Your January Job-Hunt Checklist

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By cabincrew.com on Monday 6th Jan, 2014 at 15:52

New Year, New You, New Job! If you have big plans for 2014 you’ll need some guidance on how to achieve the cabin crew job of your dreams, and we’re here to help!

It’s true that in recent years the cabin crew jobs market has been challenging and disheartening. But as we head into 2014, optimism abounds. There are jobs out there. Recruitment agencies reported that demand for staff grew at the fastest rate for 15 years in November 2013* so now is the ideal time to get out there and land your perfect job. Our recent article by cabin crew consultant Patricia Green shows where cabin crew opportunities can be found in the coming year.

Eager jobseekers just have to look and work a bit harder sometimes, send in spotless applications, and try as many avenues as possible to find and impress employers. The key is to stay motivated and positive-minded, and never give up!
Start by being sure of the kind of role that would suit you and your experience. You must be realistic here, and if necessary compete some extra training or work experience to ensure you have what it takes to get hired. Do plenty of work around which airlines might be hiring, and where jobs are advertised. Once you have perfected your CV you can leap into action.

1. Target individual companies
Large firms will have corporate careers sites, or at least a careers page on their main website. So use these to find advertised vacancies, sign up to trainee schemes, or post your CV. Follow the company on Facebook and keep an eye on their plans to recruit.

2. Attend careers events
There are many careers fairs held around the country each year, and attending could be your key to job success. Search online to find out what’s happening near you, and make sure you research the relevant recruiter before you set out, so that you can impress when you visit their exhibition stands. This is where you can ask questions about opportunities, and hand out your perfectly presented CV. If you live in the South East of England, why not register for the Simply Jobs Expo – a free careers event located at Gatwick on January 30. Recruiters attending include Tui Travel, EasyJet, Trailfinders, Inchcape, Sofitel Luxury Hotels and many more.

3. Sign up to jobs boards
Today nearly ever career sector has a specialist jobs board – for instance www.aviationjobsearch.com, www.traveljobsearch.com, www.cabincrew.com and www.simplyhoteljobs.com. There are many more, and also large general job sites that are worth signing up to. Specialist jobs boards have great free services such as email alerts, and CV upload. So it’s worth getting your CV in front of industry-specific recruiters and receiving the latest jobs by email.

4. Scan the trade press and local papers
Traditionally this has been where job adverts have been placed, and although the web has become hugely important for job hunting, looking in industry publications and local papers can be a great way to hear of vacancies.

5. Register with recruitment agencies
By registering with two or three recruitment agencies you extend your reach in the job market, and will benefit from CV and interview advice from qualified recruitment specialists.

6. Network online and offline
Using social media you can learn about particular recruiting companies and keep up to date with their recruitment plans. By being active on LinkedIn Groups you might get noticed by firms who are looking for new talent, and following influential people on Twitter could help you too. Make sure your Facebook profile shows you in a professional light! Don’t forget to use face-to-face networking – and make the most of jobs expos, trade events and careers fairs by talking to as many recruiters as possible, handing out your CV, and collecting useful contact information. Tell your friends and contacts that you are looking for a new job!

7. Set yourself targets
Finally, set yourself weekly targets of new companies identified, job board activity and CVs sent. You will feel more motivated during the job hunt if you are achieving your targets!

If you haven’t already, register for free for the Simply Jobs Expo, which is taking place on January 30, at Sofitel Gatwick. It’s your chance to meet recruiters including EasyJet, Tui Travel, Trailfinders, Sofitel Luxury Hotels and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.


*Source: KPMG/REC Report on Jobs, December 2013, produced by Markit Economic Research, December 2013

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