Things You Need To Have On Your Aviation Resume
Did you know that your resume stands between you and that dream aviation job? A not-so-bad resume may or may not get you the job. It depends on a lot of factors such as competition and the level of quality the employer is seeking. In short, you’ll be counting on luck. A brilliant resume, meanwhile, is guaranteed to impress even the most difficult recruiters and separate you from the rest.
Below, we look at five key elements of a great aviation resume; elements to help you nail your next interview and wrap up that dream job on the first attempt.
Every resume starts with personal information. The location is obvious; personal information goes at the top of the resume. Question is what do you include and what do you omit? We’ve been working with employers and job seekers for a long time and we’ve learned that the most important details to include in your resume are your name (in big, bold letters) and contact information (telephone number, email address, and physical address). You can also add your; website, social media links, nationality, and date of birth. However, these aren’t mandatory.
A Personal Statement
The personal statement is a short, introductory paragraph that sits at the top of your resume to reel recruiters in and win them from the off. The whole paragraph should appear above-the-fold so that it’s fully visible without scrolling. If need be, reduce the top page margin and minimize the space taken up by your contact details. Some of the items to include in the personal statement are a summary of your; education, experience, knowledge, and motives. The section should comprise 8-15 lines of text, with sharp and to-the-point sentences.
Whether you’re applying for a pilot job, ground staff job, aviation engineer position, or any other aviation jobs, this part of the resume plays a starring role in whether or not you get the job. Ideally, you want to mention the name of the company, the time you spent there in years, and your title/responsibilities. A few tips to observe include; keep it short and relevant, list only what’s important, and don’t lie. Lying can make things really bad for you since most employers conduct private background checks before making a final decision.
Qualifications and Skills
Qualifications and skills are rarely the differentiators when applying for an aviation job. That’s because most of the applicants will have the required skills and qualifications. Nonetheless, you still need to mention them. Why? Because they are one of the first things aviation recruiters check. If you don’t have the skills they’re looking for on your resume, they’ll strike your name off the list instantly. The best place to list your skills is right under your employment history. However, don’t hesitate to mention your outstanding qualifications in the personal statement.
Certificates, Ratings, and Endorsements
Finally, it’s also important to list down your certificates, ratings, and endorsements where applicable. Certificates such as an Authorized Release Certificate, a US Airworthiness Certificate, or an Air Carrier Certification can significantly boost your chances of getting certain aviation jobs. Instrument ratings, multi-engine ratings, and other ratings can also come handy for flight instructor and pilot positions. Finally, endorsements are the ultimate seal of approval. Whether it’s a tailwheel, high altitude, or high-performance endorsement, it’s important to mention it on your aviation resume. Remember, however, to list only what’s relevant to the position you’re applying for,
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