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Dec 12 2018

16 Do's and Don'ts for building a better resume

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Resume tips and resources sometimes understate the difficulty of skillfully summarizing an entire career on one or two pages. So let’s be clear: Writing a good resume is more than just slapping together a list of the schools you've attended, positions you've held, skills you possess and companies you've worked for. It is your most valuable marketing document in your job search, your first introduction to a crew agent or company's hiring manager and the go-to reference for your career.?


Employers and crew agents see a lot of resumes when they search for new candidates and it's important to know what they're looking for when you create yours. Presenting your skills and experience in a way that shows how your career aligns with what they're searching for will better ensure that you'll secure an interview.



RULES:  For building a better resume for the yachting industry.


The Do’s and Don’ts - That will benefit you going forward in your working career. Apply them and you will surely be better prepared to gaining the coveted position that you want.


1.     Customize your resume every time. Tailor the document for each position you apply for by highlighting your qualifications and expertise that match the specific job requirements. Agencies oftenuse screening software that scans documents for particular keywords, so follow the job listing's lead on phrasing.


2.     Show off your tech skills. Accurately summarize the software and technologies that you’re familiar with, noting proficiency level and how long you have used each one. List your extra skill sets that show and offer above what you applying for.


3.     List your certifications. Make sure you have your licenses / certifications up to date.


4.     Highlight your achievements. When listing your past positions, give tangible examples of how the projects you worked. Did they increase productivity, broaden the guest experience or reach and exceed expectation? Did you receive more responsibility in your position after proving yourself in your current job?


5.     Note your accomplishments. Include a brief list of any special recognition and awards you've received. It's also helpful to note participation in relevant professional organizations.


6.     Proofread and proofread again. Typos and mistakes tell the hiring manager you are not detail-oriented. Ask a few friends or trusted colleagues to have a look at your resume. Fresh eyes are always more likely to catch errors.


7.     Give a heads up to your references. If you're going full-steam-ahead on your job search, give your key contacts a heads up that they may be getting calls or emails about you. Send them your most recent resume so they're up-to-date on your current accomplishments and have all the facts in front of them.


8.     Keep it updated. Even if you're not job-hunting, update your resume every time you accept a new job or complete a significant project. Current location, Current telephone number if in a new country. Make the effort to be contactable.


9.     Chefs. Have your food photo portfolio ready if requested. Even better, if you have a personal website profiling your accomplishments you can make reference to this. As this is the best way to visually express your talents. This is not necessary but nice to have.



10.     Misrepresent your education or job experience. Stay honest in all of your job application materials. Otherwise it could come to light later brandishing you.


11.     Give reasons for leaving each job. Some employers might ask about your reasons for leaving your current position at the interview — and you should be ready to talk about why you left — but you don't need to include that information in your resume.


12.     "References available upon request." At least 3 recent references need to be listed. Name, email address and/or current phone number. It is no use stating that “References on request”, because you are going to have to verify your employment.  So make sure you have the correct contact information for your former employers.


13.     Worry about using exact dates.Trying to remember the exact day you started a job 15 years ago is difficult, to say the least. Using the month and year you started and left each position are totally sufficient.


14.     Experiment with a crazy format. Stick to a clean, easy-to-read format. Catch a recruiter's eye with your experience, not with wacky fonts, colors or designs.


15.     Include your early school education.  Show what is the highest academic qualification you hold, you can include any other professional education that you have received.


16.     List past salary information.  Never ask about money unless you have explicitly asked to what salary range were you hoping to obtain. Wait until later interviews to discuss money.

A polished resume is the foundation of your job search. But to land your dream job, you’ll need to develop a sound and winning strategy.


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