CV surgery 6

As part of a new regular feature Laurence Reymann of YPI Crew is looking at CVs and explaining how to better present them, and where jobseeking crew can go wrong in all aspects of the CV writing process. This month Laurence is reviewing the CV of a person who has already had a shore- based […]

As part of a new regular feature Laurence Reymann of YPI Crew is looking at CVs and explaining how to better present them, and where jobseeking crew can go wrong in all aspects of the CV writing process. This month Laurence is reviewing the CV of a person who has already had a shore- based career but wants to move onto superyachts.

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The general aim of this CV is obviously to highlight the sailing experience to make for interesting reading whilst also ensuring that the information about the former/current professional life is still documented, albeit in a very concise way. At first glance this CV looks quite uninspiring I am afraid, in particular from the layout, lack of picture and the profile.

Profile

This profile is too generic and could apply to someone looking for a secretarial job in an office, a salesperson, it could apply
to just about anybody. It has zero real information – don’t we all like to describe ourselves as enthusiastic and professional with a good sense of humour? Remember, it is about added value. A better profile would be: “An enthusiastic sailor keen to turn a passion into a profession, I am looking to leave my office-based career behind me to become a deckhand on a sailing yacht. I speak French and German fluently and am a sporty person with a PADI master Scuba diver training certificate.”

Layout

The dates are in bold which is great, but why this enormous gap between the dates and the job description? It does not make for easy reading. Also, the font size is too small. The descriptions of the sailing positions are fine. It is good that the section DURING THE COURSE… is in bold, as this is relevant.

Other Employment

This section is fine and does not
require further development, everybody will get a good idea of what the jobs mentioned entail. There is, however, no information about the period between 1998 and 2000 and this should be documented.

Education The BA should be in bold.

There is nothing on the CV that indicates this candidate is going to make a good steward(ess), there is no restaurant or hotel experience, so I would suggest that the candidate enrolls in a stewardess training class if this is the way she wants to go forward. A captain will need to see that the candidate has put some thought and energy in their training, as it will show a certain level of commitment and interest in the new career.

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