How to get a job on a Cruise Ship – Step Two –
Once you have done your homework and decided which companies you would like to apply for, you need to find out who their relevant recruiting/manning agents are. Please be warned here, there are a LOT of fake recruiting agencies out there who are charging people to apply for cruise lines that don’t exist, or even cruise lines that DO exist but they aren’t the agents for.
That is why doing your homework is necessary. Check on the cruise company websites for the relevant recruiting agencies in your country and apply through them only. You should not have to pay any fee in order to be admitted for an interview.
How to get a job on a Cruise Ship – Step Three –
Make sure your CV is no more than two pages long. Also, make sure that any work experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for is clear and highlighted. I sincerely hope that you have previous relevant work experience – and if not, make sure that you have a damn good cover letter to secure that interview! If you are anything like me, you may have to start in a department that is not necessarily your ideal posting and wait until you can ‘career path’ into somewhere you’d prefer.
Please double check for any spelling mistakes and make sure you use good English (or whatever language is required for your chosen company) on your CV. Your cover letter should be a brief introduction as to who you are, why you are the best candidate for the job and why you match the job requirements and would suit the company. Keep those things in mind!
How to get a job on a Cruise Ship – Step Four –
You should have a follow up interview if you are successful in your application. This may be conducted via Skype or in person. Whichever way this happens, make sure that are presentable and punctual for your interview.
If it is happening online, make sure you have enough data for the duration of the call. Read up about the company you are interviewing for – find out where they travel to, their history, the names of their ships etc so that you sound knowledgeable and interested. Remember, cruise lines are investing in you too, so recruiting agents are looking for someone who takes interest.
…and now, you wait. Fingers crossed!