Job hunting is a tough and cut-throat process and for most people there are moments when they feel like throwing the towel in. If this sounds like you, today’s the day to think again. If you’ve been looking for your dream aviation job for some time now and nothing seems to be coming your way, you could be forgiven for thinking it might never happen, but this could be a big mistake. Like anything that you’ve been plugging away at for some time without success, job searching can become a bit of a half-hearted process if you don’t constantly and consciously renew your enthusiasm and gain new focus.
In this blog post we want to help anyone who’s lost hope in their job search and don’t see what they can be doing differently or better to change the outcome. If this is you, here are a few questions we think you should be asking yourself:
Are you really making the most of yourself?
If it’s some time since you created your personal ‘package’ or brand to put out to the job market, take time out over the next couple of days to make sure you are truly showing yourself in your best light. If you haven’t read it already, you might find this article about branding yourself useful. Either way, if you seem to be swimming against the tide when it comes to getting noticed, go back to the drawing board and make sure that what you’re saying about yourself is really appealing (and true of course J).
Have you invested the time necessary in your CV and covering info?
It goes without saying, but your CV and your covering letter are the only things that some prospective employers are likely to see. Once again, if it’s a while since you revisited your CV and covering letter, make it top priority to do so right now. If you have loaded your CV on to job sites and it’s stale or uninteresting, this will seriously hamper your chances of standing out in the aviation job market.
Once you’ve invested the time to make sure you’re really ‘selling’ what you need to sell about yourself, putting together your CV and covering letter will be child’s play. You can get more information on CV writing here and covering letter writing here,.
Are you appearing on the top sites for your sector?
Making sure you are reaching out to the right prospective employers seems obvious, but have you checked that you’re appearing on all the sites you need to in order to get noticed by those all important prospective employers? Do a Google search and make sure you are listed on the sites that have vacancies in the areas where you’re looking. And needless to say, it’s essential to make sure you have your CV in great shape before doing this.
Are your social media profiles polished and looking great?
The social media is an important part of your personal marketing campaign and shouldn’t be ignored. If you haven’t done so already, make sure that everything your social media accounts say about you ties in with what you’re saying about yourself in your CV and covering letter. You can rest assured that prospective employers are checking out your social media accounts at some point (normally late) in their decision-making process, so you owe it to yourself to make sure there’s nothing in there that could be shooting you in the foot once you’ve already passed some of the recruitment hurdles.
Do you use technology to the max?
If you haven’t done so already, make sure you have access to all, or at least the major job sites you’re listed on whilst on the move. Getting in at the start and checking regularly on opportunities is a great way to get noticed. Having mobile access to your job hunting resources will make this process easy and second nature. Download apps and check them on a regular basis, just as you do your social media accounts.
What does your job-hunting daily programme look like?
It may sound a bit over the top, but people who are really serious about finding their next aviation position plan their campaign with almost military precision. You should do the same. Make a commitment that outlines what you plan to do each day and when you’re going to do it. Write that commitment down or better still share it with someone you trust and stick to it.
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