Resume writing and interview tips to help land that next job.
By Joe Escobar
You’re hired. These two words are music to a job-seeker’s ears. In today’s aviation market, there are many opportunities for those wishing to advance their careers. Whether it is moving up within the current company or looking for a new venture, a few things can be done to help land that dream job.
Many good books are available that discuss resume writing, cover letters, and interview techniques. With a little research, you can learn plenty of helpful information about these topics. The following covers some of the basics involved in seeking and securing employment.
Fine-tune that resume
It is a good idea to always have a current resume ready. Even if not actively looking for employment elsewhere, it is wise to have a basic resume on file. It can prevent the headache of struggling to get one together at the last minute when an interesting job becomes available.
A resume is a way for you to get your foot in the door. It is the first impression that your potential employer has of you. A well written resume can help obtain an interview opportunity, while a poorly written one will almost always end up in file "X."
Although not all-inclusive, there are some important things to remember when writing a resume.
First of all, keep it short. Two pages is the most that a resume should be. Any longer, and you take a chance on boring the screener to death.
Keep the format simple. Use regular fonts like Times New Roman. Fancy fonts will be distracting and will lead to an unprofessional presentation. Use plain white or ivory paper. Colored paper will distract from the resume and may lead to poor photo-copies.
Avoid using company specific job titles. Instead of using a title like Level 2 Mech, state it in a more general term like Inspection Crew Supervisor or Sheet Metal Mechanic.
Use action statements
Instead of just stating "Supervised inspection crew," try to include some relevant action statements like, "As supervisor, worked with the inspection team to increase productivity. Removed non-value added steps to cut inspection time by 15 percent," or "Helped Company achieve ISO 9001 certification by developing and implementing Work Instructions."
Performing a self-assessment to develop action statements for your job descriptions will also help you in your interview preparation.
List those certifications
Another thing to remember is to include all of your licenses and certifications. Don’t stop with A&P or IA. List any other certifications such as NDT and Refrigerant recovery/recycling. Also include any applicable training received. This can include training on aircraft systems or support equipment. Try not to get too carried away with listing the training received — keep it applicable to your career objective.
Never lie on a resume. Although you want to present yourself in the best possible light, lying can get you in trouble. Even if the employer doesn’t catch it during the interview, chances are, eventually the truth will be found out, putting you in an awkward position and possibly getting you fired. By taking the time to do some introspection, you should be able to write a powerful resume without resorting to lies.
Avoid mentioning the ’S’ word
Salary requirements. Even if the job posting requests it, avoid mentioning desired salary at all costs. Mentioning a salary requirement can be disadvantageous in two ways. First of all, if it is too high, the employer may immediately disregard it, leaving no opportunity to get your foot in the door and possibly negotiate the same salary based on a powerful interview. If it is too low, you may get the job, with the company paying a much lower salary than it was preparing to do. Wait until after the interview when a job offer is made to discuss salary.
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