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More attractive to recruiters?

airhermit

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3500 PIC Turboprop (SA227) Part 135 Freight (currently)
2800 SIC Turbojet (CRJ2) Part 121 Regional (a few years ago)

If my goal is a decent 121 job beyond the regionals, should I get back into the 121 world as an RJ SIC, or keep building the 135 turboprop PIC? Neither seems to offer much more to the CV. Both are 'been there, done that'. But what do you think is more attractive to a recruiter at a major, say. Current and recent 121 jet SIC time, or current and recent 135 turboprop PIC time?

Appreciate any helpful perspectives or experiences.
 

i'mbatman

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I would continue in the left seat, but instead of considering SIC at a regional, I would look to the right seat in a larger transport aircraft like at Southern, Kalitta, Ryan, Atlas, etc. I think some time in a large aircraft with your current times would make you very competitive when the likes of DAL, UAL, etc begin to hire. Good luck.
 

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You appear to have more than enough TPIC time and enough scheduled 121 time on your resume. I second the above suggestion to try and get some 'big' (Douglas, Boeing or Airbus) airplane time anyway you can. Also, do you have a four year degree? If not, that would be helpful too. And keep networking.
 

LearLove

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I'd say keep doing what you doing or jump to a company like what the above posters mentioned.

As far as 121 pax "career" jobs your options are getting fewer as mergers continue so maybe jumping to someone like Atlas/Southern/Polar/World ect. may be better if the short term turns into long term. Unless your current tpic cargo job is good for you long term.

Otherwise with the stats you listed you don't need anything else on your resume (maybe pick up some check airman/training pilot time if it's available at your current company) to be competitive in the "major" airline hiring environment - you just need hiring to start at several different airlines.
 
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airhermit

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Thanks for all of your replies. Got the 4 year. The heavy time is what I'm in denial about. Got a young family and trying to avoid the 18 on 12 off stuff. I know that compromises/sacrifices have been made by all, especially you military folk.

Most of you seem to favor the PIC time over more 121 SIC. I could use another type rating and some heavier jet time. The suggestion about training captain/check airman is good advice, too. Thanks again.
 

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also think about maybe getting a Master's degree or getting other jobs (like safety) within your organization. I know Delta looks pretty highly at that type of thing and it gets you into another stack of applications. The times look fine.
 

SLUF4

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he might use it someday..who knows what will happen in this industry
 

spitfire1500

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I would continue in the left seat, but instead of considering SIC at a regional, I would look to the right seat in a larger transport aircraft like at Southern, Kalitta, Ryan, Atlas, etc. I think some time in a large aircraft with your current times would make you very competitive when the likes of DAL, UAL, etc begin to hire. Good luck.


Atlas to UAL..... Add up the pay scales for the longevity of a career....might want to rethink that one...
 
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Emirates and Qatar are calling your name. Set your family up in a nice pad and make some good money. Schools are better too... You know, for the kids.
 

waveflyer

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However you do it, keep the learning curve high.
 

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I agree with all above and want to add something that you might not be thinking of. You want to know how to be more attractive? Well it might seem superficial, but hit the gym, stay in shape, have good hair and skin! Do not skimp on your interview attire. Look good!!! In this market, you can throw a rock and hit someone qualified for the job. What you need to do is make sure they remember you in a good way. If you have a cheap suit, bad hair, and a capt belly you have just given them a reason not to hire you.
 

waveflyer

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That's a good point- people hire happy, positive people- endorphins and serotonin from exercise will only help
As will your smile- get to the dentist- floss-
Work on anything professionally and personally you might be insecure about and that will help come interview time-
And the workouts will help any stress-
As far as getting the interview- others offered good ideas above- just be a pro at updating. But I imagine you'll be fine- simply asking the honest question in the OP is the single best thing you can do- it'll be the difference between being at the front of the next wave, or sliding at the back or not at all
 

IAHERJ

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hmmm?
Atlas to UAL..... Add up the pay scales for the longevity of a career....might want to rethink that one...

For now...quality of life, base and equipment choices, retirement plan, travel benefits should all be considered.
 
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