COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the global job market and economy, and the aviation sector has experienced a significant downturn. Many pilots, First Officers and Captains alike, have found themselves on indefinite leave or let go by struggling airlines. Unprecedented times require creative solutions, so to manage this difficult time in aviation, we’ve compiled a pilot’s guide to surviving the COVID-19 industry downturn.
Register for aviation mailing lists (check ours out here), keep an eye on platforms that advertise pilot job opportunities, and talk to your friends in the industry. You never know where your next pilot job opportunity might come from!
Continue to apply for pilot jobs you have all the required skills and qualifications for, where possible. There is a lot of pilot talent and few positions in the current climate, so make your applications worthwhile by only applying for positions you meet all the criteria for.
Finally, if you’re in communication about a job opportunity, don’t be afraid to reach out to your potential employer or recruitment agent to check in. While you don’t want to be a hassle, the occasional check-in will show your agent or potential employer that you are eager, and keep you front of mind as a job candidate.