Creating a professional pilot resume can be time consuming and expensive. Hitting road blocks during your pilot job search is frustrating and the last thing you need is added time and expense.
FindAPilot.com has compiled a list of free resources to aid in creating a professional pilot resume for free.
In today’s digital age, it is imperative you have your resume in the proper format for pilot employers and pilot recruiters to view. If you upload or submit your resume via email you want to make sure it is in .PDF or .DOC format. If you are limited on resources or don’t own Microsoft Word or Adobe this can add hundreds of dollars to your job search. If you are emailing a resume it is highly recommended that you convert your pilot resume to Adobe Acrobat .PDF format.
Free Microsoft Office Alternative
You should avoid using old programs like Wordperfect, Works, or a Text Editor for your pilot resume. These programs can not be opened by the majority of business offices and HR departments. File types such as .rtf, .txt, .wpd, .wps may put your resume in the trash! FindAPilot recommends you use a .doc or .docx format for your pilot resume, then convert it to PDF. To properly format your resume in .doc or .docx format you will need Microsoft Office. This program typically costs around $100. As a free alternative FindAPilot recommends Open Office at www.openoffice.org
From Open Office:
“OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.”
In layman terms, it is a FREE alternative to Microsoft Office and other word processing programs. It will work on any Windows, Mac or Linux based machine. You can create documents and save them as .doc or .docx and even open native Word documents. The suite also offers a spreadsheet program comparable to Excel, a slide creator like Powerpoint and more.
To download go here: http://www.openoffice.org/
Creating a PDF document from a Word or Open Office document:
If you are already a member of www.FindAPilot.com all you need to do is upload your resume to your Pilot Profile. In about 15 minutes our software will automatically convert your resume to a .PDF file. Simply view your profile and download your resume and you are ready to email as a PDF.
If you aren’t a member of FindAPilot, there are some free sites that will convert files to PDF for free. Just upload your pilot resume and a link or an email will send the file.
Free sites to convert your pilot resume to PDF online:
The Professional Pilot Resume Format
The pilot resume is unlike any other professional resume out there. You can’t just take any old resume format and convert it to a pilot resume. So where can you find examples of pilot resumes?
1) FindAPilot’s Professional Pilot Directory – The best way to find a style or format for your professional pilot resume is to look at other pilots’ resumes! You can search our directory and view Premium Pilot Profiles. Click on the pilot’s resume to view a sample of different styles and formats. Once you view 10-15 resumes you will have a good idea of which styles you like. note: Private Listings have photo, resume upload, contact info etc blocked to only registered employers. Premium profiles can be viewed by employers who are not registered and general viewers of FindAPilot. Many pilot employers choose to search for pilots and contact them directly for contract trips and full time employment. Premium Profiles always come up first in pilot searches too!
2) Free Word Sample Pilot Resumes from AirlinePilotCentral - The folks at AirlinePilotCentral have uploaded free pilot resume samples. Just download these files to your computer and modify them with your information!
Civilian Pilot Resume Template (Word .doc)
Pilot Cover Letter Template(Word .doc)
Sample Military Pilot Cover Letter Template(Word .doc)
Military Pilot Resume Template(Word .doc)
Pilot Resignation Letter Sample Template (Word .doc)
Pilot Interview Thank You Letter Template (Word .doc)
3) Read our article about how to write a great Pilot Cover Letter
Other Free Pilot Resume Resources:
If you have other free pilot resume resources that aren’t mentioned in the above article, we’d love your feedback! Simply leave a comment on this blog for your fellow pilots to read. We appreciate your feedback!