New Year, New Career?

New Year, New Career?

As 2019 fast approaches, is your new year’s resolution to land your dream aviation job?  

 

New year, new career isn’t just a phrase. According to a survey by human resource firm Investors in People, over half of UK employees were set to look for a new job in the run up to 2018. One in four employees felt unhappy at work compared to one in three, who said they did at the same point last year.   Are you ready to start your job search in 2019? Below, we’ve included a few tips to get the ball rolling:  

 

Update your CV

We as individuals evolve – your CV should too. Keep it updated with any new and relevant information as you develop in your career, and it should be tailored to every job you apply for. Once you’ve got your CV updated, upload it to a niche site like Aviation Job Search so that employers can find you.  

 

Set up job alerts

You can set up numerous job alerts for roles you’re interested in on our website. That way, we can send relevant jobs straight to your inbox. You can also tailor your alerts by job type, job category, salary and location.  

 

Tailor your 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.   

 

Check yourself out online

According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. Tidying up your online presence is essential before you start sending out job applications.  

 

Network on LinkedIn

Make sure you keep your LinkedIn updated. This is an extremely valuable tool for jobseekers, so make the most of it. Show off your key skills and get endorsements from past managers and colleagues.  

 

Proof your CV

Don’t forget to check your CV and cover letter for spelling and grammar mistakes – this can really put recruiters off.  

 

Organise your day

Find the time of day that best suits you, and use that time to search for jobs. By setting time aside to search, you can easily manage the (hopefully) influx of responses and applications. Searching for a new and improved you in 2019? Aviation Job Search has over 11,000 aviation roles available, so you’re bound to find a job you love for the New Year. If you’re keen to take the next step in your career, simply visit our website at: www.aviationjobsearch.com today.  

 

 

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United Airlines officially introduces new international premium cabin for sale

United Airlines officially introduces new international premium cabin for sale

Last month, Chicago-based United Airlines revealed it would be launching new premium economy cabins. The product officially went on sale on the 3rd December.

 

According to Forbes, the premium economy cabins, branded United Premium Plus, sit in a unique zone between traditional international economy and business class. Over the last decade, major air carriers have redefined the scope of international business class, incorporating more lie-flat seats and premium service to the cabins. That move has reduced the need of international first class – but it has also widened the gap between economy and business class cabins.

 

Premium economy cabins have now been deployed to fill in the gap between economy and business. In addition to providing wider seats and generous leg room, United’s Premium Plus cabins come with free checked bags, priority boarding and an enhanced in-flight catering experience alleviating a number of pain points that many see in economy cabins.

 

Passengers will of course pay for the luxuries. For example, airfare between San Francisco and Auckland – a route in which Premium Plus will be offered from 30th March – would cost around $3,219 for a premium economy fare, while an economy fare costs $1,080. The lie-flat business class seats cost $7,615.

 

Award seats in Premium Plus, too, have been loaded. Though the price may seem high to some frequent flyers, it will come as a cheaper alternative to those who would usually pay to fly international business class. The blog Point me to the Plane ran a search for premium economy fares on United routes to Japan and found that while one-way economy fares cost 35,000 miles, Premium Plus cost 135,000. One way business class fares on those routes cost 175,000 miles.    

 

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10 habits of highly successful employees

10 habits of highly successful employees

Do you ever wonder how you could become more successful in your career? It’s not as difficult as you think…

Those considered successful have been practicing routine and efficient work for some time. If you’re wondering exactly what it is that successful people do that helps them to get ahead, we’ve listed just some of the habits below, that you can make a start on right now!

 

1. They think ahead

Anyone looking to get ahead will always consider the next step in their career, even while they’re in a job they are happy with. Although a focus on developing your current skills is important, many people look to gain skills that will be needed in the dream role they are working towards. It’s almost as simple as ticking boxes as you move ahead…

 

2. They socialise with everyone

Many people feel nervous around their higher ups, but it’s pretty hard to get promoted if management doesn’t know that you exist. Start building a rapport with them, produce good ideas that you can attach your name to, and just generally develop a solid working relationship. If you’re always nervous around your higher ups, you’ll never be able to present your ideas confidently to them, let alone ask them how they’re doing.

 

3. They dress to impress

We’ve all heard the saying ‘dress for the job you want’, but it really does have truth to it. People who get ahead at work take pride in how they dress and how they act. Look professional, be professional.

 

4. They jump at leadership

Anyone looking to become a success at work should want to take any opportunity to lead a team. Once you’ve mastered your area, the next step is whether you can manage others for that area. Whether it’s volunteering to train new recruits, applying to become a team leader or offering to lead a project, put your hand up and show that you can take on the responsibility.

 

5. They listen

Listening is a skill that is dreadfully overlooked. Anyone who can provide another person with their undivided attention, and show that they care and understand, and can take clear direction, is a true leader. This is a top skill employers seek, and it’s a lot harder than you think to improve.

 

6. They record their accomplishments

The most successful people can clearly show what they have delivered in their role. Keep track of data that proves you have made a difference, so that if you’re ever in question, you can present why you are a valuable asset to the company. Recording and delivering data to your higher ups is also an easy way to get noticed for your hard work.

 

7. They pitch in

Successful people want to have their voice heard, because although every idea isn’t always the best, not communicating those ideas could mean a missed opportunity. They will also get involved in the nitty gritty projects that seem worthless, but will eventually provide a more efficient process. An easy way to get ahead is to show that you have a good understanding of how everything in your department works, because you took the time to find out.

 

8. They solve problems

Have you ever just sat on a problem until it went away? Or worse, it didn’t, but you didn’t do anything to tackle it? Successful people tackle those situations head on to figure out solutions. Becoming a problem solver shows that you care – not just about your job, but about the health and ongoings of the business.

 

9. They stay informed on the business

It’s easy to shield yourself from company update emails and weekly updates, but by choosing not to read this information, you could be sacrificing your success by not staying informed on the company’s situation, successes and key talking points. Take 5 minutes out of your day to read those updates, and ask questions to show that you’re interested in how the company succeeds.

 

10. They commit to learning

Being in the same workplace environment every day can send you straight in to autopilot. Make time through your week to learn something new that could help you enhance your skillset. The most successful people are asking questions, attending conferences and courses and always working to improve themselves.

 

Want more career advice to help you get ahead? Visit our blog to hear more helpful tips and advice.

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American airline apologises for staff who mocked 5-year old’s name

American airline apologises for staff who mocked 5-year old’s name

American airline Southwest Airlines has apologised after a member of staff was reported as ridiculing a 5-year old’s name.

 

Traci Redmond was travelling with her daughter, named Abcde (pronounced ab-si-dee). As they were preparing to board their flight, an employee at California John Wayne Airport started laughing at the name and took a photograph of the child’s boarding pass, before posting it online.

 

Traci told ABC7 News: “The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees. So I turned around and said, ‘Hey if I can hear you, my daughter can hear you, so I’d appreciate if you’d just stop,’

 

Traci and Abcde were travelling to their home in El Paso, Texas. They were boarding early due to Abcde’s epilepsy.

 

“While I was sitting there, she took a picture of my boarding pass and chose to post it on social media, mocking my daughter,” said Ms Redmond.

 

“It was actually brought to my attention by somebody who had seen it on Facebook and reported it to Southwest Airlines. And after two weeks of doing a formal complaint, Southwest hadn’t done anything.”

 

Southwest Airlines later apologised with regards to the incident.

 

“We take great pride in extending our Southwest Hospitality to all of our Customers, which includes living by the Golden Rule and treating every individual with respect, in person or online. The post is not indicative of the care, respect, and civility we expect from all of our employees,” it said, although it declined to say what action it had taken against its member of staff.

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Should I use a generic CV template?

Should I use a generic CV template?

Hiring managers receive an average of 75 CVs per position that they post, so their time is limited when reading through yours. If it doesn’t stand out to them, then it’s likely heading for the rejection pile.

When you are applying for jobs, the easiest process seems to be to create one generic template to send to multiple recruiters. Doing this will likely add a significant delay to your job search. Why? Because it’s not what recruiters are looking for.

Recruiters are searching for candidates who fit the bill. So they’ll be looking for specific keywords, experience, characteristics and skill set. Which is why you should always make the effort to tailor your CV to each role you apply for.

A generic aviation CV when applying for a specific role like a Pilot tells a recruiter nothing…except that you have been too lazy to adapt your application. 

So before you start sending out the one and only CV you created. Read our tips below on how to adapt your generic CV to more specific roles:

 

 

Every job is unique – your CV to each role should be too

Even roles with the same job title can be very different in practice. Anyone who has stayed in the same type of role between organisations will tell you that experience and responsibilities will vary. Regardless of what you’ve done before, focus your CV towards the role you apply for so you can better appeal to the recruiter.

 

 

Generic CV’s won’t get picked up

According to Neville Rose, Director of CV Writers, ATS systems do not assess CVs based on generic role types. For example, job boards like Aviation Job Search don’t have an algorithm for ‘Cabin Crew’ that will sift through every CV evenly against every job title. ATS systems work by analysing CVs against individual role specifications. You only have to download 2 or 3 specifications for similar sounding roles to see how differently they can be written. Therefore, relying on one CV to pass these filters isn’t productive.

 

 

Your first CV is just the beginning

Writing for a specific application like a First Officer is a great start. But you have to be consistent, and continue this approach with every job application. The amount of tailoring you need will of course vary – it could between 5% to 10% for similar roles or you may need to rewrite 80% of more if you are applying for a completely different role that requires different experience. 

 

 

More specific applications = better success rate for securing interviews

Finishing one copy of your CV and sending it multiple times will likely cause frustration when you count the number of applications made in comparison to responses/interview invites. Be patient and take the time to tailor your CV, and you should see a rise in interview requests. Yes, it takes much more effort, but you have to consider just how badly you want the job…

 

 

Inspired? We can give you a helping hand in writing your CV for specific aviation roles – simply download any of our templates below for tips on what you can included:

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