Today’s economy presents some very special challenges to people who are unemployed, underemployed, or who are simply trying to give their own business venture a shot in the arm. At times, the job search can seem daunting, if not impossible, as it takes quite a bit of encouragement – and creativity – to keep pressing forward. A highly flexible [power] networking plan is important – one that requires “out of the box” thinking in order to increase your chances of securing desired employment.
The following is a list of options to pursue in order to launch a successful personal marketing plan, which is what networking is all about. Most will cost you little or nothing to implement and for the cash strapped person that can be a real help. I wrote these suggestions for business flight attendants who, understandably, have suffered much since the 2001 terrorist attacks. You can easily modify the suggestions for your particular field of interest.
1. Attend aviation job fairs [carry plenty of business cards and copies of your résumé with you].
2. Join an employment support group.
3. List your résumé with an agency.
4. Create an online résumé for additional exposure.
5. Go to retirement parties of former associates.
6. Become your local airport’s liaison to the surrounding community.
7. Attend a catering class.
8. Form a networking group in your area.
9. Go to conventions.
10. Attend other aviation related meetings [medical seminars, safety and security symposiums, dinners, golf outings, barbecues, fund raisers, 10K races].
11. Serve on an aviation related committee as a volunteer.
12. Volunteer for the Corporate Angel Network.
13. Accept other types of employment within your target company [i.e., dispatcher, sales, customer service, etc.].
14. Write an article about some aspect of corporate aviation and publish it online.
15. Organize a wine tasting seminar in your area or approach a local caterer/vineyard about being aviation’s representative to their business [be prepared to offer plenty of free publicity for them].
16. Work temporarily for a caterer specializing in inflight service.
17. Start a part time business by selling a product that corporate aviators need.
18. Finally, for the savvy [some would say nervy] flight attendant the following type of suggestion could produce dividends: Hang out at the local after work watering hole where aviation folks gather. Learn the language [culture] of the company; find out who the movers and shakers are, etc.
Some people might accuse you of being a shameless self promoter, as if you had a contagious disease. Let them think the worst of you while they sit at home fretting about work and while you are winging your way to points hither and yon!Do not be deterred, but start thinking outside the parameters you [or others] have imposed on yourself; your goal is employment and your name is golden – as such, gold must be prominently displayed in order to command the proper attention [employment] that it so richly deserves!.