A good resume is an important part finding a job on a ferry. But
before a personnel manager gets to shake your hand and says,
“Tell me a little more about yourself”, they must have an interest in
meeting with you in the first place. That’s where a good resume
comes in. Good resumes are just the beginning of the process, but
they're a key step in securing employment on a ferry boat.

Your resume is the means to get the ferry company to want to hire
you. A resume is a place to brag about yourself…in a good
professional way. A good resume will list your licenses, training,
courses, STCW 95, endorsements, etc. The tough part is that it
needs to do this in a manner which is efficient, concise and

If a resume has gaps between employers, think about how you
would explain that so that an interviewer doesn’t get a negative
impression that you didn’t try hard enough to find work. This is not
an easy economy in which to find work. People have difficulties. But
be prepared to speak about what you did and if any time gaps need

A resume that raises questions and doubts because it leaves out
information can be harmful. Avoid basic typos. Misspelling a word
might not reflect on your ability to command a 3,000 horsepower
ferry…but it can give the wrong impression that you aren’t diligent
enough to check one of the most important pieces of paper about
yourself for basic spelling errors.

Some people say that it’s okay for a resume to be as long as
necessary to convey necessary information and job history. Well,
the candidate who is able to package their information into a
compact and concisely formatted resume is likelier to be called in
for an interview, everything else being equal. Managers are usually
busy people with different responsibilities…payroll, employee
training, budgeting, etc. A human resources person doesn’t want to
spend 20 minutes sifting through five pages to figure out you
obtained a 500 ton license in October of 2004 and that you worked
as a deckhand on the ferry Altoona from January 1996 to December
of 1998. Let that information come out and be user-friendly to find.

A resume is not a platform for creative writing. Resumes are good
examples of how effective business writing should be concise,
direct, and efficient in it’s use of words and space. Select words that
show what you did and that don’t leave doubt or question about how
long you held a particular job.

A well-written resume can follow different formats. There isn’t
anything cast in stone that says margins must be this many inches,
fonts should be boldface, titles should be italics…those things are
preferences you can select after viewing different resumes and
selecting a format that you like.

What seems to work well is a resume that presents your
information in nicely defined groups of text. At the top, your resume
can list your name, address and contact information. If you have e-
mail, include that. Don’t overlook contact information. You want the
interviewer to be able to contact you with the correct telephone
number and e-mail. After that, you can list your education,
consisting of schools, degrees, years in which you graduated, and
major fields of study. Work experience can follow next. List the jobs
you worked. But do it in an organized manner. Don’t omit things like
when you left an employer. If you leave things like that off, the
interviewer can get the impression that you want to hide something.
When describing your work experience, list the title of the job and
the responsibilities you performed. You can follow that with your
Coast Guard licenses, followed by special training, special
certification, or other qualifications. You can follow that with any
affiliations you have with marine or other professional
organizations. As for personal information, many people say it’s
better to leave off. If someone wants to know about your hobbies,
they can ask you at the interview.

A good resume can get you an interview in a good company. You
might just have to invest a little time in organizing it in a nice and
neat format and polishing it up so that it says positive things about
you, both with its content and with its appearance. But if it gets you
an interview with a company that you want to work for, a resume is
worth the investment of your time.

Good luck.

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Latest Ferry Developments

October 27, 2006 - In a
press release, Washington
State Ferries announced
that a summary of public
comments were received at
a September 28th
community workshop.
Washington State Ferries’
project team is evaluating
this information in
developing draft alternatives
for the ferry terminal
facilities. The workshop was
an opportunity for the City of
Bainbridge Island and WSF
to work towards
understanding common

October 19, 2006 SEATTLE
In a press release, WSF
(Washington State Ferries)
announced that it will hold a
public open house on
Wednesday, November 1 at
the Mullis Senior Center to
gather input on master plan
recommendations for the
area around the Friday
Harbor Ferry Terminal.

October 19, 2006 SEATTLE
In a press release, WSF
announced that Olympic
Cascade, the food
concessionaire for
Washington State Ferries
on the San Juan Island
routes has adjusted galley
hours during the non-peak

October 5, 2006 Anacortes
WSF announced that the 90
car MV Sealth will replace
the 144-car MV Hyak on the
Anacortes/San Juan Islands
route beginning Sunday,
October 8, 2006. The
replacement will allow Hyak
to replace Yakima, which
will go into the yard for
maintenance required to
addressing a generator
problem. The Sealth will be
returning after a $4 million
preservation project done by
the Everett Shipyard.

Sept 15, 2006 SEATTLE
WSF announced that
starting September 17th,
they will go to their fall
schedule. A few other
changes are that the early
fall schedule for the Port
Townsend/Keystone route
will be in effect until October
10th. WSF will return to only
one roundtrip sailing per day
between Anacortes and
Sidney, B.C.