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Happy 2018: Emirates Has Finally Reopened Cabin Crew Recruitment – Applications Being Accepted Now

Happy 2018: Emirates Has Finally Reopened Cabin Crew Recruitment – Applications Being Accepted Now

Happy 2018: Emirates Has Finally Reopened Cabin Crew Recruitment - Applications Being Accepted Now

Wow!  Back in mid-January, Emirates’ chief operations officer, Adel Al Redha said his airline would “soon start recruiting cabin crew.”  The only problem was that no one knew what “soon” meant – it turns out the recruitment team have been working day and night with the recruitment process suddenly opening up this morning.

This will be incredibly welcome news for the thousands of hopeful candidates who have been waiting patiently for Emirates to start hiring again.  The airline stopped accepting applications back in December 2016 so it’s certainly been a very long wait.

For serving crew, this announcement couldn’t come soon enough.  In an attempt to cut costs, Emirates suspended recruitment in order to battle a very weak financial performance in 2016/2017.  As a result, crew have said they are overworked due to a lack of new joiners.

The good news is that the airline’s financial situation has improved dramatically recently.  Tim Clark, Emirates’ president said at the end of 2017: “Despite the ups and downs of 2017, Emirates delivered steady growth and we have come out stronger and even more resilient.”

At the Dubai Air Show last year, Emirates placed a massive $15.1 billion USD order for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner’s.  Beating that figure, Emirates recently saved the Airbus A380 programme by placing an order for up to 36 of the superjumbo’s worth $16 billion.

Only a few days ago, Emirates said it would bolster its U.S. services with a new direct flight from Dubai to Newark.  The airline is also increasing its number of services to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.  The move is seen as significant after Emirates had to partly retreat from the U.S. market following moves made by the Trump Administration.

There are, however, still a lot of unanswered questions.  While we have reached out to both Emirates and our sources, everyone is staying tightlipped at the moment.  We don’t yet know how many cabin crew the airline plans to hire, how long the application process will be open or where Assessment Day’s will take place.

Nor have we got confirmation of when ab initio training will start – although it’s suggested that April is likely to be a key month.

What we do know, is that the application process is going to be very different.  More so than ever before, the quality of your resume/CV is going to be vitally important.  You’ll also need to be prepared for a new pre-recorded video interview.

Get prepared now:

Emirates Cabin Crew Recruitment – Step by Step Process 2018

The Step by Step Guide to Creating Your Perfect Cabin Crew Resume

The Complete Guide to the Cabin Crew Video Interview: Part One – What is an On-Demand Video Interview?

The Complete Guide to the Cabin Crew Video Interview: Part Two – How to Ace the Interview. Tips and Advice

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  • Such wonderful news! And on my birthday as well?! The perfect gift!

    Quick question. Can I use my Qatar Airways photo’s (with the blue background) or is it wiser to get them redone with a white background?

    • Happy Birthday!
      We would suggest submitting photos with a white background. That is the official background accepted and we would hate to see your application rejected over something so trivial. It might not be necessary to get the photos retaken. If you don’t have photo editing software at home, search online for a service that can alter the colour of the background for you. It will cost you a fraction of the price and will be much quicker. I hope this helps and the very best of luck!

  • Such wonderful news! And on my birthday as well?! The perfect gift!

    Quick question. Can I use my Qatar Airways photo’s (with the blue background) or is it wiser to get them redone with a white background?

    • Happy Birthday!
      We would suggest submitting photos with a white background. That is the official background accepted and we would hate to see your application rejected over something so trivial. It might not be necessary to get the photos retaken. If you don’t have photo editing software at home, search online for a service that can alter the colour of the background for you. It will cost you a fraction of the price and will be much quicker. I hope this helps and the very best of luck!

  • I’d love to work for Emirates for a long time (until I’m 65) but the thing is that I’ve heard that you can’t no longer work for them once you’re 50…Is it true?

    • Hello Markus. Many thanks for your question.
      The answer depends on what role you have at Emirates – it’s true there is no formal retirement plan for operational, uniformed staff like cabin crew. Once you reach 50 years of age, Emirates will renew your contract for 12-months. After that time, you’ll be expected to leave the airline. However, similar restrictions do not apply to high-performing office-based staff so this is always an option.

  • hello, I just got struggling with the online interview section, I don’t really know how long should I do a recording and what I should include, and is that all about my work experience and education background or should I add up any topics?. can you suggested and guided what is the main point and the main part of it ? Thanks.

    • The online interview is a pre-recorded or ‘on-demand’ video interview. Emirates will present you with around three questions from a pool of possible questions. You will not know what the question is until just before you have to answer it. You’ll have about 30 seconds to prepare and then 2 minutes to answer the question. The recording starts automatically and once the time has elapsed there is no way of re-recording or changing your answer. You should be as prepared as possible before starting this process. Wear formal business attire, have an in-depth knowledge of Emirates and the role of cabin crew at the airline. We have an online guide that might of help for you: https://paddleyourownk.wpengine.com/2017/06/complete-guide-cabin-crew-video-interview-part-one-demand-video-interview/

  • Hello.
    I really wanted to apply for emirates this year but I’m still 20, and my birthday is in September… . Do i have any chances of getting accepted this year? Or should i wait for the next recruitment season, once they took so long to start recruiting I’m scared they will do it again!

    • Thank you for your message!
      We don’t yet know when this recruitment ’round’ ill finish but unfortunately, Emirates have been clear that they will only accept applications from candidates who are 21 at the time of application. It is best not to take the risk of submitting an application that will be automatically rejected. Wait until you have turned 21 and then apply. Use this time to study the minimum criteria and build up from CV as much as possible – think of ways to get more customer service experience and how you communicate with people of different cultures. The very best of luck!

  • hello! I’ve been waiting for this for ages but I have a question, here’s the thing, I’m a senior year college student, I’ll normally get my degree this june so should I apply now and specify that I can’t start anything before june in case I get accepted or should I just wait for the next round? normally I would wait but I’m afraid it’ll take another year like last time. thank you 🙂

  • hello! I’ve been waiting for this for ages but I have a question, here’s the thing, I’m a senior year college student, I’ll normally get my degree this june so should I apply now and specify that I can’t start anything before june in case I get accepted or should I just wait for the next round? normally I would wait but I’m afraid it’ll take another year like last time. thank you 🙂

    • Unlike previously, Emirates is now saying it will only accept applications from candidates who have already reached 21 years of age. I would suggest waiting until you have reached the minimum age to prevent your account being ‘locked out’ for 6-months.

  • Hello Yasmine,
    Many thanks for your message. The timing isn’t perfect, we admit but it is still a great opportunity. If you are concerned that the application window might close, we would suggest submitting your application at the earliest opportunity. The recruitment process is going to take some months and you will have an opportunity to explain your concerns with an Emirates recruiter.

    • Ok I guess I’ll take a chance then. I’ll state pre grad on my resume to make it clear. Thank you for your answer.

    • A very good question and unfortunately, we don’t yet have the answer. We would suggest the recruitment process has never fairer than it is now. Once you’ve prepared your application, be sure to try the process. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for everyone!

  • About the pictures and the white background I have a question: Can it be done in at home with a wide white wall or has to be done in a studio? I know I have to look profesional but its necesary for the pic to be extremly studio like?

    • Some people prefer to have their photos taken professionally but you don’t have to go down this route as it can be a very expensive option which doesn’t necessarily improve your chances of success. We would suggest taking our photos at home using a decent digital camera or even a modern smartphone with a good camera. You need to ensure the lighting is good and the JPEG quality is high. To make the photo of professional quality, use an online service which can crop your photo and overlay it against a white backdrop. This will cost a fraction of the price of going to a studio but the results are often just as good!

    • Unfortunately, we still don’t have any indication of whether this will be an open-ended recruitment process or whether a deadline has yet been set. We’re waiting to hear back from Emirates on this.

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