Who said there was a pilot shortage?
Maybe not at the moment, but there will be.
Fact finding mission showed there are a lot of pilots with low time. Recommendation—get your instructors license and build time. That may not be as easy as it sounds, but if you have an instructors license, and a multi-engine rating, there are always people out there that need a safety pilot and you can build multi-engine time.
The challenge is in the corporate world. The first thing that goes when the economy is down is the airplane. Conference calls, cheap flights with the airlines, etc.,— times like this it’s hard to justify the corporate plane. I suspect those will be the most difficult jobs to find these days. But they also require more hours than the airliners for insurance reasons.
Jobs like Net Jets, are actually being snatched up by retired captains. Why not? Insurance premiums are much lower with higher experienced pilots, and those guys know the worldwide system.
So with this said, what can you do?
LinkedIn people—get on Twitter. I have made fantastic friends and connections via Twitter. Twitter provides access directly to the information you want and need in your field, and the people working within your industry. Connections are essential. Pilots hear first when there is a job available in their company. There are some great people out there in Twitterland, you need to reach out and connect with those pilots working.
Who is hiring?
Skywest Australia: ATR 72-500's—600's on order—and are looking for pilots who have a full ATPL for full-time employment. Min is 1500 hrs total with 250 ATR for FO and 2500 hrs total with 500 ATR P1. This is a tie in for Virgin Australia. Email Jobs@etopsflight.com
From what I hear, most of the commuters are hiring.
This is a typical job I've seen come across my email:
ERJ 170/175, 190/195 Captains
Earn up to $15,000 USD/month + overtime based on 80 hours per month. Earn an additional $187.50 USD per every hour flown over 80 hours. VOR Holdings will also pay you $8,000 USD at the end of your 1st year, $12,000 USD at the end of your 2nd year, and $15,000 USD at the end of your 3rd year.
Your total compensation for three years is $575,000 USD.
After completing your three-year contract, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade to the A320 aircraft at the airline's expense and then from the A320 to the A330 also at the airline's expense.
You have the option of working:
4 weeks ON, 4 weeks OFF
6 weeks ON, 3 weeks OFF
6 weeks ON, 2 weeks OFF + 24 additional days OFF per year
Interviews will be held in Orlando, Florida during the first week of March 2012.
Requirements will are 300 hours in type and under 56 at the start of assignment. For those who think they are too old… perhaps not. If you are interested, send Peggy an email to Recruit@vorholdings.com
Peggy at VOR Holdings says, "The hottest aircraft in China is the A320, but we have opportunities for the B747-400, B747 Classic, B777, B767, B757, B737NG, B737 Classic, A340, A330, A320, EMB190 and ERJ145.
The maximum age to fly in China is 60. That is the reason that most airline want Captains less than 57. They want Captains that can work a minimum of three years."
There are many overseas jobs. PPRuNe is a great place to hit the message board to get a feel of what’s going on out there: PPRuNe Professional Pilots Rumor Network
For everyone on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or any of the social media venues... Believe that your future employer will google your name.
Everything you say on line will be there for employers to read.
In the previous week I have read numerous comments with pilots complaining about their previous employers on LinkedIn. I've seen defeatist attitudes. I've read comments of anger and resentment for their struggles. Do you think that is the type of person a company wants to employ when they have a fleet to choose from? I don't. If nothing else, clean up the talk for your image. The side benefits will be many... but that is for another post.
So here’s the deal—Builds hours. Connect with other pilots. Get a type-rating to increase your chances. Keep that blue side up! What about going back to school to enhance that resume? More on education tomorrow.
Good luck, and Enjoy the Journey!