One good thing for me is that I go into every New Year with renewed vigour about meeting those goals that I didn’t meet last year and more determined than ever to look back the following year with pride and delight. If you’re job hunting in the aviation industry right now and you’re making your resolutions, then one sure item on your list is going to be finding your dream aviation job in 2016. Having that goal on your list is all good and well, but making it happen is often a different story.
So what can you do in 2016 to make sure you make your dream comes true? Irrespective of whether you’re looking for UK airline jobs, aviation jobs in the middle east, a Dubai pilot job or an aircraft maintenance position, here are 10 things that’ll help you get closer to success:
- Revisit your dream job wish-list. Sometimes when you start out on your job search process, you set your goals too high. While aiming high is always a good thing, it can mean that success is tougher to achieve. If you’re looking for a job in aviation, it’s always a good idea to be flexible. It may be that you’ve got your heart set on a Dubai pilot job or it could be that you want to be part of the cabin crew for Zenon or Emirates airline. While these are all great goals, they could be closing doors for you unnecessarily. If you can broaden your search to include wider opportunities, then you’re more likely to find your dream job quicker.
- Dig deeper for your strengths. Knowing your strengths inside out is one of the key things that will help you stand out as a candidate with a difference. In today’s climate of high competition and candidates a go-go, the better you can bring your strengths to the fore, the greater your chance of catching a recruiters eye.
- Uncover your USPs. Your USPs or Unique Selling Points are what make you truly different from all the other candidates on a recruiters list. It may be that you’ve achieved something outstanding; it could be that you have an unusual qualification or it could simply be that you have a great way with people. Either way, uncovering your USPs and getting them at the forefront of all of your promotional material will help you no end when it comes to achieving your New Year’s resolution to find that dream aviation job.
- Polish up your CV. It goes without saying, but making sure your CV is a highly polished representation of you, your career to date and your aspirations is essential in achieving your objectives. A task many candidates find tough; the time you spend on your CV will reap great rewards. If you find you’re up against a brick wall with it – seek help!
- Look again at your job board listings. Your job board listings are the things that most recruiters will see first and they need to be accurate, up to date and a great reflection of why they should consider you for their vacancy. No matter what you’ve achieved in the year gone by, there simply has to be something you can add to your job board listings to make you an even more attractive candidate; so make sure you go back and look at them with fresh eyes.
- Scrutinize your social media presence. Social media is huge in recruitment and is only going to get bigger. As a result, you owe it to yourself to brush up your social media presence. Most importantly make sure there’s nothing negative in there that could put a potential aviation employer off, but also make sure you’re shouting the good stuff from the rooftops. If you haven’t done so already, browse our blog for great social media promotional help.
- Perfect your promotion. Look at all the ways you’re promoting yourself and make sure they’re as good as they can be. Everything from face-to-face networking to your CV covering letter needs refining from time to time, so make it a priority at the start of 2016 to get this on your To Do list (and do it!).
- Get fit. Getting fit is a great way to boost your self confidence. If you’ve had a bit of over-indulgence over the festive period and could do with a mind and body cleanse, then getting out and about in the fresh air is a great way to feel a whole lot more optimistic.
- Think big. Although we suggested in point 1 that being over ambitious could be hampering your success, there’s still scope to ‘think big’. Make your plans for 2016, plan your strategy for achieving those plans and go for it. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.
- Stay on top of the job in hand. Don’t make your job search boost a job for January alone. If you find that you haven’t secured your dream aviation job by the end of March, for example, take matters in hand and look again at what you could be doing to make sure you achieve your goal.
Good luck and Happy New Year to you all – we hope that in 2016 all your aviation job dreams come true.
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