Revalidate your pilot license for free

Revalidate your pilot license for free

Airline pilots made redundant can now revalidate their licenses for free with the help of our industry partner, Aviation Insider. Through a government grant (subject to conditions,) Aviation Insider will help pilots recover the cost of their simulator training. 


Over the last few months, Aviation Insider has helped a number of pilots secure funding from the government, including former Flybe and Thomas Cook pilots who wanted to keep their licenses valid and access funds to pay for their simulator training. 


License revalidation funding is available on the following aircraft: a320, a330, B737, 747, 787, E190. 


It is also possible to use the funding to help with any airline simulator preparation or refresher training which is available on a320, a330, B737, B747. B757/767, 787 and E135/145/190. At the moment, Aviation Insider offers renewals on the a320 and 737.


The restrictions in order to access the funding are; you must reside in the UK and be unemployed at the time of the application. It is not guaranteed to always get the funding as it depends on the job coach.


You will first have to register with the JobCentre. Once registered you will be assigned to a job coach.


The steps to follow with your Job Centre coach are:

  1. Ensure you inform your coach that you wish to undertake specialist airline pilot training with Aviation Insider before booking our services (You can’t book a course and claim retrospectively)
  2. Help them to understand why you require bespoke services unique to airline pilot training. If you have airline applications registered with airlines and hope to have an interview, this will help your case further.
  3. That you wish to claim for the course by making use of the ‘flexible support fund’ 


You will need to book your simulator session with Aviation Insider and they will provide you a letter of confirmation and invoice to prove that the training will go ahead. In some cases you may have to pay the invoice before the job centre reimburses you.


For further information, contact Aviation Insider here. 

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How to write a standout aviation CV

How to write a standout aviation CV

Your CV, is the first time recruiters will hear about you. Along with your cover letter, it stands in the way of you and your dream job – so it’s fair to say you should be putting a fair amount of effort in to perfecting it!

Writing a successful CV can seem like a daunting task, but done correctly, and it can open a world of opportunity – all you need to do is take the time to craft it.

Below, we’ve covered everything from what recruiters are secretly looking for to how you should present your aviation CV. Ultimately, your goal is to tailor your CV to each job and company you apply for, by showcasing relevant skills and experience.

When you’ve created your standout CV, you’re then ready to apply for your dream aviation job!



What are recruiters looking for?

Many recruitment decisions are based on cold, hard facts. So a recruiter will be searching your CV for evidence that shows you can do the job in question. The type of information a recruiter would be looking for might include:

Your position in the hierarchy: It’s important for recruiters to understand where you would best fit in their team. Include information such as who you report to, if you work independently or if you manage anyone.  

Numbers: Recruiters will look for ways of quantifying your value to your previous company in numbers. This could include revenue generated, percentage of targets hit, flight time clocked, or time taken to achieve a project. Providing strong evidence in figures gives a prospective employer an idea of what return on investment they will receive by employing you.  

What your current employer does: If you’re currently working for a lesser known company, make sure you add an explanation of what the company does so they can put your role into context. If you’re company is more well known, ensure that you describe how your department and role contributes to the wider business.

Technology expertise: Most jobs bring you into contact with some form of technology so recruiters will be keen to learn your level of ability.

The objective of your previous role: The most important thing to include is “What were you hired to do?”. A recruiter can then put your hard work and results into context.

Examples of past work: Whatever tangible work you have produced, ensure you state it clearly on your CV, indicating the volume and quality of work produced, and how this benefited the business.

How you interact with other people: The aviation industry will bring you into direct contact with many people, including international citizens where English may not be their first language. Recruiters will be looking for evidence that you are able to communicate clearly and effectively with people from all walks of life.



Where do I start?

Now you know what employers are looking for, there’s just one final thing you need to do before you begin writing your CV – research. By completing research on the company and looking into the role and what it entails, you can gain insights that will help you write your CV, and make light of any key information in your cover letter too. You should be able to find out online what sort of company culture they have and what kind of people they employ.

You need to demonstrate that you understand what the company does, what their position within the industry is and how you can align your experience, interests and values with the goals of the company. Having a basic understanding of the company and their aspirations will also help you when you get to the interview stage.

Remember to pay close attention to the job description. This will be full of clues about what the recruiters are looking for, especially in terms of skills and experience.



Writing your CV

Firstly, your CV should include some basic, but vital information about you, so that recruiters know who you are and how they can get in touch with you. Make sure you include:


Your full name

A professional email address

Your address

Your phone number

Your nationality

Links to any relevant blog / social presence

Personal statement

If you choose to include a personal statement, this should sit under your basic information. It should be a short paragraph that describes who you are and what you’re about, including your career goals and what you could bring to the company. They are similar in nature to a cover letter, just shorter – usually a few sentences.

It’s not mandatory to include this section, but with recruiters spending on average 8.8 seconds looking at your CV, this is your chance to give them a reason to read on. They are particularly useful in a competitive industry, like aviation, as they are the perfect way to grab the recruiter’s attention in a pile of hundreds of CVs.

Avoid writing a generic CV – we can’t stress this enough – to everyone – if you want to get noticed, you must tailor your personal statement to the company you’re applying for. Aim for something similar to this if you were applying for cabin crew roles, for example, and try to add in mentions of your skillset.

After graduating, I spent one year travelling the world which has given me a great understanding and passion for different cultures, languages and practices. As a result, I am able to communicate clearly and effectively with many international citizens, which I believe would be extremely important in this position as a [insert job title]


Flight hours

It’s really important to include hours relevant for your position and split by type. For example, if you were applying for pilot jobs, you might look to include flight hours information:

  • X hours as Pilot in Command
  • X hours as Second in Command
  • X hours on a Boeing 777  


This could be its own section, because you know it’s an important piece of information for recruiters to see.



Qualifications and education

In this section, list all your certificates and ratings starting with your highest held or most recent certificate. You need to indicate that you meet the requirements of the job vacancy, so include the licence types, any medical certificates and the country the licences were issued in.  

When listing your education, only list the most recent college or university that you attended. Include the title of the qualification, the grade awarded and the date achieved. If you are still in education, you are entitled to list it, but ensure that you make it clear that it hasn’t been completed yet.  

Try and stick to bullet points in this section. If you do have months where you were out of work or education, keep your explanation brief. If an employer requires more information, they will ask you to elaborate during an interview.




This is usually the most prominent section on a CV and it’s worth spending some time making sure you have identified the most relevant experience for the job. This section is normally laid out in reverse chronological order with the most recent experience at the top.

Keep your experience short and accurate, listing the company name, duration of employment in years, your title and the type of aircraft that you flew on.

You may have one particular job or work experience that you really want to highlight. You could create a new section titled ‘Engineering Experience’, or ‘Flight Experience’ and put this first. Your remaining experiences can then be put under ‘Further Experience’.


If this is your first job in aviation, lead with your qualifications and then add detail on the transferable skills you have gained from your experience. If you’ve been in the game a while, start with you experience as it’s more recent and relevant to the job.


Employers will be looking out for the necessary skills they need when searching through job applications, like adaptability, tenacity and being a team player. You should always try to provide your skillset in the form of a real life example of how you have displayed this at work. It helps convince the recruiter you’re not just naming skills for the sake of it

If you’re new to the aviation industry, demonstrate how you have transferable skills from other industries you’ve worked in. For example, you’ve only ever worked in a restaurant and you’re applying for a cabin crew position. Demonstrate how your time at the restaurant taught you:

Valuable insights into the hospitality industry.

How to communicate with customers effectively.

Excellent customer service skills, including being patient and resilient.

How to pay attention to detail in a fast paced environment.

How to deal with handling money.   


How to multitask.

Past work experience that might not appear to be directly relevant to the job at hand might show another dimension, depth, ability, or skill that actually is relevant or applicable.”

Alyssa Gelbard, Career Expert

Interests & Hobbies

A section on your CV which includes a diverse range of interests can help you seem interesting and personable. Highlight interests that have helped you develop the skills that the employer is looking for. 




Only include references on your CV if you’ve been asked to in the job description. Avoid the classic line ‘References available on request’. This is unnecessary and takes up valuable room on your CV. An employer will contact you for details of references if they are considering offering you a position.


When contacting your reference, they could ask for:

  • A character reference
  • Details about responsibility
  • Length of employment
  • Punctuality and attendance
  • Overall performance
  • Reason for leaving


Who should I choose?

Choose your referees carefully, usually it would be your most recent employer. If you don’t have a recent employer, teachers, business acquaintances, customers and organisational leaders can all verify that you are who you say you are.


What are they saying about you?

Under the Data Protection Act, you have the right to view any references given by your previous employers. If you disagree with any comments, you may wish to address the matter with you previous employer or remove them as your reference in future applications.  



How to format your CV

Making your CV look professional and easy to read is essential. Recruiters are ‘time poor’ so you should aim for one or two pages of A4, but no more. The upper-middle area of the first page is known as the ‘CV hotspot’. This is where the eye naturally falls so think about including your most important experience or ‘key attributes’ here.

Top tips

  • Avoid huge chunks of text – bullet points will make the information easier to read and digest
  • Sans-serif fonts such as Helvetica or Arial make for an easy read  
  • Make headings bold and clear, but not oversized
  • Avoid using confusing subheadings
  • Stick to conventional colours – printing your CV in neon will make you stand out but for all the wrong reasons!


If you are sending your CV via email, send it as a PDF unless otherwise specified. If you’re sending it via post, you could look at getting your CV professionally printed – or printing it yourself on good quality paper.



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We believe that if you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to ‘work’ another day again. That’s why we continuously strive to provide our jobseekers with all the best jobs from right around the world.

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Introducing the No.1 event trend for 2020

Introducing the No.1 event trend for 2020

These days you don’t have to search very far to find a live event that is accessible to stream via a smartphone, tablet or laptop. In January 2017, Donald Trump’s inauguration broke all records, becoming the most live-streamed event in the history of live-streamed television.

Also, in May this year, the whole world switched on their computers to watch Warren Buffett’s comments at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder’s meeting. As data becomes more affordable, it becomes clear remote participation is on the rise.

After researching this growing trend over the last few years, here are the key developments in the digital event landscape that signal why virtual events are set to become the No.1 trend for 2020.


FOMO culture

According to professionals, Facebook users comment 10 times more on live videos than on regular videos, with other social media platforms closely following suit.

In a recent poll, over 80% of respondents favoured a good quality live stream, over a company’s blog or social media posts. Live streaming content taps into people’s fear of missing out on something (also known as FOMO!)

With this is mind, it’s safe to hypothesise that compelling live feeds such as discussion sessions, webinars and tutorials will take centre stage in 2020.

With most of the social media networks adopting a ‘Happening Now’ feature, it’s almost mandatory for marketers to broadcast some aspect of a corporate event onto the company’s social media accounts to generate excitement while the event is still in progress. These changes have led many companies to form a hybrid event to cater for these remote audiences.


Peer-to-peer fundraisers are gaining momentum

Cast your mind back ten years and it was almost impossible to imagine a peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraiser happening virtually. People coming together to run a marathon or ride their bicycles across the city for charity is such a communal activity, it didn’t seem plausible that a virtual approach could deliver the same results.

However, with the growing popularity of wearable fitness tracking devices, it has become a lot simpler for nonprofits to arrange P2P campaigns for supporters where they virtually participate in their own time from wherever they are in the world. This of course opens the door to a global audience and changes the possibilities of the event in its entirety.

Virtual fundraisers, such as the British Heart Foundation’s My Marathon and Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Running Down Dementia have already proven their worth. After spotting this trend, many software companies are starting to invest in the development of peer-to-peer fundraising applications that sync with wearable fitness trackers and enable users to raise money for charity based on how far they run or ride, the number of steps they take or the number of calories they burn.


Attendee tracking just got serious

Tracking visitor attendance has been a hot topic of discussion in the event tech industry for several years now. It’s considered that one of the most important benefits of virtual events (over physical ones) is the ability to track leads, quantitatively measure event performance and gauge event ROI down to the core statistics.

For 2020, it’s expected that attendee tracking at events will hit fifth gear owing to the decreasing costs of using RFID and NFC and on-demand content consumption on the rise. These tools, that can only be manipulated in a virtual environment, help track event attendance, visitor traffic patterns, and engagement levels while providing statistics that can easily be translated into ROI.


It’s all about me!

Event marketers continually try to provide detailed and customised experiences for attendees. One way in which virtual events can assist this is post event, as companies can send personalised content to their visitors based on the attendee activity during the event.

Since executive reports can show which attendee engaged with what content at the event, it becomes very simple to share relevant material with individual users during the follow-up. For attendees, this event is suddenly personalised to them and tailored to their exact needs.

Event hosts can furthermore conduct polls, surveys and capture detailed information during the registration process to gather more insights about their attendees. This information will enable hosts to amend, adapt or improve future events to suit the needs and desires of their audience.


What’s next?

The continued growth of virtual events creates new and exciting opportunities for event organisers. In a recent survey by the PCMA Education Foundation, 67% of respondents expected to leverage technology to remotely participate in events in the next three years.

However, delving into the virtual world isn’t as easy as going live on Facebook or Instagram. To truly engage audiences in the highly competitive digital landscape of today, you need to deliver a top-notch virtual event experience that is geared towards delivering value to its visitors.




Join us at the Aviation & Aerospace Job Fair

You guessed it! It’s a virtual job fair!

The fair will be live from 9am – 5pm on February 12th and you can speak with employers about genuine career opportunities, watch and participate in webinars and search and apply for jobs.

For more information, or to register for your free ticket, simply click the red button now.

Introducing virtual job fairs. An interview with Dave Capper

Introducing virtual job fairs. An interview with Dave Capper

We recently caught up with Managing Director of the Aviation & Aerospace Job Fair, Dave Capper, to see why he thinks you need to start your job search at our virtual job fair. Here’s what he had to say…


Before we start, what is a virtual job fair?

A virtual job fair is basically the same as a live event that you would physically go to; you can look at various job opportunities, watch webinars, visit different stands and speak with employers through text, video or audio chat.
The obvious difference being, you don’t have to physically go anywhere! The whole event is online and you just log in to access it – like you would a computer game.


Could you explain more about the booths and how they work?

Absolutely. On the event day, all you need to do is log in and click into the exhibition hall. If you want to speak with a particular company, simply click on their stand and join the group chat. Employers can ask you to join a private chat if they want to find out more about you!
While you’re on a booth, you can also watch company videos, take a look at their social media, read Glassdoor reviews and view and apply for jobs.


So no free pens?

Unfortunately not! But you can download any company information that is available and save it to your online swag bag. All you need to do is email it yourself afterwards!


It sounds quite technical. Is it?

Absolutely not! I’m astounded how easy the platform is to use! You don’t need to download anything and you can access it through a computer, tablet or even your phone if you’re on the move! You just log in and away you go!


Why would a jobseeker choose an online event over a live job fair?

The biggest advantage is not having to physically go anywhere, which works particularly well for this industry. Pilots and Cabin Crew in particular will spend a lot of time in and out of the country working so it’s not always possible for them to attend live events. 

Even if a jobseeker is in this country, it can involve arranging childcare, the cost of traveling, parking etc… All these things add up and can get in the way of people attending. With a virtual job fair, all these factors are eliminated.  


What kind of employers can jobseekers expect to see?

We have plenty of exhibitors, all with live vacancies that jobseekers can apply for straight away.
If a jobseeker sees a vacancy they like the look of, they can ask further questions, such as what they’re looking for in a candidate, the company culture and how they can succeed in their application. The job market is extremely competitive so jobseekers need to stay one step ahead of the competition.


How much is it?

Absolutely nothing! It’s totally free for jobseekers.


What’s your best piece of advice for any jobseekers job hunting now?

Register for our event! Don’t forget to upload an updated CV so employers can find and contact you if they like what they see!


Register for free

The Aviation & Aerospace Job Fair will be live from 9am – 5pm on February 12th 2020.

Register for your free ticket by clicking the red button now. 

The Aviation Job Expo takes off

The Aviation Job Expo takes off

This month, we successfully hosted our first aviation job fair, the Aviation Job Expo, at London Gatwick. Over 700 jobseekers joined us on the day, all enthusiastic to find new employment and progress their career.


Our job site, Aviation Job Search, has connected industry professionals with airlines, MRO companies and recruiters for the last 20 years, so we looked into new ways in which we could expand our offerings and connect jobseekers to genuine career opportunities – and so, the Aviation Job Expo was born!


We welcomed 22 exhibitors including BA CityFlyer, KLM UK Engineering, Wizz Air, Flybe, Bombardier, Loganair, Leonardo and BAE Systems. All exhibitors are recruiting for various positions now – you can search their vacancies here.

During the fair, seven guest speakers covered a variety of topics designed to improve our visitors current work life, or inspire them onto the next chapter in their careers.


Guest speaker and CEO of Online Lingo, Dr Molly Lim discussed how an online language learning system can help you advance in your career, and expand your world.


Lim said, “Aviation has changed lives and helped people travel to distant lands. With traveling, we encounter people from cultures different from our own. The key focus of the aviation industry is to get travelers from point A to B, but not without the challenges of language and communication.”


Travel Wellness Expert from nojetstress, Christopher Babayode, also shared his practice of nutritional therapy to cure jet lag for frequent fliers. During Christophers twenty years as a Flight Attendant for British Airways, he has visited 45 countries and clocked up 1.2 million miles which gives him plenty of experience regarding the subject.

Just 10 days before the expo, travel group Thomas Cook went into liquidation, leaving thousands of UK employees facing uncertainty about their future. Many ex Thomas Cook employees joined us on the day and we hope the event offered some genuine opportunities in these difficult times.


The Aviation Job Expo is the beginning of a new chapter for the Aviation Job Search team with many more live and virtual job fairs planned for 2020 and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled for more information and future event dates!  

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