Job hunting for the first time in years?

Published: 25 Mar 2015 By Suzie Larcombe

If you’re job hunting for the first time in years, it may be that you’ve been made redundant from a long-standing position or you have perhaps been away from the workplace because you took time out to look after your kids and they’ve now grown up?  Either way, looking job hunting in the eye for the first time in years is tough.  So, if you’re looking for your ideal job in the aviation industry and are alarmed because you haven’t job searched for a long time, we’ve got some ideas to help you.

  1. Know what you want. Just because you’re changing job or getting back into the workplace after a significant break doesn’t mean that you don’t know what you want.  Basic things like whether you want to work full or part time, as well as whether or not you are prepared to travel are good starting points.  Thereafter, it may be that you need to decide whether or not you’re prepared to be flexible about your decisions or if you can afford to hold out for what you really want.

  2. Get to know today’s job market. If it’s a number of years since you have been in the job market, you’re likely to notice a number of differences between even a decade ago and today.  While in certain sectors, there are real skills shortages; there are others where employers are in the position where they can really pick and choose to their heart’s content.  Knowing the nature of today’s job market will help you develop a real and realistic picture of what your chances are like.

  3. Learn today’s ways of job hunting. Even in the last few years job hunting has changed dramatically.  Keywords, job boards and job search engines are all notions that you’re going to have to get your head around if you’re going to come out of the job hunting race a winner.  This, alongside social media and embracing technology to help your chances will all add up to a useful experience if you invest your time wisely.  You can find a helpful article here about Using technology to boost your job hunting experience.

  4. Know your odds. Today’s job market is extremely competitive, there’s no getting away from that.  There are stories day-in and day-out about thousands of applicants chasing one position and only a handful being interviewed.  Knowing what you’re getting yourself into will help you deal with the inevitable ups and downs of any job search.  Speaking to others in similar situations and getting involved in job discussion groups will also help you work out your odds.

  5. Be optimistic. Even if your odds are slim, you need to remain positive to be in with a chance of achieving your goal.  Staying optimistic and keeping on top of your search activities will help keep the momentum going.

  6. Understand the financial deal. Income packages today aren’t always as straightforward as they were a number of years ago, so make sure you know how different salary packages are made up and what they might mean to you.

  7. Be yourself. While there may be a temptation to reinvent yourself completely in order to bag the aviation job of your dreams, it’s normally best to be true to yourself and promote the real you in the best possible light.    

  8. Look after yourself. Searching for a job is a tough process, particularly if you haven’t done it for some time, so it makes great sense to be in good shape for the race ahead.  Eating well, getting exercise, sufficient sleep and cutting down on coffee and alcohol are good starting points.

  9. Get prepared. Making sure you have all your job hunting ducks in a row is a good starting point.  As an absolute minimum, you’ll need a CV and a covering letter and today’s the day to get started on those if you haven’t already done so.  You can find our guides to aviation CV and covering letter writing here (CV guide) and here (covering letter guide). 

  10. Fight for what you want. Most things in life that are worth having are worth fighting for and a new job in the aviation industry after a long career elsewhere or a long career break is no exception.  When the going gets tough, “get going” as the saying goes and (if you’re prepared to be flexible to a certain extent), you’ll get there.

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