Where do I start? You have a dream to become Cabin Crew, to work in an industry where no day is ever the same, to be involved in an interesting and dynamic lifestyle and even to travel the world, yet you have no idea how to go about applying to the airlines or even how to find out if they are recruiting?!
Don’t worry, it can be daunting, however with a few simple steps you can start getting your application out there and have a list of your favourite airlines on a ‘quick click’ list where you can access their career pages in a matter of seconds.
Firstly, sit down, preferably with a nice drink (white wine for me) but a coffee is acceptable, bring your laptop and make yourself comfortable at home, in your favourite cafe, in a park or anywhere quiet, and settle in for an hour or two to start your ‘airline research campaign!’
Its always wise to start at the very beginning.. create a Pro’s and Con’s list. Look at your lifestyle now.. are you a ‘homely’ person. Would you prefer to be at home most nights, have flexibility in your roster and a lifestyle that you can easily plan ahead? Or do you enjoy travelling, being away from home and loved ones, working overnights and visiting countries that you have never set foot in before? Both Domestic and International flying careers have their benefits and disadvantages. You just have to work out which lifestyle would suit you the best, then look at the airlines which will help you to achieve this lifestyle. Remember, sometimes its difficult to get that international dream flying job straight away, it can be easier to maybe work a year or two with a domestic airline to gain experience before applying for a long haul position.
- Decide if you want to fly Domestic or Internationally – Are you willing to re-locate to another city or state?
- Create a list of Airlines flying from your country. Use google to find out this list – You will be surprised at how many airlines there actually are (some of the smaller ones are a great place to start)
- Make a list of the airlines that appeal to you
- Go to the Airline website, scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for their careers section
- Have a read through, there is often lots of information about the type of job that you want, and the criteria required such as age, height, qualifications required etc. (in your case probably cabin crew, although you can also look at other positions within the airline). If you meet the criteria, you can often apply online. This can be quite a lengthly, involved process as they often require your CV, photos and introduction letters etc but it’s worth it as your application is then in the system. The airline may not be recruiting when you are looking, but often they will look up your CV a few months later when they do recruit
- Save these ‘links’/career pages to your ‘favourites’ section or on your desktop where you can regularly check for updates
- Find out who is your main job site provider.. in Australia SEEK is one of the largest, register with them and get notified if and when an airline advertises for cabin crew
- Keep monitoring. Airlines typically recruit at least once and sometimes twice per year, you don’t want to miss out on their recruitment days.
Be positive, it takes hard work and lots of research to find your dream job with your favourite airline and sometimes you may have to settle for a different airline initially, to gain experience first. Go to as many airline interviews as possible to gain confidence and knowledge on the interview process. Many people have to go to several airline interviews before they are accepted. However, if you are determined, you will get there!