By Matthew C.
process of finding out about a job, getting interviewed, and eventually
receiving an offer for employment starts with networking. By networking I don’t
mean sending out hundreds of copies of your résumé unsolicited to H.R. managers
throughout the country, but by establishing contacts with people who may be in a
position to hire you or refer you to someone who is in the position of hiring...
In corporate aviation, there are several key players in the field that you
probably have heard of.
Jet Aviation, TAG, and Netjets are some of the larger companies and they all
have a staff of qualified flight attendants or cabin service representatives on
hand. In addition, smaller players including Western Jet, Clay Lacy Aviation,
and Rifton are part of the charter market. Finally, you have a whole host of
independent flight departments with one or two or more aircraft. Some of these
operators utilize larger cabin aircraft and are in need of flight attendants.
You could send out a copy of your résumé to every single company that flies a
Falcon, Gulfstream, Bombardier, BBJ, or any of the other larger cabin jets. You
may get an interview, but you’ll also spend an excessive amount of time
researching names, addresses, paying for postage, paper and more. Instead, the
best way to land a job according to Richard Bolles, author of the acclaimed job
hunters and career builders guide, “What Color is Your Parachute?” is through
Networking involves making plenty of people contact. Some of best ways of having
contact with others is at a convention [in our case, the NBAA Flight Attendant
Conference or NBAA general conference]; over the internet via message boards
[such as this one]; while flying a trip as a contractor; working for a company
in another role [e.g., as a dispatcher, flight manager, etc.]; or through a
friend already in the business.
Successful people establish a list of contacts from the smallest lead [e.g., a
receptionist or switchboard operator at a charter operator] to doing voluntary
work on an association’s newsletter or with a steering committee for the same
type of organization. Each person you come into contact with is a potential
person who may know of someone in the business or know of a job opening.
Conversely, unsuccessful people rely too much on waiting for a phone call, for
an answer to an unsolicited letter, or by not going out to meet people face to
face. Quite simply it takes a lot of phone calling, pavement pounding, and other
forms of action to land the job that you want. Plus, it takes someone with
dedication, professionalism, zeal, enthusiasm, confidence, and a caring attitude
to help make things work. If you are not confident of your abilities, you will
have a much more difficult time landing a job.
Before you establish contact with anyone it is extremely important to have a top
notch résumé. Make sure that there are no spelling errors, grammatical mistakes,
that it is formatted professionally, printed on bond paper and that you include
correct contact information such as your name, address, phone numbers, and
e-mail address. You can be the most talented person in the world, but your
résumé could look awful. Busy employers look at résumés and toss the
unprofessional looking ones away [or they file it away for a predetermined
amount of time]. You also need: three top notch references [don’t list them on
your résumé, but be able to furnish them upon request]. FACTs or FlightSafety
training are very important – agencies such as Jet Professionals insist on it;
most of the larger operators require it as well. Additional training including
galley services, a wine class, emergency training, can all help you out.
Finally, when you do receive a call -- even if unexpected – be prepared to
interview on the spot. Most interviewers will screen you on the first call and
you will need to sound sharp as well as be focused. Be prepared to give a
concise background on who you are and what you can offer the company. Do not
focus on your needs, but focus on the company’s needs and how you will benefit
them. Do not expect them to be thrilled by your focusing on yourself. This
business isn’t about you -- it is about the customers and the company.
Successful candidates know this and they are the ones who will be hired,
trained, paid well, and otherwise be perceived as being an asset and not a
possible detriment to the company.
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