The résumé or CV.
Your résumé is your first – and last – chance to make a good impression and it applies to every working field. However, when it comes to aviation and especially to Open Days, your résumé is your chance to stand out of the crowd, a crowd of thousands awaiting to get the same chance with you. It is your best shot to following you dream.
A great résumé isn’t only gonna raise your chances in being called out for an interview, it is a ticket to success. And by great, I mean a sleek, clean and simple résumé – neither “rich” in experience, nor overloaded with unnecessary details. Note that the international aviation language is English – keep that in mind even if you’re submitting a CV to an airline of your country, where english is not the first language.
It’s not only what’s in it that counts – it’s how it looks too; a “shiny and polished” CV makes a huge difference than a sloppy one.
Pay attention to the detail and make sure it includes/features the following;
- Brief – two pages the most.
- Based on real facts – be honest and provide the correct data about your past experience.
- Coherence – font, titles, bold text, bullets should all be consistent in one style.
- Perfect spelling – there’s no room for mistakes, pay huge attention to your grammar and dictation.
So, what information should you include, what do companies ask for
and what are the keywords they are looking for?
Step 1: Personal Information
This field should include all your personal data, such as:
Date /Place of birth
Contact Information: mobile phone / email*
*Try to avoid using nicknames or weird email names – if needed, create a new one using your full name instead. It is of the essence to have a professional-looking résumé.
As an optional step, I suggest you to include the following information – especially if you’re adressing to a vip operator or a foreign aviation company:
Status: Single / Married
Height / Weight
Step 2: Professional Experience / Trainings
In aviation and the flight attendant’s field, any experience associated with tourism or customer service is valuable as the bond between these two is strong. If you do have any expertise or experience on the field, include it in your CV.
Moving backwards, list your working experience here. Keep in mind that in this profession, a non-related to aviation working experience or any other information would be better not to be inculded in your résumé, as it does not add to your image or offer an asset compared to others applying. Unless you find a connections between those fields.
Include the following:
Company’s name / Location
Date of work
Job Description (2-3 bullets)
01.01.2006 – Present – Maryhop Airlines – Athens,Greece.
Greeting passengers and guiding them to their seat
Providing efficient hospitality services during flight
**If you just graduated high school and you do not have working experience, focus in voluntary work related to customer service or refer to your experience working even as a waiter-waitress. Anything customer service related will enhance your background.
We all began somewhere, never forget it.
Step 3: Education
After your professional experience move on to your education. From the most recent to the oldest, include your education even if it not related to aviation.
It should look like this:
2000 – 2004 – School / University Name – Location
Degree / Bachelor in…
Add any seminars or trainings you’ve done here to enhance your CV even more.
Step 4: Languages
Include any foreign languages you speak as well as in which level you know each of them.
Be absolutely honest – your 3rd grade German does not count as a foreign language – as your interview might be conducted in any of the languages you’ll list.
It should look something like this:
Mother Tongue: Greek / English
English : Fluently/ First Certificate in English
French : Good/ Sorbonne B2
Deutsch: Some knowledge/ Grundstufe Deutsch B1 level
Step 5: Skills
Last but not least, this step is extremely important as many aviation companies pay special attention to their candidate’s skills.
Some of the strongest skills you can add to your CV are: Adaptability, Positive Attitude, Flexibility, Responsibility, Motivation, Loyalty, Willingness to learn. Pick those closer to your personality and develop them shortly in 1-2 lines. Add your Language Skills here, if you wish to have a more organised result.
Step 6: Photos
Include a professional-looking passport-sized photo in your CV with your hair up (for women). If you fill an online application and attend an Open Day, keep a small photo with you – besides your CV.
As for your full-sized photo, you’ll also be asked for one, so be prepared. Look professional in a suit or a skirt and a blazer as your future employers would appreciate an idea of what you’ll be looking in a uniform. Keep your hair up and wear a skirt. Also, keep your photos both in a digital file and printed copies to use in an Open Day.
Extra Tip: Cover Letter
If you send your CV directly to the company’s mail, you should include a cover letter. And by this, I mean a short text you’ll write to accompany your attached CV, addresed to the HR Manager of the company.
Keep it short and to the point. Use this short paragraph to express your interest in working in this company, including some of your strongest features – those best fitting in the company’s needs that make you the perfect candidate. Read it three times before sending it to exclude unnecessary information. Keep a delightful, enthusiastic attitude, showing your will to work for this specific company and spend a few lines referring to the company’s character and how it corresponds with your personality and professional goals.
Important Reminder: Send your CV only if there is a job opening in the company. Be certain of that before addressing to the HR Manager.
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