Displaced Independence Air Employees find work Thru Avjobs Cares Reemployment Service

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Tahna Stanley
Director of Sales & Marketing
Avjobs, Inc.

Displaced Independence Air Employees find work Thru Avjobs Cares Reemployment Service

LITTLETON, CO (February 6, 2006) – Avjobs, Inc. and Independence Air have teamed up to provide all displaced employees with the highest level of reemployment assistance. All 2,700 displaced and furloughed employees are eligible to receive free reemployment assistance through Avjobs Cares Reemployment Services.

"It is our priority to provide any displaced and furloughed aviation employees with immediate assistance", says Tim Lahey, President of Avjobs. The relief package is designed to give displaced workers the tools they need to get back to work in the aviation industry quickly.

Independence Air’s 2,700 furloughed employees are invited to contact Avjobs to see how to receive free employment assistance. To assist individuals in their career transition, Avjobs is providing full service benefits for 6 months at no charge. Services include job vacancies with key industry employers, aviation specific Resume Builder, industry networking, interview preparation and assistance, private & professional email address, automated document preparation, career overviews on 70+ aviation careers, personal presentation techniques and more, all within a self paced and personalized system.

Industry employers are asked to contact Avjobs to see how they can help affected employees. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of former Independence Air employees.


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Avjobs.com Marks 18 Year Commitment

Avjobs.com Marks 18 Year Commitment Avjobs.com Marks 18 Year Commitment

Avjobs.com is widely recognized as an Aviation Employment Services leader.


Tahna Stanley
Director of Sales & Marketing

Avjobs.com Marks 18 Year Commitment

LITTLETON, CO – January 15, 2006 – Colorado based Avjobs.com marks eighteen-year commitment to the aviation community. “This milestone says a great deal about our dedication to the industry and our success”, says Tim Lahey, President of Avjobs.com.

Avjobs.com is a vital tool in recruitment strategies across the aviation industry. Airlines, aerospace companies, government agencies, educational facilities, business aviation and airports use Avjobs.com every day.

The company originated in 1988 as, The Airline Employment Assistance Corps. & Avjobs WorldWide. The first job opening was posted to our DOS based Bulletin Board System in 1991. In 1994, we made the transition to the Internet. The technology and design of our web-based system revolutionized the scope and direction of industry, Internet employment services. An accomplishment we are very proud of.

Today, 7500+ employers find Avjobs.com is a crucial part of their recruitment strategy. In addition, we assist industry job seekers from high school students to seasoned professionals. This combination successfully brings employers and employees together in one central location. Our valuable resources include Job Search, Resume Service, Aviation Directory, HR Solutions, Career Overviews, Aviation Schools: The Original Aviation School Database, and more.

Our staff is absolutely delighted with the support we receive from the aviation community. We are very proud of our accomplishment, and "Thank You" for making it all possible. You can count on Avjobs.com to continue our long-standing commitment to the aviation community, well into the future.


Former Independence Air employees enter marketplace

Former Independence Air employees enter marketplace

Avjobs.com is widely recognized as an Aviation Employment Services leader.

Former Independence Air employees enter marketplace
By George Gill

Although Independence Air's final flights landed last Thursday, a job fair at parent company Flyi Inc.'s headquarters in Dulles kept hopes aloft for former employees hoping to find a new job quickly.

Hundreds of suddenly jobless workers – from pilots to baggage handlers – came face to face with officials from the Virginia Employment Commission and dozens of employers last Friday.

The event was "completely organic" in the wake of the company's announcement Jan. 2 that it was closing, said Laura Thornton, Flyi's employee communications specialist.

Audrey Muhammad, left, of Adamstown, Md., a former customer advocacy specialist at Independence Air, talks with Michael Amiri, right, of IntelliDyne, at the job fair at the Independence Air headquarters in Sterling Friday.
Career, job search resources
  • Virginia Employment Commission services page: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/services.cfm
  • Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in the Shenandoah Building, 102 Heritage Way, NE #200, Leesburg. Phone: 703-777-0150.
  • Resume faxing: Charles Partley, owner of The UPS Store at 525K E. Market St., Leesburg, said he is offering to fax resumes for Independence Air workers for free (normally about a $1.50 service).
  • Avjobs.com: All former Independence Air workers are eligible for free Avjobs Cares Re-Employment Services, offered by national aviation job search site Avjobs.com. Details online at https://www.avjobs.com/care/Care.pdf

“We started receiving calls from all over, both local and nationwide, wanting to help,” Thornton said. “I think it was more that people enjoyed Independence Air, appreciated who we are and figured our employees are a nice catch.”

She said the fair attracted about 50 employers. “More were begging to get in, and we ran out of space,” she said. Hundreds of employees came out, and “some were hired on the spot,” she said.

Robert Steindler, director of employee services for Flyi Inc., said employers covered the gamut of white-collar and blue-collar jobs, from major and regional airlines to job placement agencies to IT firms to Budweiser. “It was great how many people wanted to give something to help our employees to file unemployment claims or to find another job.”

Steindler said information on companies at the fair was added to the company's intranet. There are 75 firms on the list.

Steindler is part of Flyi's “wind down team,” a group of about 180 employees asked to stay on from several weeks to several months.

He said another good thing for former employees is that the bankruptcy court has approved Flyi's petition to extend health care benefits to former employees for 60 days.

Janis Chamblin, division manager for Loudoun County Career Support Services and head of The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, was at the job fair along with Virginia Employment Commission officials. Chamblin said she spoke with about 150 employees over about a 2 1/2-half hour period.

“Most employees were interested in accessing some type of training,” she said. “Some were applying for unemployment benefits.”

She said many employees who live outside of Virginia asked whether they should apply for unemployment benefits in their home state or in Virginia. Chamblin said they may apply for unemployment benefits in either state.

Chamblin said one pilot she talked to had grown tired of being laid off as a pilot and was looking into entering the home building business.

A mechanic she met with had been laid off three times over a five- to seven-year period and had decided to get out of the industry, she said.

Many of the employees she talked to had decided to move out of the area.

Ross Lipscomb, a pilot with Atlantic Coast Airlines and Independence Air for 10 years, was heading to California for an interview with a corporate jet operation based in Wilmington, Del., his mother, Gloria, said.

Brian Lloyd, a former Independence Air crew scheduler, said quite a few airlines were hiring at the fair but were primarily from out of the area and would require relocation. Lloyd said he and his wife have all their family in the Northern Virginia area and have no interest in moving. He said he had last week been able to get an interview with a local airline, but several others had applied for the job as well and it went to someone else.

Tim Lahey, president of Littleton, Colo.-based aviation employment services company Avjobs.com, said that, depending on the position, other neighboring airlines usually are happy to pick up some of the former employees of defunct airlines. Besides having a proven track record with their previous airline, the former employees also usually have current security clearances and require less training.

He said his site offers a “Cares” program for displaced aviation workers. Lahey said several former Independence Air employees have enrolled in the program, which provides six months free access to the site's applicant system.
Contact the reporter at ggill@timespapers.com

Big Job Boards - No Win Situation for Aviation Industry Applicants

Aviation Jobs PO Box 630830
Littleton, CO

Press Release


Tahna Stanley
Director of Sales & Marketing
Avjobs, Inc.

Big Job Boards - No Win Situation for Aviation Industry Applicants

LITTLETON, CO (January 3, 2006) – More and more aviation industry applicants are finding success through Avjobs.com, the leading job site serving commercial, corporate and general aviation, than with the big job boards.  Avjobs.com proves to be the superior choice for applicants who want to be seen, contacted and hired by key industry employers.

The recent launch of their innovative Applicant System is exactly what industry applicants need to find jobs, prepare for and get interviews, and obtain employment in the aviation industry.  “Our new Applicant System plays a significant role in strengthening the success rate ofAvjobs applicants finding a new career.” comments President/CEO Tim Lahey.  “This is a very exciting time for our company as we expand our line of services to better serve our customers.  In addition to providing industry specific job vacancies, we offer countless tools that save our applicants time and money while finding a position in this dynamic industry.”  He continues.

Competition can be fierce.  That’s why Avjobs’ new interface offers the most comprehensive technology in the aviation recruiting industry.  Numerous features were built-in that cannot be found anywhere else, providing applicants with tools they need for a successful job search.  These tools give Avjobs members a competitive advantage over other applicants and applicants can immediately begin viewing jobs and applying after registering with the site.

Applicant reviews have been great.  “There is not a job site that comes close to measuring up to what Avjobs offers in its new Applicant System,” states Craig Carson, an active industry job seeker and A&P Mechanic.  “The interface is user friendly and gave me exactly what I’m looking for; guidance and lots of job opportunities with the industries top employers.”  As candidates like Craig use Avjobs.com in search of employment, they will undoubtedly find success with one of the 8,000+ key industry employers and recruiters using the site to recruit applicants.

This is a very exciting time for the company and its applicants as they build their brand and uphold their mark as The Leading Aviation Job Site.  Clearly, Avjobs.com will continue to be the place “Where Employers & Employees Come to Meet”.


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Ramp Rats: Who's Working the Ramp Today?

Ramp Rats: Who's Working the Ramp Today?

Avjobs.com is widely recognized as an Aviation Employment Services leader.

Ground Support Magazine
Updated: December 8th, 2005 04:55 PM EDT

Ramp Rats: Who's Working the Ramp Today?
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By Brian McNair
Ground Support Magazine Contributor

Most airline passengers only get to see their bags being moved on the ramp but if you watch closely then you will see that this is only the smallest part of ramp work. Safely handling the needs of a multi-million dollar aircraft and its passengers takes professionalism and dedication. From extreme heat in the summer to the dangers of ice and snow on the ramp in winter, the job is never boring. Jet engines and spinning propellers are always around you, so you must keep alert to be safe. It takes a special kind of person to earn a living in this kind of environment. Here are a few ramp professionals from Toronto's Pearson and Hamilton's Munro Airports.

From One Generation to the Next

Rob Davidson has been at the Hamilton Airport for 20 years. He is the line crew supervisor for Marsh Brothers Esso Avitat and he is also the reason that many pilots go out of their way to return time and again. Davidson's smiling face, warm welcome and superior customer service set him apart as a company representative and team leader.

You only have to spend a few minutes around Rob to see why he is so good at what he does. He puts 100 percent into everything he does and he expects the same from those around him. But he makes it fun, it doesn't feel like work when he's around. You can tell he really enjoys the ramp and his enthusiasm is contagious.

Christine Brown is a 24-year-old ramp lead working for GlobeGround at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. She has been on the ramp for about 1 ? years and has been a lead for the past nine months. Her crew handles the big commercial jets and her responsibilities are different from the smaller FBO's that handle business aviation.

There is a lot of work to be done in a short time. Bags, water and lavs, ground power and finally safe pushback and engine starts must all be completed in 30 minutes. Her job requires not only knowledge of the aircraft but also good people management skills. Team work is essential in this kind of ramp work. Delays are costly and not tolerated by airlines or passengers.

Brian Henderson is a 21-year-old ramp agent who also works for GlobeGround at Pearson Airport. He has also worked the ramp for 1 1/2 years and has passed his qualification to be a lead. It's easy to spot Henderson on the ramp, due in large part to his bright orange Mohawk hair cut. But don't let the hair fool you, Henderson is every bit the ramp professional he needs to be, to get the job done.

Hiring for the Ramp

Anyone who has spent any time at all on the ramp at a busy international airport will know that it takes a special kind of person to do the job. Ground service companies are constantly searching for new employees to fill the void left by workers that have moved on. It is estimated that less than 40 percent of the new workers will stay with the company after the first few months.

Airlines, with record high operating costs, are only willing to pay so much for ground services, and this directly effects the pay and benefits that the ground service companies can offer to their workers.

Take a quick look around the ramp and you will see the average ramp worker is under 25 years of age. These young people generally don't have any ramp experience and are just looking for steady work and a new experience. Many soon realize that the ramp is not for them.

Just getting the job can be difficult. There are police security checks, ramp driver's license exams, security passes, aircraft safety courses, drug tests, personal history checks and constant supervision.

Some of the younger ramp workers have other qualifications such as pilot, air traffic controller or apprentice aircraft mechanic. After graduating their courses they can't find work so they join the ramp crew to get their security clearances and to shop around for a better job at the airport. Most young ramp workers don't consider it a career, but rather a stepping stone.

Unfortunately the constant recruiting and training of new employees is contributing to overall operating costs and limiting the pay and benefits that ground service companies can provide. The challenge for ground service operators is to find a way to keep good employees from leaving.

Pay incentives, promotions to leadership rolls, monthly moral boosting contests, teamwork building exercises, friendly and concerned management, these are a few strategies that can be employed by companies to help keep their young work force interested and focused on their jobs.

Compare the cost of training a new employee to the cost of starting incentive based programs to help keep the workers you have. Get them involved in the decisions that directly affect their working conditions. Empower your employees and you may find that they will work with you instead of for you.

Honoring our Ramp Workers

If you have a co-worker or employee that you would like to tell us about, someone who stands out and should be recognized. Then take some photos and write a few paragraphs about them and send it to us here at Ground Support Magazine. We would be happy to pass on a well deserved pat on the back. We started in southern Ontario Canada now lets see where this takes us. It's time to sound off and stand proud of the work we do every day to keep aircraft and passengers moving.

The following information was taken from Avjobs.com, the leading aviation & airline job site, founded in 1988 to ?Help People Get Jobs.?

The airline industry is a young industry and it attracts youth. The Occupational Outlook Handbook groups baggage handlers in the category of handlers, equipment cleaners helpers and laborers and are part of a very important work crew team. In the US, 1,737,000 people work in those fields. Below are the major aspects of the job:

  • Lift heavy luggage, mail sacks and fasten freight under pressure and time
  • Operate trucks, forklifts, baggage carts and conveyors to load aircraft in a safe and cautious manner
  • Almost all work is done outdoors on noisy, crowded ramps in all kinds of weather
  • Uniforms are required for security purposes
  • Requires a varying work schedule, must be available to work day, evening, night and weekend shifts
  • Safety is an important part of all grounds crew, must be attentive at all times to surroundings, there is little room for error
  • Training is usually done on the job
  • The average starting salary is typically $8.50 per hour and can top out at approximately $20.00 per hour
  • The average full-time hourly wage is $13.03 according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • There are regular openings in this field at the entry level
  • New workers replace those who have advanced to other jobs or who have retired

Given the above facts, it is readily apparent why there is a fair amount of attrition in the ground handling industry, particularly among ramp workers. Clearly, it takes a certain type of individual and strength of character to be a part of "the crew."

Delta Workers Face Uncertain Future

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Posted on Sun, Sep. 19, 2004

Delta Workers Face Uncertain Future
By Andrea Ahles, Star-Telegram Staff Writer

When Mike Pizzelanti lost his job as a pilot for Vanguard Airlines in June 2002, he didn't know what to do.

"I was devastated," the Grapevine resident said. "I thought, 'What am I going to fall back on?' "

After five months without a job, Pizzelanti opened his own business, a pet crematory in Euless called All Paws Go To Heaven. He said it was a tough choice for someone who loves flying but needed financial stability for his wife and 9-year-old daughter.

That may soon become a common dilemma facing hundreds of Delta Air Lines workers who will be laid off in coming weeks as the airline eliminates its hub operations at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

The Atlanta-based airline announced two weeks ago that it would lay off 900 local workers and offer transfers to 2,700 others as it cuts its daily flights out of D/FW to 21 from 254. It is unlikely that many of the affected Delta employees will find comparable work in the Metroplex's uncertain job market, experts say.

"Aviation is a mobile industry," said Tim Lahey, customer service manager at Avjobs.com, a Website that lists jobs in the aviation industry. "You may find a job in your local area, but generally speaking, most people will have to move for work."

The site has more than 4,000 jobs posted in its system, but most are on the East or West coasts, Lahey said. Only 150 job postings are for positions in Texas, he said.

The state's air transportation industry has steadily shed jobs since 9-11. Texas lost 12,700 jobs in the air transportation sector as of the end of last year. About 7,900 of those jobs were in the Fort Worth-Arlington area.

Limous Walker, a rapid response manager at Tarrant County's Workforce Solutions, said his agency will hold informational sessions this week to outline options for affected Delta employees. Workforce Solutions will also hold a job fair for displaced workers, set for January.

"The job skills, in many cases, can be used in another industry," Walker said. "For example, customer service for airlines can be customer service at another company."

Many airline workers used that idea to hedge their bets after job cuts at American Airlines accelerated last year.

Euless resident Gina Stevens-Growden decided to go back to school when she was furloughed Sept. 1 from her flight attendant job at Champion Air, a Minneapolis-based charter airline. Stevens-Growden, who also flew previously for Southwest Airlines and ASA, had been attending classes part time at the University of Texas at Arlington toward a bachelor's degree in psychology. She began taking classes full time after she lost her job.

Eventually, she said, she wants to go into private counseling so she and her husband, who works as a gate agent for Delta, do not have to rely on the uncertain airline industry.

"The airline industry is constantly in flux. I would like to have a little more stability in a profession," Stevens-Growden said. "Plus, we don't want to put all of our eggs in one basket."

Her husband has more than 20 years with Delta, so the couple are not overly concerned that he will lose his job when the airline reduces its D/FW schedule. But Stevens-Growden hopes her move into a new profession will make it easier for their family to deal with the ups and downs of the airline industry.

Some experts say Delta's flight cutbacks at D/FW will prompt other airlines to enter the local market, providing new opportunities for laid-off airline workers in North Texas.

"As other airlines increase their flights from D/FW and hire more people, I think that will mitigate some of the losses," said Rakesh Shankar, an economist at Economy.com.

American Airlines said last month that it is adding 70 daily flights to its D/FW operations. But it is unlikely that the Fort Worth carrier will hire any new workers because it has thousands of furloughed workers waiting to return to flight duty.

No other airlines have announced expansion plans at local airports. Southwest spokeswoman Melanie Jones said the Dallas-based carrier is "not in a hiring mode" and is filling most vacant positions from within the company.

Pizzelanti, who spent 16 years as a pilot, does not have any plans to return to the aviation industry because his pet cremation business has taken off.

"I do miss flying, of course, because you're always a pilot in your heart," Pizzelanti said. "But I have to look at being able to support my family, and I find my new business very rewarding."


Local aviation workers

The number of local workers in the air transportation sector has declined since 2000.

  Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. July
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Texas 78,300 70,900 69,600 65,600 66,300
Fort Worth 38,100 33,900 32,700 30,200 30,400

Arlington MSA

SOURCE: Texas Workforce Commission