1. How to become a member of Cabin Crew
Becoming a member of Cabin Crew is as much about attitude as experience. In fact, many airlines will advertise cabin crew jobs that do not need previous experience. If you have good customer service experience, then make sure this is clear in your CV. But otherwise, a positive attitude, energy and friendliness will get you a long way; experience is not crucial.
Fundamental, though, is your attitude. You must have excellent people skills, confidence and a friendly nature. You will need to be happy, patient and considerate. You will also help yourself to find a job as a flight attendant if you make sure you are well presented and groomed.
Before embarking on your cabin crew job search, you will do well to prepare a strong CV. The CV will need to be clear and short. Include your work experience with your most recent job at the top. Be sure to also include a photograph of yourself inserted within your CV document.
Many airlines advertising flight attendant jobs (for instance Emirates cabin crew jobs) will expect you to complete an application form. Having all your information within your CV will help you when completing application forms.
Essential requirements for almost every airline are: an ability to swim 25m, a valid passport, and fluency in English.
2. Cabin Crew as a Career
Airline cabin crew, also known as flight attendants, are primarily responsible for ensuring passenger safety during flight. They are also required to ensure the comfort of passengers which is why good customer service skills are so important.
Hours can vary so a flight attendant's career is not for those who like to work 9-5 Monday to Friday. But the lifestyle is social, friendly and sometimes exotic - especially for long-haul cabin crew jobs where you will fly and stop-over at world airports. It is hard work, but it is also rewarding.
3. Cabin Crew Jobs / Flight Attendant Jobs
Finding flight attendant jobs is simple. But making a successful application will depend on your CV / Application profile.
Different airlines offer different jobs for flight attendants. Long-haul cabin crew are broadly the same as short-haul, but the specific differences are many and varied. From stop-overs to customer relationships to the number of colleagues on board - all of these issues and more depend on the airline and the types of flights you work on. As an ab initio (inexperienced) candidate you will not have all the options, but it is worth considering what kind of flight attendant job you would prefer. Research your favoured airlines and find out about them.
Once experienced as a flight attendant you will have more career options. You may wish to move to Business Class, First Class or VVIP Cabin Crew jobs - in fact have a look at this job. You will have the experience necessary to apply to some of the world's biggest airlines jobs as senior crew, or even an executive jet airline or private jet operator as VVIP cabin crew.
You may even wish to seek an ex-cabin crew job. Many employers seek ex-cabin crew to work in offices as their excellent customer-facing skills are highly sought after.
4. CV Tips
It's worth addressing your CV now if you've not already done so. Your CV should always be kept up to date to prevent you from forgetting something. You can then use it to apply for jobs. If you need to complete an application form, an up to date CV will mean all the information is to hand.
Sooner or later you'll be asked to also send a photograph of yourself with your application. So sort this out now. You will need 1 full length photograph, and 1 passport head shot. The recruiting employer needs to see you (not you in front of the Eiffel Tower) so make sure you're well in the foreground! This isn't a family snap. You need to be extremely well groomed for the photo, looking smart and smiling.
Once you have a photo you will need to make it small enough to be able to send by email, or to insert into your CV itself.
Your CV needs to be clear, uncluttered and honest. It should work in reverse chronological order, bullet pointing the key skills and areas of responsibility. No wordy paragraphs are required (or wanted). And fancy colours, graphics, fonts and backgrounds are not necessary (or wanted)!
Eventually you will find the job you're after. But no one said it will be easy. To increase your chances:
a. don't apply for jobs if you don't meet the minimum criteria - it's a waste of your time
b. prepare well - find out about the company
c. be determined - no half measures on the application form or CV... want that job
d. Open Days - be smart, happy and as relaxed as possible. Take a couple of copies of your CV, with photos, clearly labelled
e. stay fully up to date on new jobs
So, that's it. We wish all of you the very best of luck in looking for a job in this unusual, brilliant industry!