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The CV - Curriculum Vitae - Latin. "Course of life", contains a full list of the candidate's professionally skills. Making your own CV is a long and laborious process, so seafarer should prepare for the fact that need to spend a significant amount of time and effort. The CV of seaman should not take more than 2 pages of A4 format, font 12-14 px, line spacing single. More importantly don't just write a list of certificates and record, but to present themselves. It is also important to write a short, good and vivid Cover Letter.


  • It is desirable that the title contained the Specialization, Name, Country of Residence and may abbreviation «CV». For example «3rd Officer, John Smith, US». Manager recruitment should be know that the letter contains a summary John Smith's CV. You should take into account the fact that the your resume may be in line with hundreds of others who will come to the email. Avoid generalizations such as the «Navigator», «OOW» or «Engineer».

  • When the manager will open the received email message, he usually expects to see the so-called cover letter (Cover letter). When the manager will open the received email message, he usually expects to see the so-called cover letter (Cover letter). It is important that the size of the cover letter does not frighten the reader. Avoid using any other font color than black, different font sizes, any other non-standard fonts, use of tables and graphs. The letter should be informative and small in size, so as not to tire the reader, 5-7 lines will be enough: find a job, worked on these types of ships, in such a position, I have the experience of working with such equipment, have such qualities. Cover Letter can have a slightly larger volume, but not more than half of an A4 page.

  • If the Cover Letter will interest the reader, he will open the CV. Then the CV, in turn, should be concise and comprehensive. In the header must be present name and surname of a seafarer, preferably photos, full address, marital status, contact details, email address and mobile phone with country and city code. What follows is a description of where and when sailor was trained, the list of certificates, starting with the most important (Navigator's license, for example), work experience which useful for the employer, abilities, achievements in life and work. Enough important to leave contact details of 2-3 last companies where you worked. Of course, it is advisable to be sure that the responses will be positive.

  • It is important to create a resume for easy and quick reading. Divide it into sections and paragraphs. For example, educational background, certificates, professional experience, skills, achievements, referees. Not necessarily to show the size of the ships and all the technical details, you can just say, for example, large-capacity tanker, low-tonnage container ship or tugboat. The employer will find out all important details during interview. For seafarer is necessary to try to draw their own disadvantages into advantages - for example, the applicant has little experience - you can emphasize the fact that you're is young and full of desire to work, easy to grasp the information, etc.

  • The file with a summary, it is desirable not to call «CV» or «Resume» - so he will not be lost, if ever will be saved on the computer HR. How better to name the file? For example, «John Smith - 3rd Mate», the manager will find it easier. The file is usually provided as the word-document. It should be no larger than 200-300 Kb, the manager can easily download it.

  • Do not be afraid to pass an interview, the easier it will be in the future, the more potential problems you will know and the more confident you will be during the next interview. Competently and correctly compiled by CV always attracts attention and, at least, will not remain unanswered by the managers. It is important to reveal yourself briefly and qualitatively to emphasize the uniqueness. Prepare an answer to the main inspector's question: Why he should choose you as the expert, among all others?