Networking in a Pandemic

It is often said that dockwalking and day work is one of the best ways for new crew to get their first experience in the industry and hopefully secure themselves a permanent position.  At the start of every season many new and experienced crew base themselves in yachting hubs such as Antibes or Palma in order to look for work, but with COVID-19 having placed restrictions on travel and the way yachts are recruiting, many crew are asking us for advice on networking and how best to secure their next role.

As the world starts to open up again, we are sure that we will begin to see the return of crew to these areas and we are all looking forward to this, but for now here are our top tips…

CREW RECRUITMENT AGENCIES – Register with crew agents online.  Although you cannot meet face to face you can still build a relationship with them.  Take time to write a personalised covering letter or email to detail what you are looking for and highlight any additional skills and information that may be relevant.  Pick up the phone and say hello and check in regularly via phone, email or online.

FACEBOOK – Join popular Facebook groups for yacht crew.  Information on crew accommodation, local events and yachting suppliers and services is regularly posted here and crew often advertise available jobs and day work opportunities.  Remember – when using social media platforms, keep it professional!  Now more than ever captains, crew and recruiters will be getting their first impression of you from your profile and the things you post.

INSTAGRAM – Connect with crew recruitment agencies and other industry professionals on Instagram to keep up to date with the latest available positions and industry news.  Connecting with fellow yacht crew can also be a great way to hear of new jobs and learn more about the position you are looking for.  There are a number of great accounts sharing information on various yacht jobs with tips and advice.  This can give you a valuable insight into life on yachts and what you can expect.  Follow us @wilsonhalliganrecruit 

LINKED IN – For more senior crew, a linked-in profile is a professional way to connect with fellow crew and another great opportunity to keep up with industry news, suppliers and services.

EVENTS – Look out for yachting events that might be of interest to you.  Whilst events such as boat shows etc have been postponed, there are still things happening online – India & Kelly have been hosting our Stew Lounge Editions with lots of helpful tips and advice for new stewardesses.  They are a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have and learn more about the industry and how to secure your next role and a chance to network with other crew.

CV – As always make sure you spend time on your CV, highlighting any additional skills that can make you stand out from the crowd.  Make sure to note your current location as this can be a deciding factor for yachts wanting to hire crew locally.  Consider making a short video introducing yourself, which may be helpful when you can’t meet face to face.  You can find more tips on writing a great yachting CV here

SMILE – When we can meet face to face again remember to make a good impression.  Smile, be polite and professional at all times. You never know who you are going to meet!