Category: Job Seekers

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 point in their working careers. It’s true that it’s a common affliction, and corporate aviation, with its unique set of challenges and stresses, can be a particularly likely industry to help generate burnout. Of course, job burnout affects some more than others—everyone has his or her own “threshold of misery.” It’s a significant enough problem, though, that it might help to examine 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 experiences—will always be vital. Last month, we reviewed resume formatting from the “nuts and bolts” point of view—from discussion about the various sections and subheads, to page length, template, fonts, etc. Now in Part II, I’m sharing resume writing tips—what to say, what not to say, and how to best tell your story for the audience you’re seeking to impress: the business […]

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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 every one of us is a goal setter, in that we all have something that we look to accomplish in the future—a better job, a new home, losing that last 10 pounds or even qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Keep reading and you will hopefully find out that goal-setting can actually be fun! Mingling Professional and Personal Goals To help our API Registered […]

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Preparing Yourself for the All-Important Job Interview

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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 advantages—especially because I just navigated my way through the very process of self-examination, research and follow-through that many of API’s candidates will need to engage as they market themselves, their skills and experience for whatever aviation position they’re angling to land. So, while it’s still very fresh in my mind, I’d like to share with you some of things I’ve learned […]

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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 tremendous responsibility foisted upon them.

He or she should be integrating a social media search into their recruiting process.

Why?

Because it’s a great way to see how the potential new hire present themselves professionally. Looking at someone’s social profiles (if they’re public) is also a great way for someone to decide whether the candidate might fit within the organization’s culture. This can […] Read more…

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 tremendous responsibility foisted upon them. He or she should be integrating a social media search into their recruiting process. Why? Because it’s a great way to see how the potential new hire present themselves professionally. Looking at someone’s social profiles (if they’re public) is also a great way for someone to decide whether the candidate might fit within the organization’s culture. This can […]

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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 seasoned maintenance professionals. This post is essential reading for anyone seeking to advance in the maintenance field or is responsible for mentoring up-and-coming professionals. And, in case you missed last month’s blog on seven qualities needed for a solid maintenance organization, you check it out now! Immerse Yourself! What advice would a leader offer young people thinking about a career in this […]

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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 delving into specifics regarding finance, performance metrics and measurements. Understanding the Budget and Finances While the primary responsibility of the chief pilot does not traditionally fall into the financial arena, it’s important that one develops a solid understanding of the aviation department’s budgets – both the operating and capital budgets, especially if he/she wants to be considered for the director of business […]

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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 you, how many industry events you attend or the size of your Outlook contacts and Facebook following. Instead, I find that networking is about investing in others and committing the time needed to develop and maintain your relationships. It’s also about creating new connections and not just resting on the contents of your LinkedIn profile or “Rolodex.” How to Build Your Business […]

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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 occur due to a reduction in force (RIF) or the shutdown of an entire flight department. The challenge here is that there’s no crystal ball to tell you if your flight department is at risk. Even if an aviation director has a great connection with the company’s CEO, a downsizing event can occur as a quick decision and without warning. Other […]

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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 steps to improve your career readiness. After all, you never know when you’ll pick up that phone call offering you a fantastic opportunity—be it someone from within your own organization seeking a leader, an industry organization tapping you to serve as a committee member or even a local aviation group looking for a keynote speaker. Whoever it might be on the other […]

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