How to stand out from a sea of superyacht crew CVs

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Whether you have just completed your STCW and are looking for your first role in the industry, or perhaps you’ve been day working for a while and want to make sure you score a full time job this season, competition is fierce.

Top dog here at YACHTNEEDS, Tony worked on board for seven years before heading shore side to develop our first app. He still regularly helps crew find their perfect place in the industry, so we decided to share some of his insider knowledge with you all to help as many of you as possible find that dream job over the crucial next few months in the Med.

Yacht Crew racing towards a crew member with his phone

  1. Capture the attention of the person reading your CV in the first three seconds

However memorable your personality is you have to make your resume stands out from hundreds of other white sheets of paper the Captain or senior crew have to read.

  1. Include a photograph

Always include a great photograph. Ideally not with a boring white background but still keep it professional. They don’t need to see you seven drinks in at a festival. Make sure you are smiling, well presented and make sure whatever background you choose isn’t going to put them off.

  1. Put life into your CV

Spice up your resume with a little sprinkle of your personality. Its unlikely whoever is reading it has actually met you in person. Add character, Be different so you spark attention, but not so different that they think you are a weirdo.

Superyacht crew putting her  hand in the air to get noticed.

  1. Be honest

If you don’t like it as a hobby, don’t list it. If you have been on a jet ski on a family holiday once 10 years ago don’t say you are a proficient instructor. Superyacht life is fast paced and the last thing you want is to let your first mate down because he thinks you can lead the guests on a water sports activity day, when in fact you don’t know how to turn the things on.

  1. Keep your resume to one page

Don’t put your life and work history in for the last 20 years. If it doesn’t relate to yachting in anyway try avoid adding it if you can. No one wants to know you used to manage a horse ranch in 1999 and Captains and Heads Of Department’s will appreciate you keeping it short and sweet.

  1. Attention is in the detail.

Our industry is all about detailing so make your CV is lined up, spaced evenly with perfect spelling, grammar and punctuation, line spacing and make sure there is order in how you structure everything.

  1. Be eco-friendly

The superyacht industry is very hot on tackling environmental issues so why not use biodegradable paper. Plastic in the ocean is a global problem so don’t leave your CV in a plastic folder. Not cool!

  1. Stand out

Perhaps add some colour to the page and a hint of your sense of humour. Do whatever it takes to get someone to read your resume from the 100’s they receive on a weekly basis. You want the reader to remember you, that’s your job before getting a job!

As we’ve said, competition is fierce and it can be a challenge to land a job on a superyacht. But we promise it is every bit as rewarding as it is challenging. Don’t be put off if your first few applications are unsuccessful, most yachts have very specific requirements for what they are looking for in crew members, so whilst you might be the wrong fit for one, you just might be perfect for another.

Good luck and don’t forget to check out the jobs section on our website and app!

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