So You Want a Job As a Career Pilot...
The ink inside your blue book is probably still wet and unfortunately, so is the ink in thousands of other licenses of potential pilots who also want a job. Your experience will in all likelihood be around the 200 hour mark, single engine land with IF, rated on a 152, 172 and PA28, just like the application before you and the application before that.
We at Sky Messaging have put together this handy guide for submitting a CV to our organisation. Sky Messaging receives hundreds of CV's and unfortunately most look the same. To ensure that your CV rises to the top for consideration as ground crew, pilot, media consultant or base manager at Sky Messaging, or any other airline, charter or aviation related company, standing out from the crowd will ensure that your CV lands in the "Yes" pile.
- Be creative with your application. You do not have to hold a masters degree in graphic design but know that a well laid out and easy to read CV will score you points. Perhaps google "professional CV", "creative CV" or anything of that nature that will make your CV stand out.
- Do not submit a Word Document but rather convert your file into a PDF, a Portable Document Format, that will ensure that your well laid out and readable CV will render correctly and look as good on our screen as it does on yours.
- If the job posting requires you to send a cover letter, a CV, a completed suduko puzzle and a photo of your door mat, do exactly that. Send the completed puzzle and the photo. Not only does the cover letter give a feel for the person applying but the other trinkets are the first evaluation to determine whether you can follow a simple instruction. Also, if the job posting requires you to email your CV, please only consider mailing or physically dropping off a CV in person if your CV is truly a creative piece of art that cannot be appreciated on a 1920x1080 screen.
- Send the email from your personal email account and not that of your mother, friend or ex girlfriend. And if your email account is email@example.com, it is time to a get proper email address.
- Read up as much as you can about the company that you are applying for. This holds especially true when being called in for a meet and greet or interview. If you know nothing about the company that you are meeting with, odds will be incredibly slim that they will hire you.
- Be honest in your CV. Fabrication and embellishment does not work on a CV. If you have no experience, that is fine. Honesty works but proclaiming that you have experience, for example in operations, yet you do not know what an AOC is, we have a small problem.
- We already know that you are hard-working, reliable and a team player. We also know that you are excellent at communicating and that you work well under pressure. Instead, briefly explain how this holds true with you.
- Citing your religions views, how many scout awards you have achieved (most companies expect that you can tie a knot and light a fire) or outlining that your PPL subjects comprised Air Law, AT&G and Principles of Flight is superfluous and truly not necessary. If you insist on including a picture on your CV, which is perfectly acceptable, use a professional photograph and not one looking suave and extra cool with aviators leaning on a propeller, for example.
- Do include details on how we can get hold of you, how old you are, where you currently live, a brief flight summary (hours and ratings), work experience (if any), which school you attended, what you are currently doing with yourself (cover letter!) and how you envisage your career unfolding (again, cover letter).
- If you feel that a supporting document will be advantageous in your application, ensure that it is scanned the right way up. Again, a PDF would be appreciated.
- There is nothing more entertaining than spelling mistakes on a CV. Spell check, spell check, spell check and have someone with a decent command of the English language reread your final submission.
Onto the big day: the interview -
- Be on time! 14:00 is 14:00 and not 13:30 or 14:30.
- There is no need to wear epaulettes. A pressed shirt, smart-casual pants and shined shoes are all you need.
- An interview is merely a vehicle to get to know you: who you are, how you present yourself, how you would you fit into the team and so on. We may ask a few questions relating to the information on your CV, but the interview is also a good chance for you to ask questions about our organisation. In fact, the more the merrier. Find out who we are, what we are about, what corporate culture surrounds Sky Messaging and so forth.
- Be prepared: whilst we truly seldomly ask for it, be sure to have a copy of your CV, your logbook and license with you. You never know and having it when asked will make you shine.
Good luck and we look forward to receiving your CV,
Team Sky Messaging