The Common Octopus The common octopus is a master in disguise. When looking to ambush or to hide, it changes its color instantaneously and thus becomes one with the background. When really threatened he will eject a cloud of ink allowing it enough time to seek shelter. How to recognize a common octopus? Scuba Diving […]
A job in the diving industry, how to apply?
Why do you want a job in a dive center?Before entering into details and tips on how to apply for a job, think about why you want to apply for it. For the newbies in the industry, just became a Dive Master or recently went through the instructor certification process, applying for a first job is always a challenge. The oldies tend more to follow the touristic seasons and switch employees at the end of the season. Regardless where you rank yourself, below you will find some valuable advise to have your application stick out.
Some backgroundMost dive center owners will confirm that the hiring process is a long and frustrating one. Whenever we announce an open position, regardless of the media we post it at, we receive plenty of applications that by far do not meet the requirements. We take the ethics to reply to all of them, but believe it, it is time consuming and seen the high volume, we may overlook the prefect candidate. Most of the dive centers will disregard the resumes that do not match the criteria without notification. So if you want your CV not to end up on the pile, just continue reading...
What to do when you apply for a job?
Get preparedEach dive center has it's own identity, message, size, approach, ... When applying for a job, do at least some lookup on what the center stands for. The information you can use is immense: website, Facebook, TripAdvisor, Google, Instagram,… quite often provides you all the information:
- The size of the operation, understand a small family-run center is not the same as a center that is part of a group or a big player
- The customer focus, who are their customers, what languages do they support or teach in
- The type of activities offered (guided dives, boat or shore dives, courses, shop, …)
Select your target employerOnce you have the info on the center, validate your competences, experience and expectations to find the match. Be aware that having worked in the industry for more then 15 years, have been promoting dive center at dive shows or having been a lead instructor on a live-aboard may be a perfect fit for big organisations but can be a show stopper for smaller centers, regardless of what you are looking for. Wanting to change your work environment or trying to extend your experience in a different type of operation, be ready to motivate your application in the guiding letter or email to your resume.
Have a good resumeKeep your resume simple, ideally one page, maximum two. Double check your contact details to make sure they are correct! Only include work experience prior to becoming a dive instructor if it is relevant to the center where you apply. Centers will welcome experience in the tourist industry, dealing with customers or any commercial luggage. Having worked as a carpenter or IT expert may not have any value for your future employer. The center is not interested in the number of dives you did (as an instructor we expect you to know how to dive) but we are interested in the number of certifications done and for what courses. It is important for the center to see you are competent in teaching all levels of diving. The ideal resume includes:
- Contact details (including social media like FaceBook and Instagram)
- Your date of birth
- Current location
- Where and when you did your instructor course
- Your instructor number
- What specialties you are certified for as instructor
- What have you been teaching (number of certs per course)
- What languages you speak and can teach in
- What other (relevant) qualifications and (relevant) skills you have
Guiding letter or emailClearly state your motivation for the application and be clear about your expectations. A center looking for staff to cover the season may not be interesting if you are looking for a long time job or reverse. As sales is important in the dive industry you might highlight your experience in this matter. A dive center is not a charity organisation and we all expect our staff to sell courses and excursion. Note social media is key to the dive center business, so be ready to motivate customers to leave a TripAdvisor or Facebook reviews and tag you and the dive shop in their Facebook and Instagram posts. You must be able and willing to take your students back to the dive shop and make them want to buy that logbook, T-Shirt or mask strap!
How the center (should) react on your application?As always respect comes from both sides. As such a center should always reply to a suitable application, whether your application is accepted or not. Note the center will have a look at all application, definitely if they are in hiring state. Besides your resume and application, they will decide who they will be talking to.
Your Facebook and InstagramThe social media offers the centers (as well as all companies hiring new employees) a rich source of background information. If you posted only pictures of drunken parties, only pictures of your dog or pictures you touching marine life, the center will find out and will use it to weight your application.
ReferencesIf you provide references, the center might contact the people. Therefor make sure the people you use as a reference are aware you mention them in your application.
The interview and the decisionIf you pass the selection process, the center will invite your for an interview. We understand the business is worldwide, so be ready to setup a video call for the interview. If you know upfront internet connectivity is an issue in your area, tell it in your application (if not it might sound as an excuse). When you do get a reply, react back promptly. Never answer “I have to think about it”, or “I need some time to take a decision”….. By the time you decide, the position may already be filled….
Some final thoughtsKnow the diving industry is fun to work in, it's all about passion. Just have a look at our blog Working in the industry. Don't expect to become a millionaire working as an instructor or a dive master. If you want to earn big money, forget the diving sector and go back to or stay at your nine to five, well-paid, secure job. Good luck in your job hunt. And if you ever want to come and work for us, you know what to do 😊
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