Having a strong resume is the key to getting the job you want. Remember that the person who receives your resume will only look at it for an average of 15 seconds. It is therefore very important that you are able to emphasize the skills that make you stand out from your peers.
To the right, you see a sample resume that is split into seven sections; header, objective, qualifications, pilot credentials, experience, education, and achievements. We will now take a closer look at these important sections that make a strong pilot resume.
This is where you include your name and contact details. The header in our sample resume is only one way to do it. You can set up the header however you like, as long as it looks neat and contain the details listed below.
Include your name on the top of your resume in bold letters. If you have a middle name, use your middle initial instead. Example; “James Elroy Bloggs” becomes “James E. Bloggs” on a resume.
This should be the address you want the airline to mail any correspondence. Make sure you are able to frequently check the mail at this address.
Many companies today will only accept resumes sent electronically, thus receiving a reply via e-mail is very likely. Use your personal address, not your work e-mail, and make sure it is not too casual.
Include the phone number you are most likely to be reached on. As a minimum this phone should have an answering service, like a voicemail or an answering machine, which you check frequently.
Your resume is a sales tool intended to get you an interview for the jobs you have applied for. It does not have to look identical to the sample resume we have provided. Think about the job you are applying for and then set up the resume accordingly. It is ok to have a standardized pilot resume, but making a few adjustments before you send it to an airline may help you gain the recruiters attention.
Remember that all airlines do not have the same hiring requirements; therefore your resume will stand a better chance if you tailor it to the airline you are applying for and before you send it – make sure to proof read, check any spelling errors, and have someone else proof read the resume for you. Automated spell checking, like in MS Word, does not guarantee it is free from miss-spellings and grammatical errors.
Never send a resume alone. Make sure it is accompanied by a cover letter. Follow these guidelines and your resume should be off to a strong start.
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