Firstly – the terms “CV” and “Resume” may be used interchangeably and may serve near identical purposes. CV is the common term used in Europe, Canada and elsewhere in the world – including the international yachting community. It is short for the Latin phrase: Curriculum Vitae. Americans typically use the term Resume. It may be argued that a CV is more detailed and longer in length. We will leave it to the reader to delve into the differences that may exist.
Landing a yachting job when you’re new to the industry is, without beating around the bush a daunting task for any job, let alone when you’re in unfamiliar territory. While most of you may already be aware that the yachting industry is completely different from any ‘land job’ you’ve had, it’s a safe guess to know that your resume (or CV as some call it) also follows in suit. And before you go blanketing the boat yards with a sea of paperwork, we wanted to help you create the best yachting CV to help you land a job in no time flat.
Start from Scratch to Create A Yacht CV / Resume
Taking your land CV and turning it into a perfect yachting CV takes a lot longer than if you were to ditch the old one and start fresh. Visually speaking, yachting resumes are completely different as the top section of your CV includes not only a picture of yourself, but some quick glance information that can be considered quite personal when you first get into the industry. As always, our CV’s broaden and grow with the more experience we have. So if you’re new to the industry include all your ‘yachting-like’ experience and tasks/certificates and then grow and build from there as you gain more experience.
Things to Consider when Creating your CV
Unless you’ve been in the yachting industry a long time or you’re high up the chain, keep your CV to one page (this does not include your reference page). Keep your CV simple; it makes it easier to read and more effective.
Follow the Yachting CV Norms
Most crew agencies have a yachting template for writing a CV, which in terms helps to standardize the look and format for the industry as a whole. It is important to stick to these templates and not get super creative when it comes to designing your CV.
Why Use a CV Template?
The templates make it easier for captains to access the information they need in order to see if you are the person they’re looking for. They have a million things on the go all at once, and searching for your certifications and relevant work experience is not high on their priority list. You could get over looked for a job that suits you if its properly presented.
Point Form vs. Paragraph Style Formats
This has been changing more and more as our attention spans grew less and less ( you can thank the internet for that one). Point form is preferred, and actually makes things easier to fit onto one page. This is where crew agencies can come into place as well, but if you’re having trouble try taking your paragraph form, and then break it into five key points and phrases that sum up your wordy description.
Traditional Yachting CV Headers
Unlike the visual appearance of a land resume, these tend to stay quite similar in the yachting industry, with the exception of a few words. Here are the most popular format requested headers, starting from the top of the page that the crew agencies follow:
- Name and Attributes – Date of Birth, Nationality, Marital Status (single, married etc), Visas (List if you have them, and include expiration dates), Languages that you speak (only include the ones that you are fluent in), list whether or not you are a smoker/non smoker or if you have any visible tattoos/non visual.
- Certifications – this would include any certificates you have attended school for, including your STCW. This could also include any medical certificates, First Aid/CPR and whether or not you’ve had your seaman’s medical done (ENG1).
4. Skills Section– make sure to include if you have relevant skills that would apply to the yachting industry, that is different from your work history. This is where crew agencies can come in place; a common one to think of would be any medical background, health and safety boards etc.
5. Professional Experience – list any previous yachting experience first if you have it, and then go on to include any relevant past experience if you don’t or are new to the industry.
- Hobbies – this isn’t mandatory but is a nice one to include if you are big into water sports, photography, yoga etc. anything that could help while on board a yacht living and working.
Easy Rule of Thumb
Keep all the important information in the top half, or 50% of your CV.
The answer is yes; include your references when handing out a resume. They are going to ask for them anyways, and its one less step they need to contact you for when considering you for hire. When choosing references, make sure to include any yachting ones you have first. From there, go down your work history list and include the most relevant.
Sounds silly, but no selfies, no bar shots and try and dress for the part you want. Avoid squinting, and take into consideration your surroundings when needing a photo. Crewfiles.com does free photography in Fort lauderdale every Tuesday, off of 17th street for these headshots, just make sure to register on her website.