|Written by Doug Taylor|
Resumes are a very important part
of the aviation job hunt. When I was a flight
instructor in California doing "desk duty"
between students, occasionally a pilot looking
for employment as a flight instructor would
drop in, introduce himself and leave a resume
for our chief pilot. He could have been the
best candidate on earth for the job, but a bad
resume leaves a lasting impression.
Before you run out to the bookstore and buy a book on resumes, there's just a couple details that 99% of the resume books leave out. Here are some pointers.
Keep it under one page!
Psychologists have proven that the human mind will remember the first and the last items that are read. So the longer the resume, the less information that will potentially be forgotten.
You should know the current aircraft you are flying very well. Basically, the airlines expect you to remain proficient and knowledgeable about the current aircraft you are flying for obvious reasons. If a candidate is currently instructing in a Cessna 310 or flying a F-16 Falcon in the Air National Guard, they should be expected to be able to reasonably talk about the systems and procedures on the aircraft.
Include life experiences that make you human. If you donate time to certain humanitarian organizations, show that. For example, my airline is heavily involved with "Habitat For Humanity" and the "United Way". If you donate time, money or manpower to these organizations, it would definitely be a plus to advertise this.
The paper doesn't matter, but by no means use any type of strangely colored paper, stationary with puffy clouds or strange clip art. Remember that the first person to see your resume may not be a pilot.
And Most Importantly...
I'm not sure if this is true, but I think my website is indexed under "Employment Services" in some parts of India because I get at least five to ten resumes per week from India.