Dos and don’ts of applying for aviation jobs
Applying for aviation jobs is a highly competitive process, and you need every advantage you can to get ahead.
Get an application right and you’ll take your career to new heights. Get it wrong and someone else will land that dream opportunity.
So, next time you’re applying for aviation jobs, make sure you remember these key dos and don’ts.
What you need to know about applying for aviation jobs
We’ve compiled this handy list based on our decades of experience at the forefront of aviation recruitment:
- Build a network: Professional relationships can take you far in aviation; build your network online and in person whenever you have the opportunity.
- Do your homework: Always conduct research (online and via your network) to ensure you fully understand the job role and company ethos for each application.
- Update your details: Aviation employers want to see you at the top of your game; make sure your LinkedIn profile and CV are up-to-date with your latest jobs and skills.
- Create bespoke applications: Tailor applications specifically for each position/company (highlighting relevant skills/experience) and address the person handling recruitment by name.
- Double-check documents: Check, check and check again! Just one spelling or grammatical mistake could sink your application, so go through it with a fine-tooth comb.
- Work in partnership: Teaming up with a specialist aviation recruiter means there’s an expert out there scouring the market for the perfect job and advocating on your behalf.
- Get proactive: Prospective employers and recruiters won’t wait around for you. Be proactive in applying and make sure all your documents are ready for appraisal, to avoid another candidate landing your dream job.
- Use identical applications: Your prospective employer will spot a generic application straight away and perceive their job as not being worth your time.
- Take a dishonest approach: Whether it’s regarding skills, experience or even qualifications, untruths on your CV will be found out via reference/document checks, which will raise a red flag with recruiters and prospective employers.
- Leave gaps in your record: Consistent employment is what aviation recruiters are looking for; try to fill these gaps as best possible, or at least be up-front about the reasons for them.
- Double-up on applications: Sending multiple applications to the same employer for even subtly different aviation jobs will tell them you aren’t really sure what you’re looking for. Equally, applying for the same role through multiple avenues won’t help you. Stick to a single recruitment agency – like AeroProfessional – that has the credibility to be your sole representation.
- Go overboard on comms: Proactivity is admirable, but just remember that – while you’re keen for an answer – the hiring manager will be dealing with tens of applicants at once.
- Try to fly solo: Going it alone will only take up more of your time and effort and prevent you from taking an expert approach; get a specialist aviation recruiter on your side.
This is just a taste of all the things you could be doing to optimise your job application process.
But, remember, applying for aviation jobs doesn’t have to be a headache. Make sure you’re up to speed in all these areas and you’ll make yourself the obvious choice for aviation employers.
Discover the jobs that will take your career to new heights by talking to the expert AeroProfessional team.