A note from us to Recruitment Agents
We’re really pleased to know that so many of you would like to work with us. While we appreciate that you have a job to do, as much as we’d like to interact with all of you, this just isn’t possible, as there are far more of you then there are of us.
We have an experienced in-house Resourcing Team who focus on attraction via direct channels, and we’re in a really fortunate position that we attract a lot of candidates directly via our website. We also have a very strong internal promotion culture. This means we have very low requirements to use multiple Recruitment Agencies.
On occasions where we may require Recruitment Agency support, we have a Preferred Supplier List that we would go to in the first instance. This is made up of select agencies that have built a strong understanding of our business and the types of people we like to recruit.
With that in mind, we politely ask that you avoid making any approaches to our Resourcing Team or Managers across the business. Please do not send unsolicited CVs to our job openings or to Virgin Atlantic employees. Virgin Atlantic is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.
At Virgin Atlantic, we’re just as passionate as we’ve always been about becoming the most loved travel company. It’s been an uncertain time, for us, for everyone. There’s been ups and downs, some successes, and some sadness. One thing we know for sure – this last year has shown that when we combine our brand with the power of amazing people, we make something truly magical.
Virgin Atlantic is still proudly flying, creating the same fabulous flight experience we’re famous for, and we’re busily laying the foundations for a profitable future.
We know that the right people are key to creating success – so we’re looking for some brilliant individuals to help us achieve our vision. Perhaps that’s you? We’d love to find out.
Application, CV and covering letter
We receive thousands of applications and with each and every one of these we ask for relevant details pertaining to the processing of your application. Please be assured we will confidentially store your information in line with relevant legislation and best practice.
Writing a great covering letter
It’s really important that you stand out from the crowd. After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Covering letters are a perfect opportunity for you to show your motivation and demonstrate why you’re the right person for the job. Remember quite often this will be your first introduction to us, so make sure it counts.
Some pointers you may wish to consider are:
Make it clear; always quote the job reference number (when you know what it is).
Why you? Wow us, tell us why you want the job, explain why you feel you’d be suitable briefly detailing any relevant experience and skills that relate to the role.
Make it compelling. Tailor your covering letter to the specific job application. Don’t be tempted to use one standard template. It supports your motivation if you are able to show us how you can add value to Virgin.
Is it spelt correctly? You know it makes sense; it’s also a good idea to ask a friend or family member to cast their eye over as a double check.
Re-vamp your CV. It can be a bit of a minefield on where to start. A great CV really highlights your skills and experience and can set you apart from the competition. There’s a wealth of information on the internet to help you create your CV
Here are a few highlights:
- Keep it punchy and factual. Two pages is more than enough.
- If the job is in a different area than your previous roles, draw links between the two.
- Do you have a seamless link in dates for your career history? – account for any gaps in your CV, you should update your CV regularly to keep it current.
Our assessment process
So once you get the good news that your application has been successful, what happens next? We use a wide variety of assessment methods, because we hire all sorts of different people to do different kinds of jobs. By running assessments allows you to shine in a variety of situations. These are mainly run for our high volume recruitment areas such as Cabin Crew, Contact Centres and Airports.
You can rest assured that each assessment method we’ll be using is carefully designed around the requirements of each role. They’ll give you the opportunity to show us you have all the necessary experience, qualities and skills we need. Our fabulous assessors facilitate the day and will do all they can to help you relax.
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