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Scared? Go Anyway!

Q. I’m starting the flight attendant classes probably in December .. and I’m kinda scared any advice?

A. At first I thought that our reader was on their way to flight attendant training with an airline. After private messaging for a bit, I figured out what she meant was that she is on her way to a paid (by her) flight attendant school. You may all remember from a previous post that you can find “here” that I don’t believe in paying for a flight attendant school. At least not in the U.S. The airline that hires you will train you. Why go through the training twice and pay hundreds possibly thousands of dollars to do it? I will also answer the question about being scared, whether you are headed to flight attendant school or flight attendant training or anywhere for that matter! We have all been there! Life can be scary, but nothing changes if we don’t move forward so I always say, if you know it’s something you want (and most people going for a flight attendant position desperately want to be a flight attendant!) feel scared and do it anyway!

Prepare the very best you can. Read sites such as this one, buy books, talk to others that have been there and be thankful the internet is there for you! Twenty years ago I was scared and alone! Lol! No internet to search and find answers from! The better prepared you are the more relaxed you will be! You can try different methods of relaxation. I’m a true believer in meditation, but use whatever works for you and then punch through it!

Best of luck to anyone heading to flight attendant training! I truly believe it is worth the experience whether you fly for a year or forty five years!

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Safe Flying!

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Is it Hard Being a Flight Attendant?

I asked what questions our audience had on facebook. Here are a few really great questions that I think will help out a lot of people.

Is swimming important for flight attendants?

You’ve probably seen pictures from flight attendant training that made you think swimming skills would be necessary. It really isn’t. You will need to learn how to evacuate an aircraft in a ditching scenario, but you will be wearing a life vest. I don’t know of any airlines that require you to take a swimming test.

Should we study a specific subject at university or it’s not necessary?

I can only answer for the U.S. carriers, but no it is not necessary to go to a special school or study any specific subject. However, it is a great idea to gain customer service skills while going to school. I do think every airline prefers educated employees, but views life experience as a valuable education.

I have a 15 yr old home schooled sophomore in high school and she’s very interested in being a flight attendant. What should I do to get her in the right direction?

A well rounded education and great customer service skills will be what the airlines are looking for from young people. If she doesn’t already have a job, have her get a job working with people in a customer service environment. She needs to develop problem solving skills that you can only develop by working with the public. Learning a second language will also make her more attractive to the airlines.

Is it hard to be a flight attendant?

There are aspects to being a flight attendant that are difficult, but it may not be what you think. The actual everyday job is easy. Serving people can be hard if you don’t develop strong customer service skills and find yourself frustrated by everything passengers do day in and day out. If you love people and have good diffusing skills though this won’t be a problem for you. The hard part to me is the sleep patterns, fulfilling your dietary needs and keeping up with your overall health. The schedule can be grueling when you first start out. It can also be difficult emotionally as well, adjusting to such a new life style. The Flying Pinto’s Flight Attendant Survival Guide is a wonderful resource for flight attendants. It has great advice on everything from packing an awesome food cooler to dealing with your love relationships. It’s available on Amazon.com.

Look for more answers to your questions coming soon! Please remember to take advantage of our site and learn from flight attendants who have been hired, what to expect at your interview. And, once you do interview remember to come back and pay it forward by filling out our survey to help other flight attendant hopefuls! Thank you!

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Corporate Flight Attendant Career

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Q. I’m looking at becoming a flight attendant, however I want to become a corporate flight attendant. Do you have to go for a special training to become one? Any direction would be great.

A. I am not a corporate flight attendant, but I have some friends who have amazing lifestyles as one. My friend Sara was gracious enough to share her knowledge and experience with us:

A corporate flight attendant is very different than a commercial flight attendant even though they are both primarily on board for the passengers safety, this pretty much is where the two similarities stop. You are responsible for preparing or obtaining all the catering, stocking the aircraft with bedding, snacks, newspapers, magazines, medicine and any other special request the clients or pilots might have. It helps to have a background as a chef, personal assistant or a fine dinning waiter/waitress. Some clients will hire a chef or nurse and then send them to training to learn the safety part. Being able to predict your clients needs before they even realize that they need something is invaluable.

In commercial aviation your training is paid for, but not usually in corporate. When you first start you will need to pay for your initial training yourself. There are many companies who advertise Corporate Flight Attendant training and are very glad to take your money, and will even promise you job placement at the end. Be very careful and wise on how you decide to spend your money, make sure that it is a company that is recognized and accepted industry wide, like FACTs or Flight Safety.

One downside to corporate aviation is the lack of job security, unlike commercial, there is no union and your job is only as good as today and many have found themselves jobless for many reasons, company stock went down and they sold the airplane, new CEO doesn’t want a flight attendant, the new wife feels jealous of the flight attendant, etc…

Many are attracted to corporate because of the many places you go and the time you are able to spend sight seeing and experiencing the culture, the pay is usually much higher than commercial, and you get to meet some amazing people from heads of state, leaders in the fortune 500 companies and celebrities.

If Corporate Aviation interests you, you might want to check out The NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) Flight Attendant conference, a great place to learn more about the industry, meet leaders in the field and network. It will be held in Washington DC this year, June 20-22nd. there is also a NBAA facebook page, NBAA Flight Attendant Committee as well as their website. with information.
Business aviation is very demanding, CFAs schedules are usually very unpredictable, if you are a contractor you are always looking for work, networking and flying as much as possible, you never want to say no, or you might not be called back, and that is only if you are lucky enough to get on a few companies list. If you fly full time for a corporation you might have a bit more of a schedule, but don’t count on it, as schedules often change. Many companies have soft days off and hard days off, you can be called in on your soft days so you always have to be ready. Usually when you first start you will have 18 hards days off a year, this includes sick time. Flying for one owner can be as diverse as the owners themselves, eccentric and only wants male model flight attendants or a family who wants a chef who cooks on board and watches the children. Again you will basically be on reserve for ever.

Thanks Sara! Hope that helps answer some of your questions about corporate flying! Have more questions for us? Post in the comments below. Have you had a recent interview with a commercial airline? We want to hear from you! Please fill out our quick survey, “here”  and help those coming in behind you! Thanks!

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Flying and School? It Can be Done!

Q. Is it possible to be a flight attendant while your still in school, or do you think traveling would make it hard to do both?

A. This is a great question and it’s going to depend. As a flight attendant with some seniority under your belt it is a pretty easy feat to accomplish. I know many flight attendants who have earned their degrees while flying and many who are presently in school. In fact I just read a post from a friend who said she had gone to school years ago thinking she would pursue something other than flying. She went on to say that she is grateful for the education, but in the end she’d never give up her flying career.

If you’re are just starting out it will be more challenging, but not impossible. Especially these days when you can get go to school on line at your own pace. I do have a friend who is a reserve flight attendant, a mom and attending a bricks and mortar university full time! Trust me, when they created the phrase, “where there’s a will there’s a way!” they had flight attendants in mind.

Good Luck with all your endeavors! Got questions? Let us know in the comments below! Have you recently attended a flight attendant interview? Want to help a fellow interviewee out? We’d love you to take our quick survey “here”.

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How to Prepare for your Career

Q. my dream since i was a kid was to be a flight attendant. Its all ive ever wanted and was wondering if you would have the time to give me some advice on the proper steps to becoming one. thank you!

A. This is a great question because there are so many people who want to know how to prepare to get hired as a flight attendant. I’m going to pick on you a little, but don’t take it personally as I just need to make a point since it is such a common theme these days. Watch your grammar and your punctuation. I understand that it’s a lot more lackadaisical when posting on facebook or other social media outlets, but if I were asking for career advice, I would make sure my my i’s were dotted and my t’s were crossed. The problem will arise when you’re filling out applications and you’re used to writing in this lazy manner. You’re bound to make a mistake out of habit.  The airlines are extremely conservative so make sure you go over everything with a fine tooth comb. Ok, enough on that, here are a few steps you can take now to get hired when the opportunity arises:

  • Research the flight attendant career. The more knowledge you have the better equipped you’ll be to write your resume and answer their interview questions.
  • Research the airlines you are interested in. You may be asked specific reasons you chose to pursue airline “xyz.”
  • If you’re not working in a customer service industry already, start applying for jobs that will give you this experience. The more the better.
  • Self reflect and figure out why you’d like to be a flight attendant. Again this will be of great benefit when answering questions at your interview.
  • Think of life experiences that you feel would make you a great flight attendant.
  • Apply for and get your passport if you don’t already have yours.
  • Learn a second language. Maybe you have a background in Spanish, but never went further with it? Now is the time to pick it back up. Even if you aren’t fluent enough to be a language speaker, it can’t hurt to have the experience. It will benefit you once you have the job and you can at least understand a little of another language.
  • Peruse information sites on line, but never pay for an in person flight attendant academy. At least not in the United States. Once the airline hires you, they pay for your training.

When you feel you’re ready and you find an airline of your choice is hiring, apply. I believe that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Check the airlines career or employment sites often. They sometimes only open up for applications for short periods of times due to the high volume of applicants they receive.

Good Luck! Have any other questions? Are you a flight attendant already? What advice would you offer? Let us know in the comment section below!

Happy Flying!

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A Few More of Your Questions Answered

Q. If I have a strong foreign accent can I still be hired?

A. This would depend on the airline and their requirements. I’m sure if you meet all the requirements to be hired for any particular airline and you speak their required language, an accent would not prevent them from hiring you. There are plenty of flight attendants at my airline with a foreign accent.

Q. What do you do if there is a crying baby that a customer is complaining about?

A. I try to be sympathetic to all passengers needs, in this case I would assist the care taker of the baby any way I could. That being said, babies cry sometimes and flying is public transportation. I always recommend that people travel with some form of noise cancellation even if it’s just ear plugs.

Q. If one has been diagnosed with mental Illness, not bipolar but say like Depression , borderline personality disorder. But one takes meds and is in counseling can someone still make their dreams come true?

A. I don’t know the answer to this question, but I would say to contact the airlines you are thinking of and ask their policies. I would think that certain things would be considered discrimination and certain things would prevent one from preforming the duties of a flight attendant. I don’t know which would be considered which however. And, to answer the last part of your question, I am a believer that everyone can make their dreams come true!

Have more questions? Post them to the comment section and we’ll answer them!

Happy Flying!

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How to Dress for a Flight Attendant Interview

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Do you have the right appearance? Most airlines are conservative when it comes to picking their flight attendant candidates. Although the days of super glam are gone, grooming is still an important aspect of getting hired as a flight attendant. Here are a few basic guidelines to help you with your upcoming interview:

  • Dress the part. Choose a navy, black or grey fitted suit. Female hemlines should not be shorter than a half inch above the knee.
  • Shoes should be black. Females should wear a closed toe conservative pump. If the shoes are not new make sure they are polished and in good condition.
  • Females should wear nude hosiery.
  • If you are carrying a purse or briefcase it should also be neutral and solid in color.
  • Tattoos and piercings should be hidden except for female ear piercings. Females that do have ear piercings make sure that your earrings do not dangle and are no larger than a quarter in diameter.
  • Do not wear fragrance. You do not want to distract from your interview.
  • Female hair longer than shoulder length should be restrained in a neat manner.
  • Make up should be worn by females, also conservative.
  • Most importantly, wear your smile.

What advice do you have for someone preparing for an upcoming interview? Did you follow these guidelines? Tell us your story in the comments below.

 

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SEX RCK & ROL

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My inbox has been a flurry of activity lately with flight attendant hopefuls asking me about the flight attendant career and the training process. One of the most common requests I am getting is for a list of the airport city codes. If you haven’t heard this is one of the first things flight attendant candidates are tested on during training. In fact, if you have recently been invited to training you can expect to get a list of the codes in your welcome packet. This will most likely be one of your first tests in training, if not your first. You probably won’t have Germany’s Sembach Airport on your exam (SEX) but, if you want to impress your fellow classmates or maybe scare them off you can search the internet for some great ones like, FUK, POO, PEE, SUK and DOA. A little trick I have for remembering the codes (that you need to know) is to create your own acronyms for the three letters. Here are a few I remember, notice the ones that stuck with me all these years!

  • HNL (hot naked ladies)
  • PNS (ahemmmm…yes…that body part minus the vowels)
  • IAD (I am dull-es)
  • MCO (Mickey’s Co.)
  • SXM (sexy men)
  • RSW (real sunny weather)
  • FAT (no explanation needed here)
  • MFE (mother f*^%ing enchiladas)
  • BNA (boobs n a**)
  • IAH (I am hot)
  • MIA (missing in action)

What acronyms have you come up with for airport codes? Please share in comments! Oh! Did you want to know what airports these codes belong with? Did you guess? Post title: Sembach Airport, Coffield (Rockdale TX) and Rooseevelt UT. In the post list: Honolulu HI, Pensacola FL, Washington DC (Dulles), Orlando FL, St. Martin NA, Fort Meyers, FL, Fresno CA, McAllen TX, Nashville TN (think Dolly), Houston TX and Miami FL. You’ll have to google the rest!

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Flight Attendant Interview Process


There are many different ways an interview process can take place. Sometimes if you apply for a specific airline you will get a one on one interview. This would mean you would go to where they are stationed and interview alone. If they like you, you may be hired soon after and might not have to go to another screening. Some airlines prefer doing the one on one approach by having a FA come in alone. While others do it a bit different.

A lot of airlines have an “open house” this is where people come to interview as a large group. Most of the time anyone can show up but sometimes they are by invite only. Open houses are pretty relaxed for the most part. In the beginning the hiring staff is trying to get to know people quickly to get rid of those they dislike and keep those they want to get to know better. If you are kept for a second round most of the time you will be called in for a 1:1 or 2-3:1 interview. Here they will ask you more questions about your background and they may even ask you to read a few lines from a script like you are directing and speaking to passengers.

You may find out that day if they want to hire you, but it is common for them to contact you in about a week or two!

Good luck to any of you interviewing! Be sure to check out our other blog posts all about the most common interview questions and how to be prepared!

 


 

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The best airline to work for


There are many great airlines to work for. So who has the number one spot?

Well…..Many things can play into why specific airlines can be the “best” to work for but it depends on what you are looking for. If you want great pay then some airlines will be better then others. The ones that pay a lot may not be as flexible and maybe that is something you are looking for.Some are better than others but there is never one clear winner of which is the best!

Everyone wants something different out of a company. Everyone will choose which airline is the best for them or best suits their lifestyle.

Benefits, pay, schedule, uniform, flexibility, travel, benefits. All are things to consider when choosing which airline to work for. If you value great health benefits look for a company that does as well! Most airlines have similar policies on free travel and uniforms.

The “best” airline to work depends on what is best for you!

 

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