Had to leave, now trying to get re-hired, how do I do it??
Awhile ago I was hired by NCL to work aboard the Norgwegian Dawn on a 6-month contract. I would later find out my contract should have been of a lesser length and my pay should have been nearly doubled what it was, but that is not the issue I have.
Due to a family emergency I had to leave a month into my contract, I of course paid my way home. I left under the impression that as long as I paid my way back, I would be allowed back to NCL, if not aboard the same ship itself. My e-mails/calls to the head office went unanswered.
I now find myself wishing to continue/finish what I started. 2 questions:
1) If I wished to get re-hired by NCL, what would I have to do? They do not respond to my e-mails, despite the fact I have 3-4 e-mail contacts for people there.
2) If I wish to apply to a new cruise line...should I write on my resume that I was on board the Dawn and hired by NCL previously, even though I had to leave one month in? Is showing SOME cruise ship experience (even though I left my contract) better than showing NONE?
Any help/advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Obviously you had the skills/background to get hired by a cruise line in the first place. If it were me, I'd leave it out of the resume, but . . . wait until the interview to 'maybe' mention it? Think as a prosepective employer. Would you hire someone that only stayed around a month and then left? Also the ship recruiting world is a small one - possiblity of the new line calling the old line to find out what's up or background on someone is a strong possibility.
BTW - if you do get hired again, make your you have any salary discussions/ what they tell you that you're getting paid IN WRITING!!!!!
I've had this happen at least a couple times on a ship. . . going into the crew office to sign the contract and the pay is lower. I just had to produce the shoreside email that said "your pay will be $xxxx.xx" and the contract was adjusted accordingly. And don't sign until the pay is correct.
And . . . have you tried calling NCL? I've been to the corporate office in Miami. It's a bit of a frantic mess - I can see emails/letters getting lost!
i'd use the experience if i were you.....i found myself that after i had my first job onboard i was much more desirable to other cruise lines and nobody has ever asked me if i finished my contracts (and there have been times where i didn't finish). in other advice- be persistant and keep at them til you get what you want. like sz said- head office is a zoo and they have tons to do...maybe your contact just didn't get around to getting back to you. good luck to you.
Putting it on the resume or not is sort of where I'm unsure, I might try it both ways. NCL was really the only cruise line to give me a shot from the ground floor, so to speak, but I realize that may mean they were hiring when others were not for the position I was going for.
I did have my salary in writing and all that, I meant that they were paying me less than I should have been making in that I did not find this out until a couple weeks into my contract. I was being paid as a Jr Host, which in NCL is a position given to people who have English as a 2nd language. Being from the prairies in Canada, English is my 1st language I was told by all how I should have been made a Host and been paid nearly double per month what I was making, I had a request in through my Cruise Director at the time of my family emergency, so I'm not sure how that end of things would have played out.
I e-mailed, called, left messages, etc for about two weeks a few months ago and never got any sort of response. I'm thinking I might just apply elsewhere.