|Furloughed? 11 tips to guide you|
Here are 11 tips for those of you who have been unfortunate enough to have been let go from your airline. It's a tough job market, so it's important to stand out and have an effective job search. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Call and email everyone you know in the aviation business
That's right, everyone. Even people you've neglected to call for some time. It's time to let them know your predicament, and to seek their advice. Tell them the story of what happened to your airline (no angry diatribes), and ask to contact you if they hear of any job leads.
Remember, you're not begging for a job, you're asking them for feedback. Your fellow pilots will feel your plight, and many will offer to help you.
2. Go to airline pilot job fairs
Every few months there are airline pilot job fairs around the country.
The big player is Fltops.com. Also check the APC job fairs discussion board:
3. Become active at airline pilot forums
If you haven't yet, join the message boards at www.airlinepilotforums.com and www.propilotworld.com. Use the Search feature to dig up information and scoop on airlines you're interested in working for. The collective wisdom of the members at these forums is massive, so don't overlook their potential in helping you in your job search.
4. Update your resume
Now is the time to update that dusty resume. If you need a template to start with, download APC's sample resume under the Downloads section. Get your logbook organized, and your resume brought up to date.
5. Get your interview attire ready to go
Take that old suit that hasn't been worn in a decade to the cleaners, shine your shoes, and get the rest of your attire ready for the eventual interview(s).
6. Start a new hobby
That's right-- now's the perfect time to break out of your comfort
zone that you've been in for so long.
Why? Because during this often stressful time you need something to
occupy your mind and give you something
exciting and new. Always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Or to
scuba dive? Now's the perfect time.
If you're being forced to change your job, why not create your own
change by starting up a new hobby, sport,
7. Realize that behind every setback is the opportunity for improvement in your life
You might now realize that what really matters is family. Your family didn't disappear, and you now have the opportunity to spend more time with them than usual. The furlough just might be setting the stage for your next job which even more rewarding or a better fit. A furlough is not the end of the world, it only seems that way if you allow yourself to get wrapped up in the negativity of this temporary situation.
8. Check the online job listings
An informative thread that shows you where to find pilot jobs on the internet (registering required):
9. Check the flight crew leasing companies if you're willing to work overseas
Although the hiring picture in the US isn't looking good after years
of aggressive hiring, in Asia, the Middle
East, and Europe there are a good number of openings. APC has compiled a list of the major flight crew leasing companies,
and jobs exist there for current and qualified large transport (B737,
A320, etc) captains and first
officers. This list was updated this week:
10. Download APC's "Pilot Job Search Worksheet"
Go to www.airlinepilotcentral.com, and click Downloads. Click on "Pilot Job Search Worksheet" about half way down the page. A helpful PDF for organizing your job search.
11. Don't give up
Day to day, your furlough will sometimes seem like it will never end. Negative thoughts will creep into your head, telling you that you'll never get hired anywhere else, that the market is too grim, etc, etc. Beware of this "stinkin' thinkin'." Many pilots have been through multiple furloughs, each time able to get a new job somewhere else. If you stay proactive, you will be at a big advantage over your peers. The ones who sulk, feel sorry for themselves, begin to hate the industry, and have a bad attitude won't be doing very well in an interview. If you're a current and qualified captain, look for direct entry positions. If you're a regional FO, look for other hiring regionals or fractionals. Be realistic, but not despondent. Watch your attitude at all times, as you want to stay energetic and optimistic while seeking a new job.
Finally, for some it means an exit from the industry. If you're one of those people, then make a clean break and move aggressively forward in developing your new career path. It's never too late to change careers
if it will make you a happier person.