So, April is upon us quicker than a Stew on a bottle of Rosé on a day off. We have had some more amazing ladies come through our school and head off to Europe. I am so lucky that I hear from some of them regularly with updates; best of all is hearing when they get a job.
Things are starting to get busy over in the yachting scene, and there is a lot of day work around for those who are dock walking. So, this month I thought I would chat about those two things: dock walking and day work. I have asked for some feedback from the ladies who have trained with me and are currently in the thick of it overseas, regarding the lay of the land over there – or docks, should I say.
The general feeling is that while it is important to register with the crew agents, they are not super helpful for ‘greenies’, as they’re more interested in the crew with experience. This is nothing new, but worth knowing so you don’t rely solely on them to get you a job. So, where does this leave the ‘greenies’ who are trying to get a foot in the door? The following also applies to experienced crew, I feel. Getting your first, second or third job takes some work from your side. As I’ve said before, you are your product, so make sure you sell yourself. Here are some pointers from our ladies who have recently secured themselves a job:
“I visited all the agencies I had registered with only to be told that I should expect to find a job in a month’s time. I did not expect this, and I think it’s important to stress to those wanting to enter the industry that you can’t just rely on the agencies.”
“As a “greenie”, dock walking is your best friend when it comes to finding a job. I only dock walked Monaco and Cannes before I found a job. I found the crew onboard yachts in one port were a lot friendlier and more willing to have a conversation than the other. Despite having found my job in the less friendly port, I found some crew onboard the yachts to be dismissive of dock walkers and not very friendly. I also made an effort to not skip any yachts, to approach the yacht confidently and to make an effort with my conversation. Even if and when I was turned down, I thanked them for their time and did not take it personally.”
“When day working, I made an effort to introduce myself to all the crew onboard that I came in contact with. I told them that I was willing to work in any department and never forget to say please and thank you. I believe it very important to add any day work to your CV as soon as you’ve completed day work. “
“I stayed in Debbie’s Crew House in Biot. Although it’s outside of Antibes I found this to be an advantage as you are less likely to go out partying and are more likely to focus on finding day work and a job.”
I am pleased to say that we covered quite a few of the above points in the course, so I am super excited to see that they were able to be implemented and were helpful in securing the individuals work and ultimately positions on board. I hope this is helpful for all of you out there looking. Good luck and keep positive, your job is out there – don’t let anyone deter you from getting there.