As a pilot, it is very important to have an organized and professional resume. Your resume is a sale tool designed to get you an interview for the positions you applied for.
First, your resume is not an autobiography. Try to keep it a one pager. If you need to, play with margins and font size, but do not go under size 10. Keep in mind that in average, an employer will look at a resume for about 15 seconds, so your resume needs to catch attention quickly with relevant information and make you stand out from others. Make sure to print it on white or ivory colored paper, 25lb, 100% cotton weight recommended. If you also include a cover letter, use the same paper for all the pages.
A typical format for your resume should emphasize your qualifications, list your licenses, certifications and flight hours. A chronological listing of your work experience should follow, then education. If you worked while still going to school (high school, college, unrelated to helicopter), we suggest you list those experience under education, rather than work experience.
Start with a header listing your name, address, e-mail address (avoid casual and unprofessional e-mail addresses), and your phone number.
You can also state what your objective is, such as “Pilot” or “Flight Instructor”, or write the name of the position you are seeking. If you are not applying to any precise job, do not be too specific since the company might keep your resume on file and call you if a position opens up.
The most important section in your resume is where you list your qualifications. Make sure to include the requirements listed in the job offers, as well as any college degree, certificate, and relevant qualifications. Your flying hours should also be listed in this section, with the type of aircrafts.
When listing your work experience as a pilot, keep it concise and easy to read. Specify the position you had, what type of aircraft, and the number of years working for that company.
When it comes to education, list the degrees obtained and name the university you went to. If you graduated with honor or any special recognition, you could also mention it here, as well as any significant achievements.
That complete the information you should include on your resume. You might wonder if you should include references on it? No. Your resume is there to convince the employer to talk to you. If he is interested, he will then ask for references. Do not write “References available on request”. It is just too obvious.
Tip: Make sure to contact each of your reference to tell them that you had an interview for a job (specify what position) and that they might get a call.
Companies can also have you fill an employment application. It is important to answer all the questions and add detailed experience and information since those applications are used by the interviewer. If there was information you wanted to share but could not find any appropriate space on the application, make sure to display it clearly on your resume.
• No need to write “Resume” on your resume
• Make sure to proof read it
• Include a cover letter
• Birthdate, height and weight are not necessary. (Actually, when it comes to age, certain companies will be more likely not to review resumes with any information that could lead to a lawsuit based on discrimination (age, marital status, religion, appearance, etc)