How to write a CV for Jobs at Sea

Your seafaring CV is an important tool for marine recruiters and potential shipping employers when considering you for potential vacancies. As seafarers require specialist maritime certification and skills to work at sea, it is vital that you provide this important information in a well-presented and easy to follow format, which should ideally be kept to 2 pages if possible. This help guide enables you to follow Clyde Marine Recruitment’s preferred CV layout.

Personal Profile:

Contact Numbers: (home and mobile)
DOB: (optional)

Personal Statement:

This is a very important section of your CV as it catches the eye of the potential employer.

It should include a brief summary of your current situation, career goals and the level you are certified to.

This should be no more than 2-3 sentences.

Education / Qualifications:

This should include relevant school, maritime college or universities attended including dates and
qualifications for example, GCSE’s, Standard Grades, A Levels, Highers, Degrees, Sea going Certification etc.

Employment / Experience:

Previous employment should be included in this section starting with your most recent employment.

This should be listed with Job Title, Employer, Name and Type of vessel sailed and Dates.

You should also include a brief sentence on experience / skills gained within each position.

Hobbies and Interests:

This section should be kept brief however you can include activities, interests, life aims.


A referee is someone who your potential employer can contact to find out more about you.

Ideally two employment reference contacts should be included at the end of your CV.

Superyacht CV’s

For all applications to Superyacht vacancies, please attach a recent photo to your CV.


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