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Business Aviation Hiring Trends: Part II

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As I emphasized in the first of this two-blog series, there’s much to be gained by paying attention to current business aviation hiring trends. And, as I said in that blog, the most prevalent trend is for change. It’s true that, regarding recruitment and hiring practices, our industry is in constant flux, and equally true that staying on top of it as best we can is imperative to operate successfully.   Following are a few more business aviation hiring trends:   Business Skills Trump Flying Skills When it comes to hiring someone for a VP or aviation […]

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Best Travel Apps for Aviation Personnel

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Like my colleagues at Aviation Personnel International, I love to travel. I love it even more so when I’m relaxed. And, I’m probably not alone in saying that I’m most […]

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What’s Trending in Business Aviation Careers, Part I

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As a long-time recruiter, I’m always asked what trends I see, and what’s the latest happening in business aviation careers. So just what is trending in our industry? Change, that’s what! Hiring […]

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Building Bench Strength: An 8-Step Guide to Succession Planning

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Grooming members of your business aviation team to take over your job is a hallmark of great leadership. A true mark of leadership is having the foresight to engage in […]

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3 Cover Letter Basics for Job Seekers

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The cover letter (or cover email) remains a vital part of today’s interview process. While the boring old, impersonal “to whom it may concern” cover letter may indeed be a thing of the past, the personalized, well-written professional cover “email” or letter is still very much alive and well. The value of cover letters A resume, and its accompanying cover letter, represent your initial “handshake” with a potential employer. As mentioned in a recent blog, these documents show how you (the aviation candidate) choose to communicate. If they’re done well, they can […]

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8 Ways to Research a Company Before an Interview

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A successful interview begins well before you find yourself sitting across from a potential employer, putting your best self forward. It starts with a lot of hard work and time […]

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5 Things Aviation Icon Janice Barden Taught Me About Corporate Aviation Recruiting

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As the newest member of the API team, I recently sat down with Janice Barden, an icon in our professional corporate aviation recruitment industry, to learn about how she—a woman […]

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9 Tools Every Business Aviation Hiring Manager Should be Using

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Finding and using “the right tool for the job” is a bit of advice that’s as accurate as it is old. And it doesn’t only apply to the working trades, […]

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7 Ways to Help You Get a Job Promotion in the Flight Department

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Have you set your sights on the next step up in your flight organization? If so, that’s great. But as you know, it’s very unlikely someone’s going to simply tap […]

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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

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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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