This summary really shines!
- It describes in detail your flight experience, down to the # of hours in each category
- Highlights your certification status
- It shows an eagerness for the airline you’re specifically applying to
This summary will more likely have the hiring manager calling you for an interview.
Now let’s move on to the most important part of your pilot resume - the work experience section.
How should you highlight your flying experience?
The work experience section is the most important part of your pilot resume.
Hiring managers value aviation experience the most when considering who to hire. Your competence as a pilot is significantly determined by your flight hours, the aircrafts you have experience flying, and the types of flights you have completed (eg: across countries or nighttime flights).
By highlighting your flying familiarity in your work experience section, you’ll inspire enough confidence in the hiring manager to call you back for an interview.
Your work experience section should focus on two factors:
- The details of your piloting experience
- Your ability to comply with company procedures and federal aviation regulations
To prove you have enough piloting experience, directly mention how many flight hours you have, what kind of hours you have (First in Command, Second in Command, nighttime, X country, etc.), and what aircrafts you flown. Are you experienced flying Boeing B737 MAX aircrafts? This is a good time to mention it. Your flight hours should be listed in its own separate section under work experience.
To describe your ability to comply with company procedures, mention specifically what procedures you’re familiar with and emphasize your commitment to safety.