Are you on the hunt for an aviation job in the UK, Europe, the middle east or the UAE? It may be that you’re hoping to sniff out your next pilot job or aircraft engineer job, or it could be that you’re just starting out on your aviation career? Either way, like most things in life, you can choose the high-stress or the low-stress route. It would be foolhardy to imagine that any sort of job hunt, be it aviation or any other industry would be 100% stress free, but you can certainly make your life easier by doing a bit of planning before you start.
In this article, we’ll share our Top 5 Tips for making your aviation job hunt as stress free as it possibly can be. Here they are:
- Get to know the aviation job market. No matter whether you’re a recent graduate, someone hoping to break into the aviation industry for the first time or you’re back on the aviation job market after a break, you owe it to yourself to really get to know TODAY’s aviation job market. Even if it’s only a couple of years since your last aviation job search, we respectfully think that you’ll find a few things have changed. Technology for one is changing how job vacancies are advertised and filled faster than some might have imagined. Employment contracts are constantly evolving (for better and for worse) and there are new opportunities opening up every day because of these changes. So, no matter whether you’re after an aircraft engineering job in the UK, a pilot job in the middle east or any other airline job, you need to know the lay of the land. The best way to do this is to set aside a good chunk of time and get up close and personal with the online aviation job market. Search Google, look on LinkedIn, do whatever you need to, but make sure you know what today’s aviation job market looks like before you launch yourself into it.
- Get to know yourself. This may sound like a really silly thing to say, but you’d be shocked at how many people throw themselves into the aviation job market and produce marketing materials about themselves that don’t resemble them in any way. Agreed, writing a CV is a pretty horrible job and writing that letter of motivation could just tip you over the edge, but if you’re thinking that way…stop! Stop, because your online profile, your CV and your covering letter are the only things that will be out there promoting you for your next aviation position (unless you’re so lucky that you get a leg up from someone who knows you personally). So, in order to make your aviation job hunt as stress free as possible, make sure you really know yourself, make sure you describe yourself the best you can, and if you can’t do that alone, get help (see point 5 below).
- Get social media savvy. There’s lots going on on the social media that could help make finding your next aviation job a whole lot less stressful. However, to get the most from the social media, you really need to know what you’re dealing with. There’s little point in Tweeting on Twitter and hoping for the best, or expecting that a single post on LinkedIn will magically hike you to the top of your dream aviation job list of candidates. No. What you need to do is patiently search the social media for groups that are worth joining, for conversations you can listen in on then cleverly and strategically contribute to from time to time. The social media is a real game of cat and mouse. You need to know what you’re dealing with, you need to do a whole lot of listening and then you need to make your presence felt (ever so gently) and that way, you’ll soon get up close and personal with the movers and shakers in the aviation industry.
- Get listed. There are a host of aviation industry recruitment websites online and while you don’t necessarily want to become a serial job hunter, even we know that listing on only one site would be foolhardy. Of course we want you to list yourself on AviationMatch, but again, it’s worth getting to know who else can get you in front of the world’s best airline industry recruiters and list with them too. All you need to to to kick-start your aviation job search is upload your CV. Just by taking this first step, you will be well on your way to a stress free aviation job hunt – and don’t for get to sign up for alerts when your chosen job searches are updated.
- Get help. If you’re struggling to market yourself effectively in the aviation industry, help is at hand. At AviationMatch we’ve linked up with an experienced and affordable marketing writer who can help. If you’d like to get help to stand out as a candidate, you can claim a FREE 15 minute consultation here.
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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