To hire or not to hire?

To hire or not to hire?

When making a hiring decision, what is the one quality that employers consider to be most important?

Assuming that job applicants have the basic skills needed to do the job, the one quality that most employers value is the willingness to work hard and do whatever it takes to get the job done. Nearly 60 percent of employers surveyed said that they expected employees to have a good work ethic. Qualities that employers valued are:

  • Work ethic 59 percent
  • intelligence 23 percent
  • enthusiasm 12 percent
  • education 4 percent
  • other qualities 2 percent

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Easy navigation to tools in the Applicant System

In a perfect world the Avjobs system should...

Have easy navigation to things in the applicant system.

Did you know that you can save favorite pages to your navigation menu and call it what ever you like?

Avjobs provides a large variety of information in the applicant system and many times it can be difficult to remember where you found something. You can create shortcuts to your pages of interest and enter a personal name or description for each saved page to create your own personalized navigation menu.

  • Access your saved pages directly from the current navigation menu
  • Save as many Favorite Pages as you need
  • Modify or delete your menu as often as you like

It couldn't be any easier! 

Maybe you need quick access to your resume, practice interview questions, or other career tools.  Once you are on a page you want to save, simply click "Add this page to my Favorites" on the navigation menu. You will then have the opportunity to name this shortcut whatever you like (maximum 20 characters).

A few popular shortcuts are:

View Resume - Staying familiar with your resume is a great idea.  It will keep you prepared for any question an employer might ask.
Go to "My Resume", "View Resume", click  Add this page to my Favorites. 

Sample Cover Letters - Many of you like to change the cover letter you are using to apply to a specific position.
Go to "Tools", "Cover Letter Samples", click  Add this page to my Favorites.

Career Info - Some of you are just starting out in your Aviation Career.  Referring to general career info can better help you to understand each job posting.
Go to "Career Overviews", select from the pull down menu, then choose your specific career, once you are on a page you want to save click  Add this page to my Favorites.

Phonetic Alphabet - Memorizing the Aviation Phonetic Alphabet is something everyone working in the industry should know and use.
Go to "Tools", "Phonetic Alphabet", click  Add this page to my Favorites.

Job Search by Keyword - Searching for a specific job or company is easy when you use the "keyword" search.  Just remember that the results are only generated from the job description.
Go to "Search Jobs", "Keyword", click  Add this page to my Favorites.

By saving Favorite Pages you can create a personalized menu and easily access important information with just a click of the mouse.

MORE: "My Favorite Pages" on your navigation menu are retained for as long as you remain an active member.

 

Alert Me!

In a perfect world the Avjobs system should...

Alert me of a potential position or open interview session in my area and alert me of other positions I may qualify for.

Great Idea!Great Idea!  Actually, we've had that built in since the start, but we'll tell you how to configure it and provide a few other suggestions that can accomplish the same goal.

Applicant System, RSS, Newsletter

You can customize your Avjobs home page to notify you of the recent positions in your state and in your categories of interest. Each time you log in and go to your home page you will receive the most up-to-date information in "real-time".

Setting this up is simple:
Log into your account and then go to the "Personalize Your Settings" page.
Select My Account > Personalize Settings (or use the Personalize Settings shortcut on the navigation menu).

You will now be on the "Personalize Your Settings" page. You can visit this section to adjust your settings at any time.

Find: "Display Quick Picks on My Home Page"
Select Yes then > Yes for all of the categories that you are interested in.

Find: "My State Jobs on My Home Page"
Select Yes > My State:>
Select a state from the pull down menu.
Scroll down and Save.
Select Home.
Once the page loads scroll down to see your new settings!

Great Idea! RSS

Avjobs provides tons of Aviation RSS feeds to choose from.  Locate the free jobs feed(s) and subscribe.

Great Idea! FREE - Weekly Aviation Jobs Newsletter

Avjobs provides a free aviation jobs newsletter.  Subscribe and start receiving weekly updates by email.

These are actual questions and comments provided by active members. In the event you need additional answers please visit the FAQ's page for additional information.

Job Postings - You have 3 seconds to grab their attention!

How to optimize your job postings. 

It was discovered that the average aviation job seeker looks at a job posting for 3 seconds.  So you better MAKE that posting count.  The goal is to draw the right job seeker in and hold their attention long enough to get the feel for your company, be attracted to the job, determine they have the skills and qualifications, and then APPLY.

How do you do that?

First, your job posting has to be found.  Utilizing the same keywords in the title of the posting as the job seekers are using to find a job when they do their search is the essence of getting your job posting ranked in the first 2 pages of search results.  Avjobs.com, the largest aviation jobs company, and the number one site aviation job seekers are using online, says that if your job doesn’t show up on the first 3-4 1/2 pages of results, it probably won’t get seen.

Pick job titles that are the common denominator name for that position in the industry.  If your organization is looking for a Northwest Territory Business Development Manager, call it a Sales Manager, or Territory Sales.  If you need a Licensed A&P Mechanic then A&P Mechanic should be in the job title.  Then add a specialty to help narrow down your audience, but keep it simple (i.e. add A&P Mechanic – Challenger). The key is to THINK LIKE THE JOB SEEKER.

Now that you’ve been found, you need to grab and hold their attention.  75% of job seekers read job postings based on their appearance. Keep the format clean, easy to follow, and use bullets.  Long paragraphs and redundant descriptions are overwhelming on the eye and will cause the job seeker to move on.

Introduce the job seeker to your corporate culture; provide high points about why it’s great to work for your organization.  Clearly they are job hunting and it’s usually because they are unhappy.  Hit their pain points and give reasons why they would enjoy working at your organization.

The following is an example of the Attention Grabber for a job description.

Position Highlights:

  • Recognized leader – Rated #1 in their industry.
  • Advancement: Potential for a key leadership opportunity in the future.
  • Drive: Progressive “issue-free” employee relations programs.
  • Growth: Recently finished a mega expansion (1 Million+ Sq. Ft) with cutting edge production equipment.
  • Stability: Located in Virginia Beach since the early 70’s, this organization has NEVER had a layoff!  CHECK IT OUT – VIRGINIA BEACH AREA (with link to community page).

Next, provide concise, specific responsibilities.  Avoid describing soft skills that:

  1. Everyone thinks they have, even when they don’t.
  2. You will only really be able to determine during the interview process.
  3. Are too wordy to make sense.  Example, “have experience collaborating in a consolidated yet diverse team with multiple skill sets in a multinational environment with dynamic personalities”.

Same rule goes for listing the qualifications.  Use bullets to clearly spell out what you need in direct, specific descriptions.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an Accredited Maintenance School. Both A + P Licenses preferred.
  • Current License(s).
  • FAA Certification Card.
  • 3-5 years of experience in Airframe Control Bearings/Zinc Nickel Applications.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings.

Now that you have completed the content, the next step is to get it out.  In our next blog we’ll explain best practices on job posting placement and frequency.

 

The age of a job posting

Job posting dates

There is always a lot of talk about the date an employer first posted a job opening and the time it takes to fill openings.

  • 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 candidates. Recruiting qualified candidates is a much more complex problem then most candidates think. Job Seekers 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 candidates will apply for it.
  • If the posting is still visible 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 was 204 days. Some even reported that they had the same position open for up to 2 years.

We strongly recommend that you apply, apply, and apply.

4 Easy Aviation Job Search Performance Enhancement Tips

4 Aviation Job Search Performance Enhancement Tips

4 Aviation Job Search Performance Enhancement Tips

If you’re like most Americans looking for a job right now, it might be time to take a step back and evaluate your job-search tactics. There are some common mistakes that can make you your own worst enemy when trying to get your foot in the door of a new employer. To give your employment search some performance enhancement, make sure to follow these tips.

  1. Early Bird Gets the Worm
    The sooner you get your job application in, the better luck you will have at getting your resume seen. If you are slow to apply or reply to a job listing, you likely will lose your shot at be considered, so make sure to stay up-to-date on new listings as they arise.
  2. Get a Jump-Start
    Even better than being one of the first to apply for an open position is seeking one out before it is posted. Research the companies you are interested in working for and reach out to see if any openings are on the horizon. Interact with the company on Avjobs Aviation Directory, join the same local trade organizations the company attends and find out where their staff members might be speaking publicly. Consider volunteering at events the company may be involved with to start to get to know the staff and familiarize yourself with the company culture.
  3. Update Your Employment History
    Applying for jobs can often be a numbers game, so once you have narrowed down the best fits for you, make sure you update your resume and cover letter before you apply. Though you will want to be one of the first to apply, don’t be in such a rush that you automatically eliminate yourself by not following instructions for a specific position or applying where you don't meet that particular’s company's requirements. Not showing you are a fit for that specific job will surely end your chances of being considered.
  4. Follow Up
    Though it may feel like you are sending your information into a large black abyss at times, there are people on the other end. It’s perfectly acceptable — even preferred — to send a follow-up email if you don't get a response within a couple of days. This is when you confirm that the interviewer received your information, giving you a chance to reiterate your interest in the job. But, if a listing specifically states "no phone calls or emails," abide by that request or you may end your chances. Once you have landed the interview, absolutely follow up with your interviewers through a thank-you note, again expressing your interest in the company and the job.

If you feel like your job search is at a standstill, be sure to reevaluate how you are going about it. After all, we all could use a little performance enhancement from time to time.

Avjobs Open Position Listings

Avjobs connects job seekers across the U.S. with unique career opportunities in the aviation industries. While we publish a wide range of job listings, we have selected a hot job to help get you started. Happy hunting!

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