Pilot CV Example Templates
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Free Pilot CV Templates
Designing a pilot CV can be tedious and time consuming so we’ve got some free pilot CV example templates to give you inspiration. Professionally tailored flight crew CVs might be outside of your budget, but you can copy our designs without spending any money.
Our example pilot resumes have been designed to be very clear and concise, making sure all the vital information is included whilst making it easy for the the recruiter to find what they need. Recruiters may spend as little as 15 seconds reviewing your CV, so it is vital that all the information they need to see is spelt out clearly. It’s also becoming more and more common for the initial screening to be completed by an automated ‘ATS’ system, so we’ve laid them out into specific sections to ensure they are professionally structured whilst ensuring they are ATS friendly.
If you don’t have time to create your own CV based on our designs, then you can download these templates in Microsoft Word format for £4.99. When you edit these CVs, we recommend you do it in conjunction with our CV Design Guide.
Pilot Job – Initial Online Application Guide
Tips and guidance on the initial online application phase for a pilot job
A Guide to Filling in an Online Application for a Pilot Job
The vast majority of airlines now use online applications as their primary method of inviting prospective candidates to apply for a role. This often means that a CV or Cover Letter is exchanged for a series of “personal example” or “HR competency” based questions and questionnaires.
These applications are typically manually reviewed by a real person who assesses your motivation, skills and past experience to see if they believe you would be a good initial fit for the position.
Some recruitment software packages may use an automated system to assess your applicaiton. The systems will score points for your application based on what it believes is the quality of your answer including the use of key words and phrases.
As this is typically the first stage of the application process you will be up against hundreds if not thousands of candidates. The online application questions provide an opportunity for you to sell yourself to the airline and make you stand out from the crowd.
Typical Application Questions
Typical questions that might be included in such an online application include:
- What skills can you bring to this airline?
- Why do you want to joing FlightDeckFriend.com airways?
- Give an example of when you’ve shown good leadership skills
- Give an example of when you have had to take initiative in a
Example Answer to a Motivational Question
Question: As a commercial pilot with SkyAirways, how could you contribute towards helping the airline become one of the regions preferred airlines? (300 words)
SkyAirways Answer to Question
In my experience, there are three key areas that passengers particularly value when travelling with an airline. These are safety, punctuality and customer service. I believe that I can help contribute to all three areas as a pilot with SkyAirways in order to help the airline cement it’s positions as the regions preferred airline.
By setting very high professional standards, demonstrating sound non-technical skills and operating the aircraft inline with the company’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), I can effectively support the Captain, ensuring the aircraft is operated safely and efficiently.
Demonstrating sound planning, time management and leadership skills can help promote punctuality through driving the turnaround in order to ensure an on-time departure where possible. Flight Crew can be proactive in anticipating problems to ensure flights don’t incur any unnecessary delays. These are skills I posses and look forward to utilising on a daily basis to enhance the customer experience.
Passengers particularly value a high standard of customer service. Whilst all staff have a responsibility to ensure this is delivered, pilots can directly contribute towards this. I believe ensuring clear, timely and enthusiastic communication with the passengers is a particularly important asset for the flight crew to demonstrate, especially in times of disruption.
Passengers value being given up-to-date and accurate information about the status of the flight, and if there is a problem, what is being done to resolve it. Face to face interaction with the passengers is also something that can be utilised to demonstrate that the pilots care about the passenger experience, which can be achieved during disembarkation if one of the pilots is available to say goodbye to the passengers. As someone with strong communication skills I look forward to positive interaction with the passengers to enhance their perception of SkyAirways.
Tips for answering online application questions . . .
Most of it is common sense but when answering such questions; keep a few points in mind:
- Don’t rush. Take your time giving an answer you’re completely happy with. When you’ve written out your answer don’t submit it straight away, have a look at it again the following day which may help to give a fresh prospective or spot any errors.
- Does the question have a word or character limit? You should typically aim to use the maximum words or characters allowed – tweak your answer to achieve this.
- Think about the airline you are applying for. What is the airline culture, are they scheduled or charter based operations, is it a large or small carrier? These factors may influence the content of your answer, requiring subtle or significant differences depending on the airline you are applying to.
- Proof read the answer. Ask yourself, does my answer address the question? Check for grammatical and spelling errors, you need to demonstrate your attention to detail.
- Ask someone to proof read it. The person doesn’t necessarily need to have an aviation back ground, it’s to get a second opinion on the fluidity, construction and grammar of the answer.
The answer to the question . . .
A question which has been used in the applcation process before is:
“How can you as a First Officer improve customer service?”
This is a fairly straight forward question to tackle, and a number of good points could have been made.
The airline in question is a charter airline and therefore the customers flying with the airline are typically flying for leisure on holiday. The overall flight experience offered to the passengers is therefore of critical importance to the airline. Here are some of the points that could have been made when answering the question:
- Operating the aircraft with safety at the forefront of all decisions is indirectly the biggest contribution you can make to passenger safety.
- Positive interaction with the passengers such as informative and friendly PA’s.
- Keeping passengers informed of any delays or technical issues in a timely manner.
- Maintain a professional image at all times by acting in a professional manner and maintaining a high uniform standard.
- Meet and greet passengers embarking or disembarking where time permits.
- Consider passenger comfort at all times. This can begin at the pre-flight planning stage where flight conditions can be assessed and re-routing considered if areas of turbulence are anticipated.
- In flight requests for turbulence reports from air traffic control can be made requesting higher or lower cruise altitudes or re-routing as appropriate.
- Requesting direct routings from air traffic control in order to improve on time performance.
- Low drag and continuous descent approaches can be conducted to reduce the company’s operating costs and therefore pass lower fares onto passengers.
How to Design a Professional Pilot CV
How to design it and what to include…
How to Design a Pilot CV
This Pilot CV design guide is written by a professional pilot who has been part of an airline recruitment team, contributed to the design of pilot selection processes, screened pilot CVs and took part in the assessment and selection of candidates.
The advice on this page is relevant to all levels of applications, whether that be for a Pilot Cadet Program, Low Hour Pilot or an experienced Captain. Some areas might not be applicable for certain job applications, for example, details on flying experience probably won’t be relevant if you are applying for an airline cadet program.
Pilot Example Cover Letters
Don’t let a poorly written Cover Letter hold back your application!
Example Pilot Cover Letters
When applying to an airline, you need to ensure your application contains a well written, highly specific Covering Letter that addresses the airline’s ethos and operation, matching them with your skills and attributes.
Whilst we offer a full Professional Pilot Cover Letter tailoring service, we appreciate this isn’t within everyone’s budget. Therefore, we have put together a set of example pilot cover letters for specific airlines which you can download and edit yourself. These Pilot Covering Letters have been specifically designed for both Low Hour and experienced First Officers to help increase the chances of your application being advanced to the next stage of selection.
Each Pilot Cover Letter (other than the generic one) considers the airline’s type of operation, fleet, ethos and history. This attention to detail demonstrates a few highly desirable attributes to a prospective employer such as:
- You are highly motivated
- You understand the airline’s operation
- You have spent time researching the job you are applying to
- You are prepared to invest time and energy into a high-quality application
“An investment in a high-quality Pilot Cover Letter is an investment in your future”
*Important* – The example pilot cover letters should be used as a guide to demonstrate how to customise your letter. You should take the time to amend your cover letter to ensure it is unique and genuinely reflects your application.
Pilot Cover Letter Combo
Generic Pilot Cover Letter
Jet2.com Cover Letter
Ryanair Cover Letter
Wizz Air Cover Letter
Flybe Cover Letter
How to Write a Covering Letter for a Pilot Job
How to structure it and what details to include
If you are looking to put together a professionally written Covering Letter in support of your application for a flight crew position for an airline, ensure you are familiar with what to include and how to structure it. This guide has been written by a current commercial pilot who has extensive experience in screening initial applications, such as CV & Cover Letters and running pilot selection processes.
Want to use our Professional Cover Letter design service? Our team have experience in designing selection processes, screening applications and selecting candidates for airlines. For more information about how we can support your application, visit our Professional Cover Letter Tailoring page.
Professionally Tailored Airline Pilot Cover Letter
Join the hundreds of pilots that have used our tailoring service
Airline pilots are responsible for operating muti-million pound, highly complex equipment and are reguarly responsible for the lives of hundreds of people. You should therefore ensure that your Cover Letter is the same professional standard as your flying. Make sure you send your CV with a Cover Letter specifically tailored to the airline you are applying to. Don’t use a generic template!
For your airline pilot application to stand out, your CV needs to be accompanied with a professionally structured and unique Covering Letter which matches your skills set and attitude to that of the ethos and culture of the airline to whom you are applying to.
Why’s your Covering Letter important?
Whilst the CV details your education, employment and flying qualifications, the cover letter should be used to address why you are motivated to work for that specific airline, what skills and attributes you can bring to the role and how you see your career developing within the airline. You’ve invested a huge amount of money in getting to the position of being able to apply for an airline, why not invest a little more to help secure your dream job.
We would strongly recommend you do not use a generic cover letter (or template that you can download for free) for all the airlines you apply to. To make your application stand out, you need to tailor the cover letter specifically for that airline. This shows a genuine and personal approach that will distinguish your application from those who use a generic letter. Different types of airlines offer differing types of flying, services and lifestyles, therefore requiring varying skills and attributes. This needs to be acknowledged and used to the applicants advantage in the cover letter. For example, the customer service emphasis of a low cost airline will be different to that of a private jet operator.
We offer professional cover letter tailoring, specific to individual airlines or operators. Once we have provided you with the professional format and content for a specific airline, you can then tailor the document for the future airlines you apply to, or request an updated cover letter from us at a discounted rate. The document is is returned to you in PDF format, or DOC/Pages if specifically requested.
As your use of the English language, spelling and grammar is heavily critiqued in your covering document and curriculum vitae, this service is particularly beneficial if English is not your first language.
CV Design for Airline Pilots
We design professional and unique CV documents which have been proven to get pilots invited to interviews time and time again…
Professional CV Design Service for Airline & Cadet Pilots
We offer the highest standard of professional CV design for airline pilots. We produce a high quality, bespoke documents which have a proven track record of getting our clients invited to an airline assessments. Our CVs are designed by pilots who have actively recruited pilots of all experience levels, from Cadets to experienced Captains.
Whether you need a Pilot CV to be created from scratch or you are seeking a document refresh, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed with our tried and tested service.
FlightDeckFriend.com has been producing high quality airline pilot CVs for over 8 years. Unlike other websites offering a similar service, all of our documents are signed off by members of our team who have extensive experience in reviewing pilot CVs at airline recruitment level.
What our Pilot CV design service offers…
Pilot CV Design Packages
Curriculum Vitae Revamp - £39.99
We’ll go through your CV and provide feedback to you with suggestions as to how you could improve it. We’ll proof read it and analyse if any important information is missing from a recruiters perspective. We’ll also look at if you’ve missed any opportunities to build on certain credentials you have.
What you’ll get:
- Bullet point feedback on your document
- Suggestions of what else to include or remove
- Potential areas of expansion to highlight your credentials
- Proof reading to pick up on spelling or grammatical errors
We will only charge you for the service if we think we can give your worthwhile feedback. We’ll review the document first before letting you know if you would benefit from it and requesting payment. We are honest and open and quite regularly review documents which we don’t amend – you can have faith in our service!
If you’re unsure, send your CV in and we’ll have a look at it for you.
Tailored Pilot CV / Resume - £89.99
We write you a new clear and concise CV that includes all the critical information that an airline looks for, whilst ensuring your strengths and personal attributes come across strongly. Based on a 7 working day turn around.
CV & Cover Letter Combo Package - £149.99 BEST SELLER
As above but accompanied with a unique cover letter that matches your attributes with the airline’s mission statement, ethos and type of operation. We highlight what you can bring to the airline based on your previous employment or education experience – this doesn’t necessarily mean flying! Based on a 7 working day turnaround.
Express Service (36 HRS) CV & Cover Letter - £199.99
Need a CV & a Cover Letter in a hurry? We offer an express service ensuring your documents are completed within 36 hours of placing the order (subject to providing us with all the required information). Individual documents – CV only £139.99 and Cover Letter only £139.99. We can also process documents within 12 or 24 hours subject to an additional charge.
“Investing in your CV is investing in your future…”
Why use our professional Pilot CV design & creation service?
The hardest part of the airline selection process is arguably getting an invite to the assessment in the first place.
Airlines receive hundreds, sometimes thousands of applications for what are usually a very limited number of flight crew positions. Ultimately a poor-quality CV can end up holding your career back for years. Don’t make the mistake of not investing the time and energy into the document that it deserves.
Many of the CVs received by airlines are fairly similar in terms of content and layout, especially from cadet or ab-initio level candidates; it’s therefore vital that you make yours stand out from the rest and we can help you achieve this.
Our experienced team will ensure all your critical information is included in a precise, professionally structured and concise format to help ensure that your CV lands in the ‘yes’ pile.
This service is particularly effective for clients who may be fluent or have a very good command of the spoken English language but may not be as confident with it in its written form. Our entire team speak English as their first language and meticulously check the final documents for spelling, structure and grammatical accuracy.
Flight Crew Job Initial Application Support
We can help you produce a quality online application to help secure your assessment invitation
What we can do for you…
We will aim to acknowledge and review your request within 12 hours and return the completed questions (if requested by the client) within 5 working days. We can offer an express service if requested.
Express CV & Cover Letter Service for Airline Pilots
Need your application documents in a hurry?
Pilot CV & Cover Letter Express Service
If you need a CV and Cover Letter in a hurry, we offer a specialised express service. This is as per the service detailed on our tailored CV & Cover Letter page, but with a much faster order turnaround.
FlightDeckFriend.com provides a specialised express CV and Cover Letter service for customers who require professionally tailored documents in a hurry. Both documents are expertly structured with essential content and specifically targeted to an airline of your choice. You can read more about the basic service provided here – this page is specifically for our express documents service.