Posted 03 August 2017 - 14:22
I've never had a job by other than by filling out an application and "cold calling." Research the company. Most airline prospects understand that you should know the company, company history, principals and officers, stock trends, expansion plans, corporate culture, etc, as part of your preparation. Know your target, both because it shows genuine interest, and because it helps you understand how to approach to show how you fit their needs.
A lot of applications are just that; completing a paper or online application and waiting, or sending a resume. Research comes more into play when you first meet. In other cases, though, that resume-delivery by hand turns into a job interview, and you'd best be prepared.
If you will be making a road trip to deliver resumes (a hand shake is more memorable to a prospective emoloyer than a stamp, and far more so than an email), customize all your resumes. Don't just have a Professional Objective that says "Employment as Pilot." It should be specific. "Long term employment as EC-135 Pilot for H&H Aviation." The cover letter should be addressed to a specific person, because you researched the company ti know the chief pilots name, or head of HR. Plan your trip for ten companies, or whatever your target number is, with customized resumes and cover letters for each. Know if they accept in-person deliveries of resumes. It doesnt hurt to give a courtesy call to ensure its okay to drop a resume by.
I had one prospect tell me that he didnt want someone dropping a resume. I told him I was in the neighborhood, had heard great things about him and the company, and asked if it would be alright to stop in to shake his hand. He invited me over. We chatted for about fifteen minutes before he asked if I had a resume. I did, in the car. I left with an invite to return for a checkride, and left that with a job. The resume had been addressed to him, along with the cover letter. The content of both werevtsilored specifically to his company's operation, and aircraft. I was sure to address the flying I'd done in the areas they operated, appropriate training and experience, etc.
Several resume deliveries have resulted in checkrides on the spot, and job offers. The key is ti arrive prepared. Cold calling is best done not cold.
Bear in mind that depending on the state of the economy, you msy end up submitting a lot of applications and resumes before you find a job, or the job you want. Be open to possibilities. Dont focus too narrowly on a particular aircraft, company, assignment, or jo, lest you miss something else. Apply broadly, but research and prepare. There have been several companies for whom I've compiled large reports in preoaration for applying. The largest prep file I did was over 600 pages. The shortest about 40.
The 600 page file started with company history, but expanded into research on the interview process, including a compilation of known interview questions. The operator notoriously has the most difficult, arduous, and lengthy hiring process in the world in aviation, and my thinking was that if I could adequately prepare for that, I could prepare for any other interview. Ultimately, I didnt submit, dedided it was not worth the trouble. I dont recommend it. I do recommend taking the time to prepare for an interview or application, however. It will boost your chances of success substantially, and every appkication and interview is rehearsal for the next.
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