Pilot Employer Tips: Attract the Right Pilots

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BizJetJobs.com compiled these tips based on feedback from employers who have consistently been happy with their pilot hires using our service. Quality of life, great schedules and the ability to commute are growing reasons pilots choose one pilot job over another. Dealing with the growing pilot shortage means employers must sell their pilot jobs and offer more attractive benefits that corporate pilots want.

BizJetJobs pilots tell us they want to work at a company that is:

  • supportive
  • motivational, and
  • team-oriented.

They want:

  • a great work environment
  • a good schedule,
  • and opportunities to grow.

You catch more flies with honey …

Since salary is always going to be top-of-mind, employers need to make sure the pay they offer is in line with industry standards. An increasing number of corporate pilot employers are turning to salary surveys like ours to take the guesswork out of determining pilot pay.

If you know you can offer competitive compensation, say so. Jobs that include pay or salary range information are shared ten times more often that jobs that don’t.

Our most successful employers are also offering a bonuses to pilots who stay on with them for a given period of time, instead of holding pilots to training contracts. You catch more flies with honey!

 

Why do pilots love working for you?

Answer this question, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a job post that is compelling for corporate pilots. We at BizJetJobs have seen a shift in our successful aviation employer job posts: from job posts that are all about the requirements to posts that include benefits to the pilot. High turnover rate? The corporate aviation world is a small one, and people talk. As a corporate aviation department or charter company, we believe your ability as an employer to find, develop, and retain good people is the single greatest factor in determining your success.

What will candidates love about this job? What do employees say they love about your company? What can you tell us about your team? Are they a fun group to work with? Showing you know what pilots care about tells them they will be in good hands as an employee.

It’s easy to leave a job, but it’s hard to leave colleagues that feel like family, a company and a cause you believe in, and a team that’s counting on you. When times get tough, the company with the clearly defined set of values and a great corporate culture have something that is unique and reasons for its best pilots to stay.

 

Commuting & schedule

If you can offer home-based positions for pilots commuting from home, say so in your job post. These types of positions are especially attractive to pilots who have young families, or those who have retired to their dream location. Most pilots, however, are unique in their ability and willingness to relocate. If you’re not allowing pilots to commute, explain why they would want to relocate to your geography, and convince them it’s a great idea. Tell them where they can expect to fly, and where your company typically flies. Exotic locations can be huge selling points for adventure-loving pilots!

Concise, clear verbiage like “10 days hard work per month,” “average workweek is 5 nights per week,” or “average flight time is 400 hours per year per pilot” helps set expectations right away, and will help you find the right pilot. If you’re having trouble filling a position, consider offering democratically determined schedules, or fewer days on in a row.

Need to find a pilot today? Have a hard-to-fill position and need help finding the right candidate?

Employers, register here to search our qualified Pilots by Type Rating / Aircraft, find Contract / Part Time Pilots or search Pilots by Location Worldwide on BizJetJobs.com, home of the most qualified and current corporate pilots ready to work now. Also see our previous post, 10 Tips: How to Post a Winning Pilot Job.

Call BizJetJobs.com to speak with a Corporate Aviation Staffing Specialist and ask for help fleshing out your job post. Let us help you find the right pilot today!