Graduate education is the basis for taking up employment on a ship. There are many ways to find your dream job with the right earnings and development opportunities. However, before a seaman can join vessel and start a career, he must create application that will allow him to get to the employer and make a very good first impression.
Elements of a good CV
When applying for any job on the ship, you must create your own CV. This is how you make first impression on recruiter without meeting or talking to someone. It is worth to remember that CV is not only to provide information, but also to present it in an attractive form to stand out among many others. A professional CV should not have more than 2 pages, it should contain the following informations:
- first name and last name,
- Phone number,
- e-mail adress.
- write something about yourself (experience, special duties, special trainings/knowledge not confirmed with certificate)
Your CV should attract attention of the recruiter. It is worth to write in it briefly about your professional goals and current employment situation. This part of your CV should not take more than 2-3 sentences.
Education and qualifications
At this point, the stages education should be mentioned (eg a secondary school with a maritime profile, a maritime academy). It is also a place where information about qualifications, certificates and professional qualifications is placed. At each point should be the names of individual courses / university / subjects and date.
It is important to include in your CV:
Certificate of Competence (name of grade & STCW regulation),
Sea Service (including: rank, vessel name, type & IMO number, gross tonnage, engine kilowatts & manufacturer, date of embarkation and disembarkation, company),
Other courses / skills.
From the very beginning of your career, it is good to organize your documentation. Today, modern mobile applications help seafarers. SeaDocs Manager has the ability to enter all certificates, diplomas and other documents. In this way, you can have everything at hand and build documentation related to your professional career. SeaDocs Manager for Android
We start writing the employment history from the last place of work. We place in each case: job title, employer, ship’s name and type, dates. It is also worth writing briefly about what experience and qualifications have been gained by working on individual positions.
In this part of the CV you can show your individual interests and hobbies. If you like reading mention your favorite author or book. If you like sport mention brand of equipment you like best. This specific information’s will stay in recruiter memory.
Just look at those examples:
My hobbies are reading books, riding on bike riding on bicycle.
At my free time during winter I like reading biographies, in summer I run a lot in my pumas, at spring and autumn I ride on my bike Scott year 2005.
Little bit of extra information does not extend your CV but add to it something unique and personal.
A good impression on employers makes references and letters of recommendation from companies where you worked before. It is worth having, for example, two such companies and put relevant information in your CV.
Internet is full of ready to use CV templates, some of them are free and for some you have to pay. Sometimes it is worth to invest 10$ to get a good job and have outstanding CV.