Crafting Your Perfect Superyacht CV

Embarking on a career in the Superyacht Industry requires a polished and professional CV.

Your CV is your first introduction to potential employers and a critical element in your job search.

At Pull North, we review hundreds of yachting CVs and are in constant communication with yachts seeking crew.

Based on our experience, here are some common mistakes and additional tips to help you create a standout CV:

Overuse of Colourful Boxes in Your CV Layout

  • Colourful boxes may seem visually appealing but can occupy valuable space needed for showcasing your experience.
  • They can waste printer ink and sometimes result in unreadable text.
  • Recruitment software struggles with such designs, which can lead to your CV being overlooked.
  • Stick to a clean, simple layout that emphasizes your skills and experience.


Condensing Your CV to One Page

  • A two-page CV is more appropriate, allowing you to include essential information such as your profile, qualifications, past positions, hobbies, and references.
  • Don’t be afraid to provide detailed information about yourself.


Not Including References

  • Always list your referees at the end of your CV, allowing agencies and potential employers to contact those you’ve previously worked with.
  • Ensure your references are current and their contact details are accurate.


Spelling and Grammar Errors

  • Use software tools to check for errors, and have someone else proofread your CV.
  • A polished CV demonstrates professionalism and attention to detail.


Omitting Dates or Descriptions for Work Experience

  • Include precise dates for your employment periods, specifying months and years.
  • Describe your previous roles in detail, including your responsibilities, what you learned, the number of guests and crew, and the areas you covered.
  • Write in full sentences to give a comprehensive view of your experience.


Inappropriate CV Photo

  • Your CV photo should be professional and appropriate for the yachting industry.
  • Avoid selfies, pouting, or dark and blurry images.
  • A clear, well-lit photo with a plain background, showing you in a white or navy polo, is ideal.
  • A friendly smile makes you appear approachable and positive. PLEASE SHOW YOUR TEETH.


Missing Personal Information

  • Always include your mobile phone number (with country code), current location, and date of birth at the top of your CV.
  • This ensures employers can easily contact you and understand your time zone.


Not Specifying Your Desired Position or What You Offer

  • Clearly state the position you are seeking at the top of your CV, usually under your name.
  • In your personal profile, highlight what you can bring to the employer rather than focusing solely on what you want from the job.


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Download a free Superyacht CV example template here

Additional Tips for a Standout Superyacht CV

Tailor Your CV for Each Job Application

  • Customize your CV for each job to highlight the most relevant experience and skills.
  • This shows employers that you’ve taken the time to understand the role and are genuinely interested.


Use Keywords from the Job Description

  • Incorporate keywords from the job description into your CV to pass through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).


Highlight Certifications and Training

  • List all relevant certifications and training, such as STCW, ENG1, and any additional yachting courses.


Include a Professional Summary

  • Start with a professional summary that highlights your key skills, experience, and career goals.
  • This section should be concise but impactful.


Showcase Soft Skills

  • Emphasize your soft skills, such as teamwork, communication, adaptability, and problem-solving abilities.


Detail Your Yachting Experience (if you have any, otherwise add any experience that resonates)

  • Be specific about the types of yachts you’ve worked on, their sizes, and your roles.
  • Mention any notable trips, charters, or events, and describe your responsibilities and achievements.


Include Hobbies and Interests

  • Highlight activities that demonstrate your active lifestyle, such as watersports, fitness, travel, or culinary interests.


Professional Formatting and Consistency

  • Ensure your CV is professionally formatted with consistent fonts, bullet points, and spacing.


Quantify Achievements

  • Quantify your achievements with numbers where possible to add credibility.


Follow Up

  • After submitting your CV, follow up with a polite email to express your continued interest in the position. Please give this at least 24 HOURS


At Pull North, we are dedicated to helping you succeed in the superyacht industry. By avoiding common mistakes and following these additional tips, you can create a compelling CV that enhances your chances of securing your desired role and advancing your career.

Also, please remember that when it comes to your CV, be honest, it should let them know who you as an individual also are. They are hiring not only for you to fit the role onboard, but also for you to be part of their TEAM

Please email for any assistance

Download a free Superyacht CV example template here

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