Hello, I am a Sophomore in High School and am working on a project for school about what would look good on a resume for a future employer. Aviation is my passion, so naturally, I chose Commercial Airline Pilot. I’ve come up with several different things that would put me higher than other pilots in the view of an Airline, such as serving in the Air Force, working for a Part 125 Airline, and earning extra certifications (Glider, Seaplane, Tailwheel, etc.). Is there anything else I can put down that would look impressive on a resume? Thanks.
While we all appreciate military service that really isn’t as big a resume boost as you might think. The airlines really want to see flight experience, the more the better. Additional ratings don’t hurt either. Ultimately what you need to understand is every person that gets an interview meets the requirements, what sets people apart is much less an impressive resume, and more the person themselves. There’s an old saying that pilots hire other pilots they wouldn’t mind being locked in a cockpit with for 5+ hrs. A little diversity in interests might be helpful on the resume so you don’t get pegged as the guy who only wants to talk about airplanes.
Thanks for responding! Is there a degree you would suggest I get that is compatible with aviation? And you were right, I am known as the airplane guy even at my school
The degree does not need to be aviation related because that’s not why airlines want to see that you have one. We encourage people to earn their degree in something that interests them in case they need it to fall back on.
Some other things that come to mind that may look good on a resume is community service, specifically if it involves aviation groups or career fairs. And the other, while not something that would be on your resume, but letters of recommendation are very valuable. Probably more so than the community service.
Thank you! Your answer was very helpful.
Amount of turbine time is impressive, especially for majors/regionals.