Aviators' Thoughts

My job search and business aviation as seen on AviationWeek


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The success and attention my blog and my job search has received has not just been the result of my own efforts. There have been so many people who have supported me, encouraged me, and directly helped me in my ultimately successful job hunt. Though it is not possible to name them all, I would like to thank those who have had a direct hand in the success of this effort and those that stayed by me even in the darkest moments of my job search. To each of them I am eternally grateful.

First of all, I would like to thank my wife, Carolina.  It is rare in life when you truly meet your soul mate. My wife has been there beside me through all the challenges we both had to face. We truly learned to lean on each other when times got tough. My wife picked up the ball and took an extremely physical job, making very little pay to keep money coming in when I wasnt working. She was there to keep me motivated, to push me when I needed it and encouraged me to take the chances that ultimately lead me to a new job after nearly a year. If it wasnt for her help, I do not know if I would have put in half of the effort that has put me in this position. One of the truly remarkable things about her is that she had brought incredible insight and ideas into my job search and social media exposure. She was the one the encouraged me to approach CNN early in the process which started the whole ball rolling. I am an EXTREMELY lucky man to be in love with such a beautiful and intelligent wife. As many of you have commented “she’s a keeper” and I wholeheartedly agree!

A big thank you to Carlos Gil, founder of Jobsdirectusa.com: I met Carlos through Facebook early in my job hunt. He has been a tireless (and I MEAN tireless!) advocate of the unemployed. Carlos was once a manager at AIG and found himself out of a job a few years ago. Rather than getting back into the industry, he began the “Pink Slip Party” and eventually “Pink Slip Mixers” movement that brings job seekers and employers together. I was so encouraged and inspired by his efforts that both my wife and I volunteered for his gatherings. Carlos was DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the birth of this blog and its exposure on CNN. About 6 months into my job hunt he suggested that I start a blog and call it Helpclintfindajob.com. Who could have thought that this idea would be so incredibly successful. He has also helped to get myself and this blog exposure on the local and national media. If you are looking for work, I strongly suggest you get in touch with Carlos, his contacts might just land you your next great job.

Another big thank you to CNN, specifically Sonya Houston and Jessica Dickler: When I started looking for work, I noticed that CNN was doing a segment called the “30 Second Pitch“. They were giving job seekers an opportunity to put themselves on national TV to sell themselves for 30 seconds. When I saw the segment on TV, I commented on their CNNmoney web site that I would also like the chance to be on the program. Within two hours I received a response from Sonya Houston and a few weeks after that found myself on national TV! Though it didn’t directly lead to a job, it was THE spark that started the process of reinventing myself and find new ways to get noticed on my job hunt. Ms. Jessica Dickler also has a BIG hand in the success of this blog. Her contact with me through Carlos put me on the front page of CNNMoney and has given me the opportunity to begin to help others find work. I am EXTREMELY happy to see CNN be so proactive in helping job seekers and would encourage other news programs to do the same in the future.

Thank You to Benet Wilson of Aviation Week and Space Technology: I met Benet directly through my exposure on Twitter. Ms. Wilson has been a leading advocate of Social Media for the aviation world. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed, being the subject of a very successful symposium at NBAA (National Business Aviation Association). She had noticed my blog and was impressed the story of my job hunt. Benet began to mention my blog in her articles in Aviation Week and Space Technology and was primarily responsible for bringing my blog out of obscurity. Prior to her help the only people who were reading my prose was my mother and my wife. After her mention and links to my articles, I began to receive anywhere from 30-40 hits a day and GREATLY expand my networking possibilities. She has been tremendous asset to my job search and I look forward to continued contacts with her in the future.

Thank you to Scott Wolcott of CompanyAirplane.com and John Peroyea of  Findapilot.com: I have spoken to both of these individuals directly many times and they two of the truly “good ones” in the aviation industry. The help of these two men have been invaluable.

Scott Wolcott, a pilot himself, came to me during my job hunt after noticing my CNN video on ProPilotworld.com (a leading aviation message board). Mr. Wolcott has taken job hunting in aviation to the next level using video,  the power of the internet and social media to help pilots and other aviation job seekers find employment. In under a year, he had built CompanyAirplane.com from the ground up into a leading aviation employment web site. I am grateful for his help and in watching his efforts continue to grow and succeed. Several of his clients have received attention and opportunities directly from his efforts and web site. Certainly worth subscribing to if you are looking for work in the aviation industry.

John Peroya, also a pilot and the owner of Findapilot.com, has also been a tremendous help. Findapilot.com has been around for quite a few years and I have been able to find employment TWICE in the last 10 years directly from his web site. Many of the phone calls I received from employers came directly from my exposure and subscription to his site and it is well-known in the aviation industry. I would also enroll with FindaPilot as well if you are looking for flying work.

A Thank You to my fellow pilots, friends and supporters: I have been truly humbled and amazingly thankful for all the support, encouragement and advice that I have recieved from my friends and pilots both within and outside the aviation community. When I started this process, I knew very few people. Your emails, letters, phone calls and comments continued to give me inspiration when I needed it the most. Many of my friends are job seekers as well and I am more than happy to “pay if forward” to help them after they have been so supportive of my efforts. Often we hear about these tough times bringing out the worst in people. I have been most fortunate to see just the opposite. Many people, some I have just met, have offered direct and indirect help simply by telling them that I was out of work. These people reached out when they didn’t have to. There are too many to mention here, but know that you always have my eternal thanks.

Lastly, but by no means leastly a big Thank You to the rest of my family: My mother and father (on both sides of the family) have been incredibly encouraging and supportive of all my efforts. They have been there for me and offered whatever help that I asked for. Their direct assistance, thoughts and prayers gave me hope when I couldn’t even get the phone to ring in the middle of last year. Like my wife, they didnt allow me to get depressed, to give up hope. I have been fortunate to have my mother and father living close by to offer assistance. To my mother-in-law who lives in Chile, her love, prayers and words of encouragement were also a tremendous help. I would also like to thank my brother, sister and the rest of my extended family who sent me words of support and for their assistance.

This is by no means the end of this blog. I intend to continue to comment on the aviation industry and will not rest until all those looking for work in this field find it. I am going to use my exposure to help my fellow aviators and job seekers have the same opportunities that I was so fortunate obtain. I will also talk about the the challenges we continue to face in this industry as it enters the next decade of the 21st century.

I thank you all for taking the time to read this blog and hope that you will continue to follow me in the future.


Written by tdwnds1

February 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

8 Responses

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  1. Glad you took the time to share your story with everyone and for you to be able to get a job. The internet has made networking much easier and that is important to those aviation professionals looking for a job. Feel free to stop by my website at http://www.pilotchatter.com, a social networking site just for pilots. I’d also like to link to your blog to allow our users to see your story.


    February 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    • Dear Jason,

      Feel free to link my blog to your website. Im am now dedicating myself to help others find work using some of the methods that I use. As I said in my latest post, I wont rest till every last aviation worker is back on the job.



      February 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

  2. Thank you Clint for your recognition. I will be sure to talk about this “success story” for many, many more years to come.


    Carlos Gil

    February 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm

  3. If there is anything I can do to help your cause, just let me know. I know all industries are hurting right now, but I know we have pilots and flight instructors looking for work who are members.


    February 13, 2010 at 2:52 am

  4. Clint,

    I am thrilled that FindAPilot helped you find gainful employment once again. We welcome you over to the Employer side when you are in a position to hire pilots for full time or contract flying.

    Congrats again. Fly safe!


    John Peroyea

    February 15, 2010 at 3:49 am

  5. Wonderful Web site! I wondered if I could site some of your site and use a few points for a school assignment. Please let me know through email whether or not its ok or not. Thanks

    • Yes, you may use whatever information that you would like for your assignment, please let me know the nature of the assignment.


      February 17, 2010 at 5:20 am

  6. I started a blog about resume writing, and was directed to yours. What I found here is much more than I was expected to see. Thank you for your time to write your beautiful experience. You are amazing.


    February 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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