Basic job searching tips

Tips to consider as you begin your job-seeking efforts.

Searching for jobs in aviation is no different than any other industry. The process can be intimidating, daunting, and downright challenging. However, by incorporating a few tips, the process can be relatively easy, fun, and rewarding. Consider the following as you prepare your journey towards meaningful careers.

  • Know what you want to do. Also, the jobs you don’t want to do.
  • Write down all of your soft skills – you know, your characteristics (e.g. enthusiastic, hard-working).
  • Make a list of your hard skills (e.g. welding, marketing).
  • Identify and describe each of your past and current jobs, volunteer activities, and membership organizations. Note the positions and dates you served for each.
  • Create your resume. Prepare several versions (a different one for each position you are applying).
  • Create electronic versions of your resume. Use plain text, standard fonts for all resumes to be imbedded in e-mails or attachments.
  • Test your resume. Show it to several people, inviting them to provide constructive feedback.
  • Define your limits (e.g. geographic preferences, salary, job type).
  • List everyone you know. Categorize and prioritize your list based on your job search.
  • List companies you want to target. Categorize and prioritize..
  • Create a tracking system. Calls/messages sent, companies/people contacted, responses received, resumes sent, information received, meeting and phone call notes, interviews, thank you notes sent.
  • Print business or contact cards. Hand them out at meetings, interviews, networking functions, etc.
  • Create a Job search plan of what you will do when, how many people you will contact, etc.
  • Contact people who may be references. Both professional and personal; use them as "advisors" for your job search.
  • Create your "30-Second Elevator" pitch. Suggested areas to include are: name, qualifications, capabilities, history, skills, and goals.
  • Network regularly, whether people are in the industry or not. You never know who can help open doors, refer you to jobs, or provide valuable advice.
  • Create and expand your professional network. Seek to meet people within the industry, track your communications, keep in touch regularly.
  • Write sample cover letters. Different versions for different jobs.
  • Before you apply, do your best to find connections at the employer you’re targeting.
  • Be confident, smile, and have fun.

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