Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Resume writing
For aviation job, narrow flight experience
Maryann Haggerty

Anthony Moorehas a variety of aviation experience—“from aircraft design through flight testing to the Paris Air Show.”

Moore’s resume says he is seeking a position as an “international aviation economic analyst.” That’s way too broad, says Darryl Jenkins, an aviation analyst and consultant.

It’s “certainly a good resume,” he says. But in what direction does Moore want to go?

“I’m not sure where this person wants a job. ... Does he want one in government, an airline, a consulting firm, a bank, a leasing company or supplier?” Jenkins asks. “The qualifications are in government. Does he want to be a government relations person, or is he getting out of government?” Paths for an analyst could be as different as working for a think tank or helping an airline with its international routes, he points out.

Moore needs to be more specific about his goals, he advises. He suggests considering different resumes for different positions.

That’s standard advice from many resume counselors. Once upon a time, job seekers used a single resume. Cover letters served to customise the pitch for a particular position.

However, it is so easy now to tailor a resume to a narrow specialty or a specific job that employers have come to expect it.

For Moore, with his many-faceted credentials, that could mean tailoring a few versions. What’s highlighted for an airline seeking a government relations officer could be very different from what’s highlighted for a manufacturer that wants to polish its Air Show presentation.

LA Times-Washington Post