This is a scary time to be a flight attendant or member of cabin crew. The airline industry is facing an unprecedented crisis and many thousands of aviation workers face either being made redundant or involuntarily furloughed over the coming months. Now is the time to be preparing for the worst, however much you might be hoping for the best.
The COVID-19 pandemic may well mean that many cabin crew have to hang up their wings… perhaps temporarily but for some permanently. Finding a new job in this market isn’t going to be easy but as cabin crew you have skills, experience and a personality that employers are desperately searching for.
But if you want to secure a new job you need to make a good first impression… and that comes in the form of your CV or resume. We’ve long offered a free range of resume templates for hopeful cabin crew candidates but these resumes are just as useful for any job and will really help make your skills and experience stand out from the crowd.
These templates are designed to ‘beat’ the applicant tracking systems that many recruiters use – they are easily machine readable and along with the rest of the advice we provide, they will help you get your foot in the door and beat the competition.
Download the templates by filling in your details below and we’ll send you a link with all five templates. Then follow the quick five minute 4 step guide below to make the very most of your chosen template.
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Step 1. Collate your details
This might sound really obvious but don’t start writing your resume until you have collated all of your details in a separate document. You’ll need details of any education you’ve undertaken along with the details and dates of past jobs. You don’t need to include every educational establishment you’ve attended, just the highest achieved as well as key skills or education that is related to the job you are applying for.
As for past jobs, aim to avoid any long gaps between employment or plan to provide an adequate explanation for any gaps longer than a few months. If you’ve worked for the same employer for a long time, consider how you might separate this period into different roles or projects you were involved in.
Step 2. What style to write your resume
- Eliminate all pronouns like I and My
- Write in the third person
- And in the past tense
- Write short bullet points and strip out all unnecessary filler words
Always write from the perspective of what you have achieved or done and not something you are currently doing.
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Step 3. Describe your achievements
Don’t just list your duties and responsibilities – focus on your achievements. This is key to painting a compelling picture of the person you really are. It allows the recruiter to see your personality and the personal attributes that make you special.
Think of keywords that you can use to start a bullet point with an achievement: Successfully, proactively, praised, ensured, commended, utilised, awarded, passionately, consistently, created, prioritised, optimised, identified… and so on.
As cabin crew, you have many skills that employers find incredibly desirable. Think about how you have used your skills and experience in areas likes:
- Crisis management
- Safety critical checks
- Customer service
- Team work
- Being adaptable and flexible
- Medical emergencies
And many, many more.
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Step 4. Check and check again
Mistakes happen. They’re a fact of life but they are most definitely not allowed in your resume. Read your resume once, twice and even three times to weed out any mistakes. And don’t for one second think your first draft will be good enough. Your resume is always a work in progress and there is always room for improvement.
Our top tip: Save each draft as a separate document so you can track changes and revert to a different version if necessary. This is also really important if you use an automatic resume grader to analyse your resume’s effectiveness (something we would highly recommend).
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Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently used by some of the biggest names in journalism.