If I were you I wouldn't bother trying to figure out who's hiring and who's not. It's not worth the brain damage. I'd get a list of all the regionals, fire off resumes and cover letters to all of them, and update periodically. I'd also find out where my friends are working and get them to walk in resumes and their LORs to HR. The more you send the better your chances. Your resume just may fall into the right hands. Regional airline hiring is very much a crap shoot; you need luck and opportunity to go with your quals and skills.
In your valued opinion, would that be wise to shoot stuff off without doing some research first. Guys might be thrilled to grab the first job they get only to find out later that they should have waited for a better one that called after you already started groundschool?
Im sure jobs are getting hard to get, but things seem to be rebounding.
I would certainly figuare out which ones would work better for you, (ex. location, pay, commute, growth etc etc) then send off the resumes.
Just my 2 cents. If I'm wrong, tell me to shut-up and I'll go away. LOL
I disagree. If you don't know who is hiring and who isn't, you're not putting enough work into your job search. Don't waste time on places that aren't hiring. There are only a couple airlines hiring right now, you'll want to focus your attention to those.
You always run the risk of interviewing, getting a class date, and and someone else calling. That's true in any business. I remember one person who had a class date and left because the commuter of his dreams called.
Of course, you want to focus on the company you like best, but you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket. It's always nice to have choices. Once again, your odds improve with the more resumes sent out.
I lost count of the tons of stuff I sent out during my seven year commuter job search. Six interviews were the result. I would have been excited beyond anyone's belief if just one would have called with a class date.
Comair needs pilots really bad. I heard from someone in training that we are really behind on hiring for our future needs. We are purchasing new aircraft, and with some of the new rules that take affect this summer in our contract, they are going to need a bunch of pilots. Hope this helps you.
I think bobbysamd makes a good point,,,,, what is the worse thing that can happen-- you are offered a job and turn it down.
The amount of information that is out here today, easily obtainable compared to the past, is amazing. Yesterday on AvCareer.tv, Steve Farrow, VP Operations for Piedmont was on and talked for 30 miinutes on Piedmont. He took calls from two applicants and said he would follow up on their situations.
While many point out networking or this or that, the fact is that you ought to use all the things available to you to present yourself at as many places as possible where there might be a fit.
While I am associated with an AEPS company, I actually pay for a membership because I want to use the system. I advocate that you have your own background check done so you can see it.
We try and publish a magazine that helps you. We archive it on line so you can search for previous stuff on line. We put on this streaming media TV deal so you can talk to recruiters. It also lets you know that we talk to them ourselves. These people use our systems.
In short, you need to use as many tools as you can to be public with your search. What is the worse that can happen, you get an offer you do not want?
Skywest is hiring. Although I don't think they're going to interview until after the Olympics in SLC is over. There's a new hire class on right now and last I heard there is going to be one in Feb too. Apply on line at www.skywestpilot.com.
Do not come to ALG. I have worked here for 13 years and I have never seen it this BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The management has gone crazy. You will be unhappy from the beg.. The training dept. is terrible. They treat you like child not the professional you are. Chuck brewer is the director of traning and is not well liked or respected by the pilot group. The pay they claim we make is now being taken away from us day by day. You will spend your day's off trying to get the company to pay you after they removed hours from you with there new automated pay system. After you are here 2 years you will be leaving for ASA, ACA, or if you lucky, A major. If you want honest answers, Ask a 2 year FO if he made the correct decision. He will steer you away from ALG just as I am.
Go to work for PDT if you get the chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!