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weekendflyer
02-05-2015, 07:32 PM
Hello,

Im attending the WIA conference in March. This will be the first job fair iv ever attended and was curious to see what its like when you speak with the recruiters. Is it more of a get to know you type thing or straight up TMAAT questions? Do I need to bring anything other than a resume and cover letter? Any info would be appreciated!

thanks


rightside02
02-06-2015, 02:59 AM
I have attended many job fairs and also was lucky enough to work a few of them, what you said was correct. Resume and cover letter , most won't want a cover letter cause it's just too much to keep when your accepting 1000 of them in a day.

As far as the recruiter goes , be your self and humble and explain why you want to work for xyz airline , keep this in mind while talking to these guys, they are gonna be talking to 400 guys just like you, who have resumes just like yours or even better. ASK questions about what's going on but also be informed on the airline yourself , know the bases they have and aka if any changes are being rumored etc , do a little research before you go on that airline, get the recruiter to like you and remember you, and keep in mind it doesn't matter what you talk about with these guys it's just important to keep the conversation going long enough to make a impression. Don't be overwhelmed by how many guys are there in suits doing exactly what your doing, I remember going to my first few and man it was almost depressing and overwhelming. Don't be the guy who looks down with his tail between his legs that appears to be shy and with shaky hands while handing over your resume , be grateful keep your manners in and go in and kill it , while getting the job you want .

Sorry about the spelling , replying with my phone ,

Good luck , hope this gives you some guidance

RadarContact
02-06-2015, 03:06 AM
I'll be there too, and this is my first job fair as well. From what I've heard it's a quick get to know you: "tell me about yourself", "why this airline" and some TMAAT stuff. But like I said, it's my first rodeo too. I'm excited to be there, hopefully some face time will help get the phone to ring but either way I've been told it's a great conference and good place for networking.


sled14
02-06-2015, 03:36 AM
I'd do a little research on the company and have a small spiel about why you would be a good fit and why you want to work there. I remember AA would start off with, "Tell me a story". Not sure if they still are but it caught a lot of people off guard.

Iron Maiden
02-08-2015, 07:51 AM
The job fairs that I have gone to start in the late morning, I usually jumpseat out, do my thing, then go back in the evening, don't see the need to get a hotel room unless there is no way that you can get there in time. It'll save you some extra cash from what seems to be a scheme to pay to beg for a job.

A lot of the time you'll only spend a few minutes to talk to the representatives of your target company. For me, I've handed them my resume and then only to be asked "Did you complete the application online? If not then do that when you get home." $120 for a 2 minute conversation

CenterlinePrep
02-08-2015, 05:26 PM
What sled14 said. Have a small plan of attack for each airline and spend a little time before hand digging up a few things on each company. Many recruiters will be writing all over your resume after you leave giving a thumbs up or down. Each airline has a different process, but most who attend feel it's worth while.

Come stop by our booth at WIA before you speak with the recruiters. We will be happy to assist if you have any questions or need your resume and cover letter looked at, or changed if applicable.

Enjoy the conference.

Centerline

miker1
02-24-2015, 02:22 PM
I'd love to go to the WAI 2015, but cannot make it. what have you guys used to find these conferences? I know of OPAB, WAI, and NGPA. Unfortunately im going to miss 2 of these and possibly all of them for 2015. Are there any others? Im interested in the Majors

Macdacpilot
02-25-2015, 10:44 AM
I'd love to go to the WAI 2015, but cannot make it. what have you guys used to find these conferences? I know of OPAB, WAI, and NGPA. Unfortunately im going to miss 2 of these and possibly all of them for 2015. Are there any others? Im interested in the Majors

Try: FAPA.aero | Future & Active Pilot Advisors (http://fapa.aero) and http://www.aerocrewsolutions.com/

Herb Flemmming
03-02-2015, 10:51 PM
Paying money for a job fair, way to hold a standard guys! Soon its gonna cost $1000 bucks to interview once the rest of the airlines find out there is dips hits out there paying to jobfair.

ImperialxRat
03-03-2015, 02:58 PM
Paying money for a job fair, way to hold a standard guys! Soon its gonna cost $1000 bucks to interview once the rest of the airlines find out there is dips hits out there paying to jobfair.

Uh... that has been a standard for a while. Welcome to 2015.

CenterlinePrep
03-04-2015, 11:41 AM
Job fairs are something that will always be an active debate. There are those who think they are worthless, then those who swear by them. Some airlines flag your resume for attending the fairs, some don't.

There are 4 consultants on our team who currently fly for various major airlines. To a man, they all have credited job fairs to helping them get their interview. A few of them at their various interviews had the same recruiters on the panel who they met at the fairs. Imagine how good you'd feel running into an interview panel member at your Delta interview who you met and formed a good relationship with at WIA or OBAP.

Job fairs are more than just waiting in line to speak with recruiters, they're a a good way to building personal relationships with fellow peers and higher-ups at different airlines. Many of these relationships turn into lasting friendships while at that particular airline and lead to landing leadership moves in the future (Check Airman, CP, Instructor, Training Dept, etc). We have a booth at WIA this week. It's a fantastic event and a wonderful 3 days of networking and interacting with everyone.

Aviation, as we all know, is a very small world. The airline industry, in specific, is even smaller. Sure, the occasional pilot who knows nobody, does nothing, sits around and waits will get an interview due to decent credentials. The majority of the time it's the "go-getters" and pilots who are networking their tail off that will eventually prevail. "It's not what you know but who you know" still has some meaning today, even though others with tell you differently.

I'll speak through shear numbers that the majority of our clients have been to job fairs of some kind. Take it for what it's worth but with over 12,000 active resumes on file at the various airlines, I'd being doing everything I possibly could to land an interview during the front of this hiring wave instead of "hoping" the airline of my choice comes and bangs my door down.

Centerline Consulting

Sky4Me
03-04-2015, 11:50 AM
Are you copying & pasting this every where? :D

CenterlinePrep
03-04-2015, 07:29 PM
Just once for this job fair thread title!

Just for you Sky4me!

C6vette088
03-06-2015, 04:39 AM
I'd like to say a big "thank you" to all the folks that think these events are a scam. That's one less clown I have to compete with for a job!

RV5M
03-06-2015, 04:44 AM
I'd like to say a big "thank you" to all the folks that think these events are a scam. That's one less clown I have to compete with for a job!


WAI is awesome, but it's also a conference with a lot going on, put on by an organization that does a lot of good in this industry. FAPA and AeroCrew still seeming sleaze bag money grabs to me.


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Herb Flemmming
03-07-2015, 02:34 AM
I'd like to say a big "thank you" to all the folks that think these events are a scam. That's one less clown I have to compete with for a job!

Hell yeah man!!! Payin for flight time, buying type ratings, payin to attend job fairs, you keep up that hard work! you earned it!

C6vette088
03-16-2015, 06:40 PM
Hell yeah man!!! Payin for flight time, buying type ratings, payin to attend job fairs, you keep up that hard work! you earned it!

The only thing I have paid for you mention is one job fair. My service in the Marine Corps paid for all the rest. But thanks for playing bud!

vbguy01
03-19-2015, 10:44 PM
Has anyone attended smaller, local job fairs and had any luck with hiring? For instance, there is a job fair this weekend at Ted Stevens IAP in Anchorage with Alaska, UPS and other local companies.

Silver02ex
03-20-2015, 06:10 PM
Paying money for a job fair, way to hold a standard guys! Soon its gonna cost $1000 bucks to interview once the rest of the airlines find out there is dips hits out there paying to jobfair.

No one says it's a must, I went to 2 Spirit job fair, and there was one guy in my interview group who didn't. I got the offer, he didn't. Do I think that was the deal breaker? Who knows, but it's a good way to network and have face to face time. It was a great investment for me since I got the job.