Aviation Jobs - Is your search still on track?

Published: 17 Mar 2016 By Suzie Larcombe

What to include in your aviation CV

Changing aviation job can be a frustrating process because ultimately it’s not you who makes the final decision (unless of course you’re in the position where you’re thinking of turning a job down).  Chasing aviation vacancies and being rejected is tough.  No one ever goes into trying to find a new job thinking it’ll be easy, but there are times when you find yourself completely off track.  In this article we’ll share 10 things you can do to get your job search back on track if you’ve lost focus.  Here they are:

  1. Audit where you’re promoting yourself.  One of the key things that you need to do to get your job back on track is to double check at what points you’re reaching out to employers.  There are new options for job searching coming out daily, so it’s important to make sure that you’re ahead of the game when it comes to getting in front of the aviation employers who are recruiting.

  2. Audit your marketing material.  It may be that you’ve registered on a number of aviation job boards and job search websites, but it’s important to look at your listings regularly to make sure that the information you’ve made “public” is still sending out the right messages.  If you haven’t looked at your listings for a while and you feel as if your mission has gone a bit stale; revisit them, polish them up and make sure they’re showing you in your best light.

  3. Get mobile updates.  Maybe you’re missing out on jobs because you’re finding out about them too late?  If that’s the case, make sure you check that you’ve signed up for mobile updates when you do your audit at 1. above. Being amongst the first to know that a new aviation vacancy exists will help you get ahead of the crowd and make your mark.

  4. Aviation Network.  Sometimes when you’re feeling a bit down on your luck, you stop getting out and about the way you did before.  Networking, when it comes to aviation job searching means getting out and meeting the movers and shakers in your industry on a face-to-face basis as well as being active on the social networks.  Be honest with yourself and if you feel as if you might have let this slide recently, it could be the reason for your job hunt being stuck in a rut.  So now’s the time to get back in the networking driving seat.

  5. Contact aviation employers directly.  While speculating with success directly with employers is a bit like a lottery, it’s often worth doing nonetheless.  This is a particularly attractive strategy if you benefit from niche or scarce skills – so give it some thought as a way of kick-starting your new momentum.

  6. Make yourself irresistible.  In the same way that businesses adopt a marketing policy that makes their products or services seem irresistible; as an aviation job candidate, you owe it to yourself to do that.  It may be that you achieve this by obtaining additional training to give you a (pretty much) unique skills set or it could be your experience or characteristics that should be in the forefront of your self-marketing.  Either way, you owe it to yourself to work out what makes you irresistible from an employer’s point of view, get great words around it and publicise it at every opportunity.

  7. Get aviation interview fit.  Sometimes when your job search goes off track, it’s because you’ve been rejected several times at the interview stage.  Rejection sucks and hurts; but like it or not, in the job search process you need to get used to it and aim to up your game every time you fall.  If you need to, get someone to work with you on your interview technique by doing mock interviews.

  8. Plan, review and plan again.  Staying on track calls for perseverance and planning.  No game is ever (or at least rarely) won on a whim and a prayer and this is certainly true when it comes to bagging your dream aviation job.  Sit down and sketch out your job game-plan, write it down, review it regularly and tweak and amend it as you go. 

  9. Stay positive.  Positivity shows, and if you’ve got yourself on a slippery slope of feeling negative, you need to take a tough line with yourself.  Do whatever it takes to get in a positive mindset.  For some sport does it, for others meditation is what get’s them back in the zone.  Whatever you need to do, make sure you do it; because you’re not going to secure your dream aviation job with a “glass half empty” view on the world.

  10. Weigh up the pros and cons of getting an outsider on board.  Sometimes when we’re so close to something we can’t see the wood for the trees.  This is often the case with aviation job candidates who get stuck in a rut of being second or twenty second on the list for a job.  If you’re in this situation, talking to a career or life coach might just be the thing to open up your mind and get you back on track.

The bottom line is that nailing your new aviation job takes huge commitment.  You entered the journey knowing that, what you need to do is focus on the reward at the end of all your hard work and don’t lose that focus – go for it – you deserve the move you want!

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