You only have a few seconds to impress the Captain with your CV – make sure you include these crucial elements to help your yacht CV stand out from the crowd.
Sounds obvious right? You won’t believe how many people keep their experience hidden away until the end of their CV. This is the most relevant part of your CV and is what Captains will scan to read first so make sure to have all of your experience listed on the first page. If you are new to the industry, try to accumulate as much day work and temporary work as possible. These jobs are usually pretty hard graft, and that’s ok. Think of every job as giving you the experience you need in order to land the position of your dreams.
A Good Photo
Having a good photo is essential on your CV and will help get you noticed. Make sure the photo is clear and just of you in a professional, yet casual setting. Try to keep to a recent photo that is an honest representation of yourself, Captains don’t take kindly to crew members arriving for an interview who look nothing like they presented themselves.
Your photo should be in colour and in JPEG format, smaller than 500KB. Only your head and shoulders need to be visible and your hair should be tidy and presentable. Avoid wearing hats, caps, sunglasses, or large earrings and show your smile! Taking your photo with the sea or a marina as your background will already show the Captain how well you fit into the setting! Alternatively, a neutral wall is a classic and clean option.
Necessary Certificates and Qualifications
Make sure you have all the certificates you need and that they are up to date. At the bare minimum, you’ll need your STCW’10 and ENG1/Seafarer medical certificate. Be sure to make copies and keep the originals with you. Some other certificates may apply depending on the position you’re going for.
- Objective /Overview – A clear understanding of the position you seek – too many roles cloud your profile and make you look undecided. Be clear about the type and size of vessel you prefer. Highlight what you have to offer including previous experiences. This is your chance to sell yourself.
- Yachting Experience – Starting / Finish dates, Yacht name and size, position held with a critique of the boat’s travels and your duties.
- Additional Relevant Work – e.g. ‘Worked for two years as a rigger’ or ‘worked at a fine dining restaurant as a silver service waiter.’
Include Your References
Captains like to see that crew applying for yacht crew positions have reliable, professional references. Even if you are new to the industry and do not have much yachting based experience, Captions like to hear from your references in other hospitality based industries to get a sense of how you performed. Be sure to include the name of your referee, their contact details as well as position of employment.
- Keep it short – Even though you may not necessarily have a long history of work, present your information succinctly. Your CV should be two pages max.
- Spell and grammar check your CV – superyachting is all about attention to detail. You can showcase this skill by ensuring that your CV does not contain any spelling or grammar errors. Take the time to double-check your work and even ask a friend to triple-check it before you send it off.
A CV is your first opportunity at making a good impression, so make it count! If you are looking for further assistance with your CV, download our free template, and let us help you Get Onboard!