What makes applying for jobs in aviation different from other industries?

Published: 14 Mar 2016

Aviation CV writing

In many ways it doesn’t matter a jot whether you’re applying for a job in a shop or an airline pilot job, you owe it to yourself to give yourself the best possible chance of success.  That said, if you really are reaching for the stars in your aviation career, you need to cut your cloth to fit and there are certain things that you need to do differently when you’re applying for aviation jobs than you might do in another industry. 

So, if you’re on the lookout for your next aviation job in the UK, the UAE, the middle east or anywhere in Europe for that matter, irrespective of whether that position is in ground staff, aircraft engineering, aviation management or a job as a pilot here’s our Top 10 Tips on what you need to be doing:

  1. Make sure you’ve clearly identified your strengths.  Knowing why you’re the best person for the job you’re applying for is a major key to success when you’re applying for jobs in aviation.  There’s no point in assuming that a pilot’s a pilot and an aircraft engineer’s an aircraft engineer.  If you’re thinking this way, you’ll get nowhere in the aviation industry.  Aviation employers are looking for exceptional candidates that can demonstrate why they’re the best for the unique position the employer has to fill.  Because of this, you owe it to yourself to invest the time it takes to work out exactly what pain or problem your prospective employer has and match that perfectly the solution you bring.  Doing this effectively and creatively isn’t easy, but really is essential if you’re going to succeed in today’s cut-throat aviation market.
  2. Invest in your aviation CV.  Your CV is your shop window to the aviation industry.  If it looks tired and out of date, you seriously need to buck up your ideas.  CV writing and presentation is an art and there’s a whole industry built around it today.  Take the time to get your pilot CV or your aviation engineer CV spot on before you forward it to a prospective aviation employer.  And don’t forget that depending on where in the world you’re applying to work there may be cultural differences that could impact on what you include and what you exclude – so beware.  If you’re struggling to perfect your CV alone, AviationMatch has linked up with an experienced and affordable marketing writer who can help.  If you’d like to get help to make your CV stand out, you can claim a FREE 15 minute consultation here.
  3. Get your aviation cover letter spot on.  In many instances, your covering letter will be the only thing that your prospective aviation employer will take the time to look at.  If it doesn’t scream out “I’m a great candidate and you can’t afford to ignore me”, you’ll find your CV on the rejections pile quicker than you imagine.  Again, making sure your covering letter is short, to the point and highlights the top 3 reasons that the aviation company should choose you are essential.  And if you can’t achieve this alone, you should get help.
  4. Cast your net wide enough, but not too wide.  Whenever you apply for jobs, you need to be realistic.  There’s no point in aiming too high, but at the same time you need to be ambitious to achieve anything in life.  When you put yourself out into the market, be prepared to make some compromises at the same time as not spreading yourself so thin that any prospective employer seeing you popping up in obscure places might be put off.
  5. List yourself on the best job sites.  One of the best ways to market yourself in the aviation industry is to get yourself on the best aviation sites.  Of course at AviationMatch we’re a bit biased, but by registering your CV on our site today, you’ll have the immediate potential to get headhunted by top airlines and aviation companies from all around the globe.
  6. Stay on the ball.  Getting alerts from AviationMatch and other sites you’ve registered on when new jobs become available in your area of interest is a great way of staying on the ball when you’re applying for jobs in aviation.  Although this isn’t all that different from any other industry, it’s important to stay ahead of the pack and get your name in the hat first.
  7. Get fit.  This may seem a strange thing to include in an article entitled “What makes applying for jobs in aviation different from other industries?”, but a fit body normally means a fit mind.  Being positive in your aviation job search through being fit and healthy will help your task in hand no end. 
  8. Get active on the social media.  The social media is a great place to keep your ear to the ground in aviation circles.  A way of recruiting that’s being used in more and more industries, in the aviation industry, you owe it to yourself to be social media savvy to give yourself the best leg up you can when applying for airline jobs.
  9. Volunteer.  In many industries, volunteering is nigh on impossible.  In the aviation industry there are plenty of ways you can volunteer your way into the experience you need to make your CV stand out.  What’s more, aviation industry employers really like seeing volunteering on a CV, so if you’ve got the time and the inclination, this is something you should check out in order to increase your chances of success.
  10. Look the part, act the part and be prepared.  These kind of apply to every industry, but in the aviation industry, preparation of yourself, your pitch and your presentation is essential – so go on; give it all you’ve got.

If you’re on the lookout for an aviation job, why not upload your CV today to get headhunted by top airlines and aviation companies as well as receiving job alerts that tell you when new jobs that match your criteria are posted on our site? 

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