Be a flight attendant. Okay, so this one isn’t exactly rocket-surgery. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You DO NOT have to be in sales to be a business traveler. Flight-attendant jobs are certainly the obvious choice, but how do you go about getting a job?
Most airlines follow general basic requirements for flight staff, including the following:
- You have to be 21 years of age or over
- You have to have a high school diploma or GED
- You have to be able to consistently lift 45 pounds
- You have to be within certain height restrictions beginning at 5.0’ and ending somewhere between 5.9’ or 6.0’ without shoes.
- Weight has to correspond to height.
- You have to be willing to relocate to some hub or mini-hub city.
There are loads of resources on the web for finding flight-attendant jobs.
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- JobMonkey has listing for flight staff jobs, among many other “travel” jobs. I think they’re just getting started because many of the databases remain empty.
- Airline Career promises great things to get you started in your coveted airline career, but they charge (quite a bit) for membership. I’m just not willing to fork over the $97 for research purposes. You can get the e-mail updates for free, which have some useful information.
- The Airlines. Every airline has a Careers section on their website. You can apply on-line for most. Several, including American and Delta, are not hiring right now. I’m thinking this is a tough industry to get in with all of the cutbacks going on.
- Open House Interviews. These are held by the airlines in cities around the world. Skywest, for example, is having TONS of Open Houses around the country right now and other airlines commonly post with job sites like Career Builder. Just search for airline open house or flight attendant open house in your favorite search engine.
Not your thing? Maybe you could try a different travel job.
Got a cool travel job? Let me know.