Thinking about a career change? Starting the quest for a new position can feel overwhelming especially if you’re out of practice. Don’t worry, we’re here to support you in your search. To help you get the position you want, follow these proven job search steps.
But before you start hunting down jobs, take a few minutes to set your job-search intentions. Ask yourself: What are your career goals and salary expectations? Are you looking for rated or non-type rated positions? Would you be willing to commute or relocate with your family?
By answering these questions upfront you’ll be able to narrow your search. However, remember to also be flexible because you may not be able to get everything you want from one position.
Before you apply to a job, spruce up your CV and make sure it shines. Tailor your CV to the jobs you’re applying for and include examples of your achievements so employers can see you’ve got the right skills and experience for the role. To make the process easy, use our CV builder.
To find the best job listings, check job boards, such as CAE.com to see who is hiring. Some sites also have alerts that will email you when new jobs are posted, so be sure to sign up for those.
If you have an airline in mind you'd like to work for, go straight to the “careers” page on their website to see if they're hiring. Also, sign up for agency newsletters to stay abreast of any opportunities posted on their publications.
Your personal network is a valuable tool for getting to that next job. Talk to people in different airlines as they can give you the inside scoop on if their airline is hiring and who to contact. Sixty percent of hiring managers say they’re less likely to give you an interview if they can’t find you online. So make yourself visible to employers online by connecting with people on LinkedIn, such as HR staff, DFOs and chief pilots. Be sure to turn on “Open to New Opportunities” on LinkedIn so recruiters and airlines can find you!
Before you go for an interview, Research the airlines you're applying for to make sure it's the right fit for you. That includes ensuring you meet all of the requirements if they state you must have an A320 type rating and you don't then don't go for the position.
If you see a job that you want, seize the moment and apply for it as soon as possible. Also be sure to stay on top of things and check job sites daily or every other day to ensure you are one of the first to apply for the position.
When searching for a new position, don’t focus all your energy on one job or airline, but keep looking. In time, your efforts will be rewarded!
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