If you're building a personal brand to market to aviation employers, then your CV is where you start. Constantly changing and updating your CV is key in ensuring you add in all the necessary skills and experience you pick up on a daily basis. But you want to already have a solid foundation to build from, which is why your CV is a core component of your personal brand. Read through our 10 CV writing tops to put you ahead of the competition.

write a tailored CV for each job you apply for.

There’s nothing worse than a one-size-fits all approach to job applications. Your CV should be tailored to the job at hand to demonstrate that you have the relevant skills and experience in the aviation industry to meet that particular role.

keep formatting simple.

Employers and recruiters are time poor so need to be able to scan through your CV without complicated or messy formatting getting in their way.

get someone to proof read it.

When it comes to spotting typos or spelling mistakes, fresh eyes are better than your own. Poor grammar can make your CV look unprofessional, whatever the job role, so it’s important to get this right.

be concise.

Selling yourself can be hard, but make sure to do so as concisely as possible. Keep your personal statement to the point, avoiding long or rambling sentences that could lose the reader's attention.

give examples.

Back up any statements you make about your professional experience with clear examples. For instance, if you’re writing about having managed large budgets in the past, give indications of actual numbers and talk about what the project involved.

don't confine yourself to professional achievements.

Things like charity work and personal accomplishments such as running a marathon look great on CV's – don’t think you’re only allowed to list professional achievements when selling yourself!

be confident.

Don’t be afraid to talk  proudly about your achievements, whether that’s great exam results or professional accolades. This is your first communication with the potential employer so you want to make it count.

do your research.

Employers want to know that you’re passionate about the prospect of working for them. Nothing says this better than someone who has done their research – demonstrating a knowledge of the company and its values will go a long way.

be selective.

Don’t over fill your CV. If you have a long work history, go through it and select the things that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Most CVs should be a maximum of two pages, so make use of bullets and be concise with your language.

take pride in your achievements.

Don't fall into the trap of giving companies you've worked for all the credit for big achievements - talk about how you helped make them happen.


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