First Officer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 2,071 First Officer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Five Key Resume Tips For Landing A First Officer Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Passenger Operations, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A First Officer Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every First Officer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand first officer skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a first officer : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a First Officer
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different First Officers:

Example # 1

Chief Pilot

  • Worked two deployments as inside adjuster on Allstate residential claims assigned from multiple storms.
  • Recorded and researched prior losses into Nextgen for Allstate Insurance Adjusters to make sure there were not any duplicate claims.
  • Worked for Pilot after hurricane Katrina as a claims adjuster adjusting flood claims for Allstate Insurance.
  • Selected and attended large loss class for Allstate (100 were among the selected)
  • Researched claims for clients during a catastrophe on homes and vehicles destroyed by wind, hail, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Example # 2

First Officer

  • Manage and educate other mangers in the restaurant through use of verbal and written instructions.
  • Maintain food service equipment for the purpose of maintaining safe operating conditions.
  • Truck Ordering through Martin Brower using R.O.P.
  • Provided exceptional customer service through handling of complaints, accurate cash handling and providing prompt service resulting in overall satisfaction.
  • Create positive and energetic guest environment for individuals and groups.

Example # 3

Lieutenant Colonel

  • Managed the quality performance of 16 team members charged with teaching and evaluating Army Logistics, Maintenance Management and Training Support.
  • Staff Judge Advocate (This is a National Guard part time job) Provide legal consultation to the Wing Commander.
  • Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding performance of duty during deployment in support of Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia).
  • Staff, and subordinate Commanders, on deployment and utilization of medical assets.
  • Developed squadron s first operations policy used by major U.S. commands to deploy and support weather reconnaissance.

Example # 4

Airline Pilot

  • Administer and obtain production goals for national catastrophe team of an average of 500 adjusters.
  • Experience working in "Xactimate" estimating program.
  • Researched claims for clients during a catastrophe on homes and vehicles destroyed by wind, hail, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
  • Total Loss evaluation/estimating and concluding with Allstate vendors.
  • Experienced in Next Gen and Xactimate.

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We compared 2,071 sample first officer resumes with job offers and found that the average years of experience required for a first officer job required by employers is 10.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average first officer job listing asks for 10.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average first officer candidate have?
The average first officer resume contains 6.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your first officer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from first officer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a first officer, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. First Officer roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of first officer resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

First Officer Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for First Officers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for First Officers to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%
Updated May 19, 2020