A Single Page
For most applications, and particularly for low hour and inexperienced flight crew your CV should normally consist of a single page. This is the standard industry format. Keep in mind that most recruiters will only get a very short period of time to evaluate your CV and therefore it should be kept clear, concise and to the point. If you’ve gone onto a second page, you’ve probably either included too much information or haven’t been very space efficient with your design.
Only extend it past a single page if you have very good reason such as an extensive career history before flying. For example, an experienced Captain might have reason to do this if you have held a number of positions, but then in this case you could probably leave out all your academic history except for the highest level of qualification you achieved, as you’ve been operating as a pilot for some time.
The longer you’ve been operating, the less important you career prior to flying and your academic qualifications are. However these details are critical if you are a low hour pilot as the airlines need something to differentiate you from all the other low hour applications they receive.
It should never exceed 2 pages. If you’re struggling for space, have a look at our example CV’s to see how you can be space efficient.
How to keep the document to a single page
Some tips to keep the document to a single page if you’re struggling:
- Reduce the margin sizes. This will allow you to fit more information in on all 4 sides of the document.
- Pick a space efficient font. Some fonts have bigger spaces between the letters than others. Experiment with some different fonts to see what works for your documents.
- Consider using a smaller font size, perhaps only for certain areas of the document, but ensure it is still clear enough to read
- Reduce the space between each line. Both Microsoft Word and Apple Pages will allow you to reduce the standard spacing between lines