Thanks to technology, today, job seekers are sending thousands of applications via email to all job posts.
But most of these candidates apply to job offers without reading the full job description, or without knowing anything about the company, or without being qualified – or even without knowing if they are interested in the job!
This is something I get to see a lot as part of the recruitment team in my company, and it’s showing a total lack of interest or care.
Imagine what it is to get an email job application without a title or just empty and with an attached document called coverletter3.doc – it doesn’t look very professional.
Please don’t do this – NEVER send a generic application in response to all the job adverts you find on the Internet. Always tailor your resume and send a cover letter according to each position you are applying to. It can be time-consuming but, believe me; it’s worth it.
Keep in mind that most of the airlines receive hundreds of resumes for an average job opening, so you need to pay attention to the quality of your resume as well as your cover letter in order to get interviews.
So, think – if you are not getting interviews, it might be because of that.
Now, follow my tips and learn to write the perfect cover letter for a flight attendant.
Your cover letter is not a copy of your resume
Don’t copy the information in your CV and simply rewrite it into a letter format.
The purpose of the cover letter is to complement your resume, not to repeat it.
It’s an opportunity to zoom in on your skills, or on whatever is making you the ideal candidate for the job, highlight why you want to work with them above other companies, and motivate the recruiter to read your resume in detail.
Make your cover letter stand out
If you can, I recommend using a cover letter template.
It’s a great way to stand out from the crowds for little money. For sure you’ll be one of the only ones to have an elegant cover letter like that.
Those two templates below will make you look professional and impress any potential employer for sure.
My pick #1
Great selection of colors, texts, and styles for this cover letter.
It’s clean, simple, and easy to read.
It costs $7.
My pick #2
Elegant and modern design for this cover letter that will help you convey your enthusiasm.
Will definitely help you land an interview.
$7 as well.
Always address the letter to the appropriate person
You’ll have more chances to receive a reply if you send it to the right person.
Try to find out the Hiring Manager’s name on the company’s website, LinkedIn, or search via Google.
If you can’t find the name of the recruiter or the Hiring Manager, just address your cover letter to the Hiring Manager or the Recruiting Department.
Try to avoid the too generic “To Whom It May Concern,” or “Dear Sir or Madam.”
Before you even start writing, do your research about the company
You should be familiar with the type of aircraft they have, the type of operation they provide, learn about the company history, their culture and read the job listing carefully.
Once you know about the company and the job, you can match your skills and qualifications to their needs.
I’m surprised when I get those emails from people telling us that they want to get a job in our company, but first, they want to know what the job is about to see if they are interested. Hello??
Or they ask for our email address to send their resume when it’s something they can find easily anywhere. No way!
These are some examples of matching your abilities to the job requirements to help the recruiter to decide whether you are a good fit or not.
- If they are looking for a Spanish-speaking cabin crew member and you speak the language, then make sure you focus on that – because you can be selected just because of that fact. So if you are bilingual because you grew up in Spain, then explain it; or if you have been studying it since Middle School then make sure you mention it, but always add information to what’s already written in your resume (such as how you learned the language, and whether you have used it before in a work situation, for example). Don’t just say that you have an intermediate Spanish level.
- If they are looking for a VIP flight attendant, and you’ve never been working in the industry before, but you’ve worked previously in luxury hotels, restaurants or top-class companies, then say so! It can be really helpful.
Remember, corporate aviation is all about etiquette and protocol, so any job in relation to excellence in a high standard of customer service is a PLUS!
If you studied or worked as a sommelier before, or if you were a yacht stewardess, it can be an advantage.
- If you are worried because you think you have zero possibilities to be hired in a commercial airline since you don’t have any previous airline experience, get that idea out of your mind. Talk about any hospitality or customer service experience you have and explain how you already have developed some of the skills required for the job.
Don’t copy the content that most of the resume websites are offering – they all suck!
They are written by people who might be good at Human Resources, but they don’t know anything about the flight attendant job.
A sample of a cover letter on these websites recommends you showcase your abilities, such as a “clear speaking voice” or the “ability to reach overhead bins,” etc.
Do you really think those are abilities to highlight?
If you are interested in knowing which skills employers are looking for in a flight attendant, check out my other article How to Write the Perfect Flight Attendant Resume and Stand out from the Crowd.
Keep it short, just 3 or 4 paragraphs, not longer
This is not a novel about you.
You just need to explain why you are the perfect match for this position.
Try to include keywords from the job description.
Feature your skills, abilities, or experience that makes you the ideal candidate without repeating what’s in your resume.
And let them know why you want to work for this company.
So keep it short and concise, because most recruiters prefer to read half a page than a full page.
Talk about them and the role
It’s essential to keep in mind that while scanning your cover letter, recruiters will look for two things :
- Are you talking about the company?
- Are you talking about the role?
If not, you most likely will be out.
Really. The recruiters don’t want to read copy-pasted cover letters.
Cover your gaps or red flags
Your cover letter is especially important if you have an employment gap or red flags on your resume.
If you have something that they might not understand in your CV (like job-hopping, significant time gaps or a complete career change), it’s a great opportunity for you to explain it.
Talk about your references
If you have a referral, you can drop their name in your cover letter.
It can increase your chances of getting an interview because you are coming recommended by someone they know.
Follow the instructions religiously
If there are any instructions given, please follow them carefully.
There’s nothing worse than receiving applications that didn’t even read the job listing to the end.
Maybe you’ve been asked to include a specific phrase or word in the cover letter, or to send the resume in .pdf format, or include a full body picture with a passport picture attached.
Ignoring this will make you lose the job opportunity straight away.
Take the opportunity to showcase your personality
Be honest and be yourself – the cover letter is a good way to showcase your personality.
You should aim to make yourself likable and convince them that you are going to fit in perfectly.
But be careful about being too honest.
For example, if you are simply looking for a flight attendant job to earn money while studying, this might not be showing true interest in it as a career.
Be polite and don’t forget to give your availabilities
Don’t forget to thank them for taking the time to read your cover letter.
And let them know your availability for an interview.
But don’t tell them that you will follow up with a call to set up an interview. That’s way too pushy! I don’t know where this trend came from.
Save your cover letter in PDF
If you are sending the cover letter online, make sure it’s in PDF format (unless you re given other specific instructions).
Your document in PDF will preserve the exact same look, no matter on which device it’s opened or printed.
Last tips before sending your resume
- Reread and polish your cover letter.
Search for any spelling or grammar mistakes, or ask someone to read and correct it.
Don’t rush – you may want to send it as soon as possible, but you’ll make more mistakes. Make sure your cover letter is looking perfect.
- Make sure you send it to the correct email address, and the appropriate person.
- Name the file with your name: NicoleSmith.pdf not just resume.pdf
It will help the recruiter find you CV and differentiate it from the rest.
- Don’t use weird or unprofessional email addresses.
You shouldn’t be surprised if employers are not getting back to you because your email is unprofessional, such as [email protected], [email protected]
- Make sure you are matching the style and font of your cover letter and resume.
If you have picked ‘Arial size 12’, then you should keep the same look for both and use the same style of template.
- If you are sending your cover letter via a website and you have to fit it into a text box, you can copy and paste your cover letter and edit it to make it shorter.
Remember, people are less patient when reading on screen. They just scan the text.
- Check your writing style.
Don’t use too many clichés or empty expressions that are not bringing anything.
Always use formal language and business-speak, never use emoticons or write in UPPERCASE.
Use short paragraphs and leave plenty of space between paragraphs to make it easier to read.
I know most of these tips are just “common sense,” and luckily, many of you follow my advice and send excellent resumes and cover letters, which transmit enthusiasm, interest, and motivation. Thank you!
But for others, it’s a good reminder to know that you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression and stand out from the pile. So do not miss this opportunity.
Cover letter sample for a flight attendant without previous experience
Don’t forget, this example is not to copy-paste by any means!
You can use it to get inspired but remember:
Try to be 100% relevant and to the point.
Show the potential employer that you’ve done your research and you know about the company.
Showcase your abilities or experience. In this case, your tourism and hospitality work experience, which is relevant for the role.
Don’t forget to mention your availability to attend an interview or to relocate for this position.
This is how you should build your flight attendant cover letter too.