Avjobs applicants have easy access to company
specifics and are able to link directly to participating
employer websites. The Aviation Directory contains over
+ listings, and is an online aviation employer directory.
While many aviation job
seekers place great importance on perfecting their resumes
or honing their interview skills (and, yes, these are
crucial), one component is often neglected from the
job search process:
We like to keep our customers updated about
new tools and improvements to the system.
We recently improved our Aviation Directory
in the Applicant System.
Applicants can use this tool to search aviation
companies by state and utilize the contact
information to get in touch with potential
employers. Please take the time to familiarize
yourself with how the buttons next to the
company contact information work, allowing
you to send invitations to view your resume
via email, print and fax your pertinent
information and even map the location of
the company. We hope you find this new and
improved service valuable.
The Staff at Avjobs
Avjobs recently improved a great tool to use for
research, job inquiries and industry networking. The
Aviation Directory allows you to view contact information
+ companies worldwide. Not only does the directory
provide you with ways to get in touch with industry
professionals, the Aviation Directory streamlines the
process of making contact with these companies. Here’s
a example of an entry in the Aviation Directory:
These icons will be present only if the information
is in our system. For example, an entry without a cell
phone number or email address will not show the cell
phone icon or the @ icon.
you with a contact number.
Provides you with the individual’s
cell phone number.
this icon will automatically print
a fax cover page, a cover letter
and your resume. All you have to
do is fax the information to the
on this icon will send a notification
to the provided email address,
inviting them to view your online
icon will take you to the company
website. You can also click on the
thumbnail of their website or click
on the company name above the contact
icon will automatically print a
cover letter and resume to send
to the company you are interested
in. The cover letter is formatted
so that, when folded properly, it
will fit into a #10 window envelope
with the address aligned in the
window. This gives your letter a
professional look and saves time,
omitting the need to hand address
each envelope you send.
#10 window Envelopes can be purchased
at any office supply store.
this icon will print a cover letter
to be sent to the company. This
is a good way to inquire about opportunities
with the company. The compatibility
with #10 window envelopes from above
applies to this as well.
on this icon allows you to map the
We hope that the Avjobs Aviation Directory can be
a valuable tool in your quest for a great job.
Before you go in for an interview (or better yet,
before you send in a resume), it is crucial to
conduct research on the company that you want to
To Begin Company Research, Go Home! (to their
company home page)
Visiting a company's website is a good way to
start your job search. Many corporate home pages reveal
tons of facts that could give you an edge over other
job seekers, including:
- The company's history.
- The names and bios of top managers.
- Impressive achievements.
- The company's philosophy, goals and outlook
for the future.
- Essential information: Where the company is
located, how many employees currently work there
and the name of a Human Resources contact.
To locate a company's home page, just select
the name of the company from the Aviation Directory!.
Once you find the company, click the link to their
website and read every piece of information you can find.
Browse through the rest of the site, including pages
such as "Management," "Press Releases"
and "Contact Us."
Looking From the Outside In
While visiting a company home page is a good way
to begin researching a potential employer, it will not
provide you with all the information you need -- especially
if the information is negative. For instance:
Has the company recently
been involved in a scandal?
Did layoffs recently
Did the company's
stock price recently drop?
You usually won't
find the answers to these questions on a company
To supplement the information you gathered from the
company's home page, research what outside venues
have to say about the company. Visiting a general search
engine is a good place to start. Just type in the company's
name and read up on what others have to say.
Additionally, if the company is publicly traded,
visit a finance website to view the company's stock
and financial records -- indicators of the company's
Getting to Know You
What's the best way to find out what it's
like to work at a company? Ask the people who work there!
In other words,
ya gotta network.
When conducting research on a particular company,
networking can benefit you in two ways:
It will give you an "insider's
perspective" on what it's like to work
at the company; and
It will give you a
chance to make allies with people that can help
you land a job. Many companies have employee referral
programs, so getting to know current employees may
be one way to get in the door.
To be an effective networker, talk to your friends.
Ask if anyone knows someone who works (or used to work)
for that particular company.
When you find someone, send him/her a friendly email
naming the friend that you have in common and mentioning
that you are considering applying to the company in
question. Ask if they would mind answering some questions
about what it's like to work at the company.
If the person doesn't respond to your email
or says "no," don't take it personally.
Instead, look for someone else who might be able to
If the person agrees, consider asking questions such
- What's the company culture like?
- Are employees generally happy there?
- What can they tell you about _________ department?
- Could they direct you to anyone else who might
provide useful information?
Remember to be professional and polite. Spell-check
and grammar-check your email before you send it. Keep
it brief and make sure that it won't take an inordinate
amount of time to answer.
Know the Competition
A savvy job seeker will research as much as they
can about a company they want to work for. But an even
savvier job seeker will also research that company's
competition, as well as the industry in general.
The reason for researching the competition is twofold:
It will provide you
with context about how the company performs against
its competitors. Many employers want to know why
you want to work there instead of a competitor.
If you know the competitors, you can answer this
question with detail and authority.
Perhaps, during your
research, you will find that there are other companies
that offer better employment opportunities than
the one you were originally researching!
Most companies are looking for individuals that will
improve their bottom line. If you display knowledge
not only about a company but also their competition,
you will likely give the impression that you are conscientious,
up-to-date, driven and knowledgeable -- qualities that
most employers highly value.
If you're not sure who the main competitors are,
just try looking the company up in the Yellow Pages
-- some of their competitors may be listed in the same
If there are other ways you think the Aviation Directory
may be helpful, please let us know.