How to become Cabin Crew in 10 easy steps

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(Last updated on: 28/09/2020)

Is it your dream to become Cabin Crew? Are you looking for ways to turn your dream into reality? In this post, I will describe 10 easy steps you can take to prepare yourself for becoming Cabin Crew!

1. Meet the requirements

Every airline has a set list of requirements for their Cabin Crew. It is very important that you do your research and have a look at the requirements for the specific airline you are applying for. These can usually be found on their websites or application forms. If you do not meet the basic requirements, then it is very likely you will be turned away straight away.

The basic requirements for most airlines include fluency in English, to meet the height requirement and have weight proportional to your height. These will differ slightly between different airlines. For example, different airlines have different minimum height requirements.

2. Wait until you are 18

To become Cabin Crew in the UK you will need to be at least 18 years old. It’s important that you wait until you are 18 before making any applications, as if you do not meet the age requirement you will not be considered.

Airlines recruit candidates over the age of 18 as it is important that Cabin Crew are mature and independent. You may also need to serve alcohol during flights!

3. Have GCSE’s in English and Maths

Every airline look for candidates with a good standard of education. Most airlines will ask for candidates with GCSE’s (A*-C), or an equivalent qualification, in at least English and Maths. Other qualifications may also be desirable, such as languages.

You do not need to take a college or university course before applying to become Cabin Crew. But have a look at my post ‘Cabin Crew qualifications: What qualifications do I need to get a job as Cabin Crew?

4. Gain Customer Service Experience

Customer service plays a massive role in every flight attendant job. You will be constantly working with passengers, after all. Therefore, airlines look for candidates who have customer service experience and are capable of working with a range of different people.

To help boost your application and prepare yourself for the job, you should gain as much customer service experience as possible. Have a look at my post ‘Why do I need customer service experience to become Cabin Crew?‘ for more information!

5. Look after your physical appearance

Airlines take your physical appearance into consideration during the application process. It is important that you reach the height and weight requirements, and that you are strong enough to open emergency exits. It is also important that you look smart and professional. Cabin Crew are the face of the airline they are working for, so it is important that your appearance reflects this!

6. Have an outstanding CV

Your CV plays an important role in the application process. It is important that you create a CV that shines out and presents you in the best light. It should also be easy to read and professional.

We now offer a personalised Cabin Crew CV service, to ensure your specific CV is perfect and professional. Have a look at the post ‘Get a job as Cabin Crew – personalised Cabin Crew CV service‘ for more information!

7. Take good photos

You will need to take 2 photos for your Cabin Crew application. One full body photo, and one passport sized head shot.

These photos can make a real difference to your application, especially if you are applying online and not in person. You should wear professional, smart business attire in the photos. It may also be worth investing and getting these photos taken professionally.

8. Familiarise yourself with the job description and hiring process

Before applying for an airline, do your research. Make sure you know everything you can about the company and are up to date with their news. You should also research further into the role of Cabin Crew. During the application and interview, you should be confident and know what you’re talking about. A recruiter will be more impressed by a well prepared and confident candidate.

You should also be well prepared for the hiring process. It’s important you know what to expect at every staged of the recruitment process, so that you’re not thrown off by anything.

9. Be prepared to relocate

Cabin Crew jobs are very competitive and highly sought after. Airlines are located all around the world, so being willing to relocate can massively increase your chances of finding a job.

10. Keep applying!

The most important thing when trying to find a Cabin Crew job is to not give up! You should apply, apply and apply again. You should make online applications and attend open days at cities near you. If you’re not successful at the first airline you apply for, apply to more airlines.

Are you hoping to become Cabin Crew? Do you have any useful tips? I’d love to hear from you, leave your comments down below!


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