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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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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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Do the Dock Walk!

Seeking your first yacht job? Visited all the agencies already? Now what? Camp out at the local yachtie bar and wait for the phone to ring? Uhh no! You need to be more proactive than that. Chances are maybe 50/50 that your first job could come from dock walking or an agent. What is dock walking, you ask? Dock walking is exactly what it sounds like. Put on your comfortable walking shoes, wear your best smile, pack a stack of your most perfect CV, and get ready to explore the beautiful coastline on foot! Plan on walking each dock of every port, mustering your courage over and over again as you respectfully approach every shiny (and maybe not so shiny) vessel to inquire for the possibility of employment. Employment could come in the form of a permanent, seasonal, short term work or da...

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Palma v Antibes

The start of the Med season is upon us and if you haven't already many of you lovely newbies should be giving serious thought to heading to a yachting hub. Many of you have already started asking the question: Palma or Antibes? I admit, when it comes to a job searching for those new to the industry, I heavily lean towards Antibes, and here are my reasons why: More access to ports/vessels. Palma is a beautiful place to be and you should see it someday, but as an island, you are highly limited to the amount of places you can dock walk and therefore, access to the most vessels limited. Antibes' location and ease of transportation allow you to be as pro-active and diligent as you want to be in your dock walk search. From Genoa, Italy to even Marseille, France, one has the entire co...

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Get Thee To a Yacht Hub

Sitting at your computer having finished your CV and registered with all of the agencies, are you wondering, "Now what? Where and when does the adventure start?" If you're new to the industry, you'll want to get yourself to a yachting hub.   What's a yachting hub, you say? Yachting hubs are large ports of call in desirable cruising areas where boats will gather seasonally.  It is highly recommended that you situate yourself in a yachting hub to begin your job search.  Unless you are an experienced crew member seeking a senior position or have a very specialised skill set, truth is that it will be nearly impossible for you to gain your first yacht job if you don't place yourself in the middle of the action at the right time of year. ...

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The essential beginner's guide to yachting

Want to learn the essential secrets to landing your dream career in yachting? Discover the expert information you need to launch your career on the waves! You may already know about the exciting opportunities available in the world of luxury yachting and how thousands of crew members worldwide experience the 'yachtie' life; seeing the world and earning fantastic money doing a job they love. The problem is that for most people this industry is a mystery; full of rumours and hearsay. So how can you get the proven tips and techniques needed to break into yachting and thrive? Clearly, you need more than just information; you need the right kind of information. Not just a bunch of random ideas but a tactical step-by-step approach to landing your perfect role in yachting. I h...

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What should your CV photo look like?

Did someone say cheese? Your CV photo is so important and yet, despite so many agencies advising on this subject they continue to see bad photographs on CVs. Remember that your CV is your first sales tool. Believe me, no matter what skills your CV communicates; a poor photo will put your CV out of the running. This needs to be an intentional photo for this specific purpose. No picking photos that you're tagged in from Facebook during a great club night out where you think you look "hot" in the club with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other (GASP! Yes, we have seen this on CVs!). You may like that photo of yourself in your graduation gown next to Aunt Bertha but cropping her out and keeping a dated photo just looks like an amateur move. And please no self...

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