Tailoring your CV from Yachting to a Shoreside role

One of the questions we often get asked when candidates are looking to transition ashore is “How do I edit my CV for a Shoreside role?”

Transitioning from a yachting career to a shoreside role can be a challenge. As a yachtie, you have a unique set of skills and experiences that are in high demand, but it can be difficult to translate those experiences into a CV that will catch the eye of potential employers. In today’s job market, it can be tough to stand out from the competition and land your dream job. Having a well-written and personalised CV is key to getting noticed. But how do you make sure your CV is tailored to your specific career goals?

Below are some tips I give the candidates I speak with and hoping they can be of use to those who need it too:

  • Highlight your transferable skills. Many of the skills you’ve acquired on a yacht, such as leadership, teamwork, and adaptability, are highly valued by employers in shoreside roles so make sure to highlight these skills on your CV.
  • Use industry-specific keywords. Research the industry you’re applying to and use keywords and phrases that are commonly used in job listings.
  • For Technical Manager roles, make sure to showcase your technical skills and knowledge. The wealth of technical skills and experience that you gained at sea are highly valuable when moving ashore. Make sure to highlight your shipyard and new build experiences as this can be favourable in your application.
  • I can’t emphasise this enough but cover letter is very important. A personal statement is a great way to give employers a sense of who you are and how you can contribute to their company. Use it to explain why you’re interested in the role and how your skills and experiences make you a good fit.
  • Use SEO techniques to make your CV more searchable if you are posting this online. Optimise your CV for search engines by using keywords and phrases, and also make sure that your CV is visually appealing and easy to read.
  • Use paraphrasing tools to ensure that your CV is free of errors and plagiarism. These tools can help you rephrase sentences and paragraphs to make sure that your CV is original and error-free.
  • Finally, proofread your CV multiple times before sending it out. Make sure that there are no typos, grammatical errors, or inconsistencies in your CV.

By following these tips and tailoring your CV to the shoreside role you’re applying for, you can increase your chances of getting noticed by potential employers and landing the job of your dreams.

Remember, a well-crafted CV tailored to the job and the industry can make all the difference when it comes to catching an employer’s eye.

Reach out to maria@wilsonhalligan.com if you’d like any advice on your CV.