Cover letters when applying for a position as a flight attendant

COVER LETTERS WHEN APPLYING FOR A POSITION AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Airline Operators utilise different methods when advertising their vacancies for flight attendants. Some require applicants to complete their applications online while others require a cover letter, a full CV with photographs, certificates etc.

 

 

The first thing a potential employer sees on your job application is the cover letter. Your chances of being selected for an interview are enhanced when including a well written cover letter. Airline operators are usually overwhelmed by the number of applications they receive and you must ensure that your application documentation stands out above the rest.

A cover letter should be summarised in approximately 4 paragraphs, never exceeding one page. This is an opportunity to introduce yourself to the airline and highlight your strong points. Make sure your cover letter is not copied from a friend or one you have found online, make it your own to suit your individual personality.

Research the airline operator, learning about the company and their corporate culture. This will allow you the opportunity to mention skills you have in your cover letter which are aligned to those of a flight attendant as well as the airline you are applying to.

The cover letter should take the form of a business letter. You should centre your name on the top of the page and list all your contact details on the right hand side of the page. Contact details should include your postal address, cellular and home telephone numbers as well as your email address. List the date below your contact information. This information will assist the airline operator in making easy contact with you should they want to contact you for an interview.

Next you should include the contact information of the company and / or person/s you are addressing the application to, on the left hand side of the page. This should be stated it as it is written in the job advertisement.

The body of your letter should highlight your skills and qualifications you would want your potential employer to notice. Briefly mention your experience, background and your strong characteristics. Explain that your application for the position as a flight attendants is to “follow your dream”. If applicable mention previous experience and acquired skills you developed which would assist you in perfecting the role of a flight attendant.

Skills required to become a flight attendant include:

  • Desire to assist others
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Warm and caring personality
  • Team player
  • Work well under pressure
  • Conflict resolution skills

Never list skills you do not have. Airline operators often have psychometric testing as part of their recruitment process in an attempt to identify their applicant’s skills. Also avoid the mention of salary and do not make recommendations to the airline about their operations.

End the letter by thanking them for the opportunity to apply for the position of a flight attendant and mention that you look forward to hearing from them.

End the letter by using the word sincerely and type your name a few rows under the word sincerely as this will allow you space to personally sign your cover letter.

Check grammar and spelling prior to printing and attaching your cover letter.

Wishing you well with your applications and career as a flight attendant!