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Old 20th Feb 2008, 02:57
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V Australia Recruitment (Internal and External)

Hi Guys,

Just thought I would share with you all that V Australia recruitment has commenced internally at Virgin Blue. Our applications internally must be submitted by 10th of March, with an anticipated start date of August. The base is in Sydney and crew are expected to relocate at their own expense. From that I understand the process involves feedback from your Development Manager, phone interview, group assessment, interview and references.

For all the externals, keep a close eye on the website as I expect external recruitment will also commence soon after the 10th of March. This is a great opportunity for both internal and external. From a total of 280 start up crew 35% will be internal crew transferring and the rest will be externals.

With regards to the conditions not much has been released yet however in the FAQ's that are posted it states "Industry standard, similar pay structure to Virgin Blue, trips up to 14 hours, day trips (returns) are also included.

Interesting times ahead..... Let the POSTS BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers SocialFlyer
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Old 20th Feb 2008, 04:38
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Thanks for posting this up Socialflyer! Its great info!
Are you applying for it?? .. I'll be putting up the website on my favorite list to keep an eye on it everyday!
Apart from flying to the US, where else are they thinking of... to enable day trips it can't be too far off can it?
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Old 20th Feb 2008, 05:30
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5 to 16 hour duty times could mean just about anywhere including SYD-PER if they wished to utilize the aircraft this way.

Goodluck to anyone applying.
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Old 20th Feb 2008, 07:05
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Hey Futureflier,

No problems about the post, as soon as I know more ill post more as will other crew from Virgin i assume.

I'm actually Melbourne based and I really can't afford to make the move to Sydney in August. Being a start up there could be alot of sitting around before flying starts, and while you sit around all you get is your base salary, hence I can't live off that in Sydney with the costs of relocating.

With regards to V Australia doing day trips, hard to say at this stage, but I agree they could do a perth return (similar to what QF Long Haul do), or a shuttle in the USA, or even a Denpensar return similar to what JQ International do. To be honest who knows, anything is a possibility, really depends on the work rules.

However, to those who can do it, it will be an exciting start up...
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Old 20th Feb 2008, 10:43
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I received an invitation today for a recruitment day on the 5th March for Virgin Blue....Anyone else?
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Old 20th Feb 2008, 23:18
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Hi, I got a invite to the recruitment day in Sydney for the 4th of March! YES! Im excited... as I have been waiting ages. I hear so many good things about Virgin Blue, and with future opportunities with V Australia, it all seem great. Sooooooo, can any please tell me what to expect on the recruitment day. What should I study up on? What can I do to make an impression? Any tips advice help, anything would be greatly appriciated...
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Old 21st Feb 2008, 03:09
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Hey guys I have been invited to Recruitment day in Melbourne next Tuesday 26th FEB. Haven't heard a thing from anyone else on this forum that are attending? I am assuming the MEL day is for normal expansion of the base for crew. If anyone knows how many they need for MEL would be great, as I am really looking forward to the opportunity to join DJ! Regards
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Old 21st Feb 2008, 03:57
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In response to your question about how many new crew Virgin Blue need in Melbourne the answer is LOTS. Schools are currently booked for the rest of the year and in some cases overlapping.

I would say if you are successful you could be placed on a hold list and wait a couple of months for a start date. Virgin now like to have a hold list which they can call upon to start ground school.

Goodluck, see you up there..
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Old 23rd Feb 2008, 00:03
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What do we all think about the new 'Acknowledgement of Country' PAs?
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Old 23rd Feb 2008, 02:31
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Hi all,

for info there is in todays NT news, an ad looking for recruiting Flight Managers/Cabin Leaders/Cabin Crew for V Australia -info and applications on the vaus website, closes 9 March 2008.
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Old 23rd Feb 2008, 10:58
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'AtoC' being implemented is positive. It has been a part of process in Australia for a long time, thou not really followed unless it had an indigenous connection.

As for DJ implementing it post the 'apology' by the PM, it can be seen like a political stunt or suck up.

The intention is honourable and I will be offering it on the flights I work on.

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Old 23rd Feb 2008, 12:53
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Well, I for one think that this shouldn't be the responsibility of the crew to make these pa's. This is such a sensitive issue and although the company has said its not a political statement, it has come off the back of the sorry speech from the current government.

It is a nice gesture for the company to thank the traditional custodians of the land, however, should we be thanking the dinosaurs who were around long before the indigenous people. Surely they were the traditional custodians of the land before the indigenous people.

Our job is to be safety officers onboard...our pa's should be purely safety related.....aren't there supposed to be less pa's because it interrupts the viewing time of our guests who are watching live 2 air????

I guess there will be a lot of CS's who will not say the pa's....i for one am thinking about not doing them...i have already had some bad experiences.
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Old 23rd Feb 2008, 13:15
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I agree that the timing of the company initiating these PA's is a bit off, and I do have my personal opinion about them too, I see them in 2 different ways, both good and bad.

As for CS's refusing to read them out onboard, the company has advised that this is a new standard PA and is to be included on ALL flights. It is NOT at the discretion of the CS as to whether they feel like doing it or not. The company wants it done, so do it. If it's not working or you're recieving negative reactions to it, lodge the feedback the way you have been told to do so, so the company is aware and can review the PA's if required - much in the same way you would if you weren't happy with other procedures. I am not advocating the decision to introduce these PA's, I do believe however we need to go about it the right way.

...our pa's should be purely safety related.....
How then do you suggest we communicate with pax regarding onboard service info etc? We use PA's to introduce our onboard menu, Live2Air etc, products which contribute to revenue for the company.

...Anyway, I'm more upset about V Australia being based out of SYD! Hopefully there'll be BNE base opportunities further down the track!
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Old 23rd Feb 2008, 17:51
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Just idle curiosity...

What is an "Acknowledgement of Country" PA?
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Old 23rd Feb 2008, 19:04
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It is acknowledging the traditional people of the land, past and present. Due to the varying tribes in Australia there is a different tribe to thank depending on which city you go into.
Its being done at various levels of government across Australia and as VB's charity this year is indiginous Australia it is thought to go hand in hand with this. BG has asked CS's to make the PA until the VB Charity Ball in March which is fine for him as he doesnt have to make the PA then explain what its all about. As we have just had our PM say "Sorry" to the stolen generation it has come at quite a divisive time in the Australian political scene and smacks of tokenism by the company. People have to remember that nearly half the population didnt want the government to say sorry and the previous liberal government didnt want to either.
As one CS said to me, under the "keeping the workplace fair" rules it is a political statement and therefore you are being harrassed if you dont feel comfortable making such statements.
People can think I am being racist by not making the PA's but there are other ways for the company to do this, (ad's, voyuer mag, v'licious menu, etc) as usual they are just trying to do it the cheapest way and its going to sound insincere from most CS's if they are forced to make it.
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Old 23rd Feb 2008, 22:34
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Aaaaah - Thanks! Can see that there might be several different schools of thought on this...
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Old 24th Feb 2008, 00:27
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You guys are lucky you don't have to wear the "Sorry" tie that Q decorated us with.
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Old 24th Feb 2008, 09:52
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"Acknowledgement of country PA". Now I have heard everything, that is just ridiculous.
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Old 29th Feb 2008, 08:26
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Hey all, attended the VRD day o 26Feb in MEL. Everyone was really lovely and was a good day. For those with VRD days coming up, honestly be yourself. The recruiters are great and now makes me even more want to work for VB. It certainly is hotting up in the recruitment stakes. So many people are putting their hand up for QF & JQ at the moment. After the VB day on Tuesday I now know where I personally want to be, just have to get there!!!! Has anyone heard yet who attended if they have progressed. It is going to be my worst wait ever.
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Old 29th Feb 2008, 08:53
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Hi Gloria, Good luck with it all. I attend VBRD in Sydney, i made it through the whole day and it was about 2 weeks before i heard i had progressed through to the next stage of the recruitment process. I know the waiting part is the worst. Im still waiting to hear as well, my referee has been contacted and i received an email and phone call saying they havent got a date for the training school in Sydney as yet and we are on waiting list. Now just waiting to see if they contact me to attend a medical. I so want this job, keeping my fingers crossed!! Good luck, i hope you hear soon.

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