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Old August 25th, 2006, 08:16 PM
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I'm still waiting for that perfect job to come along...

Okay...... I'm still waiting for ANY job to come along!

Is it better to send a resume on email, snail mail, or both?

How long should I wait before I send out my resume again?
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Old August 28th, 2006, 05:47 PM
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Both and don't forget fax and online applications. When I was seriously hunting for a cruise ship job, I did them all. Had some responses within days and some following me up until a year later.

I did a cover letter, resume and then a page with references and a small snapshot (so 3 separte pages). Email, fax and snail mailed - plus online apps to all the cruise lines I thought I'd be interested in . . . this was in March/April (5 years ago) and I had a job offer by May and was on a ship the first of June.

If you're a US citizen, you're looking at either entertainment, cruise staff, or youth staff as a newby to ships, unless you have maritime experience/education to be an officer or go to NCLA (which is mostly US staffed). Art auction and shopping lectures are also a way in, but are concessions that are contracted to the ships and those usually want a video audition tape.

Once a month seems like a good time to hit everone again. You might just be on a huge stack of other apps . . .

Don't forget to try the hiring partners, i.e. c-deck.com for US and just cruisin' for Canada. Just type in "hiring partner" and "cruise line you're interested in" (note the quotes) into a search engine and see what you get

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Old August 29th, 2006, 11:47 PM
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Thanks for all of the great information!

I did a cover letter, resume and then a page with references and a small snapshot (so 3 separte pages).....

So far I have put together a resume with a cover letter, 2 letters of reference, 5 business references, a copy of my passport, and my photo.

If you're a US citizen, you're looking at either entertainment, cruise staff, or youth staff as a newby to ships....

I would love to have a position working in the library, but my real talent is in reception or guest service. In my previous employment, I have often been the "go to" person. People knew they could talk to me and rely on me to help them. It's not always a fun position to be in, but I seem to be good at it.
I am a US citizen with a valid passport. My experience extends to retail, customer service, and library. I also have about 3 years into a degree in elementary education, but that's a path I have chosen not to continue. I have quite a bit of experience working with children, I just think there are other positions on board I would enjoy more. However, if they offered me a position in that area.... I'D TAKE IT.


Once a month seems like a good time to hit everone again. You might just be on a huge stack of other apps . . .

It has been one month since the first one went out. I will get ready to send them out again.

Don't forget to try the hiring partners, i.e. c-deck.com for US and just cruisin' for Canada. Just type in "hiring partner" and "cruise line you're interested in" (note the quotes) into a search engine and see what you get

Thanks, I'll check them out.
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SZ - great info...

I also always suggest a snapshot - they can't ask, but they really want to know what you look like.

Once I had a tight resume (with cruise ship experience behind me) I used registered mail. But don't do that unless you really have something to offer them.

Stick to the pertinent info in your resume, don't pad it unless you really have nothing to say.

Do a cover letter telling them how much you love working on ships.

do NOT ask for any personal favors (can I bring my dog on board?).
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