Yacht Crew CV Advice
Yacht Crew CV Advice
Your CV is a powerful marketing tool that should be carefully constructed to ‘sell’ your skills and experience to a potential employer. Captains receive literally hundreds of CVs every day, so you need to make sure your CV stands out from the rest.
A well written CV with a good photograph is instrumental in making the best first impression.
Here are 10 most key points to factor in when doing up your CV for Yacht Jobs:
- Have a well presented CV which is easy to read, and highlights your strong points.
2) Add a photo
- Look professional and well presented in order to make a great first impression.
3) Personal Details
- Date of Birth
- Phone number (Highly recommend you acquire a local phone number once you arrive in France)
- Email address
- Current location
- Health Good/Bad/Excellent; Eng1 valid until…
- Tattoos (Saves time in the longrun if you just mention whether or not you have visible tattoos)
- Give a BRIEF introduction about yourself, and outline your qualities and proven skills that you can bring to the new job.
5) Education / Qualifications
- List your Maritme Certificates, ie STCW Basic Training Safety Course
- Your School and most recent Education or Third Level. (No need to list primary schools!)
6) Professional Experience
- Start with listing your most recent experience first
- Keep it chronological unless you have lots of relevant experience from the past, in which case you can list it first, but make a clear heading such as ‘Industry Related Experience’
- Think about the position you’re applying for and emphasize your relevant experience. You may have great management experience and skills, but best keep this brief unless you’re applying for work as Head of Department.
- Emphasize also the hands-on experience. This is important as it provides the employer with information about your transferrable skills.
Everthing is relevant and your skill-set is of vital importance. You may not have an official qualification as a Carpenter, but if you’ve always enjoyed wood-work for example, you should add it here.
- Carpentry / Wood Work
- Painting / Varnishing
- Mechanics / DIY
- Waitressing / Silver Service
8) Hobbies and Interests
Remember you are applying for a position onboard a boat, so not only will you be working with your new colleagues you will also be living with them. Give as much information as you like about your hobbies and interests.
Potential Employers will be looking for like minded people to fit in amongst the rest of the crew members.
Try and provide at least two written references with your CV when you are applying for a job. This will give you the edge over the next person and confidence to the employer that you can back up the claims on your CV.
Almost ready to go but not quite! Ensure to thoroughly recheck everything and do a full spell-check to ensure there are no mistakes and you present yourself properly.
Attention to detail is an essential quality you need in order to succeed in the yachting industry.