Landing a job to become part of a yacht crew is no easy feat and the process can be daunting. You will compete with other candidates, some of whom may be more experienced than you, potentially more able or more at ease than you.
It is therefore critical that you load all your ammunition and start your job search equipped with a top notch CV. View your CV as a marketing tool whose role it is to open doors and to assist in securing interviews; It’s then over to you: show time!
Here are some useful tips to write a good CV. But before we go into details, let’s look at the big picture: The key to writing an effective CV is simplicity, clarity and tidiness. On average, recruiters and employers spend 10 seconds reading a CV. That’s not a lot, is it? As you only have a very short time to grab someone’s attention, we recommend that you “test run” your CV with friends or family.
As much as you want to grab your readers’ attention, you also want to keep it. Your CV should be to the point. You should aim for an absolute maximum of 3 pages, though 2 would be ideal.
Attention to detail:
As you only have a couple of pages to elaborate on your career attention to details is vital. Spelling mistakes and poor presentation are simply not acceptable and scream “lack of care” which is counterproductive. If English is not your first language or if you do not write it to the highest mother language level we recommend that you use the services of a professional CV coach. Also, a typical yachting CV has a passport size photo which should have been taken within the last year. You might not realise it, but you simply do not look like how you did 3 years ago. That’s attention to details too
While you want to keep it short and sweet, be sure that you're not excluding important information about yourself and your experiences. Make your first page stand out, if you can't grab the attention of the person reviewing your resume within the first few points listed on your CV, it will likely be cast aside. Define what your Unique Selling Point is and mention it in your introduction.
Don’t disregard job experiences, skills, or education credentials that are not fully relevant to your new career. Employers will want to build a global picture of who you are and will perhaps want to see how versatile you are. Big gaps in CVs should also somehow be explained.
It is useful to include a few professional references at the end.
Believe it or not, the font you choose and the layout of your CV does matter. Opt for a classic font that is both professional and aesthetically pleasing.
To keep things organized, and easy to read, use bullet points and bold subheads. Do also make sure that when you are listing your experiences, certifications, and skills that you list your most recent qualifications at the top of the first page of your CV.
Author: Guest Writer.