Every sailor is an excellent multifunctional professional, ready for all kinds of challenges and incidents. This job is surrounded by an aura of romance, even though seafaring is associated with hard physical labor and the psychological pressure during long voyages. 

Sailors often change the location of employment, almost every new departure can be made on a different ship. Therefore, it is very important for seafarers to have a strong CV that is ready to be sent to recruiters.

However, sometimes it is very difficult for sailors to create a really good resume. So, in this article, we will try to figure out how to create a powerful seafarer resume.

Working Experience

Not many companies want to hire seafarers-beginners. Therefore, the first thing recruiters will look at is the number and length of applicant's job contracts. Try to describe all your previous jobs, types of ships, positions you have worked on, responsibilities on the ship, and length of voyages in as much detail as possible.

Of course, people with experience of long-term cooperation with one company will be in priority, as this shows that the employer was satisfied with the employee. If you have a lot of short or broken contracts, it will be a huge disadvantage, because no one wants to take a risk. Every company wants to see reliable and responsible seafarers in their team.

Try to indicate in your CV the exact names of the companies you have worked for. Also, be clear about all the dates on your contracts and write down the start and end dates of your employment. Most importantly, be honest. Even if you have a small sailing experience, some ships recruit interns and newbies. Of course, the salary in such a case will be less, but this way you can gain some knowledge and skills. 


Of course, the experience is more important for sailors than education. Nevertheless, theoretical knowledge is also highly valued. If you are a graduate of a seamen's college, this is a great advantage, because even without any experience you might get a job on a good ship. Indicate on your resume the full name of the school, the name of the course, the level of your diploma, and the period of training.

Also, all your certificates and additional courses are very important. For example:

  • knowledge of foreign languages 
  • medical courses
  • rescue courses
  • cooking courses
  • engineering courses

Each additional skill can be key to recruiter's decision of bringing you on board. Foreign languages can come in handy during long voyages, the crew will need to cook in case the cook gets sick, and the mechanic will always need helpers in case of a major breakdown. So be sure to include these skills on your resume, of course, if you have them.


A long voyage involves traveling to ports in various countries and continents. Of course, this requires special documents for both the ship and the crew. Moreover, you also need personal visas to cross some borders. So if you have international visas, the company will not need to wait a long time to get all the permits. So, indicate the availability of passports and visas on your resume.


If you have already worked on a ship, it will not be difficult to ask the captain or manager for a good reference. You can also add them to your resume. This will be a huge advantage over other applicants as the recruiter will see your professionalism and self-confidence.

In conclusion, it is not that hard to make a good seafarer resume. The main thing is to find a few hours of time which you could spend on the preparation of the information. After doing this, it will be very easy for you to paste the information into a beautiful template.