JBLUA320
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Hired! First Job In The Industry.

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:44 am

Hey all,

Just a little bit of self gloss that I couldn't hold back! I just got invited to attend training to become a CSR for ExpressJet Airlines, based out of RDU. This is for the independent operation, and not for any activity related to COEX or DLCON. I can't wait! Everyone at the RDU station is really upbeat about the new operation, and the city has been performing well.

This is my first job in the industry, and they told me when I graduate from college w/ my Marketing degree, there will be plenty of room for advancement with the company down at HQ in Houston. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there since I'm only going to be a sophomore, but I just thought I'd share the news!

Hope to see as many of you as I can down at RDU and at other XE stations!

JBLU
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:50 am

Congratulations!!!!!!!! Great job Ben!
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:15 am

Haha thanks Jeff... I'm almost afraid to see what happens when you drop in on RDU for a visit!

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Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:18 am

Congrats  Smile

Took me 10 years on and off to get my first job in the industy.

Have fun
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:36 am

Congrats. I guess I know who's buying the beer tonight.

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RE: Hired! First Job In The Industry.

Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:44 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 4):
Congrats. I guess I know who's buying the beer tonight.

 Smile Beer for you, Coke for me. If only I was of age!

JBLU
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:50 am

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 5):
Quoting Dougloid (Reply 4):
Congrats. I guess I know who's buying the beer tonight.

Beer for you, Coke for me. If only I was of age!

For shame sir! Have you not heard of underage drinking? It is as American as apple pie to paraphrase H. Rap Brown.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:54 am

Hey I was TRRYYYING to be professional here...  Wink

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Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:11 am

Congratulation on your sucess. I know that you are looking forward to work at RDU. I would love to work for aviators but unable to do it. But it does not stop my hobby about aviators.  Smile
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:28 am

Hey JBLU, great job!!

I'm a sophmore at ERAU and I can't wait to get my aviation related internship next summer Big grin

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JBLUA320
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:43 am

Thanks everyone-- I can't wait to start! Right now, I am waiting to hear where training is. It's two weeks of training. The class normally takes place in Houston where the airline's training facilities are, but because of space limitations, they've been having classes in Kansas City and Ontario, too.

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Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:53 am

Congrats man!

As an airline agent, (cross trained, I do counter and ramp!) it is a pretty rewarding job if you like aviation and airplanes. You will have "those" days when you wonder if you really do love it... I have been doing this for 7-8 years total, took some time off after my first stint, then I have been at this same job for almost 6.5 years. You will have your stressful days, but overall it will be very rewarding, or that is the way it is with me. Keep your head up, it will take you a long, long time to figure all the intricacies out. Heck, we have an agent that has worked for the company 25 years and she is still finding new stuff. Learn as much as you can, don't ever try to know it all, you never will, just never cease learning. Good luck, may you survive re booking your first canceled flight!

Tazz

Edit: forgot to type a word... oops.

[Edited 2007-06-26 01:22:20]
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:11 am

Congrats! Have fun with this job!
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:51 am

My favorite job of all time, despite often being treated as disposable by my employer and the occasional extremely irate passenger was being an international CSR for AA at ORD was a wonderful time I will never forget. I hope expressjet takes you far!
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:35 am

Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. Tazz, I am also going to be cross-trained so there will definitely be "those days" but it seems like the XE team at RDU is really motivated, so hopefully we'll pull through those issues as a team.

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Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:54 am

Best bet is to be out on the ramp during one of "those days" as the baggage can't talk back to you. I have been on both sides and the ramp is the better one of the choices if it works for you.
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:03 am

Congrats Ben!!! ExpressJet is a great airline! I'm glad you found a job in the airline industry!
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:54 am

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 14):
hopefully we'll pull through those issues as a team.

That is the key to making it through, I too work with an awsome bunch of agents. We strive to be the best, and we have a lot of fun doing it. Some of the best feelings I get are when the team faces a lot of challenges and pull off "miracles", making up time on a turn so you don't blow conx down line, and other such events. It is a up and down industry, but fun none the less! When people ask if I like what I do, I typically answer, I get paid to play with planes don't I? Enjoy!

Quoting Freshlove1 (Reply 15):
the baggage can't talk back to you

How true is that! Unfortunately here we have such small crews for the flight, that when irregular ops happen, we all are up at the counter helping the customers. I have worked strait ramp for another airlines, xld flts were easy going for me there.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:05 pm

I waited 49 years to start as a ramp agent in the industry I've loved all my life. I start my 2nd week tomorrow.  Big grin

Congrats!!!
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:23 pm

Thanks again for all the kind words! It's exciting to be a part of this little "community" -- hopefully the long journey from here leads to even bigger and better things!

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Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:32 pm

Congrats on the job, and BTW...I LOVE ExpressJet! Just flew the ONT-AUS segment! Very much like COEX, but a differnt paintjob on the outside! I love them!
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:41 pm

Congratulations.

I ramped for almost four years while going to college and earned a management position shortly after graduation. Get the job, get the degree, get some time with your company, continue to network, and the rest will fall into place.


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Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:51 pm

Congrats.
I still remember my 1st job & 1st day on a CheckC of a B737 many years ago.
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RE: Hired! First Job In The Industry.

Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:30 pm

Quoting JBLUA320 (Thread starter):
I just got invited to attend training to become a CSR for ExpressJet Airlines, based out of RDU.

Congratulations on the new job! Big grin

Hopefully I will work in the aviation industry someday. I have already applied with UA, WN, and FX here in ABQ, but none of them have contacted me.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:22 pm

Congratulations!

I have a great time everytime I fly ExpressJet (CO Exp and Indep.). I hope that you have a fun time with them and hope to have you as one of my CSR's if I ever happen to go to RDU for anything.


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RE: Hired! First Job In The Industry.

Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:29 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 21):
I ramped for almost four years while going to college and earned a management position shortly after graduation. Get the job, get the degree, get some time with your company, continue to network, and the rest will fall into place.

That's the hope! Thanks for your help with the FedEx stuff, by the way. It almost worked out but there were some scheduling conflicts... the people there seemed really nice, though!

Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 23):
Hopefully I will work in the aviation industry someday. I have already applied with UA, WN, and FX here in ABQ, but none of them have contacted me.

It's difficult for sure. I really liked ExpressJet, so even after I applied and took the online survey, I did some scouting around to find the e-mail address for the recruitment staff and sent a follow up. It turns out, that follow up letter sealed the deal, as they forwarded it to the RDU station with my cover letter and resume. I think if you can prove that you don't want the job because you are just looking for a job (but rather because you actually WANT to push bags around!) they are much more willing to work with you.

Quoting RedTailDTW (Reply 24):
I have a great time everytime I fly ExpressJet (CO Exp and Indep.). I hope that you have a fun time with them and hope to have you as one of my CSR's if I ever happen to go to RDU for anything.

You'll have to let me know if you ever come!

Thanks again, all... I'm looking forward to being a connection for y'all with XE.

JBLU
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:36 pm

The other thing about working in the aviation industry.

It's cyclical which means that if you spend any time at all in it you'll get real good at keeping your eyes open for the main chance and not going down with the ship.

Learn as much as you can.
Remember that your boss does not want to hear about a problem without a ready made solution.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:40 pm

I wonder when they'll be a thread titled

Fired! Last Job in the Industry..........

Good Luck!

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Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:56 pm

Congrats on the job Ben! Always great to get a foot in the door!

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 10):
class normally takes place in Houston

I look forward to having ya here in Houston. I'll take ya up on that Beer....hopefully someday you can transfer down here to HQ and get a Management Job (or go to CO and get a Management Job  Smile

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Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:58 am

Quoting ATCT (Reply 28):

I look forward to having ya here in Houston. I'll take ya up on that Beer....hopefully someday you can transfer down here to HQ and get a Management Job (or go to CO and get a Management Job Smile

Yessir, but I want to see the tower! I'll trade you... 1 beer for every 15 minutes  Smile

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Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:04 am

Congrats! I wish I had enough time to work part time at RDU during the school year, but there is no way that will happen.
 
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Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:26 am

Quoting PDXtriple7 (Reply 30):
Congrats! I wish I had enough time to work part time at RDU during the school year, but there is no way that will happen.

Yeah I feel you on that one. It's definitely going to be a bit time consuming-- I've had to scale back a few committments back at Elon to make it work. But if you are ever at the airport, swing by and say hey!

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Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:50 am

Ben--

Congrats! You seem as much excited as I am. I also just started with Southwest Airlines as a CSA, March 19th and it is very exciting to be workin g for the airlines, you have an immediate bond with other employees and other airlines, it is indeed a very cool thing!

Have a lot of fun, and some things I have learned, work HARD, thats all they want to see and will let you know fi they see you slacking a bit, have FUN, always be courteous and respectful to everyone and it will help you in the long way. Most importantly, as long as you try your best to do what you CAN do it will be rewarded back to you in one way or another, that I promise you, and this I am learning every week as I continue my work with Southwest Airlines.

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Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:33 am

Quoting JBLUA320 (Thread starter):

Well well... Congrats man! I'm sure this is a start of a long journey in the aviation field for you! You always have to start somewhere. I'm also applying for a position with Delta this summer, so we'll see how that goes. I flew out of RDU last month, you should have been working already  Smile

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 32):

Have a lot of fun, and some things I have learned, work HARD, thats all they want to see and will let you know fi they see you slacking a bit, have FUN, always be courteous and respectful to everyone and it will help you in the long way. Most importantly, as long as you try your best to do what you CAN do it will be rewarded back to you in one way or another, that I promise you, and this I am learning every week as I continue my work with Southwest Airlines.

Take Alex's advice. After following him during his application/interview process I learned how truly motivated and eager he was about getting that job. And guess what.. he did. Be professional, be motivated, and most importantly have fun and enjoy what you do.

Once again, congratulations on your new position. I hope to follow suit soon!

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Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:57 am

Thanks for the great advice, Alex. I'll definitely remember that! And to you, Mr. P- don't get me started. I'm still ticked I didn't get to see you when you were here, but next time you are out on the lake, we'll plan something.

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Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:38 am

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 25):

That's the hope! Thanks for your help with the FedEx stuff, by the way. It almost worked out but there were some scheduling conflicts... the people there seemed really nice, though!

You very welcome. Please don't hesitate to ask in the future either. Someday it may work out for you where you can join team Purple!

 rotfl 

Again, congratulations on the job.
 
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Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:40 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 35):
Someday it may work out for you where you can join team Purple!

Oh for goodness sake... I already bat for Team Pink, now I need Purple, too?

Oi veh.
 
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:35 am

Congratulations!!

Now you will have to change your user name!  Wink
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:25 am

Quoting Ilikeyyc (Reply 37):
Now you will have to change your user name!

Hmmm.... I never thought of that. Naaaaah... I may be an XEer but I'll always be a softie for B6  Wink

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