10 Ideas to Supercharge Your Job Search

10 Ideas to Supercharge Your Job Search

Job hunting can sometimes be a difficult and overwhelming experience. We’ve broken it down into 10 easy steps to supercharge your job search – helping you stay on top of the latest opportunities and get noticed by employers.


1. Sprinkle Some Magic on Your CV 

Generally speaking, your CV should be updated every 6-12 months as you gather new skills and experiences. Sending a CV which is out of date will hardly impress a recruiter; it will make you look sloppy if anything. 

You need to make sure that your CV wows to stand out from the crowd. Recruiters will often receive hundreds of applications for one position, so what is going to make them want to read your CV and invite you to the interview stage? Think like a marketer, you need to sell yourself!

Writing an amazing CV is an art but there is plenty of advice out there to help you. Failing that, why not use a CV writing service? We love the CV & Interview Advisors; they’ll even give you a free appraisal before you commit to spending with them.  


2. Upload Your CV

Now that you’ve created a stand out CV, the time has come to upload it and let recruiters see how fabulous you really are. You’d be surprised at how many recruiters regularly search CV databases looking to headhunt top talent so this one’s important! 

On Aviation Job Search, you can create your own jobseeker profile and upload your CV to accompany it. Make sure you fill in all your contact details so recruiters can contact you with the latest opportunities.  


3. Set up Job Alerts

Another nifty trick is to set up job alerts for the types of jobs you’re interested in. That means you don’t have to come to us, we’ll come to you! Every morning, we’ll email over all the latest opportunities which match your criteria to save you the hassle. 

You can tailor your alerts by job type, job category, salary and location. You can even include aircraft type if relevant. All that’s left for you to do is to keep an eye on your inbox and apply as soon as a job catches your eye.


4. Cover Letter

Don’t forget to tailor your cover letter for each application you send. It should show the employer how your skills and experience match the requirements laid out in the job description. Be professional, addressing and formatting the letter correctly and show the recruiter why you’re the right person for the job.

Make sure you don’t just copy your CV and remember that it’s quality rather than quantity that counts in a cover letter. Here’s our cover letter writing guide for more detailed tips on catching employers’ attention.


5. Spring Clean Your Social Media

Drunken photos or inappropriate comments, however long ago, are not going to impress any potential employer.

Recruiters are more than likely to do a quick search for you on social media before inviting you to interview so make sure they like what they see. Tidying up your online presence is essential before you start sending out job applications.

Posting insightful and interesting comments on social media, such as LinkedIn, could be the reason you stand out from another candidate. Use these platforms to your advantage.


6. Network on LinkedIn

This is an extremely valuable tool for jobseekers, so make the most of it. Show off your industry knowledge, any key skills and get endorsements from past managers and colleagues. LinkedIn is also a great networking tool. Make connections within the aviation industry, join groups and get involved.


7. See Who’s Hiring

Browse the A-Z of companies who are hiring, find the companies you’d love to work for and start applying for jobs. You can even set up alerts for certain employers so you know as soon as they post a new opportunity. 


8. Proofread

Don’t forget to check your CV and cover letter for spelling and grammar mistakes – these can really put recruiters off. In addition to spell check, a tool like Grammarly can pick up any little mistakes that you miss.

If you can, get a second pair of eyes to help you proofread for any errors.


9. Get Organised

Searching for a new job is a job in itself so put time aside every day (or week) to apply for positions. This could be the time when you are most productive or when you have a quiet hour or two to yourself.

If you dedicate a certain amount of time each day you can make sure that you are consistently making applications and keeping on top of any new opportunities. This ‘little and often’ strategy can also make the task feel much more manageable.


10. Stay Positive

Job hunting is a numbers game and you probably won’t get the first job you apply for – but don’t let this dishearten you. 

Ask for feedback if you’re not successful in an application or interview and try to learn from the experience. Remember that new jobs are added to Aviation Job Search every single day so remain positive as tomorrow’s another day! 

10 Ideas to Supercharge Your Job Search

10 Ideas to Supercharge Your Job Search

Job hunting can sometimes be a difficult and overwhelming experience. We’ve broken it down into 10 easy steps to help you stay on top of the latest opportunities and get noticed by employers.

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7 reasons you should be outsourcing your recruitment

7 reasons you should be outsourcing your recruitment

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is one of the fastest growing markets within recruitment as businesses strategically try to optimise their business processes.

Employers of all sizes are embracing the RPO model and opting for another qualified team to take the difficult job off their hands.

From reducing cost per acquisition to improving the quality of your talent pool, there are many reasons why outsourcing recruitment benefits a business; here we take a look at the 7 key advantages.


Reduce cost per acquisition

Saving money – the two words which are music to the ears of top management. Reducing cost but still producing high quality results is a goal every business strives for.

For smaller companies who don’t recruit often, they simply can’t justify hiring an internal resourcer so it makes sense to outsource the job and only pay recruitment fees as and when it is required.

For bigger companies, a HR wage bill, along with paying to use job boards, can far outweigh the cost of simply outsourcing it.

Another key benefit, often overlooked, is the cost can be reduced further if you are recruiting for multiple candidates for a single position. Unlike recruitment agencies, many RPO providers charge a single fee for their services and if the business chooses to recruit more than one of the candidates provided, the price doesn’t increase.


Scale recruitment to your needs

Over time, every company’s staffing requirements will have peaks and troughs. During busier periods, internal recruiters may feel overwhelmed and not deliver the best results. Through quieter periods, it is not cost effective to pay someone to do nothing.

By outsourcing, it provides certainty that the task can be fulfilled, should the business have a sudden burst of hiring activity. It furthermore empowers the business to scale up or down their activity based on their current circumstances.

It works particularly well for businesses going through expansions, mergers, or if they are opening premises at a new location where full time employees haven’t been sourced yet.


Speed up the recruitment process

The best industry talent gets snapped up quickly so you need to make sure you have robust processes in place to keep great candidates within your recruitment funnel – and not your competitors.

A strong and well thought out process will ultimately speed up proceedings and avoid you getting to the closing date and wondering why you don’t have a decent talent pool to select from.

Many businesses simply don’t have the processes in place, and by outsourcing it to a dedicated RPO provider, top talent doesn’t slip through the net, and they recruit quicker than normal as a result.


Save time

Recruiting top talent is a full time job, requiring dedication and focus. If you think you can only spend an hour here or an hour there on it, you will only come up with very average results.

For businesses who don’t recruit often, the job can often land in the hands of busy and inexperienced managers who simply don’t have the time to recruit on top of their normal day to day duties.

Outsourcing the job to an experienced RPO provider is the perfect solution in these scenarios as managers will only receive the best candidates, saving them a considerable amount of time and hassle searching for them.


Improved quality of candidates

The race for talent is more competitive than ever before. There are many different ways to discover the perfect candidates for a position and often businesses will settle for one or two methods.

One of the key benefits to outsourcing recruitment is the multiple methods they will use to attract in jobseekers. The bigger the talent pool, the more chance you have of finding the perfect fit for the role.

Businesses who handle their recruitment internally will usually have a package with a single job board, enabling them to post jobs and possibly search the CV database. By using an external RPO provider, they will have the ability to post on multiple job boards and search numerous CV databases.

External resourcers will furthermore know all the tricks of the trade to discover top talent if their initial methods aren’t proving fruitful.


HR is freed up to focus on strategic goals

The role of a HR professional is varied; it can include managing recruitment, conditions of employment, equality and diversity in the workplace, payroll, employee relations and often training.

With so many expectations and responsibilities, keeping on top of everything can be challenging, particularly in an ever changing environment.

By outsourcing recruitment, a huge chunk of time can be freed up to allow HR to focus on the strategic goals of the business, while also allowing them to develop their own personal skills and stay afloat of all the latest employment guidelines.



An RPO provider will gather data throughout the entire process which can be extremely valuable for real time reporting and making future recruitment decisions.

The data can also offer insight into the efficiency of the businesses chosen recruitment method, allowing them to evolve and improve their process over time.

Looking to outsource your recruitment?

Little time to deal with the recruitment process? Struggling to locate the best talent? Looking to reduce your cost per acquisition?

Discover Managed Service, the smarter way to manage the candidate funnel, delivering candidates you’ll want to interview.

UK airlines launch legal battle against coronavirus quarantine ruling

UK airlines launch legal battle against coronavirus quarantine ruling

IAG, easyJet and Ryanair have started legal proceedings against the government in a bid to overturn quarantine rules to take effect in the UK from Monday.

The airlines have sent a pre-action protocol letter setting out why they believe the moves (expecting passengers arriving from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days) are illogical and unfair. 

The Guardian reported that the letter was sent on Friday.

Airlines and travel firms have protested against the new Home Office-led regulations, saying they came months too late to stop the transmission of coronavirus and will kill off recovery in the industry.

The airlines’ letter argues that the quarantine measures are more severe than those that were in place when the risk of the virus was greater. It also objects that enforcement of the regulations appear to apply to England, and people arriving in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland would not face the same penalties. 

A Ryanair spokesperson, commenting on behalf of the three airlines, said: “These measures are disproportionate and unfair on British citizens as well as international visitors arriving in the UK. We urge the government to remove this ineffective visitor quarantine which will have a devastating effect on the UK’s tourism industry and will destroy even more thousands of jobs in this unprecedented crisis.”

The quarantine row comes after further uproar over British Airways’s plans to cut 12,000 jobs.

The government argues the quarantine rules are science-based and would help limit the risk of a second wave.

Home secretary, Priti Patel, said: “We all want to return to normal as quickly as possible. But this cannot be at the expense of lives. The science is clear that if we limit the risk of new cases being brought in from abroad, we can help stop a devastating second wave.

“That is why the measures coming into force today are necessary. They will help control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Pilots union BALPA told members on Saturday that BA had increased the number of pilot redundancies it was seeking by another 125 to almost 1,300, more than a quarter of the workforce.

It warned that BA had said it would “force changes by terminating the employment of all pilots and offering individuals new contracts with associated new terms and conditions” if they could not find agreement.

Aviation job fears continue as Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs

Aviation job fears continue as Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs

Airbus plans to cut 15,000 jobs following the challenges coronavirus has placed on the airline industry.


1700 jobs are at risk in the UK, including major sites in Broughton in North Wales and Bristol. 


Thousands more will be affected –  6000 jobs in Germany, 900 affected in Spain and 5000 in France, as well as sites in other countries worldwide.


Around 134,000 people work for Airbus across the world.


Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury said: “Airbus is facing the gravest crisis this industry has ever experienced.


“The measures we have taken so far have enabled us to absorb the initial shock of this global pandemic.


“Now, we must ensure that we can sustain our enterprise and emerge from the crisis as a healthy, global aerospace leader, adjusting to the overwhelming challenges of our customers.


“To confront that reality, we must now adopt more far-reaching measures.”


The move is subject to talks with unions which have opposed compulsory redundancies.


The Unite union commented that the Airbus announcement was “another act of industrial vandalism” against the UK aerospace sector.


More details of the job losses will come at the end of the week following talks with unions.


Unite said it expected 1116 manufacturing jobs and 611 office-based jobs to be affected, reducing Airbus UK’s workforce by 15%. 


The Covid-19 pandemic has been little short of catastrophic for the airline industry. At one point in April, global air traffic was down by more than 90% – but aircraft still need to be maintained, and leasing costs must be paid.


The firm expects to make the cuts by summer 2021.


DS, the UK trade body representing the aerospace, defence and security sectors, said new measures were “urgently required” to support a recovery in the sector.


Its chief executive Paul Everitt said: “This is undoubtedly the toughest period the global aerospace industry has ever faced.


“Being the largest commercial aircraft company in the UK, Airbus is central to our aerospace industry and has a close relationship with its highly integrated UK supply chain.


“This difficult news will be unsettling for their employees and those working as part of the supply chain.”


Thousands of roles have also been axed at airlines British Airways, easyJet, Virgin and Ryanair as a result of the lockdown.


We are urging anyone now seeking employment to search for jobs on Aviation Job Search. We hope we can help you find something soon.


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Revalidate your pilot license for free

Revalidate your pilot license for free

Airline pilots made redundant can now revalidate their licenses for free with the help of our industry partner, Aviation Insider. Through a government grant (subject to conditions,) Aviation Insider will help pilots recover the cost of their simulator training. 


Over the last few months, Aviation Insider has helped a number of pilots secure funding from the government, including former Flybe and Thomas Cook pilots who wanted to keep their licenses valid and access funds to pay for their simulator training. 


License revalidation funding is available on the following aircraft: a320, a330, B737, 747, 787, E190. 


It is also possible to use the funding to help with any airline simulator preparation or refresher training which is available on a320, a330, B737, B747. B757/767, 787 and E135/145/190. At the moment, Aviation Insider offers renewals on the a320 and 737.


The restrictions in order to access the funding are; you must reside in the UK and be unemployed at the time of the application. It is not guaranteed to always get the funding as it depends on the job coach.


You will first have to register with the JobCentre. Once registered you will be assigned to a job coach.


The steps to follow with your Job Centre coach are:

  1. Ensure you inform your coach that you wish to undertake specialist airline pilot training with Aviation Insider before booking our services (You can’t book a course and claim retrospectively)
  2. Help them to understand why you require bespoke services unique to airline pilot training. If you have airline applications registered with airlines and hope to have an interview, this will help your case further.
  3. That you wish to claim for the course by making use of the ‘flexible support fund’ 


You will need to book your simulator session with Aviation Insider and they will provide you a letter of confirmation and invoice to prove that the training will go ahead. In some cases you may have to pay the invoice before the job centre reimburses you.


For further information, contact Aviation Insider here. 

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