Networking is an essential part of building your career
If you register with a crew agency, upload all your documents (CV, diplomas, passport, visas, references, menus, dish pictures…). Get in contact with the agencies to introduce yourself. It is easier for agencies to work with people they have met or had a Skype interview with. Contact them regularly by phone or mail and let them know if you are available or not. Remember to send them your updated CV every time you make a correction on it.
Interviews: You can either have your job interview with the captain (or another crew member) the owner, the broker, the manager or the crew agency.
Always be at your best and wear correct attire never minding who you are supposed to meet. Always be on time, do not show up 30 minutes early or call 15 minutes after your appointment time to say you are late. If you should cancel or postpone an interview, remember to let the person you have an appointment with know about it. Bring one or two hard copies of your CV, along with your diplomas, your seaman’s book, and a copy of your Eng1. Remember to bring a memo pad and a pen along.
All of these rules may seem obvious to you but few people respect these basic rules.
The first impression can be crucial. If you wish to work in a luxury industry you should be faultless, as much as by your appearance as by your behavior.
Avoid speaking about salary, working hours, holidays in the beginning of a first job interview. You may speak about it, but at the end, once you have aroused interest. We wish you good luck in your search and stay available for any questions