Tips on getting that dream job
Tips for getting that dream Job
It’s that time of the season again when courses are taken, CV’s brushed off and bags packed as people look for employment opportunities on a Superyacht. But whether you’re looking at a role in hospitality, engineering, sailing or are a complete ‘newbie’ looking for a challenge you will need specific qualifications and certificates before you hit the docks.
An STCW Basic Safety Training certificate and a valid ENG1 medical are musts when looking for a job, an Approved Engine Course, RYA Powerboat Level 2 and SRC Radio may also be worth investing in but when brushing up that CV don’t forget your soft skills & that all important experience.
Whether you have the ability to make a cocktail, silver serve, maybe you spent a summer as a dinghy instructor or have an ability to tinker with an engine all of these can make your CV attractive to future employers.
See below for some helpful hints and tips that we think will help you get that dream job onboard.
Invest in yourself – Most, if not all positions onboard, will need some level of training. Captains will expect you to have achieved at least entry level training (STCW Basic Training) for any position and may also be keen to see additional relevant qualification which add to your skill set. This not only makes you viable for potential jobs but also shows a willingness to invest seriously in your future career.
CV – One rule to always abide by when writing a CV is keep it short and sweet. Make sure you include a picture (industry standard I’m afraid) and put all relevant qualifications, experience and key skills as well as a short synopsis on yourself and your interests. Potential employers want to see all the information with a bit of personality but aren’t interested in a life story. Maximum of two pages is a good guideline.
Also be aware most future employers will do a little bit of a background check so make sure your social media is respectful or blocked to outside viewers. Jobs have been known to be lost over a thoughtless status update!
Dock walking – The dreaded dock walk is the most common way for people looking for a job to get their CV’s out there and find out if any work is available. Before you start make sure you have lots of CV’s, know where to go (be aware some marinas may require passes) and look presentable. A good time to hit the docks are first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon just in case any boat need workers for the next day. Always be friendly and chatty and ask about the boat if they look willing to chat as you will find most people will be glad for a 5 minute rest bite from what they are doing and it will make you memorable.
If the crew is in full smart uniform or the boat looks like it has guests onboard don’t approach them as you will find they will be too busy and won’t thank you for it!
Be Smart – When dock walking or going for an interview make sure you look presentable. A polo shirt and light coloured shorts or trousers are standard. If you are a guy make sure you are clean shaven and girls make sure any long hair is tied up and go easy on the makeup and fragrance. If you are lucky enough to get an interview make sure you turn up in plenty of time, take a copy of your CV and any certificates. Also be aware smoking, visible tattoos and/or piercings are a general no-no.
Plan Ahead – If you are planning to head to the Med to dock walk, whether it is Palma or Antibes make sure you have a plan. Find a cheap place to stay, maybe check out crew forums to see if there is anyone there who can help, check out any crew agencies that may be situated nearby and organise a meeting and budget. Socialising is always a great way to meet people in the industry so head out to the bars in the evening but remember go steady on the rum!
Manage your expectations – Finding any job can take time and add to that the pressures of being away from home with people you don’t know. Be aware that any job on board will be like this so if you can’t do without your creature comforts or aren’t open to meeting new people or being thrown in to the deep end then maybe Superyachting isn’t for you. It takes a lot of self-motivation to hit the docks day after day, hearing no after no but keep at it and don’t be afraid to take on any day work as you never know where it will lead.