Not everyone is cut out to work on cruise ships. Cruise ship life on board presents a unique working and living environment and cruise line recruiters are looking for the best applicants to fill these cruise ship jobs.
What are cruise ship job recruiters looking for in a potential candidate? How can you make your resume stand out and how should you be presenting yourself in an interview? Here are my top 10 qualities that a potential crew member should have.
1. Positive Personality – You have a “can-do” attitude. Smiling is natural and you have an infectious personality. You should also be easily approachable.
2. Energetic – Many cruise ship job descriptions list “Energetic” as a requirement. You need a lot of energy to work 7 days a week for your whole contract.
3. Ability to Problem Solve – Cruise employers want their crew to be able to think on their feet. Are you adaptable to change with the ability to perform calmly under pressure?
4. Team Player – Those that can take direction but also have the ability to manage others make great employees. Present yourself as a diligent worker, but being a leader will get you promoted.
5. Proven Sales Experience – Many cruise ship jobs rely on the ability to sell (gift shop, spa, cruise sales, port & shopping guide, shore excursions, event planner, photographer…). Your resume should highlight your sales accomplishments.
6. Customer Service Driven – The cruise industry is a highly guest focused place to work. Concentrate on how you are able to deal with difficult customers along with how you have positively impacted guest experience.
7. Work Ethic – Do you pride yourself on exceeding the expectations of your employers and customers? Have you had jobs where you have worked more than 60 hours per week? Do you show initiative and perform tasks without being asked? Are you proactive? These are all important examples of work ethic.
8. Communication Skills – How you communicate tells a lot about yourself. Start with having a excellent attention to detail on your resume (written communication). Before an interview, brush up on verbal communication skills such as eye contact, listening and a positive tone in your voice. Overall, you will come off as being a professional candidate for the job.
For more information about getting hired to work on a cruise ship, visit the website, www.workoncruiseships.com.