Delta Airlines: 100,000 Apply for 1,000 Openings

airline jobsDelta Airlines is hiring 1,000 flight attendants. So far, more than 100,000 have applied, reports Scott Mayerowitz at ABC News.

But the high unemployment rate in the United States is not the primary reason for the popularity of Delta Airlines as a employer. Those applying also are opting to being in an office cubicle from 9 to 5. In addition, they want to see the world, be it Europe, Asia, or South America.

They are those who, unlike JetBlue malcontent Steven Slater, see working as a flight attendant as being a combination of a career path that's full of glamour and the opportunity to deliver impeccable service to customers. Among the passengers are many paying $6,000 for a first-class ticket.

The pay starts in the upper $20,000s. A nice perk is the travel. Company flight attendants have an average of 20 years service and have voted down unionization.

Delta Airlines looks for those with high emotional intelligence, particularly when it comes to dealing with conflict and crisis. Knowing a second language is a plus. Because the company is customer-centric, it tries to make the hiring process pleasant, even fun. After all, the odds are that a particular applicant will not be hired. However, Delta Airlines wants to lay the groundwork for that person to be a loyal customer in the future.

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Jane Genova http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan.  After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject.  Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging.  In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School.  She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.

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