Category: Job Seekers

The Aviation Interview: 9 Ways to Succeed via Phone or Video

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Congratulations! You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job! Once upon a time, this meant practicing your interview answers, loading up your briefcase and heading out the door for your aviation interview. Those days are long gone. In today’s digital world, and especially in the fast-paced aviation industry, it can be challenging for potential employers to schedule face-to-face interviews. Especially for pilots and flight attendants, it can be difficult to guarantee your availability without a month’s notice. Lucky for you, we now live in the era of phone and video interviews. This means that […]

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20 Aviation Job Interview Questions to Nail

20 aviation interview questions to nail

With so many critical changes occurring in the aviation industry—most notably the pilot shortage—we’re hearing more and more from our API Registered Professionals. Many are telling us they are relatively happy in their current positions, but that they’re also curious about other available opportunities. You can bet that the minute they begin entertaining ideas that the “grass might be greener” somewhere else, they’ve got at least a toe out the door. If this happens to be a situation you find yourself in, it’s important to think about what you really want before you […]

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How Aviation Job Seekers Can Stand Out Amid a Talent Shortage

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There’s little doubt we’re in the midst of the long anticipated talent shortage. And this shortage applies to nearly all disciplines within aviation—be they in maintenance, pilot, cabin crew or leadership. Its widespread impact affects Part 91, 135 and 121 operations alike. Simply put, this situation is very good news for aviation job seekers. But it’s not great news for employers. In fact, some of the biggest brands in business aviation are struggling to find the right cultural fit. In this September 2016, Business Aviation Insider article, “Is a Staffing Shortage Looming?” […]

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Creating a “Sticky” Work Culture in a “WIIFM” Environment

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Thanks to social media vehicles like LinkedIn, it’s a common occurrence to read about friends and colleagues who’ve just landed a great new job. Or gotten a new job title. Or added a new skill to their resume. The grass often looks greener on the other side. And people might think “What’s in it for me” (WIIFM) if I stay where I’m at? As an aviation leader, you know it’s true that your team members are constantly being reached out to and recruited. So, how do you create a work culture or job environment in your organization […]

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How to Use a Recruiter to Gain the Greatest Exposure


If you’re in job-search mode, you may be wondering how to use a recruiter to gain the greatest exposure. There’s no doubt that in some fields—business aviation among them—using a recruitment firm can help propel you to the top of the list and put you in front of the right people. Sometimes you can use your own established network or look for open job postings to help you make the right career move. At other times, though, creating a lasting relationship with a recruiter can be a real “job accelerator,” and ultimately […]

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7 Ways to Make the Most of an Industry Event Like NBAA’s BACE

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The opportunity to attend industry conferences and conventions like the upcoming NBAA’s BACE is a terrific one. But in order to fully capitalize on the experience, it’s important to be in the right frame of mind and to be as prepared as you can be before you leave town. When you know you’ve done everything you can to get ready for the event, you’re better equipped to make the most of your time away, and in a much better position to make a great impression among your peers and other industry […]

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The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Aviation Professionals

Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Aviation Professionals

The most popular social media tool for business, LinkedIn is still proving itself a great tool for a variety of reasons—networking being the biggest one. In a sense, LinkedIn is becoming like a “digital business card” for professional people everywhere, replacing the printed ones that no longer make it into our desktop Rolodex. This means your LinkedIn profile is your first impression, digitally. While you might think of LinkedIn as a job search tool, the best reason to use it is to manage your growing network. It’s also great for researching, communicating and […]

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Hiring the Right Business Aviation Professional, Part I

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Hiring the most ideal, best-suited business aviation professional is no easy task. It requires merging a great cultural fit with superior skills and an attitude focused upon the organization’s success. And you must do this all while subordinating your own ego in favor of the entire organization’s success. In the first of our two-part series, I collaborated with my friend and aviation industry colleague, Jim Lara, Principal and Founder of Gray Stone Advisors. Together, we take a “deep dive” into the best approaches when making a great hire and ensuring that the […]

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The Future of Aviation, Part II: Resources for Attracting Students and YoPros

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Last year, when I attended NBAA’s annual Careers in Business Aviation Day during the convention in Las Vegas, I had one of those proverbial “Aha!” moments. It was truly inspiring. On the one hand, the room was full of business aviation veterans eager to share their accumulated knowledge, experience and wisdom. And on the other hand, there were lots of middle school, high school and college students thirsty for knowledge. As the session got underway, the students asked some terrific questions, e.g., how millennials are perceived in the industry, what they […]

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The Future of Aviation: Part I

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During an educational session at NBAA last fall, Seattle-based pilot Mike Rutherford glanced around the room and asked himself, “Where are the 25-35-year-olds?” And, more broadly, “where’s the future of aviation if they’re not in here?” Instead of just scratching his head and wondering about it, Mike went back to Seattle and actually did something. He began a grass-roots effort to start mentoring aviation enthusiasts—particularly those who represent the next generation. For one thing, he started talking up flying and piloting to anyone he came across who showed the slightest interest in it. He […]

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