What to include on a Yacht Crew CV/Resume?
The first step in finding your dream job is to ensure your CV is up to scratch. A specialist yacht crew agent will lend great advice and expertise in this area, but don’t forget; a well-presented CV is a CV that shines. By ensuring you deliver a well-formatted and typo-free resume, you ensure that it doesn’t end up in the bin after the first scan read!
1. A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPH
In the maritime industry, those CVs without a professional photograph tend to find themselves in the bin first. Remember, a smart appearance is extremely important on board; make sure you look well-groomed, cover any tattoos and remove any piercings. You may not realize it, but you have changed a lot in the last three years so make sure to update your crew photo annually.
2. YOUR PAST EXPERIENCE
If you’ve been doing day work, make sure you add each position to your CV as you go before you forget! Include the yacht name and what your duties were, and whenever possible, ask the captain for a reference. If you don’t do this as you go, you are at risk of forgetting your posts and a captain may wonder about gaps in your experience.
3. ADD REFERENCES
It’s always useful to include a few professional references at the end of your CV if possible, and ask employers to endorse you on LinkedIn – there’s room for much more information here.
How to format your Yacht Crew CV/Resume?
Typically, you have between three and six seconds to catch the captain’s attention. Captains don’t have long to look through applications, so your CV needs to be a maximum of two pages to stand the best chance of landing that yacht job.
Opt for a classic font that is both professional and aesthetically pleasing making it easy to read, and use subheadings and bold fonts to keep things organized. Laurence Lewis, director of YPI Crew said, “The key to writing an effective CV is simplicity, clarity, and tidiness. As you only have a very short time to grab the captain’s attention, we recommend that you ‘test-run’ your CV with friends or family.”
- Your full name
- A current and professional passport photograph
- A current mobile number, location, and email address
- Your nationality
- The details of any visas that you may currently hold with expiration dates
- Your marital status
- Your smoking habits, visible tattoos, and piercings
Below this, you should then include:
- A concise profile or an objective paragraph summarizing your experience and unique selling point
- Your listed yachting experience, including employment dates, yacht name, and size and the position held with a list of duties, listed in reverse order with the most recent first
- Your additional qualifications and relevant work experience, again listed in reverse time order
- Your hobbies and interests
- Details of your references or a few short endorsements
Top tip: Don’t forget to take a quick look over your social media accounts before applying for any new yacht job. Ensure that any and all negative comments and inappropriate photographs are removed or deleted from your social platforms, or that settings are switched to ‘private’. Failing to do so could mean that you never make it to the interview stage. It’s also a good idea to update your LinkedIn profile in line with your latest crew CV. You are granted a little more room here to expand a little more on the information provided on your CV.
Proofread and request feedback on your Yacht Crew CV/Resume
It may sound obvious, but before printing or sending any CVs, make sure you proofread for spelling and grammar mistakes; you can’t boast about having ‘great attention to detail’ when there are obvious mistakes on your CV, after all! Ask someone in the industry for his or her opinion on your CV. You should question them on its presentation, its content and ask them to do a final proofread before committing to printing off a few dozen copies to be distributed.