A yachting CV or curriculum vitae is often your only opportunity to make a first impression, so make it your best one! Be sure to express your knowledge and experience in a concise and organized manner (remember the KISS principle). Try to use the same font and size throughout your CV and choose one header type for section titles only (bold, Italics or CAPITALS but not all three). Include your personal information at the top (name, date of birth, passport / nationality, visas, smoker / tattoos) and a good photo with a nice smile. List ALL contact information (email, mobile, skype, etc.) so we can maintain contact in the future. This should be followed by your list of Qualifications, especially the minimum requirements for all professional seafarers (STCW Basic Safety training, Marine medical certificate, etc). Be sure to include any additional relevant training you have as well (VHF radio-operator, PADI dive instructor, RYA sail instructor, Driving license, etc.)
Your Experience should include details of vessels including their length and make, the areas you cruised, your position or duties on board and the name and contact information of the captain and / or other crew members who you have asked to be a reference.
Reverse chronological order is usually best (last position at the top) since most Captains want to know your last position as well as your full history. For non-yachting references emphasize only relevant duties to Deckhand exterior maintenance; mechanical, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, detailing, or Stewardess interior maintenance; cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, laundry, kitchen/galley, and service experience. Chefs should also include a sample menu. Finally your References are essential however be sure to confirm with them beforehand, and you can leave off your mother and father!
If you have gained the opportunity of an interview, your CV has shown the knowledge and experience an owner or a captain is looking for. Equally important in yachting are your personality and attitude, and the interview is your opportunity to reveal these qualities. Prove your reliability by being on time (5 min early), well groomed, and dressed appropriately (in uniform if possible). Always request permission and remove your shoes before boarding a vessel. Be organized and bring a copy of your CV and licenses to leave with them (if applicable). You have two ears and one mouth, so try to listen twice as much as you speak.
Finally, show discretion by NEVER speaking poorly of former vessels, owner, captain, or crew. Some things are always better left unsaid, and you will be better respected for it. Instead be positive, attentive to who you are with, confident in your abilities and considerate of current crew on board. These are the kind of people everyone likes to be around! Anyone who loves to complain and gossip are a captain's worst nightmare - they are contagious and will "infect" the rest of the crew - loose lips sink ships. Being a team player is an asset in yachting and a captain is always looking for someone who will have a positive influence on their team.