We hope to build lasting relationships with crew and guide you through your career path. Whether you be junior crew looking for your first position, or experienced crew moving up in the ranks, we are here to help.
Read on to understand how best to achieve your next goal…
INTERVIEWS: TIPS FOR SUPERYACHT CREW
Things to consider before your first interview with a Captain or head of department.
Be on time, no one likes tardiness. Make sure to be by your computer, ready by the phone or on the dock with 5 minutes to spare.
Look presentable. This is your first impression, clean and tidy clothes, hair brushed and clean shaven for boys (or at least beard trimmed). Looking the part is always a good start.
Always answer questions truthfully and to your best ability. It’s ok to say if you are unsure about something rather than trying to guess your way through it. Showing that you know how to say when you are unsure is a good attribute.
Make sure to have your CV in front of you when holding an over the phone/video interview so ensuring you can quickly refer back to dates or other points when asked about them.
If you know the name of the boat, it is always helpful to do some research on it beforehand, be informed and interested in the job you are going for.
References: Be prepared with written testimonials and phone numbers (up to date) that can be contacted. It never looks good if the contact is not contactable or has changed their details.
There are many easy to use free programs online that offer some great looking CV templates. www.canva.com is a great resource.
Make sure to use the same font throughout, or if you are using several make sure this is done consistently. Your CV is the first window for your future employer to get an impression of you. You want to make sure it gives them the best perspective of who you are and what you can offer as an individual and future team member based on experience, qualifications and personality.
Having taken the time to ensure your CV is consistent, spell checked and reads well are all basic but important points.
Most importantly make sure everything you put on your yacht CV is truthful and accurate. If you get someone else to help you with your CV, make sure it still sounds and reads like you.
What else should be on your yacht CV?
- A recent head and shoulders shot, make sure you look presentable and ideally in a nautical background.
- Current location, availability and contact information
- Age and nationality as well as passport/s and current visas.
- A clear objective – what kind of role are you seeking? Be as specific as possible.
- Qualifications; make sure to include relevant land based qualifications that could be benifical in a maritime role.
- Previous experience, if new to yachting make sure to include prior roles that are relevant and transferable when coming into the industry.
- If you are already experienced as yacht crew, ensure to list previous experience in an easy-to-read manner, covering what your duties and responsibilities were onboard in each role as well as duration of employment, type of yacht etc.
- As a chef or stewardess, it’s always good to have food/ interior photos, (table settings, beach & party set ups) menus to present
- Make sure to have some information about yourself and what you enjoy outside of work, this gives Captains and Owners an indication of how well you will fit in the existing team.
- References; check with past employers/Captains that they are actually happy and willing to act as a referee before adding their details, they will be consulted so it’s important not to assume they will be your best avocate. If you are missing a reference, be prepared to answer why. Written references are also a good starting point and worth asking for when leaving a position.