Tuesday, April 12, 2011

First Time

Last month, I was so busy completing all the requirements I needed; like pictures, business attire, stockings, shoes, makeups, makeup brushes, printing my CV and cover letter. Why? It's because I'm applying in a position of Flight Attendant for a famous international airline!

When I was in gradeschool, I was the tallest of the class.  My classmates would tease me as "kapre" because of my height.  But for my ninang and my lola, they were envisioning something for me.  They originally wanted me to become a flight stewardess.  Back then, I really didn't care with my look, with my posture, with my girly manners.  I was like tomboy-ish, that's why I said no, I want to be an engineer. O diba? Lalaking lalaki.  Then I thought of being an architect, a graphic artist, a programmer, then I ended up being a NURSE.  I love being a nurse, actually. Maybe because it was a challenging job and I got to take care and interact with the patients -- and doctors.  Well, anyways..

I tried to take a shot of the recruiters, but failed
One day, as I was chatting with my former classmate in college, she told me about FA,  telling me stories like how did she get in, what were her preparations, and of course, SALARY! :)  So, I decided to give it a shot, it'll not harm me, right? :)

Open day. Sunday morning.  The event starts at 9 a.m. in the morning at a certain hotel here in Manila.  I woke up early and prepared early.  I had my make-up and hair done, my blouse ironed, my shoes shined, ate breakfast, and headed to the hotel.  Before I left, I prayed that hopefully, everything will be alright and I won't make any mistakes.  I was so nervous.  As I went in the hotel, I saw some beautiful, tall, and neat girls all dressed like me - business attire suites. All of them are so pretty that I felt intimidated, but I told myself not to because I need to have enough confidence for me to get this job.

Flight attendant wannabees just like me
The event coordinators let us enter in a big function room where there were a lot of chairs and in the front, there were 3 tables - that's for the recruiters.  I seated on the left side of the room, 4th or 5th row.  I met a girl who already is a ground stewardess in Qatar. We had some chat. She advised me somethings about being an FA, or how to answer in an interview, and her experiences.  It was such a good feeling that I found a new friend.  After a while, the recruiters came in.  Indeed, they were three; first, a blonde woman, a brunette, kinda like Spanish descent; and a Filipina and they are all beautiful.  The Spanish-like woman announced that the event is officially starting and they will contact us for the shortlists applicants.  We queued by rows.  My seatmate told me to go to the Spanish-like woman because she looks very kind and she smiles always.  I went to her.  As I approached her, I smiled and she smiled back.  She asked me what my age, is it my first time to apply as an FA, and my height.  That's it.

I went home and waited.  I told my college friend that I think I didn't make it because no ones contacting me. I waited every beep of my phone hoping to get a text. But none.. Until about 5:30 in the afternoon, our home phone rang and called me that it was for me.. And that was agency! I got in! I was shortlisted.  I feel so lucky and blessed, and of course happy!! :)

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