Superyacht CV Guide
As an inexperienced crew member seeking your first job on board a superyacht, it is imperative to have a good CV. Yacht crew CV's are very different from those used in the traditional business world. It is important to make sure your CV professional and relevant.
We highly recommend you follow the tips below, but don’t be afraid to make some adjustments that reflect your personality and style. It is important to strike a balance between being unique and professional.
Photograph: Your photograph is an important aspect of your CV. Unlike other industries, your CV will most likely be completely ignored without a photograph. Vessel owners and captains like to hire presentable crew members and it is important to portray the correct image in your photograph. Here are a few guidelines to follow:
- The photograph should be placed in the top corner of the CV.
- It should in colour, be a JPEG file and less than 500KB.
- Your head and shoulders should be visible in the photo and you should ideally be wearing a white or blue polo shirt or a shirt with epaulettes.
- Your hair should be neat and presentable.
- No hats, caps, sunglasses or large earrings.
- Look professional and friendly – SMILE.
- You should take the photograph with the sea or a marina in the background.
- You should be clean-shaven although there may be exceptions to this based on your role. Generally, guests facing staff should be clean-shaven.
- Keep it concise. The CV should be no longer than two pages. Short and sweet is the trick here – potential employers will be reading through numerous CVs and don’t want to read unnecessary information.
- Ensure your qualifications, location, passport/visas and availability are clearly visible.
- Always spell-check your CV! Allow family and friends proofread it to make sure it is grammatically correct.
- Write professionally and do not use slang.
- Always print your CV out before sending it off, sometimes the layout and format may appear different once printed. Most potential employers will print out the CVs they are interested in – make sure you are happy with the printed version.
- NEVER LIE on your CV – some crew may be tempted to lie on their CVs in order to appear more experienced. Interviewers and employers are able to tell and you will be caught out.
- List all relevant experience and/or transferrable skills from your previous careers and/or upbringing.
- When applying for a job online you should attach a cover letter along with your CV.
- You will often hand your CV out whilst ‘dock walking’, it can be a good idea to staple a business card to your CV and to hand your CV out in a plastic sleeve.
- Save your CV under a professional file name, eg. John Smith CV, as it will appear that way for potential employers to download.
- Ensure the name in your email address is sensible.
- Get feedback and help from professional yachting CV services.