How To Start Your Flight Attendant Career

Starting your Flight Attendant career might seem like a far and distant dream at first. But do not feel anxious or worried, as it is actually quite easy to begin flying with an airline.

All you need to become a flight attendant is a positive attitude, great knowledge of English and most importantly – be communicative! Also, don‘t be afraid to take the first step, as that will help out massively in landing a job in the aviation industry.

If you think you possess those traits and you truly do wish to touch the skies as a flight attendant, here are the steps which will help you start your cabin crew career:

1. Check if you meet the requirements

Even at the most basic level, Flight Attendants have to meet certain requirements:

  • Height. You should be at least 155 cm tall, because of safety reasons.
  • You know how to swim, in case of an emergency landing in the water.
  • A very high level of English, both in speaking and writing.
  • Have a high school diploma. Airlines do not hire people without a high school diploma. If you finished college or university, that’s even better!
  • No visible tattoos with a uniform. As you might fly all around the world, different cultures have different attitudes towards tattoos. While someone might not mind a visible tattoo in one part of the world, others might take offense of seeing a tattoo.
  • A valid Medical Cabin Crew certificate.

And that’s it. Obviously, a charming, easy-going and communicative personality is a must!

2. Fill out your CV

First and foremost, this is the most important step towards your flight attendant career. Your CV is proof for airlines that you have met the basic requirements. Also, if you have worked any previous jobs, that experience will be beneficial as well. Especially, if you have worked in customer service, as you will have to serve customers on their flights.

Knowledge of multiple languages is also very useful for building your career.

However, previous experience is not always needed. It depends on the airline. For example, due to cost-saving measures, low-cost carriers hire less experienced flight crews. While it might sound bad at first glance, this is a great opportunity to build up your experience and fill your CV with the required fields to work in bigger airlines, like Emirates. Remember that if you dream of flying with Emirates, working with a low-cost carrier is the perfect stepping stone for you to advance your career!

3. Attend a screening

Pretty much all airlines like to hold screening days to hire Flight Attendants. Usually, they come to a lot of countries, so be sure to check out the possibilities in your city or the nearest big city to you.

What happens at a flight attendant interview day?

Usually, a lot of candidates come in. The airline greets them all and gives out a presentation about how great the working conditions are at their company.

Then, the representatives will introduce themselves and you will play some team-based games, to see how well you can work in a team environment. Additionally, airlines will give you some scenarios to play out to see what kind of a problem-solver you are to make sure that you do not panic under stressful situations.

Finally, a personal interview will follow with a single or multiple representatives from the airline. This is the final part that a few make it, so if you do happen to have a personal interview – your chances of getting hired are very high!

However, do not forget to bring your updated English CV and an ID picture with you.

Also, remember that every airline has a different recruitment process. While essentially they might follow the same structure and can share the same requirements, but sometimes they might differ. Always remember to check what the airline is asking you to do before you get to a screening.

4. Apply for Flight Attendant jobs

This is probably the easiest and quickest way to begin your Flight Attendant Career. For example, you can just register on a website from the comfort of your home, fill in your details and apply for jobs.

Airlines feel the same – from the comfort of their own preferred working space they can hire candidates. As airlines will look through the applications, they might stumble upon your resume. If they do, they will either call you or email you and ask you to attend an interview. These interviews can be either personal interviews or a group interview.

Again, they depend on the airline that is hiring.

However, when you are applying for jobs and airline contacts you to pay for training – never do so! It’s a scam. Just report the job advertisement to the job board and never, ever pay for flight attendant training before you even sign a contract. Usually, airlines will provide the training themselves, so you do not have to pay for it upfront.

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5. Attend training

The last and final way to improve your chances of becoming a Flight Attendant is to attend training.

The difference is that you have to pay for them yourself. But if you have the money, we do definitely recommend attending a cabin crew school. These schools will have certain agreements with airlines, meaning if you attend training you will get a chance to apply for certain airlines instantly.

If you do well enough, airlines might hire you outright! But even if airlines do not hire you on the spot, you have a huge advantage over those candidates that have not completed their training yet and you might land a job at a much better airline.

Costs for training vary between training schools, so consult with them to find out the exact price. For example, training at BAA Cabin Crew Training will cost you 1200€. If you want to attend BAA's training, find out here how you can become a flight attendant

To sum up, starting your career as a flight attendant is not as hard as it looks. If I were to give you one tip on how to begin – be brave! Apply for jobs, attend screenings, get into a training school and eventually, your hard work will pay off – you will be one of the crew members on a flight. Best of luck!