Why you should have an aviation job hunting business card

Published: 08 Jul 2015 By Suzie Larcombe

When you’re job hunting, it’s an accepted part of the process that you’ll have a top quality CV and the bones of a covering letter that you adapt to each role you apply for.  However, if you’re really serious about bagging that aviation job of your dreams, you owe it to yourself to add an aviation job hunting business card to your armoury.  Here’s why:

  • To pass on your contact details.  If you come up against an interesting contact at a networking event or even during your rounds of socializing, there’s nothing worse than scrambling around for a piece of paper and a pen to pass on your contact details.  At a very basic level, a job hunting business card will make life easy when you want to stay in touch with someone you meet.

  • To show you’re serious. A job hunting business card is a great way to show that you’re professional and serious about the task in hand.  It demonstrates to anyone that you come across that you are well prepared and have all bases covered.

  • To get remembered. When you pass your job hunting business card to someone, they’re highly unlikely to throw it in the bin.  Most serious networkers have a stack of business cards that they keep as a resource for when they’re looking for a solution.  Either that or they save everything on their phone or computer – so making sure you’re included is essential.

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  • Seek out quality. A business card sends out more of a message than just your name and contact details.  A card that feels good, looks good and of course has no spelling mistakes shouts from the rooftops that you’re a quality candidate.  If you’re planning to order your cards online, go the extra mile and ask for samples before you buy.

  • Be creative but not over the top. When you create your own personal business card, you don’t have all the constraints that a big company has when they create their marketing material, so you can get a bit creative.  While it mightn’t be appropriate to have a fluorescent pink card with orange graphics, it pays to get a bit creative with colour or shape so your card will stand out; but stay classy and understated nonetheless.

  • Be prepared to invest. Remember that your calling card will be the only physical part of you that stays with a potential source of aviation work once a networking event or meeting is over, so don’t be frightened to invest in order to get it right.  With online printing companies such as moo.com, you shouldn’t need to set aside a fortune, but make sure your card sends out the right messages.  A good tip is to order in small quantities.  Even if it costs a slightly higher amount per card, it means that you’re not throwing away hundreds of cards after you’re objectives have been met.

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  • Set your stall out clearly. When you’re planning your card, make sure you make your position clear.  If you’re a commercial airline pilot, make sure that’s on the card.  If you’re an airline marketing expert, mark that too.  Your card will reinforce your position and make it clear to anyone looking at it what sort of position you’re looking for.

  • Avoid including your home address. Not only for security reasons, but also for reasons of pre-conception, it’s often a good idea not to mark your home address on your job hunting business card.

  • Include additional information if appropriate. If you have a range of accolades or qualifications that you want to shout about, you could consider adding them to the card.  While you don’t want the card to seem arrogant, if you can fit them into the design somehow, it will help with your promotion.

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