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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Details about Qatar Airways training and what will you learn during it

The Middle East airline companies are offering a 6-8 weeks training to their new employers, time in which they are learning everything about flying, the companies airplanes, how to react in case of an emergency, how to offer first aid and how to have the best on board service during the whole flight. In the end, the graduates are completely ready to operate their first flight and to embrace literally the job of Cabin Crew. The training is provided by the company, as part of the benefits of being hired. I think that every future Flight Attendant should know what to expect after an interview with an airline company, so I chose to write about how it goes the training at an Arabic airline company. Today, I am speaking about Qatar Airways.

I discussed with one of our former students, Cabin Crew for Qatar Airways, about how it was for her the training period at this company.

Training at Qatar Airways takes 2 months and almost 6-7 hours a day to study, in Doha academy. You have only one day free during the training period, Friday. “It was a little bit tiring because during the week you have to study daily, and in your day off it is s the only moment you had time for yourself”, says our How to be Cabin Crew student.

What did you study, what was the hardest subject?

We started the training with a short presentation of Doha, the rules we must follow and how to present during the whole training period (make-up, hair and outfit). It took place approximately 4 days. Then it followed the first training module, de Service one. It took 2 weeks and we learned about the equipment and products we have on board, menu presentation, wine and cocktails and communication methods.

After the 2 weeks of service, which were the easiest ones, followed the Safety module which took place 3 weeks, being the hardest and most stressful period of the training part, because you had to learn new terms daily. You had to know everything very well, exactly like it was written in the manual. At this module we studied exit procedures in case of emergency landing on water or land, how to use the safety equipment and fire simulation.

How was the ditching part (water landing simulation) ?

Ditching was the task I was most afraid of, at first, because I didn’t know how to swim, but when I arrived there I saw that it wasn’t that much complicated, because you are wearing a vest and you throw yourself in the water from a very small distance. You need to arrive to the shore from a relatively short distance, so it’s not that hard. A big inconvenient is that the water is very cold, but otherwise it is not that complicated, everybody passes this task.

The last part of the training was the First Aid module, here I learned about the pills we had in our first aid kit on board and how to use them, about different medical situations encountered on board like: panic attack, cerebral attack, fractures, burns, and so on.

How many exams you had to take during the training period?

We had one exam each week, and the percentage of promotion of the exam was 86%. This meant that you weren’t allowed to make more than 4-5 mistakes at a single test. The exam was multiple choice and had 50 questions.

How did you interact with your teachers?

The teachers, in general, tried to help us and to keep us motivated during the training period, because there were lots of moments when we had the impression that it is too much information for such a short period of time.

How it was to learn all the information in English, how difficult was to know all the technical terms by heart?

At first it was very difficult, it was hard to learn everything by heart, it was very stressful and I was very nervous before the first exams. Then I got used to the idea, and all seemed a lot easier, it become like a daily routine.

This is the story about Qatar Airways training period. I hope it will be very useful and to bring you closer to your dream.

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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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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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Emirates is recruiting in September and October in Italy

Emirates is recruiting cabin crew in September and October in Italy. The interviews are Open Day, which means that you can participate without any invitation and you do not need to register ahead on the company website.

The dates for recruitment are the following:

17 September, Hilton Rome Airport, Via Arturo Ferrarin, 2, 00054 Fiumicino, Rome, Italy, 9 A.M.
17 October, To be advised, Bari, 9 A.M.
22 October, Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, Aeroporto Malpensa 2000, Terminal 1, 21010 Ferno (VA), Milan, Italy

The Emirates Cabin Crew requirements are:
• At least 21 years of age at the time of joining
• Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
• Minimum height of 160 cm
• High school graduate (Grade 12)
• Fluency in English (Written and Spoken)
• No visible tattoos while in Emirates Cabin Crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings not permitted)
• Physically fit to meet the Emirates Cabin Crew requirements

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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How to apply for a Cabin Crew position

You want to apply for a job in the clouds? You are passionate about aviation and you want to travel all around the globe? Here you will find the steps you need to follow in order to apply for your dream job, as a flight attendant.

  1. Requirements

In order to apply for a position as Cabin Crew first you must see if you meet the minimal conditions listed here:

Age

Minimum 18 years old for most European airlines Minimum 21 years old for the airlines from the Orient (Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Oman Air, Al Maha Airways)

Height

Accepted minimum height of each airline varies based on policy: Minimum 1.57m -1.58 m (for ex: for Ryanair, Easyjet or British Airways) 1.65 m for girls and 1.75 m for boys for Wiz Air

The airlines from the Orient usually require that you must reach 2.10m or 2.12m vertically, with your arm, barefooted, you may stand on your toes. Etihad Airways requires 2.10m whereas Emirates and Qatar Airways 2.12m. More information about it here. 

Be able to swim

Swimming is compulsory for this profession, so if you are not able to swim, you should begin taking swimming classes.

Highschool graduation diploma

This document is mandatory.

No tattoos in sight

Generally companies accept tattoos as long as they are not visible when wearing the uniform. But bear in mind that there are companies like Qatar Airways, which does not accept any tattoos, even if they are not seen when wearing the uniform. Read more about the airlines’ policy on tattoos here.

English language skills

All airlines require fluency in English for their flight attendants, both written and oral. You must have a good level of English to be able to pass the interview. Your English skills are an important part of your training.

Good health

As a future flight attendant, you will be the subject of a series of tests and medical examinations. Their purpose is to detect any possible disease or illness that could aggravate during flights.

Vision requirements

The only accepted diopters are +/- 4, provided you wear both glasses and contact lenses. These are the minimum requirements that a flight attendant should meet. In addition, each airline may impose its own rules on employment, so read the recruitment ads thoroughly.

  1. Where to apply for Cabin Crew

You need to keep an eye on the airline companies career website in order to see when they are hiring Cabin Crew. Here you can find the most searched airline companies for the position of Flight Attendant.

Emirates: http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/english/Careers_Overview/cabin_crew/CabinCrewAssessmentDays.aspx

Qatar Airways: http://careers.qatarairways.com/qatarairways/VacancyDetail.aspx?VacancyID=112104

Etihad Airways: http://www.etihad.com/en-ae/careers/cabin/recruitment/cabin-crew-assessments/

Air Arabia: http://www.airarabia.com/en/careers

Gulf Air: http://jobs.gulfair.com/

Oman Air: http://www.omanair.com/en/about-us/careers

Wizz Air: https://wizzair.com/ro-RO/career/cabin_crew

Flydubai: https://careers.flydubai.com/

Ryanair:  http://www.crewlink.ie/en/recruitment-days

EasyJet: https://easyjet.taleo.net/careersection/2/moresearch.ftl?lang=en&searchExpanded=true&radius=1&jobfield=8170751484&radiusType=K&_ga=1.141769397.689922831.1470227902

British Airways:  https://jobs.ba.com/jobs/intheair/cabincrew/

Lufthansa:  https://career.be-lufthansa.com/index.php?ac=search_result&search_criterion_entry_level[]=1&search_criterion_activity_level[]=28&language=2

 

  1. Prepare before the interview

         1.Perfect CV and Photos

The first thing the recruiters will see when you apply for the job is your CV and Photos. That will make the difference between being accepted or not.  If you want to have your CV perfectly done you can send it to us in order to correct it. More details here.

        2. Inform yourself about the airline and how the interview goes.

Before attending an interview make sure you have informed yourself about everything it is to know of the company you apply to. Also you can look on our website and see how an interview day goes, what are the differences between open and assessment day and how to approach the recruiters.

        3.Attend an interview Cabin Crew course

If you want to be extra prepared for Cabin Crew job you can attend one of our How to be Cabin Crew courses. We are also providing online private coaching with one of our trainers, which will give you the opportunity to prepare for an interview wherever you are. More details here.

Good luck and hope to see you among the clouds!

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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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How I discovered How to be cabin crew team & courses

When I first found How to be cabin crew on Facebook, I told myself “Oh nice, what’s this?”

I think I checked the whole Facebook page and after that I went on the website. I read the whole website for days, then I thought, ok, I’ll apply for a course, why not? I have nothing to lose. So I made a paypal account and paid my course.

For me was, ROME here I come! First time in Rome, first time in Italy. I was confused, will it help me? Am I made for the job ? Will there be a lot of students?

Saturday, on 9th of July 2016, my course started at 11am. I received a warm welcome from Anca and Georgiana, the lovely How to be cabin Crew team. They were SOOO nice, I felt comfortable immediately.

This course made me very confident also about my English, because English is not my first language, and my dear teacher Anca motivated to trust more in myself. I liked a lot the way she held the classes, how she taught us everything regarding the various interviews with airline companies, how she explained each step, how much attention she paid to each one of us.

She’s a very elegant women, and motivates you to obtain the job. Spending time with her for me was like I was already on the plane.

Now, after the course, I’m more motivated and I am feeling 100% confident. During the course, the word BRAVO of my dear teacher was a real BOOST.

Also, through this course I discovered which are my skills and how to underline them better. I did not know I was creative until I heard this from my teacher.

I would highly recommend this course to every person who wants to make his dream come true => BEING CABIN CREW . I’m sure I will get the cabin crew job soon, and will be soooo proud sending you a picture with me wearing my beautiful uniform.

Thanks a lot,

big hugs and kisses,

Asma

Feedback from our student Asma

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A day in the life of a flight attendant

How to be Cabin Crew reveals how it’s going to be your life as flight attedant.

After you have finished your cabin crew training, you’ll get a roster (monthly calendar of flights). At the end of each month you will find out your entire schedule for the following month so you can prepare in advance what to visit and where to go in each country you will fly to. You will have approximately 8-12 free days per month.

Before each flight, you must prepare carefully your suitcase, and also you have to do your hair and make-up, in order to look flawless.

Once you arrived at the airport, you will attendant a briefing together with the rest of the team. You will check the details of the flight and also you will review the safety and emergency procedures.

After the briefing is complete, you’ll reach the airplane and start the preparations on board, before the guest embark: you check the whole airplane, the safety equipment, the food and beverages on board.

After take-off, you need to start the service on board, which lasts differently, depending on how long is the flight. After the service on board is over, it is time to relax, to discuss with your crew members, to eat and to interact with your passengers in order to make everyone leave the aircraft with a big smile on their face.

At the end of the flight, you must take care of your side of the plane, in order for everything to be ready for landing, and to make sure every passenger has their seatbelt on.

Flight types

Short haul/Medium Haul flight: One sector that lasts no more than 4-6 hours, having the flight back the same day.

Long haul flight: One sector that has more than 4 hours, and after landing, you will finish your duties as a cabin crew and you can enjoy a period of rest, named layover. It can last from 12 to 72 hours. You will be paid all this time, the accommodation will be at a hotel and the transport will be provided from and to the airport.

You will have the time to explore the city, to visit museums, to meet new people, go shopping and to experience the lifestyle of cabin crew.

A flight attendant’s schedule is extremely flexible, and very often, you will not have the same flights two times,. You will be able to schedule your month in advance and do what you want in your days off.

Therefore, to be Cabin Crew it is one of the best jobs in the world

Good luck.

P.S. If you are currently a flight attendant, we are waiting in the comment section your story about a day among the clouds.

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