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Writing The Best Email Subject You Can Use To Get Hired

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Here’s what you need to know about your email subjects: “It is poorly written.” The truth is that almost all the email subject title you send when you apply for a job does not get the reader’s attention. Other than that, it does not solve the immediate problem that a hiring manager needs to be solved.

It lacks urgency and it has words that are irrelevant to the position you are applying for. It lacks the magic it needs to be interesting. And the grammar you are using is horrible but somehow amusing.

What if you can find a way to improve your email subject and make you more interesting? Would you spend a minute to read further?


Make It Interesting and Tempting To Read

Have you read your daily newspaper? What catches your attention whenever you are reading it? Isn’t it the headline?

Yes, the headline catches your attention that’s why you are interested to read further. The same principles apply with your email subjects. Its purpose is to catch the reader’s attention to make him or her read further.

If your subject line is not doing its job to catch attention, there’s a big chance that your email will not be read or will be deleted from the reader’s inbox.

Make it catchy. Think of subject line that would wow the reader and create a desire to click it and read your message. But how can you achieve it?

Get directly to the point. If they are posting like this: “Wanted Deck Officer for Immediate Hiring – Salary Negotiable”; then you should align your email as a solution to the problem they wanted to solve.

So most probably, you’ll be writing your subject like this: “Applying For Deck Officer – Available Anytime”.

You must be the solution to their problem. Align your subject to the problem that they posted, as being the solution to that problem.

Now that you have started a good opening subject, make sure to be polite. Always end your email with polite words as: “Have a good day” or “Hope to hear from you soon”. This shows that you want to hear from them after they’ve read your email. You are inviting for a reply from them. You need this to know if they open your email and if you have a chance of getting hired.

Make Your Subject Line Irresistible

Put a personal touch in your subject line. If you know the name of the hiring manager, include it in your subject line. If you don’t know the name, then do an extra effort in finding out their name.

This makes your email more personal and attracts attention when they see that you mention their name and you are giving them the credit due to them.

When you write the 1st paragraph of your message, inform them immediately what’s inside your message. Their time is precious and by telling them what they will get out of reading your message, it saves time for them. If you attached your resume, tell them about it. Don’t expect everybody knows the symbol whenever there is an attachment file in your email.

Don’t ruin their time by providing those attachments that you have to compress or any additional effort just to see your resume.

Two formats usually works. A PDF file or a DOC file. Make sure that whatever extra action they will do to know you should not make them hesitant to do it. Not all hiring managers are techie; some of them are already old and not so computer savvy like you, so make it simple for them.

Avoid Making the Same Mistake As Others Do

Check your grammar. No matter how good you are or how skilled you are in your work, reading a poorly written message with so many grammatical errors makes it hard for the hiring manager to be impressed with you. Punctuations and spelling are the common mistakes that they usually commit.

Writing a single subject line like “Hi” is going to be ignored. Be polite and be interesting in writing your subject line. Use the right words and think of being the solution to the problem when you are writing your subject line.

When you write your subject line, be sure to think of professionalism. No matter how desperate you want to get hired, the bottom line is if you can show them that you are professional and polite in writing your messages, (particularly your email subject line) it makes a good impression on your part.

Now to You

Think of it as a good way to start a conversation whenever you are writing, it should be a bridge to the next step in the hiring process which is the “Interview”. If you can make your subject line catchy, and minimize unnecessary words, then you’ll easily get the point over to them. Off course you should never forget to be polite, it should be obvious in your letter and in your personality.

Sprinkle your subject line with magic to make it interesting. Add personal touch and let them know what is inside your message.

Finally, check your grammar. Nobody likes to read a poorly written message or subject line.

Now that you know it, “Do it”. You need to implement it to see the result.

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The Easy Way On Finding The Place To Get A Job That Saves You Time And Money

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

You need to know the right ideas in order to make your job hunting easier, but how?


We all want to find a job in less time and less effort with minimum money to spend. Then reality struck and you suddenly realize that it’s not that easy.


What if there is a shortcut in doing it? Are there really shortcuts?


Maybe yes or maybe no. Finding the right company is impossible. There is no single solution to answer all your multiple needs. But there are companies that will fit your requirements.


We’ll try to flesh out the concepts on how recruiting happens and how to adapt to different situation.


Don’t Rely On Others

No man is an island. Same thing applies to job hunting. Many people are trying their best to get connected and find the easiest way to get hired.


It is a tough competition out there and Nepotism is everywhere. Aside from the growing number of people who are discriminating other applicants, there are still people who hire others fairly.


But it is not always apples and lemons. Some people will use your eagerness to find a job to their advantage. They will make promises and even exploit you by asking money or service in exchange for a chance to work on the ship.


You’ll get your chance but you’re not going to get it earlier, at least not yet.


At the end of the day it will be up to you to find a way.


Try to size up the situation. If the job was meant for you, everything will be at the right place at the right time.


But who should you believe?

Your family is the first people that you can trust. They can help you in making decisions or even endorse you to people that they know.


Your relatives are also your option. Try to get connected with them. If you have a good communication with them, there’s a good chance they’ll help you. But if you haven’t spoken to them in decades and suddenly you pop up just to ask a favor, and then be prepared of what they might say.


Your friends are also there to help. But sometimes they don’t take you seriously. So try to choose among your friends who are more likely to be of help to you.


Do not expect person you see from the streets whom you know are seafarers, to help you. They might suspect you’re a stalker.


Or approach a seafarer from an office and ask if they can pretend as your relative just to get an application. They may say you are swindling them.


When applying online don’t be pushy. Not all websites are made for job application. Try to check their about page before you send them your message.


Also, don’t expect too much from people that you just met. Remember that when you ask their favor, you are taking your chances and maybe it will not work as you planned.


Update your resume. Even if you’ve done the entire proper meet up with people, you must have a backup plan. You must consider trying to apply on your own. There are people who did that, why not you?


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What You Need To Know About Your Network

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

A strong network can build your credibility, establish your career, and promote your service.


When we talk about networks, the first thing that runs in our minds are those multi level marketing business. But network has different meaning in the concept that you’re reading here.


When you have a friend, and your friend knows a person that is also his friend, which happens to be the friend of your cousin that you later on found out is the nephew of the manager of the company you are working with; this can be described as an elaborate network or connection, isn’t it?


If you simplify it, any person you know that knows another person that connects back to you can be considered your network. Any person you don’t know, that can be connected back to you through your existing network are your potential connections.


It is the same principle that and Facebook is using in social media. For instance, in order for you to be connected to someone’s network in LinkedIn, someone must endorse you. Wherein, the same situation applies to real world.


There are plenty possibilities in your network. Your chances of getting introduced to your next career are increased, if you have a wide network of valuable people that surrounds you.


If you are using your network for parties and dating, you better start asking yourself, if they can help you in-case you need help with your job?


When Do You Start Building?


You have to start building your network as soon as possible.


Everyone has someone to connect with, so why not you?


1. Look at your connection in Facebook or LinkedIn page and observe how they are doing it. Follow their style. Check how they invite you. Always learn from others.


2. Build your network slowly. Build it with credibility in mind. It’s time to get serious and choose people in your network that makes sense, and adds value to your life.


That doesn’t mean you have to delete or block them out. You just want to minimize the distractions in your life. This time it is about you and your future, so plan it well.


3. Start with your friends network. Ask for an introduction. Contact them through LinkedIn, Facebook, or Email. Be polite and formal. Treat every conversation as if it’s your first and last chance to make a good impression.


4. Sometimes being yourself does not help. Be somebody that they want you to be. To your friends maybe you are not so serious, but to your professional network you are serious enough to be heard.


5. If professional people don’t give attention to what you are talking about, there is something wrong. It’s either you said it the wrong way, or what you said is just not interesting.


6. Check your phone book. Ask for an introduction from a friend to someone that can be a part of your network. You’ll find that there are lots of opportunities for you waiting to uncover.


What’s Next?


You can build your professional network as quickly as you think. You just have to be patient not to push them to hard. If they don’t answer back quickly, give them time.


Maybe they’re just busy or they haven’t checked your message yet. Don’t be a stalker. It might give a wrong impression. Remember: Patience is a Virtue.




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The 3 Most Important Features Your Resume Must Have

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Your resume is the front line in your battle to get hired. It must be created and polished very well in order to be sure that it serves its purpose.

Why would a hiring manager bother to read your resume anyway?

Your resume is an overview of who you are and the purpose of hiring you. It must arouse interest so you’ll get interviewed or include in their shortlist. But very few people use their resumes full potential.

You need to understand that when you create your resume, it must serve its purpose of giving you a chance to get hired. And to do that, there are certain characteristics that your resume should have.

Same like cooking your food, without adding any spices, the taste will be incomplete. The same goes in your resume. Without the basic requirements, it will not get the interest of the reader.


1. What Makes Your Resume Interesting?

Resumes are not enjoyable to read. They either have too much or to less information which often boring to read. But that’s what a resume should be, right? A list of information and history of the person.


What if there’s another way to make the resume interesting?


The first thing that comes in mind when writing a resume is the person reading it. Remember that they are hiring managers who are always busy and always finds an excuse to not read your resume.


The chance of your resume being read is 5-10% depending on how urgent they need the position you are applying. Or, how many applicants they have to screen on that same day.


You must find a way to capture their attention and hold it through your resume, in order to have a chance of being hired.


2. Tell a story.

The idea is to make the person reading it, get interested in meeting you and hiring you?


Why not tell a story. Everybody loves a story.


A typical resume has a picture and includes achievements of the person. But the truth is they go directly to the part that has the details of your certificates and the experiences. They don’t even look at the introduction and other group affiliation that you are with, they’re just not interested.


Making you resume interesting increases the chances that it will get read. Not only that you are letting them look into the more specific details of your resume but makes them more interested about you and include you in their short list.


3. Make it “Scannable”.

A typical resume is overly crowded with too much font design. You don’t even know where to find the information you are looking for. Using different font that is not neat just makes it very hard for the reader to scan through your resume.


Stick to the basic: 11pts or 12pts size of font, either Arial or Times New Roman is the way to go. Highlight only the important information you want to highlight and do not italicize your letter.


Make it formal and keep it short and simple. Better yet Keep It Sweet and Simple (KISS). This method of writing will make your resume more formal and easier to read. You can change headlines and sub-headlines font to make it bigger than the normal text.


Make your words count. Do not use complicated words on the information that you will provide in your resume. Include the most important information like the Certificates you have, including their issued and expiry date, in order for the hiring manager to decide immediately whether they’ll contact you or not.


Make sure you have all the possible ways to contact you (i.e.: email, landline number, mobile number, etc.) The problem that a hiring manager faces after scanning your resume is how to contact you.


Its either you give an email address you never open, you are using your sister’s mobile number, or worst you are giving the wrong country and area code of your landline phone. Make sure that whatever information you put in your resume is up to date and it’s your contact details.


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Working on heights is not that bad, if you know this important rule!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

We all have fears, but some of us has intense fear when doing certain jobs on the ship. Even an experienced A/B still feels the jitters when doing their job on the stages, that is hanged on a certain height.

We follow safety procedures to asses and reduce risks. It also includes the right equipments to use. But even if we follow all the right procedures, our ability to make choices is a great factor in deciding to follow the procedure, or divert from it. Remember that every action you make has a risk involved in it, so make sure it is the correct decision.

When do you say that your job is correct?


There are specific job on the ship; and working aloft is one of them. Many seafarers misunderstood this job, and most of the time overlooked safety just to finish the job properly.

We all looked at the easiest way to complete the job, in the expense of safety. Your main job is to be safe! Nothing is more important than that.

When do you say you are working aloft?

Some would say that when you are doing a job in the monkey island near the radars, that is working aloft. Other people says that painting a bulkhead while using a ladder is working aloft. While others would also say that if it is more than 6 feet and you need to climb, that is working aloft.

Regardless of how the officers on-board would interpret your SMS Manual; still the bottom line is DO YOUR JOB CORRECTLY & SAFELY.

Know the limitation of your work


There will be times that you will do certain risk assessment while doing the job. The purpose of the checklist and risk assessment prior doing the job is to make you aware of certain risk that may cause future accident and reduce that risk.

But you must also know that you should also make your own assessment of the scope of the job in order for you to know the additional risk involved, and your limitation in doing the job.

Safety doesn’t stop at the checklist you’ve completed, and the papers you’ve signed before doing your job. Safety is a continuous process until the job is completed. Knowing your limitations and the scope of your job makes you aware of the safety procedures you need to do in order to minimize risk.

Stay out of trouble, and make sure its documented


Working aloft can be performed safely if you know how to do it right. Here are some tips to start with:

  • Access the situation. Do a preliminary risk assessment on the scope of the job that you will do.
  • Check available tools. You must know the specific tools to use, and you must have it, otherwise you will be starting a job that you will not finish later.
  • Follow company procedures, checklists, and necessary working permit are done in order to document the job. It includes a documented risk assessment of the safety officer in order to prove that your job is correctly done.
  • Keep it simple. Only use tools that are necessary and never clutter your job with to much tools that later on complicates your job.
  • Keep it tight. Remember to tie up any ladders or stages that you will use and make sure that it is secured.
  • Don’t look down. This is a common rule to remember. Sometimes looking down makes you feel dizzy, specially if you are working on a certain height.
  • Don’t be a hero. If you have a doubt that you wont be able to do the job safely or you are afraid in doing the job because of certain phobias, admit it early before you become the casualty in the event of an accident.
  • Check personnel. If you are the team leader, do an assessment on your crew whether they are capable to do the job or not. Do not force anyone if you know they are not fit to do the job.
  • And finally HOLD TIGHT. You will probably do the job while the ship is moving. Remember to hold tight, and don’t let go.

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There are a lot of ways to be safe. The problem is, people want to make shortcuts. Remember that accidents comes from sloppy jobs. And when your making shortcuts, you tend to overlooked safety.

Keep safe on the ship and remember that your family is waiting for you when you go home.

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