Air Cabin Crew CVs – How to Write Them Effectively
Cabin crew positions are highly sought so it is very important to make sure your flight attendant CV is properly prepared. Employers rarely spend more than 30 seconds to scan CVs so you need to be aware of the skills and competencies airlines look for when recruiting cabin crew. These skills have to be prominently highlighted in your CV so that the reader can view them readily in a quick scan. Anything less will likely result in the resume being thrown in the bin. Your resume must catch the reader’s attention and encourage him or her to continue reading. To achieve this, you will need to follow the following guidelines.
Your cabin crew CV should be kept to a maximum of 2 pages in length. This is readily achievable if you know what to include and what to omit. Your resume should include a profile, key skills summary, professional career summary and details of your qualifications and training.
Use only black ink and avoid clutter with a simple layout using font size of 10 or 12 for the main body of your resume. The document should be headed with your name in bold using font 14 or 16. One of the main features of good CV writing is consistency both in font style and font size. Use the same font size throughout the body of your CV and also adopt the same font style throughout. Times Roman, Arial and Verdana are acceptable and popular font styles.
Your flight attendant CV should begin with a short profile summarising your background, career and objective, all in a short paragraph no more than 3 or 4 sentences long. Your profile should end with your objective, focussing on your interest in working as a cabin crew attendant either as an entrant or as an experienced professional seeking career progression within the same field. Below your profile, you should highlight your key skills in the form of a bulleted list that bear relevance to a cabin crew position. Keep the list to a maximum of 8 lines. If you are entering a cabin crew post for the first time, then you should mention relevant transferable skills such as excellent customer service skills, good numeracy, fitness and ability to swim at least 25 metres. The key skills of a cabin crew member include the following:
- Ability to swim
- Good mental arithmetic for handling transactions
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to handle difficult customers firmly and politely
- Ability to work effectively in a team
- Ability to stay composed and focused under pressure and during emergencies
- A confident and friendly personality
- Ability to work efficiently and quickly
If you are seeking a cabin crew position with no previous experience, coming straight from school or college, you should highlight your qualifications before any work experience, highlighting relevant achievements such as qualifications in English and Maths. If you are changing career to become a cabin crew attendant, highlight your work experience before your qualifications and mention use of relevant transferable skills in your previous remits. If you are already an experienced cabin crew professional, perhaps in a senior position, you should also highlight your work experience ahead of your qualifications and training. Importantly, avoid writing your work remit as a job description. Instead, use verbs to
explain what you did, mentioning skills used and how you honed those skills in the course of your work. Also mention other skills and training you acquired in the course of your work.
Ensure you write your cabin crew resume in the third person and keep use of “I” in your document to a minimum. Finally, always include dates along with names of employers and educational institutions you attended. Remember, a job application is a competitive process so always mention relevant information that will be to your advantage in the selection process, not least, your achievements and other significant results that are of direct relevance to a cabin crew job position.