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  1. Reid Jenkins

    Reid Jenkins New Member

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    Finally got my STCW and Master’s license application sent off to USCG. I’ve spent my entire life working on boats inland and around the coast, but now I’m trying to put together a CV and have no clue what to put.

    Does anyone have their first CV I could see? I’ve operated small craft for TowBoatUS and worked at a marina, but that’s really all my experience, so I need some guidance please!

    Thanks!
  2. Capt J

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    What is it or what job are you looking for exactly???
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    Get the License first, Then start building resumes.
    Lots of Resume samples and guidance on Google, look at a few, then copy and send of what you like best.
    Basically, Less is More.
    I was in the position once where I sifted through hundreds of resumes and gave the best to my boss.
    I also used the best resumes to help build my own, then sent them off to get other jobs.
    It worked: Just the facts, no BS, no drama, just the facts. :cool:
  4. Reid Jenkins

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    Sorry, should’ve explained that. Looking to grab a deck job out of Ft. Lauderdale on private yachts. Just don’t know how to explain experience/I really don’t have much applicable experience I think. Just a younger guy trying to get into the industry.
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    I’ve googled examples, but most have previous yacht experience, so I guess I’m asking if just putting my time working for the tow or company, my time working at the marina, and my licenses are enough/all I should put? Or should I include my other jobs not marine related too
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    Yes, include background whether marine related or not, even if you worked at Target selling shoes: Shows that you worked hard to make a living and move on to get Licenses and advance in life.
    I drove taxi cabs to make money to pay for flight school, **** proud of it and it shows on every resume I have ever written.
    Always got jobs, the Chiefs appreciate hard work and honest resumes.
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    What license do you have?
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    50 ton master near coastal with a STCW endorsement. Nothing that I imagine will help on the job, other than proving to the captain that I have plenty of sea time and capable on deck.
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    Well, you don't approach it on the basis of what you don't have, even though you're honest about that. However, you've been around boats for years including tow and marina work, showing you are more than willing to do the dirty work required from a new deck hand. You did recently get your first license and now you're looking for experience and you're ready to pay your dues. You recognize how much you need to learn to follow your desire of a career in the industry.
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    At this point everything. Working for the marina shows you should have some experience securing vessels, the tow company shows some experience running small vessels and even towing them, applies to tenders and towing the tender behind the megayacht. The STCW and etc. show you have put forth effort to get started in the industry and know safety. The 50 ton master is more relevant than you think, because most megayachts want a licensed capt to run the tenders around and well, somebody has to run the garbage to shore in the smaller tender while the first officer is running the guests around in the real tender......or even running guests around in the real tender. Non marine jobs are always somewhat related usually. For example a server at a restaurant, shows you know a little about dealing with people on a serving level. etc. etc.

    What's your location? It might be a bit hard to get a job if you're in WA and looking for one in Fort Lauderdale. Also keep in mind that you're over half way through the season here.
  11. Reid Jenkins

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    Thanks for the input! I’m in the South but plan to move to Ft. Lauderdale mid-March. Honestly just having to wait until my license gets in from the USCG since they’re taking abysmally long. I had planned on being there start of the season, but circumstances kept me from doing that, so I’ll have to catch the tail end and hope to find something or move on and look elsewhere.