Why A Personal Statement Is Essential For Your Cabin Crew CV

Why A Personal Statement Is Essential For Your Cabin Crew CV

If you are applying for Cabin Crew roles, then you are in a competitive market. Furthermore, the experience on your CV can sometimes be similar to other candidates. So, how can you make sure your CV stands out and gets recognised in a swathe of applications? The answer is your personal statement.

Your personal statement is a strong introductory paragraph that sits at the top of your CV. It includes your skills, experience and the results you have achieved in your career so far. You may think that your CV has all of the information already. However, if you want to get noticed, your personal statement is a must-have for your CV. Here are four reasons why:


To grab recruiters’ attention

For a Cabin Crew role, the competition is high and lots of candidates will be applying for the same roles as you. With this in mind, your CV needs a winning edge. A personal statement is a fantastic way to grab the attention of recruiters. Sitting at the very top of your CV, it’s a great way to ensure that readers stick to the CV, if you ensure it is packed with skills that reflect the candidate requirements of your target jobs.

Now that your personal statement has the attention of recruiters, they’ll spend more time looking at the rest of your CV, making it more likely that you’ll end up on top of the ‘yes’ pile.


To sell yourself

Your personal statement is more than a biography or paragraph of work experience. Think about your personal statement as your sales pitch. Much like an advert, it is your chance to show recruiters why you are the ideal cabin crew member for their team. It should ensure you appear head and shoulders above the competition, thanks to your skills and experience.

Make sure your personal statement is factual, but don’t be modest. This is your chance to really shine and show recruiters what you are made of.


To summarise your skills

As an experienced Cabin Crew member, you will have picked up many skills throughout your work experience. A personal statement is a chance to summarise these skills in a way that is easy for recruiters to read.

In the initial recruitment stages, a recruiter may not have the time to read through your whole CV to pick out skills in each role. Instead, a short, concise summary at the top of your CV can significantly help your CV to progress to the next stage of recruitment.


To allow you to tailor your CV for different roles

Recruiters appreciate candidates that take the time to read the job description and ensure their CV is tailored to individual jobs. For Cabin Crew roles, it is likely that your prior work history will remain the same. The best and quickest way to customise your CV for each role is by adapting your personal statement.

Read each job description carefully and highlight the keywords and experience they are looking for, then craft your personal statement around the job description, making sure you tick the boxes that the recruiter is checking for.


Andrew Fennell is the founder of CV writing advice website StandOut CV – he is a former recruitment consultant and contributes careers advice to websites like Business Insider, The Guardian and FastCompany.

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Hiring managers receive an average of 75 CVs per position that they post, so their time is limited when reading through yours. If it doesn’t stand out to them, then it’s likely heading for the rejection pile.

When you are applying for jobs, the easiest process seems to be to create one generic template to send to multiple recruiters. Doing this will likely add a significant delay to your job search. Why? Because it’s not what recruiters are looking for.

Recruiters are searching for candidates who fit the bill. So they’ll be looking for specific keywords, experience, characteristics and skill set. Which is why you should always make the effort to tailor your CV to each role you apply for.

A generic aviation CV when applying for a specific role like a Pilot tells a recruiter nothing…except that you have been too lazy to adapt your application. 

So before you start sending out the one and only CV you created. Read our tips below on how to adapt your generic CV to more specific roles:



Every job is unique – your CV to each role should be too

Even roles with the same job title can be very different in practice. Anyone who has stayed in the same type of role between organisations will tell you that experience and responsibilities will vary. Regardless of what you’ve done before, focus your CV towards the role you apply for so you can better appeal to the recruiter.



Generic CV’s won’t get picked up

According to Neville Rose, Director of CV Writers, ATS systems do not assess CVs based on generic role types. For example, job boards like Aviation Job Search don’t have an algorithm for ‘Cabin Crew’ that will sift through every CV evenly against every job title. ATS systems work by analysing CVs against individual role specifications. You only have to download 2 or 3 specifications for similar sounding roles to see how differently they can be written. Therefore, relying on one CV to pass these filters isn’t productive.



Your first CV is just the beginning

Writing for a specific application like a First Officer is a great start. But you have to be consistent, and continue this approach with every job application. The amount of tailoring you need will of course vary – it could between 5% to 10% for similar roles or you may need to rewrite 80% of more if you are applying for a completely different role that requires different experience. 



More specific applications = better success rate for securing interviews

Finishing one copy of your CV and sending it multiple times will likely cause frustration when you count the number of applications made in comparison to responses/interview invites. Be patient and take the time to tailor your CV, and you should see a rise in interview requests. Yes, it takes much more effort, but you have to consider just how badly you want the job…



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Opening statement

An opening statement on your CV sets the scene for the rest of your application. It should give the recruiter an insight to you, and urge them to read on. Include your job title, length of experience, examples of industry background and outline what you are looking for in your next opportunity. Remember to tailor this to the role you are applying for.


Key skills

Your endearing opening statement should lead nicely on to your key skills section. This is where you can highlight your ability by mentioning the key requirements the recruiter requests in their job description. Look at the role you are applying for carefully and shout about the skills you have mastered.


What are some key skills for cabin crew?

  • Excellent sense of humour
  • Experience working with passengers from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Polite and friendly manner
  • Well spoken, approachable, with great attention to detail & a professional attitude
  • Fluent in 3 languages: French, Spanish and German
  • Professional and positive attitude
  • Comfortable in a selling role



Before you start talking about the epic experience you’ve gained over your time as a workshop controller, don’t forget to first list the dates you worked at each company, and the job title you undertook. Don’t make the mistake of writing out a huge, detailed job spec. Simply relate back to the recruiter’s job description and pick out the key elements of your role that are relatable to the job you are applying for.


Key tip: Whatever you include, keep it specific to the role – everything you write should suggest to the recruiter that you can perform the job they are hiring for. For example, when you are applying for a cabin crew job, you should reiterate the key responsibilities you have experience with, like liaising with customers, or demonstrating use of emergency equipment.



Training courses and other qualifications will go down well here, as well as any relevant high school, college or university qualifications. Always shout about your degree, especially if it was a stepping stone towards your career.


Hobbies and interests

We are all our own person outside of work. Use the last section of your CV to talk about what you get up to in your own time. Showing key interests that involve leadership or teamwork e.g. sports, are of particular interest to a recruiter who is looking for the right fit for their team. Think twice about writing ‘’watching TV” or “going on holiday” and maybe find the team to think about hobbies that emphasise intelligence, leadership or social skills.



Are you a serial Comic Sans user? Stop. Pick a more professional font for your CV. Maybe not something as typical as Times New Roman, but something that is slightly different to the norm. This will help your CV stand out. Also, DO NOT FORGET TO SPELLCHECK. We cannot stress this enough!


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Writing a CV can be a stressful process, especially if the deadline is close. It’s better to write a general CV once you’re ready to start applying for jobs, and then keep it updated. That way, you’ll always have a template for a general role, but you will then be able to tailor it for each application.

Already doing all of this? Great! But there may well be a few things that you are doing, that aren’t giving off the right impression to the recruiter. Here are a few common mistakes made on CV’s that you can avoid:


Poor formatting  

If a CV is hard to read, it’s a huge turn off for employers. It’s a common thing that employers will scan over CV’s initially, so you should make sure it’s tidy and organised. Avoid confusing layouts and using various letters, sizes and fonts. Before submitting or printing your CV, be sure to check it over for errors. You can always ask someone to read it for you.


Spelling errors

We all make spelling errors here and there. But the difference between the applicant who gets asked for an interview and the applicant who doesn’t get one, is that one of them proofread their CV before sending it.

A CV with no spelling mistakes is a must to show off your precision and attention to detail. Spell check your CV before getting another person to look over it. Never write your CV by hand, as even if you have the best handwriting in the world, it could end up looking unprofessional.

The good thing about typing your CV up on a computer is that there is always a spell checker tool on there – beware though, some computers may suggest that you change your spelling to an Americanised version. Typical signs of this include suggestions to change words with a ‘s’ to a ‘z’ – for example, ‘customize’ (UK spelling ‘customise’), ‘realize’ (UK spelling ‘realise’), or changing ‘ou’ to ‘o’, for example ‘color’ (UK spelling colour’)



Some people choose to lie on their CV’s for different reasons – maybe they want to include it because they think that if they get the job, they can then pick it up before they start. Or perhaps they’ve been rejected from certain roles because of one or two skills they don’t yet have. Whatever reasons you may have for lying on your CV, under no circumstances is this acceptable.

Think about it – you would never want an employer to lie to you about your role, so you should respect them by being honest about your skills. Not all people who apply for a job have every required skill, but have successfully attained the role for other reasons. A white lie on your CV could potentially lead to dismissal from a role if you’re found out – is it really worth the risk?

It’s much easier to tell the truth – especially if the employer decides to grill you on what you’ve lied about.


Lack of evidence

Having a lack of evidence can make or break your CV – backup your achievements wherever possible. The interviewer will not only be looking for your achievements or skills, but they will most likely want to see or hear examples too. Give as much detail as you can about any achievements or real life examples of your skill set


Poorly formatted work experience

Many of you may have a long list of past work experience. It’s important to note that you do not have to list every place you’ve ever worked at. List the roles that apply most to the job you are applying for.

If your work experience appears messy and ambiguous, your CV could be disregarded. Start your previous job roles with a brief description of the company you worked for and the role you had. Then, include the dates of when you worked there, and add a short description of your responsibilities while in this role. Keeping the same format organises your CV nicely, so stick to the same layout throughout.


Too much information

The most common mistake people make when writing their CV is that they write too much. Interviewers are pushed for time and may need to meet deadlines for recruitment, so they often do not have time to read through your CV properly – especially if it’s full of useless information. Limit your CV to two A4 pages and only include information that is relevant to the job you are applying for. Don’t waste the employer’s time with unnecessary waffle.

Try to avoid these common CV mistakes and you should be able to produce a job winning CV.

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How to write a standout CV

Writing a successful CV can seem like a daunting task, but there are some simple tips to follow which can make it much easier. Throughout this blog, we’ve covered everything from what recruiters are secretly looking for to how you should present your CV. Ultimately, your goal is to tailor your CV to each job and company you apply for, showcasing all your relevant skills and experience. When you’ve created your standout CV, you’re then ready to apply for your dream job!


First things first, what are recruiters looking for?

Many recruitment decisions are based on cold hard facts so a recruiter will be going through your CV looking for evidence that you can perform. These facts may include:

Your position in the hierarchy – It’s important for recruiters to understand where you would best fit in their team. Include information such as who you report in to, if you work independently or if you manage anyone.  

Numbers – Recruiters will look for ways of quantifying your value to your previous company in numbers. This could include revenue generated, percentage of targets hit, flight time clocked, or time taken to achieve a project. Providing strong evidence in figures gives a prospective employer an idea of what return on investment they will receive by employing you.  

What your current employer does – If you’re currently working for a lesser known company, make sure you add an explanation of what the company does so they can put your role into context. If you’re company is more well known, ensure that you describe how your department and role contributes to the wider business.

Technology expertise – Most jobs bring you into contact with some form of technology so recruiters will be keen to learn your level of ability.

The objective of your previous role – The most important thing to include is ‘what were you hired to do?’ A recruiter can then put your hard work and results into context.

Examples of past work – Whatever tangible work you have produced, ensure you state it clearly on your CV, indicating the volume and quality of work produced, and how this benefited the business.

How you interact with other people – The aviation industry will bring you into direct contact with many people, including international citizens where English may not be their first language. Recruiters will be looking for evidence that you are able to communicate clearly and effectively with them.


Where do I start?

Now you know what employers are looking for, there’s just one final thing you need to do before starting to write your CV – research.  If you spend some time doing research into the company you’re applying to, you may gain some insights that will help you write your standout CV. You should be able to find out online what sort of company culture they have and what kind of people they employ.

You need to demonstrate that you understand what the company does, what their position within the industry is and how you can align your experience, interests and values with the goals of the company. Having a basic understanding of the company and their aspirations will also help you when you get to the interview stage.

Remember to pay close attention to the job description. This will be full of clues about what the recruiters are looking for, especially in terms of skills and experience.


Writing your CV

Firstly, your CV should include some basic but vital information about you so that recruiters know who you are and how they can get in touch with you. Make sure you include:



Your full name

A professional email address

Your address

Your phone number

Your nationality

Links to any relevant blog / social presence

Personal statement

If you choose to include a personal statement, this should sit under your basic information. It should be a short paragraph that describes who you are and what you’re about, including your career goals and what you could bring to their company. They are similar in nature to a cover letter, just shorter – usually one paragraph.

It’s not mandatory to include this section but with average recruiters spending an average of just 8.8 seconds looking at your CV, this is your chance to give them a reason to read on. They are particularly useful in a competitive industry as they are the perfect way to grab the recruiters attention.

Avoid being vague or broad as employers might think that you’ve sent this CV to everyone and that you’re just applying for anything – really tailor your personal statement to the company you’re applying for. Aim for something similar to this.

After graduating, I spent one year travelling the world which has given me a great understanding and passion for different cultures, languages and practices. As a result, I am able to communicate clearly and effectively with many international citizens, which I believe would be extremely important in this position as a [insert job title]


Flight hours

It’s really important to include hours relevant for the position and split by type. For example:

X hours as Pilot in Command

X hours as Second in Command

X hours on a Boeing 777  


Qualifications and education

In this section, list all your certificates and ratings starting with your highest held or most recent certificate. You need to indicate that you meet the requirements of the job vacancy so include the licence types, any medical certificates and the country the licences were issued in.  

When listing your education, only list the most recent college or university that you attended. Include the title of the qualification, the grade awarded and the date achieved. If you are still in education, you are entitled to list it but ensure that you make it clear that it hasn’t been completed yet.  

Try and stick to bullet points in this section. If you do have months where you were out of work or education, keep your explanation brief. If an employer requires more information, they will ask you to elaborate during an interview.




This is usually the most prominent section on a CV and it’s worth spending some time making sure you have identified the most relevant experience for the job. This section is normally laid out in reverse chronological order with most recent experience at the top.

Keep your experience short and accurate, listing the company name, duration of employment in years, your title and the type of aircraft that you flew on.

You may have one particular job or work experience that you really want to highlight. You could create a new section titled ‘Engineering Experience’, or ‘Flight Experience’ and put this first. Your remaining experiences can then be put under ‘Further Experience’.


If this is your first job in aviation, lead with your qualifications and then add detail on the transferable skills you have gained from your experience. If you’ve been in the game a while, start with you experience as it’s more recent and relevant to the job.


Amongst others, employers will be looking out for skills such as positivity, loyalty, creativity, adaptability, tenacity and being a team player. These are highly desirable for employers and should be mentioned in your CV personal statement or cover letter.

Avoid using buzzwords or including skills for the sake of it. If you make a statement, back it up with an example of how you demonstrated that trait.

If you’re new to the aviation industry, demonstrate how you have transferable skills from other industries you’ve worked in. For example, you’ve only ever worked in a restaurant and you’re applying for a cabin crew position. Demonstrate how your time at the restaurant taught you:

Valuable insights into the hospitality industry.

How to communicate with customers effectively.

Excellent customer service skills, including being patient and resilient.

How to pay attention to detail in a fast paced environment.

How to deal with handling money.   


How to multitask.

Past work experience that might not appear to be directly relevant to the job at hand might show another dimension, depth, ability, or skill that actually is relevant or applicable.”

Alyssa Gelbard, Career Expert

Interests & Hobbies

A section on your CV which includes a diverse range of interests can help you seem interesting and personable. Highlight interests that have helped you develop the skills that the employer is looking for. Don’t mention ‘passive interests’ such as watching TV or playing games, especially if the job requires you working alongside other people.

Interests and hobbies are subjective. Some employers believe that they are an integral part of the application, whereas some will only find them beneficial if they are looking for a particular fit in their company culture.



References act as a third party endorsement and are used by hiring managers to reassure them that they are about to offer a position to the right candidate.

Only include references on your CV if you’ve been asked to in the job description. Avoid the classic line ‘References available on request’. This is unnecessary and takes up valuable room on your CV. An employer will contact you for details of references if they are considering offering you a position.


When contacting your reference, they could ask for:

A character reference

Details about responsibility

Length of employment

Punctuality and attendance

Overall performance

Reason for leaving


Who should I choose?

Choose your referees carefully, usually it would be your most recent employer. If you don’t have a recent employer, teachers, business acquaintances, customers and organisational leaders can all verify that you are who you say you are.

Avoid choosing family or friends where possible. It’s also considered good etiquette to ask for people’s permission to act as your referee. By notifying them beforehand, it also gives them chance to prepare for any questions, should they be contacted.  


What are they saying about you?

Under the Data Protection Act, you have the right to view any references given by your previous employers. If you disagree with any comments, you may wish to address the matter with you previous employer or remove them as your reference in future applications.  

Contrary to popular belief, previous employers can give a bad reference, providing that it is accurate and fair – and that they have evidence to back up any bold statements, for example, that you were sacked.



How to format your CV

Making your CV look professional and easy to read is essential. Recruiters are ‘time poor’ so you should aim for one or two pages of A4, but no more. The upper-middle area of the first page is known as the ‘CV hotspot’. This is where the eye naturally falls so think about including your most important experience or ‘key attributes’ here.

Top tips

  • Avoid huge chunks of text – bullet points will make the information easier to read and digest
  • Sans-serif fonts such as Helvetica or Arial make for an easy read  
  • Make headings bold and clear, but not oversized
  • Avoid using confusing subheadings
  • Stick to conventional colours – printing your CV in neon will make you stand out but for all the wrong reasons!

If you are sending your CV via email, send it as a PDF unless otherwise specified. If you’re sending it via post, you could look at getting your CV professionally printed – or printing it yourself on good quality paper.


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