By DebbieH 08 Apr 2020 4 min read

Refresh your CV: make it easy for employers to find you


You might be in a position now where you are stuck at home. With not alot to do, your thoughts may be fixated on the life you currently have and the life you want to have post pandemic. This might include your career.

While job advertising has slowed, recruiters are still stockpiling CVs on Aviation Job Search, preparing applications for when they are ready to start hiring again. This is why we would highly recommend uploading your CV to our site. So if you are still interested in finding a new job in the airline industry, it makes sense to give your CV a refresh and get it on to our site now, ready for recruiters to find. 

Here are a few tips to ensure your CV stands out from the crowd, and a short how-to-guide on uploading your CV to our site. 


Make your personal summary shine

We can’t stress enough how essential your personal summary is to your entire application. Why? Because it’s the first piece of information an employer will read about you on your CV – the first insight. So it needs to sell. Whichever role you’re applying for, ensure that your personal summary compliments your entire CV, highlighting details relevant to the job you’ve applied for.

You must pay attention to detail in your personal summary. You only get a few sentences to draw a recruiter in. Remember, they will likely have a large amount of applications to sift through, and they spend on average just  7 seconds looking at each CV – if your personal summary is interesting enough, they’ll keep hold of it. This is why it’s such an essential part of your CV.

Hint: Review the job advert before you begin writing the personal summary. This will help you identify what skills and other areas are most important to the employer.


Target your application for different companies

Recruiters can find your CV in two ways – they can find you if you’ve uploaded your CV to a jobs site, or you can apply directly to a job they are advertising. We would recommend trying both, however, you might prefer to upload separate CVs for each job you apply for. This is a great way to focus your application to the company, and it will certainly benefit your application. Knowing now why you are applying to each company is a good head start on interview preparation too, since you’ll probably get asked “Why do you want to work here?”. The more you know about the company, the better prepared you’ll be.

It’s really important to do your homework here – employers will notice whether you have researched them thoroughly or not.


Know which skills are essential

While every skill you’ve picked up throughout your career will likely prove beneficial for any job, employers want to know you can do the job they’re advertising for. So when you create your skills section for your CV, put the skills most important to the recruiter at the top. 

Try to limit your skills section to 10 skills – don’t waste valuable space on your CV. You can also tag more skills in your account once you’ve registered your CV with us. This will make it easier for recruiters to find you if they are searching by skill set.

Tip: Employers favour these generic skills massively:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Team player
  • Excellent level of customer service
  • Time management
  • Organisational skills


Use relevant work experience

Just because you’ve had significant work experience, every job may not be relevant to the one you’re applying for now. don’t overwhelm your CV (and the recruiter) with every job you’ve ever had. You’ll still need to include them to fill the gaps in your employment, but only add detail to the roles relevant to the job you want now.


Proof your CV before uploading

If you’re happy to upload your CV so recruiters can find it, proofread it before you click upload. Make your first impression to recruiters count – ensure your CV is neat, tidy and checked over for any mistakes, whether this is just spelling, or wrong dates on your employment history. If you don’t make time to check your CV, you could be missing out on a number of opportunities due to recruiters passing over your CV for one that is well presented. 


How do I upload my CV?

To upload your CV on Aviation Job Search, simply find ‘Upload your CV’ on the homepage, and upload it here.

Once you’ve uploaded it, you can log in to your account and fill in more details about your career history and other areas that will help get your CV seen by recruiters. 


Key tips:

  • Keep on top of your profile. Amend it or add new skills, and new employment etc. 
  • You can set your profile/CV to private if you want to stop your employer from seeing your CV – this way you can simply apply for jobs of your own accord instead of risking your current employer seeing it


If you want more tips on how to upgrade your CV, click here for our top 20 CV tips for 2020. Alternatively, you can download our CV guide below!