Most of the students who come to Baltic Aviation Academy wishing to start their pilot careers admit that they have been dreaming about the profession since being little kids. We often witness the entire growth process of those young men and women seeking to ‘reach the skies’ from start to finish. Therefore, we must admit that students leaving Baltic Aviation Academy with their pilot licenses in the pockets simply become our family members. And you always seek for ways of helping your family.
Receiving a long-anticipated pilot license is a definite challenge, but getting a job as a pilot may sometimes require no less patience and preparedness. That is why this time Baltic Aviation Academy will provide you, pilots- seeking for a job, with some tips, which will hopefully be useful and take away at least some of the stress involved in the job hunting process.
Starting with your CV
Here in Lithuania (where Baltic Aviation Academy is headquartered) we have a saying ‘with a good start half of the job is already done’. This saying definitely applies to the process of looking for the job itself. According to a number of studies, recruiters spend up to 10 seconds looking through a single resume. So basically what you have is mere 10 seconds to make a good first impression. Here are some points that should be taken into consideration when creating a powerful CV:
- Choose a type of CV wisely: depending on a particular case and your main strengths opt for a chronological or a skill based curriculum vitae. The chronological one focuses on the chronology of your experience starting from the top with the newest information. Meanwhile, the one based on skills highlights the skills you have developed up to the moment of writing your CV.
- Use a clear structure: go for short sentences, bullets in your resume. The information must be clear and concrete.
- Each page must be on a separate sheet of paper. It’s a good idea to put your name in the footer area so that it appears on each sheet.
- In order to stand out from the pile of resumes try to use different paper, colours or graphical images. Be creative, but stay professional.
- Share your CV as much as possible and send it repeatedly. You may even call to check if the recipient has actually got it. Be persistent. You can also send a certified letter, or simply go to the company and hand in your resume in person.
Prepare for a job interview
With a great CV sent out, sooner or later you will be surely invited to a job interview. If it is possible attend every interview which you are invited to, even if you are unsure of wanting that particular job. Let it be a valuable practice for you. In any case, the key to success is preparation. Here are some tips that you should take into consideration:
- Research the company thoroughly. It is important to show that you are interested not only in the position, but also in the company itself. Make it clear that what you want is not simply a job, but a job in that particular company.
- Make a list of questions worthy of asking your potential employees. It shows that you are truly interested!
- Aim for a neat, clean and tidy appearance. If you look good it will help you feel good. Hair is also important.
- Take into consideration who you are meeting for an interview: is it the person who would be your manager if you got the job or the personnel manager, etc. It matters because it may determine how detailed the interview may actually be. Here are just a few questions that you can be asked:
- What airplane are you most familiar with?
- What is the max Take-off weight, Landing weight, and Ramp weight?
- What is the fuel capacity?
- Can you explain how the landing gear system works?
- Can you describe the pressurization system?
Also, don’t forget to prepare for the more general topics, such as yourself, the reason for wanting to become a pilot, etc. It may seem easy to talk about such stuff, but why not try to tell your own story to yourself first. Do you sound interesting, confident? Is your speech clear? The first impression is vital, be sure you leave a good one.
Pilot assessment before pilot assessment?
According to Baltic Aviation Academy’s clients (airlines), usually the very first step of the procedure is an interview. After passing this stage your aviation knowledge and skills will be further tested via the following: ATPL theory, flying proficiency, communication and other tests. In other words you will be evaluated for your pilot skills, which will or will not define you as a ready-to-fly pilot.
The current pilot assessment or pilot skills evaluation may be quite a challenge, especially if you have only just recently got your type rating and have very little experience in ‘job-hunting’. Considering these issues, recently Baltic Aviation Academy has agreed with airlines upon a uniform pilot assessment system for Baltic Aviation Academy graduates. According to the agreement the best type rating students of the Academy will get the chance to be evaluated by the airline pilot-selection professionals and receive valuable feedback from the professionals who actually select pilots-to-hire for the airline. With the current evaluation feedback a pilot-to-be will know exactly which skills should be improved in order to succeed in building a career as a pilot. Furthermore, it creates the possibility to be added onto the airline’s ready-to-fly pilot data base.
If you are considering the possibility to gain a type rating this is definitely the best time to do it. Join Baltic Aviation Academy Airbus A320 type rating course on the 6th of May, and get your pilot assessment by airlines. For more information please visit: Air Buzz A320
Baltic Aviation Academy wishes you all the best in your job interviews!