We have thousands of crew perusing jobs on our Job Board, daily. Some of you are highly responsible and possess some experience and understand what it means to 'apply responsibly'. Others are still new and feel applying to everything on the board is the best way to go (because it's all about numbers, right?! WRONG!) Still others just apply with no introduction, no indication for which position they're applying - they just attach a resume. This is a sure way to get your email deleted!
There is a catch 22 when it comes to job boards such as ours. We try hard to attract yacht Captains, Management Companies, Heads of Departments, Crew Agencies, etc. to USE our Job Board - to appeal to the thousands of crew out there looking for positions on board, and it's up to YOU to keep them posting here! We want these groups to continue posting jobs on our Job Board, so we ask everyone to apply responsibly. If they get 50 resumes that aren't even remotely what they're looking for, they may stop using our services, which takes away from those of you who are acting professionally.
Here are a few tips to ensure you use our services responsibly (and get the interview you want):
- ALWAYS write a brief cover letter (or fill in the body of an email) with a quick personal introduction. Mention the position for which you're applying (typically in the subject line as well) as the yacht may have several job postings out there. And if nothing else is mentioned in a job post, only attach your resume, NOT ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS!! Just your resume to start. Once you're on the short list you may be asked for further documents.
- If a position asks for a US Citizen or other nationality to apply, DO NOT APPLY if you're not a US Citizen or other!! The boat likely cannot legally employ you and you will be wasting everyone's time.
- PLEASE PLEASE and again, PLEASE ensure you have ALL certificates asked for in the job advert, prior to applying. Again, for legal reasons, they may not be able to employ you if you don't have these certificates! Again, this will waste everyone's time, otherwise.
- Make note if a job is for a private or charter yacht. If you're looking for charter, make sure you aren't tossing resumes around just to find 'anything' while you're looking for that charter position. It's tough on Captains to short-list you only to find out you have no interest in working on a private yacht.
- This is fairly clear, at least to us, but please refrain from posting 'job seeking' adverts on the Job Board. "I'm looking for 'this' job" postings gets your profile banned from using our services. It's all written in our About section.
Please take the time to read the Newbies page if you're new to the industry (even if you're coming over from the commercial world) and the About section to find out more about our services.
Thank you and all the best this season and beyond!