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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#51 Post by timel » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:10 pm

If you have to show your face, don't have your father to bring the resume for you, it is not really winner.
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#52 Post by B52 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:35 pm

Congrats on the great posts.
This has got to be some of the best advice
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#53 Post by cbty » Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:30 pm

Indeed great amount of useful data. Another place you can find a huge amoung of suggestions and tips about the best way to create a resume, cover letter or to get interview tips is here
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#54 Post by xsbank » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:41 pm

I recently worked with one of the posters on this forum (hello!) and I may have been a bit discouraging. As I have not been doing this for a while, I lost sight of...

Xsbank's Number One Rule of Job Hunting: "Always apply for the job that you want, not just the jobs that you "think" you are qualified for."

So go get 'em!!!

Only the guy you are applying to can say if you are not the right candidate. Really.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#55 Post by xsbank » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:14 am

Most of the pilots in my circles were getting iPads to do pretty much everything on. If you are responsible for hiring, would you appreciate getting an application with a cover letter and a resume in an email? Do you still like the email cover and the fancy formatted .doc or PDF attachment better? If you received a resume in an email, I mean a good one, not a cobbled thing like some of the posts you might see on here, but a properly vetted, readable email (I'm sure you would just hit 'Delete' if you get a sloppy one) would that be easier for you to do your job or would you be annoyed?

Let me know if that's a good idea, or not?
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#56 Post by awitzke » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:19 pm

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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#57 Post by xsbank » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:25 am

The consensus seems to be no, bad idea.

PDF seems to be the format of choice.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#58 Post by lownslow » Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:11 pm

xsbank wrote:PDF seems to be the format of choice.
This x1000

Word files can open a can of worms when it comes to formatting and whether or not HR has also downloaded the fancy font you chose. Also on the subject of fonts, if you have more than two it will look like you just copied and pasted parts of other people's resumes. More than three and it starts to look like a ransom note.

Just a heads up as things can move pretty fast and competition will be stiff.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#59 Post by xsbank » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:04 pm

One thing you can do to show to a future employer that you are ambitious and focussed is to write your exams as soon as you can: IATRA, SARON etc etc.

Its very useful (you might save a life!) to get trained in CPR and first aid. Looks good on your resume. The certification expires so plan to renew it. Don't bother doing any courses that you will get from an employer, like Dangerous Goods...

Volunteer if you can - if you are laid off, stay out of the bar and go help out someone in your community. Then make sure you put it on your resume.

As far as night time goes, which is sometimes a real bugger to get, I still think it makes sense to wait, to see if you will get the time you need operationally before you go out and blow the budget on buying it.

Float flying will begin in a month. Or, at least the hiring will begin in a month. The winter may feel long but companies are already planning next year. Are you ready?
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#60 Post by xsbank » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:03 pm

When you write your resume and cover, email it to yourself and open it and see if the formatting works. I had to get a new computer, you all know how disruptive that can be, all the software is new and doesn't seem to be as compatible with the various earlier versions that are out there and I've had some interesting results.

PDFs seem to be successful but are not as easy to edit.
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#61 Post by xsbank » Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:41 pm

Layoffs... One of the dirty secrets of our industry (well, not so secret, pretty common). If you have suffered job loss because of layoffs, say so. Don't let your resume give the impression that you are a job-jumper (unless you are a job-jumper), so say what happened. If you were chasing tin, that may or may not be an issue but it's best to cover yourself from false impressions.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#62 Post by xsbank » Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:45 pm

Don't lose sight that these comments are largely my opinions but have a large component of common sense in them based on my own history and comments that I have gleaned from my clients.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#63 Post by Eric727 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:01 pm

xsbank can you send me pm , i need info about your Resumes and Cover Letters.

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#64 Post by Flyyourdreams » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:52 am

Good day xsbank,

Could you please send me a private message? I would like your services concerning a cover letter and cv.

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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#65 Post by xsbank » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:08 pm

If you cannot pm me, I can't pm you either. You need to post a couple of time so the administrators know you are a human not a bot. Sorry.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#66 Post by Flyyourdreams » Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:49 am

Good day Xsbank,

I promise you that I am human but some say I might not have a heart...I am new here so not 100% sure how things are done.

How could we communicate? I have a friend who has used your services in the past I would like to do the same.

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#67 Post by SuperchargedRS » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:41 am

xsbank wrote:The consensus seems to be no, bad idea.

PDF seems to be the format of choice.

PDF!

PDF is standard issue as far as I'm concerned, it's easy and looks the same on every machine, doc files can ether look great or be so tossed on some computers it's worthless.

Most word processors will allow you to export as a PDF, both M$ Office as well as free suites like OpenOffice, just edit in your processors favorite flavor, doc, docx, rtf, whatever and when you're happy with it export as PDF. Keep the original doc or whatever for future edits.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#68 Post by Flyyourdreams » Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:46 pm

Any body here do cover letters/resumes?

Will pay for a job well done.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#69 Post by Flyyourdreams » Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:32 pm

Hhmm i wonder how many posts i have to do proving my humaness.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#70 Post by xsbank » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:23 am

I replied to your PM. Try that?
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#71 Post by lowleveljet » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:54 pm

When you say 1 page, you mean just the resume itself, right? I've always used a 3-page format - cover letter, resume, references as a single 3 page pdf document
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#72 Post by xsbank » Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:59 pm

One page for the cover/introductory letter, one page for the resume and the references.

I would say if you are making the jump from simple aircraft (bush, single engine etc, all very general terms and lose definitions, everyone is different) or starting out, one page resume is important. If you have been flying for a long time, have type ratings and are corporate, the inclusion of how you set up a flight department or were CP over 50 pilots etc, page numbers are immaterial.

Nobody needs to know how you loaded barrels or pumped your own fuel if you tell them you flew a Stoneboat in the Yukon, for example. If you are trying to get on with Jazz, having flown in busy airspace or multi-crew details might be important, but nobody needs to know if you did Dangerous goods or similar as everybody has to.

It's really situation-specific. I had my worst experiences doing resumes for ex-military drivers, guys with a 1000 hours PIC in a Herc or a (what's that 4-engine Boeing transport) who are only 25 and have little chance of being Captains in Canada again for many years. Two pages explaining the extensive and very intense training or one page saying they were 4-engine Captains? Very few employers want the details of the training, knowing in advance they are very good aircraft commanders who are likely not too interested in a Beaver in the bush.

Too much detail and the reader switches off. Too little details but very good quality, the employer will likely call to get more.

I am also become convinced that with the total embracing of technology in communications, you should not send an email saying you have attached a cover and resume. The cover should be the first thing the employer reads.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#73 Post by Olegmagellan » Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:09 am

xsbank wrote:One page for the cover/introductory letter, one page for the resume and the references.

I would say if you are making the jump from simple aircraft (bush, single engine etc, all very general terms and lose definitions, everyone is different) or starting out, one page resume is important. If you have been flying for a long time, have type ratings and are corporate, the inclusion of how you set up a flight department or were CP over 50 pilots etc, page numbers are immaterial.

Nobody needs to know how you loaded barrels or pumped your own fuel if you tell them you flew a Stoneboat in the Yukon, for example. If you are trying to get on with Jazz, having flown in busy airspace or multi-crew details might be important, but nobody needs to know if you did Dangerous goods or similar as everybody has to.

It's really situation-specific. I had my worst experiences doing resumes for ex-military drivers, guys with a 1000 hours PIC in a Herc or a (what's that 4-engine Boeing transport) who are only 25 and have little chance of being Captains in Canada again for many years. Two pages explaining the extensive and very intense training or one page saying they were 4-engine Captains? Very few employers want the details of the training, knowing in advance they are very good aircraft commanders who are likely not too interested in a Beaver in the bush.

Too much detail and the reader switches off. Too little details but very good quality, the employer will likely call to get more.

I am also become convinced that with the total embracing of technology in communications, you should not send an email saying you have attached a cover and resume. The cover should be the first thing the employer reads.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#74 Post by ClearProp » Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:50 pm

Great read !
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters Redux

#75 Post by RonBox » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:20 pm

I am also become convinced that with the total embracing of technology in communications, you should not send an email saying you have attached a cover and resume. The cover should be the first thing the employer reads.

xsbank,

Is this suppose to be in the email body?
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