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The aerospace employment market is ever growing. Today, in France, almost 200,000 people are working directly in the aerospace sector (187,000 in 20161) and roughly 1.7 million in the world², with an average increase of 15% in need of workforce. However, despite an ever-increasing need in workers, only a few applications come to be finalized.
An issue in the job definition? Of adequacy between the candidate’s background and recruiters’ expectations? The Hubworkair team contacted various HR from great Aerospace firms in an attempt to clarify this and give you some simple yet efficient pieces of advice.
Your resume, the first impression:
Your resume is the first contact with the recruiter, you have to be able to catch his/her attention and stand out from other applicants as soon as you submit your application. This first impression happens from the moment he/she reads your resume. Clearness, concision and relevance are the main assets of an efficient resume. According to Mrs Djaouani (Recruitment and Training officer at AWAC Technics), a good resume must be « clear », « concise » and must « get to the point ».
« One Job, One Resume»
The recruiter has to be able to quickly identify your career and its consistency regarding the opportunity you applied to. Therefore, it is of first importance to really customize your resume according to the position you applied to. Mrs Chatelier, (HR Manager for OSAC and previously Lecturer in Workforce Integration and Self-Knowledge at Nantes’s Sciences University) considers that a resume should be adapted to the job you are aiming for. Not only by emphasizing on the relevant professional experiences but also by using key words directly related to the job you applied to: « The key here is: one job, one resume ».
It doesn’t mean that you should put aside experiences that would not be directly related to the job offer, but you must emphasize on the relevant aspects of these experiences. According to Mrs Tescari (HR Development manager at Transavia), these can testify of the richness of a background. For that matter, Hubworkair team will always take time to discuss with you about your profile before any application in order to really highlight its most relevant elements when your profile is introduced. Take time to work on your resume, on the content as well as on the structure, and don’t hesitate to proofread it (spelling mistakes or grammar errors can be eliminatory).
What to add to your application?
Although your resume will be the central element to your application, a cover letter is usually expected and considered as a plus for most recruiters. It is true that a cover letter is less asked for today, but it is expected that you explain why you wish to apply to this specific job and what are your motives. The format may differ depending on the person you will be in contact with but, as Mrs Marvielle says (HR Employment and Training for Sabena Technics): « It is always a plus to have at least a few lines explaining your motives than to only submit your resume ». You must ban standardized cover letters, without real motives: like the resume, you must customize your cover letter according to a specific application.
You might already have attached to your application reference letters from former supervisors or colleagues. These are mostly considered of secondary importance. Indeed, according to Mrs Tescari (Transavia), these reference letters do not add much to your application, given the fact that they are rarely considered objective. However, and especially in the aeronautical sector, recruiters make good use of their network in order to have a more impartial feedback on the candidate. They really value direct testimony. Thus, providing them with contact of people able to attest of your way of working is clearly a plus: it gives a « verified » and reassuring aspect to your application. By the way, this is what Hubworkair has been doing for a few years now when asking for contacts of former supervisors or colleague. This gives credibility to your application and highlights your assets and your working method. Nevertheless, make sure that being contacted will not be an issue, either for your contact or for you.
The interview, a conversation to rehearse:
Once you made a successful first impression, you should be asked for an interview. Prepare this interview: do some research on the company and, more importantly, prepare a list of all the elements you want to address during the interview (clarifying the tasks, the frame of work, the responsibilities, the team, etc…). According to Mrs Chatelier (OSAC), this research and preparation is a clear indicator of the seriousness of a candidate. You can also prepare yourself to answer various basic questions about your career. Be careful however not to learn something by heart, it is not a test. What the recruiter really wants is to get to know you, better appreciate the role you will play in the company and the responsibilities you are ready to handle. If he/she is indeed looking for someone with skills, he/she is also looking for someone that will fit in a team and in a company. Therefore, your career will be as important as the way you will present it during your interview.
« An interview involves two people»
The main piece of advice given by our partners regarding the interview is to remain honest and natural. According to Mr. Bildstein (AWAC Technics), you should be able to justify of the experiences and skills you indicated on your resume.
Of course, you will have to pay attention to your appearance (correct outfit, politeness and reactivity). However, be careful not to let show a false image of yourself. Remain simple and true to yourself while highlighting your skills and motives regarding to the position and the company. According to Mr. Dupré (VP Human Resources at Sabena Technics), a clear lack of motivation can almost be eliminatory. Don’t hesitate to be curious and ask questions about the job and the company: it is now that your preparation will take on meaning. As Mrs Alibert-Bonato reminds us (Recruitment & Career manager for Derichebourg Atis Aeronautics) and Mrs Dubois (Recruitment manager for Derichebourg Atis Aeronautics: « An interview involves two people ». Indeed, you must keep in mind that the interview is a discussion and that, to a certain extend you will be driving this discussion. Finally, you will not address a recruiter the same way you would address a colleague or a friend. Thus, make sure to remain available, dynamic and attentive during your interview.
The entire Hubworkair team hopes that these pieces of advice will be helpful!
Don’t forget: our agents are available for any question and will accompany you during the entire process of your application.
We really want to thank Mrs Marvielle and Mr. Dupré (Sabena Technics), Mrs Chatelier (OSAC), Mrs Djaouani and Mr. Bildstein (AWAC Technics), Mrs Alibert-Bonato and Mrs Dubois (Derichebourg Atis Aeronautics), Mrs Tescari (Transavia) who helped in the creation process of this article.
Article written by Mrs Delphine Talmon-Laroderie, Account Manager for Hubworkair, Mr Yoann Huang, Co-Founder of Hubworkair and Mrs Beauparlant, coach RH for Hubworkair.
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