I was in the process of chronicling my move from northern Saskatchewn to Southern Ontario, when something more interesting to me came up, so I'm going to go with that for now. I'll detail my Goderich experiences over the next few weeks.
Our F/o may be leaving. So I put an ad in Avcanada to see what the state of the industry is, and what our prospects are for a quick replacement. I have received a whole pile of emails regarding the job, and I wanted to share some things about it, in case there are any hungry pilots out there who would like to hone their resume / cover letter skills.
Here are some quotes from some of the emails I received:
"I am a customer orientated person with strong IFR skills."
I assume this person always points in the general direction of the customer, much like a compass
"If you would consider me as an fo on a citation I will send you a cover letter and resume."
I'm guessing this person isn't familiar with Catch-22
"To whom this may concern,
I am currently an 18 year old Canadian Commercial Multi pilot, with a valid passport. I am currently under going the last stages of my IFR training and was wondering what the requirements where for your Citation First Officer position."
I'm honestly not sure how I could have made "Requirements: Commercial, multi-ifr" any more clear.
"I've arranged FBOs, customs and flown into airports such as Teterborough"
Having flown there once or twice a week for the past long while, I know it's spelled "Teterboro". Attention to detail is really important, even if you're only flying a Citation II into Canada's busiest airport on a daily basis :)
"I hop to talk to you soon about future employment with your company."
I assume this pilot is part kangaroo, which is unfortunate as the cockpit is rather small. Or maybe they mean they have a bouncy personality, who knows.
"I am a reliable, enthusiastic and hard working individual with a high learning curve and effective communication skills"
A high learning curve is the last thing we want from a pilot, as it implies they would require much more than the normal amount of training to become proficient. I'm guessing the phrase doesn't mean what this pilot thinks it means.
"I am not applying for the FO job you have advertized on avcanada...I am looking for work, I have an engineering degree, an ATPL and more than 5000 hours tt."
Sneaky. The aviation business could use more people like this one :)
"I shall be very grateful and hard wroking."
Awesome dude! Someone who will wrok hard! Perhaps we can rewire the aircraft for electric guitar plugins.
" As a Chef Pilot I have a strong background in working with operations related materials and records."
Mmmmmm, chef pilot. If this was actually true, this person would have a definite advantage in their candidacy - anyone who can prepare delicious inflight meals would be great company on long trips.
Anyway, I'm not a total type-A personality and none of the pilots I am quoting have disqualified themselves from candidacy, but I just wanted to share a few giggles.
More on the topic of resumes in a bit.