arbeitsamt/Agentur Fur Arbeit Those seeking work can register with the local ‘Agentur für Arbeit’ (Employment Agency), “Arbeit suchend” (“seeking employment”). The agency provides job-finding support and a one-to-one consultation, although the quality of the support often depends on the individual branch and staff. You should register “Arbeit suchend” three months prior to discharge. In the unfortunate case of unemployment after your discharge date, you can apply for unemployment benefits...
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From Battlefield to Business

Category: Employment
The British Library’s ‘From Battlefield to Business’ event took place on 3rd July 2012, with the aim of inspiring members of the Armed Forces to consider starting up their own business upon leaving the services. The event was attended by over 150 visitors, many of these being Service leavers currently going through the various stages of their resettlement, along with those still serving and considering their options.Throughout the course of the evening, attendees heard from a panel of speakers...
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