INTERVIEW DRESS CODE FOR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS

If you are considering a career in aviation and you are already on the hunt for opportunities to work as a flight attendant, one thing you should know is that appearance plays a vital role - meaning that you should look exceptional at all times whether that is your first interview or your "on duty" moments in general.

And since there is no second chance to make a great impression, here's a mini guide to help you rock that once in a lifetime opportunity to start your dream career!

THE DRESS

Chose a dress resembling the company's uniform: a simple, modest, knee-length dress will be perfect. Try avoiding bodycon dresses - they will look provocative rather than professional. Sleeveless or off the shoulder dresses should be paired with a jacket or cardigan. Prefer dark hues as grey or black as they make a safe and smart choice.

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THE SEPARATES

The combination of a tailored skirt and jacket is your next best thing for your interview outfit. Pair them with a crisp white shirt to add a touch of cleaness and subtle colour to your appearance.

Don't be afraid that your look resembles that of a Flight Attendant. That should be your purpose.I would go for a grey-white or black and white look. And if you're making your first step and haven't built a working wardrobe yet, all you have to do is invest in a few key pieces.

Your workwear should include a pair of separates and/or a dress. I wouldn't suggest wearing a suit - tailored jacket and trousers - but the choice is up to you.

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THE SHOES

An elegant pair of heels is a must - BE CAREFUL not to chose something of the following: stilettos, sky-high heels, patent leather, peep toes, heeled sandals, or heavily decorated shoes. Avoid ballerina and flat shoes in general.

THE TIGHTS

The perfect pair of tights is a nude, skin-like color to wear even during the winter months. Avoid opaque tights for an interview.

THE HAIR

Your hair should always be up in a bun or ponytail - it is an essential part of a flight attendant’s appearance.

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MAKEUP & NAILS

SIMPLE, CLEAN, AND FRESH LOOKING. Avoid heavy makeup products and dark eye shadow. Keep the look clean. Put emphasis in your eyes with some eyeliner and mascara. Add some blush and lipstick. Red lipstick is acceptable. Just remember to wear minimal eye makeup with it.

Keep your nails looking clean and polished. Short nails are generally preferred, but if you do have long nails, try a subtle nail polish. Pick a nude polish, french manicure, or red ONLY on short nails for the day.

ACCESSORIES & JEWELRLY

Keep it clean and minimal. Chose a pair of studs. Avoid hoops or drop earinngs. Avoid long, statement necklaces, and go for a fine chain necklace instead.

SUMMARY

I would use one key word: ELEGANCE

BE ELEGANT, BE CHIC, BE A CLASSY VVIP FLIGHT ATTENDANT!

You don't have to be a super model to make it as a flight attendant. You just have to be unique. GOOD LUCK!

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS AS A CONTRACT FLIGHT ATTENDANT

As a Corporate Flight Attendant, many of us choose to work as independent contractor or "Freelance flight attendants". Though there are many positives to freelancing, we do this mostly because we want to have some control over our lives and schedules.

However, when you choose this status of employment you must keep in mind that you are a business. You must learn all of the tax responsibility, how to market yourself, and how to protect yourself in a business owner sense. Being a business owner is not always easy but there are many rewards - if you do it right.

Since there is so much to know and so many business topics related to being a freelance flight attendant, I thought it would be best to break it up and not overload you with so much information on one sitting! Let's start with taxes!

First, get yourself a good accountant - either hire someone that can help you handle all of the financials year-round, or find a tax firm/person (that knows aviation and works with crews on a normal basis) that you use at the end of each year. They will have a great list for you containing all the write-offs you need to be aware of all year long. (e.g. car mileage, car payments, training, laundry/dry cleaning, work clothing, cellphone, cellphone bill, administrative expenses, computer/Wi-Fi charges, additional transportation, even your watch!) The list goes on and on. As a Contract Flight Attendant - everything you do and purchase that is work-related, is a write-off, so you need a good list as guidance. ***I WILL POST MY RECOMMENDATION FOR AN AVIATION TAX FIRM AT THE END***

Second, keep all receipts. Get really organized. Create a folder on your computer that you continually update all year long with receipt copies, expense reports, trip sheets, signed documents. Designate one folder for each company you contract for; this is the best system I have found so far.

Third, you may want to consider filing your taxes quaterly. If you work for a bunch of 1099 accounts that do not takes taxes out, this may work best for you. And on that subject, you will have mixed paperwork at the end of the year. More and more companies do take taxes out for contractors but some do not.

Fourth, learn from your mistakes. Learn more and more about what you can and can't write off, what is the best way to file, and most importantly - how you may have screwed up a previous year! Learn from others too. Our community is full of flight attendants at every stage of the game. We are constantly sharing our experiences and resources.

Fifth, there are classes offered to flight attendants that deal with the business of it all.If you are new, I suggest talking to Lauren about the options available to you.

Which brings me to my last point - Annual safety training comes up quick! As contracting flight attendants, we pay out of pocket for all of our training, so try your best to save up for that next year! Trust me, you will thank me for this one!

***Tax firm you may want to try - Airline Crew Taxes. crewtaxes@crewtaxes.com / 281-540-3040. They are located in Texas, but you can do it all online with them from anywhere in the country***

HOW TO BE A FLIGHT ATTENDANT MOM

I get it all the time. The look. The look from other parents, the look from my kids’ teachers at school, the look from my coworkers; I even get the look from some of my own family members. You know, the look that says, “How can you possibly choose to be a flight attendant mother, and still look at yourself in the mirror every day?”I am a flight attendant. My career choice often takes me away from my family for days, sometimes even weeks at a time. And it can be devastating. I have struggled for years over feeling immense guilt each time I walk out the door and onto a plane.I have spent too many hours being angry at myself for not being able to adequately express the necessity of working and angry at anyone who suggested that I simply didn't want to be home badly enough.

I can hear it in their voices:”I just don’t know how you do it! I can barely stand to be away from junior for a few hours, much less days.””Wow, so you fly to Hawaii?? That’s a rough life.” (Insert sarcasm here).”When I decided to have children, I knew it was my responsibility to stop working and stay home with them.””I can’t imagine letting everyone else raise my kids.”And on and on…

The judgement from others doesn’t even begin to compare to the crushing guilt I have brought upon myself. I have been hard on myself. There have been plenty of times when I have thought I must be a terrible mother for working. I have spent countless nights crying myself to sleep in lonely hotel rooms. I have missed birthday parties and holidays so the flying public could make it to theirs. I have missed school presentations and soccer games and a few first moments too…and I have tried to gracefully disregard the looks that say, “If you’d only make a few sacrifices and stop being so selfish, you could be at home too.”

Fact: I am jealous of moms that can stay at home every day with their kids. And I admire them.

You may ask me then, “Why do you keep flying?” Flying is my career, not my job. It provides half of our family’s household income as well as insurance benefits for my family. It is financially and medically beneficial for me to work. Cutting the cable is not enough to afford to keep me home (we don’t watch cable, anyway). My husband and I are preparing for our children’s futures: investing in their future education, and our retirement.My flight attendant career allows me to be home all day, every day for several days in a row. My time with my children is qualitative if not quantitative. My time and my energy is on them while I am home. We wake up together, we plan our day together, we do homework together, we read together, we play together and I tuck them into bed at night. I have the experience of a stay-at-home mom as well as the pride of being a professional in the workplace.I have the opportunity to teach my daughter’s what it means to have an independent, professional career, and to show them the importance of find a loving man that will support them in the pursuit of their dreams; whatever they may be.

For anyone that have met my children, you can not deny the fact that they are happy children. Some of the happiest I have ever known, in fact. I am immensely proud of them. They go to an amazing school, where their father and I take an active role in their education. This includes teaching them that the world extends beyond the state they live in; and even their country.

I have recently reached an epiphany: that by loving my job and the company I work for, and by pursuing my personal ambitions, I am fulfilling myself. I am creating within myself a better culture and in doing so, I am teaching my children to follow their dreams, even if it means doing something that isn’t necessarily socially accepted, understood or the norm. I have the opportunity to teach them to constantly better themselves, to consistently chase their dreams and to see those pursuits come into fruition.

There is so much pressure on moms today to get it right; to get it all right, all of the time. To read to their children 20 minutes a day and make sure they pass that math test, and to be sure they always eat their fruits and vegetables; to have a clean house and have the taxes done too. Moms, please do not succumb to the pressure but simply remember to love your children. Do the best you can. Do this, and you will succeed.

At the end of the day, I am just a mom, doing the very best I can, trying my hardest to raise my children to become respectable people, trying to create a wonderful life for them, and to support them the best I know how. So the next time you see me pick my kids up from school in my flight attendant uniform, remember to keep your judgement in check and know that I love them more than life and rest assured, they know it too.

I COMPLETED MY VVIP TRAINING...NOW WHAT?!

Once you have completed your training and obtained  your VVIP certifications be ready to promote yourself like crazy. Before you start sending out your resume, check and re-check your resume and cover letter. Everything you do from here on out should be perfect. Competition is fierce, but with the right training, drive and dedication anyone can soar!

Check out Air Charter Guide for a list of Charter Operators in your area. You will want to send your resume via email, snail mail and whenever possible, hand deliver it. Be sure you are sending your resume to the proper person in charge. Oftern times this is the Chief Pilot, Chief Cabin Attendant, Director of Operations or HR Department. Call ahead to confirm you are sending your resume to the proper person. Continue to follow up with them until they hire you or tell you to stop.

When you finally land your first flight, prepare, prepare, PREPARE. Get to planning and preparing for your flight right away. Things change be prepared for change and aim for perfectionin everthing you do. To make a good impression plan on being flawless in your appearance, performance and professionalism. You will not get a second chance to make a first impression. This is where the proper training comes into play and becomes invaluable.

ENJOY! You will love your new career. There is nothing like it on earth. You will travel the world in luxury, meet amazing people along the way and create memories that you will share with your grandchildren around the dinner table. Stories that will leave you and them in awe because you will have experienced what so few people will ever have an opportunity to even dream about.