Triton networks with Crewfinder on March 18
Date(s) - Mar 18, 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Celebrate springtime with yacht captains, crew and industry professionals at Triton networking with one of the original crew placement agencies, Crewfinders International, on March 18 in Ft. Lauderdale. No RSVP is required, just come ready to meet and greet.
Until then learn more about Crewfinders International from owner and manager Linda Turner.
The Triton networking event on The March 18 will be at Crewfinders International at 404 and 408 S.E. 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale (33316). For more information call +1 954-522-2739, 800-438-2739 and visit www.crewfinders.com. Parking is available at the 500 SE 17 St building parking lot, 2 doors east, in both the front and back lots.
Tell us about Crewfinders International.
We are a yacht crew referral agency. This means the hiring is done between the owner and the crew member. We act as the agent between the two to present qualified choices for the owner to consider. This saves them time in the vetting process.
The advantage to the crew is that we can give the owner our personal insight. We have interacted with you and can share information about your personality and skills that may not come across on paper.
How did this company start?
Crewfinders was originally started by a British boat captain and purchased six months later by Capt. Jim, myself and my family in 1982. I still own and run it, as I’m the only surviving owner.
We set out to make it a well known name and managed to get the name around the world in the first five years. Jim’s vision was for the name to be as well known as Chris Craft or G.E. and the first name people thought about when hiring crew. My family’s vision was that we would be a success if we just stayed in business.
What is your background in the industry?
Both Jim and I were yacht captains and ran yachts together for more than 14 years. I have also been a mate, cook, stew and charter broker. All the staff that work at Crewfinders have worked on yachts before and the placement staff have all been captains before. We are well versed in what it takes for crew to work well together.
Who will crew work with?
The placement staff are Jack Maguire and myself. We’ve both been captains for more than 10 years. Capt. Jack held a 1600-ton license before joining us. Heather Chase handles the data entry and reception duties and has been with us more than nine years.
What sets your agency apart?
We have a long history with most of our clients and crew. This knowledge can only be acquired over time and successful placements. We like people and our main goal is to help the crew find a happy advancement in their career. Our other main goal is for the owners to find a long-term match to fit their program in both personality and skill set.
We also have a new app, “Crewfinders International”, that will allow crew instant access to the new job postings online and allow them to edit their own information from anywhere. It works with Apple and Android.
We can also do background checks for selected crew members. It is a small additional fee to the owners if they wish to use the service.
How should crew use your services (online, in person, social media)?
We use all the mediums to communicate with the crew and the owners.
Your Web site has a lot of information, tell us about it.
Our Web site is the portal to our database and the way our crew sign up to get placed. There is no fee. It also supplies information for housing and a multitude of other services crew may need.
All the forms for the owners to request crew and our fee structure terms are also supplied on the site.
What advice do you have for crew?
The key to getting an interview is the resume presentation. Having the correct certifications and an easy-to-comprehend resume is usually the key to getting the first interview. References have become more important now and should be available with the resume.
What trends do you see in yachting?
The industry has improved with better training and communication about what is expected of crew. As crew, their job is to serve at the pleasure of the owner to supply fun, relaxation and entertainment, while keeping them safe.
What is your best cv tip?
When crew come in to interview in the office we cover resume theory and how the information is perceived by the owner or captain. We help them reorganize it, if needed, to get the important information presented in an easy-to-read format.
The Triton networking event on The March 18 will be at Crewfinders International at 404 and 408 S.E. 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale (33316). For more information call +1 954-522-2739, 800-438-2739 and visit www.crewfinders.com.
Parking is available at the 500 SE 17 St building parking lot, 2 doors east, in both the front and back lots.