Common Challenges Faced by Hiring Managers in the Aviation Industry

By Jamie Johnson

The aviation industry will experience an incredible period of growth in the coming years. Specifically, it is expected to double in size in the next 20 years due to an increase in passenger air traffic.

This means that roughly 105,000 new pilots must be hired to replace those that will be retiring. And an additional 150,000 pilots are needed to accommodate this growth.

So in total, 255,000 pilots will be needed by 2027 to sustain the industry’s massive growth. And unfortunately, these jobs are not being filled quickly enough; over half of the pilots needed have not even begun training.

This places a unique burden on hiring managers who often feel that the talent pool is not wide enough to fill all these positions. And most hiring managers rely on job boards or outdated hiring methods.

The Problem With Job Boards

Ultimately, all hiring managers face the same problem: how do you find and recruit the best people to work in your organization?

For most hiring managers, job boards can feel like a necessary evil. On the one hand, they can attract a lot of new talent. Experienced employees who are looking to make a transition in their career will often search job boards first.

And at the same time, they often fail to live up to the expectations of hiring managers. Here are three of the biggest problems most hiring managers have with job boards:

  1. A limited number of applicants

Unemployment rates continue to decline across nearly every industry. Of course, this is good news but the result is a more competitive hiring market.

And this isn’t expected to change anytime soon as the baby boomer generation begins to retire. This means as a hiring manager, you have to work even harder to find qualified talent.

  1. A plethora of unqualified applicants

One of the biggest problems with job boards is that the candidates often don’t know what they want. They don’t have a strategy when they are applying to jobs.

So these same applicants don’t spend time researching the companies they are applying for. Instead, they send generic cover letters to dozens of companies. This means they are usually applying for work they aren’t qualified for.

Reviewing the applications of every unqualified candidate that applies will waste hours of your time. This can cause a lot of frustration for hiring managers who have dozens of unqualified applications to wade through.

  1. You’re looking in the wrong places

Ultimately, job boards aren’t really the problem. There are a lot of great job boards out there where you can find and attract qualified talent.

But there are a lot of bad ones, too. So the problem may be that you are spending time on the wrong job boards.

The aviation industry is a very niche market so make sure you are only using industry-specific job boards. This will give you the best chance of finding qualified candidates.


The aviation industry will face many challenges in the coming years. The pilot shortage is real and it threatens to hinder growth. And finding individuals who are a cultural fit for your organization and have the right skill sets is no small task.

Did any of this resonate with you? As a hiring manager, what are some of the biggest challenges you have faced with job boards?

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