If you dream about jetting from Atlanta to Abu Dhabi, Oakland to Auckland, you may not want to be stuck in an office all day. Instead of quitting your job to backpack around the globe, get paid and travel at the same time. How, you ask? Delta Airlines is hiring.
Delta Air Lines is hiring more than 1,000 crewmembers for 2018. That’s right, you can try your hand at being a flight attendant flying the big blue skies and serving jetsetters just like yourself. When you’re not going over security measures, prepping the plane for arrivals and departures, or tending to guests, you have the chance to explore the world.
To qualify, Delta flight attendant applicants must be at least 21 by Jan. 1, have more than one year of experience in customer service, patient care or caring for someone, and education beyond high school. Fluency in a language other than English is also a plus.
And although 1,000 open roles seems like a lot, being a flight attendant is a job that, reportedly, only goes to about 1 percent of the more than 100,000 people who apply for it. In fact, Delta reports that it has already received more than 125,000 applications.
Just last year, Delta received about 150,000 flight attendant applications, reviewed 35,000 video interviews and 6,000 in-person interviews. After all of that, the Atlanta-based airline hired about 1,200 flight attendants.
However, stiff competition shouldn’t deter you from finding a job that fits your life and your inner adventurer. “Earning and wearing the wings of Delta is something our flight attendants are proud of and passionate about, as they should be,” Allison Ausband, Delta Senior Vice President of inflight service, said in a statement. “After making it through the highly competitive and exhaustive selection process, they put all their previous experience and skills to the test during our flight attendant initial training.”
According to Glassdoor reviews from flight attendants, candidates were asked a variety of technical and behavioral questions including: Why do you want to work Delta? Describe a time where you had to adjust and change your schedule on short notice. Tell me a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who has unethical behavior.
Once the approximately two month process was complete and flight attendants scored the job, the Delta travel privileges and perks were rolled out. After completing 30 days of service with the company, you can use your travel privileges to travel anywhere Delta flies. Family members are also eligible for free and reduced rate travel. Delta also offers excellent benefits from flex spending accounts to life insurance, a 401K, a profit-sharing plan, matching gifts to education programs (up to $2,000 per year) and even an employee-powered scholarship fund, which awarded a total of $1.09 million to 591 recipients in 2017.
Now there is an additional perk to getting your wings with the airline. A gig with Delta could also mean Hollywood stardom. Delta has just premiered a reality miniseries about becoming one of its flight attendants. Aptly entitled “Earning Our Wings,” the series chronicles the journeys of some of Delta’s flight-attendants-in-training as they complete a “grueling eight-week training program that tests their limits.” Think: The Real World meets America’s Next Top Model, all at 30,000-feet.
Check out the first episode, and apply to one of Delta’s open roles today!