Having commercial pilot jobs as a career
Looking for commercial pilot jobs is probably the last thing in the mind of a young child. For many of the pilots that I know, and this includes myself, the dream of being a pilot merely involved going up in the air and fly in an airplane. As young boys most of us fantasized as being ace military fighter pilots. We would play the whole afternoon holding our “fighter planes” in our hands and do mock aerial dog fights. Then we would go home and look for anything in the house with airplanes in them and stare at these images until we fell asleep. At least this was what most of my pilot friends told me and it’s amazing how we were doing pretty much the same thing when we were young.
As we got older, fantasies started giving way to realities. For me, being an ace fighter pilot meant that there had to be a war going on. I have much respect and admiration for the military pilots but war I did not like. But the dream to fly never faded. When I went up in that rickety old DC-3 airliner for the first time at 9 years old and saw the flight crew, I knew then what I would like to become as a pilot. Seeing the two young and pretty cabin crew also helped. Getting those commercial pilot jobs now became the focus of my dream. But I had to start flying first, and I had to wait 7 more years.
For some, even after flying for a while, becoming a commercial pilot does not even enter their thoughts. Some prefer to just remain as private pilots, renting an airplane weekly and just fly around with their family and friends. Some end up buying their own plane, and they stay with that. The dream to fly is satisfied.
For many of us, that passion to just simply fly turned into a career in flying. Starting at my first day in that private pilot ground school class my thoughts were already targeting a flying career. I was already planning on what commercial pilot jobs that I would get into. Of course, airline pilot jobs were the top priority, corporate pilot jobs were the second choice, and getting charter pilot jobs was the last choice.
Talking about commercial pilot jobs, here’s a list of the majority of them:
- Airline pilot jobs
- Corporate pilot jobs
- Charter pilot jobs
- Helicopter pilot jobs
- Instructor pilot jobs
- Bush pilot jobs
- Agricultural pilot jobs
Some commercial pilot jobs may just be part time or seasonal. These are:
- Aircraft ferry pilot jobs
- Sky diving pilot jobs
- Banner towing pilot jobs
Landing these commercial pilot jobs does not involve merely finding them and then filling our an application form and sending it back with your resume. You need to do your homework and get prepared for it. Many pilots who thought they were well qualified for the job they applied for are shocked when they don’t get selected for the position. A lot of airline pilot job applicants fail in their interview although in their resumes they have the necessary qualifications for the job they are seeking. Preparation is the key to landing the job that you desire.
On the subject of finding these commercial pilot jobs, it is human nature for someone to stay in their comfort zone. By this I mean that most pilots would rather find a fying job close to home and family, or at the very least in their own country. For example pilot jobs in the USA had really been difficult to find in the last 30 years or so that I had lived here. However, overseas pilot jobs were never really short.
Over the years although I never went back to commercial pilot flying when I came here, I’ve had several opportunities of being hired in these overseas pilot jobs come to me. I declined because of my business which was already flourishing by then. y point is if you are willing to step out of that comfort zone box, you would be surprised at what is available for you. Most of these overseas pilot jobs, whether it be for airline pilots of corporate pilots, typically pay more that most airline jobs in the US get, unless of course they are high up in seniority. Benefits are also typically much better, and some companies allow you to relocate with your family.
Finding these commercial pilot jobs nowadays is easy, because of the internet. Getting hired is another thing. The key is being prepared to pass through the hurdles as you only get one chance at it. Here’s we can help you with the preparation.
Despite recurring recessions and bad economies, overseas aviation jobs had always been available. For those with the high flying time and type ratings, getting these jobs should be a piece of cake. It’s just a matter of having the resources in finding these overseas aviation jobs, and of course your willingness to get out of your comfort zone.