How To Find A New Job This Year

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Thousands of graduates will enter the aviation market this year. Combine this with the number of active workers who intend to switch careers to aviation, and you have a more competitive market then we have seen in prior years. This is due in part to the aviation industry’s continued effort to promote careers in aviation and encourage more of the younger generation to pursue training and a career in aviation.  Even though the number of open jobs has been on a steady rise recently, thanks to the improving economy, you’ll need to compete with a lot of people to land your dream job.

For these reasons, anyone who intends to find a new job or switch their career to aviation, in the new year needs to be prepared for that journey. The following are four key tips to consider;

  1. Find your dream job through connections

Up to 60% of jobs are found through networking. From friends to family, neighbors, and college alumni, your dream job could be right there in your network. 

Begin by building a strong network. Make a list of the people you know and initiate communication. To cultivate strong relationships, always stay in contact with your network and reciprocate every good deed.  Career networks are nurtured by random acts of kindness were lending a hand to someone will inevitability result in someone doing the same for you.  You can easily add to your network by attending relevant events and making new friends. When the time comes to find a job, your established network will be there to identify opportunities and open doors that, otherwise, may have remained closed. Sending text messages, emails, or reaching out via social media is a great way to stay connected to individuals in your network.

  1. Discover new opportunities online 

The internet is one of the most potent job-search tools. You can check out job board sites, both traditional and niche sites. But, to optimize your time, start with niche job board sites if you have an interest in a specific industry as this will minimize the jobs that you have to scroll through that don’t interest you. You can also visit the websites of the companies you’d like to work to see if there are any open positions. Then, there are also options like social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) and industry forums.

What will change in 2020 is how you leverage these platforms and distinguish yourself from other jobseekers. How? By adapting to the various Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs). Most recruiters will use ATSs in 2020 to capture applications, evaluate skills/experience and track candidates. Your job is to learn what the ATS is looking for and flawlessly meet those requirements.

  1. Job hunting in a different city?

It happens sometimes. After a long search online and offline, you come across a job you really like. The caveat – it’s located hundreds of miles away in a different city. How do you address the location issue in your resume and application letter?

There are two broad options. First, see if you can find a friend/family in the new city to live with for a while. If you're lucky to find someone, feel free to use their address. But, make sure to inform the recruiter about your arrangement in case their investigation ties you back to your previous address. This would look suspicious and likely get you knocked out of contention.  Alternatively, list your city’s address, but let the employer know that you’re more than willing to relocate. What you can’t do is lie. If the recruiter finds out that you’re lying, your goose is cooked.

  1. Tips for switching careers 

Finally, switching careers is 100% possible. But, it’s not as easy as you might imagine. First, you’ll need to learn the new trade. This, in nearly all cases, usually means taking several formal classes or at the very least doing a lot of research online, teaching yourself the skill and trying to find someone that can be a mentor. You must also keep in mind that you'll likely begin the new career with an entry-level job that pays much less than your previous job.

A few tips to consider are continuing education, filling your skills gap, and revamping your resume. Also, don’t forget to tell your career change story in your cover letter – it will set you apart from the rest of the applicants.

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