10 Tips for a more Powerful CV

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In today’s competitive job market, you need an excellent CV to set you apart from the crowd.
As an employer I was sent many job applications, yet very few really gave me an indication of ‘who’ the person really was. Yacht crew in particular, get selected not only on whether they can do the job, but almost more importantly, whether or not they will fit into the team.
Let your CV tell a story about who you are, what has led you to this point and where you would like to go. Allow yourself to be descriptive – long gone are the days of brief CVs – it is not the recruiter’s job to have to guess if you would be suitable…. make their lives as easy as possible,
Use these tips as a tool to really sell yourself.

  1.  Always include a head and shoulders professional photograph of yourself at the top.
  2.  Next write an honest story about what you have been doing in your most recent position: explain how long you have been with the employer, who the employer was with details about the size/facilities/number of crew/location of the yacht or other background. Go into detail about your talents within the role: for example deck crew should show specific skills they have gained in varnishing, supervising clients in watersports, watchkeeping responsibilities. Chefs should discuss their style of cooking, presentation skills, stock control and galley management, abilites to cater for different nutritional requirements and budgets. Interior crew should explain their abilities in the care of fine linens, antiques, wardrobes, flowers, table service and food/wine knowledge. All crew should include a note on their discretion, personal presentation and efforts to keep up-to-date with industry advances. It is also valuable to note how previous jobs have led you to this point and describe your health and personal interests/passions. Aim for about 400 words as a guildeline.
  3. The ‘Personal Information’ section must include full contact details – phone number, skype, email.
  4. Give your age as well as your date of birth, to make it as easy as possible for the recruiter.
  5. Provide details about your nationality, passport, citizenship and visas – this is especially important in an industry that involves a great deal of travel.
  6. Driving licence and experience driving different vehicles in different countries – some yachting roles require diversification into land-based responsibilities too!
  7. Proficiency – courses, qualifications, languages, computer literacy.
  8. Employment History – this should include dates, company details, job description and highlights. If you chopped and changed a lot during one period there is no need to mention each 2 month stint – bulk them together under a classification: e.g. 2007 – 2009 Barman in restaurants and bars in Australia and the UK.
  9. References can be included with a note stipulating that they should only be contacted in the case of a job offer or with your approval.
  10. Finally and importantly: professionalise / privatise your facebook profile – your image on the internet is everywhere and prospective employers won’t be impressed by a picture of you out drinking / your pet / etc – and don’t think they won’t check: remember it is the Captain’s job to be as thorough as possible with the owner’s prize posessions.

Once you have prepared a brilliant CV, don’t forget to chase it up with a call or personal appearance.

Thanks for reading!

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Jennifer Ritchie

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