Tricks To Help You Be A Better Job Seeker
The stiff competition for jobs in the aviation industry means that you must differentiate yourself to improve your chance of landing that desired job.
In 2017 alone, the FAA issued 38,400 pilot licenses. Most of these individuals have now completed the mandatory 1,500 flight hours required to work as a commercial pilot. They have or will soon start submitting applications for competitive positions.
To stand out among such a large pool of jobseekers, you must stand out The following are five job-hunting skills to help you separate yourself from the rest of the pack;
- Don’t apply for every job
For one, it takes time away from job applications that are a better fit and therefore where you should be investing your time. You’ll find yourself constantly writing resumes and attending interviews that you’re likely not able to effectively differentiate yourself because have yourself spread too thin. Secondly, not being successful in your job search can take a toll on your confidence so being selective can be advantageous to your ultimate job search success.
So, make it a rule only to apply if you’re qualified for the job in question. For starters, don’t apply for a position if you don’t have a minimum of 75% of the required skills, experience, and education.
- Make good use of job boards
The major job boards post thousands of openings every single day. One challenge this creates is requiring you to effectively filter through all of those jobs to find the one that is applicable to you, you don’t want to miss that perfect job because that same job was buried in hundreds if not thousands of other jobs that don’t interest you. Also, learn to use the boards properly. First, find boards that regularly update job postings. You don’t want to apply for a position that’s already filled. Secondly, narrow your search by factors such as keywords, salary, location, education, and years of experience. Many boards support job filtering.
In addition to the above, consider niche job boards. The main advantage of niche boards is that they specialize in a specific industry. So, an aviation niche board will only have aviation job postings. It simplifies your search and makes you much more efficient and productive during your job search.
- Make your resume different
With single job openings now attracting dozens of applicants, recruiters are sometimes overwhelmed. It’s not easy to look at 100+ resumes and cover letters when seeking to fill just one position. So, recruiters have developed various tactics to eliminate poor quality resumes. Your resume must be different if you want to pass the pre-interview filters.
Some best practices support simplifying your resume for screening by removing the “references available upon request” section, resume objectives, your address, and other irrelevant data. Meanwhile, add your LinkedIn profile and a URL to your online portfolio.
- Network; make the right connections
Experts agree that connecting with relevant people are often the most successful steps in your search. During a job search, networks become a source of referrals and insights into job leads. Professionals within your network can also help you prepare for an interview.
Therefore, it’s vital that you begin networking before you even start the job hunt. Attend events and other gatherings and exchange contact information with a key people. Also, connect with likeminded professionals on online networks such as LinkedIn and strike up conversations.
- Follow up
Finally, many people who make it to the interview miss out on a dream job because they don’t follow up. If you want to make an even stronger impression, it’s critical that you get in contact with the hiring manager at least once or twice after the interview.
Something as simple as a follow-up text helps others remember you. It keeps your name top of mind for recruiters. Secondly, following up shows that you’re excited about the position and that you really want it. Lastly, a follow up demonstrates your professionalism and commitment.
Be Ready to Get Noticed
If you meet the academic qualifications, experience, and skill levels required for a job, adding the above elements to your job-hunting arsenal will significantly boost your chances of getting noticed, even among a sea of applicants.