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Tips to create a Good Resume

Check out our site and all the information about yachting and if you are a newbie and have questions about starting out or getting into yachting send us an email or an enquiry and we will give you some tips and advice.

Create Your Resume

Online Resume

You can sign up on our website and create your online resume. This will store your resume/cv details and available to you online when you apply for our advertised jobs.

Resume Template for Microsoft Word

In addition to your online resume you can also create a Microsoft Word resume document using our Resume Template as a guide. Also you can upload your resume document with your online resume.

Applying for Jobs

The first time you apply for a job you will be prompted to create an online resume. The online resume will ask your to enter your personal details, and you career experience and qualifications. Once you create your online resume you can then proceed to apply for the job and submit your online resume. Your details are then sent to the employer and you are notified that you have applied for the job.

Once you apply for the job we will be in contact and also want to set up an interview so location and timing is important to add. Timing and where you are matters in the crew search from many yachts, and often people whom are located in the same area as a yacht needing crew will get the job over a long haul flight.

Access your Online Resume

The online resume also creates your account with our website so you can log on to access your online resume. Your username will be your email address and your password is emailed to you. You either keep the assigned password or change it. You then can log on to our website and access your online resume and edit or delete your resume

Tips to writing your Good Resume

Overall the employer wants to see a well laid out, clear, concise and comprehensive presentation of yourself. Being clear and concise is the key, and be sure to add in your current location when updating your resume write a covering letter of state,meant so we know what you are looking for , if you are interested in a position on the website or a facebook blog, state what it is you are applying for.

Often the key to a resume is what is missing, so cover all you can. Keep in mind the world is a transparent place and your resume is always verified so be honest and clear about your past and your future and who you are. If you need more we offer layout and printing services and will always help you enhance your resume if its going to help you present better. Always make sure you have both hard copies and a format for email and copying.

Get Qualifications

It can be daunting, when you first look into what is required to get into the superyachting industry. There are certain must have qualifications, the industry had become very structured and continues to get tighter to operate without the right certification .MCA dictates the requirements for all commercial vessels, these are generally the ones that charter, but not always. Of course a level of experience is also an advantage, and it comes in time, but so often you just need to be in the right place at the right time, backed up with the right certificates!

It is an essential qualification for almost all yacht and superyacht crew for insurance purposes. It is not an option to enter the industry without this qualification. Today keeping a logbook to date and a record of all your teatime is essential as you move up the qualification ladder, do consult the MCA for the qualifications chart and the sea time to support these qualifications

Other good certificates to have entering the industry are:

  • Food and Hygiene Certification- essential for commercial yachts and interior crew
  • RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2– this is all about tender driving and handling small boats
  • RYA Day Skipper/Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster- yacht master is considered entry level today for most deck candidates especially on a 40 m plus yacht!.
  • A Hospitality background – to show that you are good with people and you can cope in all situations with a smile and cool calmness 24/7!

There are some qualifications that are role specific and other more general ones. ALL candidates would be expected to have their STCW95 Basic Training. This short course covers:

  • fire prevention and fire-fighting
  • personal safety and social responsibilities
  • personal survival techniques
  • elementary first aid.

Steward/Stewardess

  • Silver Service
  • Bar work or bar qualifications
  • Flower arranging
  • Previous experience in restaurant work
  • There are now some great 1-day and 5 day courses for interior crew on the market which cover table settings, silver service and other areas.See our crew training pages for info on schools and courses available

Deckhand

  • As many RYA courses as possible
  • Ideally your RYA Yachtmaster and definitely RYA Powerboat Level 2
    OOW MODULES started or underway

Engineer

  • Some form of mechanic qualification, often this can be from another industry like airline, motor. A uni degree, but all these will need to get MCA crossover qualifications to align with yachting certs. Engineering is the most complicated of certification
  • The minimum really is the MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC)- its a great cert. to carry it really opens up opportunities for those with an interest in this area
    Next are the Y4,3,2,1 Certificates, and if you know what they are about you will be experiences in the industry already!

There are a couple of other items that crew agents will NEED TO SEE, which include:

  • ENG1 –This is a Medical which is recognised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). There are a limited number of approved doctors around the world so Captains are always grateful if you already have this. It is often required for crew by insurance companies. It also tells them you are fit, healthy and not colour blind (essential for navigation).
  • A B1/B2 Visa – this is for entering the USA and means that if you are in the Caribbean you can come and go freely. Generally most professional yacht crew, depending on nationality, should be able to get one and they are usually granted for ten years.

Whatever your role on board, as you get further up the ladder you will find there are more and more qualifications necessary to climb higher still.
Our biggest piece of advice is that when you start working on the boats you keep a log book, signed off by the captain, which details all the miles you have done. You will need these in the future for your qualifications or to go up a level.

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