Because of frequent high turnover in the retail industry, a large number of gift shop manager jobs on cruise ships become available available each season. So if you’re qualified to work in this career field and you like to travel, you might have a good chance of securing a position on a cruise ship.
Gift shop managers on cruise ships manage all gift shop operations including accounting, scheduling, hiring and training new employees, customer service, and sales. Gift shop managers may also be responsible for marketing. On some cruise ships, gift shop managers assist with buying and inventory duties.
The gift shop manager supervises the assistant gift shop manager, shop assistants, and sales associates. It is the gift shop managers responsibility to make sure day to day operations run smoothly. This means, the manager typically works full-time+, including evenings and weekends. These positions typically pay anywhere from $2,500-$3,100 per month. Gift shop managers can expect to receive a health insurance package, free accommodations, free travel to and from the ship, free meals, and discounts on merchandise.
To become a gift shop manager, you must have a high school diploma, 3-5 years of experience as a manager, and you must enjoy working with people. Many cruise ships will also require a background and drug test before offering you a position.
To apply for a gift shop manager job on a cruise ship, you can begin by selecting several cruise lines of interest. Locate the cruise lines’ official website by visiting 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-posting page. If the cruise line lists job openings, be sure to follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions may be rejected without further review.
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 line 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 may 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.