Here we are! The one-million-dollar question!
I‘ve ALWAYS been asked with this question and I feel the struggle that there is behind.
I know it because I’ve been there.
It can be three months, six months, one year or even four years: nobody can predict.
Well, let me tell you something: in Business Aviation it’s all a matter of how hard you try, mixed with a good quantity of being the right person, in the right moment, in the right place.
The spoiled Diva
Probably because in the Italian language Aviation is feminine, I always thought to Business Aviation as a spoiled Diva.
She wants to be chased after.
She wants to see your commitment. Truly. Madly. Deeply.
And yes! She has fun in shutting doors on your face more than once.
Disappointments? In big quantity.
Time? Oh, she can take it all.
And I am not exaggerating.
Then, one day…. all of a sudden she appears in front of you with her biggest smile, winking at you.
In the form of email or phone call, from that Private Jet Operator you sent your CV to ages ago, and that you forgot about.
And with this communication they ask you if you are still interested and available for a meeting, and a few weeks later…. There you go!
You are on the dance floor dancing with the stars, happier and fulfilled than ever!
How much do you have to insist before giving up?
This is entirely up to you.
I would tell you not to stop at all.
But I know very well the frustration you will get.
I therefore understand that every now and then you may need some time to heal your ego before getting to the battle again.
Also, it depends on your private life.
If you have some personal issues that require your full attention you might need to temporarily remove this goal from the top priorities.
What could be a good strategy?
1. Well, first of all, get a proper training about Business Aviation.
Understand what they want from you and how can you give it to them, better than the others.
2. Learn how to be humble and how to ask things.
3. Study the market you want to join (America, Europe, China, Middle East….) as much as possible, and keep yourself up-to-date on a daily basis.
On that matter, remember that LinkedIn is your friend….
Every day while having breakfast I go on the social media and I scroll to learn news, announcements, changes, etc.
4. Every time you fail or get rejected, adjust your profile a little bit more.
It’s a matter of millimetres.
Take new professional pictures to add to your CV (it is a requirement in Europe), re-phrase the profile summary, make your cover letter more interesting, do a plating course and add it in your candidature.
This is called “profile evolution”.
Just a little adjustment might be the key to open that door!
My wish for you.
My biggest wish is for you to fail a few interviews at the beginning of your journey in the Corporate Industry.
In this way, you can learn a lot about yourself and about this field, and become a real master of the VIP flight attendant recruitment process.
Up to the point that you become so confident, that you don’t fear those meetings anymore.
This will be the time where you will be successful!
– It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be worth it. –