What NOT to do
Great Ways to Waste Your Time
Looking for a Cruise Ship Job
Spamming the companies with snail mail and email. One website indicates that you should constantly keep applying until the company "can't help but hire you". That is ridiculous and very disrespectful to the companies. It makes the process more difficult for everyone.
Falling for a "no risk" guarantee. Anyone that guarantees that everyone who reads their grossly overpriced information will get a job on a ship is blowing smoke. They promise to refund your money if you don't get a job. All you have to do is send copies of five rejection letters. You won't get rejection letters. No company, cruise line or otherwise, feels any obligation to respond to an unsolicited application.
Emailing or calling cruise lines asking for more info such as job requirements, current openings, etc. The Human Resources departments get too many inquires to manage. Most companies have a detailed recorded message that you will be connected to imediately if you mention employment. It would be a good idea for you to listen to some of these recorded messages.
Emailing your resume or CV to the cruise lines. The strategy that I suggest is to mail your application packages (resume or CV, letter, photo, etc.). Wait about a week and complete the online applications. Reference the fact that you mailed a package when and to whom.
Emailing your resume or CV to this website. About 5-10 emails per day are received. Some include photocopies of passports and other personal information which should not be sent unless asked for by a reputable cruise line, concessionnaire or agent.
Posting your resume online. There are enough people applying directly to the cruise lines that they don't need to surf the web for candidates. If posting online were effective, it would ber offered here.
Buying an "official application form" There is no such thing. If you are hired or you attend an interview you will be given an application form to fill out. This is to get your numbers and vital statistics on record.
Paying someone to mail or email your application package to the cruise lines. Your correspondence will get a lot more attention if it is mailed individually rather than along with a stack of others. The appearance of your materials is extremely important.