As the pilot shortage deepens employers will use a variety of creative ways to staff their operations. Pilots now have more options to navigate upwards through their career or land their dream job. Get an overview of what is available to fine tune your job search and improve your career opportunities.
Employer websites are often the most up-to-date option of available positions within a company. Pilot employers will typically have at least one page on their website dedicated to showcasing their open jobs and instructions for beginning the application process. Employer websites will explain any unique opportunities, such as pilot pathway programs, that the employer has available.
A new approach to pilot job searches. In programmatic matching pilots complete a profile which includes their qualifications, experience, and their work and location preferences. Employers are then matched to pilots that meet their needs. The system allows pilots to get an overview of employers seeking them. In a hot pilot job market as it is now pilots can expect to have offers from several employers to choose from.
These began at the dawn of the internet age as an offshoot of traditional help wanted ads found in print media. Many pilot jobs boards have come and gone over the years with a few remaining dominant in the industry over that time. What was once state-of-the-art for employment listings is now aging as this model is being supplanted by newer technology and many of the existing jobs boards haven’t been updated in years.
Several employers use third party application systems for managing pilot applicants. The larger applicant systems have several employers using their services - allowing pilots to create just one profile to apply to several positions. Many of the largest pilot employers in the United States use these third party application systems.
It was once a common site to see pilots, all dressed the same, file into event venues with hopes of finding a job. Pilot job conferences bring applicants together with employers and allow people to put faces to names. In person conferences are still available and can be found both at popular venues and aviation universities. Newer online job conferences are also becoming commonplace.
Pilot recruiters can be found working on behalf of pilot employers and also at recruiting or staffing agencies seeking to match pilots with employers. Pilot recruiting agencies are often hired by pilot employers to help them find pilot applicants. Recruiters are available to help pilots complete the employment application process. Recruiting agencies can be a good source to find unique job opportunities.
Some operators outsource part of their staffing needs to third parties. These third party staffing agencies hire pilots and then provide them on a contract basis to the operators. Staffing arrangements are more common with operators with short term staffing needs and with airlines seeking to supplement staffing with experienced pilots. This is a good path for pilots seeking employment in countries with newer aviation industries.
A well-rounded job search plan should not use only one type or source for searching. Rather, pilot applicants need to use a variety of options that give them a complete picture of what they are worth in the existing employment market. At least one of the options used should have a mechanism in place that allows pilots to receive multiple employment offers.
A good approach is to start at a broad view and work to more specific where appropriate. That is, if an applicant has an eye on specific employers it would be good to keep close tabs on that employer’s opportunities using their website or to speak with recruiters associated with that employer. But pilots should always keep a big picture using systems that provide that complete picture and be open to competing offers if they match that person’s needs or goals. Narrowing in on specific employers will limit a person’s career potential.
"If the law of supply and demand plays out as one naturally would expect airlines likely will be raising pilot pay substantially and steadily over the next 20 years in order to attract the many new pilots they’ll need."
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Complete your pilot qualifications and experience and set your employment preferences. Employers will match according to real-time needs.
Employers find you based on your qualfications and preferences. You'll be shown job details before deciding which positions interest you.
After you've expressed interest in a job offer you and the employer will connect.
Just one profile to get contacted by multiple employers.
Pilot Applicants do not pay for being in the system.
Jobs that match your employment preferences and qualifications.
Get multiple offers to see what best fits your needs and goals.