Friday, February 14, 2014

Febuary Webinar Show Notes

Just in case you missed it, here are the notes from the February 2014 free webinar. The March webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 13.  Please sign up for the mailing list to make sure you receive an invite.

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A little about me~ I’m Abbie Unger.

A wife, mother, writer, former flight attendant and owner of FACC. In 2006, I began my career as a fa with United.  I was fired after only a few weeks due to a scheduling mishap but I had the opportunity to fly to Japan, Germany and SFO before that happened. By the time I was fired, I knew I was meant to be a fa. I immediately begin to apply at other airlines and five weeks later, I was offered a job with Continental.  I later took a fa job with PSA Airline (US Airways Express) where I was promoted to Instructor. As a FA I have traveled to Barcelona, Guatemala, Mexico, NYC, England, Paris, and too many other places to name here.

About 2 1/2 years ago, I decided to hang up my wings when I had my first child, but my husband works for Southwest, so I still take full advantage of his flight benefits and other interline discounts.

I believe if you have a dream to become a fa, that’s not a mistake
 and I am passionate about helping dreams come true.
I wrote an eBook with everything you need to know to get an interview and land the job. 

 Why do I want to be a flight attendant?
This question is asked in every interview, so I’m sharing my answer with you.  This answer is different for everyone, but it should highlight what you can offer the company instead of focusing on the airline can offer you. (I love to travel.)

“I want to be a flight attendant because I enjoy being around big groups of people, the hustle and bustle always energizes me. I also enjoy the feeling I get when I’m able to solve a problem for someone.  As a fa, you have the opportunity to make someone’s day. People come onboard and they are angry or sad or afraid and I with a kind word, their whole experience can be changed.  And some people come on happy because they are visiting family or they just got a new job and as a flight attendant I can give them a high five and be happy with them."
Airline news:
Mesa Airlines has had a bad reputation over the last 10 years or so.  They have the worst work rules, their airplanes are old and they have almost gone out of business several times.  BUT, I believe Mesa is turning over a new leaf and they are worth considering.  They are out of bankruptcy and doing well finically.  They are updating their old planes and even ordering brand new ones.  They are ramping up hiring to fill up these new planes, so reserve time will be short. They fly all over the US and have some pretty good layovers.
Click here to apply with Mesa Airlines.

Three pieces of bad interview advice:
(I made a video about this.  Click here to watch and please leave a comment.)

Don’t wear a lot of make up:
This is wrong! Airlines require makeup as part of their uniform guidelines so please wear makeup to your interview.  It needs to be tasteful, daytime makeup and not clubby, sparkle paint.  And wear lipstick.  Not gloss. Not Lip Smackers.  Lipstick.

Act professional:
A lot of times people try to act professional and they come across as corporate, stuffy, stand off-ish and  buttoned-up.  This is the opposite of how you want to act.  During your flight attendant interview, please be warm, engaging and welcoming. The advice should be “use good manners” not “be professional.”

Be yourself:
No way. DO NOT BE YOURSELF. Be your best self!  Take the best parts of your personality and show them off.  You don’t need to show them everything about you.

 Did you know I offer career coaching just for future flight attendants?
Coaching is so beneficial. A FA interview is an interview like no other.  The questions are different, the style is different, the entire format is different. Each coaching session lasts about an hour and is accomplished using skype. I will ask you all sorts of FA interview questions like “Why do you want to be a FA?” or “Tell me about a difficult situation you encountered.” Or even “If you were an animal, what kind would you be?”  We will discuss your answers and I will give you valuable feedback so you will know if you are heading in the right direction, using the STAR format or if you need to think of a new example.

Another benefit of coaching is it helps me to become more familiar with your life and your story which will enable me to give you better advice as you make decisions.


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