Please keep your CV nice and clean and free from formatting blocks of colour/shading/columns etc. It is fine to have a smart presentation copy to take to interviews but for uploading to the various sites, it can become a problem. Be aware that, as Crew Agents, we have to brand each CV we send out to yachts/management companies. There are many different Agencies and Captains’ need to be able to distinguish which Agent sent him which CV. If your CV is heavily formatted, it is difficult to put our mark on it without it all going awry. Also be aware that your CV will be opened on many different programmes Mac/Windows 7-10 etc and they can also play havoc with formatting so that all that hard work at presentation actually has the opposite effect.
Each year, there are new fashions for CVs which are neither helpful nor correct. The one page CV (a current trend) may be economical for printing and handing out when dockwalking but unfortunately it is also very economical in terms of selling yourself. This is your marketing tool! Someone of your age should not be squeezing their life onto one page and invariably vital information is left out. Please include all your past experience whether it is yacht related or not. Split your experience between Yacht or Maritime Experience and Shorebased or Other Employment.
Do upload a Microsoft Word CV
Don’t a PDF file (or similar)
Do name the file with your full name i.e. Sally Finbow CV doc.
Don’t name it as MyCV.docs. This should also apply to all your certificates i.e. SallyFinbowY3licence
Do put your name and position sought in the subject line of any correspondence
Don’t send your CV by email, register on our website
Do go over your CV or get someone else to do so checking for errors/typos etc. You cannot claim that you have great attention to detail if your CV is littered with mistakes
Do be careful on social media – employers do check FB, Instagram etc, so keep your posts and email addresses professional.
All of the above points are of enormous help to us and therefore will help you too. Once this is done, you will receive a confirmation email with your login details. Where possible, a personal interview will be set up, ideally face to face or by telephone. This interview process – the “getting to know you” exercise – is very important if we are to find you that perfect job; Once you are registered, it is extremely important to keep up the flow of information regarding changes in your situation. Please keep your file updated at all times if, for example, your contact details change, you change location, if you acquire new qualifications and, above all, if you are no longer available. Please check in online at least once a week to show that you are still actively looking for work and update your file if you become unavailable. Should you wish to close your file and be permanently removed from our database, please inform us by email. When a suitable position comes in we will let you know and give you as much detail as possible. Please do not discuss this with anyone else and understand that we have an obligation to the yacht to keep certain details confidential in the first instance. It is not unheard of for someone else to use the ‘hot tip’ they overheard in the bar or crew house and steal the job from under your and our nose.
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