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Pilot Must-Have Resume Skills and Keywords

Are you interested in improving your job outlook and increasing your salary? How can you demonstrate that you are the most qualified candidate for a Pilot position? Of course continuing to gain experience working as a Pilot may be your best qualification, but there are other ways you can also develop your skills, like continuing education or volunteer opportunities. More immediately, however, you can be ready for your next opportunity or promotion by educating yourself about the duties, responsibilities, and required skills of a Pilot and making sure your resume reflects your experience properly.

In order to do so, you’ll want to know that employers commonly feature Airplane Experience and Aircrafts as the most prominent terms in their Pilot job descriptions, yet those who have held the position of Pilot and list it on their resume indicate Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel more predominantly. Do you know what you would list?

We designed the ZipRecruiter Career Keyword Mapper to help you solve this problem and hopefully improve your resume. Using machine learning tools paired with industry research, our Marketplace Research Team helped analyze millions of job postings and resumes to identify the most important keywords related to Pilot jobs. Our goal is to help you discover opportunities to improve your resume or to help you understand what skills and qualifications you need to be a Pilot or to advance your career into beyond this role.

Top Skills Mentioned in Job Descriptions

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Employers require a broad range of skills and qualifications in their descriptions of Pilot positions. The top three keywords make up 48.79% of the total set of top terms. Look to the Resume Checklist below to see how Airplane Experience, Aircrafts, and FAA Certification shares stack up against the share from resumes. Aviation, Helicopter Operator and Managing Crews represent an additionally healthy share of the employer Pilot job postings with their combined total of 28.72%. At 22.48%, Compliance, Customer Service, Documentation, and Airline Experience appear far less frequently, but are still a significant portion of the 10 top Pilot skills and requirements according to employers.

Top Skills Mentioned in Resumes

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Job Skills
Job seeker resumes showcase a broad range of skills and qualifications in their descriptions of Pilot positions. The top three keywords represent 38.57% of the total set of top resume listed keywords. Look to the Resume Checklist below to investigate how Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Airplane Experience match up to employer job descriptions. Microsoft Word, Problem Solving, and Aviation represent a very decent share of skills found on resumes for Pilot with 28.48% of the total. At 32.95%, Microsoft PowerPoint, Troubleshooting, Airline Experience, and Teamwork appear far less frequently, but are still a significant portion of the 10 top Pilot skills and qualifications found on resumes.

Most Important Skills Required to Be a Pilot as Listed by Employers and Employees

Here is a simple table of the top 10 skills and qualifications as listed by employers in Pilot job postings since January of 2018, followed by the top 10 skills and qualifications most commonly listed by people who held the title of Pilot on their resumes.
Top Pilot Skills
Skills Required by Employers Share
Airplane Experience 18.77%
Aircrafts 18.71%
FAA Certification 11.31%
Aviation 11.25%
Helicopter Operator 8.81%
Managing Crews 8.66%
Compliance 7.16%
Customer Service 6.46%
Documentation 4.57%
Airline Experience 4.29%
Skills Listed by Employees Share
Microsoft Office 13.89%
Microsoft Excel 13.66%
Airplane Experience 11.02%
Microsoft Word 10.56%
Problem Solving 8.96%
Aviation 8.96%
Microsoft PowerPoint 8.84%
Troubleshooting 8.15%
Airline Experience 8.15%
Teamwork 7.81%

Pilot Resume Checklist

Our Resume Keyword Checklist is based upon an analysis of the most commonly found terms within both job descriptions and resumes for Pilot positions. Our algorithm helps isolate phrases and patterns to identify the most frequently recurring and reused keywords from each data source, while correcting for uncommon and outlier results. Various heuristic methodologies are then applied to ultimately create two top 20 lists of the most important and significant skills, certificates and requirements found within Pilot job postings and resumes. We then merge the two lists together and use a combination of statistics and rules-based scenarios to create a list that is audited by the Marketplace Research team, and finally turned into the checklist you see below. Our hope is that knowing this information can help you make your best impression with your next potential employer.
Uncommon Keywords on Pilot Resumes
Job Descriptions
Resumes
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Helicopter Operator
Compliance
Collaboration
Aircrafts
Managing Crews
FAA Certification
Airplane Experience
Technical
Aviation
Employer job listings often list Helicopter Operator, Compliance, Collaboration, Aircrafts, Managing Crews, FAA Certification, Airplane Experience, Technical or Aviation as requirements in Pilot job descriptions; however, candidates mention them far less frequently on their resumes. If you possess any or all of these experiences, including these keywords prominently on your resume when applying for a Pilot position may help you stand out more to hiring managers.
Common Keywords on Pilot Resumes
Job Descriptions
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Forecasting
Passenger Service
Customer Service
Communication Skills
Airline Experience
Military Experience
Instruction
Both employer job listings and resumes from people who’ve held the position of Pilot tend to always include skills and requirements found in this list. Whether you’ve only got Forecasting, Passenger Service, Customer Service, Communication Skills, Airline Experience, Military Experience or Instruction in your background and experience, make sure to highlight the term prominently on your resume. As a candidate you’ll be competing with many others who are bound to have as many as you (or more!) of these common resume keywords highlighted in their application for a job as a Pilot.
Uncommon Keywords on Pilot Job Descriptions
We did not find any skills or qualifications that were common on Pilot resumes, but uncommon on Pilot job descriptions.

FAQs about Pilot Skills and Resume Keywords

What are the most important Pilot job skills to have on my resume?

The most common important skills required by employers are Forecasting, Passenger Service, Customer Service, Communication Skills, Airline Experience, Military Experience and Instruction. These skills and requirements are just as likely to be mentioned by employers as well as on resumes of people that held a position as a Pilot, suggesting that having these keywords on a resume are important for success as a Pilot. Additionally, employer Pilot job descriptions list Helicopter Operator as a desirable experience, even though Helicopter Operator appears 6.64 times less on resumes, suggesting that it's worth considering including this term if you possess the experience.

How do I make sure my resume has all of the right keywords for a Pilot position?

Unless your resume has a good density of the following skills and experience listed, you may not be considered for the role of Pilot. Make sure to include a strong showing for the following keywords on your resume:
  • Forecasting
  • Passenger Service
  • Customer Service
  • Communication Skills
  • Airline Experience
  • Military Experience
  • Instruction
Additionally employers frequently list the following as desirable qualities in a Pilot candidate, but they are far less common on most resumes:
  • Helicopter Operator
  • Compliance
  • Collaboration
  • Aircrafts
  • Managing Crews
  • FAA Certification
  • Airplane Experience
  • Technical
  • Aviation

Before applying for a Pilot job

At ZipRecruiter, we understand better than anyone the importance of using the right keywords to describe your experience — it’s crucial to attracting the right employers! We built our business on the ability to effectively match job seekers with employers using AI-technology that understands your resume and how likely you are to be noticed by a potential future employer. Having a ZipRecruiter profile that showcases your most relevant skills and abilities can help you get recruited into a new role as a Pilot. Get started on your journey with a new ZipRecruiter Profile today!