With the aviation industry growing at an unprecedented pace, according to ‘Bloomberg Business Week’, flight attendant applications are currently far outpacing the positions available.
Since the demand for cabin crew depends highly on the demand for air travel, currently domestic and international carriers all over the world are stepping up their recruitment to cater to the expected growth. Partly this has to do with airlines adding more capacity and switching to larger aircraft. After all, it takes from 3 to 10 cabin crew to fully serve one aircraft (depending on the aircraft type), while such giants as A380 require up to 24 flight attendants per flight. Moreover, the demand is expected to accelerate even further due to the need of replacements for current specialists who retire or transfer to other jobs.
Thanks to the rapid growth of the aviation industry the need for cabin crew will only strengthen over the next years. Moreover, as much of this growth is coming from emerging economies in Asia and South America, an increasing number of job opportunities is appearing abroad, especially for those with the right language skills, Even though airlines do receive quite a large amount of applications, most of those candidates don’t end up being hired, since the standards within the industry are exceptionally high, and finding the right person for the job can often get especially tricky. Thankfully, given a set of perks and an opportunity to earn a handsome salary and perks, Cabin crew probably will always remain an occupation that is desirable and exciting, as long as one is aware of the related challenges.
Undoubtedly, one of the most influential aspects is the substantial amount of stress that cabin crew faces during their duty time. After all, the primary responsibility of a flight attendant is the safety and security of passengers. Their mid-air responsibilities include passenger check-in and orientation, stowing luggage, serving food and beverages, answering passenger questions, administering first aid and coordinating evacuation if necessary. However, while every job has its downsides, few can compete with the benefits of being a flight attendant on the right airline.
A flight attendant’s scheduled on-duty time is usually limited to 12 a day, which makes from around 65 to 90 hours a month plus an additional 20-30 hours on the ground preparing and waiting for flights. Resultantly, the Cabin Crew members usually end up earning a very handsome salary. Plus, the job has a number of benefits, including hotel accommodations, Transport facilities, and allowance for meals while on duty away from home.
Becoming a flight attendant is more than just a job for many people. It’s a dream they have harbored for a long time. And while it may bring about some challenges, it certainly is very glamorous and exciting, as it offers life experiences that you will never forget. After all, in the job market the way it is right now, who wouldn’t want to get paid to travel?
Here are a few tips for aspiring flight attendants:
1. Dress conservatively
Whether you’re conducting a video interview or are interviewing in person, dressing conservatively is very important. Interviewers should be able to imagine what you’ll look like as a flight attendant in uniform. This means sticking to solid-colored blazers and suits and keeping prints to a minimum. You don’t have to be fashionable, but you need to be clean and well-groomed. Being unkempt, that’s an instant turnoff. If you’ve got visible tattoos, they need to be covered up. And you’re not going to want to be in an interview with a purple streak in your hair.
2. Clean up your social media
It is important to come across as polished and poised and professional in order to do so one must ensure that your posts and social media presence is one that is acceptable based on the terms and conditions of the airline that you wish to be a part of. Most recruiters now run social media checks to get an idea about the background and the general character of the interviewee. It is important to take down any posts which may have harsh language or questionable or offensive content.
3. Practice good body language
Positive and welcoming body language is one of the most important aspects of a career in this field. A flight crew’s ability to be calm, approachable and whose expressions and body language are positive and visually pleasing can help better interact with passengers. Nonverbal movements and gestures that are communicating interest, enthusiasm and positive reactions are very important. A warm smile on your face, not folding your hands during an interview, keeping your hands and feet in an orderly and appropriate manner, leaning in when someone is speaking to you and maintaining eye contact are positive traits to be adopted.
4. Practice talking about yourself and answering potential questions
When you’re answering questions like, ‘Tell me about yourself,’ you should be able to talk about yourself and have it just flow because you’ve practiced it. Practice answering interview questions until it doesn’t sound unrehersed and uprepapred and to avoid stumbling for your words so that you sound more polished and poised.
5. Give some thought to why you want the job
A commonly used and very cliche answer given by most flight attendants during interviews is ‘we love people, we love to travel’. It is imporant to be unique in your answers as well as to elabourate your passon for the career. Such stereotypical answers will also give interviewers the impression that you are not truly interested or passionate about the job at hand.
6. Most importantly, be yourself!
The most important thing is to be yourself, and ‘yourself’ needs to be a person that is great at customer service patient and soft spoken because the daily work situations require you to be exactly that you put forward the best version of yourself.