Sometimes Skype won't cut it: you need to talk to candidates for your open jobs at sea in person. You’ll be able to save time by sending your applicant an interview invitation email template. Here's how to write one.
Martide's posts for maritime recruitment agencies, manning agents, crew managers & shipowners who want to boost candidate engagement when hiring for seafarer jobs.
Miscommunication caused by a lack of understanding or an inability to express an instruction or order can cause countless issues in any workplace. And in shipping, those miscommunications can have a more serious knock on effect than in many industries.
Whether you’re a small to medium sized shipowner or ship manager, or a manning agency, there’s one thing you need to know about your business when it comes to attracting more qualified seafarers for your job vacancies. What are we talking about? We’re talking about your company’s brand.
If you’re struggling to retain seafarers at the end of contracts there’s an issue with your crew retention strategy. Being unable to keep the best seamen and seeing them walk away to line up their next contract with your competitors is frustrating and costly. So how do you stop crew jumping ship?
Are you posting adverts for maritime jobs but not attracting the number of applicants you expected? A shortage of candidates is a headache for shipowners and manning agents. You know seafarers are out there but why aren’t they biting your arm off for a chance to work for your company?!
Smartphones, apps and being able to do virtually everything while we’re on the move are, quite simply, a way of life nowadays. And that also means that today’s job seeker expects to be able to find their next job or contract on their mobile device too.
Are Generation Z young upstarts who haven’t earned their stripes? Maybe but employers have found new candidates are making greater demands than ever. And in a job market suffering from a skills shortage it’s vital your shipping company addresses this to attract top talent in the maritime industry.
Applicant tracking systems (ATS) aren’t exactly breaking news, but in the world of maritime recruitment they can be an absolute lifesaver when it comes to sourcing candidates, keeping track of applications, and knowing exactly which stage of the recruitment process a seafarer is at any given time.
There will be a predicted shortage of 89,510 officers by 2026. To prevent this, employers will need to attract and retain as many potential seafarers as possible. We take a look at a few benefits you can offer to appeal to new recruits to offset any potential shortages.
In the shipping industry it's often more convenient to interview candidates for your maritime jobs over the phone or by video call given the distances involved. Here's how to write a video or phone interview invitation email template to invite candidates to a call.
It's time to talk about your crew retention strategies: the shortage of talent in the shipping industry is at an all time low. Seafarers are increasingly hard to find and crew retention is becoming a thorn in shipping companies’ side. So what can shipowners do to stop crew from quitting?
Whether you’re new to recruitment and interviewing, you’re making the switch from phone interviews to video interviews, or you just feel that some of your hiring team could do with a refresher course, we’ve written this blog post as a guide to successful online maritime recruitment interviews.
Are you reading this blog post on your laptop or desktop computer? Or are you reading it on your phone? Why are we asking, you might wonder. But trust us, there is a point to this. And it can affect the way you run your maritime recruitment and crew planning operations. Welcome to mobile recruiting.
If you’re a shipowner, ship manager or manning agent we thought you might like to know about a new feature that our Development Team released recently. This handy little hack in Martide’s platform allows you to set a candidate as an ex-crew member.
Businesses are constantly building their strategies to adapt to an ever-changing world. This is now even more vital with the changes brought about by the pandemic. One business strategy that’s rapidly transforming is talent acquisition as recruiters struggle to adjust to a remote hiring process.
There are so many different moving parts to maritime recruitment that surely anything you can do to make your life easier is a good thing, right? Scratch that, it’s a great thing! And one of those elements of the marine recruitment process is, of course, your job interviews with seafarers.
Good news - the vacancies for your jobs at sea that you’ve advertised have attracted some applications and it’s time to create a shortlist of candidates. Now you’ll need to send each of them a short email updating them on the status of their application.
Sourcing candidates for your vacant jobs at sea by email can be broken down into cold candidate outreach and referred outreach. This step-by-step guide looks at how to write maritime recruitment email templates for both methods to make your life less stressful and your time to hire shorter!
As a company working in maritime recruitment we know that when it comes to sourcing top talent for your jobs at sea your recruitment emails need to be top notch. But it’s unrealistic to think you’re going to handcraft every email you send to every candidate. Which means turning to email templates.
You may think that coming from a company who helps shipowners streamline maritime recruitment operations the title of this post is a biased. And you might be right! But stick with us as we explain why only working with one recruitment agency in the maritime industry makes more sense than you think.
What are some of the steps that shipping companies can take to promote seafaring as a career and fill their vacant maritime jobs? The need to attract and retain seafarers is a huge issue and one we all need to step up to if shipowners can beat their marine recruitment headaches.
Anyone working in maritime recruitment must be proactive: skilled candidates won’t drop in your lap. It’s frustrating to find the perfect applicant but struggle to get their attention to make them realize they’re perfect for your vacancy. So how do you engage with qualified seafarers?
As a small to medium-sized shipowner or manager, you know maritime recruitment can be stressful. But the good news is, there’s a way you can minimize the stress (and expense) of constantly trying to find new seafarers. You just need to develop an effective maritime recruitment process. Here’s how.
In maritime recruitment your time to hire is vital. You’ve crew change over dates to meet and it’s crucial you make the deadlines. But if you’re facing an uphill battle when it comes to filling your seafarer job vacancies in a timely fashion, it’s time to take a look at what may be slowing you down.
Checking in with your maritime recruitment process is a good way to ensure you’re doing all you can to attract and engage with top seafaring talent and fill your jobs at sea as quickly as possible. And one way of doing that is to look at your recruitment process from your candidates’ point of view.
Do you feel like you should be getting more candidates applying for your seafarer jobs? You know your company is great to work for but applicants are either not coming through the door or are dropping out of the process halfway through. Could there be an issue with your maritime recruitment process?
Like many industries the maritime industry is facing a serious skills gap and therefore a challenge in fulfilling crewing positions and jobs at sea. Evolution is needed and so too is the adoption of maritime technology.
There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing the best of your candidates finish a contract, disembark from your vessel, head home for a rest...then disappear never to be heard from again. Crew retention issues are stressful! Here’s why listening is a crucial tool in the war against vanishing crew.
In this blog post we’re going to examine another way you can create better and more honest engagement with the seamen and women who apply for your maritime job vacancies, and therefore increase the chances of them remaining loyal to your shipping company. It’s time to talk about transparency.
You’re hiring for your open seafarer jobs and your crewing system and maritime recruitment process are working well. Now you’re at the interview stage. Some of your interviewees are great all the way through the interview...but others, well others, might set alarm bells ringing halfway through.
In maritime recruitment you’re not only hiring people for your shore based maritime jobs but also seafarers on contracts. It’s not surprising it can feel like your HR department is chasing its own tail half the time! We take a look at how you can simplify your maritime recruitment efforts.
Would your shipping company benefit from a crewing system that helps you streamline your hiring processes and manage seafarers more efficiently? Perhaps you’d find value in working with a maritime recruitment platform that gives you access to international manning agents? Let Martide show you how.
Maritime recruitment fairs are great places for shipowners to meet seafarers and cadets and add them to their candidate database. Plus they provide you with stealth opportunities to identify top talent and establish a connection with standout seamen before everyone gets their hands on them!
Is it getting harder to fill your seafarer jobs in the maritime industry? Is the dwindling talent pool getting you down? Perhaps the amount of crew transitioning to shore-based jobs is taking its toll. If so join Martide as we investigate how social media can be a rich source of candidates.
Filling positions and growing your candidate database can be tricky in many sectors but in the maritime industry with its constant turnover of contracts and crew retention issues, it can feel like a never ending struggle.That’s why you must ensure the job adverts you post are, well, doing their job!
Growing your candidate database can be hard and though there may be plenty of seamen who are looking for jobs at sea, not all of them might make the grade. Of course you want licensed and qualified crew onboard your vessels, but are you being too picky when it comes to hiring for your seafarer jobs?
In shipping, not everyone is onboard when it comes to abandoning old practices and embracing new. Do your maritime recruitment agencies fall into that category? If you suspect the companies you use to fill your maritime jobs could be more efficient it’s time to take a look at who you partner with.
Whether you’re an employer or a maritime recruitment agency, some seafarers you interview might be nervous. Here's how to read body language so you can spot the signs of nerves and not jump to unfair conclusions about a person.
When you’re looking for candidates to fill your seafarer jobs, you meet seamen ranging from cadets to experienced masters and chief officers. And somewhere in the middle of those age groups lie millennials. And you may find you need to adjust your traditional interview process to deal with them.
Not convinced that your employees and contractors can help you fill your vacant seafarer jobs? What if we told you that your employees’ social media posts are likely to be way more effective than your official business or company page? How much is ‘way more’? It’s about eight times more.
Finding the right crew to fill your seafarer jobs is hard if the maritime recruitment agencies you work with aren’t doing their jobs properly. You need to be sure the seamen they pick from their candidate database are right. So let’s look at how to choose a partner to help you fill your vacancies.
It’s no secret many shipping companies struggle with employee and crew retention. Indeed, it’s no secret many companies, in any industry, have problems recruiting and retaining staff. So what can be done to tackle this? After all, losing crew to your competitors is not only annoying, but costly too.
You advertise your seafarer jobs. A candidate applies. They’ve the right qualifications, their documents are valid. You interview them and they’re a great fit for your vessel. You negotiate salary, offer them a contract and then...nothing. They disappear. Welcome to the world of candidate ghosting.
Are you considering maritime recruitment and crewing software for your shipping company? Want all the benefits that come with integrated Applicant Tracking Systems? From job ads to ways to upload and sign seafarer contracts, wouldn’t it be great to have one centralized system taking care of it all?
One thing being talked about in recruitment for seafarer jobs at the moment is candidate experience. The theory is that by improving this and engaging better with potential employees, you’ll be more likely to acquire top talent. And one way to do that is to ask better interview questions.
To make a splash in the maritime industry your shipping company needs to go one further than sending the occasional newsletter. Today your digital presence is crucial and you must revamp your strategies from time to time to stand out from the competition.
Wondering why recruiting the right seafarers for your maritime jobs is such hard work? All you want is to fill your empty seafarer jobs positions with suitable candidates but it seems to be increasingly difficult to hire top talent. How can shipping companies eliminate staffing headaches for good?
Of all recruitment emails a job offer is the one that you need to send as quickly as possible. It’s no secret that shipping companies and maritime recruitment agencies are suffering from a lack of candidates. That’s why if you’ve interviewed top talent let them know before they accept another offer!
We’re facing a skills shortage. But there’s still a huge need for seafarers so for shipping companies or marine recruitment agencies to give up isn’t an option. What needs to change for shipowners to ensure they get first pick when looking for qualified seafarers who are looking for jobs at sea?
That there is a lack of women in maritime jobs will come as a shock to absolutely no-one. The reasons why have been discussed at length so how does the industry encourage females and increase the number of women at sea? After all, this rewarding career and a life at sea should be open to all!
It can be hard knowing if you’ve found the right person for a job but there are often tell tale signs if an applicant is going to work out in the maritime industry or not. We take a look at what shipowners or managers should watch out for when interviewing seafarers for vacant jobs at sea.
Are you doing everything you can to attract a new generation of seafarers? Thought you could just place a job ad and wait for applications to roll in? Marine recruitment can be tough! But Martide is here to help - so let’s take a look at what today's seafarers expect from the recruitment process.