If by now, you’re looking at how to prepare your superyacht CV, you’ve probably already done quite a bit of research onto your potential new career onboard luxury and superyachts, maybe even done your STCW course, and come to realise that you need assistance creating your new CV. A yacht crew CV is not at all the same as those used in the business world. You still need to make your CV professional and relevant.
Remember that, as with all CVs, your CV is not to land you the job, but to get an interview!
Although these tips are aimed at newbie yacht crew, even if you’re experienced you can use them to give your CV a good polish.
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Keep it short – Even though you don’t necessarily have a long history of work, keep it short and simple. It should be two pages max.
Photograph – A photograph is an essential part of your CV. The old saying that an image is worth a thousand words is very true. It is also good to remember that a good Photograph presents a good image, but a bad photo will reflect very badly on you. The yachting industry is very image conscious and boats like to hire presentable crew.
It should be in colour, be a JPEG file and less than 500KB.
It should be a head and shoulders photo and you should be wearing a white or neutral polo shirt or similar.
Your hair should be neat and presentable.Err on the side of conservative.
No hats, caps, sunglasses or large earrings.
Look professional and friendly – SMILE.
Ideally take the photograph with the sea or a marina in the background, else opt for a nice neutral colour/wall.
Spell Check – Super Yachting is all about the attention to detail so you will need to prepare a professional résumé; essential, as this is the first step in gaining you the position you’ve been looking for. It’s the first impression the agent and client will have of you, so make it count! It must be neat and tidy. Ensure all the margins are aligned, fonts are the same size and typeface and check your spelling.
Important Info to Showcase (not limited to):
Relevant Visas, including expiry dates.
Location – your current location (not address).
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 Qualifications – Relevant certifications and courses.
Yachting Experience – Starting / Finish dates, Yacht name and size, position held with a critique of the boats travels and your duties.
Additional Relevant Work – eg worked for 2 years as a rigger or worked at a fine dining restaurant as a silver service waiter.
References – Name, Yacht Name, Position, current contact details.
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It can seem a little daunting indeed, but you only have one shot, and the industry is very competitive! We can help you create the PERFECT yacht and superyacht CV. Get in touch and book your Yacht CV Design service, or download our basic superyacht CV template here.