When it comes to applying for the Cabin Crew job, your CV could be just the ticket to get you that initial foot in the door and secure an interview – but how do you ensure that your CV is added to the interview pile rather than being completely ignored and rejected?
Putting together a successful CV is easy once you know how. It is of utmost importance to know that you should COMBINE all your skills and experience and tailor them to the Cabin Crew job that you’re applying for. But what happens if you don’t meet the right criteria? Well, I do believe that this blog post contains crucial tips to help you in creating a successful CV and securing your first (or next) job as a Cabin Crew.
When writing your descriptions of your tasks and responsibilities, its is absolutely IMPORTANT that you use something called: POWER VERBS. Here are some examples of action/power words that you could use and before I share them, please have in mind that you should use words which match the job description for which you are applying – so write the according to the job description.
The following words belong to the POWER VERBS category: Achieved, Analyzed, Assessed,Administered, Arranged, Advised, Budgeted, Co-ordinated, Calculated, Completed, Created, Controlled, Conducted, Designed, Developed, Discovered, Distributed, Increased, Instructed, Explained, Examined,Evaluated, Managed, Monitored, Organized, Promoted, Recommended, Responsible for, Researched, Represented, Reformed, Resulted, Planned, Selected, Sold, Solved, Supervised, Taught, Tested, Trained, Welcomed,
To share you the reason why I suggest the above mentioned, here is one example: Please have a look at the difference between the two sentences:
- “I was in charge of a sales team that hit all its targets”;
2. “Directed and trained as part of sales team that surpassed their targets”.
In the second sentence you are able to observe and see much stronger description that gives a more immediate picture of the tasks. Start the descriptions of your past experience like this for impact and strength. And do not forget that while doing that, you should always have in mind the applicant tracking system. Here is a detailed video on the same:
Let’ talk about something that I don’t think anyone has shared it with you before and that is the NUMBERS IN YOU CV. Using numbers in parts of your CV is necessary, but there are very important differences in numbers that you should be aware of.
I would first like to mention the DATES. Please be aware that dates are written differently in many countries. While most of the world will understand 04.03.2021 as the 4th of March, in the US this is the 3rd of April. It is best to use the word for the month to avoid confusion. In the list of past jobs and responsibilities in your CV it is possible to abbreviate the months, for example,
1 Jan 2019-12 Dec 2020, Sales Assistant: Supported sales manager at Company XYZ
When it comes to showing/emphasizing your success, you may certainly use numbers in your task descriptions to emphasize your skills and your success. For example: * Directed and trained as part of sales team that surpassed targets by 150%. What I would like to highlight is that you are aware that there is a difference between numbers in English and other countries for instance. To avoid confusion make sure you use the English version of numbers to show your success. Commas and decimal points are used differently in each language. For example, In German, 1,000 + 2.000= 2.001 (two thousand and one) and in English, 1,000+ 2.000= 1,002 (one thousand and two). So please make sure that you use English numbers to avoid confusion and to provide the correct information.
Please AVOID PRONOUNS. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. For example, I, me, he, she, herself, you, it, that, they, each, few, many, who, whoever, whose, someone, everybody, etc. In the following example:
- “Directed and trained a sales team that surpassed their targets by 150%”;
2. “Directed and trained a sales team that surpassed targets by 150%”.
This can be difficult for second language speakers like me for instance, as this form of writing is not very common, but it is a style of writing which is more direct and certainly creates MORE IMPACT!
I would like to advice that you USE THE CORRECT FORM OF THE PAST TENSE. As you can see in the above examples, past tense verbs are used to start the task/ experience descriptions. Make sure you use the correct form of the verb and check if it is regular or irregular before you start writing. If you are still doing the job, it is possible to use the present tense.
Last but not least, PLEASE REVISE AND EDIT your CV. Handing a CV full of mistakes is not a way to get any job, so reread your CV as many times and if possible. There are two playlists on my Youtube Channel that are decimated to the CV PREPARATION and they have helped thousands of candidates to secure the job at 40 000 feet:
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