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Recruiters can get hundreds of CVs/ Resumes through the post- that’s why they often ask for an application form instead, they know you are motivated if you take the time to complete it! So if you are lucky enough to just need to submit a CV you need to make it stand out.
As tempting as it is to send in the standard CV/ Resume that’s mouldering away on your desktop it really is worth giving it a revamp with the specific job in mind. If you’ve had quite a few jobs include the ones which are most relevant (e.g. roles in customer service, catering, first aid, safety related or dealing with the public). Keep your CV to 2 pages and make everything you write count.
Here are five tips on how:
- Don’t just list a job and leave it to the recruiter to work out its relevance– spell it out. Include a couple of lines about what your duties were, making sure you use the ones which fit best with the cabin crew role.
- Make your CV/ Resume stand out by explaining what you did well in each job. For instance, instead of leaving it as ‘clerical assistant- 2007-2009’ also write a bit about something you contributed to the role e.g. ‘duties- filing, responding to customer enquiries, maintaining records and databases. I improved the filing system by… (then explain what you did that made you better than most clerical assistants!)
- Don’t just list hobbies; think about the achievements associated with them. For instance, if you list ‘keep fit’ you could also add ‘I trained for 6 months for a half marathon and raised £££ for XXX charity’. It’s the extra details that make you stand out. Of course, always be truthful as you could be caught out in interview if you make anything up!
- Keep the text spaced out and structured into defined paragraphs- don’t cram in too much detail at the expense of how easy and appealing the text is to read.
- Keep your audience in mind. If you use acronyms which are common knowledge at your workplace but make no sense outside of it it will be hard for them to understand.
Spotlight on: A CV/ Resume with a difference
CV templates often suggest you start with a personal statement and then follow up with your employment history, which isn’t bad advice. The problem is, what goes into each of these sections can be very bland and unoriginal.
Personal statement– avoid making generalisations (that everyone else will be making!) such as ‘I am reliable’ and ‘I’m hardworking and motivated’. If you are going to write it, make yourself stand out by actually backing this up with an example to prove it. For instance, ‘I’ve proved that I am very reliable, having only had one day off work sick in the last 4 years’. You will have your own personal gems you can use but it is this sort of specific detail which most applicants miss and why their CV/ Resume ends up in the bin.
Employment history– avoid including information that won’t be relevant to the role of cabin crew and focus on the things that are. Try to keep your employment section engaging and original. For instance, instead of listing every aspect of the job, include the key relevant points and then have a heading such as ‘my contribution’ or ‘successes’ and explain how you made a difference to the role/ organisation.
Hobbies– put yourself in the reader’s shoes- would it grab your attention to be faced with yet another CV/ Resume which lists, ‘swimming, reading and travel’ as some of your interests. Again make it stand out. Where have you been to in your travels and how did it inspire you to want to do more? What achievements have you had with any of your other activities?
Next Page: The Application Form
Your application form will vary a bit depending on the airline, but there will also be plenty of similarities. 1) It will take ages to complete; 2) You’ll have to cover things which annoy you because you already wrote about them on your CV…