5 common struggles when searching for a new role – and how to tackle them

5 common struggles when searching for a new role – and how to tackle them

Complicated, time consuming applications

There is little more frustrating than when you’re short on time and trying to apply for a job, only to find yourself being taken through a convoluted application process. Filling in masses of information every time you apply takes up valuable time that could otherwise be spent searching for further opportunities; not to mention, it gets extremely repetitive.

 

To combat this, we’ve streamlined the application process on Aviation Job Search to make this as simple as possible. All you need to do is create your candidate profile; you can then use this for all your future applications going forward, applying with the click of a button.

 

We recommend setting aside some time to put together your candidate profile and/or CV, including as much detail as possible; take a look at our guide for tips on what to include. We’d also recommend creating a dedicated cover letter template introducing yourself, which can really help you stand out in the recruiter’s memory.

 

It’s well worth taking the time to do this, as you can then use these for any applications in future, simply tweaking as needed rather than needing to start from scratch each time.

 

For any future applications, simply click the Apply button and you’ll be able to attach either your Aviation Job Search profile or CV to your application, which will then be sent straight to the recruiter (along with your cover letter if you choose to attach one).

 

You’ll also be able to upload up to 3 CV files to your account, so that you have various options ready to choose from if you are applying to more than one type of role.

Formatting your CV

It’s often difficult to know how to format your CV; it’s common to struggle with what specific information to include, what order to present the information in, or what design choices to make. It’s important to show your personality and stand out, whilst also creating a document that looks professional and organised.

 

Building an Aviation Job Search profile takes away this uncertainty by guiding you through the process step-by-step. You’ll be offered pointers as to what information you could include in each section, and you’ll be able to preview what your profile will look like as you are putting it together, giving you the peace of mind of knowing you’re on the right track.

 

Your profile will also automatically be formatted into our standard design, taking away the time-consuming element of having to format your CV, and leaving you with an organised, professional document that you can take forward into your future job applications.

 

Even if you are not actively looking for a new role, we’d recommend keeping your profile up to date. It’s always beneficial to have a well-presented, up-to-date career profile to hand, whether you’re applying for training courses, networking, or simply to stay prepared for whatever opportunities may be round the corner.

How much information to include

It can often be a headache deciding which information you should include about yourself when applying for roles, and how much detail to go into. It’s often said that your CV or professional profile should fit onto two sides of A4 paper, but in today’s digital world this isn’t always the most relevant guide to follow.

 

It’s important to include enough detail to convey your skills and experience, whilst also keeping things concise and easy to read; this can sometimes be a difficult line to tread.

 

We’ve designed our Aviation Job Search profiles to help guide you through this. Each section includes a character limit to give you an idea of how much information to include, and you’re able to edit your profile at any time and as many times as you like, until you are happy with it.

 

The main information that you’ll be asked to include in your profile, and which we would encourage you to focus on, include:

 

  • Your contact details
  • A personal statement introducing yourself and your career path so far
  • Your work history and your main achievements from each role
  • Any relevant academic or industry qualifications that you possess
  • Any certifications, awards or other credentials which could lend weight to your profile
  • A little about yourself outside of work; your hobbies, interests, skills and passions

Being contacted regarding irrelevant opportunities

There are more things than ever to bear in mind today when it comes to what you may be looking for from your next role. There is more than just salary and perks which can make a role the right one for you; employees want to be valued and looked after, which is completely understandable.

 

It’s important to consider what’s most important to you in terms of what you want from your next role, and set recruiters’ expectations regarding this. The more information that you can include about yourself and what you are looking for on your Aviation Job Search profile, the more chance there is that you will be contacted regarding opportunities that meet your criteria.

 

As one example, the importance of flexible and remote working has never been more evident. You now have the ability to add information to your profile regarding these preferences, including:

 

  • Your willingness to relocate
  • Your preference for remote working (if applicable)
  • Your desired contract type
  • Your desired work location (this can be different to your current location)

We recommend that you add as much information as possible about these preferences so that you can ensure you’re more likely to be contacted for relevant opportunities and less likely to spend time fielding offers that don’t match what you are looking for.

How to stand out from the competition

Within the set format of a profile or CV, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to include to make you stand out from your fellow professionals and stick in the mind of a recruiter. This is especially true when applying for roles which are competition-heavy, or where many of your fellow applicants are likely to meet the same essential requirements as yourself.

 

Here are the areas of your profile we would advise you to bear in mind when considering how to let your personality shine and stand out from the crowd.

 

Executive summary: your executive summary is a short statement which introduces you to the recruiter, summarising your main attributes and experience. It has to capture their attention, so rather than just listing facts about yourself, we’d encourage you to share your enthusiasm and pride here. Explain what your biggest career achievements have been, and share your goals in terms of where you’d like to go next.

 

Skills: this section is where you can list not only your technical skills within your role, which are always important in aviation; but also your soft or transferable skills. Consider things such as communication, time management, conflict resolution, first aid, leadership; which qualities have helped you in the past? Showing that you have considered your skills from a variety of perspectives shows that real thought has gone into your profile.

 

Extra Curricular: when so many candidates often meet the same criteria for a role, recruiters need to find other ways to spot the best of the bunch. This section is where you can really stand apart from your fellow professionals. Consider any projects undertaken, awards received, or other achievements outside of your aviation career. These can give an insight into your qualities as a person, and other attributes such as languages spoken can only help boost your employability too.

 

Why not get started creating your candidate profile today and give yourself a head start? 

 

 

 

 

Why crafting a great candidate profile is so important for aviation professionals

Why crafting a great candidate profile is so important for aviation professionals

What is a candidate profile?

Candidate profiles are a brand-new addition to Aviation Job Search which are designed to give you the perfect platform to showcase your experience, skills and qualifications in a professional and engaging way.

We have all experienced the struggle of working on a CV and not knowing exactly what information to include, how much detail to go into, or how to format it in the best way. Our candidate profiles take away the guesswork and guide you through every step of the process, leaving you with a detailed, well-rounded profile that you can be proud of.

Why they’ve been introduced

Put simply, we want to give you the best possible chance at success! We believe the candidate profile provides you with the best opportunity to showcase your career path and achievements so far, as well as your goals and ambitions for the future; helping you stand out in the memories of recruiters and increasing your chances of being contacted to discuss career opportunities.

The candidate profile has also been introduced with one eye on the future here at Aviation Job Search, as we work on developing our offerings beyond job opportunities. We are working towards developing a community where aviation professionals can connect, help one another, discuss industry developments, and develop their skills.

Your candidate profile will be a valuable resource when connecting with other professionals, lending weight to your discussions and interactions; so it is well worth the time taken to fill this out now, even if you are not actively looking for a new role. Keep an eye out for updates on these upcoming developments later this year.

 

What each section is for

When creating a new Aviation Job Search account, you’ll be taken through the step-by-step process of creating your profile. You’ll have the choice of either creating a profile from scratch, or uploading an existing CV to populate the main information in your profile to begin with, and filling out the remaining information yourself.

You’ll be required to fill out certain information on your profile as a minimum, including your name, job role, contact details and at least one item of work experience. The rest you’ll be able to fill in at your own pace, but we recommend that you take the time to add as much detail as possible into each section.

 

Details

This section is where you can list your personal details, job role, skills, and preferences in terms of salary, location, contract type and working arrangements.

Experience

This section allows you to submit a short personal statement where you can summarise your career path so far and your aspirations moving forward; this is a great chance to show your personality and really grab the attention of potential employers. You should also list your work history in the Experience section, detailing your main responsibilities, lessons and achievements from each role.

Education

This section allows you to share information on your qualifications, both academic and industry-specific. You are also able to upload evidence of any certifications or credentials that you list in this section, lending further weight and authority to your profile.

Extra Curricular

This section is where you can go into more detail about you as a person in terms of your hobbies, skills, extra-curricular projects or awards. Here is where you can really stand out by sharing what makes you tick and what you’re passionate about, demonstrating qualities that will complement your academic and industry-related credentials.

What about my CV?

Of course, we understand that CVs are still an important part of the recruitment process for a lot of companies, and many professionals will wish to submit a traditional CV to Aviation Job Search alongside their candidate profile.

As we mentioned earlier, you’re still able to upload a CV to your account in order to apply for roles on Aviation Job Search. In fact you are able to upload up to 3 CVs to your account if needed, and all of these can exist on your account alongside your candidate profile.

Each time you apply for a job, you’ll be able to choose whether to apply with your candidate profile or with one of your uploaded CVs. We would always recommend applying for roles with your candidate profile where possible, once you’ve taken the time to fill this out.

Why it’s so important to take time to fill out your profile

Many recruiters today are looking for information beyond the traditional CV when hiring for new positions. They are looking to gain a more well-rounded view of what a person is like; both in terms of their qualifications and experience, as well as their soft skills, interests and passions. Presenting all of this information in your profile gives you the perfect opportunity to show more of who you are as a person, which can only help you stand out from your fellow aviation professionals.

 

If you already had an existing account with Aviation Job Search before candidate profiles were launched in March 2021, then we have created a candidate profile for you using the existing information from your CV.

We would highly recommend going into your profile to double check that the information that’s been pulled in from your CV is still up to date. There will also be several brand-new fields within your profile that are likely to be empty, so it’s very important to go through your profile and ensure you’ve filled these out in addition to the information that’s been pulled from your CV.

 

As mentioned earlier, your profile will also stay with you as Aviation Job Search develops its offerings in future into providing resources for the wider aviation community, acting as a record of your achievements as you move forward with your career. Whether or not you are actively searching for new opportunities, it is always a good idea to keep your profile updated in order to demonstrate (and celebrate) all the hard work that you have put into your career so far!

 

 

 

 

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