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A pilot is a general term for anyone who navigates a vessel, aircraft or land vehicle to a desired point or location.
When looking at a pilot in terms of a cv this could be an aircraft pilot, maritime pilot, helicopter pilot or military pilot. There are also more specific categories of a pilot. For example, a commercial jet pilot who may be experienced in only one type of vehicle and engine class.
For most pilots, your cv objective should be independent of vessel type and should focus on career experience, necessary licensing, safety record and work history.
As the vessel types are quite different, we’ll dive into some specific cv formats below with tips and ideas from our professionals to help you get the job you really want.
An aircraft pilot or aviator is a person who controls the flight of an aircraft by operating its directional flight controls. Airline pilot positions generally require an aircraft license and the associated hours to operate an aircraft without supervision. It’s important to submit details of your license and hours logged when applying for airline or aviation positions as this will be the first requirement before a recruiter has even looked at your cv. For commercial positions you will most likely also need a degree or equivalent in aircraft operations, aviation, aeronautical engineering or a related field.
When completing an aviation CV, you’ll want to make sure you put a large focus on safety and any health checks you may perform regularly over what is required and any training you may have had in this area. If you have had incidents in the past you will want to fully elaborate on what happened and make sure your explanation matches up with the actual incident as recruiters will check this information.
The second area you will want to include will be flight statistics such as hours logged, longest flight, etc. A lot of recruiters will not ask for in-depth details on this information but it may make the difference between you and another candidate. If you can show you have good record keeping skills and/or have controlled a vessel for a longer period of time or distance, this will be seen as highly beneficial.
As with above most cv requirements for commercial pilots will be similar to what's needed for aviation/airline pilots. The exception to this is that commercial pilots will generally need more flight hours, different licensing and may need a degree for the specific position. The key to submitting the best cv possible here is to again concentrate on safety and your experience. Any extra safety or advanced flight training from your previous jobs should also be included on your cv.
A cadet pilot position is someone who is in training to become a pilot. As with the other pilot cvs, your hours logged, current licensing information and safety record are all considered mandatory for this position.
As with most jobs where your job experience is minimal, it’s always a good idea to put more in-depth information about your training, education and any real-life experiences that may be beneficial to the position. For example, time spent in the cockpit with a friend or instructor when not teaching can be added as extra experience that does not count towards hours logged but could help in showing greater experience when compared to another candidate.
Again, this type of cv closely follows what’s needed for aviation/ airline cvs in that hours logged, licensing information and experience are all considered mandatory. Your primary focus for this cv should be your safety record and training. Especially any extra safety systems checks or training you may have undertaken during your career. A good working knowledge of the technical aspects of helicopter engines and/or mechanical training and experience will also be considered extremely beneficial for these positions.
International pilots differ in one unique way, they normally require experience with long-distance flying and require different licensing for flying large aircraft. The same tips apply to international pilots as to other airline and aviation cvs and that is a focus on hours logged, safety record and current licensing.
A maritime pilot, also known as a marine pilot or harbor pilot and sometimes simply called a pilot, is a sailor who maneuvers ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbors or river mouths. Marine pilot cvs should focus squarely on experience and safety.
Something we notice is that marine pilots normally forget to put the size of the boat on their past work experience. We believe this is a mistake, as normally when recruiters decide between two candidates, the candidate with experience in larger vessels is chosen. If you leave out the size of the vessels you’ve piloted it can be hard for a recruiter to make this decision.
The same tips apply to military pilots as do the other positions noted above. However, military pilots need to also add field experience and active duty on their cv. If this time is short, aid or volunteer experience can be added as a substitute, which should help with the cv application.
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