Aeronautical engineering jobs were not plentiful in the 1990’s.
Things have been markedly better for the last 15 years. However, there is now reason to be, if not bearish, then certainly not bullish, for the next 10 years. Two reasons: (a) Governments, despite the plethora of military and political problems in the world, are pretty much broke. They can’t afford to order too many new aircraft, let alone authorize the design of new ones. (b) On the commercial side, there is a dearth of large new aircraft design. Airbus has no new designs planned for the next decade. Boeing, not much better.
The intention with this page is to post links to information about aerospace engineering job vacancies in due time. In the meantime, you’ll have to use Indeed.com and any web apps in your area that specialise in aeronautical engineering jobs. Just googling “aeronautical engineering jobs” will lead you to some relevant web apps. Asking your friends and colleagues will lead you to others.
However, remember this fact:
Personal connections rule.
In other words, responding to job ads by clicking on links to employers or recruiters is one of the least effective ways of finding any job, let alone aeronautical engineering jobs.
People who work in aerospace companies are no different to anyone else. They value a human touch. They trust people they know, more than they trust people they don’t know. They will respond faster, and more willingly, to someone they know, than to someone they don’t know.
So if you know someone in an aerospace firm, even if they have no ability to make hiring decisions, your chances of getting a job in there are much greater.
Business people have known this forever: The easiest business to win is repeat business. Business from your existing customers, who already know you.
Same goes for job searching.
Guess how I got my current contract? I asked a former colleague if he’d heard of any opportunities for people with my skills. He had, just the day before. He forwarded me the link, which I followed up. Within a day, I received a phone call from the recruiter. (Whom I hadn’t known previously, but because of the mutual connection, the initial conversation was that much quicker and easier.) Several phone calls and emails ensued, a face-to-face meeting, and then more phone calls and emails. The recruiter has been unusually conscientious and personable, and is now a new trusted connection. I got the job. Everybody wins.
All because I knew somebody, who knew somebody, who knew somebody . . . .
What if you don’t know anybody who works at such-and-such a company, or anybody who works in the aerospace sector?
You start networking and researching now. Ask around. Who do you know who knows somebody, who knows somebody who works there? It requires patience and diligence. These days, with tools like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, it’s possible to hack the process and speed things up quite considerably.
I know of an American web developer who decided he wanted to move to Ottawa, Canada, and targeted a specific company there that he thought represented his best opportunity. He researched the company thoroughly, researched the CEO, bought a web domain specifically for promoting himself to this company (!!!!), and populated it, then created an aggressive Twitter campaign over the weekend.
The CEO arrived at work Monday morning to find himself the target of a viral Twitter campaign encouraging him to call, interview and hire an unknown American web developer!
It was a spectacular example of hacking the system. One weekend of dedicated, thinking-out-of-the-box effort, and the web developer got his interview, in record time.
In the end, the attempt was unsuccessful; he didn’t get the job.
But it demonstrates how possible it is today to network and create new opportunities for yourself very quickly, very easily, and very effectively!
You do the same towards aeronautical engineering jobs.