How to use filters to tailor your aviation CV and resume search

Friday, July 28, 2023

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In our latest guide, we’ll be showing you around the new filters that we’ve implemented within CV Discovery, and demonstrate how you can use these to perform ultra-specific, granular searches that help you quickly and efficiently find the candidates who meet your specific criteria.

You can find the search filters down the left-hand side of your search results within CV Discovery.

Updated on/logged in on

These two filters allow you to filter down to view only the most recently active candidates on the database, right down to the last 24 hours. ‘Updated on’ shows you candidates who have made some kind of update to their profile within your selected timeframe, whereas ‘Logged in on’ shows candidates who have been logged into their account during that period.


The Status filter lets you distinguish between candidates who may not be actively looking for a career change but are happy to be contacted with relevant opportunities, and candidates who are actively looking for a new role. Filter between the two by selecting either Open to Opportunities or Actively Looking. Candidates select one of these two options when filling in their profiles, so you can rest assured that it’s the candidates themselves who have specified that they are happy to be contacted.


The Category and Role filters allow you to filter down to view candidates who have specified on their profile that they’re looking for a particular role. Using these filters gives you the peace of mind in knowing that the people you’re contacting have specified that they are looking for the type of role you are offering. Simply tick the relevant filter on the list, or start typing in the search bar to find the category or role that you’re after.

Category is the broader filter of the two, and groups job roles by general type, such as Pilots, Mechanics or Ground Crew. Use this filter if you want to take a broader look for candidates within a particular sector who may possess a wider variety of specific job experience between them.

Role is a more granular filter which lists the specific role that the candidate has specified on their profile that they are looking for. Each role sits within a wider category; for example First Officer would sit within the Pilots category. This is how the Category and Role on a candidate’s profile are determined, and these filters can be used to narrow down your search to varying levels of detail.

Basic salary

This option lets you filter candidates by their current annual salary, as recorded by each candidate on their profile. This filter may be useful if you want to ensure that you’re contacting people who are likely to have salary expectations that are in line with what your role is offering, based on what they are currently earning.


The Experience filter lets you view candidates grouped by how many years’ industry experience they have recorded on their candidate profile. If you are hiring for a role with specific requirements in terms of how much experience is needed, you can use this filter to ensure you’re only spending time browsing amongst candidates who meet this criteria.

Nationality/home location

The Nationality and Home location filters help give more context into a candidate’s experience and circumstances; for example, their nationality may give insights into language skills that could be beneficial for a role, and their home location can help give insight into where in the world a candidate is eligible to work, no matter their nationality. Both of these filters combined can help you narrow down your search to view candidates who meet your role’s requirements in terms of location.

Willing to relocate/desired location

Along with the above filters, these two options give more context into a candidate’s working situation and their suitability for a role based on their location. We allow candidates to record their desired working location, as this can often be different to where they are currently based; in addition, if you are casting a wide geographical net in your candidate search, the Willing to relocate field can help you determine whether someone may be interested in your role even if they are currently based elsewhere.

Contract type

This filter allows you to sort candidates based on the type of work they are looking for in terms of working hours and contract, helping you ensure that your time can be spent viewing only those candidates whose desired working arrangements align with the type of role you are hiring for.

Profile completion

Our candidate profiles are a new addition to Aviation Job Search, and many of the information fields within these candidate profiles are brand new too; meaning that for the time being, not all candidates will have all of this information filled in just yet. Whilst we work with our candidates in the background to encourage them to update their profiles to the fullest, we’ve added this filter so that you can narrow down your search to view candidates who have achieved certain levels of profile completion.

Filtering to view candidates with higher levels of profile completion can give you the peace of mind in knowing that you’re viewing professionals who have spent considerable time and effort in crafting a detailed profile, which is a testament to their character as well as giving you a deeper insight into their experience and skills before you’ve even got in touch with them.

Aircraft make/model

Here is where you can filter down by specific aircraft make and model, if you are hiring for a role which requires candidates to have experience of working on a particular aircraft. Aircraft Make allows you to filter by manufacturer, and Aircraft Model lets you get into detail with specific aircraft types from each manufacturer. Simply scroll down the checklist to select your chosen aircraft type(s), or use the search bar to find your chosen aircraft easily. This information is submitted by the candidates themselves upon creation of their profile, so you can be confident in its accuracy.


If the role you are hiring for has a specific requirement in terms of flight hours, here is where you can filter down to view the candidates who have the right amount of experience under their belt. Just drag the sliders to set the brackets to your desired figures and the search results will be narrowed down for you.

As mentioned, we will be working continuously with our candidates over the coming weeks and months to encourage them to fill out their candidate profiles as fully as possible, in order to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information within CV Discovery.

By using a combination of these filters, it’s our aim that you will be able to perform the sort of specific, tailored searches that can really help cut down time spent browsing and give you a better insight from the very start into which candidates are right for your roles.

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