The airlines are hiring again! Delta Airlines recently announced 1,800 more flight attendant positions for 2017. Amazing news for the travel industry and for those wanting to get in on it.
If your a mom wanting to travel the world but think you can’t, you are so wrong my friend. I perform no miracles to be able to fly and be a hands on mom. In fact, I will argue that it’s easier being a flight attendant than it was being a part-time gate agent. Trust me, I did the latter for 10 years.
Here’s what you need to considered to be a Flight Attendant Mom:
- Don’t hesitate to apply. Most people get nervous and wait to apply until its too late. Apply as soon as it opens and figure out the logistics later.
- Training can be 6-8 weeks full time and your’e paid minimum wage for training. Training shifts vary and will depend on when you get selected. You can postpone training if you need to for job commitments, but the earlier the better. Seniority is everything in the airline industry.
- Be sure to have your passport or get it renewed as soon as you apply. They will ask when they call you for an interview.
- The interview process can be intense but don’t be discouraged, prepare by doing some online research on the STAR method.
- Ask someone you know that works for Delta to refer you for the job before you apply. With such a big hiring they look to current employees for good candidates.
- You’re guaranteed 10 days off a month, but most flight attendants get 13-15 days off.
- Trips are 1-3 days but as a newbie you will likely get 3 day trips.
- Schedules are published in the middle of the month prior so planning your life can get tricky.
- You may be required to work out of another city which you will have to commute, fly in to work. This means your trips start and end in another city. Many flight attendants commute by choice, don’t worry. Delta has many bases and it all depends on when you start where you will be based. Every month you can request to be switch to your home base.
- You get paid twice a month based on the hours you flown (flight pay) and the duration you are away from your base like a per diem rate.
- You can work as many trips as you desire. The average is 80-90 flight hours. In the beginning you will work more hours. That seniority thing again!
- You can trade or swap trips with co workers or the company. Delta makes it easy to improve trips.
- You will likely work major holidays but if your computer savvy you can figure a way to swap off the holiday or at least get a nice long layover where you have family.
- Yes there is holiday pay and its really nice.
- You will have to work 6 days of reserve which means you will be on call for 6 designated days in the month. It’s usually scheduled in a pair 3 day and 3 days but you can also get 6 days blocked together.
- The airlines will cover and arrange all hotel and transportation. Some layovers are better than other but for the most part its decent hotels.
- Layovers can be in any city and you can pick and choose where you want to stay as long as it is available.
- Find another flight attendant friend to help you get through the first year. Training can be a big deal breaker and I’ve talked plenty of people through it. It gets so much easier when you get out of training.
- The first 2 years your pay will look bad but it gets better the longer you stay. The health, savings, and flying benefits are well worth it in this economy.
- Familiarize yourself with the travel industry and be very open for change. Everything changes in travel and you have to be able to go with it. Don’t be caught off guard.
- You need to have strong support at home. Hire lots of babysitters and backup sitters.
- Flying is not for everyone. Don’t worry if you don’t enjoy it as much as I do. Many people start flying and realize they hate it and quit. No worries, at least you tried.
- A career with Delta can lead to many opportunities. Delta is good about hiring internally.
- Flying is a lifestyle but it does allow for other interest. Many flight attendants have second careers and professions.
- Prepare for your life to change.
Application not open yet for 2017, check back often here to apply: Delta Careers
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