It’s Spring – the absolute busiest time of the year for Crew turnover and jobs seem endless (posted daily!) But you’re not getting a response. And you have no idea why not. Here are a few good tips to help you to better understand the process, especially when using Facebook:
- Jobs are posted all over the Internet and mostly on the multitude of Facebook pages. Did you know, if you post a reply, the whole post automatically moves to the top of the page? That means the next person on the page will see this job post first! This means you have one more person competing for this job! Why post anything? Typically the job poster does not reply but is checking their emails or PMs. Some job postings have over 50 comments on them!
- If a job post reads, ‘looking for discretion’, this should automatically say, “don’t post a reply because your name is beside your post and this is not discreet”! Learn to read between the lines.
- If a job reads, ‘please have 1 season of experience’, then have it! You will absolutely be wasting your time, otherwise. The reason they ask for this is because they don’t have time to train you! There is a fairly large emotional adjustment that comes with working on a yacht, not to mention learning the position itself. Learning the job is not the hardest part – learning to live in a confined space with people you like or dislike, never having a home port (unless you’re lucky?) and having a demanding work schedule juggling 30 different priorities, is. This isn’t something that can be taught, but it starts to come with a season+ of experience on one boat.
- If a job asks for a cover letter or a 1-week menu or a salary expectation, be sure to provide it! The candidate that shows they can follow simple directions on paper shows they can do so in person. Did you know sometimes 30 candidates apply for a job like this where only 1 follows the instructions in the posting? Guess who gets the job?!
- If you are applying for positions via Facebook, and regardless, make sure your own Facebook page is professional-looking! We have seen some crazy posts on Facebook and have even seen one Crew Agents personal page with a cover image of someone with a middle finger in the air – how impressed would you be as an Owner or Captain seeing this?? Drunk & disorderly pictures should be axed – this is your new life!
- Apply most of these tips to your applications with Crew Agencies too! If they ask for you to update your registration before contacting them.... would look really good if they see your application AND see you can follow directions too, wouldn't it?
These ridiculously simple tips will actually put you far, far ahead of your competition. If you’re shooting resumes out left, right and center without really reading job descriptions, good luck! And many of you are. If you have the experience and qualifications, you likely know the tips above, already. From here, have a solid resume complete with an amazing photo and you’ll be again, far, far ahead of your competition. For your resume, we encourage you to do your own (link to template below), but you can hire us too, if you don’t have time or aren’t the computer-savvy type. http://fivestarcrew.ca/img/resume-template.pdf
All the best in your job searches this Spring!