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CV & covering letter

Stand out from the crowd

Writing a great covering letter

We receive thousands of applications, so it's really important to stand out from the crowd. After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Covering letters are a great chance for you to demonstrate to us why you're the right person for the job. Quite often this is the first thing we read, so make sure it counts.

There's loads of information on the internet to help you create your covering letter

Here are a few highlights:

  • Cut the waffle, keep it short and factual. Two pages is more than enough.

  • Make it clear. Always quote the job reference number (when you know what it is) and include where you saw the role advertised or how you heard about the role.

  • Why are you the best person for the job? Tell us why you want the job. Give us details about why you feel you'd be suitable, plus any relevant experience and skills that relate to the role.

  • How will you add value to Virgin Atlantic? If the job is in a different area than your previous roles, draw links between the two.

  • What are your expectations? It's really useful to know your current salary and what salary you'd expect in the future.

  • Make it compelling. Tailor your covering letter to the specific job application. Don't be tempted to use one standard template. It shows.

  • Use spell check, you know it makes sense!

Don't underestimate the value of your covering letter. It really draws attention to your strengths and achievements, and it adds impact to your CV.

CV writing

How to write a great CV

A great CV really highlights your skills and experience, and it's your ticket to getting a job interview. By following some really basic principles, you'll present the information in a clear, concise, persuasive way.

Here are some important things to include...

Personal details

Always include your name, address, phone numbers and email address. Also tell us the best way to get in contact with you, because it's not great to miss out on an opportunity just because you don't check an email address that often.

Work experience

Honesty really is always the best policy. Please don't embellish or exaggerate the truth, this will inevitably catch you out if you get through to the interview stage.

  • List your most recent work experience first.
  • Describe your experience in short sentences or bullet points.
  • Highlight the general responsibilities of your role, your achievements, plus the skills required.
  • Cover any gaps in your experience. As an airline, we need full referencing to be completed in line with our security and vetting procedures.

We rigorously check work experience through our referencing & vetting processes. We have very tight security processes, which demand that these checks are always completed satisfactorily.

Education

List details of any qualifications you've gained, including your grades. You might also like to include any additional qualifications or courses that you've attended which would be relevant to the role you're applying for.

Skills

Highlight any other skills that you have including IT skills or additional languages that may be relevant to or useful in the role. This is your chance to really sell yourself, so don't be afraid to shine.

Presentation

Good presentation is essential to create the right impression, so your CV should have a good layout, clear highlighted headings and all the relevant information. Highlight your achievements and not just your responsibilities. Include examples of your work, if appropriate.

  • Use clear fonts and colours when writing your CV.
  • Always use a readable typeface and select a sensible font size.
  • Always use spell check.
  • If in doubt, phone a friend, because it never hurts to get a second opinion. Ask someone else to read through your CV and give you constructive feedback.