The following information is meant to highlight the main points of a yachting CV and the differences between that and a standard CV.
Looking at hiring from the Captains point of view.
- Personal on Yachts have one of the highest turnover rates of any industry. This means that Captains regularly look at CV, lots of CV so your main objective is to make your CV stand out from a very crowded desk.
- Captains not only want competent, well presented crew but also crew that “shine”. Crew that have something special. You need to make your CV do this for you.
Direct quotes from Captains.
“I first thin out the number of CV’s I have by scanning the first page and binning any I don’t like the look of.”
“If I have a bunch of CV’s all with equal qualifications the first ones to go are the ones without a photo.”
Points to be noted
- You are competing for the job you have been put forward for and your CV is one of your main weapons in that competition.
- Not only must you be the best suited candidate for the position but your CV must advertise this fact to the captain.
- Consider your CV as an advert of your relevant skills and experience.
The format of a CV is incredibly important because before the Captain has even read your name at the top on the first page he has already made assumptions about the type of candidate you are by how you have presented the information on the page.
- The format of your CV is the first impression that the Captain has of you. Make sure it’s a good one.
The psychology of layout
The following is a list of known psychological phenomena related to how people look at and digest information. All these points are well known by marketing and advertising agencies. Before people start to read a page they scan the page first.
People scan pages diagonally not linearly.
This images shows how people scan an A4 page
When a person is scanning a document you have between 3-6 seconds to grab their attention and entice them to read more.
When people are reading a list of points if you have not grabbed their attention by the end of point three they will stop reading the rest of the list and move on further down the page.
Points to be noted
- You have 3 - 6 seconds to grab the captains attention.
- Make sure that your most recent Qualification and Position are high up on the first page of your CV
General Rules for Yacht Crew CV’s
- Always use a word processor.
- Always use a spell checker.
- Always be accurate.
- Always be concise.
- A CV should not be more than two pages long.
*Exception: Chefs are usually asked to include some examples of Menus and photos of their work.
Required information for Yacht Crew CV’s
- Your Name,
- A Photo (more about this later)
- Mobile number, (current)
- Visa held with exp dates,
- Current Location (not a full address),
- Marital status,
- Smoking habits,
- Visible Tattoos
- Profile / Objective paragraph
- Relevant yachting Qualifications,
- Yachting Experience: Stating / Finish dates, Yacht name and size, position held with a critique of the boats travels and your duties.
- Additional qualifications E.G full driving licenses, Helicopter License or Degree in Marine Law.
- Additional relevant work E.G work for 2 years as a rigger or work at the Ivy restaurant in London as a silver service waiter.
- Present Location (not necessarily a full address),
- Hobbies / Interests. (Keep the list short sweet and honest.)
- References: Name, Yacht Name, Position, current contact details,
Examples of what information should not be on your CV
- The words Curriculum Vitae at the top of the page.
- The address where you normally live.
- Irrelevant land based jobs
- Your general education: (unless this includes relevant qualification)
A photograph is an essential part of your CV. The old saying that an image is worth a thousand words is very true. It is also good to remember that a good Photograph presents a good image but a bad photo will reflect very badly on you.
- Use a head shot of good quality and size.
- Look smart; wear a nice shirt or the uniform.
- Be conservative in your appearance, No outrageous hairstyles.
- Do not have other people, pets or anything else in frame.
- The background of the photograph should be a nice neutral colour
- When attaching the image keep the file size below 100kb
- Don’t forget to smile.
Keep this brief, outline the experience you have gained and where you want to be going in your yachting career over the next period. highlight what you have to offer in 2-4 lines of text.
- List your qualifications in order of highest first.
- Only show most recent education. No need to show your OOW if you have a Master 500gt.
- Make sure to include anything you think may be relevant to your application.
- Include the issuing establishment (e.g. MCA/RYA/IYT/PADI).
- List your employment history starting with your most recent position. Please be detailed but brief. The job description should ideally only take up a few lines. For short term work, such as deliveries or regattas, a 1 or 2 line entry for each position is adequate.
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C.V. writing guide:
CV / Resumes writing guide (pdf).