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8 Tips For Writing The Perfect Pilot Resume

Applying to an airline soon? Here are their biggest tips for you...

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1) Avoid Writing 2+ Page Resumes

While resume length generally reflects the depth of your experiences, do your best to keep your resume to one page in length. Two pages are acceptable if all information is relevant and you're not attempting to "stretch" your experience.

2) Have A Professional Email Address

You'll need to include an email address on the contact section of your resume. Make sure it's simple and professional.

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3) Provide A Chart Of Flight Experience At The Top

Interviewers, especially at the regional airline level, want to see your basic qualifications right at the top. Include a chart of flight time experience requirements specific to an ATP Certificate.

4) Are You A CFI? List Specific Achievements

If you've worked as a CFI, don't hesitate to list specific achievements and experiences. Did you have a high pass rate? Did you work with foreign students?


5) Keep It Simple

Avoid using abnormal fonts, formatting, or paper. Follow the acronym "KISS!"

6) Some Work History Doesn't Require A Summary

For example, if you've worked as a restaurant server, there's no need to write a description of the job role. For more complex roles in management or leadership positions, a summary may be necessary.

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7) Are You Qualified For A Restricted ATP?

If you're qualified for an R-ATP, including how and when you became qualified. If you don't, it may appear you're not close to being ready for hire based on reduced flight time requirements.

8) Tailor Your Resumes To The Company You're Applying For

Ask friends or recruiters what a company is looking for on resumes. Is there something specific they want to know about? Tailoring your application packet to each airline can add major points to your application.

Swayne Martin

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and a First Officer on the Boeing 757/767 for a Major US Carrier. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines, and flew Embraer 145s at the beginning of his airline career. Swayne is an author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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