Creating a Successful Flight Crew CV
Today, in most recruitment processes you will be asked to register a candidate profile in a recruitment portal in order to be considered for the open position. To increase your chances of being considered for your dream job, it is very important to have a complete and updated candidate profile with all the relevant information about you, your experience and your education. This is especially important since recruiters make use of various screening criteria to identify the ideal candidate. So, if you want them to find you, make sure to have a complete candidate profile.
Nevertheless, as a pilot a professional CV can help recruiters shortlist you for a position you may have applied for. Ideally, it helps you to show your future employer that you are the ideal candidate for the job. Therefore, you have to make sure to include the right criteria and show that you meet the requirements presented in the job ad. Pilots who fail to do so, will eventually be scrutinized and a CV hiding essential facts is not helping you to get an interview.
We typically receive thousands of applications and registrations every year and need to work efficiently in regard to initial CV screening. Therefore, there are a few things to be aware of when it comes to creating a successful Flight Crew CV.
- Use all the formatting tricks available to increase the visibility of important details. Be strategic when using bold, CAPS and italic to highlight important information and be consistent with how you use it throughout the CV. Use Bullet points to structure information under the same headline. Choose a clear and easy to read font, like Arial, Calibri or Helvetica. Structure your text by dividing it into well-arranged and logic sections.
- The most important sections to highlight in your CV are: Certificates & Ratings, Work Experience, Education, Flight Hours and References.
- Most essential information to clearly highlight for a Pilot: Type of pilot license, issuing authority, issuing country, ICAO English language proficiency and your medical class 1.
- Contact Information: Include your phone number and email, but also adapt your CV for the online world and include links to your social media profiles like LinkedIn, if you have that.
- State your latest position and experience first.
- Tailor your CV to the job description and double check that you show that you meet all the requirements.
- List your actual flight time and position on each of the aircraft you have flown (the recruiter will need this info at some point anyhow)
- List simulator time separately. Most airlines are looking for your actual flight time.
- If you apply for a direct-entry-captain position, most airlines will need your actual command time, both total, and on the types you have flown. PIC and PICUS time may or may not count, but actual time as aircraft commander is always relevant.
Maximize your chances of progressing in the recruitment process by following these guidelines. This will not only help the recruiter but will increase your chances of landing your dream job. We wish you the best of luck and hope to see a great CV from you in the near future. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on [email protected].