August 9, 2016
Ask anyone at Virgin Atlantic why working here is so special and the answer is always the same: ‘It’s the people’. Ok, sometimes it’s because you can nip over to Los Angeles or Hong Kong for the weekend, but mostly it’s all the great colleagues you’ll work with over the course of your career. People who work at Virgin Atlantic tend to be incredibly proud of what they do, and being part of the Virgin family means you’ll meet and work with the best – and have the chance to travel the world. It’s hard to imagine anywhere else that would offer so many opportunities.
Our challenge is to find the right people with the skills and personality to join our team. We always look for those who are a great fit with our brand and – most importantly – can deliver dazzling service to our customers and look after their safety and security. But this is easier said than done, especially when you’re also looking for people with ideas, energy and passion. That’s why our recruitment team recently spent a week at the Farnborough International Airshow, meeting the best and brightest aviation professionals and enthusiasts who might be interested in joining us. With over 500,000 visitors at Farnborough, it was great to meet so many like-minded folk who share our love of flying, travel and customer service.
The world’s your oyster
You don’t have to be a pilot or cabin crew member to come and work for us – although if that’s your passion we’d love you to hear from you. We’ve got room for many different talents, from engineers to sales agents, designers to lawyers, IT experts to beauty therapists, analysts and accountants to doctors and nurses! There really is a huge variety of roles within the company.
And when you work for us, don’t imagine you’ll always stay in the role you applied for either. We’ll help you develop your skills so that if you start working in our customer service centre, for example, but decide you’d like to work as a Turnaround Coordinator in one of our airports, you’ll be have the opportunity to do so with the confidence that you have our full support. We even have several people who’ve switched careers and are currently training as pilots under our pilot cadet scheme.
This short video gives a taste of what it’s like to work for us and if it leaves you thinking you’d like a change of career, here’s some tips for applying for one of our roles:
So how do we recruit a recruiter?
When it comes to interviews, you probably think all the pressure is on the person being interviewed, right? Think again. Finding the right candidate is a huge responsibility for our recruitment team. We need to find that certain someone who will fit in with our culture and understands our brand, but more importantly has the right set of skills to look after our customers and each other and ensure everyone’s safety and security. Getting it right – every time – is essential. That’s why most of our recruiters are sourced from within the company. They already understand what makes us tick and what it takes to really make a difference. It’s a specialised and varied role – one they take extremely seriously. And it’s a constant search which can lead them to unusual places. After all, not every recruitment team gets to hang out at an airshow!