By DebbieH 13 Nov 2019 7 min read

New year, new career?


As 2020 fast approaches, is your new year’s resolution to land your dream aviation job?

In a survey we ran with over 1,200 jobseekers in the aviation industry:

  • 84% told us they intend to look for a new job in 2020
  • 72% said they will look for a new job in January 2020
  • 31% of jobseekers told us they were looking for a new challenge
  • When asked why they were currently unhappy in their role, 38% told us there was a lack of opportunity to progress
  • 72% told us they feel they have a good work:life balance
  • 26% told us their role had changed but their salary hadn’t
  • 26% also told us they felt they were bored and stagnating in their job


New year, new career isn’t just a phrase. According to a survey by human resource firm Investors in People, over half of UK employees were set to look for a new job in the run up to 2018. One in four employees felt unhappy at work compared to one in three, who said they did at the same point last year. Are you ready to start your job search in 2020? Below, we’ve included a few tips to get the ball rolling:


Update your CV

We as individuals evolve – your CV should too. Keep it updated with any new and relevant information as you develop in your career, and it should be tailored to every job you apply for. Once you’ve updated and tailored your CV, upload it to a niche site like Aviation Job Search so that employers can find you.


Set up job alerts

You can set up numerous job alerts for roles you’re interested in on our website. That way, we can send relevant jobs straight to your inbox. You can also tailor your alerts by job type, job category, salary and location. Set up job alerts here.


Tailor your cover letter

Don’t forget to tailor your cover letter for each application you send. It should show the employer how your skills and experience match the requirements laid out in the job description. Your cover letter should complement your CV – it shouldn’t be a copy of it. Take the time to read through the job description carefully, so you can tailor your cover letter to be relevant for the employer. Try not to mention anything that is already on your CV. If it does, we would recommend you do this in a way where you’re not repeating yourself – for example, if you mention on your CV that a skill you have includes leadership, include an example of this on your cover letter.


Check yourself out online

According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. Tidying up your online presence is essential before you start sending out job applications.


Network on LinkedIn

Make sure you keep your LinkedIn updated. This is an extremely valuable tool for jobseekers, so make the most of it. Show off your key skills and get endorsements from past managers and colleagues.


Proof your CV

Don’t forget to check your CV and cover letter for spelling and grammar mistakes – this can really put recruiters off. If you’ve been spending alot of time on your CV, ask someone else to proofread it – you’d be surprised what a fresh pair of eyes can find! It’s important your CV looks as professional as possible, so taking the time to perfect it is essential.


Organise your day

Find the time of day that best suits you, and use that time to search for jobs. By setting time aside to search, you can easily manage the (hopefully) influx of responses and applications. Searching for a new and improved you in 2020? Aviation Job Search has over 11,000 aviation roles available, so you’re bound to find a job you love for the New Year. If you’re keen to take the next step in your career, simply visit our website at: today.