How to handle online aviation job applications

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With more and more companies using online Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) for screening candidates, it’s really important that you become ‘au fait’ with how to make your application stand out in the absence of any human involvement.

In this article, we’ll give you some ‘hot tips’ on making sure that you give your online aviation job application the very best chance of success when you make your submission.

  • Make sure you’ve fully understood what the employer is looking for.  When you apply online for a role, it’s arguably even more important to make sure that you make it clear that you fit the criteria laid out in the job description than when you apply in writing.  If the job description specifies the requirement for a particular license or qualification, you won’t even get past muster if you don’t have it; so don’t waste your time.  Take time to read the job description and make sure your experience and your claims tie in with it perfectly.

  • Be aware that one-size rarely (if ever) fits all when it comes to applying online for aviation jobs.It’s worth being aware that the need to write an original and considered application for each and every role applies equally to online covering letters and CVs as it does offline. 

    • If the employer requests a covering letter, make sure you include one and make sure it’s unique and personal to the job you’re applying for as well as clearly showing your skills and attributes.Don’t even be tempted to adopt a generic approach to this task because it may be the only thing that some employers read, so don’t underestimate its importance.

    • We’ve said it many times on the AviationMatch website, but it really is essential to tailor your CV to the specific job you’re applying for online or off, otherwise you’re letting yourself down enormously.  In particular, take time to identify key words that need to be included as well as relating your specific skills and experiences to what the employer is looking for.

  • Make sure your application is grammar perfect and spelling-mistake-free. Just because you’re applying online, you can’t afford to drop your standards when it comes to perfectionism.  You owe it to yourself to make sure that the application you submit is completely spelling-mistake free and is grammar perfect.  If needs be, do a draft of what you’re going to submit in Word first and then copy and paste it into the online system.

  • Do key word research and include your findings in your application.Key words are really important for ATSs because it’s key words that’ll get your application noticed by the system’s search engines.  Make sure you pick out the key words in the job description and apply them to your CV and covering letter.  It’s important to make sure they feature a few times, but don’t over-stuff your submission with key words otherwise it won’t read well.

  • Make sure your application is complete.It sounds really obvious, but before you submit your application you need to make sure you have completed every section that’s being asked for, otherwise you could seriously miss out.   Incomplete applications are a whole lot more common than you’d imagine and you owe it to yourself to make sure you’re not a victim of a ‘more haste, less speed’ approach when it comes to your aviation online application.

  • Read, read and read it again before pressing send.In the same way that you would with a printed application, take time to read through the application again and again until you’re completely happy with it before you press the ‘send’ button.  Only by doing this can you be sure that you’ve given the application everything you can.

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