If you care about your career in any industry your CV should show it. It sounds obvious, but for the majority of candidates in yachting it still isn’t. You’d be seriously surprised how many badly written CVs I came across when I was recruiting for yacht jobs. I couldn’t believe how many people still did not understand the value of this document. So today’s article is exactly about that, the power of a good CV.
Even the best skills and experience will get overlooked if you don’t state these clearly in your CV. Yachting is a busy environment, not everybody has the time to read between the lines. They may have a hundred CVs on average to go through. With the first scan they will be looking for the key skills and experience needed for the position they want to fill in. If you fail to present that, your CV might not get another look.
Help recruiters help you! Make all your skills, interests and qualifications as well as your career goals clear on your CV. You will see that not only will your potential employees understand better that you are the right candidate for the position, but it will also help you apply for the roles that are the most suitable for you at this stage of your career. The time you will spend writing your CV will save you days of job search!
Your CV will most of the time be the first form of contact with your potential recruiter. Think about what picture you want them to have of you. Does your CV show that you understand what is required for the position you apply for and that you match the profile? Or rather that you think it is recruiters’ job to extract if you have got what they are looking for from your work history. Does that demonstrate that you really put the time and effort into completing your task No. 1 or that you couldn’t be bothered because you had better things to do?
An interview for a job is usually quite stressful and yet you need to present yourself as a confident crew member who really knows their stuff. A good CV will definitely support you in this difficult moment. If you have really thought through your skills, experience and achievements at the time of writing your CV, most of your preparation for an interview is done. You will have a clear picture in your head of how you fit the profile for the position you applied for. And if you get stuck on any question due to stress, having a CV that clearly states it all in front of you will help you get back on track fast. Also having a document that presents you in the right way will boost your confidence in your hour of need.
As a yachtie, I never had any problems getting a job and I got my first ever job in yachting in ONE day after handing out just ONE CV. As a recruiter I saw many badly written CVs, which ended up in the bin. I understood that what I found easy was sometimes a real challenge for others. I started helping other crew members write or update their CVs and preparing for job interviews. That’s how I became an expert at both sides of the process.
Now I want to help as many people as possible get the job they deserve and from next week I am starting a series of workshops where I want to teach you how to successfully land a job on a yacht! Join me on Instagram and Facebook to get notification about the workshops and see you online!
Whatever you decide to do about your CV just remember one thing. You are worth a good CV! You have skills, talents and experience that deserve to be shown to the world. Do yourself a justice and get a document that will bring out the best in you…