5 Tips to boost your CV in the Marine Industry

We receive hundreds of CV's a week and the marine industry is a competitive labour market. Below we've listed some tips on how to make yours stand out.

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All over the world, yacht manufacturers are looking for skilled individuals to help keep up with demand for luxury yachts. Here at International Marine Recruitment, we also deal with shipyards and charter fleet operators looking to maintain, repair or refit their yachts.

With such a wide range of opportunities available, it’s important to make sure you understand the role and portray your own skills in a clear and concise way. Here are 5 tips on how to make your CV stand out to our team.

1. Include a personal statement

Your personal statement is your elevator pitch; this sums up who you are, what you’re looking for and what you can offer. As with any elevator pitch, you need to highlight the key details in a coherent manor as this is the first bit of your CV that our team will read. Due to the sheer number of CV’s we receive, we want to know as much about you in as little time as possible.

Firstly, focus on your background and your career aspirations – here is your chance to refer directly to the job description requirements to identify the specific skills we are looking for within each role.

Now make it unique! Most people can string together a list of adjectives to vaguely describe what they bring to a company. We want to see exactly what makes you you. Elaborate on your unique achievements, specific skills and relevant abilities through examples of past scenarios in previous roles.

A good personal statement should be approximately 150 words.

2. Identify your Unique Selling Point

At International Marine Recruitment we have developed a culture of excellence and continuous development. The teams that we place on jobs represent our brand and so for this reason, we only employ highly skilled and motivated individuals that have the drive and the ambition to complete our contracted projects to our strict high standards.

These standards are why businesses around the world choose to use our teams, hence why we receive so many applications to join our database. It’s therefore imperative that you stand out as an individual and it’s your USP’s that help you do this. Whether it’s a wide range of testimonials, a personal success on a project or even name-dropping individual yachts and businesses you’ve worked for – we want to know!

3. Back up your claims!

When describing your past experience, it’s easy to say you’re good at something. What we really want to see are brief examples of your how skills have been implemented to make an impact.

The STAR model is a great way to ensure you’re providing tangible examples for your skills; formulate responses that cover the ‘Situation’, ‘Task’, ‘Action’ and ‘Result’ in a short key point that communicates how you and your specific actions aided the outcome.

This will provide our submissions team with the concise details they need to accurately assess your CV.

4. Tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for

Your CV is not a one-size-fits-all document, it is personal to you and your aspirations. This means you should tailor the CV to the position you’re applying for, taking into account the job description and key responsibilities so you can talk about relevant examples of your past work.

It’s key to remember that a CV is all about selling yourself by explaining your skills and experience. If the ones you list are not relevant, we’re going to struggle to match you to an open position.

5. Don’t forget the basics

You may have the skills and experience we need, but if your CV is not legible, we may overlook it. Before you submit your CV, ensure it is clear of any spelling and/or grammar errors and the layout is clear and easy to read.

This final step also gives you a chance to read over what you’ve written so you can decide whether you’d like to add a little more information in.

Want to learn more about our recruitment process, or about the current positions we have available? Get in touch here.

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