Dream job ahead with a decent income?
Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application
It's been a while since there was a guest blog writer on this blog, but here is a new read about; how to land your "Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application"!
Andreas Ott took his PADI IDC back in April 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand with me in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. Together with five other candidates he took and succeeded in his goal to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Life after the PADI IDC took him on an interesting ride through South East Asia and he is now in a next phase of his dive career, after having been among other a cruise director in Indonesia.
We have kind of stayed in touch after his IDC and here he is, with a guest blog post on how to land your "Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application".
"Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application".
Have you been struggling to find your dive jobs? Are you even on a hunt for your very first dive job ever?
For me, after becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor opportunities seemed to be far away because the competition was huge. I learned a range of very useful tricks from other dive pros and dive shop owners on how to get a great dive job.
Over the last years, I managed to work as a divemaster, dive instructor, retail seller, liveaboard cruise director and marketing manager.
Today I share with you some tips on how to create a good impression that helps you to stick out and land your dream job in the diving industry. But first I have a few tips on how to make a little extra money on the side.
Komodo National Park
A divemaster needs some extra cash
I loved it as a divemaster for two seasons. Most of the time on a liveaboard, diving, guiding, Fish-ID with guests, some briefings and the parties after each trip. Can somebody ask for anything more?
Yes, a decent income. As a divemaster, I did not have that.
Tip #1 Sell stuff
We need to face it. We are in the sales industry. Did somebody tell you to become a dive professional and live from the love for the ocean? Well, good luck filling your fridge.
I learned over time and with some experience from other dive pros how to create a decent pocket money on the side while working as a divemaster or instructor. There are different ways how to do this.
• Support a local business and offer their artisan products to your diving guests
• Create your own dive tribe and get commission for bringing your guests to the dive shop
• Offer dive courses to guests
• Offer dive equipment to guests
First instructor gig
After two seasons as a divemaster, I became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with Camille in Thailand.
Then I moved to Cairns in Australia right at the Great Barrier Reef.
Of course, I struggled to find my first job as an instructor. I did not even get an answer from a few dive shops. It was frustrating.
Then I got a tip from an old dive buddy from my time as divemaster:
Tip #2 Find more available dive jobs
By checking more websites showing available jobs I was able to find more opportunities.
I checked more websites for available positions. Now you can find a list of links of the most popular websites in his Facebook group
. Make sure you check different platforms since some dive companies only publish on very few websites.
Take your time reading job descriptions thoroughly. 'Read between the lines’.
Tip #3 Sort out your CV
Everybody has what I had at that time. I needed to stick out of all the other applicants. How?
I wanted to know from the employers what they need from their potential staff. I started to understand better what is important for employers after talking to a range of dive shop owners.
After I got my CV sorted out I landed my first employment. I was the junior instructor at one of the largest certifying companies in the world. Legitimate Visa and work permit, good pay and a fantastic team. It felt wonderful after starting off with a tough struggle.
Sunset at the Great Barrier Reef
Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Boat Scubapro from ProDive Cairns
Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Deck of ScubaPro
After almost one year in Australia, I wanted to get a job on land for a dive operator and go diving occasionally. It had been almost three years on boats and I missed on-land life.
A luxury liveaboard company in the Komodo National Park of Indonesia was looking for a marketing manager with liveaboard experience.
I did not have personal connections in this part of the world but this time I knew
• Where to find jobs
• How to prepare a good CV
Tip #4 Prepare for the job interview
I got invited for a job interview which made me feel really excited. I had not much time to practice so I asked my friends how to prepare a job interview well.
I have put together some tips on how to be ready for a job interview via internet phone call:
• Good internet connection
• Paper and pen
• Fully charged battery of laptop or phone
• Optimally plugged into a wall socket - a phone is empty quickly
• The job-ad to refer to it
• The website of the dive shop open on your computer or phone
• As much info as you can find about the company via internet or friends
• Silent environment
• Not look like you come back from a three-day full moon party
• Good light so they can see
Preparing for the job interview
The job interview went well and I got the job!
For almost one year I was in Indonesia, living in Bali and every eight weeks on a plane to Komodo. I got trained to the dive sites, the twelve crew, the language, logistics, boat accounting and the service level.
It was a very challenging year but I am really happy and grateful I have this work experience.
From the other perspective
When I was in the manager position I was the one reading many applications from diving professionals seeking for employment.
The time pressure is high in an office environment. As a rule of thumb, your CV gets scanned 30 seconds before it gets trashed. Maybe one minute if you are lucky. I think there are very capable people out there. But guys. Put good effort into your job application.
It turned out that a high number of applications do not have the most important info easy to find. If this most important info can not be found easily the application moves into the trash. Therefor check this free CV check list.
Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Andreas at Komodo National Park
Get your job application in shape and present yourself professionally with a great attitude, professional training and motivation. You will get access to an amazing lifestyle.
The PADI Instructor Development Course has been a door opener for me. It was a gateway to a new path I did not even dream of before. I can strongly recommend taking the leap.
I am grateful for all the experiences I made on my journey as a dive professional.
Written by Andreas Ott
Labels: Diving, Guest Blog Writer, IDC