Chris Farley, GSE Engineer at a Fortune Global 500 Conglomerate
Michael Perkins, Ops Coordinator at Leading UK Courier
Matthew got in contact with me whilst I was in a dead end job with a couple of suggestions as to what was available to me if I fancied a change of direction. After a few telephone chats and then Matthew organising a quick fire interview I was impressed with what he had found that matched my Military background in logistics with a civilian company.With the interview complete and Matthew doing his business in the background, I took up the offer for new employment where I will be working with the MoD on a logistic contract. Matthew was fantastic throughout the complete process and I have been in my new position 5 months and really getting to grips with and enjoying.Matthew is was very professional in his approach and conduct throughout my process was 1st class. Thank you, Matthew!
Alan Garvie, Workshop Manager- Leading Defence company
I left the forces 8 years ago now, since leaving I’ve had 2 different jobs, very different roles but admittedly neither of them really gave me the job satisfaction I was after or came close to the team spirit and family community feeling you experience when working with ex forces personnel.
I was recently contacted by XMR who informed me of an excellent opportunity to again work with the Defence and ex servicemen. I can honestly say that XMR handled the pre interview process brilliantly; I felt I was very well prepared for the interview and the interviewer was very well informed about me which made the interview comfortable and relaxed. Needless to say I was successful.
I would highly recommend XMR to anyone, especially service personnel who are about to begin their transition into civilian life if they are looking to still work within a similar environment.
Paul Chapman, Group Compliance Coordinator at UK’s Biggest FMCG Refrigerated Logistics Company
I have been extremely impressed with Matt during the period I was looking for employment prior to leaving the RAF. I can wholeheartedly recommend Matt and XMR for their friendly and professional approach and their ‘never give up’ attitude to their clients. He never gave up in his attempts to match me to relevant job opportunities and, thanks to his hard work, I secured a suitable position.
I have no hesitation in recommending Matt or XMR.
Luke Gobear, Shift Craft Engineer – FTSE 100 Company
“XMR contacted me about a possible job opening as an engineer with a Global leading company.
Matthew arranged an assessment day and interview all on my behalf around times which suited me best. He was very helpful in keeping me up to date with the process and even took the time to give me a practice interview which really helped me on the day because the questions were very similar.
Every time I have tried to contact Matt, he has always got back in touch in quick time if not able to take a call at the time.
The job XMR have secured me is above all my expectations – this includes the role I will be undertaking and the pay I will be receiving.
I would recommend anyone who is ex mill and looking for work to contact XMR.”
Lee Rawlings, Hiring Desk Manager – Leading Environmental Services company
“I was contacted By Matthew about a job in the local area that he thought might be ideal for me, Matt managed to set up an interview for me, arranging times that suited both parties as I work long hours so trying to get to a job interview in normal working hours was nearly impossible! Matt emailed me all the information with interview hints and tips, needless to say I got the job and very much looking forward to my new challenge.
Matt kept me updated with all the feedback from the company and of course then told me I had got the job. Matt’s knowledge and professionalism throughout the recruitment process was first class. Even though I got the job Matthew has continued to contact me making sure everything is ok and readying me for my start date. All in all first class service.”
Zoe Williams – Operations Manager – The World’s Fastest Growing Company
“I met Peter at a networking event and he was immediately helpful. Even though I didn’t fit the usual mold for XMR candidates Peter believed in the skills that I could bring to a company. Within a week of meeting I had an interview scheduled, and within three weeks I was starting my new job. He took the time to give me all the help and advice prior to the interview, and really helped to set me up for success.
The transition to civilian life has certainly been a rollercoaster, one minute you think you have everything sorted before the rug gets pulled from under your feet. But XMR certainly helped make the rollercoaster less scary.
The biggest piece of advice is you have to network. Getting a job always comes down to meeting people and building a network. There are so many ex-military people out there, you have to be proactive and go and ask people questions and find out as much information as possible. Your network will work to help you as everyone wants you to succeed.”
Tremayne Anderson – Warehouse Supervisor – Healthcare Distribution Company
“XMR took all my stress away.
The service is fantastic, I’ve spoken quite a lot with Daryl and he contacted me a while back to let me no there could be an opportunity in the pipe line and would be in contact soon. The call came to say I had an interview and he was in constant contact replied to all my questions without delay and was extremely helpful and encouraging throughout everything the interview and my 2nd attempt. When he called me to say they wanted to offer me the position he was just as excited as me which shows he cares about his job and helping others. I would recommend XMR a million times over. Other recruitment companies have been in contact yet XMR are the only company not to give up and keep in contact. I have transitioned well into civi life not quite sure it’s hit home yet but everything is ok at the moment.
If I could give any advice to others leaving, it would be contact XMR a lot sooner than I did, I left it quite late but lucky for me XMR work fast. The service you guys/girls provide is great.
So again I’d like to say a big thanks to all at XMR.”
Neal Prest – Director of Service Delivery & Logistics
“I was initially approached by XMR almost 8 years after leaving the Armed Forces. I never thought they would be able to help me. However, they had a great network of clients and introduced me to one they felt I was ideally suited to. They communicated with me throughout the process, guided me through interviews and gave me advice on the best approach to take when meeting the potential employer. I used a lot of recruiting agencies during my job search but none were as thorough, acted as professional and understood my needs, as much as XMR. Highly recommended.
XMR instinctively knew where my skillset would fit best and at what level suited my managerial experience. They chose the perfect opportunity for me and I have since found out by my employer, I was exactly the right person for the organisation. I am now a Director within the company that employed me and I return to XMR for their services when I am recruiting my teams. I would strongly recommend any employer to use XMR. They don’t send a plethora of candidates but carefully choose the right people for the right position.”
Dave Parkinson – Sergeant Royal Corps of Signals
“When I left the Signals as a CS Engineer in 2013, Peter walked me step-by-step through the entire process. […] It is clear they have a passion for helping service leavers – due to the huge amount of effort Peter put in, I secured an excellent role. Very many thanks.”
Peter Stoddart – Royal Corps of Signals
“I have no hesitation in recommending XMR to any member of the Forces who is leaving. They are professional, diligent and personable and understand what you are looking for in the job market and a Company that will fit you personally. They really assisted me in making my transition to civilian life seamless, and for that I would like to say a big thank you to the whole XMR team.”
Graeme Firth – Foreman of Signals (Royal Corps of Signals)
“Peter is outstanding. His knowledge of industry and first hand understanding of ex force’s attitudes and skill sets provided clear communication which made it very simple to understand important key issues throughout the job application process. Peter provided me with invaluable and honest advice, his enthusiasm and drive was contagious, and his mentoring skills for interview were second to none. I am very grateful for all his help and hard work.”
Thomas Michael – Engineer, Royal Air Force
“Having served in the military from a young age, I had very little knowledge about the pros and cons of the tax advantages of setting up a limited company versus remaining as a PAYE employee etc. Peter took me through this step by step with someone who knew not only the processes that I was going through, but who understood my past and where I had come from as well – this was a great help.
The personal support from XMR does not end once a job or contract is secured, throughout my time in transition from the RAF to my civilian role I’ve leant on XMR for advice and guidance on a variety of issues. Peter/XMR are always just a call or an email away, response is always immediate.”
Luke Hasprey – Ex Royal Air Force Multi-skilled Engineer
“I served in the Royal Air Force for 9 years before making my transition to civilian life. I came across XMR when they approached me with some better job prospects than my current role as a civilian engineer technician. XMR know how ex military engineers are best employed and it was clear they understood my capabilities within the engineering world. They keep me in the loop at every step and and always been open and honest with feedback. I was particularly impressed with their no nonsense, army style approach to recruitment.”
Mark Rawson – Ex Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
“Leaving the Army after 26 years of combined service is very daunting. Looking for a new job is something I haven’t had to do, for a long time. XMR supported me with CV writing, salary expectations and helping me prepare for my interviews. Through XMR I had a job offer before I was due to officially leave the Army. The job that I was offered, is as if, the role was written with my skill set and work ethic in mind. Its clear that XMR know their clients and even better know the best fit for any ex military personnel . I would and have recommended XMR to military personnel who are leaving or have left the services.”