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CV Tips for Seafarers

Posted by: Nina Dransfield

Your CV will be the first thing a recruiter or crew manager will see of you, and often the only thing – so it needs to be just right. Maritime jobs often come in quickly, and need filling just as fast – which means it’s so important that the crew manager is able to quickly assess your skills, experience and certs to match you to a role.

Ensure it’s Searchable

The first piece of advice I’d give you is not to use a scanned document as your CV. Scans are essentially pictures, so the text is an image rather than searchable text – and you will not show up in key word searches if your text isn’t searchable! This means your CV is essentially invisible, as no recruiters or crewing managers will be able to find you.

Include a Photo

You don’t need to include a photo, but if you do ensure it is a professional-looking head and shoulders shot on a white background. This is helpful for your recruiter as it means that if they need to submit a photo for visas or otherwise, they can simply take this one from your CV!

Your Contact Details

These should be right at the top of the CV, where a crewing professional can see them easily to contact you quickly as roles arise. If you’re working out at sea it can understandably be difficult to pick up the phone – so it’s a good idea to include the phone number of someone back home who knows your rotations.

Your Service History

Your sea service should be listed next, with the most recent service first. You should include the job title, employer, name and type of vessel and dates worked. If you had extra duties during a role, e.g. safety responsibilities, mention these too.

Vessel Types

I’ve just mentioned it, but I’ll say it again with a little more feeling. It really helps a recruiter to assess your suitability for a role if you’ve listed the types of vessel under each position. Ideally you’ll also mention operations (e.g. saturation or air diving), engine types, DP type and DP systems. These will all help to match you to the role most suited to your experience.

Certs, Endorsements and Visas

It’s so important to have these on your CV – if they aren’t listed, and a recruiter is pushed for time to fill a position, they will move on to another CV which does have the required certs listed. It’s also really helpful to list expiry dates for these and any current visas, so we can quickly assess where in the world you’re able to work at short notice – and if we need to update anything for you!

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