As with all the "Road to..." posts, there's something which 'triggers' me to write one.
In this case, it's one of the many similar support tickets we have received, however this latest one over the top
[...] is there any change that i can get in the team om vryr, i could really be awesome
Spelling errors notwithstanding, this is not how you become a member of vEZY/vRYR. You can send us the most beautiful CV and say all the right buzzwords, but, in my memory, we have never accepted a new member of the Team based on a ticket or e-mail and I doubt the current vEZY/vRYR Team is about to change it.
Hence the goal of this post - try to put into words how each member has joined the team and what do they do. First part is easy - the second one will get tricky.
Let's start with myself - I've got my vRYR e-mail access on September 16th 2014, so it would be fair to say I've joined vRYR team couple weeks before. Boy it was a different team back then - we were all responsible for specific tasks and the team itself was bigger than it is now. We had Paul (web), Gary and Pedro (community and Events), Alex (routes) and Phil (support). With my arrival I have taken over the role as the Operations Manager - i.e. I was single-handedly responsible for nearly 3000 routes. I was scouted and approached by @Gary - never have I sent an application to join vRYR Team, nor was a position ever advertised. If my recollection is correct, I was doing my Tower Training at VATSIM and we did a few flights together before I was brought in (and it went downhill ever since ). Nowadays I'm part of the vAMSYS team and support vEZY/vRYR Team in their endeavors whilst trying to keep vAMSYS and VDS in a working shape.
How Gary himself joined the staff team is beyond me. It is my understanding that he was one of the very first members of vRYR, but the story is his to tell and I have never really inquired.
Today, myself and Gary are the longest serving members of the vRYR Team. The rest of the team have joined after, and yes, there was some staff rotation in-between, but to respect the privacy of those people, I won't name them, however, @Chris, @Freddie and @Michal, the current members of the team, share a common thread - they all became members of the vRYR/vEZY team because of their involvement and track record for doing great job for the benefit of the vRYR - and yes, they were all approached individually and did not have to submit any applications (I hope you can notice a pattern here)
I have no recollection over how I came to meet @Freddie (I somehow think he was one of the Area Managers for vRYR), but his real involvement started with being the part of the Graphics squad - he was the part of the small team designing our event banners and satisfying our other design requirements. When it came time to start vEZY, myself and Gary agreed to take him onboard as a sociable and hardworking individual. I am happy to say that we have never regretted that decision - Freddie was instrumental in bringing vEZY online, he compiled a bunch of routes as well as sourced the aircraft information. After vRYR/vEZY teams were combined and VDS was launched he became 'de facto' responsible for vEZY VDS as well as Focus Airports for both VAs. Most recently, he was the one who organised Delivery Flight 5.
Both @Chris and @Michal hail from humble origins as Area Managers. They were each responsible for a chunk of airports and were most sociable and hardworking of the group and eventually were approached to become full members of the vRYR Staff team, as we knew they can be relied and counted upon. Today they manage vRYR VDS, answer to support tickets and in general - serve as a sounding board for the ideas as well as are a great bunch of guys to talk to.
All the guys are a great bunch of people and we find ourselves chatting on Skype/TeamSpeak more often than working on ideas or tasks which need to be done - it just shows how closely knit we became over time and eventually it leads to meeting each other in person, like I did with @Gary last summer.
Please don't get me wrong - sending tickets or e-mails in order to join the team isn't necessarily bad. Tyler is our current Graphics guru and the person behind all the beautiful Event banners of late - he offered to help us out via e-mail/ticket/facebook/forum and we were delighted to welcome him and he's been a huge help.
However, if you send an application to us in broken English with no plan or suggestions and hope to join the top of the vEZY/vRYR Team, you will be greeted with a curt and sometimes even sarcastic e-mail in response. While yes, I happen to be a recruit straight to the top with no prior experience of work to show for, the recent past has shown that you need to have a track record. Start small - get in touch with us when you have something concrete to offer or if you have an area where your specific skills or knowledge can be applied (and don't think you'll be able to ransom us for a staff position in exchange for information - many people tried and were all flat-out refused) or wait for the next announcement for Area Manager recruitment - impress us with your application and blow us off our feet with your work quality. Keep it up and you'll eventually join the top.
To wrap up - let me reinforce that you must come with an agenda. vEZY/vRYR has no CEO or Director or President - all members of staff are equal and there is no-one to tell you what to do or tasks to provide. You need to have a clear idea of where you wish to take the VA and the community. Current Team works as a Team - bizarre, I know! We all bounce ideas off of another and keep striving to maintain vEZY/vRYR as best VAs out there.
And above all else - you need to possess a decent command of English language - that's the language we operate in and you will never succeed as a member of vEZY/vRYR Team if we cannot communicate freely - you know, so we could all have a laugh when some cow breaks Chris's fence