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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Thomas Smith, MBA, CFP®

Vice President - FAPA Financial Services

ThomasSmith, MBA, CFP®

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with undergraduate business degree from The University of Toledo, Master’s degree in business and finance from Arizona State University, and personal financial planning certificate from Kennesaw State University.  Started professional career as stockbroker with Merrill Lynch and spent 15 years as a Vice President of fixed income securities with both The First Boston Corporation and Lehman Brothers. Experienced individual income tax preparer with H&R Block.  Entrepreneurial and administrative credentials include founding principle and Chief Financial Officer of startup environmental contracting company. Tom lives in Marietta, Georgia with his spouse of 40 years, Julie Smith, and they have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Client Testimonials

Anonymous

I just wanted to thank FAPA for the gift certificate I won in a drawing back in July in Denver. I just used it to order a couple uniform items I will be needing. I also want to thank you all for the service you provide to the industry. If it wasn't for the job fair, I wouldn't have known about the opportunities.