Do you want to travel the world while getting paid? You’re not alone. Every year, thousands of men and women apply to airlines to have a chance as a flight attendant. For most of them, it will be the first time applying to an airline and some of them are just starting their career.
I graduated only two years before I applied to become a flight attendant. I got the interview, got through the interview and training and became an international flight attendant within a few months, at the first try. Wondering how you can do this too? Find out how to become a flight attendant, even with zero experience.
I became a flight attendant with no experience – and you can too
Before you start off, you’ll want to make sure you pass general flight attendant requirements. Every airline has specific requirements, but there are a few requirements that apply to pretty much every airline so you want to make sure you comply with those. No airline is going to hire you if you don’t have a passport, so you really want to get one today. Don’t forget to check out airline-specific requirements on the airline’s website before you apply to each airline!
Show ’em what you got
Find examples of experience you do have that will contribute to you getting hired. Do you have previous retail, nursing or customer service experience? You have a way bigger chance of getting hired if you worked with people before. Think about any example you can come up with that involves working with people, even if it seems relevant at first thought. If you didn’t gain experience at a job yet, but you did during your degree or internship, make sure you highlight this in your application and resume. International cultural experience is great to have too since you’ll be working with a lot of different people with different backgrounds. Let it be known if you studied or lived abroad to boost your chance to get hired.
Learn a second language
A huge, and I mean huge plus for getting hired and throughout your flight attendant career is being bilingual or even multilingual. International airlines will often be looking for bilingual flight attendants, even if they are not hiring ‘regular’ flight attendants. Even with the little experience I had, I got hired because of my native language and right out of flight attendant training I got to fly internationally as a Dutch-speaking bilingual flight attendant!
Do you not yet speak a second language? Start today! It will definitely take you a while to learn a second language, but the benefits are amazing. Other than flying international, most airlines will offer extra pay to language qualified flight attendants.
Skip flight attendant school
If anything, don’t go to a flight attendant school. Each airline has its own training program that will get you ready for the job. Don’t waste your time and money on a private school, spend it on applying instead.
Got questions about getting hired as a flight attendant? Let me know in the comments and I’ll help you out. Good luck applying!