10 things to do to improve your aviation job chances

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Finding your next aviation job in any climate is tough, but bearing in mind that we’re slowly climbing our way out of a recession, no matter whether it’s single, double or multiple dip, that left few countries on the globe untouched; it can seem particularly tough right now.  That said, finding your next aviation job isn’t impossible and by working smart with the likes of AviationMatch, you increase your chances substantially. 

If you’re on the lookout for your next aviation position and are getting a tiny bit frustrated because you seem to be constantly overlooked by prospective employers, here are 10 things you can do to improve your chances:

  1. Review your strengths and characteristics. If it’s a while since you put your CV and supporting material together, go back and take a look at the strengths and characteristics you describe.  Take time to ask yourself if they’re accurate?  Do they show you in your best light?  And most importantly, are they showstoppers for a prospective employer?  If in any doubt, revisit annual reviews you’ve had at work, comments that people have made about you or at a push ask someone you respect (and trust) in the workplace to help you.

  2. Check your skills and experience. Sometimes when people write a CV, they’re not fully engaged with the task in hand.  Describing your skills and experience can read as a lively and engaging piece of text or it can be a dull list of clichés that any other candidate could claim as their own.  If you suspect your skills and experience are being undersold, or more importantly aren’t related specifically to the prospective employer’s pains or problems, today’s the day to do something about it

  3. Revisit your CV. Once you’ve reviewed your strengths, characteristics, skills and experience and go back to your CV to see how you could seriously tighten it up to describe you as a truly winning brand.  Try to make sure it takes up no more than two sides of A4, and if it has to be longer than that, make sure the extra space is justified.  Double-check that the information ‘above the fold’ ie.  In the top half of the first page is as strong as it possibly can be.  And finally, don’t forget to tweak your CV every time you use it.

  4. Remodel your supporting material. If you’re putting any supporting material with your CV eg.  a covering letter or further information of any sort, make sure it ties in with your newly polished claims.  And once again, don’t forget to tweak your material every time you use it.

  5. Be keyword aware. On the basis that you’re more than likely to rely, at least in part, of being found on a job site or job board by prospective employers, you simply can’t afford to ignore the importance of keywords.  Make it a priority to be aware of the most significant words and phrases that are being used by employers for the jobs you’re looking for and include those in your personal sales collateral.  This way you’ll be much more likely to come out of the database when a search is done.

  6. Train, train, train. Showing the willingness to improve yourself and better your chances of employment, even when you’re looking to leave your current employer is a great way of standing out from the crowd.  No matter whether you train in the workplace, at a distance or during evenings or weekends, clearly demonstrating that you’re keen to improve your skills shows that you are committed to bettering yourself.

  7. Be online smart. Even if you’re not a huge online fan, when you’re job hunting you must get your online skills sharpened up.  Staying close to the websites and applications that hold the key to your future is essential.  In most cases this means having the ability to log in while you’re on the move.  So if you haven’t already done so, download apps like ours and make sure you have your supporting material with you wherever you go.

  8. Sniff out interesting contacts. In many cases, jobs get filled before they even get to the market, so it’s important to make sure you have a good network of interesting contacts in the aviation industry so you can have your finger on the pulse.  The social media is a great way to help enhance your face-to-face networking efforts.

  9. Get yourself a coach. A coach or a mentor can be a great help when you’re job hunting.  Staying close to someone who will push you when you slow down and will pick you up when you’re feeling down is a great boost to any job search process.  Choose someone you respect and someone you’re sure to listen to, even when they’re saying something you don’t really want to hear!

  10. Stay positive. One of the biggest things that can let you down when it comes to keeping your job chances high is negativity.  At all costs you need to remain positive.  You might do this by going to the gym, running a marathon or just staying completely focused on your goal.  However you do it, you just need to do it; it’s essential. 

If you’re on the lookout for an aviation job, why not upload your CV today to get headhunted by top airlines and aviation companies as well as receiving job alerts that tell you when new jobs that match your criteria are posted on our site? 

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