With the cruise industry growing at a fast clip worldwide, there's never been a better time to apply for a job on a cruise ship. The key to getting hired in a competitive job market is knowing HOW to get the job of your dreams. You have to have a strategy, which includes applying for opportunities through official staffing partners. You won't want to overlook these agencies when looking for that perfect job.
Staffing agencies in the cruise line industry are just like the agencies for other industries. They contract with a client, in this case a cruise line, and present them with a specified number of quality, qualified candidates to fill job openings. When some of the large cruise lines are headquartered hundreds of miles away, it makes sense for them to use a local company to do the initial recruiting and interviewing. The agency will place ads to solicit applicants, interview the strongest candidates, and present the best people to the client that they think are most likely to get hired. The client makes the final hiring decision.
There are definitely pros and cons for using a staffing agency to get a cruise line job. For one thing, going through the agency may be the only way to get a job with some cruise lines. If the cruise line has contracted with an agency for all culinary staff, and that's the department you want to work in, it won't do you any good to apply directly to the cruise line. The cruise line will simply forward your resume to the agency anyway.
Some staffing agencies also provide you with assistance that can get you hired - they help you update your resume, improve your interviewing skills, and more.
Remember: most legitimate agencies DO NOT charge fees for their services. They usually get paid by the cruise lines for whom they are recruiting. You really need to get as much information as possible before you apply with an agency.
CruiseJobFinder is all about giving you the information you need to make an educated decision about going for a cruise line job through a staffing agency. CruiseJobFinder answers questions like these:
You'll get the answers to these and many other questions as a CruiseJobFinder member. We also give you valuable information that makes your job search fast and easy, like which cruise lines use agencies, and which agencies they use. Plus, in our members' section we have exclusive interviews with representatives from leading staffing agents, who explain their hiring and training processes.
The cruise line industry is complex, and so is the recruitment and hiring process. We've done the research for you so you'll know where the agencies are located and what jobs are available: hotel jobs, deck/engine jobs, casino jobs, and many others.
Being a CruiseJobFinder member gives you the tools you need to find the perfect cruise line job for you.