Spreading Your Wings After Flight Attendant School
With the hard work of flight attendant school behind you, it's time to look at spreading your wings and forging a career in the wider world of aviation. In today's competitive marketplace it's sometimes all too easy to just grab jobs as they're offered without taking the extra time to actually map out a strategy for how you want to develop your career as a flight attendant.
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The training you've received in flight attendant school is obviously step one on the road to managing this strategy. And one of the most important further tools at your disposal as you progress is going to be your flight attendant resume.
This essential document is something that will grow with you as your career develops, a constantly updated snapshot of your current status and capabilities. So let's take a closer look at how you go about fine-tuning this document.
There's certain elements that the good folks in nearly every airline human resource department will be looking for in your flight attendant resume. These are the gatekeepers you were warned about in flight attendant school, the people you have to get past to have the best chance of landing the top jobs. It's very much worth your while putting your best foot forward here.
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Start strongly by having a crisp, well formulated overview of your background and abilities at the head of your resume. You've got two or three sentences to grab the reader's attention here and establish your credentials so every word counts.
Don't make the mistake of submitting exactly the same resume to every employer. You're looking to first of all establish a strong core template for your resume that best reflects your experience and abilities. The next step is then tweaking this template to precisely match the desires of the employer you're applying to. Take the extra time to research the company background and culture of the airline in question and tailor your resume and cover letter to match.
Don't go overboard. Short but sweet is the way to approach this. Nobody wants to wade through a novel when they are reviewing CVs. Your resume should be no more than two pages long, crisply and confidently establishing what sets you apart as a candidate.
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What are the things employers are looking for? The obvious qualities that were drilled into you at flight attendant school: a solid work history with checkable references, physical fitness and language proficiency are the basic requirements.
Take the opportunity to showcase your qualifications here. This is your chance to prove your formal knowledge of the principles and processes that constitute the role of flight attendant.
Finally, always make sure you've adequately proofread your resume and cover letter before it's submitted. We've talked to innumerable airline HR people over the years and if there's one thing that's sure to set them against you it's sloppy layout or spelling. Careless mistakes show you haven't taken the application process seriously and these resumes will be ruthlessly weeded out.
Stick to these common-sense tips and you're all set for success. Good luck!