You may have tons of experience for the cruise jobs you are applying for and you can have all the right skills. However, it can cost you the job if you don’t have the proper personality. A exceptional combination of skills and morals is what employers are searching for in a successful applicant.
With your cover letter and resume how do you impart that you have the proper personality?
To reflect your personality in crafting your resume and cover letter is equally as important as showcasing your skills and experience. Crew members that are active, outgoing, amicable, fascinating and can get along with others are what Cruise lines are looking for. They also want employees that are easily trainable, with excellent listening skills, adaptable to change and are goal-driven. Soft skills is what this set of skills are normally referred to as.
It’s one thing to show these qualities during an interview, but you need to get that interview first!
If the resume looks like all the other resumes or when the cover letter is boring then you won’t stand out enough to land an interview. You need to use the above soft skills throughout the work experience and skills sections.
In any sales goals that you exceeded you must give specific examples in your resume. Explain how you cross-trained and learned additional skills or how you adapted to a change after a relocation.
Next, show your enthusiasm by stating your readiness to begin working on cruise ships. Your cover letter should say something similar to, “My passport is valid until July 2019” as an example.
Also, saying you have a good communication skills is not enough if you’re looking for a longterm career on cruise ships, keep that in mind. For all positions, cruise applicants can benefit from understanding what it means to be a good communicator. The cruise industry want employees who will be a positive voice for their company just like many land-based industries.
How well will you represent the cruise line when faced with an upset passenger? How well will you communicate with other employees and managers? Many job applicants write on their resume, “good communication skills”. The bottom line is that cruise line employers want to know how you will interact with their passengers and crew members. You need to be able to answer questions briefly, correctly and promptly. You will need to find common ground with a disgruntled passenger or crew member. And, in order to be able to diffuse delicate situations with all passengers and crew you need to be able to establish a good rapport. Being professional under pressure and staying calm requires an applicant with patience.
Consider that a cruise ship boards new passengers at the end of every cruise. Through your communication skills on the job, will you be able to make a lasting impression? Listening skills, in the communication process are the significant part. Good communicators are also excellent listeners. Behind the scenes, understand that each cruise will experience turnover in crew within each department. Coming from all over the world crew members represent many different cultures.
How adaptable are you to communicating with people that may not have the same first language as you? Of course, it is a welcomed bonus to speak a second language. Being able to have your resume and cover letter stand out from other applicants is the key to landing an interview and a cruise ship career. Being able to express how well you communicate goes a whole lot more than just saying you are a good communicator. During the application process, even your emails will highlight your communication skills.