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6 Tips to Help Your Flight Attendant Resume POP

Posted August 14th, 2013 in Requirements by Judith Howe

When applying for a Flight Attendant position, you must provide a concise, yet solid, list of past jobs, training and education. Sadly, many candidates fail to make their resume stand out, and as a result, they do not receive significant attention from potential airlines as the HR managers will skip over a boring and predictable resume. Fortunately, with these six tips, a prospective Flight Attendant can make his or her resume POP and excite potential hiring managers.

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TIP #1: Keywords

When looking to hire a new employee, most businesses will look for candidates online. Now, when reading the post, a job seeker can learn a lot about what the business is looking for and what they want out of a new employee. In fact, the company will usually put in main keywords related to the job or industry. This makes the candidate’s job easy as he or she can put these main keywords in the resume and cover letter. To understand how important this is, one must think like an HR manager. When they read dozens of resumes a day, they will be both impressed and excited when they read the right keywords related to the job, business and industry.

Furthermore, many airlines use a computer program to filter resumes.

With these programs, airlines will weed out potential employees before the hiring manager reads the resume. So remember, when applying for a job, make sure to put the right keywords in the body of the resume.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: LIST OUT ALL OF THE AIRLINES YOU WANT TO APPLY TO, GATHER ALL OF THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS PROVIDED FOR EACH AIRLINE, AND CREATE A CUSTOM RESUME FOR EACH ONE THAT MAKES USE OF SEVERAL KEYWORDS USED IN THE AIRLINES JOB DESCRIPTIONS.

 

TIP #2: Personality

Most HR managers read the same, predictable, statements all day. To stand out from the pack, and get the bosses thinking, one should try to put some personality in their resume. This does not mean that you should be offensive or over the top with their statements. However, when adding a little flair, you can get that personal touch with the hiring manager and put a human face on your application. Remember, a boss will notice a resume with character over one with the same overused words and phrases.

Remember, if your resume looks old and reused, you will just look like the rest of the thousands of resumes an airlines receives each day.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: TAKE YOUR RESUME TEMPLATE AND HIGHLIGHT 3 TO 5 SENTENCES THAT YOU THINK YOU COULD ADD A LITTLE MORE PERSONAL TOUCH TO. WORK ON GETTING THAT FLAIR ON.

TIP #3: Strong objective

Most of the time, when applying for a job, one will list a boring and overused objective. For example, many people will put that they want to find a job that will further their skills and help them learn more about the industry. To get noticed, a job seeker should be bold and list a serious and long-term goal that will both excite and interest the hiring manager. One way to do so would be for the candidate to put that he or she wants to change the world with their ideas. While this may seem over the top, many bosses will appreciate a candidate who wants to reach for the sky during his or her employment with the airline.

Your airline wants to know what’s in it for them too!

Don’t sit there and tell them how working for them is going to help you with your experience and goals. Tell them how your skills and motivation is going to have a direct impact on their goals. There is a reason why airlines have flight attendants, and I hate to break it to you, it has nothing to do with your goals. Flight Attendants exist to enhance their customer experience. So, if you’re not communicating that you’re in this to enhance their customer service goals, then why are you here?

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: DELETE YOUR OBJECTIVE. START FROM SCRATCH. WRITE A STATEMENT THAT POPS, AND THAT PRESENTS WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM.

TIP #4: Bullet points of past jobs

When listing a former job, one should list what they did, and what they accomplished, not regurgitate mundane tasks that may be repetitive from job to job. Keep it short and sweet so a hiring manager can, with ease,  sift through your past jobs and quickly move to the next portion of your resume. Though tempting, a candidate should not write out a long and drawn out explanation of each of their past roles as they can speak in detail about during the interview. Without a doubt, a busy hiring manager will appreciate when an application has bullet points and lists and not a long summary of each position the person held in the past.

Use descriptors with each job bullet point.

Don’t just say that you worked for “Retail Store XYZ”. Say “Sales and Award Winning Customer Service with Retail Store XYZ in 2005″. Short and sweet one liner – that’s all you need. See how I made the name of the store bold?

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: IF YOU HAVE JOB DESCRIPTORS THAT IS MORE THAN ONE LINE PER JOB POSITION, CUT THE FAT. IF IT FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE, IT MEANS YOUR DOING THE RIGHT THING.

TIP #5: Set apart

When applying for employment, especially during the economic downturn, you’ve got to work your hardest to stand out from the crowd. One way to do so is to highlight (literally) the things about you that really matter. One way to do it is by simply listing the things that you think the reader NEEDS to take away from your resume right up at the top. This works great because you entice the hiring manager to keep those things in mind while they go through your resume. Another great tactic is to bold, accent, or highlight keywords or phrases that you really want them to resonate with. Chances are they are speed reading. Do them a favor and highlight the keywords that they should focus on while skimming the rest. Notice how I do that in this article?

This will actually help the hiring manager review your resume effectively.

They don’t need to figure out for themselves what separates you from the rest. You’re essentially doing it for them, in a non-direct way. They will automatically come to the conclusions about you that you have designed for them. Remember, most hiring managers will only spend about 10-15 seconds per resume. This will give you the most bang for your buck in those precious seconds.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: GO THROUGH AND HIGHLIGHT SNIPPETS OF YOUR RESUME THAT YOU THINK THE THE HIRING MANAGER HAS TO TAKE AWAY AFTER READING YOUR RESUME.  THINGS THAT YOU FEEL MAKE YOU STAND OUT. TAKE A LOOK AT HOW IT LOOKS. IF YOU HAVE THE SPACE, BRIEFLY LIST THEM AT THE TOP OF YOUR RESUME.

TIP #6: Font

Applicants will often go overboard with his or her font size or style. When you make it hard for your hiring manager to read your resume, you lose. Think about how many thousands of resumes a hiring manager reads for a Flight Attendant position. After a couple hours of droning through, they will be only looking at the resumes that are non-cumbersome to read. It is imperative that you make your resume one of those.

Now, this does not mean that a candidate should use a boring and predictable font that conforms to everyone else’s ideas.

Instead, choose a bunch of fonts that look like ideal candidates – not too boring, not too distractive. Then print out each version and get some feedback from friends and family. Look at if they are squinting to read it. Adjust the size of the font if need be.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: PICK YOUR TOP THREE FONT STYLES THAT YOU LIKE AND PRINT YOUR RESUME OUT AS THREE DIFFERENT VERSIONS. GO GET SOME FEEDBACK.

If you’ve made it this far, take a few moments to apply these 6 tips to your current resume. You’ll not only get better reception from hiring managers, but you’ll also become more in tuned with what separates you from others, giving you an added bonus come interviewing and writing cover letters.

What was your biggest take away from this post? What are the things you’ll apply first to your resume?


 

2 Responses so far.

  1. Cv Samples says:

    Before you start work on your resume, review free samples that fit a variety of employment situations. These examples and templates provide job seekers with resume formats that will work for every job seeker.

  2. Darryl W. says:

    This entire post was very informative and helpful. I’m enthusiastically seeking employment with a major airline. Following your blog step by step I believe will get me to my next goal as a flight attendant. I certainly will follow up with any positive feedback and results!

    Thanks!

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