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Ultimate Guide to working in Superyachts

GETTING YOUR FIRST YACHT JOB

A Superyacht’s yearly schedule is decided by the yachts owner; if is a charter yacht then it will most likely spend the summer in the Mediterranean and winters in the Caribbean or USA.

Typically, a Superyacht will arrive in the Mediterranean from the Caribbean between February and May to start the summer season. It is during this period that crew leave, enrol on a training course or move to a different boat. The Med season finishes September to October time.

Not all yachts will make the crossing to warmer climates, some will stay in the Mediterranean over the winter for scheduled maintenance and surveys, this is called a “yard period”.

When is the best time to look for yacht jobs?

Traditionally, crew start looking for work anytime between February and May, which is when the majority of yachts will be returning from the Caribbean.

As the yachts get bigger and bigger they require more Deckhands and Stewardess to keep it running. We have noticed that the employment window is growing too, with new crew finding their dream job in the middle of the summer season.

Where to find yacht work?

Is it a good idea to fly down to Antibes in France or Palma in Mallorca, to find work? They say lots of new crew find jobs this way. The reality is that you can find a job by flying to the location, but you will spend your hard earnt cash and most people don’t find a job. There are far too many dock walkers looking for jobs in these locations. Marina’s and shipyards generally don’t allow access and most boats are fed up with collecting CV’s. For sure you will mingle with others looking for work and party hard, but most probably you’ll spend more money than you will earn by doing few gigs as a day worker.

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Dock walking, is not dead but is dying

Historically, crew looking for work on a yacht of any kind would wander up and down the dock or pontoon asking Captains if they need crew. This tradition still exists today and is called dock walking. The reality is that nowadays with the current technology you can post a job in social media or a website and you will have hundreds of people willing to jump to the job. Furthermore, you can pick and choose your candidates based on their CV’s.

So, is it worth walking up and down the marinas? I would say no. Don’t waste your time and money unless you are already there. 

Finding a yacht job online

There are hundreds of positions advertised online each day. Whether through a portal, a recruitment agent, website or Facebook. This is how most people get hired!

What are the captains, managers and owners looking for?

There is a lot of competition and if you are considering a career on a Superyacht, then the more experience you get before you head out, the better. Nowadays, qualifications and recruitment agents will want a completed CV, a copy of your STCW certificates and your ENG1 plus one or two references. Do a quick Google search of “Superyacht recruitment agents” to bring up a list.

While some positions onboard require a specific number of previous ship-hours and a specialized set of skills, others are great for the boating novice. It all depends on the needs of the yacht and the person applying.

Many yacht captains are willing to train, in hope of finding deckhands that they can mold into the perfect onboard employee. The IMO, or International Maritime Organization has worked hard to standardize safety precautions for ships. The Standard of Training Certificates and Watch Keeping (STCW) was developed by the IMO and is a required training program and certification of nearly every crew member onboard a ship.

Some positions allow you to apply without already having this certification, and others require that you already be certified. The training takes about a week and because of its popularity as an onboard requirement, there are facilities all over the world.

Recruiters are busy and they don’t like wasting time. There are more candidates than jobs. They filter candidates the same way you filter jobs. If your profile is not completed and you don’t tick the boxes, they won’t even look at your profile.

So why are you expecting them to open your CV, if your qualifications and experience are not completed in your profile? Do you think you are the exception?

Facebook – Sometimes used by Superyachts to find crew or day workers. As you can imagine there are lots of groups and some are better than others.

Remember, you must have ENG1 and STCW as a minimum. If you are looking start a career as a Deckhand or Stewardess, then we can get you qualified and start your new career.

Why a structured yacht CV and a good online profile is so important

A professional and well structured superyacht CV will help differentiate you from the other job seekers looking to enter the industry.

Superyachting CV’s have a different structure to normal CV’s. If your CV is not laid out appropriately, your chances of being considered for a position are very slim. The sooner your CV is presentable, the sooner you can start applying for jobs.

  • Finding the right job in the super yachting industry takes time and commitement.
  • Directing your efforts into the correct channels will save you time and money.
  • Available jobs on Superyachts are usually found through portals, job boards, crew agents and social media pages.
  • Networking and good social conduct will have a greatly positive impact on the likelyhood of finding a good job.
  • Recruiters only check online profiles above 60 to 70% complete

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