Cabin Crew Cover Letters 101

OSM Aviation

When we are looking for new cabin crew, we are very interested in getting to know you and why you are interested in this specific job. We know that the cover letter might be difficult text to write for a lot of candidates, but don’t you worry we are here to help with your FAQ’S!
When writing your cover letter there is a few formal requirements for this type of text you must stick to. First off, you need to be aware of the length of the text. A cover letter should neither be longer, nor shorter than a page. A text that is too short signalizes that you are not motivated enough for the position. A text that is too long, can make the reader feel overwhelmed. The cover letter can be seen as a movie trailer. The trailer should trigger enough interest to make you want to go to the cinema to see the whole movie. Your cover letter should give us an idea of why you are a good fit for the company and the position and why we should invite you for an interview for an in-depth evaluation.

Another important aspect is to make sure that there are no spelling mistakes, an appropriate font and color is being used, and that you write in a formal and positive tone. This is a formal letter of interest to a professional establishment and your cover letter should reflect that. As we have already mentioned we would like to get to know you, so of course you can be personal, but do not get too personal where it becomes unprofessional.

What language should I write my cover letter in?

In regards of which language to use, your safest bet when applying for a cabin crew position would be to write in English. English is often the official work language in aviation and aviation is an international environment. English is seen as lingua franca in training, manuals and when communicating with passengers and co-workers. However, if the job posting is written in another language than English, you may use the same language. Unless it is specified that the text must be written in English.

What do you want to know about me?

It is important to remember that most of the hard facts about you are already stated in your CV. By hard facts we mean your educational background, work experience and so on. Since this information already exists in another document, you do not need to go into detail about these aspects in your cover letter. The CV and cover letter are meant to compliment each other, not be the same information written in a different way. The purpose of the CV is to see what you have done over the years and if you meet the requirements needed to be hired. While the purpose of the cover letter is to get to know you, your motivation and why you would be a great fit for this specific job and company.

The cover letter should reflect that you have understood what the job entails, but also that you see what the company you are applying for is searching for in a new potential hire. Some of this information can be found in the job posting, but it is also a good idea to do some research on the company that you want to apply for. For instance, what the company goals and values? Are these in line with what you want? Yes? Perfect! Write down why.

If you do not have any previous cabin crew experience, do not see this as a hindrance. Many cabin crew positions do not require you to have worked as a cabin crew before. However, you should review what the position requires in terms of personal qualities and how you would be able to manage the different tasks. Then think if you have any relevant experience from previous jobs that can be related to the job as Cabin Crew. If you had any relevant experience, then describe how you handled similar job tasks and situations.

Anything else to think about?

Followed these tips? Great! You are very close to being done with your cover letter. To make sure that it is exactly how you would like it to be, ask someone you know if they can read it. It is easy to overlook mistakes in a text you have spent time in writing. Second opinions never hurt. Maybe they discover spelling mistakes or parts of the text being unclear. This gives you the opportunity to perfect your cover letter before sending it off!

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