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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