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Viking Recruitment & Maritime Skills Academy bring #PopUpPalma back!

We are pleased to announce that Viking will be returning to Palma from the 25thFebruary until 22nd April 2018 to continue the success following on from Pop Up Palma in 2017. After amazing feedback we are delighted to return to continue spreading the Viking word and meet with clients and candidates, old and new! Louise Hunter, Senior Crew & Operations Coordinator and Katie Thornton, Senior Yacht Recruitment Consultant will be based in Santa Catalina and on hand to talk all things Recruitment, Employment & Payroll, Crew Services, Marine Travel, Cadetships and Training. Whether you are looking for a competitive Full Crew Management Package or for your first job in the industry, Louise and Katie will be there to assist. Get in touch today via Palma@vikingrecruitment....

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Why are experienced candidates hired ?

'Recruiting' and 'Experienced Candidate' are like synonyms in today's world, especially in shipping. Be it commercial, cruise or yachting industry, every recruiter wants to hire an experienced sailor. The 'Experience' column is what catches the eye of the hiring manager rather than qualifications and skills. But we cannot blame them. If I would I have been a hiring manager, I would definitely be looking for an experienced candidate. But when it comes to junior positions like Deckhand or Stewardess, I would have chosen a fresher with good qualifications. A sailor and a hiring manager obviously have a different perspective. But what is shocking is that even Captains are expecting experienced hands on deck. My previous Captain used to tell me that...

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The secret of success!

We are all born to suceed. We must achieve something great in the limited time that we call life.. This is our duty - a duty that every man or woman should bear. But what should we do in order to achieve success? If you want to be successful in your work, you must follow this rule: focus on only one thing at a time. Indeed, this is a rule for anybody to follow. Some people are too ambitious. They want to do this and they want to do that. They want to do many things at one time, with the result that they accomplish nothing at all. Others are too idle. They do not know the value of time and they always put off until tomorrow what they should do today. They often say that they will do something by and keep putting off things until they cannot be done ant more. Being succes...

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The story of a thirty something Steward

Simon first stepped on yachts in 2009. How did you find your first job Simon? I found my first job through a crew agency, I only dock walked one time and quickly realised it was not the way to find a male Steward position, and consequently I did not manage to do any day work.   The crew houses were full when I came to Antibes, so I booked a budget hotel before sharing an apartment with people I met through doing STCW95 training, before finally moving to a caravan park for my last few weeks of the job hunt.   What was your first impression of the industry and how did you get treated? I really got a mixture of reactions from both agents and experienced crew! Some were impressed with my hospitality and boutique hotel background others were hung up that I had not worked in ...

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Mitmark - How to handle a terrorist attack!

MITMARK is a risk mitigation and smart logistics provider to private and sovereign clients, public entities and private companies. We are a corporate security and intelligence firm specializing in security advisory services, intelligence-led projects and logistics management services.   MITMARK has two key lines of business: Assisting former military personnel in the transition to working in the private sector. Mitmark can either directly employ such veterans, place them within client companies or even help them create their own company. Consultants to business and government in operational auditing and risk mitigation in complex operating environments.   MITMARK works across all industry sectors, with particular emphasis on the mining, natural resources and energy ...

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Your first steps in a career on the water

Are you looking to commence a career in the yachting industry and want to know where to start?   To begin we recommend looking do as much research on the yachting industry as possible to help you understand the demands and expectations before going any further and seeing which department you would be interested in working in.   Once you have decided on the position you wish to apply for we recommended that you get your ENG1 Medical Certificate. This is to ensure you do not have a pre-existing medical condition that may prevent you from finding employment at sea. You can checkout our APPROVED DOCTORS on the website or look on the website below to find an approved doctor near to you. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mca-approved-doctors-uk-based   Training&...

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How to write your CV - The Book!

Do you want to learn the essential tips to creating a readable CV/Resume?  Writing your CV is a job in itself and one you should take seriously, with recruiters and employers reading through so many applications for each position advertised your CV is a highly important tool, to assist you with getting that all important interview.  If you want to write your CV yourself, which I do encourage you to do, then consider buying the book written by the Career Concierge to assist you with this task. Discover the expert information you need to get your CV read and to the top of the pile. How to write your CV For the Super Yacht Industry is your guide to crafting a compelling CV and making your skills shine. Learn the tips, tricks and techniques to make your profile stand out from ...

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A 'Tough Mudder' challenge and Hurricane Irma!

On Sunday 10th September, Steve Crawford (Director of Yotspot) and Captain Michael Williamson (MY Cyan) started their morning with a hearty breakfast of eggs benedict and two double espresso coffees. The time was 6am.   Why on earth would they be up at this time I hear you ask?! … especially on leave.   Well today was 'Tough Mudder' and it was going to be a very tough day indeed. For those that don't know, Tough Mudder is an endurance challenge between 10-12 miles (16-19km) with 20+ obstacles to face that test the mental and physical strength of even the fittest. Steve and Michael had discussed doing this event months ago, both signing up with gusto, not really knowing what they were in for. Well that day had finally arrived…   &nbs...

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Lord Sugar puts his 181ft Super Yacht Lady L up for sale

Alan Sugar of "The apprentice" fame is so proud of his wealth that he once posted a photo of his tax bill to HMRC for £59,000,000.  For reasons unknown he has decided to sell his Yacht... Lady L (named after his wife). A once treasured possession it has caused great mystery to why he is selling. Edmiston Luxury Yacht Brokers have confirmed the sale of the yacht but have refused to comment on the reason for its sale.  Sugar is selling the yacht for £12,600,000 and was last seen onboard in June in Puerto Banus, Spain. The Sunday Time Rich List Lord Sugar has a fortune of £1.25 Billion.  We hope that he may be upsizing... and if he needs Crew... he knows he can find them on Yotspot ;)

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This is the one survey you need to do!

There has been much talk over the last few years around crew recruitment and there have been countless salary surveys published. However, there has been limited coverage on the wider thoughts and feelings of crew and their views of the superyacht sector. Faststream Recruitment, in joint partnership with Yotspot, are looking to get the insight of thousands of superyacht crew to find out your views, thoughts and feelings on the sector past, present and future. What makes an excellent Captain? Are crew under excessive pressure?  Does the sector offer long-term career opportunities? Do you feel motivated? These are all question which we feel have not been answered in the many articles which we all read on crew recruitment. We have produced a survey covering these key topics and would...

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