At Delta Air Lines, diversity is extremely important ...
Diversity in your resume, that is.
With 7000 applicants, what will make yours stand out? How will you create diversity in your resume?
- Do you have a flying job, yet continue to increase your skills and experience?
- On your layovers, do you hang out in the hotel and watch television, or will you use the time to take classes and earn a masters degree?
- Do you take leadership roles within your company? Within your community?
- Have you taught ground school? Volunteered on career day?
- Have you volunteered to write training manuals, to be on a safety committee, or offered to work in the office?
- Do you speak a foreign language?
- Do you take classes to improve your aviation skills?
- What can you do that will make you stand out above all the rest?
Is any of this required to be a Delta pilot? No. I'm just saying... what will make your application stand out? Delta is hiring leaders; our future captains. While we may have had 7000 applicants for a very few jobs last year, that will be changing rapidly. My guess is that if you get hired within the next 5-10 years, you will be looking at a very quick upgrade to captain at most airlines... Delta included.
Delta weighs heavily on pilot recommendations. When you're on a Delta flight, or in the terminal, introduce yourself to a Delta Pilot. Tell them you're a pilot, and ask how they got hired. Ask for their business card. Tell them you'd like to work for Delta. Don't be shy. Get out there and network. Stop by the flight deck and say, "I want to be a Delta Pilot." We've got great pilots who would be more than willing to help you. Connect with the Delta community... Network!
Tuesday I received a comment from Jun, a young man aspiring to become an airline pilot, who said that his focus is on helping others, not competing. I loved that statement. Don't go into the job search as a competition with your classmates. There will be enough jobs to go around. Pilots support other pilots... that is one of the best things about the aviation industry, and one thing we can't lose. I think it comes down to core CRM skills... learning how to work together as a team for a common goal. Those you help today, could be the same pilots who will help you tomorrow.
Good Luck everyone! I'm looking forward to all your comments and suggestions.
Enjoy the Journey!