Advantages of working as Cabin Crew

How many of you have dreamed about being a Flight Attendant since childhood? Working as cabin crew makes you think about a luxurious lifestyle and being financial independent. For sure it’s one of the best jobs in the world and so many youngsters dream about having this job. 

Why? Well, let’s see what are the advantages of working as Cabin Crew 

You travel the world

Travelling across the globe and having access to every continent it’s a very good reason for a flight attendant to wake up every day smiling and to prepare carefully for each flight. Each journey is unique because you work and live among other nationalities gathered from each corner of the globe, doesn’t matter if they are your colleagues or your passengers. 

You are paid to travel

Do not forget that you are paid to travel while others don’t have the financial support to travel or in other cases, they don’t have “the luxury” due to lack of time. 

You don’t pay utilities or rent

Free accommodation and utilities are only offered for those who are working for an airline company in the Middle East. You will have the opportunity to live with a colleague or two in beautiful fully furnished apartments which will offer you the comfort needed in order to feel spoiled in your own home. 

Good salary 

Working as Cabin Crew, your salary is above the normal wage of many countries. This salary increases in time, by each promotion, you get bonuses out of duty free sales and also, annual bonuses. At an Arabic airline, you can earn approximately 2500 $/ monthly (the salary depends on the monthly flight hours)

Easier promotion

At a Middle East airline company you have the possibility to get promoted very fast compared to other jobs, and you get the satisfaction that you are rewarded based on your efforts. 

You have access to 5 start hotels and restaurants

By having this job you have access to so many benefits, among that having access to five start hotels and restaurants and also discounts to many shops based on some coupons. 

Cheaper flight tickets 

Flight tickets with a discount represent another advantage both for you as an employee and also for your family and friends. This makes you that in your free time or vacation to be determined to travel, to explore, and to do your baggage once again to see where your feet will lead you. Who knows? Maybe to an exotic place, or, why not, to a new city that waits to be explored. 

Uniform

The pride of wearing the uniform represents another privilege many of us are aspiring to. Each time Cabin Crew are walking in the airports, the passengers admire the elegance and refinement of the uniform, as well as the idea of team of pilots and cabin crew. 

Friends from all cultures 

Friendships all over the world can be built upon the experiences lived together on a flight. In aviation it is said: We don’t put accent on the destination, but on the experience of the journey. 

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How to write a Cabin Crew (Flight Attendant) CV

Whether you’re attending an airline’s open day or applying for cabin crew roles online, preparing a professional CV is one of the most important parts of the application process. In this article, we go over what recruiters in the aviation want to see on your CV and provide you with step-by-step advice on how you can prepare your cabin crew CV to ensure it is optimised for the aviation industry.

As air traffic is increasing year-on-year, the aviation industry is growing at an unprecedented pace. And flight attendant roles are among the most sought after in the industry. This is a trend this is not likely to change any time soon. By 2037, Europe is expected to require an additional 187,000 cabin crew members, while the Asia Pacific region is expected to require an additional 321,000 cabin crew members*.

Despite this growth, competition for cabin crew roles is strong. Major airlines receive thousands of applications for cabin crew roles per month. As such, having a professional CV that is written in line with the expectations of the aviation industry is crucial.

Although experience is always beneficial when applying for cabin crew roles, many airlines employ entry-level individuals. So whether you’re new to the aviation industry or a seasoned cabin crew professional, use our tips to ensure your CV is having a positive impact in your applications.

How to structure your cabin crew CV?

Include a photo – Unlike most other positions, it is necessary to include a photo on cabin crew CVs. The type of photo you include in your cabin crew CV could be make or break your application. Don’t include holiday photos or photos of yourself from a distance. The photo should be a professional head and shoulders shot of you wearing business attire, about the size of a passport photo.

Remember what the airline is looking for – someone who is professional, articulate and well-presented. Bring this out in your photo – which may be the first impression the airline gets of you – and you have taken a big step towards securing your role in the aviation industry.

Position your photo in the top left/right corner of your CV.

Include your Statistics – Some airlines require members of the cabin crew to be a certain height, so make sure to include these details, ideally in a concise section that stands out on your CV. Go further by adding other specific details that are relevant to the job application, such as any extra languages that you speak and swimming ability.

Placing this information in an easy-to-find section of your CV will ensure the reader can instantly locate it. Most recruiters spend only a matter of seconds reviewing CVs, so you don’t want them having to spend half a minute scanning through your document. If you’re applying to an airline that does not have height requirements, don’t include these details.

Include a Professional Profile – Often called a personal statement, a professional profile is a concise introduction at the top of your CV, usually around 75-125 words in length. This is your chance to tell the recruiter about yourself as a professional and what you can offer as a member of the cabin crew. Avoid being vague and ensure your professional profile is specific to the aviation industry. This is often a good place to talk about the airlines you have worked with and the routes you have worked on as a flight attendant.

Include your Work Experience – Add a work experience section (if you’re new to the aviation industry, start with the education/qualifications section). Structure your work experience in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent role and working backwards. Use bullet points for ease of reading and ensure to use active verbs and dynamic language.

Focus on your key, relevant responsibilities and achievements rather than detailing a list of everything you did, which could end up reading more like a job description. For example, draw attention to the flight safety instructions you delivered, your regular engagement with passengers and your compliance with safety standards.

If you don’t have experience in cabin crew roles, identify your transferable experiences and skills and focus on those. Have you got experience in customer-facing environments? Have you got experience handling cash or serving food? These skills are all transferable to cabin crew roles, so ensure you utilise them to full effect.

Include your Education and Qualifications – Include any qualifications you have achieved, starting with your most recent, alongside the dates attended and the college/university names. Specify any certifications or licences you possess that are required for the job.

Remember to detail any training you have undertaken that is relevant to cabin crew roles; these might include airline-specific training, first aid, food handling, emergency procedures, customer service and safety.

It’s always a good idea to embark on new training courses and acquire new skills to enhance your capabilities while searching for jobs in the aviation industry. For example, a two-day first aid course could add a great deal of value to your CV; when you weigh up the cost and time involved with undertaking professional development, you might find it could pay off in the long-term.

Additional Tip – If you’re preparing a CV for a cabin crew position in a non-English-speaking country, note that your CV should still be written in English, as English is the international language of the aviation industry.

What Skills are required for Cabin Crew Jobs?

Customer Service – The role of a flight attendant is fundamentally about providing a positive, pleasant experience for customers while ensuring their safety. Excellent customer service skills play a big role in delivering these positive experiences.

However, simply stating that you have great customer service skills isn’t going to add any real value to your CV. You can be sure that almost everyone who applies for cabin crew jobs is going to claim to have great customer service skills, but less will actually demonstrate these skills.

Detail your specific experiences interacting with customers. Draw attention to your time in customer-facing roles and highlight your achievements while dealing with customers. Maybe you once went the extra mile for a customer who was dissatisfied or turned a dissatisfied customer into a repeat customer? These are tangible achievements that show your customer service qualities, and they add a great deal of value to your CV.

Whether or not you have experience in cabin crew roles, it’s important that you highlight your experience engaging with customers (or people in general if you don’t have customer experience).

Communication – A key part of your job as a member of the cabin crew will involve communication, both with customers and colleagues. You will be required to communicate safety/emergency procedures to passengers in a clear manner and liaise with your colleagues to ensure the efficiency of cabin tasks.

 An effective way of demonstrating your communication skills is to draw attention to both your work and non-work activities. Have you taken part in public speaking events? Have you delivered presentations or led meetings in your previous positions? Outlining these kinds of experiences is a great way of letting recruiters gain an understanding of your communication skills.

Professionalism – As the face of the airline, you will play a key role in determining what customers think of the airline. This is why recruiters look for cabin crew members who can demonstrate a strong degree of professionalism on a consistent basis. You need to be able to maintain your professionalism in challenging situations or when dealing with problematic passengers. Highlighting specific experiences where you demonstrated your professionalism in such situations will have a positive impact on your CV.

Teamwork – Cabin crew operations run smoothly when team are cohesive and working collaboratively. Very often, you will be working with new people who you have never met. As such, you need to able to quickly adapt to working in new teams and bond with people from various backgrounds. Working effectively as a team might extend to taking over your colleagues tasks while they assist an elderly passenger or asking them to assume your responsibilities in order to achieve positive outcomes.

To draw attention to your team working skills, you might want to describe your experiences outside of employment. This could range from captaining your local rugby team to success or collaborating with fellow students during a group project at university.

Appearance – Although not directly a skill, maintaining your appearance is an important aspect of being flight attendant. Airlines have grooming standards and some will go as far as to specify how you should style your hair. You will need the organisation skills to ensure your uniform is always immaculate and your dress code is in line with the airlines standards.

A great way to demonstrate your polished appearance is through your CV photo. Additionally, your interview or any other engagements with airline recruiters is always an ideal opportunity to show off your elegance and your crease-less attire.

Adaptability – As a flight attendant, you’re likely to get about 156 days off per year, a significant number in comparison to the average office worker who gets around 96 days off per year. Despite this, you will need to be adaptable with regards to your plans at home. Flight delays are not uncommon, and you should be prepared to make changes to your plans at short notice.

Not only should you exhibit adaptability with your plans back home, but also with your activities during the course of flights. Altering your priorities as flights progress in order to adapt to new situations is an important part of the role.

Demonstrate your penchant for adaptability in your CV by specifying times when you acquired new skills to perform new tasks, took on new responsibilities or developed alternative solutions to problems.

Source: CV-nation.com

* According to Statista, the demand for new cabin crew members in the aviation industry is expected to be 187,000 for Europe and 321,000 for the Asia Pacific region (2017).

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Becoming Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew

This post provides details of becoming Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew.

Application Process

Virgin Atlantic advertises all of their current openings on their website. Once you find an opening that you are interested in, an online application is filled out along with the submission of your resume to the airline. Now, this may seem very simple but don’t get too comfortable! Included in the application are questions aimed to learn more about your personality and some motivational questions to decide if you meet the criteria that Virgin Atlantic is looking for.

Now, if you move on to the next step in the process, you will be asked to submit a video interview where you will be asked to answer questions that center around Virgin Atlantic’s brand. If they feel you have what it takes to become a member of their team, you will be asked to attend an assessment day.

These assessment days consist of group activities to demonstrate your teamwork skills and problem solving skills as well as sitting on a crew seat and reaching the overhead bin. Being a certain height is actually very important when becoming a cabin crew member! There will also be a short test on your assessment day followed by an interview. After this full day, everyone will be sent home and the successful candidates will be chosen!

Training

For a very intense few weeks, the newest members of the cabin crew will be put through rigorous training. Some people won’t make it through these weeks but if you are determined, focused and study for the multitude of tests, you will do it!

The training will take about 6 weeks and includes exams everyday, emergency landings, fire training and security and ditching in water. The training is very physically demanding and can be emotionally draining but so worth it! You will learn all about the different Virgin Atlantic aircraft types, where everything is on the aircraft and you will also be tested on life support protocols.

Nervous about the training? I have it all covered in my Becoming Cabin Crew e-book.

Working Life

Unlike some airlines, such as British Airways, there is only one fleet at Virgin Atlantic, so you are all one big team!  Your rosters will differ every month but your flights will generally consist of long haul flights with a day or two stopover in the destination. Virgin Atlantic does the occasional charter flight which might be short haul, but otherwise all of their flights are long haul.

Working for Virgin Atlantic is great because they fly to some amazing destinations which you can explore during your stop overs. They fly to many holiday destinations as well as cities. Some destinations do not have regular flights, which means an extra long stay for you as crew too!

Salary

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew are paid industry average in terms of wages. Their salary is made up of base pay (around £13,000 per annum), trip pay (£25 per sector) and an overnight allowance. The overnight allowance varies depending on how long the trip is and the destination. This money is loaded onto a a debit card, known as the ‘little red card’, and you get to keep the money that you don’t spend. You are also entitled to generous staff travel benefits.

Accommodation 

There is no need for accommodation when working for Virgin Atlantic as you will be based at either London Gatwick or London Heathrow, where you will be expected to have your own accommodation. High quality hotels are provided down-route.

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For more like this visit www.becomingcabincrew.com, a Cabin Crew blog written by Hayley Stainton, a Dr in Aviation and Tourism Research.

Become cabin crew with our help! The How to be Cabin Crew course fully prepare applicants for the challenges they will face on an airline interview. This course is ideal for young professionals looking to get a head start in the profession, introducing the skills and responsibilities expected by the world’s leading airlines and more importantly give them the vital information and coaching that will help to ensure they perform on their recruitment day and in their interview to their best advantage. Book your place now – click here!

This course is designed to help you to prepare for cabin crew interviews with ANY international airline.

Cabin Crew interview preparation course in Rome: September 22-23

How to be Cabin Crew team will host a two day intensive training in Rome, this September. Our course will prepare you for the various Cabin Crew application and interview stages with major airline companies, ensuring you are successfully recruited as Cabin Crew.

You dream of being a flight attendant, but do you know how to become one?

Do you know what you need to learn before starting your career?

There are some simple steps you need to take into consideration before you start. And we are here to give you all the information! How to be Cabin Crew course will help you build confidence and learn how to approach an interview. We provide full guidance and advice on how to prepare for, and pass, the interview stages.
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By attending the How to be cabin crew conference, you will:

•Gain a better understanding of the steps you need to take in order to apply for a cabin crew job

•Find out exactly what the airlines are looking for when they recruit

•Find out the flight attendant requirements in 2018

•Find out how to apply for a cabin crew job

•Learn how to make an impressive CV & pictures for the interview

•Gain an insight into the selection testing and interview process

•Stand out from other candidates applying for a cabin crew position

•Practise all the stages of the interview

•Dramatically increase your chances of being selected

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What will you learn during?

Our course will cover the following key areas to help you prepare for your cabin crew interview:

• Self presentation – how to stand out from the crowd 

• Behaviour – the right approach for all the tasks at the interview

• Team work – how to deal with group exercises

• Body language 

• Group activities – practice, not theory! 

• Final interview simulation

• Interview Q & A’s

• Individual feedback for each student

 

WHEN: Rome, September 22-23

WHERE: Rome, Trastevere English School, Viale di Trastevere 108

WHAT: How to be Cabin Crew 2 day intensive training

PRICE: 250 EUR / 2 day course

 

The How to be Cabin Crew course offers the future cabin crew the possibility to interact with highly experienced professionals in the aviation industry, discuss about their career plans and find out valuable information regarding the flight attendant job.

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5 Surprising Benefits That Make Being a cabin crew Worth It

Although most cabin crew will tell you that the greatest perk of the job is being able to travel the world, there are other unknown benefits that makes being one worth it. If you want a job that doesn’t just let you travel for free but covers a few other benefits as well then read on to know more!

Not Susceptible to Work Fatigue

The aviation industry is now highly regulated to prevent work fatigue. Aircraft crews are given a set minimum and maximum range of how much they can work monthly. Since transporting people is a very important job, it only makes sense that the people manning the airline aren’t excessively fatigued to function.

Pilots are allowed a maximum of 8 hours of flight time within 24 hours as outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA. Although there are a couple of hours provided for pre and post-flight preparations, it nonetheless pays more compared to the traditional 160 hours you might work at an office.

You Won’t Be Micromanaged

If you love to travel, you’re probably a free spirit. If this is true for you, being micromanaged is probably something you’d prefer not deal with at work. As a captain or junior pilot, you won’t be managed onboard so it’s up to you to carry out your duties on your own initiative.

Everyone has enough freedom on the team since each one has their own responsibilities to do.

Meeting Interesting People

There are few other jobs out there that will allow you to meet a lot of interesting people. From athletes to politicians and celebrities to ordinary cool people, there’s a lot to discover in today’s pool of humanity.

Even if not everyone you’ll meet will be kind, the ones who are will no doubt make a difference in how you view people.

Free Food and Housing

Another amazing aspect of the job is the free food and housing! When you’re traveling, it’s easy to get caught up in all the new sights and things you could discover that having at least two things off your mind can feel like heaven sent! Most airlines provide free housing to whatever location you’re currently based. Many also provide food allowance per day so you basically get free food!

Awesome Compensation and Benefits

Aside from the standard travel perks, pilot salary is also higher than the national average. The job also comes with comprehensive health and retirement plans. The health insurance already includes dental and eye insurance as well as a profit-sharing program or a 401(k).

Depending on your personality, there many other aspects of the job that you might also enjoy. Bigger airlines also offer other valuable perks like establishment and shopping discounts to level up your travel experience as you jetset around the world!

Other Aircrew Jobs

Of course, being a pilot isn’t your only recourse to being an aircrew. Other aircrew jobs include flight attendants, flight engineers, and aircraft loadmasters, to name just a few. All of the said jobs require different qualifications and may vary a little in benefits as well. But for the most part, the above benefits ring true!

Written by Jeanne San, How to become Cabin Crew contributor

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Impressions from our last Cabin Crew Interview preparation course in Rome

On 8-9 October 2016, How to be Cabin Crew team organized the second cabin crew interview preparation course in Italy, Rome. We had 2 days of intensive preparation, which offered us the opportunity to meet amazing students, with an enormous desire to learn a lot about the Cabin Crew position and also to get their wings as soon as possible.

We had students from Germany, Italy, Cameron, Philippines and Romania and during the 2 days we tried to create the most beautiful and motivating learning experience for our students. The feedback received at the end of our course made us realize that we succeeded to make our students feel more confident and ready to fly among the clouds.


Georgiana and me went to Rome on 5th of October and we enjoyed 2 days off before the course started. We wandered the streets of Rome, we ate lots of pasta, pistachio gelato (my favorite) and coconut gelato (Georgiana’s favorite), we celebrated together one more year in my life (on 6 October was my birthday) and took advantage of all the beauties this cities has to offer.

Most of times, we are working from Monday to Monday, so whenever we have a day off for ourself we try to take fully advantage of it.

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But let me tell you about the course and the beautiful experience we had preparing students of different nationalities and backgrounds. We were lucky because our students had an advanced level of English, so we had a fluent and extremely friendly conversation. At each course, our students become gradually our friends and dear people that I try to motivate every day to be better, to have more confidence in them and to aim as high as possible. Our students in Rome already had customer service experience, so the process of learning was extremely easy, each one understanding rapidly how they have to approach the clients/passengers and to solve the situations in which the recruiters could put them through in order to prove their customer service abilities.

We exercised together the stages of an airline interview, public speaking techniques, English tests and lots of games to stimulate their creativity and critical thinking. We laughed and learned a lot and we made sure our students will leave the place much more prepared for an airline interview, more positive and self confident.

I am very grateful for each course and for the people I have the chance to meet and I am very happy we manage to expand our courses all over Europe. And I truly believe that this is only the beginning.

I leave here one of the feedbacks received after our course, from Maecy Villegas, our student from Philippine, based in Milan:

”Dear Anca,

I have learned a lot from you and my colleagues during these two days of course. I would like to thank you for this amazing opportunity. I am more confident now because I know I am prepared and ready to spread my wings.

You were so nice to us and I felt really comfortable during your classes. Not only that I learned a lot, but I also had fun. I had the chance to meet new friends and a mentor (you!). This course is one of the best things I’ve ever done because it gives me a little more sparks to shine. I am thankful for your help and your advice and I will always keep them on my mind and try to follow them as much as I can.

You encouraged me to always give the best of me in every challenge I will be facing in my life. You became one of my heroes and the image of success that will inspire me in my career.

Thank you,

Maecy”

See you in the sky!

Anca

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Qatar Airways is hiring cabin crew in Rome this March

Qatar Airways is organising an Open Day recruitment event in Rome, on 11th of March.

Qatar Airways requirements

To be part of their winning team, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • Minimum arm reach of 212 cms on tip toes
  • Minimum high school education with fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent health and fitness
  • Willingness to relocate to Doha, Qatar
  • Outgoing personality with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a multinational team.

 

The Event: ROME
Venue:   RADISSON BLU HOTEL ROME – Via Filippo Turati, 171 – 00185 Rome, Italy
Date:      11th March 2017
Time:      09:00 am Sharp
Attire:     Formal business attire*Please note that this event is an Open day, where you are required to come and submit your application personally. 

Bring along: 

1 x CV – we can do your perfect CV for the interview (more details here)

1 x passport photocopy

1 x passport photograph taken in the same dress code mentioned above (without glasses).

1 x full length photograph taken in the same dress code mentioned above (without glasses).

1 x photocopy of your highest education certificate (in its original language is fine).

Our team will be in Rome on 6-7th May! Join our 2 day training course and you will learn everything you need to know to pass the cabin crew interview stages. At the end of the course, you will be fully prepared for the interview with ANY airline. Book your seat now!  

Volotea is recruiting cabin crew in Italy, France and Spain

Volotea is seeking candidates for the role of flight attendant in Italy (Venice, Palermo, Verona and Genoa) France (Nantes, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Toulouse) and Spain (Asturias).

PROFILE

  • Older than 18 years of age
  • Strong fluency in two languages: English (essential), and one of the following: Spanish, Italian or French.
  • Living at 45 mn maximum near the base where you are applying (in Italy: Venice, Verona, Genoa and Palermo; France: Nantes, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Strasburg; Spain: Asturias).
  • Valid European passport
  • Be fit, be able to swim and pass a medical test
  • Positive, polite, very sociable individuals, who enjoy working as part of a team, involve themselves in the mission and are interested in taking on new challenges
  • Previous experience in aviation or customer service is valued, but is not an essential requirement to be part of the selection process.

Apply here for a flight attendant position at Volotea

Selection process

Shortlisted candidates must successfully complete the recruitment process of VOLOTEA, consisting of the following:

  • English proficiency test
  • Personality test
  • Team activity
  • Personal interview

ABOUT VOLOTEA

Volotea is a Spanish low cost airline headquartered in Barcelona with bases in Spain, Italy and France.

Fleet

Volotea’s fleet consists of nineteen Boeing 717 aircraft and four Airbus A319s. The Boeing 717 is equipped with Rolls-Royce engines. The integration of the Airbus A319s into their fleet represents a major milestone in the airline’s development. The addition of these four new Airbuses in 2016, brings the number of Volotea’s current fleet up to 23 aircraft.

Destinations

Here are the 77 Volotea destinations: Ajaccio, Alghero, Alicante, Ancona, Asturias, Athens, Bari, Bastia, Beauvais, Biarritz, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Brest, Brindisi, Caen, Cagliari, Catania, Cefalonia, Chisinau, Corfu, Cork, Dubrovnik, Faro, Figari Sud Corse, Fuerteventura, Genoa, Gran Canaria, Heraklion / Crete, Ibiza, Kos, Lampedusa, Lille, Luxembourg, Madrid, Majorca (Palma), Malaga, Malta, Marseille, Menorca (Mahon), Milan, Montpellier, Munich, Mykonos, Mytilene, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria, Pau Pyrenees, Perpignan, Pisa / Florence, Prague, Preveza / Lefkada, Rennes, Rhodes, Samos, Santander, Santorini, Seville, Skiathos, Southampton, Split, Strasbourg, Tenerife South, Tirana, Toulon, Toulouse, Trieste, Turin, Valencia, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Zakynthos, Zaragoza.

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Adina-Golden Mail

Her green-blue eyes are the first thing that makes you watch her closely. Warm smile, soft look and she knows how to make herself liked from the first interaction. She is Adina, our student who shortly will start working as Cabin Crew for Primera Air.

She came to know us last year in October at our meeting with How to be Cabin Crew readers, and after that event she hadn’t stopped working till she made her dream come true. She followed 2 courses with our team and in a few months her dream was real: she received the long waiting GOLDEN EMAIL.

For her age, Adina is an example of ambition and desire to overcome her limits. She has 21 years and customer service experience as far to another 5 years, this bringing her the winning ticket before Primera Air recruiters who saw in her the right candidate for the Cabin Crew position at their Scandinavian company.

  1. When did you thought you could pursue a career as a flight attendant and what was hidden behind such a decision?

When I started thinking about a career as Cabin Crew I was a teenager, somewhere in high school, in a small town from the beautiful area of Toscana, Italy. There I lived approximately 7 years, there I formed myself, and I finished high school.  I came back to Bucharest to continue my studies at Foreign Languages Faculty. I already abandoned the idea of working among the clouds till the second year of faculty when a good friend of mine and colleague told me that her dream after she finishes her studies is to become a Flight Attendant. That was the moment when I dreamed again about traveling the world and to accompany world travelers to their dream destinations.

  1. What is your present job? Do you think your experience helped you in any way at the interview?

At the moment I don’t have a job, but I started working from 16 years old because I always liked being around people and being useful. I started as a Customer Services for an Italian company, and then I worked as a Waitress and Bartender in a restaurant-bar. In the end, here in Bucharest I had the opportunity to work as a Receptionist at a hotel. I think these jobs helped me so much to form myself as a person and in the same time were a plus at the interview, as well as my knowledge of foreign languages.

  1. How did you prepare for the interview with airline companies? How many interviews did you attend before succeeding?

When I am interested in something I start a little research. The internet was my big source of information, I read all sorts of articles, I entered on many forums, I consulted different websites, among which was your website, “How to be Cabin Crew”. I started taking notes, details about each company and also started to study a little bit the aviation vocabulary. I decided to follow your courses, experience which brought me a lot of courage, and more ambition to make my dreams come true. Excellent trainers and a very relaxing atmosphere at your venue made all the information necessary for the interview and about this job to be assimilated very easily and with a pleasure rarely encountered.

  1. How did you manage to stay positive in the moment when you were eliminated from an interview?

It is true I participated to multiple interviews for different airline companies. In most cases I didn’t managed to pass the CV Drop, which disappointed me a little. I didn’t understand what was wrong, what was missing, why (even if everyone saw in me the stewardess girl in the movies) I didn’t succeeded to pass the final interview. After a few attempts, I stopped asking myself questions, I was more relaxed, I tried not to show the recruiters the perfection in me and I went to the interview more relaxed, exactly as I am. I imagined meeting the recruiters like I was meeting my best friends at a coffee shop where we talk and make plans for the future. I think I succeeded to bring that good feeling and optimism and that was what led to my success. I encourage everyone to not give up after a few attempts. I am sure that each one of us has a place in the clouds that is waiting to be filled.

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  1. What do you think it is the biggest challenge for a flight attendant?

The biggest challenge for Cabin Crew? Well…I think here the answer is more individual. For some missing home and the loved ones is the biggest challenge, for others the fact that they can not communicate in their mother tongue at their work place, having a different lifestyle, to confront with different and difficult situation and persons along the flight.

  1. Tell me what are the most 3 important qualities that a future candidate should possess at an interview?

After I participated to so many and diverse interviews I made myself aware that it wasn’t my fault. I started to think that at the interview day it must be “love at first sight” between the recruiter and candidate. This idea helped me stay in track when I was eliminated from another interview and to attend more interviews ready to win the recruiters. It is very well known that the preparation before the interview is fundamental. Information is the key. Confidence in yourself and perseverance are, as well, an important factor. And smile, lots of natural big smile, that bring with it warmth, love, optimism.

  1. Do you want to transmit a message for How to be Cabin Crew team?

The founders of this project succeeded to introduce me from the first moments in the amazing story of Cabin Crew Life, in what means life in the clouds. Good luck to future readers and candidates and to motivate them I remained that “The sky is not the limit, it’s just the beginning!”

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After 5 years as Cabin Crew: nothing is hard if you have your wings

Lili worked for 5 years as Cabin Crew for Etihad Airways. She left the company when she was pregnant with her first child, but she has flying deep in her blood. For her “nothing is hard for those who got their wings”. Lili is brave, she followed her dream and started working for Etihad Airways in 2008, when there weren’t so many information about this company in the Middle East.

I was so excited to hear her story as it radiates passion and dedication. Nevertheless, Lili is a beautiful soul, a former amazing cabin crew.

How did you start flying? Tell us about your first encounter with aviation

Dear Anca, through this interview I hope to inspire young people to fly, to chase their dreams and do things with passion. I got to fly because that was my faith. I didn’t choose this job, this job chose me. I never thought that one day I will do this or that I will arrive that far, I think I didn’t allow myself dreaming so far. But then I got my wings and I learned to fly. I simply applied to all the jobs I thought were interesting, even for those abroad and one day I woke up with a phone call from a recruiting agency who offered me the possibility to attend an interview with an airline company from UAE. (I hadn’t even heard of this country.) Normally, I would have ignored such an invitation, because I was called to go in another city to attend the interview. I was 27 years old and I wanted to leave the country, to see how the world is. I succeeded the second time, therefore in august 2008 I arrived in Abu Dhabi. It was a whole different world, at first it was hard to accommodate with such high temperatures, but I had the luck to know someone from my hometown who made the accomodation easier. We are still very good friends till this day, and she is my connection with UAE and with the job among the clouds. I had 2 months of intensive training. We had courses till the afternoon, we arrived home at midnight and the next day we woke up in the morning to study and at 11 am we were going again back to the academy. It seemed liked my dreem job fit me like a glove. And it was exactly like that. I graduated with high grades at Safety and it was my strong point along my career

You worked 5 years for Etihad Airways. How was your first flight? Where did you fly?

The first flight was extremely difficult, I was supposed to be an Observer during the flight, but I had to work exactly the same as the others in order to satisfy all the passengers requests, it was a very interesting experience for me. The flight was full, on a small airplane (A320). I must say that even before knowing about this job, I was passionate about the shows on National Geographic related to airplanes (Aircraft Investigations, Disasters in air). There may be a destiny, right?

How was a day for an Etihad Airways flight attendant?

A flying day was a real ritual, because it meant the same make-up, the same hair style, same uniform and a Briefing before each flight. After this, you will walk proudly with the whole crew under the starring eyes of the passengers. The flights were mostly tiring, but everything was fine as long as the crew knew how to communicate and work in a team.  If this didn’t happen, the flight would be a failure, but each flight is a lesson. This job/world taught me to be grateful (for the fact that I was born in Romania and I had the chance to have an education, for the fact that I knew 4 seasons, and so on.), I learned to be the best, to be patient, to respect different cultures, to accept that we are all what we are.

Tell us a funny story of one of your flights.

Hmm, there were so many. I remember on the second flight as an Observer when my colleagues along with the Captain tried to prank me. Ah, a whole flight laughed when the copilot forgot to deactivate “PA” (public announcement) and all the passengers heard their private conversation after landing.

Have you ever encountered an emergency situation? How did you react?

Fortunate, I haven’t had serious incidents in my 5 years as Cabin Crew. I once had a gentleman who fell in a deep sleep and his wife thought he died. In this kind of situations most important it is to remain calm, to talk with your passengers and to ask the help of your colleagues. In general, I am a strong person, I don’t panic and I manage to deal calmly with this kind of situations and to be useful when needed.

Which was one of the great satisfactions that this job offered you?

Seeing happy people: that hand shake when they left the airplane, that “thank you” in their language, the joy of offering a smile. And not least, the joy of seeing and living for a short period of time in all those places I had the privilege to arrive to.

What will be the disadvantages of this job?

Oh, the minuses…yes, they are plenty. Seen from outside, it is a wonderful job, and nobody knows what it truly means. It involves a lot of physical work, not only mentally, it is about working long hours, taking care of people, washing toilets if necessary, cleaning vomit and the list goes on. The idea is that from the moment you arrived in the airplane till landing, the airplane is your home, and from the moment the doors are closed till opening you are there for anything that the passengers need and trust me a lot can happen: babies can be born, people could die, accidents can happen, and so on.

Do you miss flying? How is your life now? What plans you have in the future?

Yes, I miss it, even if I don’t have time to think about it and my baby girl is offering me all the joy and satisfaction I need. I was still working for Etihad Airways when I got pregnant (I had a long distance relationship with my husband, he was in Romania, and Lia happened on one of our escapades in Istanbul). I flew for 2 more months with her in my belly and my last flight was the longest one. What can I say? It was an amazing experience, I will always say that, I am glad I had this opportunity. If I had another age when I left,  I would have arrived far… I left from a FJ position (First and Business Class Attendant), and I was about to become Cabin Senior, but I didn’t had the opportunity. I have a tattoo “Alis Grave nil” (Nothing is hard for those who have their wings)

Best regards,

Lili.

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