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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 a Hiring Scorecard in Aviation Interviews

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What is a hiring scorecard? And how can you create one to bring value to your aviation interview process? A Hiring Scorecard Lets You be Objective Essentially, a hiring scorecard helps you […]

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2015 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference Recap

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The value of investing time, effort and dollars was brought home to us in a big way. That’s why I wanted to review our participation in the 2015 NBAA Maintenance […]

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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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Outplacement: 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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How to Improve Your Career While You’re Employed

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So you’ve landed that job you were looking for . . . congratulations! Now that you’re gainfully employed, it’s actually the best time to make sure that you’re taking some […]

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Job Search Tips for Aspiring “Millennial” Professionals


Every generation has a label:  the post-World War II “Baby Boomers,” were followed by the “Gen-X’ers,” with all the expected categorizing attributed to that segment of society. The generation that followed […]

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Bridging the Gap: Engaging Four Generations on the Job

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No matter your age, location or job title in business aviation, you’ve likely noticed a generational shift on the hangar floor—even in the cockpit. Perhaps you’ve witnessed an undercurrent of […]

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Business Networking 101, Part II: How to Take Action


In our last blog on business networking, I shared seven tips on how to lay the foundation for building a successful business network by creating a comprehensive plan that can […]

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Weighing the Benefits of a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Credential

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As a recruiter exclusively focused on the aviation business, I’m often asked by our candidates how important obtaining a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential is. And, with some consideration to […]

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