With the advent of low-cost carriers, proliferation of travel blogs, and increasing globalization, it’s never been easier to travel around the world. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) reports that travel and tourism grew 3.9% in 2018 above the global GDP growth of 2.2%. More than 100 million jobs globally are forecast to come from the travel and tourism industry alone over the next ten years. Statista details that there were 12,354 pilots employed in the UK alone, and following global trends that number will only continue to grow. If you’re interested in getting a job in the aviation industry or other related fields, here are a few tips that might help you stand out from the rest of the pack.
Read Up on the Company
The first thing to do when preparing your application for consideration is to read up on the company. Getting a good grasp of the history, mission, vision, and goals of a corporation will help you tailor your resume to highlight the skills that are most aligned with that corporation’s purpose. Your knowledge of the company may also be put to the test during the interview stage, and doing your due diligence will show them that you’re serious about your application.
Prepare Your Cover Letter
The next thing you should do is prepare your cover letter. While a cover letter is only one part of your overall application, it plays a huge role in setting up a good first impression. Companies can receive thousands of applications at a time, and a good cover letter may be what sets your resume apart from the crowd. For tips on how to construct a good cover letter for an aviation job, Aviation Job Net has list of things that should be included in your letter. These include a professional letter heading and layout, listing out your certifications that make you ideal for the job, and the right overall tone, among others.
Plan for the Long Term
Finally, if you have your heart set on a job in the aviation industry, it’s important to plan for the long term. Some jobs in the aviation industry require years of study and practical experience. And while the returns on these jobs may be sweet, you’ll have to exert a lot of effort in order to get there. In our article ‘Is the Life of A Pilot For You?’, we listed some things you may have to take into consideration before embarking on the journey to become a pilot. Jobs in the aviation industry require a solid work ethic and long hours, and you’ll need to put in a lot of work to get anywhere. Start by putting together a five- or ten-year-plan and plotting out career or study milestones that you’d like to achieve. By writing out the direction you want your career to follow, you’ll have an easier time preparing for and executing the decisions you need to make in order to achieve your goals.