Monday, June 21, 2010

Royal Brunei Cabin Crew Recruitment (Cebu City)

ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES SDN BHD is looking for warm and caring individuals who enjoy
meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures to join our cabin crew team.

  • Filipino Citizens
  • Minimum College or University Degree
  • Minimum height of 5’ 4” (162.5 cm).
  • Female,single and aged between 18 and 26 years old 
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential (fluency in other languages is an advantage)
  • Medically fit (in good health, good eye sight, with clear complexion)
  • Pleasant personality with genuine passion in customer service
  • Able to swim unaided at a minimum of 25 metres
  • Attractive salary package with allowances
  • A professional training package and career progression prospects within the airline
  • Air ticket (F.O.C) once a year to any RBA destination for self and two eligible
  • Discounted travel to any RBA destination upon completion of probation
  • 38 calendar days of annual leave
Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should submit their résumés to the address
below, together with the following:
1.     Identity card and passport (photocopy)
2.     Birth certificate (photocopy)
3.     Educational certificates (photocopy)
4.     1 passport-sized photo
5.     1 full length 4R-sized photo

Cebu Branch Office:

Room 221 CDC Bldg.
Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City
Tel: (032) 238-1534

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2010

Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview and they should bring along the original copies of their identity cards, passports, birth certificates and educational certificates. 

No fees to be collected, for manpower pooling only. Beware of illegal recruiters. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Looking Forward to the First Cebu Blog Camp!

Oh yeah, it's the first Cebu Blog Camp and I will definitely be there, ; ). I admit I have neglected 2 of my blog sites (including this one) and I am looking forward to rekindling that fire to start blogging again by listening to various speakers during the 1-day event.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Defying Gravity!

I superlove this song performed by Kurt and Rachel of Glee. I think it's a Keith Urban original. Enjoy everyone, ; ).

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Air Philippines Cabin Crew Screening (Part 2)

My last blog post about Air Philippines talked about my initial screening with them around the third week of March. After more than a month of waiting for them to call back, they texted me about this HR exam. Grace also received the same SMS and we were pretty much excited. The said exam was postponed for a couple of days and postponed again for the third time.

After 2 postponed exam dates, we finally had our exam around third week of March. I was not able to do a complete head count but we were more than 10 but less than 15; a third of the group were boys.

I met 2 lovely ladies; I'm not sure if they want their names posted here but let's just call them The lovely Js, ; ) These ladies are already waiting for their golden email from Emirates since they just had their final interview with the recruitment officers after the March 20 Assessment here in Cebu City. I was actually happy for them because I can really feel that they've been reaching for the same dream for a while since they have attended several cabin crew screenings (local and international) as well.

The HR exam was your usual IQ, spatial, math and vocabulary exam. There was also a sort of psychometric test after the main exam. It took us around 2 hours to complete it. After the exam, Mr. D then informed us that we will receive an SMS the next day if we aced it.

The next day was Saturday and no SMS came. I asked Grace and the other aspirants through SMS if they already received one. None of us have received it yet so we concluded that maybe, they haven't actually sent the "pass or fail SMS" that day yet.

Monday came and they texted me that I passed the exam and should be ready for the final interview with the assistant to the SEO within the week. The others also received the same SMS but one of the lovely Js didn't. According to her, she received the "you failed the exam" message. Unbelievable, huh? However, according to her, the Air Philippines exam was a little bit difficult than Emirates'. Anyway, I consoled her that there's no need for her to fret since she's already on her way to Dubai! ; )

On the day of the final interview, I found out that there were 2 aspirants missing, the Lovely J1 and another hotelier. I was called third for the interview. And here were the questions thrown on yours truly:

Tell me about yourself.
Why should we hire you?
What do you think are the responsibilities of a flight attendant?

I was instructed to stand up and the assistant to the SEO inspected my elbows and legs, just like in the initial screening. Mr. D was also there listening and taking down notes.

After everyone was interviewed, Mr. D called us and instructed us to form a huddle. He mentioned some last names (mine was not included) and told us that those called should stay for further instruction. Those who were not called are not to continue with the process anymore. Grace and Lovely J2 made it! There were 3 of us that were sent home. The other 2 told me that they were requested to speak in Tagalog and they had a hard time with it. Grace told me that they were already instructed to have their medicals.

While contemplating on where I went wrong, I have to admit that I was not satisfied with my answers. I was also not physically at my best due to lack of sleep the night before because Morpheus, the Dream King decided not to let me sleep. Okay, enough babbling now. These excuses may sound lame but I need to rewind the scenes again so I'd know why they didn't hire me.

On a lighter note, I heard from the grapevine (of course PEX) that Air Atlanta had their cabin crew screening last month here in the city at the Waterfront Hotel. However, I know of no one who was able to go there and experienced it first hand. Too bad, I was not able to get hold of information about it. If I had, I would have been there, ; ).

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Twin Sister is already a Cabin Crew!

A few hours ago, I just found out that today is the last day of my "twin sister" in the office since she is joining Cebu Pacific as a cabin crew. My co-workers in my part-time job call her as my twin sister. According to them,  we both have Lucy-like (Lucy Torres) physical attributes and they call me little L2 and they call her L1, ; ).

We're not friends though since she's from a different team and her station is like 10 rows away from me. However, we smile at each other every time we meet in the pantry, hallway or elevator. One time, her teammate mistake me for her in the elevator. We also dress the same way and we both have this trademark of always wearing nude and flat sandals, ; ).

Even though I didn't have the chance to speak to her, I hope she does well with her new job. And I'm still hoping I'll follow her soon and get the chance to talk to her. This time around, it would be in the airport in our uniforms, ; ).

And I would like to congratulate my good friend Grace for making it to the final interview of Air Philippines. I will be talking about it soon in a separate post. Grace, it's your time to shine!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

On Persistence

I don't know where I got this one but found it a  few days ago while cleaning my desktop. I hope this will inspire us all, not just in our dream to fly but to life, in general.

The results will come.

Though each effort does not bring an immediate result, keep going. The results will come.
Every achievement requires many efforts. Those individual efforts combine with each other to bring the desired result.

So keep going. Keep adding one effort on top of the ones before it.

And all the while, learn. Learn what works and what does not, and adjust your efforts to become even more effective.

Keep going, keep learning, keep working and keep getting better. Every day, every effort brings you closer.

Persistence is the way you prove you really want it. Persist, and you will have it.

-- Ralph Marston

Monday, March 15, 2010

Brewed Musings

Last night, I had one of my boyf's pep talks in relation to me not getting an email from IPAMS for that Emirates prescreening.

Over cup of coffee, he enumerated things that he thinks I should improve on. I went home last night a little bit hyper (maybe it's the coffee) and ended up staying awake the whole night so I decided to do some freelance work instead.

Thanks to the boyf for the enlightenment and to those fellow Cebuanos who got the email, I really hope you get in because I know how it feels to want it so much and not a day passes without you thinking of that dream.

And I heard there's another QR OD this April in the city. Isn't it great? But as what the boyf told me last night, chance favors the prepared,  ; ).

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Emirates PreScreening - Cebu City

originally written on March 5

Yesterday, I had my first taste of how it is like to be pre-screened by IPAMS for Emirates (EK) Assessment. It was officially my 8th attempt (3 for 5J, 2 for QR, 1 for PR and 1 for AirPhil ) to chase the Cabin Crew Dream but my first for the said Airline. There were no EK representatives yet as it was supposed to be only a pre-screening day. I've waited for this moment for almost a year since IPAMS usually do their screenings in Manila.

Weeks before the screening, I was a little bit undecided on which day I should attend the screening; whether on the first or second day. I decided to go on the first day thinking that a lot of aspirants will be coming over on the second and last day instead.

When I got there at around 1000 hours, there were a lot of aspirants already and when I got my priority number, I was already # 100+. After the numbers were given to us, we were instructed to go to a local employee (not from IPAMS) who made us do the reach test and who also obtained our height and weight. We were then instructed to go back outside and wait for our numbers to be called. Good thing The boyfriend was with me and stayed until lunchtime. I also met fellow aspirants that are already my friends; Nikki and Ruth. I also saw familiar faces from previous airline applications. Grace was and early bird so I didn't have the chance to see her. Talk about another Grand Reunion? =)

The waiting experience was a little bit grueling since it was really humid outside the Cebu Capitol Peso Office. However, I keep on telling myself that this waiting part is a test of patience on my part. Patience is one of the important qualities that a cabin crew must have right? I imagined myself on an airport standby instead, recited Hail Marys, conversed with The boyfriend and had a little chitchat with the other applicants when he left after lunchtime. I waited for around 4 hours before my number was called since Miss R and the other lady from IPAMS had to stop the interview process for their lunch break. Did I already mention that IPAMS also had interviews for other posts like cashier, reservations agent, etc.?

For the afternoon interviews, Miss R kinda modified the screening process. She assigned the other lady to concentrate on applicants who applied for the non-cabin crew posts. For cabin crew hopefuls, she instructed a PESO employee to group us by 5. When it was our turn, the PESO employee then ushered us to Miss R's desk. At this part, I didn't know she was the Miss R.

I smiled when I sat down with the other 4 aspirants. Miss R then instructed us to give a short introduction of ourselves like work experience, educational background, family background, why we want to work for Emirates as a cabin crew.

 She randomly checked our CVs and called us one by one to do the brief introduction, I was called third and smiled while sharing a little bit about myself to Miss R and my group mates. However, I wasn't not that happy with the way it turned out since Miss R has to stopped me from talking and she had to fix my blazer's collar!! What a bomber! I was in a hurry in putting back my suit when my number was already called so that pretty much explains why the collar was a little bit not in its place. It is interesting to note that there were 4 nurses in out group  including me and the other one was already working for this hotel in Dubai for 7 years ( I think she said Al Jumeira). After we all spoke, Miss R then told us that the original assessment date  (March 27) is moved a week earlier (March 20). She also told us that their might be a QR OD this April but she is not sure of the date and venue as well. She then asked us if we have questions. I asked her about the number of aspirants they are going to invite for the assessment. She told me that their target is to invite 100 aspirants for the one-day assessment. I was a little bit relieved since the chances are high but I suddenly realized that there are also male wannabes. Another fact is, there were around 250 aspirants that day and another 200+ aspirants on the second day of assessment perhaps. I even recognized one Miss Cebu 2010 contestant among the crowd.
Another thing that concerns me is this little but somehow recognizable scar in my forehead. It was not properly concealed. After the screening, I went straight to school to submit some paper works for my Masteral Class and then went home. While I was on the cab, I realized that Miss R was not really that intimidating and horrifying. I envisioned her to be very strict, picky and has the usual "Miss Michin" look. She was exactly the opposite; she is very warm and accommodating. 

And then it suddenly hit me that the five of us in the group were not physically assessed! She didn't check out elbows, knees, arms, legs and face. At the back of my head, I asked myself if I should be worried since it might be a sign that Miss R wasn't that interested at all in our group! I sulked for a couple of hours, watch Big Bang Theory to somehow lift me up and prepared for my part-time job that night. Before I went out of the house, I prayed and asked for a sign if I should be getting that Email invitation and continue with my FA dream. While riding the pedicab to the highway, I saw somebody wearing a "Fly Emirates" shirt and it was already dark but the shirt sort of "shouted" at me and said " Hello, I'm the sign you're looking for! No need to sulk!" For a moment there, I was elated.

And also, a week ago when I asked myself if I should or should not go to the assessment, I prayed for signs. On the same day, while doing some research for my freelance work, an annoying pop-up box appeared and voila! It was an Emirates ad! I clicked it and it was some sort of an Emirates Airline quiz that will qualify as a raffle ticket for a Vacation Getaway courtesy of the airline. And later that day, when I went out with the boyfriend, I saw someone with the white  "Fly Emirates" shirt and he was walking towards pass me. My heart skipped a beat and thanked God.

Today, on my way again to my part-time job, I saw another guy wearing the "Fly Emirates" shirt while I was again on the pedicab thinking if I'll get the Email or not. It was not the same guy I saw yesterday though and it was red this time. I asked myself, is this really it or are there really a lot of Fly Emirates shirts in the ukay-ukay stalls? Hahahah.
I'll have to remind myself that in order to have this dream materialized, there should be no room for doubts. That little hint of doubt will surely cloud all the positive vibes.

So here I am, waiting for THE EMAIL. I know I'll get it before March 15, 2010. I will.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ode to Sally Hansen Leg Spray

Sally Hansen dear,

I know.

You've seen me rejoice a couple of times but most of all, you've seen me go home with a heavy heart after numerous failed attempts of applying for that cabin crew post.

I can still vividly remember when we first met. December 2008.
The very first time I applied for that domestic airline. And then one airline after the other. Pre-screenings, final interviews. You never faltered. You never left me.

As I look at you now and feel your contents, I know your time is almost here. It's time for me to say my practiced Au Revoir with that perky accent.
Before you completely say goodbye, accompany me in another mission to pursue my personal legend, The Dream.
For one more spray, come with me next week for that EK( Emirates) pre-screening and assessment this March here in the city. 

As you breath your last gasp of air, help me become my Dream.

I will be forever grateful.


Nota Bien: Superthanks to Grace for the favor and the chika we had yesterday about the same dream we share. We will, =). I believe it's about the perfect timing.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Good Vibes

Last Sunday, a fellow Cebuana FA wannabe (hi grace! ) texted me about Air Philippines looking for cabin crew trainees. I was just recovering from fever so I told her that I'll visit their office near the airport once I feel well. I was also having some second thoughts on going for an interview since I haven't flown Air Philippines and I'm not really sure if they have "good working conditions" for their cabin crews. Information about their crew is even limited over the internet.

Anyway, after thorough deliberation, I found my way to Mactan Airport and to the Air Phil office 2 days ago.
 I also wanted to experience how it is to be interviewed and scrutinized again to get myself used to it for similar future interviews. Grace was already done with the interview that morning. She was told that they will call her once they already have the cabin crew training schedule training this month.

When I arrived there, I waited for the one in-charge for around half an hour. He then asked for my resume and called me after a few minutes. He told me that he was from HR-Manila.
He checked my height, elbows, legs and face. He made me walk, turn around and told me to sit down for the interview. As far as I can remember, his questions were:
(not really verbatim and not in particular order)

How did you know about the job posting?
Tell me what do you usually do on a typical weekend?
Have you dealt with a difficult person before?
What do you think of Christmas and New Year?
What are your hobbies, interests?
What are your phobias?
Tell me what do you know about flight attendants. What's a typical day like for one?
How do you see five years from now?

Afterwards, he told me that I can already breathe a sigh of relief because I passed the interview. He asked again for my contact numbers because they will contact us within the month regarding their cabin crew training schedule.

Isn't that great? I hope QR and EK will do the same recruitment process, hahha. But that would be impossible.
And I'm glad EK is coming over next month in Cebu to conduct an assessment. But I'd have to pass IPAMS' screening first. I've never been into one but judging from blog posts and forum comments, it's not a walk in the park.

Well, let's just wait and see.
The Chinese New Year is just around the corner so hopefully, I'll soar high in the Year of the Tiger, my year!
Sometimes, when I daydream, I think of how cool it will be when all the FA wannabe bloggers get to achieve their dreams and then we'll all see each other in airports, ^_^.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

QR CEBU OD- January 24, 1010

I've never been to a Manila OD so I can't really compare it to the Cebu OD. But as mentioned in forums and other blogs, there were no long lines and waiting outside the scorching heat of the sun yesterday in Marriott Hotel.

There were 3 recruiters, 2 of them were females and the other one was male. Judging from their looks, I think the 2 female recruiters were Singaporean and European, while the male recruiter is also more of the European side.

I assumed the male recruiter was a trainee since he was taking notes while the 2 female recruiters were asking questions during the OD. However, he was given the chance to do the asking himself a few CV handouts later and I was one of those aspirants who submitted my resume to him.

Here are his questions:

How are you?
Do you have cabin crew experience? 
Is this your first time to apply for a cabin crew position? 
How old are you?

I wish I can write about how the group dynamics went and how wonderful my final interview was with the recruiters.

However, nothing happened.
For the second time around, I didn't receive a call right after I handed my resume.

Maybe it means LATER.
Or maybe its a NO.

In times like these, I get to ask myself why I'm still trying to reach for a dream that's so elusive yet almost there at the same time.

I know I have the right to claim it because a lot of people tell me that I should be a cabin crew and setting modesty aside, I do turn heads when I'm around. This may be just the superficial side but appearance is one of the criteria that recruiters are looking for, right?

Maybe it's the confidence, the way I walk or the way I smiled. Or the attitude. Or the tiniest details that a normal eye don't see.

Maybe they just don't like me at all.

Whatever it is, I will keep trying. That's why I'm here. ^_^

Sunday, January 10, 2010

On Being A Pseudo Travel Writer

Since August last year, I've been doing online freelance writing work. I used to specialize in health care articles because of my medical background but it was not until last October that a client requested me to write travel articles.

Writing the travel articles strengthens my will to pursue my cabin crew dream. I write about the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the moai carvings in Easter Island and the list goes on. Just this week, I was writing about the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and the top Asian cities to visit.

In writing these travel guides, I need to sound like I have been there and have personally experienced all the tourist attractions I have listed in a particular destination.

All I can do now is sigh and daydream after I proofread my articles.

I will continue praying that one day, I'll write a travel article that I can really call genuine and have written because I set foot on the city, snorkeled in the island's beaches and tasted the local delicacy.

And I know that One Day is coming soon. One step at a time.