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Five ways to impress prospective employers

As with most careers, there is an element of competition when applying for a job as a pilot. Of course, you will have gained all the necessary qualifications, obtained your licence and passed your medicals, but you will still need to show that you are the best candidate for the job with the airline you are applying for. 

Here are five things to consider before you start your application process for your dream vacancy: 

1/ Spend time on your CV and cover letter.
First impressions really do count and it will be obvious if you have spent time and effort over these documents. Airlines receive job applications every day, so yours has to be the best. Take time to write your CV and cover letter, double check them and make sure you have really showed off the personal qualities that will make you the perfect candidate. 

2/ Make your application airline specific
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Don’t make the mistake of using generic terms. Name the airline you’re applying for in your application and specify why you want to work for them above all others. Do your research at this stage and highlight the qualities you can bring to the table to suit that particular airline. 

3/ Have the right attitude.
If you’re successful in getting an interview, be in the right frame of mind to show your team playing abilities as well as your leadership skills. Be friendly, positive and display why the airline would love to have you as a part of their team. An airline is looking for someone who fits in with their ethos. All candidates will have the same qualifications, so you need to stand out.   

4/ Consider the consumers.
As a pilot, you will be representing an airline every time you fly a plane, interact with the passengers and your cabin crew. Above all, airlines want passengers to love everything about their flight and to become loyal customers. Pilots are a huge part of that process, so having knowledge of the commercial elements of flying will be in your favour. 

5/ Don’t assume you’ll be called back 
for a second interview if your first one doesn’t go well.
You have one chance to impress the people sitting in front of you, not all airlines will give second chances. Do your research on the airline, be prepared for as many questions as you can and go in with a positive attitude. Even get your friends and family to set up mock interviews if you can. 
 

After working so hard to gain your pilots licence, you don’t want to put yourself at a disadvantage by not preparing your application well and failing to be ready for an interview. 
 The more you prepare, the more you can enjoy your job search and feel more confident heading into an interview. 
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