Whether you’re a Deck Cadet, Oiler, Engineer, or Officer, if you’re looking for seafarer jobs, we’re pleased to tell you that you’ve come to the right place. At Martide we have a quality selection of maritime jobs that are ready and waiting for qualified seamen to apply to.
But just in case you haven’t and this is your first introduction to Martide and our jobs at sea, and you’d like to know how to get started by creating your seafarer profile, you can check out a how to guide to User Profiles right here.
And if you haven't: download our app right away! It's free, available for Android from Google Play and for iPhone from the App Store and lets you apply for seafarer jobs and track applications no matter where in the world you are.
But for this blog post, we’re going to be taking a closer look at that all-important topic of how to find seafarer jobs, including entry level cargo ship jobs and jobs at sea for higher seafarer ranks on our website.
Let’s get started!
How to find seafarer jobs using Martide
First of all, log into your Martide account. The first page you will see is your Seafarer Profile page which looks something like the image below. To start your job search click on Find Jobs at the top of the page on the left hand side:
You will then be taken directly to our seafarer jobs page which looks something like this:
Here you can look for maritime job vacancies by scrolling down the page or by selecting a seafarer rank from the Select rank box and hitting enter. You can also search by the type of ship you want to find work on using the Select vessel type box.
You can add as many ranks and vessels as you like. In our example below we’ve searched for Third Engineer jobs and Fourth Engineer jobs on container/ro-ro ships, general cargo ships and oil tankers:
Now click on the blue Find Jobs button and you will see all the relevant results:
How to apply for Martide's seafarer jobs
When you find a job you‘d like to apply for, click either on the rank or where it says View More:
That will take you to a page showing you the maritime job vacancy details, like this:
As you can see from the image above, this page shows you at a glance all the information you need to know about the shipping company and vessel, including both of their names plus specs such as the vessel type, engine type, DWT and fleet size.
It also tells you what you need to know about the contract itself including the start date, contract length, the trading area, the type of visa you will need and the time you should have served in that rank and on that type of vessel.
At the top of the description on the right, you will see a number of days - this is how long there is left until the start of the contract - in our example it’s 42 days.
If you like the look of the seafarer job, the vessel and the contract, click the blue Apply button at the bottom of the page.
What happens during the seafarer job application process?
The good news is that when you create a Martide user seafarer profile and upload your documents, all this information is saved and is automatically filtered into your job applications.
That means you don’t have to enter your info every time you want to apply for one of our jobs at sea.
Plus, it’s super quick and easy to apply for our maritime jobs with just a couple of clicks of your mouse or taps of your screen!
Once you've clicked Apply, as long as all the information in your seafarer profile is up-to-date and correct, you will be taken to the screen below.
As a maritime recruitment agency, we also recommend that you write a short cover message to the shipping company - you can do that in the blank text box.
When you’re sure that your message shows you in the best possible light, click the Apply button on this page and your application will be sent to the employer. It really is as easy as that!
What to do if your seafarer profile is missing some information?
Meanwhile if your seafarer profile is missing some information or you need to upload a document that the employer has specified when you click on the first Apply button you will see a message like this:
In our example, our seafarer needs to add his work history and his address to his User Profile. This will give him a better chance of being offered an interview for the position.
To update missing information, go to your User Profile by clicking on Martide at the top of the menu on the left hand side:
You can add or edit the sections in your User Profile by clicking the blue plus sign (+) to add info and the blue pen icon to edit it on the right hand side of each section:
If you would like to read more detailed instructions to updating your Martide User Profile, check out this handy step-by-step guide here.
Subscribe and get the latest seafarer jobs in your inbox
Why not make sure you’re among the first people to see our latest seafarer jobs as soon as they’re announced?
It will increase your chances of finding your next contract and getting hired.
To do so, go back to the main Find Jobs page, enter the seafarer ranks and vessel types you are interested in and click the Subscribe button on the right of the page:
You’ll then be sent alerts for the latest seafarer jobs, meaning you can stay one step ahead of your competition!
How to get more help when looking for seafarers jobs
Once you’ve applied for the jobs at sea you’re interested in, don’t forget to keep track of your application! To find out how to do that, take a look at our user guide to the My Jobs function here.
Or for further tips and how to's for seafarers looking for different types of maritime jobs, why not check out our blog posts How to Write a CV for the Maritime Industry, How to Prepare for an Interview in the Maritime Industry and How to Prepare for a Skype or Zoom Interview in the Maritime Industry.
Meanwhile you can find more help guides for seafarers looking for jobs at sea on our dedicated Support website right here.
Good luck with your job search!
This blog post was originally published on August 5th 2019 and updated on June 3rd 2020 and again on April 29th 2021.