If you’re looking to craft the perfect yacht CV, you’ve come to the right place. As the Chief Stewardess onboard a 50m Super Yacht, I’ve been assisting Captains with hiring crew and gathering yacht crew CVs for 8 years.
With my experience, I am familiar with the type of yachting CVs that Captains prefer to see. It is crucial to make a great first impression to ensure that your yacht resume is given proper consideration.
In this article, I break down the essential do’s and don’ts of a Yacht CV.
Scroll down to the end of this article to find a basic Yacht CV Template to help get you started. And yes, it’s free!
You can use this template and edit it accordingly to create your own Yacht Captain CV, Deckhand CV, Yacht Stew CV, as well as an Engineer or Chef Resume. All that’s left is for you to email it to recruiters or hand out physical copies when dock walking.
Table of Contents
What is a CV in Yachting?
There are a few distinct differences between a regular CV and a CV in yachting.
- The main one is that you need to include a photo of yourself! If you do not include a photo, it is likely your yacht CV will be tossed in the bin
- Unlike other CV’s, you also need to include your date of birth
- You will be highlighting your skills and attributes specific to the job you are applying for. It is a great idea to make these edits to highlight what you have to offer
- As you travel to seek work, you will need to edit your location and availability
Layout of a Yacht CV
When a Captain has 20 to 50 yachting resumes on his desk, there is a general easy-to-read layout that they prefer to see.
- It is very important to keep your CV to 2 pages
- Use a simple, easy-to-read font
- If you want to be creative with your colors, go for it. Just make sure the Captain can easily read the font
- Keep your layout clear and simple, making sure to include all of the required information listed in this article
- There are numerous Yacht CV examples online for you to decide your preference. A great tool to use is Canva.
Your Photo for a Yachting CV
You may not be a Yachtie yet, but you need to act the part and look like one. Follow these guidelines for the perfect photo:
- SMILE! You want to look like someone the crew would enjoy having onboard
- Dress in something smart/appropriate, and sell yourself as the professional yacht crew member you want to be seen as. Ideally, a polo so you look like a Yachtie
- Take the photo from about the mid-waistline up
- Stand by a natural background of either a marina, the ocean, or some greenery
- Do not take a selfie! Have someone take this photo for you
This is a short paragraph highlighting the position you are looking for and any attributes and skills that make you a good fit for the job. Be very specific about what you write here, and be sure to include attributes that are beneficial to the job you are applying for!
This is the moment the Captain will decide if they continue to read the rest of your Yacht CV or not.
Personal Information to Add to your Yachting CV
Most yachts have very specific requirements when hiring crew, so do not leave out any of the below points:
- Birth Date
- Visa’s held
- Tattoo (visible or not)
- Health Status & Smoker (Y/N)
- Languages spoken
- Drivers License
- Email & phone number
- Availability and current location
Here, you need to list all of the Yacht Jobs you have held. Be sure to include:
- The name and size of the Yacht
- The dates you were onboard
- The position you held
- Your basic roles, responsibilities, and duties while onboard
- If you have the space, you can include the locations where the vessel cruised
Some of you may not have any maritime experience, and that is ok. If you have done any day work, be sure to include that here and highlight your duties and the dates you were onboard.
Other Non-Yachting Experience
Here, you want to include any experience prior to yachting, even if it is not yachting-related.
Captains like to see any jobs/positions you have held in the past, as skills are always transferable. This gives some insight into what you have been doing leading up to the point of finding a job in yachting.
Qualifications to Include on your Yacht CV
List all qualifications you have relevant to yachting in your Yacht resume.
Remember that yachts like to see add-on skills, so things such as Scuba Diving Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Masseuse, and any other certifications you hold should be included.
Here, you just want to include your highest level of education and when you graduated.
Other Interests/About me/Hobbies
This section of your Yacht CV is your chance to list out a few additional standout qualities, attributes, or hobbies. This gives a bit of insight into who you are as a person and what you enjoy doing in your spare time.
This is very important, as anyone can write anything on a piece of paper, but a reference speaks volumes.
Even if the position you held was not maritime-related, a reference is also a good indication of your character and work ethic in any position you have held in the past.
You really want to get written references wherever possible.
How to Make sure your CV doesn’t get Trashed
- Take the time to write up a good Yacht CV. I can’t tell you how often I haven’t read further than the first line because of a sloppy, disorganized Yacht resume.
- SPELL CHECK! In an industry where you have to be meticulous in everything that you do, spelling and grammatical issues in your Yacht CV are not a good start.
- When you save and email your Yacht CV, be sure to have it saved in a Word and PDF format.
- When you are responding to a job posting, write a short and clear email to the person who put up the post and highlight why you are a good fit for the position and why you want to become a yachtie.
How to Introduce Yourself in an Email
Dear Captain/To Whom it may concern
Please find attached my resume and references in my application for the position of “Deckhand on a 50m Superyacht”. Although I am new to the industry, I believe I would be an asset to your team as I am motivated and driven to succeed in the yachting industry. I am also an avid wakeboarder and love being on the ocean, so I believe I will adapt well and learn quickly. I am not afraid of hard work, and I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with you further.
Thank you for taking the time to view my application.
Downloadable Yacht CV Template
Use this Yacht CV link to download a basic yachting resume, fill in your personal information, and get ready to land your dream job!
Now that you have crafted the perfect Yacht CV, it is time to land your dream job. For those of you wanting to know how to become a yacht deckhand, read here for more information.
For those of you looking to find out how to become a yacht stewardess, read this insider’s guide!