Beyond the basics like taking a shower, wearing a shirt and tie and showing up to the right place, be ready for HR questions, don't be afraid to talk about mistakes you made and how you learned from them, show enthusiasm for the job, the airline you want to work and the field in general. LEARN THINGS ABOUT THE AIRLINE YOU WANT TO INTERVIEW FOR. You're going to want to be in the know on new exciting developments as well as the general body of work that the airline does. If you are going to interview at, for example, Endeavor, It probably behooves you to know where they're big, who they fly for, that Delta just allocated more airplanes their way. Show a desire to learn, to be a part of the team and all that other rah rah stuff and you'll be driving to get lunch for more senior dispatchers in no time.Besides what I learned how should I prepare for my first interview?
I think you'd learn a ton as far as knowledge gained, but would be a different experience than a traditional airline. No flight benefits would be a bummer though.UW would probably be good experience due to their international flight planning - however there wouldn't be any flight benefits. Also for getting to a major there wouldn't be any actual 121 experience gained. Would be a decent first job though. Bonus points if you like/have ties to the area.
If you go the offer, I wouldn’t plan on being allowed to leave, or being considered after just a few months there. AA usually wants people in their position for at least a year before you move somewhere else.Should I take this flight planner position (no actual dispatching) or wait out for a regional? Would it look bad if I left the flight planner position a few months into it
Now I’m confused.Sorry, but wouldn't experience at a regional count? I didn't mean a major airline would accept a few months at a 135.
What he's saying is that if you're looking to get a foot in the door with american via crew scheduling or a flight planner in hopes to move into a dispatch position at american, they typically would keep you in that role for at least a year before considering you for another position.Sorry, but wouldn't experience at a regional count? I didn't mean a major airline would accept a few months at a 135.
1. The regionals are more or less always hiring. There‘s a class at a regional starting once a month usually. That may be drying up as regionals continue to consolidate. As you observed, the majors tend to hire 1-3 times a year and that’s it.Hey y'all. Found this forum recently and it's been a great resource as I plan a career transition from IT to DX in the next year or so! I have a couple of questions that I don't believe have been asked here yet:
1. Is there any sort of cadence to regional hiring practices as far as best time of year to attend a course/begin applying for positions? I realize that major hiring obviously informs it but didn't know if there's a time of year to shoot for? I'm thinking of attending class from November to December but was wondering if I'd have a potentially harder time finding work as the year winds down rather than before or after the new year/holidays.
2. Do DX employees usually have any sort of dress code restrictions on facial hair? I know pilots and other flight crew generally need to be clean shaven but wasn't sure if that was extended to dispatchers or other ops positions? I assume not, but wanted to check (I've rocked a beard for a long while now and want to know if I can keep it lol).
“If you’re willing to die of hypoxia, you may ride with the beard.”Both American and American Light (Envoy). Manual states that as long as the jumpseater is aware that a beard can lessen the integrity of the seal they are good to go.