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Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:50 am

I'm in the later half of my freshman year in college and it seems like all my friends from back home are going to be getting jobs over the summer. Obviously I don't wanna work McDonald's or some lame place like that, so I figured why not try and get a job at MKE?! I went to DL's website and filled out some stuff applying to be a gate/ticket counter agent, and then I got an email saying that I'm supposed to take an online "assessment." The only problem is, the email says "log on using the reference number given to you by the recruiter on the phone", except no one has called me (its been about a day since I did the app online) yet? I also applied for a similar position with F9 and I got an email saying "Your application has been received. We will review your application and contact you if we believe your background, experience and skills are a good match for this position.", so I'm guessing I just sit back and wait at this point? I'm only 19 years old, so do you think I even have a remote chance at landing one of these positions? Obviously I haven't done much, but here's what I had on my resume:

- Internship/shadowing with the Airport Operations Director at RFD for a few weeks
- 100 hours of community service during high school
- Worked as a basketball & baseball referee during high school
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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:18 pm

If you want to work at the airport look at the other stuff..

Rental Cars....(service agent, CSR, shuttler, even bus driver)
Skycaps
Restaurants at the airport
The FBOs
Parking lot shuttle companies

Dude at 18 I got hired at RDU working for a rental car company as a service agent and car check in agent....it was fun as hell there was always work and optional overtime....for lunch breaks I would always go to the observation park or landmark aviation and spot
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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:39 pm

Don't you get to fly for free though whenever you want if you work for an airline? That's one of the reasons I was hoping to land a spot with F9 or DL. Not to mention it'd be a lot more interesting, for me anyways.
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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:01 am

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 2):
Don't you get to fly for free though whenever you want if you work for an airline? That's one of the reasons I was hoping to land a spot with F9 or DL.

If you have an interest in using flight benefits during the summer months while being an employee at DL I would highly suggest finding a different airline to work for. I have a relatively high seniority date and it is a crap shoot every time myself or my wife want to fly somewhere. Having a seniority date of 2011 is going to be tough for non-revving. Of course it also depends on where you want to fly. I'm sure you could get to FTW on a Tuesday  
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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:20 pm

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
I'm only 19 years old, so do you think I even have a remote chance at landing one of these positions?

I was hired at 17 with a major airline in Canada (well, two months to my 18th). I was told that one of the big things that helped me out was my previous year of airline experience (working the ramp for another company).

You never know!

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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:52 am

I got an email from DL today that said I'm no longer being considered for their position, and I'm guessing that doesn't bode well for my chances with F9 either, eh?
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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:19 pm

To tell you the truth, airlines like to hire people who will stay on the job for more than a few months. When they hire somebody they are making an investment in training, and they don't want to see that training walking out the door in 90 days or so. For ticket/gate agents the training lasts several weeks. So by the time you are trained for that position, you'll only be working it for 6 more weeks, if that.
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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:23 am

Quoting type-rated (Reply 6):
To tell you the truth, airlines like to hire people who will stay on the job for more than a few months.

Bingo. I'd go hunting for summer internship opportunities at airlines. Not sure if they exist, but it's best to be on the up-and-up. You come in announcing right at the get-go that you need to be back at school on whatever date it is. The pay sucks, but if they like you, you have an personnel file in their HR department that reflects that fact and that makes it easier to get hired later on.
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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:52 am

It's really tough to get into the airline industry, especially with no experience. Don't be too discouraged if you don't get a job offer on your first try.

If you want to work for an airline, it certainly helps if you try gaining some sort of experience, be it through an internship or working through contract ground handlers such as Servisair or Swissport. Of course, there are always occasions when airlines do hire fresh employees with no experience, but it always helps to get your foot into the door first.

Since most airlines use computers to screen over thousands of resumes, it's important that yours stands out. Take a very close look at the job description, take a note of certain keywords there and tailor your resume accordingly. Generic, one-size-fits-all resumes normally don't catch the attention of the resume screener. Remember that hundreds, if not thousands of people may apply for the same position as you do, and they can't pick everyone!

Perhaps you can also emphasize flexibility and punctuality, since those are some of the things that airlines really look for in a candidate. Airlines love it when you tell them that you are accustomed to shift work and that you're willing to give up your weekends and holidays.
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RE: Applying For A Job With Delta Or Frontier?

Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:26 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
I'd go hunting for summer internship opportunities at airlines.

This is an excellent idea. Airlines do have summer internships, but they are far and few between and are applied for well in advance. Additionally, lots of the interns that are hired are in their second or third year of college.

I would look for a job that utilizes some of the skills you'd use at an airline. Customer Service jobs that require problem solving are good for this. Maybe a job as a customer service rep at an FBO would be more interesting to you.
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