Using different highlighters (e.g., bullets, arrows, etc.) creates interest and excitement.FALLACY. Just because you have the capability to use different highlighters does not mean that you should display them all at once. In fact, too much variation can move the recruiter’s attention to your design elements, rather than your credentials. Use one highlighter consistently.
The absolute best way to deliver a resume is to deliver it to the hiring authority in person. Having said that, we all understand that the helicopter industry is not really a local market, but more of a global one. Odds are that if you are applying to a new company, it is not located in your home town and this makes hand delivering your resume perhaps out of the question. So then what??
FLIGHT TIME, AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCE, AND MISSION EXPERIENCE ARE KING!!
For a pilot, qualifications will usually revolve around three areas. These three areas are Total Fight Time, Ratings, and Flight Time Summary. The flight time summary will breakdown different types of flying such as Xcountry, night, turbine, instrument, and so on. MOST IMPORTANT – Your flight time summary should at a minimum include ...........
Keywords – This is becoming much more important in the world of Human Resources and Recruiting in the digital age. Companies get thousands of resumes and typically will store them electronically. Since they are stored electronically, they are searched electronically as well. In our recruitment business at Justhelicopters.com we have a system which stores resumes based on a set of several hundred predetermined helicopter industry keywords.
HOT TIP #2 – DO NOT INSERT PICTURES into your resume. First, most electronic recruiting solutions do not know how to process the pictures and may change the format of the resume itself. Secondly, for some of the less “beautiful” candidates, your mug shot might just turn off the reviewer for whatever reason. Let them first judge you for the resume itself, then by the phone interview.
Two questions were asked of several hiring authorities from various helicopter operators:
1. If you could give one piece of advice to candidates regarding their resumes, what would it be?
2. What are the top 2 most common mistakes you see on resumes that you review?
Answers inside the EBook from hiring managers of PHI, Air Evac, Evergreen AK, REACH Air Medical and Haverfield Corp.
Assume No Knowledge of the Military
Demilitarize your job titles, duties, accomplishments, training and awards to appeal to civilian hiring managers. Employers with no exposure to the military don't understand the terminology and acronyms, so translate these into civilianese. Show your resume to several nonmilitary friends and ask them to point out terms they don't understand. Refer to job postings for help substituting civilian keywords for military terms.
If I could give one piece of advice to resume writers it would be this. One resume does not fit all. Tailor each one to the JD (job description). If you can, use as many of the exact same words that are in the JD in your resume. This WILL get the attention of the hiring authority.
For pilots - TT, type of flying experience, ratings, and airframe experiences are the most important. EXAMPLE - if I am looking for an A109E pilot for offshore work, here will be how I will prioritize my initial resume stack: ............