If you are interested in becoming a first cook on cruise ships, there are several qualifications that cruise lines look for. First, you must have a degree form a culinary school. Next, you must have two to three years in a subordinate position on board a ship or in a hotel setting. Restaurant experience is more than sufficient as well.
The first cook is responsible for supervising second and third cooks. They also supervise bakers, pastry cooks, and provisions. The first cook works under the executive chef on cruise ships. Salary range for this position is $1,900-$2,200 per month depending on the size of the cruise line and opportunities for promotions are plentiful. First cooks on cruise ships also free travel to exciting destinations, free accommodations and meals, health insurance, and free air travel to and from the ship.
When you are ready to apply for a position, follow the next few steps to give yourself an advantage. If you have a specific cruise line in mind, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website first. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website and search around for job postings. Most cruise line websites have a career center or job postings page. If the cruise line lists job openings, be sure to follow the application procedure to the letter to avoid delays or flat out rejection.
If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site, send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise lines headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.
For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online. Please note that this website charges a fee. You can apply for a job on your own, free of charge, sign up with a placement agency, or use Cruise Ship Jobs’ service.