Are you currently Cabin Crew on the ground?
Things are still uncertain at the moment – it sometimes seems like a case of one step forward, two steps back! For Cabin Crew on the ground it’s an incredibly anxious and frustrating time.
However some of you will undoubtedly be thinking about taking on work until the opportunity to start flying again comes up – and this is entirely possible, even though it seems like there isn’t much out there you’d be surprised, and positions on a temporary or fixed-term contract might be perfect for you in the interim, with no long-term commitment.
It can be a daunting thought if you’ve been working as crew for years, to think about entering the job market again! So where do you start?
Put yourself out there
The most sensible place to start is by updating your CV, and perhaps your LinkedIn profile if you have one.
Edit a copy – don’t write over the Cabin Crew CV or profile that you’ve put lots of work into! Similarly copy, paste and save a copy of your LinkedIn info so it’s quick and easy to adapt when a crew position comes up in the future.
It’s a good idea to draw up an easily adaptable cover letter template too, as some jobs will ask for one of these.
Use your connections – ask friends and extended family if they know of anything suitable and would pass your details on – a recommendation can go a long way!
What kind of work should I look at?!
This is completely up to you – you may well have skills and experience from before your time as crew that you could put to good use. Or alternatively, you could actively look for work in public-facing positions where you can use or improve those customer service skills, and gain even more relevant experience in this area.
The great thing about all of the technology available now is that you can make it work for you! Most of the major job sites allow you to subscribe to job notifications, and many of them have apps where notifications are sent straight to your phone.
When you see jobs that are truly a good fit, apply. You don’t have to apply for every job out there in one weekend, but set a realistic weekly goal for yourself that you can realistically meet. If you have your CV and information ready and to hand you can easily apply as you see a job posting you’re excited about. Some employers may also let you apply with your LinkedIn profile.
Working from home
If you are interested in working from home, there are some good opportunities available. Some companies actively hire work-from-home employees, particularly in telesales or customer service. All you generally need is a stable internet connection, a computer and a phone.
In many cases, work-from-home jobs part time, and are often commission-based. Others will pay an agreed sum for a completed project.
If you have a skill, you could also try freelance sites like Upwork or Fiverr to make a little extra each month. Freelancers on sites like these offer services in everything from article writing, to proof-reading, to photo editing.
We’re not for a moment suggesting you give up on your cabin crew career or dream. But showing initiative and keeping yourself busy during this downturn (and it’s a temporary one! will stand you in great stead when it comes to applying for your new Cabin Crew position.