Your yacht crew CV is the first step to securing your dream yacht job. However, even small mistakes on your yacht crew resume can scupper your chances of being invited for an interview. Your crew CV is your marketing tool to get an interview with a captain or hiring manager, so without a carefully crafted CV there simply is no interview.
Laurence Lewis, director of Antibes yacht crew agency YPI CREW, has spent decades helping candidates secure their dream yacht job and has sifted through thousands of yacht crew CVs – the good and the bad. Here, she outlines some of the most common yacht crew resume mistakes she has encountered during her career helping you to write an effective yachting CV.
The Top Yacht Crew CV Mistakes
1. Adding an old or unprofessional headshot, or no photograph at all
Most industries don’t require that you include a photograph of yourself on your CV, however in the yachting industry it is the norm as Captains and hiring managers like to see a warm and friendly smile and be able to connect with you before the interview.
With your yacht crew resume, you must include a recent headshot photograph that is professional and in focus; men should be clean-shaven, and women should be wearing minimal makeup. Your yacht crew CV photograph should reflect the smart and presentable image that yacht crew must show at all times, so your hair should be tied back and you should be smartly presented, ideally wearing either a plain t-shirt or smart polo shirt. Your photograph should not be a “selfie”.
2. Including too much, or poorly formatted information
You have less than 10-seconds to grab the captain’s attention. If your CV is hard to read the captain will lose interest very quickly. Lengthy resumes – ones that span more than two pages – are not advisable. Your yacht crew resume should be no more than two pages long, so, to help keep your CV from spilling over to three pages or more, make sure to use concise sentences that are easy to read. Make every word count, and ensure every sentence has a purpose.
Additionally, make sure your yacht crew CV is clearly formatted – bullet points are a great way to make a yacht crew CV quick and easy to read. Use one clear typeface – such as an easy-to-read sans serif font like Arial – and avoid colour blocking or multi-coloured fonts that serve only as a distraction (and waste a lot of ink if they are being printed!). Your aim is to make your yacht crew resume as easy to read as possible.
3. Forgetting to include the essential information
When drafting your first yacht crew resume for moving from a shore-side role to a job onboard, it’s all too easy to forget to add the essential information important to finding a yacht job.
Pick three qualities or attributes you feel would be important for a role in the yachting industry and be sure to include them on your yacht crew CV. Avoid cliches such as honest, professional and good attention to detail – dig deep into your personality and pick three characteristics that define truly you. Don’t forget to mention your hobbies which are also very important as Captain’s are often looking for candidates with skills that will add to their value role on board, such as cycling, paragliding, drone flying, and video editing.
Some also forget to include their own contact information, such as a mobile telephone number and email address, and the contact details for two referees. Other important things to remember are any foreign languages spoken, hobbies, key skills, and your objective.
Taking the time to create a winning yacht crew resume will help you ensure you get hired in your dream role.
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