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How to Detect a Job Burnout: a Checklist for Knowing When You Need to Find a New Job

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Job burnout getting you down? If so, you’re in good company, because surveys suggest that nearly 90 percent of the U.S. working population feels job-related stress or burnout at some […]

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Tell Your Story: 9 Resume Writing Tips from a Business Aviation Recruiter

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There’s no way we can ever overemphasize how important a properly written resume is to anyone’s job search. How your aviation resume reads—the story it tells about you and your […]

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The Millennials are Coming: How to Identify, Attract and Retain the “Next-Gen” of Bizav Professionals

NBAA Millenials Presentation Moderated by Sheryl Barden

The competition for trained aviation talent gets tougher every day, and the importance of attracting and developing the Next-Generation of business aviation professionals can’t be overstated. After all, these “Millennials” are individuals who—like the baby boomers before them—will one day lead the workforce in the U.S. and other countries. That’s why, on November 17, at the upcoming NBAA2015 conference in Las Vegas, I will be moderating a panel discussion entitled “Attract and Retain Next-Gen Talent in Business Aviation.” It will be focused precisely on what everyone in the business aviation industry can […]

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NBAA14 Recap: Creating the Next-Gen Workforce in Business Aviation

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Just last month at NBAA14, I was honored to moderate the interactive “think tank” educational session entitled, “Creating Business Aviation’s Next Generation Workforce.” Our mission is an ongoing one–to make everyone […]

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Managing the Customer Demand for BizAv Inflight Connectivity

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The speed at which new information and communication technology is emerging in the business aviation industry is mind-boggling, and the advantages it offers are irresistible. Inflight and otherwise, the information technology […]

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How Strategic Goal-Setting Can Boost Your Life and Career

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‘Tis the season for New Year resolutions! Yet why is “goal-setting” one of our least favorite personal progress activities? Whether or not we care to admit it to ourselves, nearly […]

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Preparing Yourself for the All-Important Job Interview


For this, my “debut” blog for my brand-new employer, Aviation Personnel International, the topic of interviewing tips and tricks is quite fitting. Being the “new kid on the block” has its […]

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Why a “Cultural Fit” is Important to Corporate Aviation Directors and Their New Hires

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One of the “grayest” and most frequently overlooked aspects of the hiring process is finding a good “cultural fit” between a prospective new hire and the members of the corporate […]

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When and Why to Consider Internal Candidates During the Hiring Process


HR recruiters and business aviation hiring managers frequently contact us at Aviation Personnel International (API) to conduct an external candidate search on their behalf. They often do so because they feel […]

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How Social Media can Help and Hurt Aviation Candidates

Social media is playing a more critical role in the recruiting process on a daily basis. That means aviation hiring managers, responsible for recruiting talent for their flight departments, have a […]

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Aviation Advocacy: When Many Speak as One

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I’ve never been a political person. However, due to the exposure I’ve had seeing what National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is doing and the issues out there facing us, the […]

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The Value of Using Hiring Scorecards in Aviation Interviews

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Last month, API’s Sheryl Barden and I presented a workshop on job hiring strategies at an NBAA conference in Portland, OR. As we got underway, we were somewhat surprised to […]

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API’s Recap of the 2015 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference

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The value of investing time, effort and—yes—dollars in industry leadership conferences was brought home to us in a big way as we sat down recently to review our participation in […]

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Business Aviation Maintenance Career Advancement Strategies

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In business aviation, the maintenance organization is a cornerstone of the operation. That’s why, in part II of API’s aviation maintenance, I’m sharing even more insights from my conversations with […]

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Seven Qualities for Building a Solid Aviation Maintenance Staff

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Looking to build a solution aviation maintenance staff? Whether you’re an aviation maintenance manager looking to create a strong, smoothly functioning team or an up-and-coming technical professional seeking to become […]

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From Good to Great, Part II: Finance and Metrics for Chief Pilots

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In our first post in this three-part series about chief pilots, co-author Jim Lara and I shared the four key leadership traits required of a great chief pilot. Next, we’re […]

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Business Networking 101, Part I: It’s Not Just About Who You Know

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When it comes to business networking, some say that it’s all about “who you know.” But I respectfully disagree. Contrary to some people’s beliefs, good networking isn’t necessarily about who knows […]

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How to Implement an Effective Onboarding Program

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Have you ever taken the time to talk to your human resources contact to learn what your annual turnover rate is? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost […]

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The “Upside” to Downsizing

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“Workplace transition”—which is often a softer term for layoffs or downsizings—is never easy, especially when it stems from actions that occur beyond our control. In business aviation, these “transitions” usually […]

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Cost of a Bad Hire: It’s More Than Skills and Experience


“HIRE STANDARDS” Aviation departments often operate with a lean staff, so when an employee retires, is terminated, or leaves, there may be a rush to fill that position. To avoid the most […]

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