Career Planning

At Raven Career Development, we work with clients in a six-step aviation career planning process:

1. Planning & Analysis

  • Quantify your skills and experience
  • Discuss specific airline, corporate, and military segments and how they align with your professional goals
  • Balance your professional goals with your personal life needs and compensation requirements.
  • Identify companies that may be a good cultural fit
  • Analyze the benefits of staying or leaving your current job, accounting for family, financial, and career advancement considerations.

2. Resume & Cover Letter Development

  • Create a keyword-optimized, professional document that thoughtfully groups your accomplishments
  • Present your aviation background in a format relevant to companies you wish to work at
  • Discuss how your personality and professional experience will add value to a specific company

3. Social Networking Strategy

  • Build relationships with peers and future employers and gain feedback and advice regarding your competitiveness, desirable skills, and future openings
  • Develop a social media presence that authentically showcases your best self online (LinkedIn, Facebook, online forums, etc.)

4. Interview Preparation

  • Learn how to engage HR and pilot recruiters alike
  • Discuss proper dress, attire, and nonverbal communication cues
  • Discuss interview styles specific to your target airline or corporate flight department and how to properly adapt
  • Practice forming your experience into “Tell Me About A Time” stories and other scenario-based exercises
  • Practice answering difficult questions: scenarios,conflict resolution, job termination, employment gap, etc.

5. Compensation Negotiation

  • Compensation benchmarks for salary, benefits, relocation expenses, performance bonuses, and training contracts
  • Comparing compensation between airline and corporate counterparts
  • Preparation addressing salary inquiries during phone and in-person interviews
  • Post-interview compensation offer review
  • Compensation negotiation strategy and acceptance

6. Professional Development & Promotion

  • Identify skills, experiences, and projects that will help you grow, and learn how to market these skills for promotions
  • Visualize your future self and the career path that best suits your professional and personal goals