Pilot Hiring: How to Turn Online Networking into a Real Life Job


Recent research shows what many of us know instinctually from our corporate pilot job search: an in-person interview or phone call can be far more powerful than sending emails or any other electronic interaction with recruiters. But how do we get there?

In today’s digital age, face-to-face or even voice-to-voice communication is becoming more rare. One of the first things you learn when starting your  job search is that it’s imperative to follow up with potential employers during every step of the application process. But how?

The conventional wisdom is: send in your application and resume? Follow up. Have an interview? Follow up. Either get or don’t get the job? Follow up. Meet someone at an event? Follow up.

But most pilot job applications don’t list the names of hiring managers or give a direct email address where you can send follow up messages. So, how do you follow up in an online setting?

Check the Corporate Flight Department’s Profile, or Website

The BizJetJobs Flight Department Directory is a great place to follow up with employers; we have over 2,000 flight departments listed by geography, aircraft and most have HR points of contact or Chief Pilot information. By sending a short, personalized message, you’re much more likely to have your application read, or at least acknowledged. Plus, you may already be “connected” through an existing connection. Think about who you might know in common, and you can ask that person to introduce you.

Tweet a Follow Up on Twitter

Twitter can be extremely effective at getting you noticed. If someone is on Twitter, they’re purposely making themselves accessible. Don’t hesitate to send them a tweet! Target someone at your desired company who is actually active and has a history of responding.

The Brain Science Behind It

Researchers showed that interacting in person causes the brain to “light up” in areas of that regulate attention, social intelligence and emotional reward. In a study by Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago’s, Fortune 500 Companies thought candidates were smarter when they heard their voices compared to those that read the same pitches in a text, email or in a letter.

The bottom line: voices and body language convey rich information about who we are, and how valuable we’ll be to a prospective employer.

Make all your interactions count! Use BizJetJobs to connect with your next corporate, contract or charter aviation employer.

Are you a pilot with a great idea on how to turn an online connection into a real-life one? Are you an employer who loves hearing from qualified, experienced and authentically interested pilots? Give us a call! We love hearing from our customers.