The Yacht Resume
So you’re new to the industry and haven’t an idea what to put on your cv. The Superyacht Industry is expanding rapidly. The competition is high and you want your resume to stand out from the pack. Missing out on vital information means you may not secure a position and go home. That’s the reality. Without a solid resume you will be left with a sea of resumes that haven’t followed this basic layout. We’re here to give you some pointers so we are confident to put you forward to amazing yachts.
The overall layout of your resume is important. If you can’t get the information easily, your resume will simply not be read. As a rule of thumb your resume should be no longer then two pages (Unless you are a chef).
- Your photo is extremely important; boats want to see that you’re well presented and happy.
- Selfies are not appropriate
- Smile in your photo
- Colour photograph
- Well groomed, clean shaven
- Neutral background
- Good lighting
- Good body language i.e Don’t cross your arms
- Natural Makeup
- No large distracting jewellery
Include Next to Your Photo
- Languages you speak
- Visa Details
- Marital Status
- Tattoos Status
- Smoking Status
- Current Location
- Current phone number
- Current email address
State here what position you are hoping to land. A little bit about yourself, not a novel.
Always include your most recent yachting experience first. Include the Yacht name – Size of Vessel – Position onboard – Dates (Month and Year).
Land Based Experience
Although you’re looking to work on yachts there are plenty of skills that are transferable. For instance, you are a Carpenter looking for a Deckhand position. You are already ahead of the pack because your land based skills are highly relevant. Plenty of boats seek out these skills so high lighting them on your resume is important:
- Trade Background
- Boat Builder
- Kiteboard Instructor
- Professional Surfer
- Beauty Therapist
- Yoga Teacher
- Dive Instructor
- Drone Pilot
- Personal Trainer
Interests and Hobbies
Honest interests and hobbies. As recruiters it is nice for us to get a little insight as to who you are as a person. It could easily turn into an interview because you have in your hobbies, that you like fixing up old motorbikes.
- Make sure your references are contactable – because we will contact them!
- Relevant written references are highly regarded
Notes of Importance
- Never say you will work for free, last thing we want is you being taken for a ride. If a boat suggests this, move on as they are not what you’re looking for.
- Get someone to read over your cv. Grammatical and spelling mistakes appear careless.
- Send a test email with your resume to yourself. Then check it on other devices. Crew agents don’t have the time to chase up if the document can’t be opened.
We are excited that you have chosen to enter the Superyacht Industry. Follow these initial steps and you’re on the path to securing a position in this unique and rewarding industry.