How to Find Employment on a Yacht

If you've done your homework - in other words, you've researched what life as a yacht crew member is like, what the job pays, the hours you'll work, job checklist graphicetc. - and you've decided that this is the career for you, your next question will be "Ok, so how do I find a job?" That is, after all, the most critical question. On this page you'll read some basic steps you can take to get that all-important job search underway. But the basics won't be enough. When you become a member of CruiseJobFinder, we give you more in-depth information as well as insider tips, advice, and information you can use to increase your chances of success.

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Step One: Choose a Job

The first step you'll need to take before launching your job search is to choose which yachting crew job you're most interested in. Applying for any or all positions isn't going to get you a job, especially if you don't have the relevant training and/or experience. If you've completed your research you should have a good idea of which job is the most attractive to you. If you haven't, you'll need to know all of the duties each job entails, how much it pays, the hours, training needed, and more. This information, and more, is provided to you when you become a member. Once you've chosen the position you're interested in you can go to the next step in the process.

Step Two: Develop a Strategy

You need to develop a strategy that will work for you, your current living situation, resources, and location. For example, if you decide that you would like to sign up with a few yachting crew employment agencies, you may need to relocate. Some agencies will not work with you until you are physically located there, where they can meet you and interview you.

You will also need to decide whether to get training before you start applying for jobs. If you already have a sailing or yachting background, then you may just need to get STCW basic safety training. Again, that's why doing research and knowing how much training is needed in order to get the position you want is important.

Your strategy should also include researching the various employment agencies and other potential sources of jobs in order to decide which ones to use.

You shouldn't limit your choices to just one type of job source. Using a combination of sources, such as networking and agencies, will improve your chances of landing a job.

Step Three: Choose Your Job Search Path

There are a number of paths or methods you can take in order to find a yacht crew job. Today getting a job is much more complicated than it used to be. Employers are choosy about who they want living onboard with them for weeks at a time. And there are a wide range of Internet job boards as well as associations, schools, and other organizations that can help prepare you to get a job, and that also post jobs.

Part of the strategy you'll develop will include deciding which avenues you intend to pursue when it comes to looking for a job. Becoming a member of will allow you to get detailed information about the many avenues open to you, and how to choose the right ones for you.


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