These days CVs go through so many more hands than just the crew agents’.
For any open position, your CV may also be screened by a management company, owner’s representative or Personal Assistant. Not all of those gatekeepers are as familiar with yachting as you are, which means that now, more than ever, you cannot assume your experience will speak for itself.
As experienced crew, you already know that if your CV doesn’t make the interview shortlist, you won’t get the job. When screening other people’s CVs, you see the mistakes that land people in the rejection pile. Maybe they leave out the most important information, failing to give a sense of their true abilities. Maybe the layout is confusing or messy. Maybe their photo is lackluster, or even laughable. Maybe even just the language is off putting. It’s easy to spot these problems on other people’s CVs but when it comes to your own, it can be harder to judge. What you need is a professional, honest and unbiased opinion to be 100% confident that you are presenting and ‘selling’ yourself in the best possible way.
Bottom line, your yachting CV is a sales tool that should be prepared by a yachting insider with marketing and writing expertise.