A Guide to Job Hunting for Newly Qualified Pilots

Are you truly ready and fully prepared to give yourself the best chance of getting that dream job on the flight deck?

Congratulations on earning your wings! Becoming a qualified pilot is a significant achievement, but now comes the next challenge: finding your first job in the aviation industry. Job hunting as a pilot can be both exciting and daunting, but with the right approach and mindset, you can navigate this phase successfully.

In our experience, it can take between 6 to 18 months, even in a buoyant recruitment market, to secure a job. Therefore, it’s crucial to be proactive in your job search and adequately prepare for assessments. Here are some tips to help you streamline your job hunting process and increase your chances of landing your dream job:

1. Research and Reach Out

Don’t limit yourself to just the major airlines. Explore opportunities with all types of operators, including regional airlines, cargo carriers, charter companies, and corporate aviation. Actively research potential employers through their websites, job postings, and industry forums. Additionally, attend career events, air shows, and networking sessions to make connections within the industry. Utilise platforms like LinkedIn to connect with professionals and stay updated on job openings and recruitment campaigns.

2. Tailor Your CV

Craft a tailored CV that highlights your relevant qualifications, flight experience, and skills. Customise your resume for each company you apply to, emphasising the attributes and experiences that align with their requirements. A well-written and tailored CV can significantly enhance your chances of getting noticed by recruiters and potential employers.

Have you REALLY created the best application possible?

3. Prepare for Assessments

Be prepared for assessments at short notice. Many airlines conduct assessment days where candidates undergo various tests, interviews, and simulator evaluations. Familiarise yourself with the typical assessment process of the companies you’re interested in. Consider enrolling in an airline assessment preparation course like Flight Deck Wingman’s, which offers comprehensive training to help you ace assessments. Remember, being thoroughly prepared can make all the difference in impressing recruiters and securing a job offer.

4. Stay Current

Maintain your flying currency by regularly logging flight hours in real aircraft. Utilise your ratings, such as Instrument Rating (IR), to fly in challenging conditions like Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). Keeping your skills sharp is crucial, as proficiency in flying is perishable, especially during the job hunting phase. Stay proactive in seeking opportunities to fly and hone your piloting skills.

Keeping your skills current is essential – particularly as a newly qualified pilot


Job hunting as a newly qualified pilot requires patience, persistence, and proactive effort. While it may take time to secure your first job, staying proactive with applications, networking, and preparation is essential. By researching potential employers, tailoring your CV, preparing for assessments, and staying current in your flying skills, you’ll be well-positioned to navigate the competitive aviation job market. Remember, every step you take brings you closer to achieving your goal of becoming a professional pilot. Good luck on your job hunting journey, and may clear skies and tailwinds guide you to success!

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