A career choice is based on a thorough understanding of your needs and wants, and the requirements of the aviation labor market.
At mid-life, you have the advantage of being able to draw on many years of real-world experiences to select a career that:
- Lets you use the skills you enjoy most.
- Pays enough to support your lifestyle.
- Is in demand.
Why do you need to change your career?
Recognize what you don't like about your present career. Name specific sources of discontent. Some possible reasons are given below. Perhaps you can think of others that are relevant to your situation.
- You have skills you enjoy using, but your present job doesn't allow you to use them.
- Your current job doesn't give you the monetary benefits that your work deserves.
- You want to find a job that pays what you believe the job is worth.
- You want to find work that is its own reward, that is satisfying and meaningful and that has intrinsic value, regardless of earnings.
- You want a change of pace, to slow down and to have more time for yourself, your family and the community.
- You're ready for a new challenge.
- You want the chance to grow and learn in a direction that your present situation won't permit.
- You want to enhance your image and prestige.
- You don't like your present schedule, the hours, the shifts, the overtime or the lack of flexibility.
- You're unemployed and you want to broaden your job search and explore new fields.
- You're employed, but things at work are not as much fun anymore. Perhaps the company has changed hands or you have a new boss who doesn't support your career growth.
- You feel you're ready for a change of environment and maybe a new career too.
Before you make drastic career changes:
Stop and consider:
Can you come up with creative ways to solve your problems without changing careers? For instance, would you be content to transfer to a different department, division or even a different company where you would have the same job in the same field?
Is your discontent related to:
- The job itself?
- The company environment?
Now is the time to apply like never before.
Although Avjobs.com applicants are applying for jobs available in the Avjobs Applicant System, other applicants appear to be taking the day off?
A recent survey from the Manpower Group cited that almost 49% of employers in North America are reporting difficulty in filling positions due to the lack of available talent. According to Manpower, "This figure represents the highest proportion of employers reporting difficulty since the start of the economic downturn in 2008 and a 4% increase over last year's survey" For a complete copy of the survey, click here.
Job Search Tips
Of course we can give you all kinds of tips on how to get your next job or make a career change, but in the end its all up to you. If you don't take action, you'll never experience change. You need to take the first step.
First and foremost, you need to apply for jobs. Finding the jobs and getting your paperwork together is half the battle. That's where Avjobs comes in. The Avjobs Applicant System will automatically prepare your resume to professional aviation standards, and is packed with thousands of jobs that need to be filled "yesterday." That's right, "YESTERDAY!"
It is a common misconception that all jobs are filled in 30-45 days. The fact is, most jobs go unfilled for more than 180 days due to the lack of qualified applicants. Recruiting qualified applicants is a much more complex problem than most applicants think. Applicants stop applying, because they ASSUME the position is filled, and the position goes unfilled for an even longer period of time. In most cases, the older a posting is, the fewer applicants will apply for it.
Employers post and manage their own jobs in our system. When their postings get filled, they remove them. Avjobs provides the framework to make the recruiters' job easier. If the posting is still in the system, it is there for a reason. You should apply for every position that you are qualified for and interested in.
Before developing our Applicant System, we sent a questionnaire to over 7000 participating Avjobs Employers. The request to remove the "Date Posted" field from job postings was unanimous. The average time to fill a vacant position (among responders) before using the Avjobs.com Employer System was 204 days. Some even reported that they had the same position open for up to 2 years.
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