Cruise Jobs – What Happens Next?
You’ve sent in your resume and cover letter, now you wait.
But waiting does not mean doing nothing. Research the cruise ship company further, learn as much as you can about them, their ships and what’s going on in the company and cruise ship industry. Work on your own skills. Take courses like a cruise ship diploma course, a Red Cross CPR or water safety course, anything to make you even more ready when cruise ship employment finally comes.
Cruise Jobs – Follow Up
Follow up on your application if you haven’t heard anything after about 2-3 weeks. The best way to do this is to send an email. The email should include a short note about having sent your resume on x date and your cover letter, copied and pasted as the main text of your email with your resume sent as an attachment.
Each time you correspond, politely let the cruise line company or recruiter know this is your 2nd, 3rd, etc. application for one of their cruise jobs. If you can, add something new each time – about yourself (like you’ve just completed x course) or about the company (for example – you saw a news item recently that the company is about to launch special new cruise itineraries to mark their xx anniversary). This will show that you are keeping up to date with what is happening in the cruise ship industry and you’re especially interested in the company and the employment opportunity.
Always thank the person you’re writing to for taking the time to read your email. Be sure to spellcheck it and don’t use shortened versions of words like you use in texting.
The Interview for Cruise Jobs
You’ve made it this far looking for cruise jobs and you’ve got a date for an interview. There will usually be many applicants for the cruise jobs so to make sure you give yourself the best chance possible to shine, practice your interviewing skills with someone you trust. Get them to ask you typical interviewing questions and ask for their evaluation of how you performed, then fix whatever you need to.
You can get typical interviewing questions by purchasing The Cruise Ship Jobs Guide, The Complete Guide to Getting a Job on a Cruise Ship from this website. (The Guide will be available in just a few weeks time.) You can also get typical interviewing questions from the Internet but be sure to find some specific to the cruise ship industry.
Work on showing how good you are (with modesty), how willing you are to learn, how you are a really good team player and how enthusiastic and passionate you are about the job, the potential for working for the company and life in general.
You will get only one chance to make a really good impression, so DO NOT HIDE YOUR PERSONALITY AND TALENTS, let them shine!
Also, be ready to show what you can do for the cruise ship company – this is, after all, the reason for them hiring you! For example, show how, if you are looking for a job in the gift shop, you are able to close a sale. Please don’t talk about how you are looking forward to having this job so you can see the world.
Cruise Jobs – Follow up after the Interview
Always follow up after the interview by sending a thank you email to the person who interviewed you, regardless of the results of the interview. Show that you appreciated the interviewer’s time and say again how much you want to work with the people in the cruise ship company and that you look forward to hearing from them again soon.
Even if someone else is hired or you get an answer of “no” or “not right now”, don’t give up. Be persistent and keep sending out resumes for cruise ship jobs, along with cover letters and follow-up emails.
Don’t be put off by having to do yet another interview, each one will teach you things and make you better for the next time. Each one will bring closer your dream of getting one of the world cruise ship jobs just waiting for YOU.
Always keep your dream upper most in your mind – it is worth the effort!