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StudyShare Q&A with JetBlue

JetBlue Airways is New York-based airline connecting travelers to destinations throughout The Americas. Megan White is the company’s Director of Talent Acquisition. White’s background began predominately in retail and she transitioned into Human Resources, specifically recruiting, when she realized it was the aspect of her job that she loved most. She joined JetBlue a little over a year ago, drawn by the company’s brand and culture. Here are her thoughts on service learning and her advice for college students on the job search.

StudyShare: What recommendations do you have to make students competitive applicants?

Megan White: Any industry related experience will make students more competitive. If a student is fortunate enough to get an interview and has little or no experience, researching aviation/airlines and being able to articulate parallels between his/her studies/experience and the industry will be impressive.

StudyShare: Do you believe international education is important to pursue in college?

Megan White: Yes, it is helpful but not necessary. Any experiences an individual can bring that differentiate him/her will be read in an interview as more competitive and diverse.

StudyShare: What are your thoughts on service learning opportunities?

Megan White: If by service learning experience you mean practical or internships, this will positively affect the students’ marketability. Any “real world” experience is good experience.

StudyShare: You mentioned diversity as an important trait. How would you define “diversity”?

Megan White: Diversity means considering individuals with varying backgrounds and experiences. Ultimately the goal is to create a culture of inclusion and one that is representative of the customers we serve.

StudyShare: JetBlue is a global company. What kind of skills do you look for in applicants?

Megan White: Similarly to the above, we look for candidates who meet our minimum requirements, are competitive, and will represent the brand well. There are some roles where being bilingual is important (Inflight and Reservations). The ultimate goal is a culture of inclusion.

Photo via Jet Blue Blog

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