5 Simple Steps to Create Your Perfect Cabin Crew CV


Building your cabin crew CV is one of the most important steps to consider. Based on how you present it, you may or may not be invited for an interview with the airline.

A Curriculum Vitae – CV or a Resume provides an overview of a person’s experience and education. In Latin, Curriculum Vitae means [the] course of [my] life.

During a Cabin Crew Open Day, the CV is used to screen the applicants. The only thing that the employers have to establish who will be interviewed further is a piece of paper with information on it.


They will not call you to explain a certain paragraph or give more details. They will not spend too long reading your resume. They will select information and make a decision: in or out.


Your chances of even being given an opportunity to step in and participate in an assessment day depend in great part on how you present your cabin crew CV.
So let’s make sure that you have a great resume and increase your chances of showing them that you have what it takes to be a cabin crew for their airline.
Before we start with the content of the cabin crew CV, we will focus on a couple of general rules:


Keep it simple

  • Use no more than two easy to read fonts such as: Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman or Verdana.
  • Print you resume on plain white paper.
  • Start the CV from a template.

Templates are available as free download or preloaded within MS Word or Pages programs.

Microsoft Word
Open the MS Word, click on File>>New>>Templates>>Resumes and CVs

Pages
Open the program, click on File>>New from Template Chooser>>Resumes


Keep it short


For the cabin crew entry position, one page is absolutely sufficient. Stick to the guidelines and do not give information that is not required.
Include summaries of your employment and education, rather than lots of details. Use formal and well-written language, writing simply and clearly. No slang or abbreviations.


Keep it error-free


Proofread. There is no room for grammatical or spelling errors in a resume. You can use a specific spell check (available in Word or Pages), check on the internet or have somebody critique it. This is a time to be a perfectionist!

In the following paragraphs, I will explain each section of the cabin crew CV, pointing towards what information to include and what to leave out.


Step 1 – Personal Details


On the top of the page include:

  • full name
  • home address
  • personal email address
  • mobile phone

Make sure you include an email address that has your name, not nicknames or screen names suck as ‘Pink_girl91@mail.com’ or ‘only4u@mail.com’. If you do not have an email address with your name, create one immediately.
It is not necessary nor recommended to include your date of birth, religion, nationality, marital status or political affiliation.

Example:
John Smith
905 Garden Ave., New York, NY-10000, USA
john.smith@mail.com
+1 212 111111


Step 2 – Professional experience


Start with your latest job and continue in reverse chronological order. Include the volunteer jobs or unpaid internships as well.

  • State Start Date to End Date – If it is the present job, just fill the start date – present. For all the previous jobs, include the month and year.
  • Company name – Use the officially registered company name
  • Company location – City and Country
  • Job Title – Your official job title
  • Job Description – Use short sentences stating the key job responsibilities, highlighting your skills and accomplishments. Include relevant information with just enough detail to demonstrate your skills and show your attention to details along with the ability to communicate and organize your thoughts. Use bullets and try keep to maximum of 3-4 lines.

Example:
Nov 2012 – present          ABC Company             New York, USA
Sales Associate

  • welcome customers to the shop and assist with purchase decision
  • arrange the products as per merchandising standards and handle the payment using cash, cards or gift certificates
  • awarded Sales Person of the year 2014 based on all-stores sales performance


Step 3 – Education


State the highest level of education only. Any extra certificates can also be listed here.
If you went to college, there is no need to give details about the high school.

Include:

  • Dates of attendance
  • School name
  • Location
  • Degree obtained

Example:
2010-2013              New York University              New York, USA
B.A, Major in Art History
or
2009-2013         M. Bergtraum High School           New York – USA
High School Certificate


Step 4 – Skills


Listing skills can help you stand out from the crowd. During an Open Day, the assessors quickly scan resumes, so long lists are not likely to get read. Instead, select 5-10 of your strongest, most desirable skills. A short, targeted skills list will be more effective than one that’s long and overwhelming. 
Relevant skills for the flight attendant position include:


Adaptability/Flexibility


There are no two flights the same. You will be constantly exposed to new customers, new colleagues and new situations. Show here that you already have the skills to deal with such circumstance.

Example:

  • Highly adaptable, positive, resilient, open to new ideas.


Interpersonal Abilities


Describes your ability to relate to your co-workers or customers and inspire others to participate.

Example:

  • Proven relationship-builder with excellent interpersonal skills.


Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness


There is possibly no bigger issue in the airline world than diversity. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures.

Example:

  • Personable individual whose strengths include cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in a multicultural environment.


Reliability/Responsibility


There’s no question that all employers desire employees who will arrive to work  on time and ready to work, and who will take responsibility for their actions.

Example:

  • Dependable, responsible contributor committed to excellence and success.


Loyalty


Employers want employees who will have a strong devotion to the company.

Example:

  • Loyal and dedicated employee with an excellent work record.


Positive Attitude/Motivation/Energy/Passion


The people who get hired and the employees who get promoted are the ones with drive and passion, and the ones who demonstrate this enthusiasm through their words and actions.

Example:

  • Energetic personality consistently praised for my passion for work and upbeat, positive attitude.


Willingness to Learn


Regardless of age and experience, you should always be willing to learn a new skill or technique. The airline world is an ever-changing environment, with new rules and regulation, procedures and manuals being amended very often, so this skill is crucial.

Example:

  • Enthusiastic, knowledge-hungry learner, eager to meet challenges and quickly assimilate new concepts.


Language Skills


Every language you master can be a major advantage, especially if the airline has plans of expansion in those countries.

Example:

  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Beginner in French


Skills not to include in your cabin crew CV

  • Driving license – it is irrelevant to the airline if you can drive a car or not. If you can drive a plane, by all means include that information when presenting your skills.
  • PC skills – the ability to use the computer became unmentionable as the computer is the main tool in the business world. If you are on this website, or you found the airline website and the details on how to get to the Open Day, the chances are that you are computer literate.
  • Hobbies – you are applying for a job, not a sorority. Sometimes, depending on the uniqueness of your hobbies, it can work against you. Being a plate spinner or a passionate knitter will not make you a more desirable candidate. Keep you hobbies where they belong, in your personal life.


Step 5 – References


Unless you were previously instructed to list the details of your references, this part of your CV should remain open.
If you want to be really prepared, print on a separate page a list of 2 or 3 references with name, company, position and contact email or phone number. If the assessors want to have a list of your references, you may immediately provide them with one a copy.

Here is how the SAMPLE CABIN CREW CV of John Smith will look like:


John Smith
905 Garden Ave., New York, NY-10000, USA
john.smith@mail.com
+1 212 111111

EXPERIENCE

Nov 2012 – present            ABC Ltd. Company                            New York, USA
Sales Associate

  • welcome customers to the shop and assist with purchase decision
  • arrange the products as per merchandising standards and handle the payment using cash, cards or gift certificates
  • awarded Sales Person of the year 2010 based on all-stores sales performance

Jan 2009 – Oct 2012                XYZ Ltd. Company                         New York, USA
Waiter

  • present the menu options and make recommendations based on chef’s daily briefing
  • handle the restaurant appearance and cleanliness
  • get feedback from customers and inform the line manager of latest suggestions

EDUCATION
2012-2015       New York University          New York – NY, USA
B.A, Major in Art History

SKILLS

  • Energetic personality, praised for my upbeat and positive attitude.
  • Adaptable, positive, and open to new ideas.
  • Responsible contributor committed to excellence and success.
  • Loyal employee with an excellent work record.
  • Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. Beginner in Hindi.

REFERENCES
Available on request.


Now that you have all the information and the sample cabin crew CV, let us proceed to making your resume.
Open a new file and start typing. It will be difficult at the beginning to choose professional terms for your experience and skills, but this is an effort which will pay off - you will have a great CV and maximize your chances of becoming a cabin crew really soon.

Or you can do it the easy way: get 3 downloadable CV templates in How to Become a Flight Attendant for airlines in the Middle East eBookand just fill in your details. As simple as that.

703 Comments

  • nur

    Reply Reply September 27, 2017

    hello dear i wanna ask you if i can apply to a cabin crew job in a different country than my hometown country ex: the job titled in dubai and im living now in qatar

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 27, 2017

      Yes Nur, you can, but for the interview, you should be willing and able to travel at your own cost the country where it takes place. Good luck!

  • masresha

    Reply Reply September 14, 2017

    i just wanted to know if really to submit my passport copy? i do not have a passport what can i do ? in the online application form passport copy is required what shall i do ? i don think i will be able to get my passport very soon because the deadline for submit ion is 24 Sep.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2017

      If the airline you are applying for is Qatar Airways, an online application is not required. Regardless of this, you still have to go in person and submit your documents. You can approach the recruiter and explain that your passport is not ready yet and provide a national ID card if required. I hope this helps you 🙂

    • Kei

      Reply Reply September 20, 2017

      Salam Kara! I am Kei ! I want to be a cabin crew as well but i am not tall enough my height is 158 do i have chance? I have customer service experience and flight attendant certificate.
      Awaiting for your response.
      Thank you!

      • Kara

        Reply Reply September 21, 2017

        Hi, Kei.

        Arm reach is quite significant. You must be able to reach 212cm on your tiptoes. Can you do that?

  • Krutika

    Reply Reply September 4, 2017

    Kara I have Seen u helping people with their doubts I have just wanted to know whether all three airlines takes married people and who has gone through c section during delivery..plz help thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 6, 2017

      Yes Krutika,

      They do hire married people however you must understand that the benefits (accommodation, insurance, and tickets) are only offered to the person employed, and not all family members.
      Also, your c section assessment is subject for the medical board to review. If this procedure doesn’t affect your daily life, you shouldn’t have any problems obtaining the clearance.

      • Krutika

        Reply Reply September 7, 2017

        Kara but many people told me that they only hire married people as ground staff not as airhostess (cabin crew ) wat is the truth Kara and however if I get through the interview its only me who will relocating not the family
        Plz advise it’s ground staff only or married ppl do have chance as cabin crew bcoz I m a fresher in this field plz help

        • Kara

          Reply Reply September 7, 2017

          Kruitka, you asked my opinion. I had colleagues who were married, and colleagues who got married while they were working as cabin crew.
          Your marital status shouldn’t’ stand in your way of doing a great job.
          But as I mentioned, they will not support the relocation of your family. It is only for you.

          • Krutika

            September 8, 2017

            Thanks Kara u gave me great confidence thanks

  • SANJANA GUHA

    Reply Reply August 28, 2017

    Dear Kara

    I have an open day interview next month in India.Please let me know on that day what is my dress code, should i wearing Qatar Airways Cabin Crew dress or
    any formal dress. Please suggest, i am waiting for your answer.

    Regards
    Sanjana

  • Anna

    Reply Reply August 7, 2017

    Hi Kara! I would like to ask You about skills: is it better to write “soft skills” instead of all list of it? It s shorter to read and I think recruiters know about the meaning of it. Isn’t it?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Anna, they do know, but they want to find if you understand which ones are the soft skills required for this position.

  • Nisha Gupta

    Reply Reply July 7, 2017

    Hi kara,
    I have braces so would it create problem for not becoming a cabin crew member??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 8, 2017

      Hi Nisha,

      Ideally you would remove the braces prior to attending an interview. Grooming regulations require no braces for cabin crew.

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply June 2, 2017

    Hi Kara

    I participated in a Qatar Airways open day but I wasn’t given the call. I took the photos according to their guidelines and dressed for the event in accordance with the guidelines as well. Still there was no reply. I assume this has something to do with the CV. But I did add most of the points suggested above in the article. Please advise.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 5, 2017

      Hi Lisa,
      I am obviously unable to tell you the exact reason for being rejected. Open Days are highly competitive events and only the best of the best will be selected. There are many factors that are taken into consideration such as language abilities, soft skills, customer service experience as well as impeccable first impressions. This is all measured against the rest of the candidates.
      I can only advise you to keep on trying and apply for all airlines hiring, even if it’s just to gain experience.
      Focus on improving yourself and your skills, as well as broaden your experience.

  • Juha

    Reply Reply May 10, 2017

    Hello, I just finished reading your post and it got me wonder about 2 things. First, I heard that as of this year, There will be no Open days and instead they only select applicants through online CVs and video interviews they submitted and once they select the candidates, then the company tells those selected people when the face to face interview day is in each countries they live in through e-mail. does that mean that I can submit my CV whenever I feel like I’m ready or do I still need to check when do they gonna have the Open day in my country and when to submit my CV? I’m Korean and I can’t afford to travel anywhere but my own country. If mt CV was selected, would the recruiting team will come to korea? Or do they tell me to come to wherever they are. Thank you so much for the tips.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 10, 2017

      Hi Juha,

      Emirates is currently not recruiting cabin crew. We don’t have any details in regards to when they will restart, however, we will keep you posted as soon as we know something.
      As for rumors, we will not know for sure what the recruitment process will look like until it becomes public. But indeed, from what is mentioned on their website, they will use online applications exclusively to gather applications. Moreover, there will be an online video interview prior to face-to-face interactions. More than that, it is not yet known.

  • Khadeija

    Reply Reply April 29, 2017

    Hi Kara

    My daughter she is 19 still in High School is it possible for her to become a cabin crew Member…

    She wants to be part of it!!

    Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 4, 2017

      She can only apply after her 21st birthday. That’s the minimum age for cabin crew.

  • Naelah

    Reply Reply April 19, 2017

    Hi i am completing my contract in the year 2018 in early September, is it ok for mi apply now?? Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 20, 2017

      Hi Naelah. It usually takes 6 months from the date of the interview to the joining date. Applying now to start in September 2018 is, I think, too early.

  • Desiree

    Reply Reply April 10, 2017

    Good Day
    I have a question at what age do you have to be to become a Cabin crew attendant and also I had a knee replacement but cannot bend my knee to the full 90% will this be a problem for me to apply.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 12, 2017

      Hi Desiree, you must be minimum 21 years old to apply.
      As for your condition, you must approach an aviation doctor and ask for a professional opinion. I am not in the position to offer a correct answer to your question.

    • Ann-Dawn

      Reply Reply April 16, 2017

      Hi Kara
      I wanted to know if having knock knees is a problem?
      If yes…Do you know a solution?

      • Kara

        Reply Reply April 17, 2017

        Hi Ann-Dawn,

        If this condition is affecting your daily life, then you should address an aviation doctor and ask if it’s suitable condition to pass the cabin crew medical license requirements.
        If it’s purely aesthetic, some airlines are stricter than others, so I guess you can only find out if you try.

        I hope this helps you.

    • Jimmy

      Reply Reply May 16, 2017

      Hi. Can some one tells me what is the minimun age to apply to work as a cabin crew member in Qatar..
      Thak you

  • Bidi

    Reply Reply April 6, 2017

    Hi. I will be graduating this May. Can I apply for the cabin crew job now?
    I dont have any experience yet and neither have worked any part time job.
    My face isn’t completly clear too as I have small pimples on my cheek. Am I eligible for the job?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 9, 2017

      Yes Bidi, you can apply already.

  • irshad sayed

    Reply Reply March 30, 2017

    Hi kara.
    This is for the 1st time i am applying for cabin crew . am only afraid because i consider my skin tone as brown. Do this matter??? It really demotivates me please help.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 30, 2017

      Hi Irshad,

      Cabin crew in the Middle East come from 120 nationalities, all different shades of skin tone. Everything is a fear only if you give it power.

      • raja

        Reply Reply April 1, 2017

        hey Kara, just wanted to say thank you for your help and for answering everyones’ questions! merciii ^_^

        • Kara

          Reply Reply April 3, 2017

          It’s a great pleasure to be in the position to help people Raja! 🙂

  • Gulzhan

    Reply Reply March 23, 2017

    Hi Kara I am applying for Etihard.But always no no no.. I really dont know what I have to do.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 26, 2017

      Hi Gulzhan. Can you be more specific? Which stage are you unable to pass?

  • SHERAZ SIDDIQI

    Reply Reply March 7, 2017

    Hi Kara,

    Good Morning…!

    Could you please advise, if any passport photos or full length photo required in CV?

    Good Day:)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 10, 2017

      Not in the CV Sheraz. They must be brought separate, printed on photo quality paper.

  • Wafa

    Reply Reply March 2, 2017

    Hi, Kara

    Iam wafa from Algeria iam going to an open day on april do i have to apply online? or is the open day where i fill an application and give my CV?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 4, 2017

      There is no need to apply online for an open day Wafa. Just go to the location with the required documents.

    • Alla

      Reply Reply March 16, 2017

      Ya Wafa 😉 which place there will be the an open day in April ?! near to us of course.
      Thanks.

      • Alla

        Reply Reply March 16, 2017

        If you can Wafa, I want to ask some questions,
        Here’s my email: gherbi.alla@outlook.fr or Insta/wsj_18 cause I didn’t find anyone to ask in this country -_-!
        Thanks

    • raja

      Reply Reply April 1, 2017

      Wafa, is there an open day here in algeria ??? please reply as possible

  • Alla

    Reply Reply March 1, 2017

    Hello Ms.Kara,

    First, I want to thank you for all effort you make, you helped me with my CV, About my question well I’m from Algeria and the near openday in this Marsh for me is in Egypt so can I attend it or only the Egyptian? I don’t want to travel for nothing.

    Thanks
    Best regards.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 4, 2017

      Hi Alla, Open Days are events that are open for all candidates regardless of nationality. The recruiters, however, do prefer the native language speakers. As I assume you are fluent in Arabic, this shouldn’t be a problem for you. I hope this is helpful.

  • sofia

    Reply Reply February 16, 2017

    hi kara,
    im going to an open day on feb.18, do i have to apply online? or is the open day where i fill an application and give my CV?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 20, 2017

      There is no need to apply online for an open day Sofia. Just go there with your CV and documents. Good luck 🙂

  • Tina

    Reply Reply February 4, 2017

    Hi Kara, i plan to apply for the first time but i have some trouble with the CV, which i am also writing for the first time, i am using the europass online editor but i am not very happy, could you please send me some CV templates? Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 7, 2017

      Hi Tina,

      A CV template is available in this article. You need only your contact info, education and career history and skills. Start everything from a Word or Pages template.

      • Kun

        Reply Reply February 13, 2017

        Dear Kara ! Should I include my age , sex , height , nationality and date of birth in my CV ? Thank you.

        • Kara

          Reply Reply February 16, 2017

          No need for that info Kun. If your CV is considered, all that info will be required in your application form. CV is for work experience, education, and skills, on top of the contact info.

  • Emma

    Reply Reply January 31, 2017

    Hi Kara, I have a question about the photographs on Etihad application. It states that I need to upload a passport sized photo, does this mean an actual passport photo no smile? Or am I able to smile on a photograph along as it is passport sized? If you could elaborate on the best image to send I’d be very grateful, as I’m slightly confused. Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 2, 2017

      Emma, it is just stating the size. Head and shoulder frame. Smiling 🙂

      • Emma

        Reply Reply February 2, 2017

        Thank you!

  • Julia

    Reply Reply January 31, 2017

    Hi Kara

    Do I need to have a resume or just my CV is fine for Qatar Airways?
    If I do, how to it?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 2, 2017

      Julia, please re-read this article. A CV is what you need and you must include all the information included in the article.

  • bosy

    Reply Reply January 25, 2017

    should i write my height and weight in my cv ? and if it’s a yes , where should i write them exactly and should it be with a different color or what ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 28, 2017

      No, you shouldn’t. The CV is only for your professional and academic achievements, as well as contact information.

  • Mug

    Reply Reply January 15, 2017

    Hi Kara

    I attended the Qatar open day in Johannesburg this past Saturday. I made sure my CV was up to date and dressed the part, but when I handed my CV over to the recruiter she hurriedly asked me if it was my first time applying and if that was my email address on my CV that was it she didn’t ask me anything else and I never got an invite to the assessment day so what exactly are they looking for?

    • Mug

      Reply Reply January 15, 2017

      I forgot to mention that I had applied online and got an invite to the open day.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 16, 2017

      I am obviously unable to tell you the exact reason for being rejected Mug. Open Days are highly competitive events and only the best of the best will be selected. There are many factors that are taken into consideration such as language abilities, soft skills, customer service experience as well as impeccable first impressions. This is all measured against the rest of the candidates.
      I can only advise you to keep on trying and apply for all airlines hiring, even if it’s just to gain experience.
      Focus on improving yourself and your skills, as well as broaden your experience.

  • kayday

    Reply Reply January 13, 2017

    Hi Kara !

    Should i include a cover letter on my online application?

    Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 13, 2017

      That is not necessary Kayday.

  • João

    Reply Reply January 8, 2017

    Hi Kara!

    I’ll be at the Qatar open Day in Brazil soon.
    I was born in Brazil and I also have citizenship of Portugal. Shoul I mention that on my CV?

    Thanks!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 10, 2017

      Hi Joao,

      It is not relevant for your CV, however, you will be asked about this when you need to fill in registration papers. There will be a space for dual nationality and you can put it there.

  • Jay

    Reply Reply January 3, 2017

    Hi Kara,

    I live in South Africa and would like to apply with the Arab airlines. Do you have any advice for me regarding what exactly it is that they look for in ones personality. It seems difficult to get in so I’m a little bit nervous and I really would like this job.
    Also, any advice on how to shorten my cv, I have compared it to. Aeolus templates but I’m failing to keep it at 1 page (excluding the cover page).

    Thanks for all the great advice.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 4, 2017

      Hi Jay,
      Start by reading the articles here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      Your CV can be 2 pages if your experience is relevant and you keep to 3-4 bullet point of job descriptions for each job you had.

    • João

      Reply Reply January 10, 2017

      Thanks Kara!!

  • Abdullah Ali

    Reply Reply December 18, 2016

    Hello Kara,
    I hope everything is ok with you & life is treating you well,
    I just have a question, I used to work at Qatar airways for about 5 months, from February 2014 to July 2014, and I was terminated because I accidentally broke the 12 hour minimum rest rule they have, now i read on their website they have a rejoing process for ex cabin crew, and they are having an open day very soon in the city I live in, so I was wondering if there’s a possibility for me to rejoin, and would you recommend or advice me if i go to the open day to mention that i was terminated or not?, and do you think they still have my record or file there in the company cabin crew department or something like that?
    Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 19, 2016

      Hi Abdullah,

      A great policy is to always tell the truth. They do have the records of previous employees, so they will know who you are.
      Nevertheless, they do open the recruitment for ex-cabin crew rejoining the airline, and they are aware that some of the candidates might have been terminated. Show them that you are more mature, understand the rules better and you will be able to follow them and you should be fine.
      I hope this helps you.

  • Kate

    Reply Reply December 2, 2016

    Hi Kara!
    I enjoy reading your book. Thank you for sharing this all experience and knowledge with us.
    I would ask you to verify please the links to download the CVs, because I can download only CV Template 2, another links on CV Template 1 and 3 do not open:(

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Kate,

      I just sent you an email with the CV Templates Links.

      Have a great day!

      • randy orton

        Reply Reply December 6, 2016

        hello kara, can i mention career objective in my CV or it is not necessary..?

        • Kara

          Reply Reply December 6, 2016

          Your career objective when you apply for a cabin crew job, Randy, is to become a cabin crew. A career objective is necessary only when you submit a CV to a company withou knowing for sure which position you apply for.
          I hope this helps you.

  • passant

    Reply Reply November 29, 2016

    hi kara ,
    i have a question , if i just finished my last year in collage but i didn’t get my test results yet so i don’t know if i will be graduated or what . should i write graduated in my cv or just mention high school as my last degree !?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 29, 2016

      You should write the college and the expected date of graduation. You went through all of these years of school, you can’t dismiss their importance.

  • Neillah

    Reply Reply November 3, 2016

    Hi kara,
    I have seen the comments and replys are so nice.I would like to ask you if you want to apply as a cabin crew,are you supposed to go to this places where i have seen they have written drop cvs or you apply first then you wait to be callled please help.

    Thanks.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 7, 2016

      Hi, Neillah. If the location says CV drop off, then you have to personally go. If it says Assessment Day or Invitation Only Assessment, then you can apply online and wait to be shortlisted and invited to one of the events.

  • Tanya

    Reply Reply October 10, 2016

    Hi, Kara! How you think i should mention that i have 1st swiming category? I can write about this undergraud my skills? Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 12, 2016

      Sure Tanya, that is a useful skill.

      • Mahabub

        Reply Reply November 7, 2016

        Hi, Kara
        I would like to ask you about cabin crew open day. If it is open day should i apply with online or physical attend is fine with required document?

        • Kara

          Reply Reply November 7, 2016

          For an open day, juts go to the advertised location with the required documents.

  • eslam el sayed

    Reply Reply October 6, 2016

    should i mention my weight and height in my c.v ?
    thank you…

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 7, 2016

      No.

  • Cora

    Reply Reply October 3, 2016

    Hi Kara!

    I plan to go to the next Emirates Open Day in my country and I would like to know whether Emirates expect applicants to have a picture on their CV or not. Also, my CV is very sober and I’m afraid it might look a bit too plain. Do you think I should use some special or fancy design/layout, or is it better to keep it simple?

    I also wonder if I should include the fact that I’m a blue belt in karate in my CV. Do you think it could be a plus?

    One last question (that’s a lot of questions, I know sorry), I know it’s the case for tattoos but does Emirates also have a special policy regarding ear piercings? Should I take them off and only keep one earring on each ear for the OD, or is it okay to have more than one? (I have 2 earring on my left ear, and 4 on my right ear including a tragus piercing).

    Thanks in advance for your answer and your precious advice, it’s very much appreciated!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 4, 2016

      Hi Cora.

      Your photo should be printed separately on photo quality paper. There is no need to include it on your CV as well.
      Keep it simple and elegant, your experience should be more impressive than the design of the document. Keep it safe and use one of the CV templates in Word or Pages.
      You can include the blue belt under skills. It might come in handy for managing unruly passengers 🙂 It’s not necessarily a plus, but it makes you a more interesting candidate.
      As for the piercings, remove everything except for the one earring per ear, in the lower lobe.

      Good luck 🙂

  • Veronica

    Reply Reply September 30, 2016

    Hi Kara,

    I have a question. I have a certificate that I took part in the activites of seminar abroad and attended classes in the 1st level of Albanian language course. But of couse i’m not fluent in this. It worth to put it in my CV?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 4, 2016

      Yes, you can mention that you are beginner in Albanian, however don’t expect this to weigh too much on your CV.

      • Veronika

        Reply Reply October 6, 2016

        But i wonder can i put this information in my education field, like course, couse it also seminar about non-conflict resalution and culture of Balkan region, albanian course is advantage.
        Thank you, Kara!

        • Kara

          Reply Reply October 7, 2016

          Under education include only your highest degree obtained. List this under additional courses or skills Veronika.

  • Anna

    Reply Reply September 24, 2016

    Hi Kara !
    I have a question for you. What do you think, is it worth to put in a CV the information that every summer I took part in volunteer projects abroad? It is important for me to show that I love to be in an international environment, and is familiar for me encounter many cultures. But these projects are usually 2-3 weeks. I also participated in an exhibition in Prague during my vacation (it was a couple of weeks).
    Kara, i should to mention this project together with my main full-time job?
    Many thanks)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 24, 2016

      Absolutely Anna! Any experience is valuable, especially the ones that brought you closer to understanding other cultures. You can write them collectively, including all years and a general description of what they meant.

  • Regina

    Reply Reply August 24, 2016

    Hi kara. Me again 😉

    I just read the book and saw that one of the questions was about a year abroad. I was actually thinking about adding it to the CV but i am nit sure yet how. I have one year where i was a nanny. I have a letter and contact details from my employer from then.

    But for the other one I was mainly travelling. I did a spanish course right in the beginning and continued to work on my spanish for the whole year to a point where i feel i am quite good at it and can say i speak the language quite well. I am not sure wheter i could call it fluent yet but i have no issues doing city tours etc in spanish and thats gonna count for something right?

    But how do i add the year into my cv. I travelled 8 countries and learned tons about other cultures and myself. Became more open and was tested over and over again and gained a lot of confidence which i think is very important. I only have no clue how to pack it and where on the job to put it. Shall i make an extra column with cultural experience for my times abroad?

    Leaving it out seems rather risky seeing as I am not sure if they will just see me as lazy instead of curious and worldopen :))

    Also. Do emirates not have any open days any more 2016 or are they only posted shortly before?

    Thanks so much for your help. Your book is awesome and i cannot wait to apply this knowledge!

    Best regards

    • Antonella Xhaferri

      Reply Reply August 27, 2016

      I’m interested too, especially to know if there’ll be more open days.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 31, 2016

      Hi Regina. What an amazing experience!
      The year you spent working as a nanny can definitely be included under professional experience. You need however to be mindful of the terminology you use. Get the job descriptions from the book.
      As for your year abroad, include it under your skills. Write a short paragraph describing the skills you learned during that time and the places you visited.
      I hope this helps!

  • michael

    Reply Reply August 10, 2016

    Kara I am Michael from Sicily almost 21 I really dont know how to create like a style for the CV. I dont think to use Europass is a good thing. do you have some advise about how to set the cv and the covering letter?? thank you see you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 10, 2016

      Just start from a blank CV template in Word or Pages. Cover letter is not necessary. Europass is also ok, but not really the best.

  • Sofiat

    Reply Reply July 28, 2016

    Hi Kara,I’m a Nigerian and I’m a Muslim.I applied online for Emirates Airline since 14th of May,2016.I have an ordinary National diploma in Accounting though I’m still in the university and would be done finally by November,2016.When I checked this CV,it’s way different from the one I sent and the full length picture I sent is not corporate.can I update it now since they’ve not send me any email.then I don’t have any working experience.how do I go about it

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 30, 2016

      Sofiat, you can either withdraw your current application and submit a new one, or just edit your current profile. It shouldn’t affect the outcome.

    • Chyid

      Reply Reply August 7, 2016

      Hi Kara.. I am Chyid, 28 years old. I am a Nurse here in Dubai with almost 7 years of experience. I love being a Nurse but i definitely love to be a Flight Attendant since Im into travelling. I stand 165cm (average height). Do you think its still possible for me to pursue my dream of becoming a Flight Attendant? If yes, how it will be possible if I do not ahve any experience related to being a flight attendant?

      Your response will be sincerely appreciated.
      Thanks and God bless.

      -Chyid

      • Kara

        Reply Reply August 8, 2016

        Chyhid, your first step is to understand the minimum requirements. None of them mention previous flight attendant experience. Your height must be minimum 160cm (for Emirates) and the ability to reach 212cm – for Emirates and Qatar or 210cm for Etihad. Start by reading all the articles here:
        https://www.flightattendantcentral.com/advice

  • Asiye

    Reply Reply July 15, 2016

    Hey Kara I have a few questions that are really stuck in my head.
    I am 21 and i applied for emirates and im going to go to the Open Day in 2 weeks.
    however, i have not finish year 12 so i havent done my HSC.
    I have done a certificate 3 in tourism and i am currently in university doing teaching, i speak 2 languges turkish and english. i am around 1.70 in height so im basically ticking all the boxes except this HSC bit is confusing me.
    i also wwear glasses and contacts mainly, would this or my non hsc be a problem? do you think its worth it to go and give it a try?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 20, 2016

      Asiye, if by HSC you mean High School Certificate, then indeed you are unable to proceed further. I don’t understand however how you could go to university without a basic high school diploma.

      • Asiye Tezgor

        Reply Reply July 20, 2016

        I got a certificate 3 in tourism and that’s how university accepted me, so even though I’m in university you think they won’t proceed with it? I suit every other requirement but do you think they will still make a problem ?

        • Kara

          Reply Reply July 22, 2016

          So Certificate 3 is your highest educational certificate. They might if you provide this as your education. It’s not a guarantee though.

          • Asiye

            July 24, 2016

            yes its my highest qualification. however, do you think i should get a letter from my university saying that i am currently studying in university? also, i have read that we need to dress business attire. is it ok if i wear pants blazer and heels like a suit? most people said we should wear skirt and blazer?

          • Kara

            July 26, 2016

            It’s not the letter they need, it’s the latest diploma. So get your Certificate III and see if they accept it.
            A skirt is highly recommended.

  • Roxanne

    Reply Reply July 13, 2016

    Hi Miss Kara, I would like to ask your opinion on which is a better format for my CV – a bullet list form or in a short paragraph form? I’ve seen examples on both but I’m wondering which would be more appealing to the recruiters.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 14, 2016

      During the Open Day, definitely the bullet list. It’s easier to read and much more appealing.
      If you apply online, you can do either one of them. My preference is towards simplicity and conciseness, unless your accomplishments were so great you need a larger paragraph to describe them.

      • Roxanne

        Reply Reply July 14, 2016

        Alright, it’s my first time to apply this Saturday so it’s quite nerve-wracking. Haha thanks so much, Ms Kara! 🙂

  • Zaira

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    Also, I would like to ask, I am joiing the CV Drop-off for Qatar Air, I already have photos taken for the application, however based on research, the requirement must be wearing short sleeved blouse and standing with feet side by side. my picture is in long sleeves and the feet are in a slightly T slant,can I use it to minimize expenses? will I still have chance to be choosen if I use it or better provide new that follows their standards?

    All the best!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 7, 2016

      Zaira, it is absolutely fine for this stage of the interview, however if you make it to the final interview, they will ask you to redo the photos. There is no need for you to spend more right now.

  • Zaira

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    Hi KARA, I want to ask. I am currently employed as a Teaching Faculty. If by chance I will be shortlisted, is it ok to request that start day is after the end of that semester? do they grant it or the offer will be dissolved and invalid?

    Thank you so much!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 7, 2016

      Of course Zaira. They will ask what is the date when you can start. If it’s not longer than 6 months from the date of the interview, it shouldn’t be an issue.

  • Priyanka

    Reply Reply July 3, 2016

    also i want to know in walk in interveiw does we neet to register online?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 6, 2016

      For Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways Open Days you don’t need to register online. I can’t advise you about any other airlines.

      • Zey

        Reply Reply July 7, 2016

        Hi Kara, I’m about to apply for Qatar Airways this July. I met almost all the minimum requirements however I’m not sure of this one: Excellent Health and Fitness. i knw I’m fit because I run and go to gym often. However, 3 years ago I was diagnosed with dormant Hepa B. The doctor says that I’m safe since it’s inactive. This has been my life long dream but this news costs my confidence so much. Hope u can get back on me.

        Thank you so much!

        • Kara

          Reply Reply July 7, 2016

          Zey, unfortunately you will not be granted a work permit in UAE or Qatar if you test positive for Hepatitis B, regardless of the stage of it.
          I’m sorry I can’t give you better news.

      • Gehoo

        Reply Reply September 3, 2016

        Hii

        I want to apply emirates cabin crew training .then Could you please inform me how i apply for training .

        Thank you

        Gehoo

  • Priyanka Fonia

    Reply Reply July 3, 2016

    Hi dear. I have a walk in interveiw with Spicejet. But there is no info about whther i should take a full lenght photograph with me. What should i do? Should i take full size photograph?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 6, 2016

      I am not an expert in the interview process with Spicejet, but as a general rule of thumb, it is preferable to have more documents than you need (such as a full length photo) than to not have enough and be sent home.

  • Ritu

    Reply Reply June 28, 2016

    Hey Kara. How are you? Can I wear black color or skin color stockings to Qatar airways Cv drop off day. Because I have stretch marks on my legs? Will that be a problem? And I dont have passport but I have applied for it. Can I go ahead and tell them the same?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 30, 2016

      Skin colored are great Ritu.
      Also, if you don’t have a passport, take with you the national ID card or a valid driving license.

  • nico

    Reply Reply June 22, 2016

    Hi Kara,
    I have one simple question about languages, before Iam going to apply… so, I speak Russian language very good, perhaps better than English, but Iam not so good in writting on Russian language but I can read as well… so, I was wondering, can I write in CV that Iam fluent in Russian(As I said, in speaking very good. and can understand everything)… I hope you understand what I mean
    Thank you 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 25, 2016

      Yes Nico, you can write that. You can say Russian – fluent reading and speaking, good in writing. You can have different levels.

  • Mark

    Reply Reply June 3, 2016

    Hi kara,

    I have a training on Firefighting, Survival Technique, First Aid and all of those are conducted in maritime manner. Should i include that in my cv? thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 3, 2016

      Absolutely Mark!

      • Thuba

        Reply Reply June 7, 2016

        Hie Kara…I have a certificate in electrical engineering… Is it necessary to include that in my CV since its not related to being cabin crew

        • Kara

          Reply Reply June 9, 2016

          Yes Thuba, you should include your certificate.

  • denise

    Reply Reply May 18, 2016

    GOOD DAY IM 32 YEARS OF AGE IS IT ADVISABLE FOR ME TO DO A AVIATION CABEN CREW COARSE OR NOT
    REGARDS DENISE

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 18, 2016

      None of the airlines in the Middle East require the candidates to have an aviation cabin crew course prior to be successful at the interview Denise. I suggest you just start apply for the jobs and go for the interviews.

  • Vicky

    Reply Reply May 17, 2016

    Hi Kara,

    The instructions provided by you are brilliant. it is really a big help you’re doing for us. I have a question kara. I’m done with my bachelors recently. I studied in a college here in Nepal, however the college is affiliated to the university in the UK. So in the Education section, which is the one i state? the college here in Nepal where i am? or the university in the UK? The degree i will be receiving will be from the UK though.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 18, 2016

      Hi Vicky. You should metnion exactly what is written on the diploma.

      University of xxxx Nepal
      Degree
      Year

  • Diane

    Reply Reply May 16, 2016

    Hello Kara,

    I’m planning to apply for Emirates assessement day. I’ll be graduating from university in July 2016. I’m currently pursuing Japanese literature and I also have a JLPT N3 level of Japanese Language certificate.

    I don’t have any volunteer work or internship experience yet, so I’m not sure what to write on my cv. But I have experience as a freelance illustrator online, mostly just doing art commissions for people in deviantart site. Does that count? Should I just write it off?

    Thank you kindly for your attention.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 18, 2016

      Diane, Japanese speaking crew is in high demand, so that is a great advantage.
      Your freelance work online is also very valuable. Don’t skip it. Just try to frame it more from the customer service perspective and less the technical details.
      I hope this helps you.

  • Sammy

    Reply Reply April 20, 2016

    Hi Kara, I am preparing myself for the next OD with this amazing e-book. I must say it is being really helpful and for that I am immensely grateful! You are doing an amazing job by helping people who are chasing their dreams!

    However, my question is quite common but I would be relieved if you could answer me… I have this 2cm(0.79in) scar on my elbow and I’d like to know if this is unnacceptable (even this scar being relatively small).

    Thank you very much,
    Wish you the best!

    -Sammy

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 21, 2016

      Hi Sammy. I am so happy to hear you are enjoying the book.
      Each airline has different strictness when it comes to grooming. Qatar tends to be quite strict, while Emirates and Etihad are more relaxed. For which airline were you planning to apply?

      • Sammy

        Reply Reply April 21, 2016

        Oh I see… I am planning to apply for the next Emirates OD here in Brazil.
        Thank you so much for answering my question, it makes me really happy to know I can stand a chance.

        Once again Thank you very much, Kara!

        • Kara

          Reply Reply April 26, 2016

          Anytime Sammy. Good luck!

  • Rukhshona

    Reply Reply April 19, 2016

    Hi dear Kara

    hope you are fine .

    just wanted to ask you , do they need 100% English language or if candidate know the common words is it fine ? because I can speak , I know what am talking about , I understand. but am not sure that I know 100% English . I can speak very well Russian and Persian language.

  • Mateusz Grucki

    Reply Reply April 7, 2016

    I’m 32 years old and I’ve been told by a friend of mine that I stand no chances with Emirates because I’m too old. I look young, feel young and would love to become a part of a cabin crew. One more thing is that I’m a lawyer and have mostly legal experience [not very relevant for a flight attendant job and takes much space on my CV].

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Mateusz, I’ve had readers in their 30s being hired by all three airlines. Your previous legal experience must be expressed briefly and focused on your clients and how you followed their best interests and how you communicated with them and brief mentions of your legal capabilities.
      Apply. You have nothing to lose.

  • Cara

    Reply Reply April 6, 2016

    Dear, Kara!
    Could you please advice me on how to mention my education in CV?
    The thing is that I have a high school education and then I used to study for 5 years at Uni but didnt graduated from it because I decided to take a break for a year and finish it next year. If I will mention my university in the CV I will have to give them a document that prove I am a student of this uni, the thing is that formally Im not a student of it anymore or in other words I have no degree awarded (so in this case I’ll not be able to give a document to prove). Hopefully it’s not that complicated to understand.
    So what do you think the best way to mention it in my CV?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Hi Cara 🙂
      Are you able to get a certificate of attendance? If so, you can include the program and institution, however just write certificate of attendance, no degree obtained.
      If you can’t get any paperwork from the school, it is best to leave it out.

  • Jords

    Reply Reply April 4, 2016

    hi Kara,
    I want to apply for Emirates cabin crew but I am 20 years old now. I turn 21 in July 2016. do you think I would be able to apply now for Emirates or do you think it is better to wait 3 more months until I am 21? because I have heard from other people it can take up to 6 months before I hear back from them.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 5, 2016

      Hi Jords,
      You will not be selected further if you apply earlier than 3 months prior to your 21st birthday. Use this time wisely to prepare as much as you can. Good luck! -T

  • Cathryn

    Reply Reply February 28, 2016

    Hi Kara,
    I have tried 7 times of Emirates and 2 times if Qatar, still failed, I wonder y? Wat r they requirement they r asking for n look for?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 1, 2016

      Well Cathryn, the question before that is why do you think you failed? What is your profile? Experience? Age?

  • Hijas

    Reply Reply February 19, 2016

    Hi Kara

    I am from India currently residing Sharjah . i am fluent with English,Tamil,Malayalam,kannada and beginner in Hindi(all Indian language).So am i eligible for cabin crew in Emirates

  • mona

    Reply Reply February 19, 2016

    can u please guide me ? i want to b a member of cabin crew
    and at the end of this month i m going to join a course of Airline Hospitality Program whether it going to helpful in future for applying related jobs or should i wait for vacancies because airlines also referred these type courses ?
    em so confused 🙁

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 24, 2016

      Mona, of course any form of education is an asset, however it is not necessary. You are better off if you look for a job in the customer service field. This will give you more confidence and the experience necessary to tackle this career from a new perspective.
      The airlines in the Middle East require a minimum of highs school education.
      Also, there is no requirement of previous work experience, so anybody can apply.
      Read through these articles to understand what is expected during the interview:
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/

      All the best!

  • John

    Reply Reply February 15, 2016

    Hi Kara,
    I am from the Philippines and I’d like to work for Emirates. I am an Industrial Engineer by profession but my interest is to become a flight attendant. i am worried that my set of teeth isn’t perfect. i have two broken teeth scheduled for extraction and another two which are not aligned with the rest. though it is not obvious when i smile or talk, it still worries me a lot. i am physically fit since i work out and i stand 5ft 8in. what are the chances of me getting hired? i don’t know how and where to start.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 16, 2016

      John, dental perfection is not one the minimum requirements, however if it worries you to this extent, the issue might be affecting your confidence. Address this aspect first then start reading through these articles:
      https://www.flightattendantcentral.com/advice
      Good luck!

      • Zaira

        Reply Reply July 7, 2016

        HI John, what a coincidence. I’m also from Philippines and an IE by profession, like you, I also want to pursue the flight steward dream. If it’s not obvious, stop worrying about ur teeth. as long as you don’t wear braces.. or better have an artificial one for ur convenience. Good luck to us!

  • Ally

    Reply Reply February 10, 2016

    Hi kara, I just want to ask if there are airlines who accept applicant who are wearing hijab (viel)?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 11, 2016

      Ally, as far as I know only Saudi Arabian airlines and some airlines in Iran and Pakistan.

  • nico

    Reply Reply February 2, 2016

    dear kara, its also my dream to become Emirates cabin crew, but to start Im a man, what are the chances for me versus women to get a job in the famous emirates company(are there any special rules of choosing or something?)?
    but also I have this little problem with the English language, I understand everything, but the main concern is my english it is not really fluent when I need to say something…I also fluently speak Russian, Ukrainian and Croatian and my profession is nurse…
    I am currently in Thailand and working as entertainer, after this job I’d like to continue in the cabin crew.
    I look forward to your response.
    Nico

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 2, 2016

      Hi Nico,

      A man and a woman have equal chances to become cabin crew for Emirates. There are fewer men hired, however it is very much possible to make it from the first try. The fact that you are here, reading these articles before you go for the interview is a very good sign.
      Your professional qualifications and language skills are also great and very much in demand.
      The only issue I see as being very important is your English fluency. It needs to improve before the interview. Try apps like Duolingo, try speaking to anybody who would listen (Thailand is full of tourists) or take a Skype based course.
      I hope this helps!

      • nico

        Reply Reply February 3, 2016

        Thank you for your response Kara, you helped me … the only doubt is whether to try this year(next month in Bangkok) or wait for the next year and improve my English(I am 20years old, and in April I will turn 21). Also how often do they(Emirates) have conversations/open days to become a cabin crew per year?
        Nico 🙂

        • Kara

          Reply Reply February 5, 2016

          Nico, focus on your English for the next months and try again next time they’re in Bangkok. It is better than rushing and taking a blow in your confidence. I hope this helps.

  • afriyie

    Reply Reply January 28, 2016

    Hi kara
    I am from Ghana west Africa and these airlines never come down here for interviews please i wanna know if there could be any posaible reasons.thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 29, 2016

      Hi Afriyie,

      The decision to conduct a recruitment event in a certain country is dictated by many factors, but some of the most important to keep in mind are:
      -languages spoken by the majority of people,
      -general level of education and English use, as well as
      -existing crew population from that specific country (as the airline is aiming for great diversity and balance for their cabin crew.)
      Indeed, your country is not frequently visited, so if your online application is shortlisted, you must be willing and able to travel at your own expense to another location where assessment days take place.

      I hope this answers your question.

  • sagar shaha

    Reply Reply January 19, 2016

    I am from India . I applied at Emirates online 2 months back . My height is 166 cm . But they don’t replied yet. What is the problem exactly ???

  • leica

    Reply Reply January 18, 2016

    hi kara.its my dream to become emirates cabin crew .i had apply online n will be coming to emirates interview next week. but the main concern is my english not really fluent. i can understand all but to speak,i have to take some time what i need to say.in my current job,most of the time i need to speak in english to the customer,sometimes i dont know whether my english correct or not but still i dare to speak 😉 but at the same time improving my english too..so for this reason now i hesitate to come for this intervied. what should i do?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 19, 2016

      They do require English fluency as one of the minimum requirements. Leica, just give it a try. If you feel ready, do it.

    • nico

      Reply Reply February 1, 2016

      Hi leica, how was your interview last week?
      I have the same problem with English, identical … I would also like to work as cabin crew, and that’s my only goal now.

  • farheena

    Reply Reply January 8, 2016

    hi kara
    I want to apply for cabin crew but I am currently in third year so I am doing it by correspondence so do I need to tell this at interview or should I just say hsc completed ..because if they know that I am still studying they might reject me

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 8, 2016

      You shouldn’t give any information that is not true Farheena. They wouldn’t discriminate you because you are still studying.

      • tierra

        Reply Reply January 22, 2016

        hi kara, im from london
        trying to apply for emirates cabin crew, can you email me on my email adress, so i can get your help thank you

  • Carolina

    Reply Reply December 19, 2015

    Hi Kara!
    Your blog is excellent, I love it.
    As for the CV example you gave, John Smith’s, I wonder if the picture of his face goes in the blank area of the left side? If so, what size should it be?
    Thanks in advance

    Carolina

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 20, 2015

      Hi Carolina and welcome to this great community. There is no need to attach a photo on the CV because at the recruitment event you are required to attach a passport photo printed separately on photo quality paper. There is no need to provide this twice.

  • joha

    Reply Reply November 14, 2015

    Kara,
    hi, i am from Peru, and i would like to participate in the selection process, my doubt is about my CV.,it should be in english or spanish?…what is better?.
    Thanks you very much.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 18, 2015

      The entire recruitment process is in English Joha. Your Spanish CV will not be considered.

      • Ernie

        Reply Reply January 6, 2016

        Hi kara,

        If i have completed one of my education but not graduate, do i need to state it on my resume ?

        • Kara

          Reply Reply January 8, 2016

          You should Ernie. But make sure you also specify you are not yet a graduate. Ideally, include an expected date of graduation.

  • Ma

    Reply Reply October 12, 2015

    Hi Kara,
    Thanks for the helpful tips.
    I am a 22 years old and i live in Fiji, is it possible for me to apply for Etihad Airline?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 13, 2015

      It is Ma, however you must be willing and able to pay for your own transportation to the location of recruitment events. There are none organized in your area at the moment.

  • ArtsyB

    Reply Reply October 11, 2015

    Hello! If By any miracle I get offered to work for Etihad airline for example, do I have to move and live there? Currently I live in Greece ? Thank you in advance.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 11, 2015

      Yes ArtsyB, you must be willing to relocate to Abu Dhabi. That is their only base.

  • Anna Paula

    Reply Reply October 3, 2015

    Hello Kara

    Your advises are very helpful, thank you very much for your work!
    My question is: Is it that expensive to live in the Emirates? I live in Paris (but I’m Brazilian) and I have a friend from Abu Dhabi who scared the hell out of me. One of the reasons I’m applying for Emirates is the fact that is a tax free country and home is free. I would like to be able to save money but apperently it is quite hard… What’s your opinion on that matter?
    Another question: I’m 39…What about it? Even thought I speak fluently 5 languages and have loads of customer service experience, it feels like everybody is 21…
    Thank you!
    Anna Paula

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 4, 2015

      Well Anna, it’s all about discipline and motivation. Housing is paid for, and so is transportation, uniform, meal allowance when out of base and medical insurance. You need to get food when you are there plus any entertainment you would want to have. If you need a new designer bag every month you will probably not be able to save much. But if you just want to live, you will be able to save.

  • Daisy N.

    Reply Reply September 20, 2015

    Hello Kara,

    Thank you for such an insightful advice on a sample successful CV for the CC position, it is extremely helpful! I actually need your help with picking & choosing which of the experience I should put on my CV.

    I have a BA degree of Communications & Journalism, and most of my directly related customer service experience comes from part-time while in college (cashier night lead for 1.5 years, representative at the university front desk for 2 years, catering staff for school events for 1.5 yrs). After graduation, my 3 full-time jobs only are about sales/marketing (assistant to VP of Sales/ Marketing which deals directly with wholesales buyers & retailers, not retail customers) and writing (editor for a luxury magazine which involves a lot of meeting & interviewing people). I have to think about how to present all these in a brief but informative way to attract the employer. (1) Should I tried to include all 6 jobs, each one with very brief 1-2 sentence description?, OR (2) Should I pick & choose 3-4 positions (then which ones should I go with)? OR (3) I’m also thinking about presenting the CV as a “skill list” with reference to my previous jobs. I’d love to hear your opinion on this. 🙂

    Also, this is not quite relevant to the CV topic, but your experience may save me at my application in the next stage. I just submitted an online application on Etihad website around Thursday afternoon, and on Saturday afternoon I received a rejection letter. The only thing I can think of is my 3 page very detailed CV that may fail, but other than that I’m clueless. I don’t think their HR office works on Sat, and 2 days for such employment response is a very short time. Do you think my nationality (Vietnamese) plays a role in this? Since Etihad only recruits in VN through their official agency once every 1-2 years, in which the job description states clearly “for Vietnamese applicants only”, and their last recruitment here was back in Jan-Mar 2015. I read on a forum that a Filipina former 5* airline cc was also rejected by Etihad 2 days after applying, and she could only think of her nationality as an obstacle. If this is the case, I’d wait until Emirates announce their assessment schedule for VN then apply online. Have you heard about any similar cases from your readers?

    Thank you for much for taking your time reading & answering all these questions! I wish you all the best!
    From Saigon,
    Daisy.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2015

      Hi Daisy. Try to group all of your university experience under one separate paragraph. Include there a bullet for each job with a short presentation of your responsibilities.
      The full time jobs should be presented as such.
      As for your nationality, I doubt that is the reason for you rejection. Etihad is extremely efficient at scanning applications (that’s why it is recommended your CV is short and concise).
      For Emirates, contact GMAS agency in HCMC any time. They should be able to screen you and advise on the next step.
      Vietnamese speaking crew are extremely valuable for the airlines.
      Good luck!
      Có một ngày tuyệt vời!

      • Daisy N.

        Reply Reply September 20, 2015

        Thank you Kara! I wish you plenty of wonderful days as well 🙂

  • virginia

    Reply Reply September 9, 2015

    Good morning Kara,i am actually in UAE and i have a question: if i am fluent in french and english is it an advantage for me to get the job of my dream (Cabin Crew)?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 11, 2015

      Virginia, any language extra is an advantage. English is the minimum requirement.

  • Anna

    Reply Reply September 1, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    My name is Anna. I live in South Sudan and i am doing some courses within. How possible is it for me to apply? to make it worse my country doesn’t have Good airport but its still in construction and your office is not here in Juba.
    Secondly i have a traditional marks my face. will this big companies hire me?

    is it possible for some one without licence to apply?

    Thanks,
    Anna.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 5, 2015

      Hi Anna, here at Flight Attendant Central we can only advise candidates who want to apply for the airlines in the Middle East, namely Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways. Indeed, your country is not visited for recruitment, so your best bet might be a trip to Egypt, where open days are organized every month.
      What do you mean by traditional marks?
      You do not need a flight attendant license to apply for these airlines. They will offer you the training once you are hired.

  • mohammad aarif

    Reply Reply August 23, 2015

    hi kara.. should i include my self bussiness exprience and my network marketting exprience in exprience title?? is there any age limit because m 27 right now or should i try in other jobs in air lines like ticket and ground staff?? what should i do?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 23, 2015

      You should include all relevant professional experience Mohammad. As for your age, there is no maximum age requirement, so by all means you can apply.

      • mohammad aarif

        Reply Reply August 24, 2015

        ohk..thnx 4 reply..i feel positive now

  • smh

    Reply Reply August 15, 2015

    Dear “my name”,

    Emirates will be hosting an Invite Only – Recruitment Event near you. If you would like to attend, please bring an updated CV, a photograph and a copy of this letter.

    Confirmed date and location is:

    Dubai – United Arab Emirates
    Date: xxAugust 2015
    Time: xx:00 AM Sharp
    Venue: Emirates Group Headquarters
    Opposite Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport
    2nd Floor, Auditorium

    Dress Code – Business Attire: Ladies – Knee length skirt / dress with skin colored stockings. Men – Suit & Tie

    This is an opportunity to drop off your CV with one of our recruiters in person. You may then be shortlisted to attend an assessment process on the same day or at the next available days. Any expenses incurred by you will not be reimbursed by Emirates.

    Please confirm your attendance for the event by email to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, as soon as possible quoting your name, place and date of event.

    Please be aware that you need to bring an ID with you (Labour card, UAE Driving Licence, UAE Health Card or Your Original Passport) and hand it to the security at any of the entrances. Candidates who use personal transport and who wish to use the Emirates Parking will be responsible to pay a parking fee of AED 10 per hour.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: If you are currently employed in UAE, you must have completed 12 months of employment with your current employer or have a No Objection Letter in order to attend this event. Furthermore, if you have attended an assessment or interview for the cabin crew position within the last six months, please do not attend the events listed. For any friends and colleagues that would like to attend this event, please encourage them to apply online http://www.emirates.com/careers so that we can review their application.

    Recruitment Manager

    Cabin Crew

    I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS INVITATION.THE INVITED DAY WHAT WILL HAPPEN OR WHAT KIND OF PREPRATION I HAVE TO MADE..AND ALSO MY BODY MASS INDEX IS 34.1…PLS HELP ME….THANX IN ADVANCE……

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 15, 2015

      Smh, this is an invitation for an Open Day.

      Please read here the articles for advice on how to handle the stages:
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      For in-depth information, including CV templates, photos, 3 sample English tests, 3 group exercises, Math test and 101 Questions and Answers for the Interview, see the book ‘How to Become a Flight Attendant for airlines in the Middle East’
      https://gumroad.com/l/ODRt#
      Your BMI of 34.1 will not be acceptable. You will either be selected and be told to decrease your BMI to normal ranges or just be told to return for an interview when you have addressed this issue.

      I hope this helps.

  • Elma

    Reply Reply July 19, 2015

    Hi, if someone can advice me can I apply for cabine crew if I dont have work experience. I am 20 years old student and if I make CV i dont have anything to put on step 2 (Professional experience). Is there a hope I can try anyway, because other steps i can fill nicely. Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 21, 2015

      Elma, you don’t need to include what you don’t have. Work experience however is greatly appreciated, so try to get some experience as a volunteer or intern.

  • Angella

    Reply Reply July 16, 2015

    Dear Kara

    Thank you very much and this is Angella.
    I well read your kind information with making a cv for cabin crew.
    I have a question about something,
    What I want to ask is about my temporary jobs.
    I do not know how can I well list my temporary jobs on my CV.
    Actually, I had work experiences many customer services industry such as sample house receptionist, temporary staff of exhibition and english assistant (sort of interpreter but not professional. Because my major duties were handling customers who visited my exhibition booth.)
    It was almost 2years experiences so I couldn’t leave it just blank.
    Thanks for reading my messages.

    regards,
    Angella

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 21, 2015

      Of course Angella. You can include the entire time frame and list the jobs you had and 2-3 responsibilities.
      It should look like this
      >2010-2012 >Temporary Jobs >Location, Country
      2010 During the summer break I worked as a sample house receptionist at ABC company where I was responsible for job description 1, job description 2 and job description 3.
      2011 I worked after-school hours at XYZ company as an English Assistant. My duties here included job description 1, job description 2, job description 3.
      2012…..
      Include only the relevant duties.
      Good luck 🙂

      • Angella

        Reply Reply July 21, 2015

        Dear Kara,

        Kara, I really thank for your reply.
        You are the most nice and informative person.. thanks for your kindness of my question and all your support with this website and free q&a files as well.
        If I didn’t visit here, I couldn’t meet you and list my temps job properly 🙂 It’s my honor to meet you.
        Have a nice day XOXO

        • Kara

          Reply Reply July 22, 2015

          I am happy I can help Angella.

  • Meriba

    Reply Reply July 13, 2015

    I have no expirence about Cabin Crew and i want to be one, how can i develop a CV? How do I start? Please help me i am more interest in that.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 13, 2015

      You start by reading the articles here to understand what it takes to become a cabin crew.
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      Then build your CV based on the article above.
      If you have no experience, look into any customer service job that will see you deal with multicultural customers. Learn a new language and expand your skills.

      All the best!

  • Afzal Ansari

    Reply Reply June 22, 2015

    Dear Kara

    I work as cabin crew for Abu Dhabi Aviation and clocked almost 10+years of experience but we fly only in oil fields i am 33 now can i apply too …
    thanks for your time

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 22, 2015

      Of course you can Afzal. There is no upper age limit.

  • sepideh

    Reply Reply May 16, 2015

    Dear Kara,
    I’m 26 from Iran. The Emirates have never came to my country for open day.
    I’m going to attend in Malaysia for CV drop…..I’m just wondering DO the emirates take Iranian nationality or NO?? I do need your help

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 20, 2015

      Sepideh, this question should be addressed to the UAE Embassy in your country. It is not about the airline hiring only certain nationalities, it is about the UAE authorities granting work permits for your nationality. I can’t answer this question for you, but the embassy would be able to help.

  • Linda

    Reply Reply May 14, 2015

    Hello! I was just wondering whether or not I should enclose a cover letter with my CV for my online application? Please advise me! Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 16, 2015

      A cover letter is not necessary when applying for the cabin crew position.

  • sandesh

    Reply Reply April 20, 2015

    hey, i just left school, will they consider my work experiences?
    what will they ask from me?
    Thank you a lot..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 24, 2015

      Sandesh, ideally you would have some internships or any other volunteer work experience. Your questions and answers will be based on your experience in school.

  • Daria

    Reply Reply April 14, 2015

    Dear Kara
    Thank you so much, I found a hope again:-)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 19, 2015

      Such an inspiring thing to say Daria. Good luck!

  • sonja

    Reply Reply April 12, 2015

    I have a question about the pose we should take on the photo for cv-sitting or standing?
    As well, on the open day, what sort of shoes should we wear, particulary the heels, how much high should they be-what is the limit?
    Thankes a lot.

  • sumit singh

    Reply Reply April 10, 2015

    it is really helpful thank you….

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 11, 2015

      Anytime Sumit.

  • Daria

    Reply Reply April 6, 2015

    Hi Kara,
    I would like to apply for flight attendant position in Etihad and Emirates airlines, my problem is my age, I am 33 years old already and have no experience in the field. At the moment I work in import sector and logistics, I have PhD in linguistics, I had some certain experience in teaching, managed to work as a tutor with difficult teenagers and even as a bartender while studying. I am fluent in English, Portuguese and Russian, beginner in Spanish and French. How do you think can my age and lack of experience be a problem in getting this challenging and dream job opportunity? Many thanks for your reply in advance!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 8, 2015

      Daria, it sounds like you have plenty of customer service experience. Any interaction with customers is helpful, it doesn’t have to be in the aviation field.
      Your age is also not a problem, there are plenty of mature candidates applying and being selected for this position.
      Good luck!

  • silina

    Reply Reply April 6, 2015

    Looking forward to meeting the Qatar airways crews back here in Fiji…my second cv drop and with all the help I hope il make it count this time..wish me luck..I believe that the first impression is the best impression…n I believe I have what it takes to make it count…Qatar airways here I come..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 8, 2015

      All the best Silina!

  • Nina

    Reply Reply April 3, 2015

    Hye Kara

    Im Nina from Malaysia. I will go for final interview from Saudi Airlines another 2 weeks. Right now I still doing my internship until end of June. If I be selected to join the airline, is it can I ask to postpone my job until complete my internship? Or I need to postpone my internship? I really need your opinion.

    Tq Kara

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 4, 2015

      Nina, here at Flight Attendant Central we only discuss Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. I can’t help you with any advice about Saudi Airlines’ joining procedures.

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply March 29, 2015

    Hello kara! the first time i applied for emirates open day it was unsuccessful and six months is already over but I can neither open nor submit new application. my other account keeps on saying “your password is incorrect” but im pretty sure of it. I even have it saved on my email. Can you please help me check this out. Thank you kara!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 30, 2015

      You can always click on “Forgot password” and they will email you a link to reset your old password.

  • ardinela

    Reply Reply March 25, 2015

    Hello Kara,
    I wanted to know if I should be dressed more elegant ( to wear the skirt and shirt ) for the first day, or can I come dressed in some elegant trousers??
    And also is it bad if I don’t have any experience, because I just finished high school last year (in May)???

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 27, 2015

      It’s advisable you wear a skirt suit for both days.
      The airlines in the Middle East do not require any previous experience. As long as you can display certain key skills (such as customer service mindset, team player, empathy, etc), you can be given a chance. That being said however, a strong CV might open doors and get you a chance to interview.
      I recommend you look into customer service jobs, volunteer work or any other courses or education that might add to the CV.

  • Nicholas

    Reply Reply March 15, 2015

    Hello

    Is this job open to all gender?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 17, 2015

      For which airline and on which location Nicholas?

  • Melisa

    Reply Reply March 10, 2015

    No, you’ve helped a lot! Thank you so much Kara, I really appreciate your time and consideration – this blog is really helpfull.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 10, 2015

      Anytime Melisa 🙂

  • Fadzai Sibanda

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    Hie kara im fadzai from Zimbabwe . There’s a cv drop off day in south Africa in Cape Town on 28 march for qQatar airways.iwant to go and drop my cv but now my question is, is this job open to even us zimbabweans or they want south Africans only . Please reply im prepared to travel to south Africa.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 9, 2015

      Fadzai, there is no requirement for nationality. Anybody can participate, however you must be willing to accept that your CV may not be shortlisted during the cv drop.

  • Melisa

    Reply Reply March 3, 2015

    Hello Kara, so there’s an Open Day in Berlin on the 14th of march. I am planning on going there, does that mean I don’t have to apply online for it so just show up there with all the important documents and photos?

    Also, the Assesment Center might be on an other date right? Do you think I should plan on staying longer in Berlin, just in case they invite me for that Assesment Center and it’s not on the same day?

    Thank you so much!! Melisa

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 9, 2015

      Melisa, there is no need to register for an Open Day. Just go to the advertised location with the required documents.
      The assessment is usually scheduled for the next day, however this may not be the case. You will only be informed of this on the day itself. Sorry I can’t help you more.

  • Abror

    Reply Reply March 1, 2015

    THANK YOU FOR your ANSWER
    Kara.

  • nobuhle natall

    Reply Reply February 28, 2015

    hie Kara thank u so much , i just wanted to ask ,I’m from Zimbabwe and i have received an email for me to apply. So the issue here is that the CV is supposed to be dropped in person on the listed venues on assessment days but my country is not listed on the list of assessmet

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 1, 2015

      Nobuhle, you must then scroll to the bottom of the document where the worldwide application processed is explained. You must apply online and if shortlisted be willing to travel to the nearest recruitment event.

  • Rizvi

    Reply Reply February 28, 2015

    Hello kara, thank you so much for your valuable feedback, my name is Rizvi and I’m from India, I’m 26 years old, It’s my dream job to be a Cabin crew with Emirates Airlines, my education level is BBA in 2010, my experience is from 2009 to 2011 (Worked as Sales Executive), from 2011 to 2012 (worked as Purchase Incharge with Footwear industry), from 2012 to 2014 (worked as Waiter with Competent Palace hotel), from 2014 to till date I’m working as Reception personnel with Emirates Group Security in Dubai. Please kara guide me I really want to be cabin crew with Emirates Airlines.
    Waiting for your feedback.

  • Hind Lahbib

    Reply Reply February 28, 2015

    and i want to ask also when they come to Morocco and from where should i know because i always miss the day of interview??? plss help me Miss Kara

  • Hind Lahbib

    Reply Reply February 28, 2015

    Hi Kara I want to ask you a question I want to apply for duty free but i do not know from where should i start could you please help me?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 1, 2015

      Hind, here at FlightAttendantCentral we are focusing on Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways cabin crew positions only. I can’t help you with with advice for any other positions.
      To see available vacancies and the job requirements, go directly to the specific airline’s careers webpage.

  • michael

    Reply Reply February 26, 2015

    hello kara…are there any events coming up soon in kenya?? thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 27, 2015

      There was an event in February Michael. They are not too many organized in your country unfortunately. As of now, I have no knowledge of any of them being organized in the near future.

  • Abror

    Reply Reply February 26, 2015

    Hi Kara. I submitted for cabin crew 2 months ago but it was unsuccessful. Can I update it and apply again (that is, after 2 months)?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 27, 2015

      Abror, you can try, but normally they require 6 months between applications.

  • erwin

    Reply Reply February 24, 2015

    Hi kara
    My concern is about height qualifications I’m not a 6 footer, I’m thinking about discrimination. I’m just a 5 feet and 6 1/2 inches tall. but i reach 215 cm with my barefoot as their qualifications. but i guess I’m having a lesser chance to get this job. what do you think? looking forward to hear your response. thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 27, 2015

      Erwin, don’t focus your energy and attention on these negative details. You have the minimum requirements. Height is not a point of discrimination. It is a legal requirement so you can reach the equipment that is located high up in the compartments. Think instead of soft skills, presentation and the other aspects that matter more.

  • Eizhelle De Guia

    Reply Reply February 22, 2015

    Hi kara,
    I was just wondering can I join the open days of Emirates on our country this March even though I still have braces on my lower teeth? I am willing to remove it once I get the chance to be successful since my braces are totally fine to be removed.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 27, 2015

      Eizhelle, I would wait until the braces are off. You want the recruiters to easily imagine you in their uniform. Don’t make it hard on them.

  • Ana

    Reply Reply February 17, 2015

    Hi Kara,
    I have a question for you. I worked for a company in the summer and winter holidays while I was taking my degree. Now I’ve finished it and I work for the same company in full time. How do I write it on my CV?

    Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 17, 2015

      Just as you mentioned it here Ana. You can write 2 separate paragraphs:
      2012-present
      ABC Ltd – Title
      -Job description 1
      -job description 2
      -job description 3
      2009-2012
      ABC Ltd – Title
      -Part time …. work during school holidays
      -job description 1
      -job description 2
      -job description 3

  • Kat

    Reply Reply February 13, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    Just a quick question, I am a female and I am wondering if I am required to wear a jacket on top of my blouse. Would they mind if my jacket is a different colour than my skirt (I have a navy blue skirt and white jacket)? My open day is tomorrow and I’m so nervous!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 17, 2015

      That’s fine Kat. As long as you keep it business attire, all is good.

  • FIDLER

    Reply Reply February 11, 2015

    HI KARA
    MY NAME IS FIDLER IM FROM SOUTH AFRICA.CABIN CREW IS MY DREAM JOB,THERE IS A OPENING DAY OF QATAR IN 14 FEB 2015 IN JOHANNESBURG.I ALREADY APPLYED ON LINE AND IM GOING TO SUBMIT MY CV AT JOHANNESBURG.I WANT TO ASK YOU,IM ONLY 22 YRS OLD MALE AND I DONT HAVE MUCH WORK EXPERIENCE,I ONLY WORKED ONCE IN MY LIFE,I WORKED AS A WAITER FOR PERIOD OF SIX MONTH AND I RAN OUT OF WORK.MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WITH LESS OF WORK EXPERIENCE I HAVE AND MY AGE,WHAT CHANCES I HAVE TO GET THIS JOB.AND THE OTHER PROBLEM IS MY NERVES,I GET VERY NERVOUS WHEN IM BEING INTERVIEWED SO PLEASE HELP I CANT STOP THINKING MYSELF IN A CABIN CREW UNIFORM AND I DONT WANT MY NERVOUS TO DESTROY MY DREAMS,WHAT SHOULD I DO TO MANAGE MY NERVOUS WHILE IM BEING INTERVIEWED ? PLS HELP

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 13, 2015

      Fidler, the airlines in the Middle East do not require any previous experience. As long as you can display certain key skills (such as customer service mindset, team player, empathy, etc), you can be given a chance. That being said however, a strong CV might open doors and get you a chance to interview.
      I recommend you look into customer service jobs, volunteer work or any other courses or education that might add to the CV.
      Ad for being nervous, that is completely normal. It just shows that this job is important to you. You will forget about it in no time as long as you are prepared.

  • Denitsa

    Reply Reply February 4, 2015

    So here is my question. I applied for EK last year on February, while I was still in the U.S. I moved back to my home country in May the same year, but now I have difficulty updating my CV. Since I left my last job in April back when I was still in the U.S. I have not worked. I moved for personal reasons, mainly helping my elderly relatives and I just don’t know how to fill in that time gap on my CV. As for the open days for EK here in Bulgaria, I am keeping a close eye on it. As we know EK updates their open day locations every month so I am just here waiting and trying to prepare ahead of time.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 13, 2015

      You can just say that you returned to your home country and you are looking for the next opportunity. Ideally you will show some volunteer work or some courses you took during that time. Gaps on CVs are no problem as long as you are able to show you have done something to enhance your skills.

  • Stan

    Reply Reply February 1, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    Thank you for the helpful blog post.
    I want to be a part of the 3 most leading airlines in the ME.
    I have a question, QR announced that there will be a CV Drop off Day this coming weekend, I wanted to ask, Do I have to wear Business Attire and bring all needed documents & prepare for the interview? Since it was mentioned in their website.
    Also, I have braces, would it be a hindrance in my application? But I am willing to remove it.

    Thank you in advance Kara!

    Waiting for your positive & earliest feedback! 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 1, 2015

      Yes Stan, you must go there with all the required documents, dressed in business attire and have teh exact same bahvior as you would for an interview.
      Braces are not permitted when working as a cabin crew. If you don’t have the time to remove them, you could just notify the recruiters of when you expect to have them removed.
      Good luck!

  • Noah

    Reply Reply January 29, 2015

    when you write a CV, do you guys use airline website ? or do you upload your own resume?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 1, 2015

      You can upload your own Noah. On Emirates’ portal, the info on your CV will be used to populate the standard application form. You can edit the field in it if necessary.

  • Pauline

    Reply Reply January 19, 2015

    Hi kara
    thanks u so far for ur help
    ma question is hw do u give reasons for living a company with sounding neagative…
    Still by going through this document i’ve realised i did small mistakes on ma CV writing,is it possible i re-apply again using a different email..will it work for me /i should wait to apply again after 6mnths Emirates

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 21, 2015

      Pauline, if your application was not shortlisted, you can apply again after 6 months. You can make the necessary amends to your CV when you edit your online application.
      Reasons for leaving a company can always be worded diplomatically, such as: “I reached my full potential in the position of…. As I was unable to identify a promising career path within the organization, I took another position as…. with company….”

  • yanko380

    Reply Reply January 18, 2015

    hi kara what a fantastic information its really helpful. i have always wanting to.be.part of a cabin crew and after this information i read i realised that my CV has been a waked . thanks soo much for this relevant information as i am.updating my cv now and also if my name is same yanick and my email is yanko is it bad? thanks once more and i pray that God grant u more knowledge to help others like this.
    best regards

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 19, 2015

      That small detail should not be a problem.

  • Venus

    Reply Reply January 17, 2015

    Hi Kara,
    thank u for the helpful blog post. After much consideration and persuasion from friends i have finally decided to send in my cv for Emirates. My only concern is the pictures. Do i need to send in my pictures the same time as my cv online? Do i have to go to a professional photographer for it?

    Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 19, 2015

      Yes Venus, photos must be submitted online together with the CV. You don’t need to have them done in a professional studio, however they should be done as per the requirements: neutral background without props, face the camera, both hands and both feet visible.

  • gladys

    Reply Reply January 15, 2015

    hey Kara please help and a bit confused.
    Ref. No.: 10XXXXXXXX

    Dear GLADY,

    Emirates will be hosting an Invite Only – Recruitment Event near you. If you would like to attend, please bring an updated CV, a photograph and a copy of this letter.

    Confirmed date and location is:

    Dubai – United Arab Emirates
    Date: XX January 2015
    Time: 09.00 AM Sharp
    Venue: Emirates Group Headquarters
    Opposite Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport
    2nd Floor, Career Centre

    Dress Code – Business Attire: Ladies – Knee length skirt / dress with skin colored stockings. Men – Suit & Tie

    This is an opportunity to drop off your CV with one of our recruiters in person. You may then be shortlisted to attend an assessment process either on the same day or at a later date. Any expenses incurred by you will not be reimbursed by Emirates.

    Please confirm your attendance for the preliminary assessment by email as soon as possible quoting your name, place and date of assessment.

    Please be aware that you need to bring an ID with you (Either a Labour card, UAE Driving Licence, UAE Insurance / Health card OR your Original Passport) and hand it to the security at any of the entrances. Candidates who use personal transport and who wish to use the Emirates Parking will be responsible to pay a parking fee of AED 10 per hour.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: If you have attended an assessment or interview for the cabin crew position within the last six months, please do not attend the events listed. If any friends and colleagues would like to attend this event, please encourage them to apply online http://www.emirates.com/careers so that we can review their application.

    Recruitment Manager

    Cabin Crew
    i would like find out what it means when one receives an email like that.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 16, 2015

      Gladys, as the email says, this is an invitation to a preliminary assessment. Your online application has been shortlisted, so they see you as a good candidate, but they want to see you in person. You will drop off your CV and photos and answer couple of questions. If after this you are shortlisted again, you will receive an invitation to attend the assessment either in the same day or at a later stage. The process is similar in all locations.

  • Esther

    Reply Reply January 9, 2015

    My small bro is also applying but does not yet have a passport.can he send a photocopy of the waiting card for the passport when applying since it takes about 3 weeks for the passport to be processed?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 12, 2015

      There is no need to attach a copy of the passport when going for the assessment. You just need a CV and photographs. Passport copy will be requested from you at a later stage.

      • Ana

        Reply Reply August 23, 2015

        Regarding the passport copy. I didnt have a passport at the time and I handle in my ID, which was just fine. I have made it through the FI and I received an email from the recruiting team requesting a colored copy of my passport. I dont have it yet, it takes up to a month to be issued so I replied with this explanation. My Question is: is there a problem if I submit the document after few weeks? Can this affect my outcome?

        • Kara

          Reply Reply August 31, 2015

          It won’t Ana. It is just a document, however you will not receive your final answer until you submitted everything they require from you.

  • Esther

    Reply Reply January 9, 2015

    Hi Kara, there is an emirates invite only assessment day coming up in Kenya in February. I graduated from university in Dec 2014 but my Certificate is not yet out. When am submitting my online application, is it okay to say i have a bachelors degree without the cert or do i just write my highest education is High school because i can attach my high school certificate?Thanks in advance

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 12, 2015

      Hi Esther. The copy of your certificate is not required at this point, so you can write you hold a bachelor degree.

  • Ma. Kristina S. Ramos

    Reply Reply January 9, 2015

    What you’ve written down here are really helpful! Thank you so much! Im gonna start creating a new email address with my name on it! This has just cleared up all the worthless and baloney stuff in my CV. Err! Why so late did I read this article! Thanks again. A big help indeed!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 9, 2015

      So happy to hear that Ma. Kristina 🙂 All the best!

  • Rita

    Reply Reply December 24, 2014

    Hi Kara, I’ve a question for you. I have a degree in civil engineering and I work in my fathers shop as a sales assistante since I was 18years old, in the summer and winter holidays. I have customer experience but I never had a contract. How do I write that in my CV? I really want to work as a Flight attendant.
    Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 24, 2014

      Rita, you write it just as you would work for any other company. You don’t need to prove that with a contract, just with a letter of recommendation written on the official letter head of the company.

  • Nikhil

    Reply Reply December 22, 2014

    I am 18 years old and 18 is eligible in india. Can you please give me some helpful tips regarding this? This my first attempt and i really want to crack it at once
    Btw you are thee best.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 24, 2014

      Here at Flight Attendant Central we only discuss the interview process for the airlines in the Middle East. The minimum age for these is 21 years old. I can’t help you with advice for any other airline.

  • Nikhil Parihar

    Reply Reply December 21, 2014

    Hi kara. I wanted to know what position should i be in in order to show my full size photograph. For eg. Should i fold my arms?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 22, 2014

      You should be standing straight facing the camera, with both arms on your side, both feet straight and visible. And smile 🙂

  • Vivek ft

    Reply Reply December 11, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    First of thanks a lot for doing a wonderful job.
    i have a question to ask?
    Qatar Airway has announced a Open Day in India and i am a male candidate 23 years.
    Do they select male candidates?
    According to my BMI i have to 83kg but i am 86 is that a problem?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 12, 2014

      Vivek, unless they specify they are looking for female candidates only, you can participate. Your BMI will be required for your medical tests, so you still have time to adjust it to fall in normal ranges. Good luck!

  • Mubarak

    Reply Reply December 11, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I have the same question as Leo and also the exact same situation. I am currently 20 years old, i’ll be turning 21 in two months and there is an open day in 2 weeks. Would it affect my chances? is it negotiable? or will i not be considered in any way?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 12, 2014

      Its non negotiable Mubarak. You must wait for the next event. You must be 21 years old when submitting your application.

  • Leo

    Reply Reply December 10, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I know that Etihad, Qatar and Fly Emirates only hire people who are 21 or older, currently I am 20 years old, my birthady is in 2 months and there is an open day (Fly Emirates) in my city in 2 weeks. Should I go or would you recommend me to wait until I turn 21 to apply for the position? Also i speak five languages fluently but have no certificates to prove it due to the fact that i’ve learned those languages by living in different countries, would that be a problem?
    Thank you for your help.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 12, 2014

      Leo, you must be 21 years old when participating in a recruitment event, so you can’t participate in the next event in your city. Your language skills do not need certificates, you will be tested for fluency during your training. All the best!

  • fowlers car finance

    Reply Reply December 9, 2014

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  • annie

    Reply Reply December 4, 2014

    Hi kara
    I have a few questions .
    well i have a funny birthname which is anyway,so i was wondering if this will deprive me in any way to get a job as a cabin crew member?i reall wish to work fo etihad airways so would you kindly brief me on their requirements starting from the application till you get the job also can you kindly help me with the links for the three airlines inwhich i can send my cv.i am a waitress now is this experience necessary.Thanx for your time and help

  • melanie

    Reply Reply November 25, 2014

    And one thing I am 42 yrs old now

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 2, 2014

      It is not impossible, but it will be more difficult to change careers at this stage. Your presentation and performance during the interview must be stellar.

  • melanie

    Reply Reply November 25, 2014

    Hi Kara ,I interested to buy the book how can I buy and I have one question to you if applying me a cabin crew I will inform to you if qualify me inspite of the fact that I have false teeth .

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 2, 2014

      Melanie, you can get the book from here https://gumroad.com/l/ODRt, however to make full use of it, you should be fluent in English. From the way you wrote this message, your main focus should be on improving your language level. The teeth are fine as long as your smile is pleasant.
      The book is available in electronic format (eBook). As soon as your payment is processed (usually a matter of seconds), you will receive an email with a unique link. The book is ready for you to read right away on your computer, smart phone or tablet. The price of the book is USD 29.97 and you can use your credit card to process the transaction.

  • Giulia

    Reply Reply November 18, 2014

    Ok, thank you Kara!!

  • Giulia

    Reply Reply November 17, 2014

    Hello Kara,
    this was really helpful thank you!
    I have a question: if I want to go in a interview it says “invitation only”, I have to send my CV, my photos and wait their answer right? Thank you!!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 18, 2014

      Yes Giulia, that is the correct procedure to follow.

  • Kyle

    Reply Reply November 14, 2014

    Hello Kara,

    I would like to know if possible I can apply to any Airline in ME but the problem is I still have braces in my upper teeth. Do you think it would become a hindrance in applying the position?

    Thanks,

    Kyle

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 15, 2014

      None of the 3 airlines in the Middle East will accept you wearing braces Kyle. Sorry about this.

  • Vladimir

    Reply Reply November 8, 2014

    Hello Kara, thank you very much for your previous responses.

    I wanted to ask you do you maybe know more about one thing, I have 6 months waiting period for Ethihad Airways starting from August 27-th, if they happen to come in my town before my 6 months w.p. expiries could I apply with a letter to cabin crew HR with question could they allow me to atend? Offcourse if its only 20-30 days left. Would they accept that question?

    Thank you very much for your response. Best wishes, Vladimir

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 11, 2014

      Unfortunately not Vladimir. You must wait for the 6 months to pass. Sorry about it.

  • karen

    Reply Reply November 3, 2014

    Hello Kara!

    Good Day!

    I am 30 y/o and wanted to be part of Cabin Crew in Emirates, is there any restriction about using eye glass,because i am using eye glass. do they will require me to use contact lenses, or do i have chance to be part of them?

    Best Regards,
    Karen

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 7, 2014

      Hi Karen. When employed to be a cabin crew, you can not use spectacles. Only contact lenses are permitted.

  • Rosa

    Reply Reply November 3, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    Thanks for your feedback about my question. What if i don’t have credit card, how can i do on the payment of the book? Please let me know.
    Thanks and much appreciated.

  • Rosa

    Reply Reply October 26, 2014

    Hi Kara! Where can I get this book here in Dubai

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 1, 2014

      Hi Rosa,
      The book is only available in electronic format (eBook). As soon as your payment is processed (usually a matter of seconds), you will receive an email with a unique link. The book is ready for you to read right away on your computer, smart phone or tablet. The price of the book is USD 29.97 and you can use your credit card to process the transaction.
      If you prefer to use PayPal, I will send you a separate link for that.
      Here is the book order page
      https://gumroad.com/l/ODRt

  • Nomachina Masiza

    Reply Reply October 26, 2014

    Hi! I am not sure if my comment or request will be consindered. I am very much interested in becoming a Cabin Crew for Qatar airways but I am currently staying in Port Elizabeth with no means of getting to Johannesburg. I was wandering if Qatar cannot conduct an open day in Eastern Cape too?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 1, 2014

      There are events in Port Elizabeth, however they do not happen very often.

  • moh.gad

    Reply Reply October 25, 2014

    hi kara once again,
    well i committed to all what ya adviced to be followed when creating my c.v but still cant get all of it in one page, and i am using times new roman font and size 16 for headlines and 14 for summaries ,what should i do keep it like this in two pages or minimize the font but it will be too small to be readable advice me about it, also am fluent in both written and spoken english no other languaes am fluent in, but i am beginner in italian should i mention this to be an advantage or as long as am not fluent in then it wouldnt be considered as advantage ?
    thanks alot always

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 26, 2014

      When you have a lot of experience it’s ok to have more than one page as long as everything stays relevant. You can mention the Italian, however only the languages you are fluent in will be considered.

  • Allezen de Lange

    Reply Reply October 24, 2014

    Hi Kara
    is there any other option available to get your book?
    It seems Gumroad doesn’t support South Africa and I think that’s why the purchase isn’t going through.

  • Allezen de Lange

    Reply Reply October 24, 2014

    Hi kara
    I did add the correct cvc code but it states that it can’t verify the details. I don’t know if it might be because it’s capitec bank but I’ve never had this problem before.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 24, 2014

      Allezen, you can try the second payment option via PayPal for which you can use this link
      https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&i=1237444&cl=248016&ejc=2

      Select checkout with PayPal and use Option 2 “Don’t have PayPal account”. You will be prompted to enter your card details and debit cards are also accepted.
       
      Let me know if you need more help.

  • Allezen de Lange

    Reply Reply October 22, 2014

    Hi Cara
    I’m trying to buy your book but I’m from South Africa and the system is not picking up my card and asks for a zip code but we don’t have zip codes on our cards.
    I found out about your book a day ago and my interview is in 2 days so I’m really in a panic to get all the help I can find.
    Thanks
    Allezen

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 23, 2014

      Allezen, the zip code is the postal code in your area and you should not be asked for it. A CVC code(required) is the 3 digit code on the back of your card.

  • Donavan

    Reply Reply October 22, 2014

    Dear kara
    What sort of a ful length photo is required. Is t an A4 print or a studio photo.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 23, 2014

      You need a 10x15cm photo printed on photo quality paper Donovan.

  • Vladimir

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    Dear Kara,

    thank you for your previous response. I wanted to ask you which font is best suitable for cabin crew cv? I also wanted to ask you what size of letter is the best option for cv? I was using the Times New Roman and size 12 of letters before. Thank you very much for your response.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 21, 2014

      That should be fine Vladimir. You can be flexible as long as you keep it on 1 page and use a classic font. Times New Roman is fine.

  • moh.gad

    Reply Reply October 19, 2014

    hi kara, whats up
    well, wana ask ya if there is any standard size for the full lenth photo i will hand to the recruiter ? or is it ok to hand them any suitable size as long as the full lenth photos and my appearance looks clear?, and if i am certified in a course or two can i mention this in my cv under the title of education or add a title with a name like courses and trainings ?
    thanks for your hard effort

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 21, 2014

      The usual size for the full length is 10x15cm Moh.gad.
      For your courses, it really depends what kind they are and the institution that awarded them. If they just helped you gain a skill, put them under skills. If the courses were more in detail and you got a certificate or a more complex accreditation, then you can put them under education.

  • Don

    Reply Reply October 19, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    Just wanna ask is there a need to include the career objectives on top of your CV? Also do we need to put some personal data in the last part of the CV, like the age, ht, wt, civil status? Thanks a lot.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 21, 2014

      No Don, that is not necessary.
      You apply for a cabin crew position. That is your objective and it is implied.
      The only personal data needed on the CV is your name and contact details. Every other personal info will be included on the application form that will be filled if your CV is shortlisted.

  • Mara

    Reply Reply October 14, 2014

    Wow, you’re fast! Thanks a lot!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 14, 2014

      Anytime Mara.

  • Vladimir

    Reply Reply October 14, 2014

    Dear Kara,
    I have a question for you, should I have an objective statement in my cv? I was reading on the internet that people are mostly against it. Thank you for your answer.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 14, 2014

      Vladimir, your objective is to become a cabin crew for the airline you just applied for. It is implied, there is no need to include it in your CV.

  • Mara

    Reply Reply October 12, 2014

    Hello Kara.

    Thanks a lot for this great overview.
    Reading it, some questions came up on which I simply can’t find the answer myself.

    – Is it okay to create an own section about social engagement? I’m an active member in Études Sans Frontières and met myself a lot with exchange students in the past in order to gain language practice and help them in their daily life. It was on a private basis, it’s nothing I have a certificate for, and I no longer do it due to the lack of time. Those two things are something I absolutely want to include but if I put it into the skills section it would probably get too bulky.
    – In which section should I include my stay(s) abroad? Ten months I not only visited an university in Japan but also lived in a host family. It’s something I absolutely want to include. Also, years ago I did an individual journey to Chile. It was only one month, but it’s my second-longest stay abroad, was an incredible experience and I learned a lot through it.
    – During my stay abroad in Japan I did voluntary work in two youth hostels, but it was only two and a half weeks and I’ve got nothing but my memories, photos and some emails to testimony it. Should I include it as well?
    – My highest level of education is the german Abitur (qualification to enter university), since then I’ve been studying. I thought I’d only state my university study in the CV but bring my Abitur certificate to the Open Day. Is that right to do or should I handle it else?
    – With all this I might reach two pages, however. Is that really that bad?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 13, 2014

      Hi Mara, please see below my answers.
      – Is it okay to create an own section about social engagement? I’m an active member in Études Sans Frontières and met myself a lot with exchange students in the past in order to gain language practice and help them in their daily life. It was on a private basis, it’s nothing I have a certificate for, and I no longer do it due to the lack of time. Those two things are something I absolutely want to include but if I put it into the skills section it would probably get too bulky.
      >>>You should include this under work experience. It was volunteer work and you should put down the tasks you had during the time.
      – In which section should I include my stay(s) abroad? Ten months I not only visited an university in Japan but also lived in a host family. It’s something I absolutely want to include. Also, years ago I did an individual journey to Chile. It was only one month, but it’s my second-longest stay abroad, was an incredible experience and I learned a lot through it.
      >>>The trips can be included under skills. Something like: extended sociocultural awareness gained through my 1 year exchange student stay in Japan and long trip through Chile.
      – During my stay abroad in Japan I did voluntary work in two youth hostels, but it was only two and a half weeks and I’ve got nothing but my memories, photos and some emails to testimony it. Should I include it as well?
      >>>>Absolutely, but include it under the work experience.
      – My highest level of education is the german Abitur (qualification to enter university), since then I’ve been studying. I thought I’d only state my university study in the CV but bring my Abitur certificate to the Open Day. Is that right to do or should I handle it else?
      >>>You can put down your highest form of education (university) and include the expected date of graduation. Second line should be your Abitur certificate.
      – With all this I might reach two pages, however. Is that really that bad?
      >>>It’s fine, as long as you don’t include information that is really unnecessary. Everything you mentioned is relevant. Keep the descriptions simple and customer service related.

  • Faria

    Reply Reply October 4, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I haven”t been working since Dec 2012 as I took some time to travel and I’ve only done voluntary work on and off. Would the gap in working be a problem on the CV?
    Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 7, 2014

      Faria, you should include the volunteer work in the CV. It is a valuable addition.

  • Linia

    Reply Reply October 2, 2014

    Hey Kara,

    sorry, I have several questions =)

    I’m 25, have cross-cultural experience and service experience and am determined to go to an Open Day in November. I’m at the end of my university studies and expect to graduate in spring next year. If I should manage to receive a golden call, would Emirates be understanding enough to wait for my move to Dubai until after my graduation?

    Must I wear the conservative black-white business attire for the Open Day or would a navy blue or dark grey costume be fine as well, as long as it’s business attire?

    I’m a woman with natural makeup, usually I go with just makeup, powder, a bit of rouge and eyeliner. I have only just get used to put on lipstick. But in a Youtube video an Emirates crew member recommends to go with the all-awake-look of the Emirates crew members (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXTHMQqwlAw) already for the Open Day. For me, it seems quite impossible to teach myself these makeup skills in just one month! Would a natural makeup – makeup, powder, rouge, eyeliner and a red lipstick – do as well for the OD?

    Another question about looks and actually the one that worries me the most: My upper teeth are slightly bent forward and have gaps in between them, while the under row is straight with no gaps. It’s nothing bad in my opinion, no dentist has said something nor have I got any weird looks or comments until now and if at all it adds to my face characteristics and gives me a unique smile. However I looked at so many photos of Emirates crew members in the internet and all seem to have perfect teeth with no gaps at all. Would I be at an disadvantage at the OD because of my teeth?

    Last but not least, I stumbled upon a forum where an user who attended an OD states that you should not only bring your CV, all the photos, the passport copy, but a copy of ones parents wedding and birth certificates as well. Is that true, do you really need to bring a copy of your parents wedding and their birth certificates to an OD? Other lists I’ve seen on the internet don’t mention those.

    I’m so sorry for all these questions, but I’m so thankful that I found a place where I can post my questions without having to register an account beforehand. I saw that you’ve been answering questions about the Emirates crew application process and stuff for three years now, that’s really something! Thank you for all your time and patience!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 7, 2014

      Hi Linia,

      To answer your questions:
      1. From the moment you will be offered a contract, you have 6 months to join, after which your medicals and security clearances become invalid. You will be able to discuss this in more detail with the recruitment officers. Generally speaking, a later joining date should not be a big problem.
      2. You can wear any colors you want as long as you stay classic and decent style wise.
      3. Natural makeup is fine. No makeup is not. Try to put some lipstick on, it doesn’t have to be red, but you should definitely have some. Put some mascara as well.
      4. Your teeth are fine. Your smile should be pleasant and teeth clean and cavity free. A unique smile is what we all have. The photos you see are photos of models.
      5. During the OD you only need your CV and photos. For the final interview, they will request some more documents, however no copies of birth or marriage certificates. You will be asked to provide these when you join the airline, not during the OD.
      Read through all the articles here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      I wish you the best of luck 🙂

  • dawood abbasi

    Reply Reply September 30, 2014

    hi kara,
    i want to be a cabin crew but i have no experiance in it and no idea what to do for the cv and nther objectives so alease guide me what to do?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 1, 2014

      Read through the article above. If you have no experience, just skip that part all together. Just put your personal information, education and skills. No previous experience is required for the cabin crew position, however it helps. Try to volunteer or do an internship to enhance your CV.

  • Gigi

    Reply Reply September 28, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I used to be an ESL teacher and I want to make the transition to being an FA. Over the last two years I have been traveling a bit and only doing volunteer work. Should I start my cv with the last paid position as an ESL lecturer or with the volunteer work? I feel the teaching is more important but I would like to know your thoughts. Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 29, 2014

      Gigi, experience is experience, regardless if you were paid for it or not. Start with the most recent job, so there are no gaps in your CV or things you must explain.

  • zarina

    Reply Reply September 27, 2014

    Dear Kara. I wanna ask u how can I buy your book. I work as a saleslady. I I have account. Should I pay by my card? Thank u

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 28, 2014

      Hi Zarina,
      The book is available in electronic format (eBook). As soon as your payment is processed (usually a matter of seconds), you will receive an email with a unique link. The book is ready for you to read right away on your computer, smart phone or tablet. The price of the book is USD 29.97 and you can use your credit card to process the transaction.
      https://gumroad.com/l/ODRt

  • rania

    Reply Reply September 27, 2014

    Hi Kara I have submitted my resume online along with my photos but when I applied I did not know the photos had to be business attire so what should I do now ? Apply again with different photos

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 28, 2014

      Try to withdraw your application and reapply with new photos.

  • sobiya javed

    Reply Reply September 26, 2014

    i want submit my CV but i dont how, please any body help me???

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 28, 2014

      For which airline Sobiya?

  • Acey

    Reply Reply September 24, 2014

    Hey Kara. Thank you for the post. Do you think its relevant if I served as an Assistant Chairlady of The Aviation Club in my High School? Do I write Team work & Leadership skills acquired while serving as Assistant Chairlady of Aviation Club or do I just leave it out?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 24, 2014

      You can include this in your CV Acey.

  • issa

    Reply Reply September 23, 2014

    Companies*

  • issa

    Reply Reply September 23, 2014

    So its fine if ill try to apply on both airline company?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 24, 2014

      Yes.

  • issa

    Reply Reply September 23, 2014

    Thank you so much for the help Kara!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 24, 2014

      I am happy I can help 🙂

  • issa

    Reply Reply September 23, 2014

    Hi kara i have one more question i am married and i have two kids.. is it ok if ill put them on my CV . My kids name and my spouse?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 23, 2014

      A CV is a summary of your professional achievements. Your marital status or any other personal details shouldn’t be part of it.

  • issa

    Reply Reply September 23, 2014

    Hi kara. I just wanna ask if its ok to apply in two airline company on there open day. The one is on 27th of sept. And the other one is on oct 4. Saudi airlines and qatar airways .. is their any problem about that?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 23, 2014

      No Issa, it is not. They are two different airline, in two different locations.

  • Lemonfil

    Reply Reply September 13, 2014

    Hi Kara! Good day! I have another question. While i was trying to complete my requirements, it suddenly came to my mind that I dont know the size of the whole body picture that they require. Can you tell me what size I’d have to print please? And another question Kara. Do they require a letter of intent or a cover letter for our CV? Thanks in advance Kara. I hope to hear from you soon.

  • lo

    Reply Reply September 13, 2014

    Hey kara the Qatar airway are having an open day here in Fiji and i have been reading the positive reply which have been helpfull so far but iam interested in getting ur book is there any other way i can do the payments apart from tge credit card or visa card options that are listed in the payment details.

  • Alisa

    Reply Reply September 9, 2014

    Do u think can i tell how many times did i apply to them when they ask me in open day? for example this time is my 2nd time,
    or it is good ,just to tell them always that this is my First time?

    i already i apply to them once ,andthis is my2nd time..

    thank u again 😀

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 9, 2014

      I am a full supporter of honesty Alisa. Perseverance is also a valuable trait.

  • Alisa

    Reply Reply September 8, 2014

    Hi kara! i have some question again..
    How do i put may On the job training experiences on my cv? because i dont have job experience yet..
    i only have my OJT..
    i dont know how to put it…

    and do i need to put like this
    Professional Experience
    Date Company name place
    Position (300 hours ojt)

    is this right? please help.. thank you 😀

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 8, 2014

      Yes Alisa, that sounds good, however don’t use abbreviations such as ojt. Mention “on the job training” and describe in couple of bullet points what does that mean.

  • SlaveS

    Reply Reply September 6, 2014

    Thank you Kara.

  • Alisa

    Reply Reply September 5, 2014

    Thank you kara.. i feel nervous because we have an open day in our country this months.. and i really want to pass all…
    i really want to answer straight not thinking too much if they ask me a question.. like a situational question 🙂

  • SlaveS

    Reply Reply September 5, 2014

    Hi, I was wondering if you can help me.
    I read about the minimum requests for being a flight attendant, I understand that you have to have minimum 21, but I was wondering about upper age limit. It seems to me that airlines prefer younger girls although it isn’t explicitly said anywhere.
    Can you tell me do I have a chance of getting a job? I have university diploma (master), speak Italian and English, have 5 years of experience in customer service, but I am 34. Do you know anyone that has been hired at this age?
    Please tell me what is your opinion?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 5, 2014

      SlaveS, there is no official upper age limit, however it all depends on your profile, previous experience as well as performance during the assessment. I had readers in their late 30s and even early 40s who were accepted.

  • selena

    Reply Reply September 3, 2014

    Thank you very much! kara… Godbless !

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 3, 2014

      Happy to help Selena 🙂

  • selena

    Reply Reply September 1, 2014

    Hi thank u for replying kara,,.
    my first job experience before i got early end of contract because of my latesss and i ask the h.r if this incident will reflect on my next job applying and she said no it’s okay and she issued me a certificate of employment. i work here as an ushering the customer inside the cinema.
    then my 2nd job..
    this job has a 3 months training and below minimum slary and just a answering telephone call with 3 shifting schedule morning, night and graveyard.
    i just finished only 3 mos. because i think i failed in the training because of the latesss also that’s why i cant continue to work as a regular employee i work for 3 mos.as a trainee only. but they issue a certificate. the certificate says that i finished my training on them for the 3 mos. as telephone operator..and the former h.r, said also it’s okay

    what advice or opinion can u give to me .
    do u think, i need to put this 2 job exp. on my resume or no need anymore?

    thank u kara

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 2, 2014

      Selena, you could. The airline will only contact the previous employers you list as references. I recommend you include there only the names of people who can offer you stellar reviews. If any previous employer tells your potential employer you were late repeatedly and you had to be let go, they will never offer you a contract.

  • selena

    Reply Reply September 1, 2014

    Hi kara, this is selena…. i have something to ask to you.. because i really want to become an FA…im lucky to this thread and your advice in making of resume.

    I am a single parent and i heard in some other airlines they dont hire single parent, they want only a single without child.
    4 years ago i work in 2 different company 1st is 4mos.only and 2nd is 3mos. only and i declare in both company that i am a single parent.
    and this yr 2014 i just finished my bachelor course and i dont have a job until now (7months)no job.. because im waiting an another chance to apply as a FA..
    i just want to prepare my self before applying.

    Is it possible, i will not tell to the recruiter/interviewr that i have a child, ii just want to tell that i am single no child because it’s not obvious on my figure no body knows that i have a child unless i declare or tell to them.
    and i will not put my past 2 jobs, because im worry they will background and they will know from the previous job that i have a child.

    i just want to put on my cv that i’m just a fresh grad without experience..

    Do you think this is possible?

    hope u can help me… thank u kara

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 1, 2014

      Hi Selena. All airlines in the Middle East will offer you a single status contract. That means that whatever benefits you receive from the company, such as accommodation, health insurance, local resident permit is provided for you only. So that means that you can’t take your child to come with you and live in the company provided accommodation or expect the airline to take care of him in any way.
      On the other hand, if you completely disregard telling them about your child, you will not be able to bring him over to visit you, provide bonus tickets, etc
      It really is up to you. Emirates and Etihad have no problem with it. Qatar Airways may be stricter, but I am not 100% sure about their policy.
      As for your previous employers, references are asked to establish your professional performance, not your personal life.

      I hope this helps 🙂

  • Alisa

    Reply Reply September 1, 2014

    Hello kara! I’m Alisa i just want to ask because i have some passenger handling training in some airlines but i got failed. but the company told us we can put it on our resume but they dont issue a certificate on that.
    they just give us a book that we use during our 1 week training.

    my question is do i need put it on my resume or not?

    my 2nd question kara

    i have only a part time job experience like carshow model in a 1 day event,makeup artist, promo selling for 2 to 4days only, etc. and i dont hold any certificates in this kind of job because of part time only

    my question, do i need to put this also or not?

    please help thank you 😀

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 1, 2014

      Hi Alisa,

      If you went through a training but you were unable to finish it, you can’t put it in your CV. You can only include the certificates that you have.
      You can include your part time work under
      2000-2001 Various companies, location
      Promoter (or whatever title best fits most of the jobs you’ve done)
      Job description 1
      Job description 2
      Job description 3

      Good luck!

  • Kush

    Reply Reply August 30, 2014

    Hi kara,
    i’m going to be 18 years by the time i complete my A level.
    i wish to join the Saudi Airline,what do i do now?i hope age wont be an issue because i’m 18 but i look 20,haha.So what is the procedure?
    and one more thing, i wear corrective lenses/specs so is that okay with flight attendants?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 31, 2014

      Kush, here we only discuss the assessment process for Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. For these airlines you must be minimum 21 years old to apply. Research directly on the airline’s careers portal for their minimum requirements.

  • Rima

    Reply Reply August 25, 2014

    Hi kara, i would like to ask you if the cv format for Emirates cabin crew must be europass?? i want to attend for the next open day in Argentina.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 26, 2014

      No Rima, it doesn’t have to be europass.

  • zelda

    Reply Reply August 25, 2014

    Hi Kara,After submitting my photos to Qatar Airways on 25th June,they told me and another lady to re upload the pictures on 9th July and we did that the same day. Last week my colleague got the go ahead to go ahead with her medicals and everyone else has done it except me. What could be the problem? Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 26, 2014

      I really don’t know Zelda. You must be patient or just get in touch with them to politely ask if they require any additional support documents for you.

  • Laura

    Reply Reply August 24, 2014

    Hi Kara,

    Currently I’m updating my cv to bring it to the open day in Belgium.
    I read the cv should be a maximum of 1 page.
    It is impossible for me to put al the information on 1 page…
    I’ve got 2 pages right now.
    I’ve got educations, work experiences and (english) courses to mention in my cv. If I just leave some of the information, there are gaps in my cv… how can i explain the gaps??

    Do you think it’s rellevant to mention skills in the cv??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 25, 2014

      Yes Laura, skills are important to mention and so are the relevant positions and highest education (only). If you get more than one page, it is fine, as long as you include only the essential.

  • Hashan

    Reply Reply August 22, 2014

    Hi kara,
    I need to ask something from you. I applied for the qatar airways and I am pretty sure my CV will be select but the problem is I lost middle finger of my right hand. It not that much noticeable. I want to know will it be a big problem?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 25, 2014

      Hashan, as far as I am aware, they do not hire people with missing fingers. I am sorry.

  • ciara

    Reply Reply August 20, 2014

    hi, I have been invited to a recruitment day but when I checked on line it stated that they are open days. can you advise me please and thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 20, 2014

      Even if you received an invitation for the open day, that does not guarantee your CV will be selected during the first stage, so just treat this event like an open day: prepare your CV and photographs and prepare to be patient 🙂 Good luck!

  • Manpreet Kaur

    Reply Reply August 19, 2014

    Hii I m manpreet I m frm india I am 24 years old I want to be become a cabin crew any leading airline like emirates qatar etihad I had applied online form for etihad &emirates bt yet I m nt received any invitation could you tell me when interviews days in india

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 20, 2014

      Manpreet, all recruitment for Emirates in India is organized by Frankfinn Management Consultants. You need to contact them first.
      For Etihad, they take couple of weeks to reply. If successful, they will give you 6 months to book an assessment. You can check the latest locations here https://flightattendantcentral.com/recruiting-now/etihad-airways/
      All the best!

  • monisola

    Reply Reply August 15, 2014

    Please are any Assessment Days done here in Nigeria,or please where is my best bet to apply to attend.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 15, 2014

      There are currently no assessments scheduled in Nigeria Monisola and there haven’t been any for quite some time.

  • monisola

    Reply Reply August 15, 2014

    Hi,I’m Nigerian and in Nigeria. Please I’m interested in becoming an Emirate Cabin Crew and want to know all it requires. Thanks and expecting your replies.

  • Liva

    Reply Reply August 14, 2014

    Thank you Kara, I’ll just received the invitation to recruitment day so all is fine i guess 😉 take care

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 14, 2014

      Well done Liva!

  • Liva

    Reply Reply August 12, 2014

    Hey, that’s me again… I also wanted to ask, if they dont send me an invitation or they send me a rejection e-mail, can I still go to the OD?
    much appreciated for the reply 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 13, 2014

      It will be mentioned in the email that you can reapply for the same opportunity in 6 months time. This includes participation in the open day.

  • Liva

    Reply Reply August 11, 2014

    Hey Kara, thank you so much for this amazing website, I wish i would search for it earlier :/ However, I have a question or maybe it’s not even a question but your opinion as I know you r not recruiter so you cannot know what’s in their heads, BUT… I have this sittuation that i applied for Emirates airline and when i did my application- the photo part- I didn’t really add a buisness attire photos, ofcourse they wasnt inappropriate.. no mini skirts or shorts- just casual jumperdress till knee and passport photo- simple white t-shirt… and no tied hair witch worries me the most 🙁 so I was wondering did i kill my opportunity already, as I didnt know that even in online application needs to be in buisness attire look ( what was I thinking?!), thought will bring the buisness attire photos to the open day… Thanks for reply!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 13, 2014

      Liva, you can still amend your photos in the online application. Do it as soon as possible, so you increase your chances that the non suitable photos will not be seen.

  • Amy

    Reply Reply August 3, 2014

    Is a cover letter required?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 3, 2014

      No Amy, it is not.

  • Sebastian

    Reply Reply July 31, 2014

    Dear Kara,

    I received this Email from Emirates:

    Thank you for applying to be Cabin Crew with Emirates Airline. We have shortlisted your application and would like you to attend a Recruitment day. Please bring an updated CV along with a photograph and a copy of this invitation.

    Confirmed dates and locations are:
    […]

    Dress Code – Business Attire: Ladies – Knee length skirt / dress with skin colored stockings. Men – Suit & Tie

    This event may take up the larger part of the day depending on the number of candidates. If you are successful you will be required to attend our selection process conducted over the course of the week. Any expenses incurred by you will not be reimbursed by Emirates.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: If you have attended an assessment or interview for the cabin crew position within the last six months please do not attend the events listed. If any friends and colleagues would like to attend this event, please encourage them to apply online http://www.emirates.com/careers so that we can review their application.

    Recruitment Manager

    Cabin Crew

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW: HAVE I BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND AN ASSESSMENT DAY OR JUST AN OPEN DAY? The date I have been invited to (Rome, 9 August 2014) is on “invitation only” in the Emirates website.

    Thank you,

    Sebastian.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 31, 2014

      Sebastian, you applied for an invitation only assessment day, so this is what it is: your invitation to the event. Congratulations and good luck!

  • farhaan

    Reply Reply July 23, 2014

    hi kara,

    helpfull info this thanks…i have a question , iv got a ccm licience do i slot it into my cv??? and include all my certificates???

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 29, 2014

      Yes, you should, under education and qualifications part.

  • Nuzhat

    Reply Reply July 19, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I want to know if the recruitment process of Emarites and Qatar airlines available for Bangladesh? Do they interview cabin crew candidate in Dhaka, Bangladesh?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 21, 2014

      There are currently no recruitment events organized in Bangladesh, Nuzhat. If you have the means to travel, you can apply for a recruitment event organized in another country.

  • Daria

    Reply Reply July 18, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I have questions. I am almost 32 years old and I want to apply for a cabin crew. There is soon an open day in Poland. Am I not too old for this job ? And I waer contact lenses. Is is a big problem? I am waiting for your answer. Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 21, 2014

      No Daria, you are not too old. And your lenses should be fine as well. All the best!

  • Shahrukh Saleem

    Reply Reply July 17, 2014

    Aoa how ru sir can I apply for cabin crew im from pakistan my height os 6.1 and im working at airport in flight handling company my age is male age26 reply waiting

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 18, 2014

      You can apply from any country, however there are currently no recruitment events held in Pakistan. If you have the means to travel, your safest bet is to apply online for any other location.

  • ama

    Reply Reply July 17, 2014

    Hi Kara

    Am a Ugandan 30something of age with interest in Cabin crew job with the Emirates Airline. Before i apply, Question1. Have i exceeded the required age range and is that important in any case?
    2. Since there was a july open day which past while i was at work else where, does it mean i still cant apply online? Still is there anything like a guarantee for a job for a 6months work experience in the UAE?
    Lastly, i have a Chinese language level one, to what extent is this a boast for my CV towards being an emirates cabin crew?

    If possible, kindly send reply through my email address as well.
    Thank you very much

  • fhey

    Reply Reply July 16, 2014

    Hi Kara!
    im from kenya but reside in Norway,i would like to apply for flight attendant job.currently im using assylum papers but i have a passport showing my nationality.will they accept my application?thx!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 16, 2014

      Fhey, your local situation is not of much interest for the airline. As long as you have a valid passport that can be used for travel, you should be fine. You will need to relocate to the Middle East though and you will be given a permanent residence and work permit there.

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 14, 2014

    so i cannot even update my cv??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 15, 2014

      Withdraw your application first, then you can do whatever modifications you need to do in the fields of the application.

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 12, 2014

    kara hi! i want to attend the ipen day for emirates on the 27th but we need to have the invitation letter first. my application status is “application unsuccessful” what does that mean?? i really kept on updating my submission but noyhing changed.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 14, 2014

      Application unsuccessful means that your online application has been reviewed and it was not shortlisted for the event on the 27th. You can reapply in 6 months. Sorry I can’t give you better news.

  • dave

    Reply Reply July 12, 2014

    Hi kara

    I am in my 40 something age range and I have many years experience in customer service experience in airlines..
    I wish to go to the open day soon in Auckland for Qatar and note that a copy of your passport is just one of the documents you need to submitt with cv and photos.
    How do you focus on skills you bring and get the recruiter to be a bit flexable rather than to eliminate your application instantly as they may have accommodaion issues with mature age .
    If the qatar interviewer was also older they may have more understanding and be openminded towards this policy.

    Help ! need good advice on the question too ” why change careers for entry level position like this “.
    I

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 14, 2014

      Dave, I need to know first why are you considering to change careers for an entry level position like this. Then we can work on your answer.

  • stuart

    Reply Reply July 12, 2014

    thanks kara for your helpful input,
    I am a really mature applicant and have worked in just about every ground handling area in
    international airlines.
    my experience is that as the recruiters that are also in their twenties are taking the cv and other
    documents in previous times that I have been to open days I too am wondering how to overcome the hurdle of age with this inflexability with emirates and the accomodation in dubai that seems
    to be a consideration.

    Is It advisable to let the recruiter know that yes it may be unusual to be applying for a entry level role but for the customer service experienced applicants like me who have over twenty years in
    other ground roles this surely brings many skills to cabin crew role for emirates for instance.

    indeed it seems that some recruiters may have not the maturity yet to see other advantages
    that much older peole bring to this role.

    The trouble is this is is really the only way to get into these middle east airlines maybe..

    As qatar

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 14, 2014

      Stuart, these are all very valid concerns for an applicant. Let me tell you that it is not impossible to become a flight attendant even if you are more mature in age. You just need to prove the recruiters you have what it takes to be an extraordinary addition to their cabin crew team.
      I would like to invite you to take a minute and consider their perspective. Try to put yourself in the employer’s shoes and think about the following concerns they may have:
      -why after all these years is he considering an entry level position
      -why after all these years of experience he is not in a higher position which would evolve naturally in a managerial role
      -why is he not applying for higher positions where his skills and talents could be used to mentor younger and less experienced colleagues
      -how would he be able to cope with strict regulations regarding shared accommodation, curfew, working around much younger colleagues and reporting to a manager 10-15 years his junior
      When you are really honest, you see this is a two way street. The way you are able to answer these questions for the recruiters (even when they don’t even ask them directly) will establish your success.
      I hope this helps you. I wish you the very best with your assessment and future plans.

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 11, 2014

    and lastly ms kara im sorry i have a lot of queries. i have applied online in qatar for invitation however i noticed i will just be given an invitation if the recruitment will going to take place in a place we live. is that right?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 12, 2014

      Yes, that is correct. When you apply, you apply for a certain location. If you are shortlisted, you will be given the details of the event. If they conduct a CV drop off or Open Day, you can participate without being shortlisted online.

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 11, 2014

    is ut necessary to wear the plain business attire?

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 11, 2014

    hi kara! do we have to have a nail polished and clored during an open day?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 11, 2014

      Yes, your nails should look nice and clean with polish on them.

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 10, 2014

    Thank you

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 9, 2014

    you are indeed so helpful kara thank you! i hope i get invited to emirates open day here in bangkok this 27th

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 9, 2014

      Fingers crossed for you Josephine 🙂

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 9, 2014

    thank you kara but i think if i would include my trainings in school it will exceed one page

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 9, 2014

      You don’t need to include everything Josephine. Just the relevant customer service related training to give more weight to your CV.

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 8, 2014

    okay thank you kara! can i also include training or workshops i had when i attended my university? how many page of resume is really desirable?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 8, 2014

      Absolutely! Your CV should be maximum 1 page.

  • Josephine

    Reply Reply July 7, 2014

    Hi kara! i attended an open day lat june 28 in bangkok and nothing good really happened. its really my dream to become a flight attendant. But i have a strong feeling that mu cv then was not that really good. i would just like to ask where to put the height and weight on the Cv as other airlines requires these ro ve visible. Thank you! and one more thing i have no experience working just the internship since i just finished my degree 3mos ago, is that fine?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 7, 2014

      Hi Josephine, there is no need to include height and weight in your CV. Experience is not required, however it is much appreciated. Include your internship, as well as any other volunteer work you might have done.

  • cindy

    Reply Reply July 6, 2014

    Hi Kara,

    Thanks for the information provided. It has been really helpful. I have one question: What picture do I upload on the company’s website if I’m asked to provide one?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 6, 2014

      If you mean the careers portal website, you will be asked to provide both a passport photo and a full length photo. Both should be in business attire.

  • Yong

    Reply Reply July 1, 2014

    Hi there! I’m from Malaysia. I’m just wondering what else would I need to bring over to the Open Day besides my CV? And lastly, I have been using my current email for almost a decade and would it be of a big deal if I stick to my current email that actually uses my nickname in it? For instance, my name is Law Yong Kieu and my email address is jameslyk_90@gmail.com? Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 6, 2014

      You need passport photos and full length photos as well. Your current email is fine if that’s what you are using. It is not grounds for rejection, however the article addresses the professional approach to CV building and email formatting. Good luck!

  • Anna

    Reply Reply June 23, 2014

    Hi Kara,

    Just a quick question regarding the cv.
    I have attended 2 seminars after I graduated from univercity and I would like to mention them.
    Should I write them below my bachelor degree or above?
    I am a little bit confused about the correct order…

    Thank you in advance!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 23, 2014

      Anna, the seminars should be included on top of the bachelor only if you obtained a higher diploma or qualification. Otherwise, include under a sub-section you can name additional education.

  • Charlyn

    Reply Reply June 22, 2014

    Hi.. one simple questions.. what photo should be attached on the CV? pls and thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 22, 2014

      Charlyn, as stated in the above article, no photo should be attached on the CV.

  • Ahmed Mostafa

    Reply Reply June 20, 2014

    Are the eyebrows which is modified by tattu considered as a visible tattu?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 21, 2014

      It really depends on how natural they look. If they are really obvious, you will not be accepted. If most people don’t notice anything about them, you should be fine.

  • ahmed

    Reply Reply June 18, 2014

    kara can you tell me whats gonna happen there in this recruitment?? i m so afraid …do they apply short people or not??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 20, 2014

      Read through these articles Ahmed to help you prepare for what will happen during the assessment day.
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      Your height should no be a problem as long as you can reach 212 cm.

      All the best!

  • ahmed

    Reply Reply June 16, 2014

    19/6/2014 and my passport will be ready on 20/6 2014 sorry typed it wrong previously.
    http://careers.qatarairways.com/qatarairways/VacancyDetail.aspx?VacancyID=77834

  • ahmed

    Reply Reply June 16, 2014

    hello kara .. i m in egypt and last day for applying will be 19/5/2014 and my passport will be ready on 20/5/2014 …do i have to apply through internet or through this Cabin Crew Recruitment Event Cairo 20th & 21st June 2014| Qatar Airways | Doha

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 17, 2014

      Ahmed, there is no need to apply online for an Open Day. Just go to the event with a copy of your CV, photos and your highest diploma. You can explain to the recruiters that your passport is not yet ready but it will be on the specific date. If you apply online but you fail to attach all the required documents (including a copy of your passport), your application will be rejected.

  • Folashade

    Reply Reply June 10, 2014

    Helo Kara. Pls can i use your format to recompose my cv and will it be ok? Also after gradrating, i worked or let me say helped my sister in running her small business would i call that my experience? And if it is how do i put it in my cv? Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 10, 2014

      Yes Folashae, you can use this CV format. When you include the experience you had with your sister, you would include it just as you would for any other company: company name, your position there and what job responsibilities you had. You can write at the end it was a family business, however it is not a must.

  • Diniru

    Reply Reply May 9, 2014

    Though i didn’t get the chance to put a visit on your account at all, i felt one thing when i was reading some of your points for the maiden time.That’s your ideas won’t help only for cabin crew people, but obviously for the whole man kind Kara. This was highly taken up in my life Kara. Thanks for the cooperation you have given for us Kara..Will see you in Sri Lanka.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 10, 2014

      Happy I can help Diniru.

  • MARY KUNIHIRA

    Reply Reply May 3, 2014

    Kara Grand does it mean that out of what i wrote i will not be considered therefore ishould’nt go a head to apply.

    I feel now the morale is gone.

    mary

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 7, 2014

      Mary, the winners of the scholarships have been announced already. If your morale is gone so easy, maybe your motivation to become a cabin crew is something you should be thinking about in more detail. You can still apply for the job without taking this course. All the advice on this website is free and most people succeed with just it. If you want to be prepared you will do anything and everything to gather the most information and hold on to your dream until it becomes a reality.

  • isha jass

    Reply Reply April 27, 2014

    hi kara I want to be a cabin crew member.I have done my major in psychology n working as a teacher.is there any chance for me.I’m bit scared.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 28, 2014

      People of all backgrounds become cabin crew Isha. What are you scared of?

  • Jared

    Reply Reply April 22, 2014

    I attended the Nairobi open day on 20th and i must tell you it was hectic i arrived the place as early as 7am imagine 2hours prior the start of the process only to find a huge crowd of candidates, some arrived at INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL as early as 4am and got the opportunity to be scrutinized the rest of us over 2000 who came after 6am we were told to leave our CVs /Resumes in a BOX and that they will go through them then make a follow up if they feel you meet their requirements.

    Note that the open day was to start at 9am-5pm but it started as early as 6 and they closed the gate by 11am may be it was precaution to contain the big crowd…kara Could it be they failed us or they never expected such a turn out? whats the probability that they will go through over 2000 CVs we left in a Box and what is your advice? what should i do? i will appreciate your help,Concerned JARED.

    Thank you Kara.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 25, 2014

      Jared, there isn’t much you can do. Nobody expected such a turnout, but the recruiters did their best to go through the CVs as efficiently as possible. There were people invited to the assessment the next days. These people were from the ones who were inside, but also the ones who were outside and left their CV in the box. So they went through all of them if that’s what you were doubting. The only thing I suggest is to improve your CV, skills and photographs and hope there will be another event in your country soon.

  • Ntege Daniel

    Reply Reply April 18, 2014

    i will attend the open day in kampala Uganda

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 19, 2014

      Good luck Daniel.

  • Jared

    Reply Reply April 17, 2014

    Thank you Kara…i have received the mail and am happy because they have invited me for the Open day…I am looking forward to this day…any tips on how to carry myself on that day because i am tensed,i will appreciate your help.

    Thank you once again

  • Janey

    Reply Reply April 17, 2014

    hey Kara, I have just got to know of this opportunity in Qatar airways and I have dread locks so I find the Hair style bit impossible for me in such little time, given I have to undo them. right? am afraid I might not be ready on time
    can I hold them back instead?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 17, 2014

      Janey, I am really not an expert in hair. Your appearance must be neat and professional and whatever you choose to do with your hair must look nice and suitable in an airline work environment. Google some styles, there are plenty of examples available.

  • Aphia

    Reply Reply April 17, 2014

    Hi Kara< I am Aphia. I applied for Qatar airways but got rejected. can i apply again next OD? I did not go far in education just O' level. Can I get accepted? I also have one artificial tooth. Fo they allow artificial teeth? thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 17, 2014

      Aphia, you need to have a high school certificate or whatever equivalent is available in your country. That is a minimum requirement. If you don’t have that you are automatically rejected.
      You can participate in the next open day without any waiting period.
      Your tooth is also fine as long as it is not obvious when you smile.

  • Jared

    Reply Reply April 17, 2014

    Hello Kara
    I am JARED,i have been dreaming to work as a cabin crew luckily enough there will be a OD for Qatar Airlines in Nairobi kenya on 20th, i submitted my applications online for the job on 9th and got the feedbackk from the recrutinng team that they willl communicate as soon if i cut the pass mark to qualify for the interview..i have been eagerly waiting for the comunication since then but they haven’t communicated,funny enough we applied with one of my friend and he got his feedback the following day only that he never qualified..What could be holding them..the interview is 3 days away ,could it be they threw away my application,ignored or they still assesing my it,What is your advice just incase they don’t commmunicate.
    I would appreciate your feedback

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 17, 2014

      Hi Jared. This is an open day, so you don’t really need to apply online before. You did, so that is ok. If you don’t receive any answer, you still need to go to the location with all the required documents.
      Your friend who was rejected online is obviously unable to participate.

  • Ria

    Reply Reply April 16, 2014

    Hello kara , im filipino , im only 20 and turning 21 this coming May . Hope you will response thank u so much.

  • Ria

    Reply Reply April 16, 2014

    Hello kara. This is ria. Ever since my dream is to be a flight attendant i wanted so bad to be part of emirates in dubai. Is it possible a have a chance to be one of the cabin crew? Even though i dont have any experience in work but im fresh college graduate with the degree of bachelor of art in theater arts . Im from philippines . Turning 21 this coming may , thank you kara.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 17, 2014

      It is possible to get hired without previous experience Ria, however I would really recommend you look into some sort of work. It can be paid or volunteer work, but it will help your application. Look for customer service positions. If you are still in school, have some internships, but if you already finished school, it shouldn’t be a too long gap between your graduation and starting work.

  • edmond

    Reply Reply April 14, 2014

    hello kara,am edmond,have been working with hotels in dubai but j to take this opportunity.will j be hired?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 15, 2014

      Edmond, you will be hired if you are capable of showing the customer service skills as well as other soft skills required for this position. You background is important and having dealt with diverse customers in the past is an advantage. Good luck 🙂

  • udoka

    Reply Reply April 13, 2014

    Hello kara
    I’m Nigerian and applying for Qatar….I’m still in university studying nursing and will be done by early next year 2015,I don’t know how to state it to them and also don’t know if I would gain the chances of getting the job.I know little of first aid practically and I’m just nervous…I really want to be a flight attendant.

  • Shirley

    Reply Reply April 13, 2014

    Hey Kara
    i am Ugandan and turning 21 in September
    have always wanted to be a flight attendant
    am applying for Qatar and i was asking if they can take me.
    and i am also still at university

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 13, 2014

      Hi Shirley. You can only apply when you are 21 years old. Being in university is ok, however you will be asked to relocate to the new location where the airline is. I suggest you finish your studies and look into employment opportunities with the airlines afterwards.

  • Mase aj

    Reply Reply April 13, 2014

    Hello kara, I only have a high school certificate , will this reduce my chances of being accepted
    Since i don’t have a higher degree?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 13, 2014

      Mase aj, this is the minimum requirement and you fulfill it, so it is no problem at all.

  • sahara

    Reply Reply April 9, 2014

    Hi kara,
    am sahara from kenya.am planing to attend qatar OD which is on 20th this month.the question i want to ask you is that theve stated passport as a requirement and i dont have a passport can i apply for the passport n inform them on the OD tha am waiting for it?thanx

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 13, 2014

      Yes you can Sahara.

  • Sally

    Reply Reply April 8, 2014

    hello Kara,i know qatar takes people from different parts of the world, but do they take dark skinned ladies? I am dark skinned do i have a chance like any other candidate or does qatar prefer light skinned ladies.Thanks in advance

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 13, 2014

      Sally, Qatar prefers candidates with skills such as excellent customer service delivery, team spirit and empathy, on top of language skills. You must have a pleasant appearance, however the color of your skin or your nationality are not considering factors in the recruitment process.

  • Drekko

    Reply Reply April 8, 2014

    Hi Ms. Grand,

    I’ve gone through your Website and found it very useful.

    I Always wanted to be in Aviation [Cabin Crew], but when I finished my High School I had too much pressure from my parents to opt for a University to Pursue my studies..
    [cuz according to them it isn’t sure that I’ll get the Job or not. As it is a Female Oriented Job and Interviewers will always prefer Female candidates]

    So after Finishing High School I got Admission in a Marine College to Continue my Career in Merchant Navy. (I wanted to Travel the world, I thought M-NAVY will almost be the same Job)

    I Finished my Studies..
    And Even started Working on Ships.. Now I have 12 months Sailing Experience as a Deck Cadet & 7 Months as the Junior Navigation Officer on Ship.
    And I believe My current Job is quite complimenting with Cabin Crew Job.

    I have certificates for:
    -Shipping And Transportation
    -Electronic Navigation Equipment
    -Navigation
    -Personal Survival Techniques
    -Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
    -Elementary First Aid
    -Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities

    I have traveled almost all around the Europe nd some North African Countries. (Saw Different Cultures)
    I Speak, Write & Read English Fluently
    Speak Little Italian & [Greetings in Arabic, Turkish nd Thai 🙂 ]
    After Finishing My Pre-Sea Studies, I Worked in an International BPO as a customer Care Executive for about 10 Months. (*Before I started Working On Ships)
    By Which I Learned Soft Skills nd Customer’s problem Solving etc..
    __________________________________________________________________

    The Truth is I Still Want to be a Cabin Crew. & am only 22.

    the favor I want from you is:

    I’m not Quite Sure what exactly to put in “previous experience” in CV..
    nd What to wear for Full length Photograph
    (I was reading your Blog, where you were suggesting Girls to wear Scarves nd some Make-up)
    what do you Suggest for Male Candidates ?
    And do I have to Smile for the Passport Sized Photograph as well 🙂

    I know I wrote too long but hope you will help me with an answer. Thanks in anticipation

    Regards
    Drekko

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Drekko,

      You definitely have a chance for this job. You can write under previous experience exactly what you did after graduating. Write your position, as well as responsibilities.
      Include all your certification and focus your job description on the human interaction, chain of command and dealing with emergencies rather than the technical part of it.
      As for the photo, you must wear a full business suit with shirt, tie and jacket, polished shoes and a neat hairstyle.
      Both arms on your side with both feet visible. Smiling in both photos and all throughout the assessment.

      Good luck!

      -Kara

  • Jared

    Reply Reply April 5, 2014

    Hello Kara..i am a kenyan,i want to apply the FA job,am currently a 4th year student in university,is it advisable to include such info n my CV considering i still study and applyng for the job ,will it decrease any chance of me being shortlisted.Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 7, 2014

      You can include your studies Jared, your expected date of graduation, as well as the certification you will obtain.
      For example
      2009-present University of ABC
      pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Eastern Studies
      Ongoing studies, to be completed in July 2014

  • george

    Reply Reply March 28, 2014

    Hi kara, thank you for the great help to us who are aspiring to be cabin crews, I was interviewed by emirates 2 days ago and I got to the discussion stage, at this point we were 7 of us but after it 3 of us were dropped and they settled for 4, one gent and 3 ladies. I have always heard that they mostly prefer more ladies than men and at this point the ratio was 4:3. might this be the reason they dropped us???? Nevertheless this gave me confidence and I didn’t take it personal, it made me realise that I got the potential but need a little bit more composure at the discussion stage, I am now planning to go for an open day on 4th April with Qatar airways what do you think can give me an upper hand in shortlisting since the no. of people showing up is so big and they only pick up the CVs , do you think applying online will help???

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 30, 2014

      Hi George. The elimination at the group discussion point is strictly based on performance. Try reading through the articles here to give you more of an understanding on how you are expected to deal with the stages
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      For the Open Day for Qatar, applying online might help you in getting shortlisted already, however if you feel confident about making an excellent first impression, you can skip this stage. Success at Open Day has to do with many factors, but the most important is how you measure against the rest of the candidates. Only the best of the best will be selected. Have a great CV and great photos, smile often and be polite and everything should be fine.

  • Nkechi

    Reply Reply March 26, 2014

    Hie Kara

    Thank you for your response my next question is about purchasing your book and material . I am stating in China and I would like to purchase the book , how do I go about it?

    Warm regards
    Nk

  • Jhuna

    Reply Reply March 26, 2014

    Hi Kara! I’m thinking to apply in Qatar airways. Is it ok if I spplied thru Online first? and wait for their call?

    thanks!@:)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Jhuna. For Qatar Airways you can apply online and wait for your application to be considered, but it is much more likely to be taken into consideration if you live in a country where they are planning to organize an open or assessment day in the near future.

  • Nkechi

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    Dear Kara , firstly thank you so much for a wonderful informative site , that’s been so helpful towards building my dream career. I would like to ask if tattoo abrows are a problem with airlines? My tatoo eyebrows look very natural and u can never tell they are tattooed unless I tell you. My friend at Qatar reckons that they shouldn’t be a problem with my application but I just need a second opinion. Thank you for taking your time to read and respond.

    Yours truly
    Nk

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 22, 2014

      Nkechi, if they look natural, you shouldn’t have any troubles at all.

  • caroline

    Reply Reply March 20, 2014

    hi kara. i applied on line for emirates some time back without any special preparation. now i will attend open day so i have prepared myself in a good way along with cv n all that. my question is..can i change my on line application? coz that one which i submitted its not good enough i think.
    i checked it on line but to be honest i dont think some changes can be made. so in this case can i cancel my candidature and make it once again? ..or cancel it n go for OD with that new cv and then any case register myself on line once again? what you say?

    thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 21, 2014

      Hi Caroline,

      It is really up to you. Registration for Open Day is on the day itself. If you previously applied online, that is fine, if you didn’t, you can do it afterwards. If you are not happy with your application, just cancel it and create a new one the moment you are shortlisted.

      Good luck 🙂

  • sweta

    Reply Reply March 20, 2014

    hey kara
    plz help me…my height is 5″4 can i apply for flightattendent.my qualification is diplpma in aviation nd tourism nd m fresher

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 21, 2014

      Sweta, your height is irrelevant. You must be able to reach 212cm (Emirates and Qatar) or 210cm (Etihad) on your tip toes. If you can do that, you qualify to apply.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Hello Kara, should I include my self employment experience in my CV? I stopped working for a year to start up my own farm and also became a freelance writer (online). Will the recruiters be okay with it rather than a year of being unemployed? Please help! Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 18, 2014

      Of course Maria! It is a great experience to have and I am sure you learned a lot during this time.

  • erica

    Reply Reply March 16, 2014

    hey kara,
    i want to apply for qatar airways but i have no experience as i have just completed my graduation. is it necessary to have any kind of experience before applying?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 17, 2014

      No Erica, it is not necessary to have experience. If you go on the careers page of the airline you will find the minimum requirements:
      Minimum age of 21 years
      Minimum arm reach of 212 cms on tip toes
      Minimum high school education with fluency in written and spoken English
      Excellent health and fitness
      Willingness to relocate to Doha, Qatar
      Outgoing personality with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a multinational team.

  • QATAR LOVER

    Reply Reply March 15, 2014

    Hi Kara,

    Thinking forward to buy your book and I hope this will really help me out. Can you advise me for Qatar Airways should the photo background be white? Should I wear suit also along with skirt and blouse? Do my feet be next to each other in the photo?

    Thanks a lot from NINA

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 17, 2014

      Hi Nina, in the book you have sample full length and passport photos. The background should be off-white, grey or blue. You should wear a skirt suit, collared shirt, high heeled shoes and stockings with full make up and neatly arranged hair. Smile. Both your hands and both your feet should be visible. Good luck! 🙂

  • LANA

    Reply Reply March 14, 2014

    Hello Kara,

    Thank you so much for your advice. Does it really matter if I don’t wear stockings in my photos, because I just had my shooting 3 days ago without stockings. 🙁 Moreover the shooting costs me huge $100 .

    Regards,
    Lana

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 17, 2014

      It’s ok Lana. They are fine like this. It just looks more professional with stockings.

  • LANA

    Reply Reply March 11, 2014

    Hello Kara,

    Would you please advise me what kind of photo we should bring with us for Emirates open day. Shall we wear stockings in our photo? Should the photos be in high definition ( HD )? and what type of clothes and colour should it be? Can you please provide a sample if possible and it will be great if you could provide a sample cover letter also. Thank you.

    Regards,

    Lana

  • Angelina

    Reply Reply March 7, 2014

    Hello Kara,

    Would you mind post a sample photo of an applicant for open day. For full length and passport size photo; can it be HD format ?

  • George

    Reply Reply March 6, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    There is an open career day in Greece from Qatar Airways,and the unshaved style really fits on me
    Should I get shaved or not?which is the policy of the company?I couldn’t get any specific info.
    thnxxx

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 6, 2014

      George you must be cleanly shaved on the day of the interview.

  • Andra

    Reply Reply March 3, 2014

    Hello Kara. Could you tell me please if i can attent to another OD for Emirates even I attended 2 weeks ago ? I want to go to anonther country…But I want to say you that I applied online firstly..thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 4, 2014

      Andra, there are strong rumors going around that if your CV was not selected in the first event, you can participate again any time. The official info on the careers website of the airline is “Candidates who fail to make it through the initial screening process may reapply after six months; those who are not successful after the interview may reapply after one year.”
      It is up to you if you want to give it a try.

  • sara

    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    hi kara just wanted to ask if having a nursing degree would help me become short listed for the assment day and also whoud like to ask when is emerates coming to etiopia for od tnx alot

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 2, 2014

      Sara, only your nursing degree will not get you shortlisted. Your CV must include skills and job experiences (paid and unpaid). Your application will be considered against all the other applicants in the event. The best of the best will be selected. There are no current scheduled events for Ethiopia. You can apply online under general application #130000X8. If shortlisted you will be invited to the next recruitment event taking place in your country.

  • Brigita

    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    Hi Kara,

    Thanks for really great and informative website. 🙂
    I want to participate in Qatar OD in VIlnius. Just I am worrying because I am graduating my college of tourism department in a month but I don’t have much experience, except internship in travel agency in Romania, volunteering in such events as European man basketball championship and various activities at NGO’s sector (I was even vice president for communication and HR in AIESEC also I was responsible of international students in my college and so on). Should I include it in my CV and can it replace experience which I am missing?
    Thank you for your answer!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 2, 2014

      Brigita, as you can read from the minimum requirements, work experience is not required. Life experience however, acquired through your education or non-paid positions is appreciated. Your interview will target these particular experiences. You should include everything in your CV.

  • tee

    Reply Reply February 28, 2014

    I am on a process of applying online for the Emirates, however, series of questions have kept me ambivalent on whether to pursue a dream of working with an airline due to my age. I am on my late 30’s . I wonder, what are the chances and if age is critical on their hiring process? I am fit and personable, & well traveled but flying is considerably a dream to realize. Thank you for this forum.

    Tee

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 28, 2014

      Hi Tee. This is quite a popular topic here. There are definitely more challenges for more mature candidates, as the airline has strict regulations in regards to shared accommodation, visitors and so forth. As you may be ok with this your 20s, having a flat mate and curfews in your late 30s may become an issue both for yourself and the airline. The only age limitation set by the companies is minimum 21 years old. From then on, you just need to be able to show that you have the required set of skills during the assessment. As this is an entry level position, you must also prepare a very good answer to ‘why change careers now’?
      Wishing you all the best, keep us posted 🙂

  • RoukshaarB

    Reply Reply February 25, 2014

    Thank you kara
    Actually im from Mauritius. Where will i have to go for an open day ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Wherever it is advertised by the airline. For Open Days they provide the date, time and location. For assessment days you need to be shortlisted online, after which you receive the details of the assessment day.

  • Alee

    Reply Reply February 25, 2014

    Hey..
    Thanks a lot for the useful info kara..
    There’s an open day that i’ll be attending soon.
    Can you tell me what photos are required please?
    And would they accept someone with braces..?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Alee, braces are not accepted. For the photos, you will need 4 passport photos (whatever is the standard size in your country) and 1 full length photo is business attire (10x15cm).

  • RoukshaarB

    Reply Reply February 23, 2014

    Hello kara ,
    I really need your help. Actually I’m going to complete my hsc . Could you please advise me which course I can do to be able to become part of the cabin crew member? Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 24, 2014

      Hi Roukshaar, for Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways, there is no need to take a cabin crew course. You will undergo their crew training in the airline’s academy after you are successful at the assessment and are offered a job.

  • danka

    Reply Reply February 14, 2014

    sorry,but do you anyone know how to write a reference ? i must write 2,reference in names of my employer and last employer ? because they don ‘t have time for that..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 15, 2014

      Danka, the reference letter sound like this.

      To whom it may concern.

      This is to certify that John Smith has been working for ABC Company since June 2010 as a Customer Service Assistant. John has been in charge of [responsibility 1], [responsibility 2] and [responsibility 3]. He is a reliable employee, a team player and has received numerous compliments from our customers.

      Shall you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me personally. You can reach me on [Email] or [Phone].

      Kind regards,

      Joe Doe
      HR Manager
      ABC COmpany

  • usman

    Reply Reply February 9, 2014

    Hi Kara and team, it’s Usman from Pakistan and currently living in Doha, Qatar. I am working in Qatar airways cargo operations since February 2013. Furthermore I have experienced in call center industry and event management and my age is 25.
    Dear I have a technical capability (requisite qualification) and possess a diploma in cabin crew management and now I want suggestion and some help from your side what should I do to become a flight attendant because I try before a lot of times and every time I didn’t get a positive response.
    Waiting for your positive reply.
    Best regards,

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 10, 2014

      Hi Usman, I can only suggest at this stage that you redo your CV and photos as per the advice here. You should also look into these articles to help you understand the recruitment process better.
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      Don’t give up your dream and look into all the airlines that are hiring and send an application.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply February 7, 2014

    Dear Kara,

    I received an email from Emirates saying that they have reviewed my online application and to wait if I am short listed within 6 weeks. Can I still go to the open house on the 27th here in San Diego or just wait?

    Maria

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 7, 2014

      Hi again Maria. You can go ahead to the Open Day. There is no need to have an invitation for the event. Just bring your CV and photos and go to the advertised location.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply February 5, 2014

    Hi Kara! I seem to be hitting a rock bottom low right now. After reading a few websites and googling the experiences of those 35 and over who applied with negative result. It has definitely broken my spirit to even give it a try here in San Diego. I was optimistic at first thinking that since they are conducting a job interview stateside they are embracing the rights of the “more matured” aspiring cabin crew.

    What are your thoughts??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 7, 2014

      Maria, my advice is to stay away from those forums. It is more difficult to get the job after 35 and that is because is an entry level career. You must be very smart when answering the question “Why become a cabin crew now?”
      I had a colleague who was hired at 42, so don’t dismiss the chance you have. It is possible.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply February 4, 2014

    I have another question. I have already made an online application thru EK Careers website and built a profile. Do i wait for them to call me or inform me that I can go to the open house/job interview here in California or I can still show up and apply anyway?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 4, 2014

      Maria, you can go ahead to the advertised location with your CV and photos. Open Days do not require prior registration confirmation.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply January 30, 2014

    Thanks Kara! I can’t believe I’ll have another shot at doing what I am passionate about! Family is willing to relocate. As a matter of fact my husband is an Aircraft Engineer and we are looking at maybe having him apply in the engineering department. BUT I have to ask you again about the age limit…I am 41 years YOUNG 🙂 I also forgot to ask, Is it ok to use my passport which still carry my maiden/single status name?

    This is so exciting! Brings back memories of my early days in flying…

  • Maria

    Reply Reply January 30, 2014

    I am 41 years old, married with one kid. I saw an open house in San Diego California. I flew for more than five years when I was single and would love to go back to flying again. My question is since Emirates didn’t indicate age bracket and didn’t indicate single gives me the impression that I could apply. Another question is i am a permanent resident here in the US and is in the process of submitting my citizenship, since they didn’t indicate citizenship but open house is here, di I have to be American Citizen?

    Any thoughts….

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 30, 2014

      Maria, there is no requirement regarding nationality or marital status. You will however need to relocate to Dubai, where you will be offered a single status contract. The accommodation will be for you only (you will have a flat mate). Your family (including child) can visit, but can’t stay longer than 1 month in that apartment. You can apply to live outside the company provided accommodation after the first 6 months of probation.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply January 25, 2014

    Hello Ms. Kara, its me again. I would like to ask if during the FI in Emirates, the recruiter will ask you of your preferred DOJ? If yes, will they find it odd (to the point of hurting my chances) if I choose a date that is six months away from the FI? I will be enrolled in a course that will last for six months and I was wondering if Emirates will be understanding of that? Or will that mean that they will put me in the last priority during the Golden Call? Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 27, 2014

      Maria, it is not odd to give them a date of joining further down the line. There are many candidates with ongoing personal or professional commitments. Your Golden Call will probably be in the same time with the rest of the candidates participating in the assessment, however they will not proceed with your visa and security clearance until you are closer to your preferred date of joining.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply January 24, 2014

    Hello Ms. Kara. I have a question. Do I have to attach a certificate of employment from my previous employers listed in my CV? Is it necessary? Thank you very much!

    Maria

  • Nga Ki Hui

    Reply Reply January 19, 2014

    Hi:
    I have some questions about job references. I am going to graduate from uni this June, but i don’t have many working experiences… what I have is only volunteer and internship experiences.. so how many references should i put in my CV? Should i make my volunteer and internship as references?

    Thank you 🙂

  • Ahmed Mostafa

    Reply Reply January 8, 2014

    Hi Kara! How long my hair should be? short or in-between?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 12, 2014

      Ahmed, you have better chances with a neat haircut. Whatever that means for you, suiting your appearance, it will be fine. Hair should not be completely shaved off, or too long, but any other variation is between these two extremes should work.

  • angeline

    Reply Reply January 6, 2014

    Thanks Kara I will start my presentable cv now

  • angel

    Reply Reply January 5, 2014

    Hi,Kara…
    I had a working experience in Infosys(BPO) for 5months but since I left the job without giving a formal resignation letter so i do not have my experience letter and i worked in catering services in weddings as a part-time job during my college days so do i need to mention this in my CV..? Thanks..!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 6, 2014

      Hi Angel, you must be able to provide at least 2 service letters from your most recent employers. You can mention the part time jobs as well. Any experience is considered an advantage.

  • Didi

    Reply Reply January 4, 2014

    Hi kara! I see many comments and replies regarding cabin crew.
    I need feedback too! ;p

    I’ve been applying EK open days and assessment day online but still waiting for their reply.
    I just found out that EK publish in newspaper for open day stated open for all.
    Now i’m confused and i missed this open day held in my country.
    I’m wondering if i can just go to their next open day nearest to my country without their replies and will they reject me when i go?
    🙁

  • Abbas Uddin

    Reply Reply January 1, 2014

    what are weight requirements for it? iam skinny, but what must be the minimum limit for it.

  • Krishnendu

    Reply Reply December 27, 2013

    hi kara,
    i have applied online for Qatar airways in oct15 for cabin crew post but didn’t attend the open day interview.Because I thaught as i have applied online so they will personally call me for the interview but till now have got no reply.now what should i think will they call me further or they just disqualified me because of not to attend the openday interview……
    Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 30, 2013

      Hi Krishnendu, if the event advertised was an Open Day, you had to go in person with your CV and supporting documents regardless of the status of your online application. Only if you apply for an assessment day you need to wait for an invitation to attend. I hope they come back to your country soon.

  • MARY KUNIHIRA

    Reply Reply December 25, 2013

    DEAR KARA,

    PLEASE AM SO GRATEFULL FOR MY EMAIL ,I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE MESSAGE AND NOW WAITING FOR YOUR FINAL CALL WHEATHER I WILL BE CALLED FOR INTERVIEWS.

    I PROMISE YOU THAT WHEN YOU CONSIDER ME FOR THIS JOB.AS A STUDENT WHO HAS AN ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION SYSTEM I WILL MAKE SURE I DELIVER THE BEST INFORMATION TECHNICS TO YOUR CUSTOMERS THAT WILL EVEN BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICES HENCE TARGETS OF MORE CUSTOMERS ON YOUR FLIGHTS AND DEVELOPING THE AIRLINE TO ACHIEVE ITS COMMON OBJECTIVE.

    I REMAIN YOURS SERVANT

    MARY KUNIHIRA

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 27, 2013

      Dear Mary,

      Flight Attendant Central is not an airline. We do not hire cabin crew, nor do we facilitate employment with any of the airlines. If you want to apply for the position, you must go directly to the careers page of the airlines you are interested in. You can find more details here http://FlightAttendantCentral.com/recruiting-now

  • bibechna thatal

    Reply Reply December 22, 2013

    Dear Kara, I am working in a domestic airline in India, on Oct 2013 i gave an open day interview for Qatar airways, prior to that they had asked us to register online, i did not get any feedback from the company so i went for the open day anyway, i got through all d rounds till the end and when the final one on one personal interview was done,on the same night i got a mail saying they had rejected my online application, so i really had no idea as to what could be done, we had been given a mail address to which i wrote 3 mails but i have not recieved any results from them. what do you think could have happened and how can i avoid this in future?
    i am sorry for the trouble.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 27, 2013

      Hi Bibechna,

      I am sorry to hear about your experience. I obviously can’t give you an answer as to why did this happen – I was not there to see your performance during the interview. I recommend you read through the articles here on the website as well as the 25 questions and answers for the final interview. Compare the answers that you offered to the sample ones and you might be able to get some light on the subject.
      On a more positive note, as you received an answer so shortly, it might be a system error. How long ago was your interview?

  • bilal

    Reply Reply December 15, 2013

    hi, i m from Pakistan living in Dubai,,i am going for open day on 20th dec.I have a legal and outdoor sale experience 2 and 3 yrs respectively.I’m dying for this job ,i am afraid of my nationality is there prejudice like nationality biased.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 18, 2013

      Hi Bilal, the airlines employ over 120 nationalities. There are cabin crew from Pakistan as well, so your nationality is not a something you should worry about. Make sure to read through the articles and questions and answers and prepare to be the best candidate you can be. Good luck! 🙂

  • Eda

    Reply Reply November 19, 2013

    Thanks Kara for your andvice now I’m more relaxed….:-)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 21, 2013

      Good luck Eda!

  • Eda

    Reply Reply November 18, 2013

    Hi Kara,
    I finished my CV but instead of one page it became one and a half. I even reduced the size of letters and spaces between paragraphs but it cannot be shorter than this cause 10 years of experience require their space even when I have written them in only two bullets, or otherwise I have to leave out volunteer experiences which have been very important and are crucial for the cabin crew application and I don’t want that.
    So what advice can you give me? Shall I live it in a page and a half or should I obligatory restraint it in only one page? Will it reduce my opporutnities If I present two pages instead of one page?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 19, 2013

      Eda, with such an extensive experience, you can have more than one page.

  • nabila

    Reply Reply November 16, 2013

    to kara
    it’s me again .. i know im annoying you with my questions , but can you tell me please how can i contact the agency CFPNC , actualy it is the first time i heard about it , i would be so greatful if you helped me cause i really wanna get this job it’s my dream since forever and i wanna acheive it .
    and thank you so much for your time and for helpe and support us really … god bless you !!!

  • Eda

    Reply Reply November 16, 2013

    Ok I got it….thank you so much again, you are just amazing by giving such a support all of us with our questions…till soon…. 🙂

  • Eda

    Reply Reply November 15, 2013

    To Kara
    thank you very much for your answer. As for the courses I attended, yes I did obtained certificates. The thing is that there were summer courses to improve German Language (I won the scolarships during the period of university). How should I list them? Do I have to write period of frequentation, name of university then location? Can you please help me with an example?
    Thanks again

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 16, 2013

      Eda, you can include them under the Skills section. List the certificate you obtained and the year.
      For example
      Advanced German Conversation Skills Certificate (University of ABC, 2013)

  • NABILA

    Reply Reply November 15, 2013

    hii kara
    i have another question .. is it okay if i apply for the three companies which is etihad and qatar and emirates aiways .. i mean i would be refused if i did by any of the tree companies .
    and do you any idea when emirates airways gonna come morroco ??!!
    thank you soo much !!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 16, 2013

      Nabila, the 3 airlines are separate companies and they do not communicate with each other in terms of cabin crew candidates. You can apply for all 3 of them if you want to. The recruitment in Morocco is organized in conjunction with the agency CFPNC. You will need to contact them first for a pre-screening.

  • Faye

    Reply Reply November 14, 2013

    Hello Kara!

    I’m a fresh graduate and I’ve just finished my first cabin crew assessment day yesterday. I’m very happy that I reached the final interview. I was informed just this morning that I passed and have been selected. Now I’m just awaiting the training which would start early next year. I just want to thank you for helping so many dreamers like me. I’ve been on this site you’ve created a million times for the past few weeks, researching, reviewing, taking down notes. I also printed the 25 questions. It REALLY helped me ALOT. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you more! 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 15, 2013

      Congratulations Faye! Very well done!!!

  • NABILA

    Reply Reply November 14, 2013

    i mean kara sorrry 😀

  • NABILA

    Reply Reply November 14, 2013

    hii klara .. i have a question is it important to have a passport because i dont so i was curious if tht gonna cause me a propleme while i m applying for the cabin crew job thnx in advance

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 15, 2013

      Hi Nabila, it is not a must to have a passport for Emirates. Etihad and Qatar Airways require a copy of your passport’s first page. Apply for one as soon as you can.

  • Ankur

    Reply Reply November 14, 2013

    Hi kara,

    I have submitted an application online with emirates. I have been working for Accor hotel and restaurants for 7 years now with lots of hospitality background and customer skills such as peopleology training etc.

    I would like to know whether I should attend the open day coming up in Brisbane and Newcastle in Australia in November. Do we need to apply for the open day or can anybody go to the open days. I already applied for it online, however I got an offer to attend one in York but not in Australia which is where I live. Should I assume that I can attend the open day in Australia? However, if I am unable to attend the open day would they still consider my application that I have submitted online or does it matter if I attend the open day or not.

    Thanks,
    Ankur

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 15, 2013

      Hi Ankur. There is no need to apply for an Open Day. Go ahead to the advertised location with a copy of your CV and 2 passport photos. Having an online application approved just speeds the process afterwards. You have a registration number and that is something that the recruiters need to keep in touch with you. Good luck! 🙂

  • Kirstie

    Reply Reply November 13, 2013

    Hi Kara,

    I have wanted to be a flight attendant for sooo long now and am just in the middle of getting my CV up to scratch to start applying. Do you know if it is a requirement to of obtained my high school certificate? as it only says to have completed year 12 which I did finish year 12 just wasn’t able to obtain my certificate 🙁 any help on this subject would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 13, 2013

      HI Kristie 🙂 Yes, you need to be a high school (grade 12) graduate and have a diploma to show that. If it is a possibility for you, consider going back to your school and enquire how to obtain a diploma. In many cases it is not a difficult process.

  • Luis Felipe

    Reply Reply November 13, 2013

    Hey kara …I have a braces on upper theth …should i remove before to send the aplication for etihad?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 13, 2013

      Hi Luis. Having braces will hinder your application. They are not allowed as part of the cabin crew grooming regulations.

  • Dawn

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    Hi Kara,

    I am currently in the midst of editing my CV for cabin crew positions. As there are no OD in my current country, I intend to send my CV via email. I would like to ask is it necessary to include a photograph in the CV? Will the lack of a photograph reduce the chances of me receiving an invitation for an interview?
    Thank you for the trouble! 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 12, 2013

      Hi Dawn. There is no application by email. You need to apply for the vacancy from the careers portal. You will need to attach your CV, as well as passport photographs and full length photographs. It is not necessary to include your photo on the CV itself.

  • Eda

    Reply Reply November 5, 2013

    Hi Kara, i’m going to a OD of Emirates at the end of this month. How can I choose the right words to express my experience as an a responsable animator for children in a holiday village during the summer season consecutively for two years. The team was built of three people and after one month the leader of the animation team assigned me the role of the responsable of the mini club, to prepare the week programm to entertain children, opening the evening programm, singing children songs and beside this often in my free time I had to translate the shows that took place on the weekend. I also were often called to help at the reception or assist foreign customers to help them in their queiries cause I was the only one among 12 member of the staff that spoke german and english.
    During my university studies I won two summerscolarships that gave me the oppurtunity to exchange experience with other students of all over the world, should I list them in my education section?
    After my studies I lived and worked as babysitter in German and Austria than moved to Greece and now I live in Italy. How can I explain that I love travelling abroad, I’m a outgoing person, sociable and desire to explore in person new coultures and countries. It’s my great desire to be a fly attendant that’s why I just want to prepare myself for the best.
    I know I wrote too much but hope you will help me with an answer. Thanks a lot in advance

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 6, 2013

      Hi Eda, what a great background you have! You can use the exact words you used to write to me
      Children’s Program Animator – CompanyA, Location – month/year to month/year
      -responsible for the children animation program in the holiday village during the summer season
      -prepare weekly entertainment schedule, open the evening program and perform as a singer
      -translate the weekend shows (from language to language)
      -assist the reception desk with customer care for the foreign tourists
      As for your summer scholarships, unless they provided you with a certain certificate, they should not be part of the CV.
      Look at the list of skills in this article and choose the ones that best apply to your profile. Your love for travel will not get you the job, but your skills as a team player, problem solver and excellent ambassador for customer service will. There will be plenty of opportunities during the assessment to chat and discuss the things that are not mentioned in the CV.
      Good luck 🙂

  • May

    Reply Reply October 26, 2013

    Hi Ms. Kara, thank you so much for this information. I’m so lucky i opened this website. I would like to ask because according to major airlines from my hometown, they’re not accepting those applicants with some unnecessary marks on the face like moles or scars. Because i have my chickenpox scar on my right cheek and i really wanted to become a flight attendant. Thank you and may God bless you more.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 26, 2013

      Hi May, it really depends on how big is the scar. If it isn’t visible when you are wearing makeup, it should be fine. Also, some airlines have higher grooming standards. Qatar Airways is one of them. Just start applying and see what the result is. Be confident and smile and everything will go great 🙂

  • Millie

    Reply Reply October 22, 2013

    Hi Kara im 33 do i stand a chance os being a cabin crew? Im currently working as a nurse. I have not been shortlisted for any of the Emirates open days since applying in March.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 25, 2013

      Hi Millie. The airlines do not have an upper age limit to apply for the job. Your background as a nurse is surely an advantage. Try to apply for other airlines as well, such as Etihad or Qatar Airways. Emirates Open Days are highly competitive.

  • nishari

    Reply Reply October 14, 2013

    hi,
    i’m 30 years old. I have 8 years experience in customer service industry. Now i’m working in sri lanka air port duty free.so,but i want to work as a cabin crew . tomorrow i will face the open day interview . is my age ok or not?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 15, 2013

      Hi Nishari, you age should not be an issue 🙂

  • kasun

    Reply Reply October 12, 2013

    hi kara….tnx 4 ur grt advices……. I have one quection. can I put my objective , in the beggining of my cv?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 15, 2013

      Well Kasun, isn’t your objective to become a flight attendant for the airline you are sending your CV to? Putting down an objective is suitable only when you send your CV to a recruitment agency without applying for a specific job. Having an objective clarifies for a potential employer what you are looking for. When you send your CV to an airline for the cabin crew position, your objective is quite clear.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 15, 2013

      Kasun, putting down an objective is suitable only when you send your CV to a recruitment agency without applying for a specific job. Having an objective clarifies for a potential employer what you are looking for. When you send your CV to an airline for the cabin crew position, your objective is quite clear: you want to become a cabin crew for that specific airline.

  • Rachel

    Reply Reply October 9, 2013

    Hi kara
    I’m going for an open day at Qator airline
    And one of the requirement is a copy of a passport the problem is my passport expire just three days after their open day

    Is that a disadvatange that could spoil a chance of me
    Getting a job or what

  • Rana

    Reply Reply October 3, 2013

    Hi Kara,
    I am a hospitality graduate and with 3 years of exp i applied for In Flight Food & Beverage Manager in Etihad,kindly advice to attend assessment day as its first time for me in aviation industry.
    looking for positive reply soon.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 6, 2013

      Rana, the assessment is similar to the one of cabin crew, with the addition of specific Food and Beverage knowledge interview. You can read through the advice on how to handle each stage here https://www.flightattendantcentral.com/advice

  • rody

    Reply Reply September 12, 2013

    Hi kara
    I’m 21 years old
    this is my last year in faculty of law so I don’t have any work experience .
    what am I suppose to write in my CV about experience?!!

    PS , there is an open day after a couple of weeks and I want to apply :/

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2013

      Hi Rody, as a new graduate, you can include in your CV just your personal info, education and references (can be a professor). Your interview questions will also focus on your experiences in school.

  • Irene

    Reply Reply September 11, 2013

    hi ma’am Kara, am highly interested in getting the ebook, but I don’t have a credit or debit card
    there is no other way I can purchase the book?. it’s is my dream to have a career in cabin crew and I would like to learn more about it.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2013

      Hi Irene, it is also possible to handle the payment via PayPal. You can register your bank account with them and they will be able to process a bank transfer.
      Here is the link
      https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&i=1237444&cl=248016&ejc=2
      I had other readers with the same problem, and most of them just asked somebody who had a card to manage the transaction and they reimbursed them in cash. It seems to be the easiest way in your situation. Let me know if you need more help.

  • arni

    Reply Reply September 8, 2013

    hi

  • Lee

    Reply Reply September 8, 2013

    Hi Kara,

    I am preparing again for another Open day. I attended an open day twice already but not shortlisted. I am working as a nurse right now. How can I get the recruiter to pick my CV for an assessment day? How can I make my CV stand out? I followed your CV example last time but not even shortlisted. Please advise. Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 9, 2013

      Hi Lee, and sorry you didn’t make it last time. Open Days are highly competitive events and there are so many things that contribute to the success or failure of the candidates. Your CV might be great, but if you are in an event where there are 200 great CVs, only the best of the best will be chosen. Also, recently there has been priority given to certain language speakers. I can only advise you to focus on improving your CV by developing key skills, learning a new language or volunteer.
      Most importantly, don’t give up! If this is your dream, don’t stop until you reach it.

  • mohamed

    Reply Reply September 4, 2013

    Thank you very much kara for all your effort.i have question please i have experience in hotels for 7 years can i process for cabin crew and what about age im 29 years old there are maximum limit for age
    thanks and best regards

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 5, 2013

      Hi Mohamed,

      Your experience in hotels will be a great asset. As for your age, there is no upper age limit, so go ahead and apply. You can apply as cabin crew or for Etihad, Food and Beverage Manager or In-Flight Chef if your background permits. Good luck 🙂

  • FAHIMA NASSIR

    Reply Reply August 28, 2013

    Useful information thank you hope to change all the wrong that I am doing to become a cabin crew soon.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 28, 2013

      Good luck Fahima 🙂

  • Gonçalo

    Reply Reply August 3, 2013

    I´am 32 years old. Do advice me to put the birthplace in the C.V. ? The age is an important thing

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 5, 2013

      Hi Goncalo,

      It is not necessary to include your birthplace or birthdate on your CV.

      -Kara

  • Ramadan

    Reply Reply August 2, 2013

    thank u

  • Makura

    Reply Reply July 24, 2013

    This is a big help! Can I asked if do I need to put my personal data. like birthday, height, weight, Etc.? And what’s the required photo background and size? please response! Thank you! 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 25, 2013

      Hi Makura,

      There is no need to include your height, weight and birthday. Just your name and contact details (address, email and mobile number).
      The passport photo should be 3.5×4.5cm and the full length photo 10x15cm with white, grey or blue background, no props.

      -Kara

  • ZAHID HUSSAIN MINHAS

    Reply Reply July 17, 2013

    SLALM SIR AM LIVING IN PAKISTAN OR AM NEED JOB BECAUSE IHAVE LITTLE FAMILY OR MY FATHER DEAD SINCE 2009 PLZ SIR HELP ME MY CELL NO IS UFONE PAKISTAN 03312812024 AM WAITING UR GOOD REPLY

  • Seyadin

    Reply Reply July 3, 2013

    Hello Kara, i have one question… I am 29 yrs old,i have experience in administraion for 4 yrs and 1 yr in sales department,tell me may i apply for cabin crew position because of my age and jobs?
    Ty

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 7, 2013

      @Seyadin, of course you can apply. The minimum requirement is 21 years old at the time of application. There is no mention of previous experience in a certain field. Being a caring individual, committed to the customer and passionate about meeting and exceeding expectations is the most important aspect. Good luck 🙂

      -Kara

  • mido

    Reply Reply July 1, 2013

    should the resume include personal picture or not??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 3, 2013

      Mido, your CV should never include the photograph. It should be provided separately on photo quality paper.

      -Kara

  • Meryem

    Reply Reply June 26, 2013

    tks KARA

  • Charity

    Reply Reply June 22, 2013

    I’d like to find out more? I’d love to find out more details.

  • Tina

    Reply Reply May 27, 2013

    hi,

  • Sadaf Poursheikhani

    Reply Reply May 23, 2013

    Hi Kara. First and for most, I’d like to thank you for all the useful information you shared with us. Second, I’d like to know about the location of the assessment day and the final interview. I live in Iran and due to the political issues nowadays the price of the tickets are unbelievably high. I am a 6.1 foot tall 143 pound 22 year old girl and I speak English, French and Persian Fluently. I have an IELTS of 8 and I have been tuttering English for almost 3 years. Do I have a good chance to rely on?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 28, 2013

      @Sadaf, your qualifications seem to be fine, however it takes more to become a cabin crew: enthusiasm, positive thinking, problem solving skills, team spirit and a customer centered mindset. All of these characteristics must be displayed during the multiple tasks of the assessment day. There might be traveling limitations with your passport, but only the airlines can give you an answer in this regard. Apply for Etihad, they have monthly assessments in Abu Dhabi. If your application is short listed, you have 6 months to find a way to get to the recruitment event.
      Emirates is also looking for Persian speakers in Kolkata India, if you can get there.

      Wish you the very best,

      -Kara

  • William

    Reply Reply May 22, 2013

    Excellent article! We will be linking to this great content on our site.
    Keep up the great writing.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 28, 2013

      @William, thanks 🙂

  • Anouar

    Reply Reply May 12, 2013

    hi Kara, first i would like to thank you for all the advices you have shared with us, then i would like to know if it is mandatory to mention the tasks made in each position i had during my professional experience, because if i do, one page CV defenitily will not be sufficient?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 16, 2013

      @Anouar, include in your CV no more than 3 bullet points for each job description. Don’t give generalized description, but more of what sets you apart from other people doing the same job. Keep it simple and easy to read, recruiters really scan through CVs. Make sure you most relevant info is out there.

      -Kara

  • Leola

    Reply Reply May 9, 2013

    thank you for the support!

  • Rec

    Reply Reply May 4, 2013

    Everything is very open with a very clear
    clarification of the challenges. It was really informative.
    Your site is extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • jade oxo

    Reply Reply May 4, 2013

    Hi All,
    So I recently attended an assessment day and then a second interview. I have to say I really enjoyed the assessment day but after that the whole process became quite stressful. I was working full-time too so it became difficult to find time to prepare for the next stages. During the second interview you are asked about previous experiences and you have to fill out paper work and provide lots of documents and lots of photos. As the interview dates are during the weekdays I found it difficult to prepare well for all of this. I feel the whole process would be a lot easier if done on the weekend!!
    Well all I can say it is quite a long process and it took 11 weeks of waiting after the second interview to receive an unsuccessful email!!! So long time of not knowing whats happening!!! Good luck to others x

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 5, 2013

      Jade, now that you are familiar with the process, you can start preparing everything in advance and be relaxed during the process. Don’t give up 🙂

      -Kara

  • javed ahdi khan

    Reply Reply April 24, 2013

    hello kara
    yours all given information is so perfect..
    i just have a one question? that how i can make my cv for online application?/
    here i saw simple 5 steps to build cv , should i use the same or there is an other way to build a cv for cabin crew?
    plzz kindly help me to answer so i can make my new cv and apply as soon as possible.
    thnxx
    regards javed ahdi khan

  • Abo Ephraim

    Reply Reply April 24, 2013

    I have a background in Physics but my wish is to be a cabin crew, what if the company think otherwise. Thus, may be saying we can offer him another job?

    Abo

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 26, 2013

      @Abo,

      When you apply for a certain position, you will be assessed for that position only. What kind of career in aviation are you looking for with your background?

      -Kara

  • Anne

    Reply Reply April 22, 2013

    Hey Kara !! Thank you for all your posts and for your book ! It has become my Bible!!!!!
    it is very helpful and it gives me more self- confidence !

    At the end of the week I’m going to Qatar Airways Open day in Paris 🙂
    I made my CV by following your precious instructions !!!
    I just want a little precision, about age and date of birth, we do not have to include them,isn’t it?
    thanks 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 22, 2013

      @Anne, I am very happy to hear you are enjoying the book. To answer your question, it is not necessary to include your age and date of birth, but if you want to put them in your CV that is ok as well.

      Fingers crossed for you for this week, keeps us posted 🙂

      -Kara

  • george

    Reply Reply April 11, 2013

    Hey kara the information u put down is very useful put isn’t the sample u put down to simple?? i have already applied for etihad airways before seeing this site and got denied but my cv had alot more details and information about myself and my experience as a waiter/supervisor and i thought that they would at least invite me for the interview.. is it because i over did my cv that they didn’t accept me or the fact that im a guy and they dont take to many guys??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      George,

      These guidelines on how to build your CV are particularly effective when participating in an Open Day. During these events, the recruiters have very little time to scan through your CV, therefor having just the very important info summarizing your job experience is the most desirable approach.
      I can’t tell why you were not shortlisted, but it can be from many reasons: the way you built your CV, how you answered the questions ‘Why do you want to work for us’ and ‘Give an example of outstanding service you provided’, how your photos were presented, etc. Try again in 6 months and look through all the advice articles here http://FlightAttendantCentral.com/advice

      -Kara

  • laden

    Reply Reply April 9, 2013

    hi kara thanks for the post it really helped me out i wanted 2 tell you that i just completed my schooling and presently i joined 1st year in college but my cv is not so strong neither i don’t have any work experience nor a field work but i’am very much interested in this sector, willing to work and learn i am flexible and enthusiastic.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 10, 2013

      Hi Landen,

      You can always improve your CV with internships, volunteer work or extra courses. Even a part time or summer job in the customer service field will help. You still have plenty of time to build a good CV 🙂

      -Kara

  • Malék

    Reply Reply March 30, 2013

    Hey Kara, thanks for this post and this is make me self confidence a bit but i don’t have expérience

    in this domain. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 2, 2013

      Hi Malek,

      You don’t need previous experience to be hired as a cabin crew, however you need to show a customer service mindset and problem solving skills.

      -Kara

  • JAY

    Reply Reply March 24, 2013

    Hey kara. thanks for this post. I love it and It makes me be confident a bit. This is good guide line for beginner.

  • vigo

    Reply Reply March 23, 2013

    It’s really a great and useful piece of info. I’m happy that you shared this helpful tips with us.

  • Fausa

    Reply Reply March 9, 2013

    It’s really a great and useful piece of info. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Teddy

    Reply Reply March 7, 2013

    hi kara your tips are very helpful but i have a scar on my leg will it be a problem? and what if i wear stockings during interview so as to hide it?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 10, 2013

      Hey Teddy,

      As long as you scar is not visible through the pantyhose, there should be no problem at all.

      🙂

  • Trisha

    Reply Reply February 13, 2013

    Hi Kara your tips are really helpful.i have a question.i am a final year college student and i have applied for emirates.i have my assessment day next week.as i dont have any job experience before or any customer service experience wil that affect my chances of getting the job?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 2, 2013

      Trisha,

      You can absolutely start your career as a cabin crew even when you don’t have any previous professional experience. During the interview you must show that you are open to learn and you are willing to do the best you possibly can to deliver great customer service. Also, your final interview will have mostly include questions from your experience during school. Be yourself, confident, smile and everything will be fine.

      🙂

      -Kara

  • Angela

    Reply Reply February 5, 2013

    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this and I in find it really useful & it helped me out a lot. I’m hoping to give one thing back and help others like you aided me.

  • Karol

    Reply Reply January 25, 2013

    I love the person who written it.

  • jade

    Reply Reply January 7, 2013

    This was so helpful for me thankyou :). I am applying for cabin crew for emirates at the moment im currently a dental nurse, any more tips what would be useful would be appricated. I am going to set out my cv the way you have formatted and hopefully get far 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 8, 2013

      Good luck with your interview Jane. I am sure you will do great. Preparation is the key to success.

      You will receive more emails with advice when subscribing for the 25 Questions and Answers for the Final Interview.

      🙂

      -Kara

  • Aliona

    Reply Reply October 22, 2012

    Thank you very much for your effort of keeping us informed, here are much of very helpful tips.
    I have a question as well, is the marriage status an obstacle in this career? My husband don’t want to move abroad, however for me is like a dream, can I combine family with this job? I hope to not be rejected…

    Wish you all the best,
    Aliona 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 22, 2012

      Hi Aliona,

      The fact that you are married should not be a problem at all when applying for the cabin crew position. Having a family and flying can be done, but it takes a very understanding spouse, because your working hours will be long, you will be away from your base sometimes for a week at a time and you might have to work on Christmas or on your 10 year wedding anniversary. If it is your dream, then it is worth pursuit it!

      🙂

      -Kara

  • Candice

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    Hi Kara

    I just want to say thanks for all the helpful information that I receive on a weekly basis. I really appreciate it and you make me feel that I am that much closer to obtaining my goal to becoming a flight attendant! 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

    Kind regards
    Candice

  • catherine

    Reply Reply September 28, 2012

    Hey, i just saw an advert on Qatar cabin crew.I have always loved to work with the firm.How do i do my cv when my past experience is administration?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 29, 2012

      Hi Catherine,

      If you were an admin assistant, you can present your experience in the following lines:

      Prepare and manage correspondence, reports and documents.
      Organize and coordinate meetings, conferences, travel arrangements.
      Implement and maintain office systems.
      Communicate verbally and in writing to answer inquiries and provide information.
      Coordinate the flow of information both internally and externally.

      You know best what your job was, just try to put into words what you do on a daily basis.

      Good luck at the interview and keep us posted on how it went 🙂

      -Kara

  • oscar

    Reply Reply June 12, 2012

    Hi there!
    wow,this is so informative…
    that’s why i love reading,,,it helps me to acquire more knowledge…lolz…
    well, it is one of my ultimate dream to be a cabin crew of any renowned airline…
    am i still qualified though i feel like i’m a bit old now…i am 34/y0 single
    college undergrad, but got a lot of job experiences in many fields.
    Please advise me….
    Thanks in Advance. God Bless

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 12, 2012

      Hi Oscar!

      34 is not at all old. Giving that you have a lot of experience – extra helpful is the experience in the customer service area, you should have absolutely no problem in pursuing a flight attendant job. Following your dream should be your priority and it all starts with the first step: Go online, check when is the next recruiting event in your country and just show up either for an Open Day or an Assessment Day.

      And keep us posted!

      🙂

      -Kara

  • mayvadee

    Reply Reply April 11, 2012

    hi kara, i speak english a little.i can to be a flight attendant?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 11, 2012

      Hi Mayvadee,

      To be considered for a flight attendant position, you will have to be fluent in English. The cabin crew course, as well as all the communication in the plane is conducted in English.

      🙂

      -Kara

  • pam

    Reply Reply March 15, 2012

    Hi thank you for this site it helps us so much because it has so much information really appreaciate all the help u provide.I would like to know and I will be happy if you can asnwer my questions – I am. Married and have kids and over 30 and my dream has always been to become a fight attendant and I currently have 4 years sales experience and customer care experience at vodacom please help.Thanks a million.

  • Ahmed

    Reply Reply February 11, 2012

    Hello Kara,

    Thanks a lot for all those efforts, these info helped me a lot editing my CV and making it more brief. I just have some questions, I know that usually to have a professional CV means including the career objective part, is that true? If it’s necessary to add that part, where shall I include it (before the experience part or after)? Also if somebody recieved any kind of educational or work honors, should this be included in the CV? Would that be a plus?!!!

    What is the best fosnt size? And what if I can’t make it only one page? Does exceeding one page mean that it’s a failure?!!!

    Thanks again and wish you all the best!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 13, 2012

      Hi Ahmed,

      You normally include the career objective in your CV if you apply for a generic position for more than one company. When you are part of an Open Day for Cabin Crew, it is clear that you career objective is ‘becoming a cabin crew for an international airline based in Dubai’. If you want to include your career objective, you may do so, as a first line, right under your name and details, before your experience.

      Any educational and work honors should be included, but make sure they are relevant and showcase part of your skills or personality that the employer is looking for in their candidates.

      We recommend to try squeezing it on one page as it looks more neat and easier to read. If you plan to participate in an Open Day, the recruiters only have under a minute to scan your CV and ask you to stay for the interview or not. You want to show the essentials in your CV as you will have time to discuss other aspects during the interview.

      The fonts should be adjusted according to how much info you have on the page. Save the space by including only Personal Info, Experience, Education and Skills. Prepare a second page with References (and hand it over upon request).

      Experiment a bit with content and font sizes and print out the options. You may ask a friend or a family member to review it.

      Wishing you good luck!
      🙂

      -Kara

  • alba honour

    Reply Reply February 10, 2012

    hi Ms. Kara, just wanna inquire regarding this airline, Do you have any idea regarding the management nd how they treat their staffs(CC). It’s just that I’m worried from the negative feedbacks that I read regarding this airline and the problem is I want to attend to their open day ,do I still have to continue?I’m just worried about the negative comments that i read like they can change anytime the contract because there is no Labor union in qatar, that theere is salary deduction to be given at the end of your service, their OT’s are not being paid. Do you have a friend there to clarify this things?Thanks mam,it will help a lot.God bless

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 10, 2012

      Dear Alba,

      I am not aware of any of the issues that you mention in Qatar. In all countries in the Gulf there is a labour law that all companies need to follow, regardless of their size.
      You may participate in their Open Day and ask all your questions to the recruiters. They are in the best position to give you the answers.
      If you are successful at your interview with the airline, you can accept or not accept their offer of employment, it is up to you to decide if the contract suits your expectations.

      Good luck!

      -Kara

  • Michelle

    Reply Reply February 9, 2012

    Oh and one more if you’re kind…I , don’t ask me why, never thought to make another email address, one that’s more suitable, so I registered my Etihad account on my personal (which is a nick name) email address. The account allows me to change the log in details as email and password, but isn’t there any problem if I do that? (cause they sent the confirmation on this awful email address). Or should I just make another account? I’m sorry for asking so many questions, but I really do wanna become a FA and I realize I do nothing well. Thank you in advance.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 10, 2012

      Not everybody that gets to be a flight attendant have the name.surname@mail.com address, however it helps to present yourself in a professional manner.
      If the account allows you to change the email address and you feel that you should do so, then by all means you should change it. You will receive a confirmation to your new email address once the change in your account details took place.

      -Kara

  • Michelle

    Reply Reply February 9, 2012

    Hi. I find very useful this site, you did a very good job and I want to thank you very much for this. However I do have two questions. I applied for Etihad, I didn’t got any response but after I applied I found this wonderful site and I realized that my CV is not good. I want to ask you do you think is ok to change my CV? And second: Do I have to put my picture in the CV, since I send one passport size and one full length? Thank you very much.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 10, 2012

      Dear Michelle,

      I am very happy to hear that you find Flight Attendant Central to be useful in your quest to become a flight attendant. To answer your questions:
      1. You should adjust your CV following the advice provided in this article. Make sure that when you do so, you use your own words in describing the jobs you have done.
      2. You do not need to attach a picture to your CV. The CV should only include data such as name, address, experience, education and skills. All photos should be submitted separately.

      Best of luck to you with your application and I hope you will receive an invitation to attend an Assessment Day soon!

      -Kara

  • kolo

    Reply Reply January 29, 2012

    hi kara, thank you for this advice. i am working in a hotel and dreaming of becoming steward one day. this information helps a lot!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 30, 2012

      You are very welcome Kolo! Wishing you all the best!

      -Kara

  • Jimbo

    Reply Reply January 20, 2012

    I’m shocked that I found this info so easily.

  • flymetothemoon

    Reply Reply December 19, 2011

    I am 42. Am I too old to start a new career as cabin crew?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 20, 2011

      Never too old too start 🙂

  • Michael

    Reply Reply December 19, 2011

    i am still in college, but i always wanted to be a flight attendant and i want to start applying already. is it possible to do this job and still be in school?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 20, 2011

      Michael,

      It really depends on how flexible is your school and how flexible the airline will be. Also you have to consider where will you be based and how many days off you will be able to have during the month – will they be during the week so you can attend classes and exams or during the weekend.
      I would recommend that you take another job in the customer service field that will give your CV some leverage, and once your studies are completed, you can start applying for cabin crew jobs.

      -Kara

      • haythem

        Reply Reply May 22, 2015

        hy Kara, this was very helpfull to fulfill my CV, i m 24 years and i still in college, if there is any way to help me, i have an open day interview this saturday in Tunisia, i had a training in Monastir international airport, but i didn’t get my training certificate, should i mention it in my CV? Also i worked as a sales associate in a tissue shop for just 6 months, does it count? Finally, should i mention my last education since i had no degree in college, but i had a baccalaureate degree in high school. Thank you in advance

        • Kara

          Reply Reply May 25, 2015

          Everything counts Haythem, so mention all experiences that might be relevant. As for your studies, just mention the highest certificate you obtained, which is your high school diploma.

  • julius

    Reply Reply December 18, 2011

    I just have graduated and have very little experience to put in my cv, how do i make it attractive and get a chance?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 19, 2011

      Dear Julius,

      If you have just finished school, then your activities within your school will represent the main part of your CV. You should start with some projects you worked on, volunteer work within the school, internships and even your field work for the dissertation paper.
      Include the part time jobs that you had with a short job description.

      In this case, the key is a good cover letter to support your CV.

      Wishing you the best!

      -Kara

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