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Last week, JetBlue completed the ridiculously crazy process of transferring system operations from a building in Forest Hills, Queens, NY to another building only several miles down the street in Long Island City, Queens, NY. It was a yearlong project of the utmost detail, a far cry from the last time they moved in 2003 and "balanced computer monitors on chairs to cross the street."
For the historical and political side of what convinced JetBlue to cozy up closer to Manhattan, see our previous post. Right now, however, let's take a look inside the new digs where people work every day to manage 14,000 crew and passenger numbers of greater proportions.
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It might not be quite as luxurious or exciting as it is on television, but if you’ve always thought of being a flight attendant then now’s the time to do so. Hawaiian Airlines—the unofficial airline of paradise—is now looking for flight attendants to help them expand across the islands and the world.
There's already plans for a New York City-to-Honolulu flight, and who knows where else they might be headed to in the future. In total there are around 175 new flight attendant positions available, but you better get that resume ready as the deadline is February 14.
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We love Tuesdays. Why, you ask? Because the day brings many travel tips and quips as "Travel Tuesday" on Twitter, and we're going to share our favorite with you. Got an avid travel twitterer we should follow? Let us know.
Getting a great travel job seems so difficult to do. When an airline is hiring for anything other than ramp jobs, it's like the Harvest Moon or something, which is why we are really loving the fact that not only did Southwest Airlines tweet a job opening today, but that it's for the position of Multi Media Manager. Ooothat likely means reading lots of Twitter! And we bet you already do that now, right?
Clicking through to their careers page, we find that they're needing much more than just multi media peeps. They're also scouting around for a few good pilots (only accepting resumes through March 23!) and of course those ramp agents.
Dear airlines: it's okay to post your job openings every so often. People gots to work, and heyif a side perk of the position is free travelthen you automatically already have our attention. And with SWA's track record of featuring employees in their TV commercial, you may soon be able to add a TV appearance to your resume.
Slater, who made headlines over the summer by cursing out passengers on his flight and then jumping out of the plane at JFK Airport via the inflatable evacuation slide (with two beers in hand), will be making some money working as the judge of the "Mile High Text Club" contest. The details are still fuzzy, but it has something to do with Slater deciding who has the worst travel horror story, as submitted by text message via a texting service over in-flight wifi. Wait, what? Yea, we're confused too.
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Fans of khaki shorts and airplanes should look no further than Southwest Airlines for a new career opportunity. The airline that hates fees is getting ready to hire a whole bunch of new crew members to serve drinks, review safety information, and to get that annoying guy in seat 10A to shut off his Blackberry. There are also new positions for those that prefer a better view and a snazzy hat, as the airline is also looking to hire some new pilots—it’s time to update those resumes!
As of now, Southwest Airlines is mainly hiring interns for the summer of 2011, but we’re thinking it’s only a matter of time before they open up the HR floodgates to welcome thousands of applications for pilot and flight attendant positions. Back in October Gary Kelly—airline CEO and Halloween expert—announced that that the airline will need around 200 new pilots and 300 new flight attendants in advance of the merger with AirTran. The airline hasn’t hired for these positions since 2008, so it’s kind of a big deal if you’re looking for a job with one of the most profitable domestic carriers.
Delta might not have the fun factor of JetBlue or Virgin America, but they sure fly to a lot more destinations. So if you’ve ever dreamt of being a global flight attendant now might be a great time to consider a career up in the air with Delta. It’s more than just serving drinks and reviewing safety information, and you might just need to shell out some cash for a copy of Rosetta Stone.
Make sure you have some pretty strong stuff on your resume, because since Delta opened their website in search of new flight attendants they’ve received over 80,000 applications. The carrier is bringing back some workers from furlough, but they’re still looking for even more new blood for their crew. Now’s the time to update that LinkedIn profile you forgot about, and to delete those embarrassing pictures off that other social network.
Does your job suck? Or maybe you just know there's something out there that's better for you. Or maybe you don't have a job at all. Whichever reason it is, let it get you motivated to enter Finnair's new contest, Top Quality Hunter.
The airline is looking to hire not one, but four people to act as "quality hunters," blogging as much as they're flying across Europe, the United States and Asia. Here's the idea of it:
The Quality Hunters' mission will be to travel to cities in Europe, Asia and the US throughout October and November, assessing flights, airports and destinations. As independent advisors to Finnair, they are expected to communicate their impartial views and recommendations to the company on a regular basis throughout the two-month period. In addition, the Quality Hunters will share their thoughts and adventures with the public through personal blogs.
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Dear readers, we are leaving you. Now that we know a California winery is searching for someone to basically drink wine full-time and talk about how great that is, our quest for full-time lushness can only point towards one place! It's been fun.
Kidding, but Sonoma County's Murphy-Goode Winery has created the first viable alternative we've seen to the Queensland Best Job in the World competition. The winery wants to pay a person to be a "wine country lifestyle correspondent," a $10,000-a-month position involving visiting vineyards, conducting tastings and blogging, tweeting and filing video diaries about same using their equipment from a "deluxe private home" deep in wine country. You'll even get to make a special wine blend commemorating your job, as if merely having the photo evidence weren't awesome enough. Did we mention that they pay you to do this?
While some backpackers work in bars to fund their extended vacations, there's an increasingly popular way to make a fast buck in Britain, but sorry gals: This one's exclusively for the guys.
Our hot job tip is donating sperm. Apparently since the laws changed and children conceived from donated sperm can look up Daddy once they turn 18, locals have gone off the idea. Backpackers figure they won't be so easy to find in 18 years' time.
One third of sperm donors in Britain are now from abroad, including Australians, South Africans and Colombians. These sperm-donating travelers won't get rich overnight but $750 for delivering 20, well, loads, is a much better deal than working late nights serving drunks at the pub.
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Looking for a holiday job in Australia? A car wash in Queensland capital Brisbane is advertising some vacant positions at the moment. They're looking for backpackers and travelers who want to earn some quick big bucks at this "small and exclusive car wash".
So what's the catch? Well, this is the Bubbles'n'Babes car wash and you've gotta be topless or nude to work there. It's a response to a drought-induced water shortage that's made it illegal for Brisbanites to wash their cars at home. Topless car washes start at $50, and full nudity (and a clean car) are $100.
A few locals have been complaining about the new business, but police and the local council say nothing illegal is going on: even the job ads makes it clear there's "no hustling and no touching".
The cops did ask for a screen on the street side of the car wash though:
We don't want any traffic accidents caused by people looking at the girls instead of looking at the road.
Safe driving then, and check it out if you want to make Aussie dollars fast.
Here's a factoid for you: while the number of air travelers around the world has spent the last 15 years rising, in Russia it's dropped from 130 million passengers per year during the times of the Soviet Union to just 20 million now. Why? It got expensive, true, when the USSR collapsed, but a key reason is people thought it was just too plain dangerous. The safety record of Russian domestic flights was simply way too unfriendly.
So why, we ask, would anyone want to fly a Russian budget airline? Although there's no evidence to support this, we all secretly assume that budget airlines cut corners and that if you pay about $20 for a flight you can't always expect to get to your destination without a hiccup. Despite this, newcomer SkyExpress has proudly launched flights from Vnukovo airport in Moscow to three destinations around Russia, with an opening special of 500 rubles a flight ($19).
A quick note: if you'd rather work for SkyExpress than just fly with them, there's an opening:
We are looking for: Girls and young men from 18 years with a pleasant appearance, growth 165 - 175 cm.
If you think your appearance is pleasant enough, get in contact with SkyExpress.
· First Budget Airline for Russia [CNN]
· Russia's First Budget Airline [Gadling]
· Airline Report: News Round-Up [Jaunted]
SFO*MEDIA, the mysterious and geographically confused outfit that publishes HotelChatter and Jaunted, is looking for some help. Pay is minimal for all of these "openings." Budget-wise, you should be thinking Motel 6 with a Triple AAA discount.
However, your name will be in ASCII lights, you will be a blogging star, and someday you might have your profile in a magazine featuring overexposed bloggers. It is the new new Olympic dream.
If the above does not make you physically ill, see what we are lookin' for, after the jump...