A beginner’s guide to networking

A beginner’s guide to networking

Networking is a big part of the aviation world; look at any event in the aviation calendar and you will see that a big part of it will revolve around networking. You’ve heard the saying, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ This is often the case in business so networking could be just the springboard you need.    

 

So what’s it all about?

First of all, networking is not just about making social media connections. It can come in many different forms and can be organic, natural or formal. Essentially, it’s about getting to know people and building knowledge in a professional work capacity. Connecting and chatting with people over social media is fine, but nothing beats a face-to-face meeting to establish relationships and build trust for potential business or job opportunities.

 

Where to start?

There are many Q&A sessions, conferences and lectures organised during events such as EBACE, the Farnborough International Airshow and even our very own event, which is being held in October, the Aviation Job Expo. Speakers and delegates regularly come together to discuss all things aviation – from how the industry is advancing to the latest technical developments. You name it, there will be an event somewhere in the world discussing that topic.   In terms of employment, most of the bigger events have a full day set aside to help students progress further into the industry, and more often than not, it will be free for students to attend these events. Once you’re there, use the time to make useful contacts and business connections for the future – you never know where it might lead If the event isn’t directly related to a careers theme, you can still make a big impact during your time talking to them. Whilst chatting, perhaps you could see if they needed some free admin during the summer holidays or a guest writer for their blog?

 

Ask questions

One of the biggest fears of networking is that you will ask a silly question and then have to suffer the embarrassment of their answer before you scarper away. However, if you do your homework beforehand, you’ll be able to see who is there to speak to, and arm yourself with great questions beforehand. Granted, it can be daunting, but a good question will make you stand out.

 

Help each other out

The great thing about the aviation industry is that most of the people are really nice – and furthermore accommodating on helping new talent enter the industry. Even if someone can’t offer you a job there and then, who’s to say that this person might not be able to offer you support and guidance in another role you undertake? Also, if you’re someone with a fresh pair of eyes, you may even be able to help them by ‘reverse mentoring.’ If you don’t network, and have the conversation, you’ll never know how you could help each other.

 

Breaking the ice

One of the worst parts about going to talk to a stranger is the fear of the unknown. However, having a pre-prepared soft opener, such as talking about the weather or the latest industry news, are great ways of breaking the ice until you can get to know them a little further.

 

Break the rules. What rules?

There’s no hard and fast rules when it comes to networking so if you feel more comfortable taking a friend or work colleague, bring them along. It might just give you the confidence to say something you wouldn’t ordinarily have had the courage to alone. It’s completely normal as even the most confident people can find this environment quite intimidating.

 

Be part of something

By attending networking events, you will often have the chance to be part of a bigger group. Join committees, volunteer on school outreach programmes and help organise events – being part of something bigger might just be the stepping stone you need for success. They will also help develop your planning, communication and teamwork skills, as well as looking great on your CV.  

 

What is the Aviation Job Expo?

The Aviation Job Expo is the UK and Europe’s ONLY job fair for the entire aviation industry. Whether you’re fully qualified, recently graduated, or looking to get into the industry, if you’re looking for your next challenge, the Aviation Job Expo is a FREE must attend event.

The free to attend expo is Europe’s only recruitment and training event dedicated to captains, first & second officers, cabin crew, aircraft engineers and technicians – and all other roles within the aviation sector.

Powered by Aviation Job Search, the world’s biggest aviation job site, the expo will feature world class guest speakers, best practice to help jobseekers, and companies ready to recruit.

Exhibitors include Bombardier, BA CityFlyer, CAE Parc, Qualitair, FlySim, Resource Group, Cabin Crew Wings, and headline sponsors, BAE Systems.

 

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Who are we?

We’re Aviation Job Search, the biggest job site in the world that specialises in just aviation jobs. We work hard to bring together all the latest aviation jobs, news and advice all under one roof. Our team speak daily with the world’s biggest employers and recruitment agencies to keep you right up to date with all the latest opportunities. If you’re looking to make your next career move, why not start your journey right now with us.

Kick-start a high flying career at the Aviation Job Expo

Kick-start a high flying career at the Aviation Job Expo

Hosts of the Aviation Job Expo, Aviation Job Search, have teamed up with training provider, Cabin Crew Wings, to offer one lucky winner a professional cabin crew training course.

The winning recipient will receive a two day course designed to give a unique insight into the cabin crew profession. The course will explore all aspects of the role, including the hospitality, safety and security of passengers.

The course will be open to win during the Aviation Job Expo, which takes place on the 3rd October 2019, at the Sofitel Hotel, London Gatwick.

Cabin Crew Wings spokesperson, Hannah Vallance, said, “We’re really excited for one lucky winner to win our training course at the expo. Working as cabin crew is fantastic for so many reasons; travelling worldwide, opportunities for bucket-list adventures, strong team bonds, and a career in a rewarding and responsible role. We’re thrilled to be part of launching someone’s career in aviation.”

 

“Airlines often have as many as 3,000 applicants for one position, so they can afford to pick the cream of the crop.”

Vallance continued, “Airlines often have as many as 3,000 applicants for one position, so they can afford to pick the cream of the crop. We make sure our clients are able to impress recruiters from the very start by creating fantastic customer experiences, being an ambassador for an airlines brand and values, handling a range of emergencies at 30,000 feet, and delivering an outstanding interview on the assessment day.”

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast that travel will double to 8.2 billion passengers by the year 2037. As a result, job growth is expected to rise significantly, creating thousands of new positions around the world, including cabin crew roles.

To enter the competition, simply register for your free ticket to the Aviation Job Expo, and visit the Cabin Crew Wings stand on the day.

Exhibit at the Aviation Job Expo

On October 3rd, we’re bringing together jobseekers from the entire industry for one unique training and recruitment event.

If you’re recruiting pilots, cabin crew or engineers, why not showcase everything your company has to offer at the Aviation Job Expo?

Find out why you should be exhibiting by clicking the red button now.

A beginner’s guide to networking

Networking is a big part of the aviation world; look at any event in the aviation calendar and you will see that a big part of it will revolve around networking. You’ve heard the saying, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ This is often the case in business...

Natasha Metcalf to present at the Dublin Aviation Summit

Natasha Metcalf to present at the Dublin Aviation Summit

This week, Key Account Manager and Brand Ambassador for Aviation Job Search, Natasha Metcalf, will host a careers presentation at the Dublin Aviation Summit.

Metcalf spends her days speaking with the world’s biggest airlines and MRO companies, to find out what they’re looking for within their business. With that in mind, Metcalf is well equipped to share her knowledge and expertise to jobseekers, and aspiring aviators looking to make their way into the aviation industry.

The talk will cover all aspects of the recruitment process, from where to start your job search, how to utilise social media in the process, how to make your CV stand out from the crowd and how to impress in an interview.

Key Account Manager, Natasha Metcalf, at the Pilot Expo in Berlin, presenting to pilots. 

Managing Director, Dave Capper, at the 2018 show, presenting to jobseekers and future aviators.

The talk follows on from the 2018 show where Managing Director of Aviation Job Search, Dave Capper, held a similar talk. More recently, Metcalf took to the stage in Berlin, at the Pilot Expo, in which she shared her knowledge and advice to over two hundred pilots.

The presentations reflect Aviation Job Search’s mission to connect as many jobseekers to the career of their dreams as possible, and to provide guidance and support in that journey.

The Dublin Aviation Summit starts today, and will conclude on Wednesday 15th May. Metcalf’s presentation will begin at 2pm.

Meet us

If you’re recruiting, and would like to speak to one of our team in Dublin, simply get in touch. We’re also looking for launch partners for the upcoming courses section of our site. Launch partners will enjoy 4 months for free. 

Contact us by emailing recruiting@aviationjobsearch.com

 

 

A beginner’s guide to networking

Networking is a big part of the aviation world; look at any event in the aviation calendar and you will see that a big part of it will revolve around networking. You’ve heard the saying, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ This is often the case in business...

UK’s first job fair for the entire aviation industry announced

UK’s first job fair for the entire aviation industry announced

International job site, Aviation Job Search have announced they will be hosting the Aviation Job Expo later this year in the heart of London.

The free to attend job fair hopes to attract visitors from all roles within the industry, including pilots, cabin crew and engineers. The job fair will provide a platform in which candidates can meet with potential employers in an informal setting to discuss career opportunities.  

CEO of Aviation Job Search, Ian Partington, said, “Connecting jobseekers with employers is at the heart of what we do here, so it seems like a natural progression to host this event.”

The event is also welcoming aspiring aviators, who can speak directly with Universities and Flight Schools about a possible career in aviation.

In 2018, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast the number of air travellers to reach 8.2 billion by 2037, double the current figure. With such strong growth projected, Director General and CEO of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, suggested that this would support a further 100 million aviation jobs globally.   

Partington continued, “There has been much discussion around how companies will facilitate this growth in recent months. It’s vital that we all play our part in developing the next generation of professionals, and we hope that this event will be a pathway into the industry for many of our visitors.”

Headline sponsors, BAE Systems, will be on hand to speak with visitors looking to join their 83,000 strong workforce around the world. The company provides some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions.

Register now

The event will be held on 3rd October 2019, at the Sofitel Hotel, London Gatwick. Visitors can pre-register for free tickets now. 

Exhibit at Flight Crew Futures

Exhibit at Flight Crew Futures

Reflecting the continued global demand for pilots, Flight Crew Futures is a focussed pilot recruitment event which brings together qualified pilots seeking new opportunities and recruiters. The next event will be held at the London Gatwick Hilton on 22 May 2019.

Engage with new and experienced pilots who are looking for genuine career opportunities.

Whether you’re seeking experienced flight crew, or low-hour fATPLs to fill your left- and right-seat positions, Flight Crew Futures offers a cost-effective solution to your pilot recruitment needs.

Now on the fourth event, Flight Crew Futures is organised in association with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), which has access to more than 10,000 of its pilot members. Recruiters are assured of a qualified audience attending. Flight Crew Futures is also supported by Aviation Job Search.

A cost-effective solution to recruiting new pilots

Save time, resource and budget. Let our experienced team manage the event, marketing and venue – allowing you more time to engage with prospective candidates.

Who should attend?

  • Airlines recruiting experienced flight crew, from First Officers to Senior Captains
  • Airlines recruiting low-hour fATPL First Officers
  • Specialist flight crew agencies
  • Pilot contract agencies
  • Third-party simulator preparation companies

Find out more

To find how Flight Crew Futures can help your search for new pilots and the opportunities available, contact:

Darran Ward – darran.ward@seager.aero  +44 (0) 1225 632194

Paul Yates – paul.yates@seager.aero +44 (0) 1225 632189

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