FAPA.aero | Pilot Job Fairs - Why Attend

Pilot Job Fairs

Why Attend?

You should ask yourself a question - why would airlines invest the time and resources to attend a job fair to recruit if they didn't think it was useful in the recruitment process? The answer: they wouldn't.

Several pilots have come to us and said "My buddy at RegionalJet Airlines just got hired at BigTime Airlines and he never went to a job fair." That's great! Really, that's great! We'll never claim that attending a job fair will guarantee you an interview, let alone a job offer. However, if 10,000 other pilot applicants are going to a Job Fair to see BigTime Airlines and you don't, how should a pilot selection team rate you? Common sense would dictate that your absence will not help your chances.

Job Fairs give recruiters the ability to rate you, very similarly to how they would rate you during an interview. If you’re confident in your ability to interview then your decision to attend should be easy.

However, if you're not prepared to speak to recruiters it may even hurt your chances of getting an interview. We always recommend preparing beforehand, similar to how you would for an interview. Check out our Interview Preparation service. This service will prepare you for meeting with recruiters at a Job Fair and a full interview.

Overall, the safe bet is to attend at least one Job Fair to network and see for yourself if they're "worth it". Even if it were not a FAPA.aero Job Fair, we would encourage you to attend one.

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Meet the FAPA team

G.W. "Bo" Corby

Director of Flight Training Standards

G.W.

Captain Corby began his aviation career as a Flight Crew Instructor for the Boeing Company, followed by 3 years in the Middle East as a pilot/flight engineer for several airlines, returning to the U.S. in 1977 as a pilot for Hughes Airwest in San Mateo, California. Hughes Airwest later merged with Republic Airlines and eventually Northwest Airlines (NWA).  At NWA, he served as NWA ALPA Training Committee Chairman and in this position participated as one of 3 Board Members on the Pilot Training Review Board at NWA. This Board evaluated issues in the NWA training department relating to pilot training deficiencies. He retired from NWA in 2006.

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