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CV Tips for Pilots and Engineers

  • Publish Date: Posted 20 days ago
  • Author:by Resource Group

Creating an exceptional CV involves more than just detailing your work experience. It’s about showcasing your strengths, achievements and qualifications in a manner that captivates attention and underscores your potential contribution to an organisation. A standout CV goes further than just listing your work history; it narrates a fascinating story of your professional identity and impact.

Remember, you have one chance to make a good first impression, so make it count. 

Our recruiters review several CVs daily, looking for key information. You should always make sure your CV is:

  • Reader-friendly – bullet points to highlight your experience, use an easy-to-read font which should be consistent throughout, e.g. size 10, 11 or 12. 

  • A CV should ideally be one page but no more than two pages – this is achieved by changing margin size, reducing font size and text (ensuring it is still readable), and the spacing between each line. 

  • In a suitable format - avoid flashy designs and backgrounds. 

  • Maintain a professional tone.

  • Regularly update your CV to reflect your latest roles and accomplishments.

  • Always send your CV as a PDF.

  • As a guideline, we have listed the sections a CV should have:  

Personal details: 

In this section, you should include generic information:  

  • Full name and email address.

  • Phone number – including the area code, as we cannot presume your nationality and address.

  • Your eligibility to work in different countries or regions.

  • Notice period and availability when starting a position.

  • Please specify the current position held or the desired position you are applying for.

If you are applying for an Engineer role - Types/Certification 

You should indicate the type of licence: A, B, C, along with the associated type ratings. If applicable, these type ratings should include details such as:

  • Engine type.

  • Date of issuance and status (current or expired).

  • It's essential to list EWIS (Electrical Wiring Interconnection System), HF (Human Factors), and FTS (Fuel Tank Safety) courses along with their validity dates, as these qualifications are mandatory for the position - This enables the recruiter to evaluate your suitability for the role.

If you are applying for a Captain or First Officer role - Flying experience/Pilot qualifications

  • Type of licences (ATPL, frozen ATPL, CPL, etc.) and the issuing authority for each licence you hold. 

  • Provide your type ratings along with their expiry dates or the date of your last LPC (Licence Proficiency Check).

  • List of other endorsements.

  • Class 1 medical certificates – include expiry date and any restrictions.

  • Your English language proficiency and any other languages. 

  • Flying experience – total flight hours excluding any simulator time, which should be listed separately. 

Key flight details to include:

  • Categorise flight hours by aircraft type and variant (e.g. B737 NG, EFIS, ATR 42, ATR 72 etc.) 

  • Separate hours into PIC (Pilot-in-Command) and P2 (Second-in-Command).

  • Multi-engine time, jet time, turboprop time etc. 

  • Last date of flight on each aircraft.

Work history: 

If you have limited or no relevant experience, we would advise you to list your educational background and language skills before detailing your work experience. This approach is more beneficial since your experience might not be related to the role you are applying for and may not add significant value to the recruiter's assessment. 

If you do have relevant work experience, start with your most recent employment, making sure you add the most relevant/current qualifications first and work your way back. 

The role you are currently in, company and where it is based (city and country). 

  • Start and end date of each position (month and year).

  • Brief job description.

  • Key skills and attributes.

Engineer – include which aircraft you have previously worked on and a brief description of the tasks performed.

Flight Crew – type of operation (VVIP, Cargo or Commercial).

Studies

In this section, besides including the essential details like certification name, date, and place, it's important to mention the Part 147 centre where you obtained the qualifications. If the studies are in progress, please specify the number of modules passed to date.

Languages

List the languages you speak, indicating your spoken and written/read proficiency levels.

  • E.g. Spanish – Native.

  • English – spoken C1 written/read.