Writing a Resume for a Piloting Position

Writing a Resume for a Piloting Position

Hand with pen and paperIf you’ve always dreamed of becoming a pilot and landing a great job with a major airline you might be wondering how to apply and write an amazing resume. Let’s take a look a sample resume and share some tips for writing a resume that will soar above the competition.

Can an outstanding resume really be the difference between being hired or not? It may not be the deciding factor but it is what a potential employer will see first. If your resume doesn't stand out, you may be passed by without even an interview. A great resume should be short and direct (one page) highlighting the best skills you have as well as any education and training you’ve received that qualifies you for the job. The person who receives your resume will take less than 20 seconds before making a preliminary judgment. So, make sure that your resume is current, neat and visually appealing.

Pilot Resume

1. Start with Personal information:

  • First and Last name (in bold letters)
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • E-mail (make sure it’s a professional e-mail address)

2. State Your Objective with the vacant position you are applying for.

3. Flight Hours. It’s important to include hours relevant for the position (FO, Captain). If applying for an airline, specifics like multi-engine, second in command, and hours flown on a specific type of aircraft should be included.

4. Qualifications. Include any licenses and earned certificates with ratings relevant to the position. List your highest held certificate first, followed by any additional certificates. This is where you show that you meet the job requirements and stand out without additional skills.

5. Work Experience. List previous pilot and other related work experience, keeping it brief and accurate. Identify company name, duration of employment in years, job title and aircraft type that you flew. Do not fabricate any experience. Many employers conduct background checks.

6. Education and Training. Note the degree and university where you studied. It is also valuable to list your most recent training (including the type of simulator) and last flight (when, where, aircraft type).

Upon completion of your resume, have a trusted individual read and review it for any errors. Before sending a resume to an employer, read through the job requirements again to make sure that you meet them. A nice photo of you and a cover letter are nice additions that look professional and can help you stand out. An impressive and well-put-together resume is an important element to help land an amazing job as a pilot. Put some effort to make your resume look professional and impress a future employer!

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