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Trying To Find Work With The Airlines  
User currently offlineRadicalDudeJOM From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 57 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5834 times:

For years I've dreamed of working for the airline. Any job. Even checking people in, selling tickets, taking tickets, anything to do with the airlines. I'm now 30 and have been working as a PGA certified golf instructor and have decided I no longer want to be involved in golf and want to pursue my airline dream. Be somewhere that inspires me on a day to day basis. I live in San Francisco and have filled out all the online applications for the last 6 months and haven't got anything. Is there anyone here who could offer me any tips to just get inside? Not sure if this is even the right forum, but I thought I'd give it a try.

Sometimes, your cards aren't worth a dime, if you don't lay them down.
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User currently offlineisitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5772 times:

Years ago it worked for me. I think BN hired me keep me out of the station manager office.

If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
User currently offlineburnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7922 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

Find contacts, remember jobs posted on the website are last resorts, like at most companies jobs are often not posted to outside of the company. You may need to be more specific regarding the area, just wanting to do anything isn't going to help I don't think.

User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5721 times:

If you haven't already, you may want to look into trying to get hired on at one of the third party ground handling contractors at your local airport. It may not pay as well as an airline does, but it gets you valuable experience that if an airline starts looking to fill positions, gives you an advantage over some of the other applicants.

User currently offlineWN738 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 153 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5683 times:

It really is all about who you know. for Better or for worse. (I'm not really a fan of Nepotism, but that's the way the world works)

I had the same dream, but i gave up on it   Due to practical concerns such as finding a job to pay the bills. I must have applied a 40-50 times to virtually every airline in the US, plus some international ones at LAX and only American Eagle responded with a group interview (didn't make it to their second round unfortunately).

Internships really help, though that's more of a student thing, and not always feasable but most importantly NETWORKING; that was my disadvantage; graduating college, i wasn't able to get an internship and had virtually no contacts, plus I'm a shy person by nature. If you can find events to go to, job fairs, trade shows, what not for airlines, try to make as many connections as you can, even if you don't talk about employment day one, just chat and make connections, and BE PERSISTENT as they say. Its a bad time for airlines, and unfortunately all i saw was part-time jobs that paid VERY bad, but if you really want it, its a start.

Me? I ended up going into Airport Operations, pay is much better starting out than what an airline pays, but i still some times catch myself wanting to work for an airline...

Keep trying, its very frustrating, i know, but if you really want it you'll get something.

Just my   

Good Luck!  

User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5637 times:

Quoting WN738 (Reply 4):
It really is all about who you know. for Better or for worse. (I'm not really a fan of Nepotism, but that's the way the world works)

Exactly. Working at an airport, you can get to know folks at other airlines and they can sometimes give you a heads up that their airline is looking for folks and knowing the right folks can get you in the door that someone off the street may not. There are jobs that airlines typically post internally, but knowing the right person can get you in the door even if you are not an employee of that airline.

I never got to take advantage of having someone with juice in the industry, as by the time I got into the industry, all of the folks my grandfather knew from his days at Eastern (He was in management on the air cargo side and had connections galore back in the day.) were either dead or retired. Had Eastern not gone under in 1991, and was around when I went into the industry in 1999, I probably could have gotten hired on with a single phone call from my grandfather.

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