There is no magic formula for applying for a job at Airbus and many of the steps required will not differentiate significantly from what would be expected at other similar sized companies. However, we hope the information below will provide useful guidance on how to create a good CV and cover letter and will encourage you to apply with confidence for open positions within Airbus.
A CV is the most flexible and convenient way to apply. It conveys your personal details in a way that presents you in the best possible light.
Format & Content
The way you structure your CV will depend on the aims of your application, and you may wish to consider one of the following options:
The Performance CV
A performance CV is the most popular type of CV. It highlights job titles and company names, starting with your most recent job and working backwards. However, you begin with an “Achievements” section, which highlights impressive achievements that can make you stand out from other candidates. Under each job title, you list your responsibilities in the role.
It’s particularly suitable for those wishing to highlight their career progression and stay in the same line of work.
The Functional CV
A functional CV can be useful if you’re looking for a career change. This is because they focus on your transferable skills and experience, rather than job titles, companies, and how long ago you got the experience.
In a functional CV, you promote your skills and achievements under three to six “functional headings”. For example, if you’re applying for work in a retail role then headings could include “customer service” and “sales” – both key skills for any retail role.
Under each functional heading you include more details about your relevant skills and experience. You may have gotten this experience from paid work, voluntary work or education.
It is a useful format if you wish to change to a broad, new area of work and show your relevant, transferable skills and experience, or if you want to highlight skills you’ve gained in previous jobs but don’t use in your current role.
The drawbacks with this type of CV are that it is one of the more unusual formats, and employers may feel you’re attempting to hide something.
The Targeted CV
The targeted CV is also useful if you’re looking for a career change because it focuses on your transferable skills and experience and is used to aim for a specific type of job. You only include details that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
In this case you use the headings “Abilities” and “Achievements”, rather than creating three to six individual skills headings, and this can help your major strengths and achievements stand out. Please note that “Abilities” refer to natural or acquired skills or talents and “Achievements” refer to something you’ve accomplished and are unique to you (they should not be confused with “Responsibilities”, which are things that anyone undertaking the role would do). If achievements are measurable (e.g., they saved you or the company money or time) then try to include details of this as well.
As with the functonal CV, the targeted CV format is very useful for those wishing to change career or who have gaps in their employment history but it is also very useful for anyone wishing to target their CV towards one very specific role. Again, it is one of the more unsual formats, with all the associated disadvantages, and it may also mean that any well-known employers you’ve worked for or successful promotions you’ve achieved will be less noticeable as they’ll be on the second page.
Optimising your Cover Letter
Interviews are part of the assessment stage of the application process. They can be done over the phone or in person.
At Airbus, interviews are a two-way process. They are an opportunity for us to learn more about you and for you to discover more about working at an.airbusgroup.company.
Interviews can cover a wide range of subjects, including your CV, your employment or school history, past achievements and career choices and language skills.
We may also ask you to imagine how you would behave in certain work-based situations. And of course, interviews may cover specific technical competencies required for the job in question.
Do I need to speak a foreign language?
The business language at Airbus is English. Each job listing in the Job Market includes the specific language requirements for the position. Being able to speak French, Spanish or German is also an asset.
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What is the difference between the Candidate Cockpit and Candidate Profile?
In the Job Market, your Candidate Profile is part of the Candidate Cockpit.
The Candidate Cockpit is where you go to manage your Candidate Profile and your job applications. You can also search for jobs, change your user name and password or delete your Candidate Profile if you no longer want to be registered in our database.
The Candidate Profile is where you upload files like your CV and cover letter and enter personal information, qualifications, work experience and preferences.
You can update, release and lock your Candidate Profile at any time from the Candidate Cockpit. A 'released' Candidate Profile appears in the candidate pool and can be viewed by Airbus recruiters; a 'locked' Candidate Profile is not visible to Airbus recruiters (for example, when you’re updating it).
Can I save a partially completed application?
When you register in the Job Market, you will receive a user name and password.
Once you’re logged in, you can create and work on an application, save it for later, and submit it when it’s completed. You can also modify and change your Candidate Cockpit details.
IMPORTANT: If you don’t receive your user name and password right after registering, check your email account's Spam or Junk folder to ensure the message was not filtered.
Can I apply for more than one position at the same time?
Yes, but it doesn’t necessarily increase your chances of being selected. We strongly advise that you only apply for positions that truly fit your skills and experience, and that you provide as much information about yourself as possible in your online application.
What is Airbus’ policy concerning diversity?
I cannot find a suitable position. What should I do?
If there is not a specific position of interest to you in our current job market but you would like to be considered for future opportunities, you can register for one of our typical Airbus profiles via the following links:
I cannot find the information I’m looking for. What should I do?
I have applied for an open position. What happens next?
The average response time for our recruitment process is 35 working days. We will let you know if you’ve been selected for the assessment stage or not. Please keep in mind that, to start with, three candidates are selected to pass an interview in the assessment stage. If these three candidates are not successful, other candidates will be considered for the position.
How do I know you have received my application?
We will send you confirmation emails when you register in the Job Market and when you apply for a vacancy.
If you don’t receive these emails, check your email account's Spam or Junk folder to ensure the message was not filtered.
When will I hear from you?
If your Candidate Profile is 'released' to the candidate pool, we will contact you whenever there is an opening that fits your qualifications.
If you apply for a job, we will be in touch with you by email or by phone throughout the process.
If you want to be kept informed about vacancies in specific areas, you can create a Job Agent, which will send you an alert with a list of all new open positions that match your criteria.
You can also use the 'Favourites' feature to bookmark selected positions.
Does Airbus provide a feedback to the applicant about the application even if the answer is negative?
We always provide you with an answer, positive or negative. In any case, you will hear from us. However, please note that, due to the high volume of applicants, we regret to be unable to provide individual feedback on rejections.
I cannot upload any attachments to my application. What should I do?
First, as our online application system is synchronised with Internet Explorer, please make sure to always use Internet Explorer 8 or above, rather than browsers such as Chrome or Mozilla. If it still doesn't work, check the size of the file. The maximum file size is 1MB. For each application, you can attach five different files. If this doesn't work either, please send us an email describing the problem at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I do if I cannot remember my password?