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Richard Moran

Richard Moran, 41, is a coating operative at Siemens. He spent 10 years as a paint sprayer at BAE Systems, but was looking for a new challenge. He lives in west Hull.

My entire career has been spent in painting and spraying, first in the motor trade, and then in manufacturing, with BAE Systems, in Brough, where I’d been working until I was offered my role with Siemens. I enjoyed my job there, but just fancied something new after 10 years in the role. I also had concerns about job security, so wanted a job with longevity and progression.

My first step was finding out what Siemens was offering. I’d done my research and knew they offered roles that would match my skills and experience perfectly, but I needed to know when they would be advertised – and whether I’d be what they were looking for. I went along to a careers event last autumn, where I chatted with representatives from Siemens, who told me about the coating operative positions. They also told me about the team at the Green Port Hub, who could assist me with my application.

As it had been 10 years since I last applied for a job, I knew my CV would need updating. I took it in to the The Hub and they gave me some handy hints and tips on how to improve it. For example, I’d written down my career experience, but it wasn’t in date order. I also reworded a few parts, to make it more concise, and changed the format. It gave me the reassurance and confidence that my CV was the best it could be in order to apply to Siemens.

The team at The Hub also took me through the application process, so I knew what to expect. It’s quite in-depth, so having that guidance helped me prepare. I submitted my application in February, had an interview in April, and was offered a job in May. The assistance I received from The Hub was fantastic. I recommended it to a friend, who was also applying for a role at Siemens, and he also secured a job.