Purser jobs are some of the most highly visible jobs on cruise ships. Purser’s have similar duties as front desk staff at hotels. They are on the front line and they represent cruise line policies and procedures. First purser’s staff responsibilities are around 50 percent administrative and 50 percent passenger relations. Administrative duties include handling official documents and dealing with financial matters. To become a first purser you must have hospitality experience (a degree in hospitality or hotel management is preferred), finance experience, and above average computer skills. In addition to a bachelor’s degree or higher in hospitality, hotel management or other related field, operations managers also look for experience working with a financial institution because first purser’s handle a large amount of money on a daily basis.
If you think you have what it takes to become a first purser, you can begin your job hunt by choosing several cruise lines you might be interested in. You may locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website by visiting the Ships and Cruises Directory. Once you have located the cruise line websites, visit the site 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, examine the requirements carefully. If you fit the bill, be sure to follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions are typically passed over in favor of those that do. 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.
Cruise Ship Job Perks
Cruise ship employees will enjoy more than free travel to exciting destinations. Cruise ship employees receive free accommodations and meals. They also receive a competitive salary, health insurance, and free air travel to and from the ship.