When you consider the financial rewards alone, everybody wants in. It isn’t unheard of that crew take home not only their monthly income but also substantial signs of appreciation from their more generous VIPs.
On the flip side, the employers’ expectations are high, the recruiters are extremely selective and the difficulty to break through these barriers is real.
So how do you get there? How do u break into the highly lucrative, very prestigious field of VIP aviation?
The general requirements are:
Up to 35 years of age
Minimum height 165 cm and weight in proportion with height
Previous VIP experience
Strong knowledge of official protocols when dealing with HNWI (heads of state, royal family members, celebrities, etc.)
Impeccable portfolio (CV and photos)
Very discreet person
Creativity and personal accountability
Highly developed organizational skills
The age requirement tends to be fluid and very much dependant on each VIP airline or business jet owner. Some prefer candidates that are young and completely new to the industry, while others prefer more seasoned candidates with extensive experience in corporate and VIP aviation.
Some of the requirements are set in stone (e.g. personal presentation and demeanor, discretion, height/weight, etc.) however some might leave room for compromise between the recruiters and the applicants (yourself).
When it comes to experience however, if nobody hires you, how are you going to gain that experience?
First you have to remember that every VIP cabin crew was once a commercial airline cabin crew. The industry is open for anybody who’s ambitious enough to pursue it.
Getting into the private aviation sector takes a whole lot of individual study, a good network to expose your portfolio through and a little bit of luck.
According to statistics, 1 in 100 cabin crew applying for a role with a VIP operator actually end up getting the job.
Staying updated with all the active job offers as well as knowing the exact requirements for each is essential to sending your application out and through the right channels.
Invest in your industry-relevant knowledge as much as possible so you can appear in front of recruiters with 100% confidence.
This will not only show a great deal of initiative and determination on your side, but the recruiters will be happy to be presented with a ready-to-go candidate like yourself that needs little to no time dedicated to ground and on-the-job training.
Follow up with the current vacancies and apply consistently.
Expand your network and try getting in touch with cabin crew that are active in the field and might be willing to give you additional insight on how to present yourself at the interview.
Most importantly, never give up!
You can’t loose if you don’t give up.
Remain consistent and follow your dream and you will surely reach your goal sooner than later.