Helping others is in my nature. It's part of the reason for this blog.
Only a handful of airlines are currently hiring. Mine is one of them.
The current market is very tight as there are a lot of pilots out of work. Simply applying isn't enough as the resume is just a virtual piece of paper in an inbox.
A few of my friends have applied to my airline recently and heard nothing. I didn't know they applied. Once they told me I asked them to send me their resume and I would attach a letter of recommendation and "walk" it in.
Once I did almost all were called for an interview within a week. It's not that I'm someone special, but it just takes a little something extra to pick up THEIR application before someone else's. I helped my former boss get an interview, he got the job and is in the middle of IOE. Prior to my airline he worked as a pilot flying traffic watch. He also flew for a group of men who owned a plane and needed a pilot. Basically he worked in aviation for over a year prior to coming to my airline.
A childhood friend of mine is married to a pilot. I haven't seen this friend in 20+ years. She became my "friend" on Facebook about a year ago. I became "friends" with her husband about six months ago.
We talked back and forth a bit about flying now and then. He hasn't had an active flying job in 5+ years. He's been working in other fields, which pay more money.
Recently he decided he wanted to fly for an airline. He has a little over 1000 hours total time.
He applied to my airline and waited. Then I helped out by sending in a letter of recommendation. He was contacted and set up an interview. I told him about all the interview gouges online (willflyforfood.com )
His interview was on Tuesday. Monday night my airline flew him over and I met him near his hotel to talk. We discussed the interview, my job, reserve, benefits and commuting.
He was very at ease. I could tell he read the gouges and had all his paperwork in order. I wished him good luck and headed home.
Yesterday he sent me a text....didn't work out. I didn't ask specifics but suspect it was knowledge based. He hasn't been immersed in aviation for 5 years. He can apply again in a few months. I'm sure we will still be hiring.