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Tips to write the best Pilot CV

If you’ve recently decided to start looking for a new position or you’re looking for your first pilot job, then you’ll need to create or update your CV to apply.  A CV or resume lays out important details that potential employers want to know about you.

Follow the steps below to create your perfect pilot CV.

Personal Information

This should be the first information at the top of your CV.        

  • Name & Rank - first and in bold      

  • Your Home Address - including your country of residence     

  • Contact Information – full phone number & email address

  • Date of Birth - not compulsory      

  • Picture - not compulsory, but if included, use a passport style photo

Experience & Qualifications

The second portion of your CV should include information about your past work experience.

Work History:

  • Start off with your current employer and work down

  • Ensure you give the airline (Company) name, the dates you work there and the aircraft you flew

Flight Time and Ratings:

  • Breakdown of your flight hours on each aircraft including total hours, PIC and P2 hours.    

  • Do not include Simulator hours

  • Mention when you had your last LPC or OPC

  • Include 'Date of Last Flight' for each aircraft

Qualifications:

  • Give your rating and your certificates

  • Start your list with your highest qualification and work down

Education & Training

  • Include only Higher Education

  • Note the degree, where you studied and when you completed your education

Skills, Languages & Achievements:

The final area is where you highlight anything else that’s relevant.

  • Mention your ICAO English Level

  • List any honour awards you received

  • Highlight any additional languages you speak

Things to avoid when compiling your CV:

  • Do not put too much on your CV, try to keep it precise. Keep it short, 1-2 A4 pages

  • Do not write long paragraphs, use bullet points or short paragraphs where necessary

  • Do not forget to give your hours broken down

  • When putting down your flight experience, give the full dates and not just the years you were there

  • Do not use your work email, use a personal email with a professional sounding address

  • Do not have grammar errors, always be sure to proof read your CV before you send it out   Do not use a fancy font or coloured text, keep your document in a clean and consistent format        

  • Do not lie on your CV, as this could have implications down the line for you, make sure all information on your CV is truthful

We do not recommend sharing your documents via a file sharing platform. Depending on the company you are sending your documents to, their IT security policy they may not be able to access the platform. We recommend that you follow the directions provided by the recruiter, normally published in the job advert, and have your CV in a word or PDF format.

If you need help building your CV, we'll be launching a CV builder soon. Check back again for the latest updates!

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