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Sunday, 23-Apr-2017 11:44:10 ET

Flight Attendant Career FAQs

We receive several hundred emails a day from people interested in pursuing a flight attendant career. Here are answers to some of the more common questions we receive.

  1. What is the purpose of AirlineCareer.com?
  2. Who is on the staff of AirlineCareer.com?
  3. Why do you charge for your service?
  4. Why canít I just go to the library and read books about a flight attendant career?
  5. Does AirlineCareer.com submit my resume to the airlines?
  6. Where is the Training Center located?
  7. How long will it take me to earn my Certificate of Achievement in the Training Center?
  8. I do not own a computer. Can I get a printed version of your material?
  9. I do not have a credit card. Can I still order your program?
  10. I'm not comfortable ordering online. Can I still order your program?
  11. Isnít it true that airlines are in a downturn now and are not actively hiring flight attendants?
  12. Do I need to attend a special flight attendant school before applying to the airlines?
  13. What are the real chances of getting hired by an airline?
  14. Should I pursue a flight attendant career if I am not willing to relocate?
  15. Do airlines hire older applicants?
  16. I live overseas and would like to become a flight attendant. Can your service help me?
  17. I have a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) on my record (many years ago). Will this disqualify me from becoming a flight attendant?
  18. I was working for an airline and was asked to resign after three months. Will this hurt my chances of getting hired again?
  19. I am extremely interested in starting my flight attendant career, and meet all the qualifications. However, a few weeks ago I got my eyebrow pierced. Am I wasting my time and money trying to get a job in this field?
  20. I am interested in a position with an airline in sales or marketing. Can you help me?

 
1. What is the purpose of AirlineCareer.com?

AirlineCareer.com is an award winning online flight attendant career website that teaches you everything you need to know about becoming a flight attendant. Our comprehensive training program leading to a Certificate of Achievement is conducted completely on your own computer. There are no classes to attend, and no fixed schedule. Our program will lead you step-by-step through the application process, including how to pick an airline that is right for you, how to write a resume in the format that airlines want, how to dress, how to interview and ultimately how to land the job.

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2. Who is on the staff of AirlineCareer.com?

Our staff is comprised of a dedicated network of working flight attendants, a talented web development team, and an airline captain with over 35 years of experience in the airline industry. Several staff members are experienced flight attendant recruiters, supervisors and/or new-hire training instructors.

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3. Why do you charge for your service?

We charge for our service because we maintain a full-time research department that is constantly monitoring the hiring situation at over 50 airlines, allowing us to update our site as soon as changes occur.

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4. Why canít I just go to the library and read books about a flight attendant career?

This is a dynamic industry; labor contracts and hiring policies change frequently. If you're serious about becoming a flight attendant, you need a dynamic medium: the Internet. Printed material, such as books and employment guides, can't be trusted; they're usually out-of-date by the time they go to print!

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5. Does AirlineCareer.com submit my resume to the airlines?

No, we do not submit resumes for you. We do, however, lead you step-by-step through the process of creating and submitting your own resume. Airlines prefer a certain format, and we provide templates that you can download right into your word processor. Since the resume is already formatted, all you need to do is paste in your own information. It's that easy! We also have templates for the all important cover letters and thank-you notes. Some airlines ask for resumes to be sent via email. It sounds easy, but it isn't. If you just paste your resume from your word processor into an email message, it will come across badly formatted and will make you look unprofessional. We will show you how to do it the right way.

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6. Where is the Training Center located?

Our Training Center is conveniently located on the Internet. We bring the "classroom" to your computer, enabling you to study online at your own pace.

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7. How long will it take me to earn my Certificate of Achievement in the Training Center?

There are eight sections. Your study skills and time commitment will determine how quickly you earn your certificate.

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8. I do not own a computer. Can I get a printed version of your material?

No, we are strictly an online service and offer no printed counterpart to the material on our site.

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9. I do not have a credit card. Can I still order your program?

Yes, you can join by mail using a personal check, bank check, or money order.

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10. I'm not comfortable ordering online. Can I still order your program?

Yes. If you prefer not to order online using your credit card, you can still join by mail. We accept credit cards, personal checks, bank checks, and money orders.

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11. Isnít it true that airlines are in a downturn now and are not actively hiring flight attendants?

Despite the recent economic downturn, many airlines are still hiring flight attendants. Our Who's Hiring page lists 36 of them as of Apr 23rd, 2017. And many more will resume hiring as soon as the industry gets an economic boost.

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12. Do I need to attend a special flight attendant school before applying to the airlines?

No, there is no need to attend a formal flight attendant training program prior to getting the job. All airlines will train you once you get accepted for a flight attendant position. Most training programs run from four to six weeks. However, AirlineCareer.comís online Certificate of Achievement Program will give you an edge over the competition and will virtually ensure your success at flight attendant new-hire training.

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13. What are the real chances of getting hired by an airline?

Airline interviewing is a highly competitive business and only those well-prepared will make it past the first interview. Our research shows that approximately one out of every 100 applicants is ultimately hired. Unfortunately, if you fail, you will have to put your flight attendant career on hold and will have to wait at least six months and sometimes up to a year before an airline will allow you back for a second chance.

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14. Should I pursue a flight attendant career if I am not willing to relocate?

One of the minimum qualifications for accepting flight attendant employment is that you are willing to relocate. However, many people elect to commute. This means that you can live in one place and commute to your domicile. Transfers are also quite common and are usually available within three to six months of employment.

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15. Do airlines hire older applicants?

Yes! In fact, flight attendant hiring personnel are now actively seeking ďolder" people to fill positions, especially those individuals pursuing second careers. A recent class of 100 new hires at a major airline had 7 people between the ages of 40 and 49, 5 people between the ages of 50 and 59, and 1 person over 60!

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16. I live overseas and would like to become a flight attendant. Can your service help me?

We have recently added several international and multi-national airlines that are actively hiring cabin crew members from all over the world including Etihad, Emirates, Singapore, Qantas UK, Ryanair, and Gulf Air. We will continue to monitor hiring at these airlines and will be adding more international carriers soon. Our service will help you with the application and interview process at any airline, not just the ones in the U.S. In addition, not every airline in the U.S. requires that you be a U.S. citizen. For example, Southwest Airlines and AirTran will accept you if you have the right to work in the U.S. according to the Immigrations Act of 1986.

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17. I have a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) on my record which occurred many years ago. Will this disqualify me from becoming a flight attendant?

Do not be discouraged because you have a misdemeanor on your record. Every airline will conduct a background check, but that does not mean an automatic disqualification. Matters such as this are basically handled on a case by case basis. If you have a strong interview and have many attributes that would make you a good flight attendant, then the airline may overlook the charge, especially since it was so long ago. We have several members that have gone through the interview process with DWIs on their records and they were ultimately hired.

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18. I was working for an airline and was asked to resign after three months. Will this hurt my chances of getting hired again?

It is usually a good policy to be honest at any airline interview, but in this case, I would recommend not going into specifics about leaving the former airline unless specifically asked by an interviewer. We have many members that have left airlines only to be rehired at another. They left for a variety of reasons including family illness, divorce, child care issues, etc. The only way the hiring airline would have specific information about the resignation is if a supervisor or manager is given as a reference and that person is contacted directly. Even then, the issue may not come up. And if it does come up, it does not necessarily mean that you won't get hired.

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19. I am extremely interested in starting my flight attendant career, and meet all the qualifications. However, a few weeks ago I got my eyebrow pierced. Am I wasting my time and money trying to get a job in this field?

Most airlines will not allow visible tattoos or body piercings of any kind while working. If at all possible, you should not attempt to interview until all piercings or tattoos are hidden or removed.

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20. I am interested in a position with an airline in sales or marketing. Can you help me?

No, AirlineCareer.com can only help you pursue a flight attendant career.

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HIRING UPDATE
As of Apr 23rd, 2017, there are 36 airlines currently hiring flight attendants. Become a member right now and gain access to our exclusive Who's Hiring chart!






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