The key to getting an interview for any job is having a good CV, and in a highly competitive and over-crowded business like Cabin Crew this is especially important.
Your CV should be a representation of you on paper; it is your primary chance to really sell yourself and to make yourself stand out from the crowd. It is essential that your CV is specifically targeted to the job role you are applying for, so if you are applying for several different jobs make sure you have a different CV for each – this sounds like a lot of work but it is well worth it as having a generic CV for everything won’t get you noticed.
When writing your CV you need to bear in mind that there is likely to be hundreds of other people going for exactly the same Cabin Crew position, so your CV may only get a few seconds of attention from the airline.
So, what does an airline want to see when they look at your CV? They want a clear and simple layout - bombarding them with a load of information is going to turn them off, they need to be able to navigate their way around your CV easily and quickly. It should be a maximum of two pages in length, if you remember this it should stop you from including unnecessary information.
At the very top of your CV you should always include your name; address, contact details and date of birth. Some airlines may also request that you attach a photo of yourself, a passport size photo should be appropriate, make sure you are smartly dressed as your shoulders will be included in the shot. Also make sure you are well groomed – ladies, don’t overdo the makeup, they need to see what you actually look like not just what foundation you use. It would also be preferable to tie your hair back into a pony tail or a bun if it is long.
Underneath your contact details you should have a personal profile. It only needs to be a few sentences, summarising you as a person. Try to be a little creative with this, remember that your airline will have received hundreds of CV’s so try to avoid using cliché’s.
Once you are happy with your personal profile you should have a section dedicated to relevant experience you’ve gained that would suit working as a member of Cabin Crew. Again, try not to let this turn into a long, rambling paragraph – use short sentences.
Underneath this you should list your employment history starting with the most recent job you had. Your employment history should include the company name and your job position as well start and finish dates. You should also bullet point what your key responsibilities were at each job. If you have had a job in the past that isn’t relevant to a Cabin Crew position you should still include it but you needn’t write an extensive list of your responsibilities as the airline won’t be interested in this.
Finally, you must include your education and qualifications. Most airlines insist on Cabin Crew having a minimum of four GCSEs which must include English and Maths.