Research aviation companies you are applying to or create a targeted list of prospective aviation companies in your area. The Aviation Directory is the easiest way to instantly reach aviation professionals.
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: Company Research!
Avjobs recently improved an already great tool to use for research, job inquiries and industry networking. The Aviation Directory allows you to view contact information for more companies and 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:
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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 join.
Visiting a company's website is a good way to start your job search. Many corporate websites reveal tons of facts that could give you an edge over other job seekers, including:
To locate a company's website, 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."
While visiting a company website 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:
To supplement the information you gathered from the company's website, 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 financial stability.
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:
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 offer insight.
If the person agrees, consider asking questions such as:
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.
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:
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 section.
If there are other ways you think the Aviation Directory may be helpful, please let us know.