BizJetJobs.com Corporate Flight Attendants are using our cover letter examples and flight attendant cover letter tips to help them make the right first impression on a potential corporate aviation employer. (See Part 1 in our series on Flight Attendant Resume Writing with Angie Marshall.) Flight attendant cover letters take on a bit more importance for prospective corporate flight attendants applying for a job than for standard flight attendant applications for a position with an airline. The airlines tend to follow their company's application form when reviewing documents and interviewing an applicant. Since most corporate flight departments are smaller, they may not have a standardized company application. They will rely much more heavily on the prospective flight attendant's resume and cover letter / application letter when deciding whom to call back and interview for the position. For this reason, your corporate flight attendant cover letter will need to be more in-depth than a standard airline flight attendant cover letter.
How to write a cover letter for a flight attendant position:
- Stick to one page. A cover letter of more than one page will overwhelm the reader, causing him or her to miss important facts about your experience. You should be able to highlight key points not covered on your resume succinctly in one page.
- Use actual names. Whenever possible, address the cover letter to a person or department, rather than the generic "To Whom it May Concern," or "Dear Human Resources Professional." This shows a genuine interest in the company and that you’ve done your research. Use the BizJetJobs.com Corporate Flight Departments Directory, search our Job Listings by the company of interest or use the Corporate Flight Department's website to find the names you need.
- Opening statement. Make your opening statement specific and to the point. “I read about your current opening for Lead Flight Attendant in the BD700 with great interest. I have included my resume for your consideration.” This allows the reader to immediately understand your intent.
- Personal vs. technical skills. Cover letters should blend both your personal and technical skills. In the HR world, we call these “hard skills and soft skills." The hard skills are those things that you can prove (flight time, certifications, etc.) where soft skills are more about your communication skills, personality and other intangible personal attributes.
- Don’t repeat information. Remember that the person reviewing your cover letter will be reviewing your resume as well. Make sure your contact information appears in the proper places, but don't repeat it in the body of your cover letter text. Your cover letter is valuable real estate. Use it to tell a consistent story about your personal and technical skills. Don’t waste space repeating information.
- The “fluff” factor. Don’t go overboard on complimenting the company to which you are applying. Wrong approach: “I read about your company and how it is growing. The potential to grow with a top company such as yours is an opportunity that I can’t possibly pass up. You are rated number 1 for customer service in the nation, and I want to be part of that team.” Right approach: “Having read about your company in ABC magazine regarding your customer service rating has solidified my interest in working for you. I have over 10 years of experience working for a company in which we transported VIP’s, celebrities, company CEOs and political figures…..” Focus on conveying your skills, how you will be an asset and uniquely complement their corporate culture.
- Polish your cover letter! In today’s competitive corporate flight attendant job market, you need to ensure that everything looks perfect. Be sure to use spell check, correct email address and phone numbers, and to create a well-balanced and professional cover letter. Have a friend, family member or trusted colleague in the industry with an eye for detail review it. Two sets of eyes are always better than one.
A cover letter is a selling tool and a brief glimpse into the personality of the applicant. Since many recruiters or interviewers will not have the ability to speak directly to you right away, the cover letter works as your spokesperson. Use it to your advantage! To help you get started, try writing out your “elevator pitch.” If you were to get into the elevator right now with the Director of Operations making the hiring decisions at the Corporate Flight Department you are interested in - and you only had 20 seconds to make a case as to why the company should hire you - what would you say? Now, take this speech and create a cover letter around it. Looking for flight attendant cover letter examples, flight attendant resume templates, sample flight attendant resumes, resume examples or formatting advice? Contact us at BizJetJobs.com from 9-5 ET M-F, we’re here to help! Do you need a cover letter for a flight attendant with no experience? We can help. Call us today. Download the BizJetJobs.com Sample Flight Attendant Cover Letter Example. More BizJetJobs.com Examples: Professional Flight Attendant Resume Example.