There’s no arguing; the yachting industry has changed. And while you may be asking yourself ‘How’, the answer truly depends on what aspect of the industry you are speaking of. In this instance, we are talking about the way crew members search for work on yachts.
These methods are sure to land you a yacht job, no matter what part of the world you’re searching in, but just to up the odds make sure to well manicured, presentable and dress the part. Carrying a CV or business card around with you ever where you go never hurt either, but we’re sure you already know the basics!
Dock Walking – To Work on a Yacht You May Need to “Press the Flesh”
While working in the super yacht industry has undoubtably changed in some aspects, dock walking doesn’t seem to be one of them. Many captains and first mates among the industry have always expressed how this is the best way to get your name out there, and prove you’ve got a good work ethic. By getting up early, looking professional and approaching them you are taking the right kind of initiative that could land you a job.
While we are all aware that dock walking can be a tricky one, and it is old school in nature when you compare them to the next few in the list, it seems that this is still an oldie but a goodie in terms of yacht job seekers. Just be careful, learn the rules and make sure to do this alone.
Teaming up to walk the docks doesn’t show captains or crew that you can work independently. Green crew, this is probably a great starting point to get your foot in the door – although be warned, it can be highly competitive.
Crew Agencies – Finding Work on Yachts May Involve Team Work
We could certainly break this one down into two categories, if we’re honest. Crew agencies in person, and crew agencies/job seeking online. Like all things, the internet is proving to help more and more people become aware of jobs that allow you to travel and work abroad.
However, while you can use a crew agency for entry level jobs, most yachts will commonly use them to find senior crew members, such as Chefs, First Mates, Officers, Captains etc. Don’t let this deter you from using them altogether though, as they are a great tool to help you find work and a great connection to make if you are looking to stay in the industry long-term. There are a number of yacht crew agencies out there to offer their services.
So do your research online and ask around to fellow crew members to see which ones would work best for you.
Now this is one for the kids of the 21st century – going online to find work, and through social media of all places. While this started off slowly around 2010 (give or take a few years) it has rapidly increased and blown up the way new, old and returning crew find work on yachts. And we’re not just talking about Facebook, even though there are now several thousands of groups dedicated just for the industry alone.
Going online to search for jobs has become the first way we approach things, and while this does seem contradicting considering dock walking is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum (human contact vs. avoiding human contact), it seems to the be the way moving forward.
Networking / Friends – Work on Yachts The Tried & True Way
Another oldie but a goodie, this is still one of the best ways to get involved and find work. Whether you’re a green deckhand, but know a friend of a friend who you lived in a crewhouse with and now works on a yacht that’s looking, or you’re a seasoned stewardess looking to get back in the spotlight, word of mouth is a great way to succeed.
This is where staying honest and humble in the industry, which you should be in everyday life regardless, especially comes in handy. People talk, and burning bridges never gets you anywhere good in life. Make friends and plenty of them – you never know, striking up a conversation in a bar could lead you to a job a year down the road.
Become Qualified to Work On A Yacht
– The exclamation point to finding work on a yacht is that you need to be qualified for the position you are seeking. Getting your foot in the door now, compared to years ago, means you need to “prove” your qualifications with certifications and licensing. Plan to get the yacht training you need – before you apply for the job.