Are you dreaming about becoming a cabin crew, but you don’t know where to start? Or maybe you already fly, and you need to move your career forward? For the person who is not yet working for aviation, it might be hard to find out where to search for a job as a flight attendant. And for us already flying, the options sometimes are overwhelming.
Checking general job websites like Indeed or Jooble, it’s always a good idea if you search for a 9 to 5 position, but not the only one and the most effective for the future cabin crew. But there are many ways to find a flight attendant job. I gathered all of them under the one post and listed them below:
Cabin crew job offers – where to find them?
Aviation job websites
This is where you should start. There are few services which gather advertisements from all around the world, dedicated to aviation only:
If you are interested in working for a specific airline, it’s a must to check their website. Many of them are the best source to find out about upcoming hiring events or the full recruitment process. Some of the airlines already have their E-recruiting portals. Many of them, like Emirates airlines, explain details about working conditions and salary, accommodation, benefits, or give you hints on how to dress for an interview. You can also leave your contact or CV, and be informed about the next assessment days happening in your location.
Some of the big airlines and their recruitment websites:
Facebook groups with flight attendant job offers and discussions
Good source not only to find job opportunities but as well to ask questions and share experiences. There are many thematic groups for specific airlines and general topics.
The question of how to become a cabin crew is one of the most popular ones I receive. So I am happy to announce that I started a Facebook group related to the cabin crew topic, both Commercial and VIP. This will be the space where you can find job offers, reach me to ask questions and for us to share our experiences and advice.
Linkedin is a fantastic platform to find a job in aviation. There are groups, similar to Facebook, where people share offers and discuss about recruitment. It’s essential to keep your profile updated, especially if you are already experienced in flying. There are airlines and aviation recruiters who search for potential candidates via Linkedin. I sometimes get those messages with the invitation for the interview for private airlines.
If you are experienced, you can search for a job actively, find aviation agencies, and contact recruiters on Linkedin. And if you already got a job offer, you can find someone already working for the airline to answer your questions or dispel your doubts about accepting the job. Remember only to be subtle and not too spammy.
This form slowly becomes a thing of the past, but when I started looking for a job as a cabin crew, groups on Facebook were not so popular (if they existed at all). All discussions were taking place on online forums. You can still find them as a good source of knowledge about recruitments and flight attendant job offers, especially if you are looking for something locally. These two are worth checking:
Most of us know someone who already works as a cabin crew. If you do, it’s an excellent opportunity to ask about the overall experience or tips for the interview. Employees usually know if the airline is going to recruit new people soon, so you can find out if new opportunities are coming.
The possibilities are endless, and the list of places where you can find flight attendant job offers is continually changing. I will be grateful if you share your sources in the comment!
Working in aviation does not mean only the position of the pilot or flight attendant.There are many other options for those who areinterested in workingon the ground or in the air. One of the interesting opportunities, especiallyfor those who can not fly for some reason, is working as a flight dispatcher.
What does flight dispatcher do?
Flight dispatcher job is often confused with air traffic controller duties. However, these aretwo differentpositions.
Flight dispatcher works on the ground.This may be the airline`s airport office or control center locatedin a different place.Any airline can operatewithout his work, no matter whether it is a commercial, private or cargo carrier.
This positioninvolvesgreat responsibility. Not only pilots, but also the dispatcher is responsiblefor the security andproper conduct ofthe flight.His responsibilities includeplanningtomake smooth journey for the passengers and crew. He works in shifts, includning nights, weekends and holidays.
planningthe course of the flight, starting with the route and basic parameters, ending withobtaining theappropriatepermits
analysis and evaluation of meteorological informationto selecta suitable routeof the flight andassess potential risks
calculating the right amountof fuelneeded to operate the flight
preparingthe flight plan–a document containinginformation such as weather conditions, routes,conditionsat the destination airport
intermediary between the cockpit crew and the other parts ofthe company, eg. those responsible for hotel reservations, giving information about the flight
monitoring of theflightregardingweather conditions, delays or other events
How to start? Schools and courses for flight dispatcher
On the Internet you can find a wide range of courses offeringtraining for flight dispatcher. They can be carried out by standard aviation schools, airlines or universities whichspecializein aviation. Full-time course usually lasts approx. 5 weeks.
The training coversissues related to air traffic control, radio communication, basics ofthe construction of the aircraft, aerodynamics, procedures in emergency situations, meteorology, navigation,aviation lawandpracticein flight planning.
Whatyou should considerwhilechoosing a course:
history of school / organization
position on the market
the best schools employ instructors at full-time – as a result, it is not only their additional job and staff on a daily basis has contact with the students. There is also less chance of rotating instructors during training. You should also ask stuff about their experience of workingfor theairlines.
opinions about schools and courses
cooperation with the lines and the possibility ofemployment
facilities – place of training andhelpin finding discounted accommodation
way of conducting classes – some of the schools carry out part of their courses online, so it saves time and money
Important: completion of the course is not the same as getting a license – some of the countries suchas Poland and the USA also require this document.
Pricesvary depending on the company and region. In the US, it can be assumed that the price of the course in flight schoolranges from $ 5,000. More expensivecourses are conducted by large airlines, butthey increase the chances of employment inthe company.
minimum age is usually 21(eg. Poland)or 23 years (USA)
English at an advanced level
clear criminal record
insome countries required license
The requirements may vary depending on the employer and the placeof employment.
Majorairlines usually require several years of experience at the same position, so it`s easier to start a career in smaller companies.
Salariesvarydepending on place, airline or experienceof the candidate.
Starting career in Europe, you can achieve approx. 25 000 Euro per year. In US minimumannual rates are approx. 35000$. An experienced dispatcher can reach even$ 100 000/year.In Poland, initialearnings are at the low level. You must face the factthat yoursalary for the first two years will not exceed 3000 zł (approx. 700 Euro).
In Middle East you can count on similar wages as in US, but remember that you don`t need to pay the tax.
Do you have experience as a flight dispatcher or did you pass the right course? Please leave a comment and share your opinion, it will be usefulforother readers!
Occupation of the flight attendantis usually associated with the young, lookinglike a modelgirl. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just fly several times with Lufthansa or Air France, to see that the average age of the crew is usually above 30 years. So what is the best age to start working in the clouds? Are there any preferences that guide the airlines?
Every airline has its own criteria for the candidate’s age, which are not always published. While the minimum age is usually determined byaviation law, the maximum age depends on the individual requirements of the company.
Europe:usually the minimum age is 18 years old at the time when you apply for a job.Below are examples of some of the requirements of companies:
Ryanair: minimum 18 WizzAir: minimum 18 Air Europa: 21-35 Vueling: 18-30 Iberia: 18-30 (candidates with no experience) Swift Air: 18-32 Volotea: 18-32 EasyJet: minimum 18 Aer Lingus: 21-35 Swiss Airlines: 21-35 HiFly: minimum 18 Norwegian: minimum 18
Middle East: Minimum ageis 21 years old when you becomeofficially employed. This means that you can applyapprox. 2months before, usually airlineswait up to 6 months for candidateto reachthe appropriateage. Examples ofrequirements:
Oman Air: 21-30 Air Arabia:21-30 Saudia Airlines: 22-30 Flynas: minimum 21
Asian airlineshave similarstandards as Europe when it comes to minimum age. However, most ofthem employ candidates not exceeding 30 years of age. Examples:
Air Asia: 18-28 Cathay Pacific: minimum 18 Philipine Airlines: 18- 27 Korean Air: 18- 27
Private airlines: Here the situation is completely different and it is very hard to determine clearly the desiredage ofthe candidate.Due to the factthat 99% of companies and private ownersof aircraftrequires a minimumof two years experiencein aviation, age is not somuchtaken into account.CVand skills often count more than the birth date. However, each caseis different. I personallymetwith a person whowas employedatthe age of37.
Airlines typically prefer to hire young candidates for a simple reason – they will stay longer in the company. Cabin crew job unfortunately is not compatible with planning a private life. A bigger chance that younger candidates don`t dream yet about settling down and their career is more importantfor them. A few weeks of training are very expensive, so it is always better to keep the employee for several years.
The average age of the crew is also dictated by the attractiveness of work.WhyRyanairflight attendants usually do not exceed thirties and British Airways cabin crew is older? Because working in a low cost company is the least attractive, so logically after gaining some experience, the crew seek employment with national or other carriers. There emplyees often stay for years. Sometimes there are also cultural factors – in the Middle East or Asia, women who got married are more likely to quit their job than European and American women.
The best option is to start applying as early as possible because the market competitionis highandit does not meanthat you will get a job from the first time.Some companies, especiallycharters offer employment only for the summer season (eg. Enter Airand Small Planet in Poland), so you cangainsome experienceduring studies.
How was in my case? I started flying about a month after I earned mymaster’s degree.Exactly at the night when I flew to Saudi Arabia I turned 25.Yet at the same age but a few months laterI went to a private airline.
If you exceed slightly maximum age, it doesn`t mean that you can nottry.Airlines oftentreateach case individually and sometimes change theinternal regulations. It can be a good CV or a great experience, it may bethe interview itself orone tiny detail that decides about positive result ofthe recruitment process.The most importantis to try, ifyou are invited for the assessment day oran interview, it meansthatrecruiters accepted your age, so half of the success is in your hands.
Year by year,flyingis becoming morepopular. Newairlinesare formedand each of themoffersother conditions of employment.Recruitmentsto workin aviationare in high demand.For some people it`s a job only for a moment, while otherswant to be associatedwith aviationfor a long time.Type ofairlinedefines generalconditionswhichcan be expected while looking for a job.
The vast majority of cabin crew begina career incommercial airlines. Commercial airlines are those which most of us use every day by buying a ticket for the flight without renting the whole plane.
Low cost airlines
The airlines that base their strategies on the lowest ticket prices, so focus onquantity not quality. These airlines usually have only economy class and service on board is paid, which means it`s easier because you don`t have to serve each passenger. Most of low cost companies have base in a cheaper, distant from the city center airports, so accommodation costs significantly decrease. But cutting costs means also that the work day ends up with coming back to the base because the low-costs usually do not organize layovers, so sightseeing during work is almost impossible. On the other hand, these companies have extended network of flights and attractive discounts for the crew, so you can use them in your free time. In conclusion, working for low cost airline is good for beginning to gain some experience needed for recruitment in other airlines.
Advantages: relatively easy toget a jobwithout experience,easy service, sales commissions on board,discounts on ticketsfor the crew
These are companieswhich rentthe planes for travel agencies or other airlines. Working insuch airlines gives great sightseeing opportunitiesbecauseoftenthe crewremains in placewith the aircraftor temporarilychange thebase. Usually is a job only for holiday season, which means it`s easy to gain experience even during studies but does not provide stable employment.
Advantages: long layovers
Disadvantages: seasonal work
Popular charter airlines: Enter Air (Poland), Small Planet Airlines (Lithuanian lines with the base also in Poland), Travel Service (Czech Republic), TUIfly (Germany), Thomas Cook Airlines (UK)
Airlinessupportedorowned bythe government of the country.
Stableemploymentgivesthe opportunity to stayin the companyfor many years, offering benefitssuchas maternity leave, whichis not standardin aviation.
Advantages:the opportunity to workin home country, stable employment, the ability tostay withthe companyfor years, layovers, maternity leave, increasedtolerance to the age of the candidate(with experience)
Disadvantages: in most cases experince required
Examples of flag carriers: PLL LOT (Poland), Lufthansa (Germany), Alitalia (Italy), Etihad Airways (United Arab Emirates), Turkish Airlines (Turkey), Oman Air (Oman), Saudi Airlines (Saudi Arabia), Qatar Airways (Qatar)
The cherryon the cakeofworking ascabincrew. It is practically impossible to start a career as a flight attendantstarting from theprivate sector, because of the experience required.Privateairlines can have in theirfleet both large and small aircrafts carryingonly a few passengers.
Private owners of aircraftsemployinghis crew
The job requiresmorecommitment than employment in commercial airlines. Often cabin crew employedby a private owneris engaged in the ordering of catering, organization of purchasesand evenbookinghotels forthe crew, so responsibilities are muchwider. Ads of this type of work are rarely published on the Internet. Usually recruitment is carried out by specialized agencies or crew is employed from recommendation. The crew travels with the plane, so layovers can extend to months, depending on the preference of the owner.
Advantages: work less intense; long layovers; longer holidays, oftenbased on rotaring system – eg. two months working and one month of holiday;high salary
Disadvantages:high responsibility; constantavailabilityand lack ofschedule; high requirements (age, appearance,nationality– depending on thetastes of the owner of the aircraft); required experience
Business jets, private charters
Companiesspecializingin the rental of luxury aircrafts for businesses and private individuals.
Advantages: layovers; longer holidays, oftenbased on rotaring system – eg. two months working and one month of holiday;high salary
Wady: constantavailabilityand lack ofschedule; high requirements
Examples of private charters: Vista Jet, Global Jet, Alpha Star, Qatar Executive
Workingfor private airlines and aircraft owners for a short period of time ora singleflight. Only by specialized agencies recruting crew for aviation or from recommendation.
Advantages: flexibility – you can work when you want
Disadvantages:workin an unfamiliar environment, big responsibility, insurance and medical care on your own, hard to get a job without connections, lack of permanent employment
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