ARTICLE OF THE WEEK: DO LOOKS MATTER?
Sun Mar 6 2011
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine
when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (Swiss-American psychiatrist and author)
are two questions I am often asked by prospective crewmembers: 'Do I need to be a blonde beauty with legs up to here?' or 'Do I need to be tall, dark and
handsome?' In essence, what both men and women are asking is 'Do looks
matter?' And in the world of luxury yachting, an environment that
the answer is yes, they do.
That is not to
say that a crewmember must have supermodel measurements or a
supermodel face to make it in this industry (trust me, in my yachting years I didn't
come across many supermodels who were desperate to
swap their lives as perpetual guests to pick a drinks tray and start serving the very
people they were once mingling with). In fact, rather than looks, when
I talk about appearance in relation to yachts, I am referring to
Certainly, there are different standards on
different yachts and, unfortunately, even in this day and age of
equal opportunity and non-prejudice there are captains and/ or yacht
owners that refuse to employ anyone that does not fit the stereotypical
standards of beauty. However, such discrimination is rare in the
industry, with the vast majority of yachts comprising a mix of
nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages.
In fact, if you take the time
to scan through an online database of advertised yacht positions such
as those posted on www.findacrew.net it very quickly becomes evident that
most make no mention at all of physical attributes. Rather, the
emphasis is on attitude, initiative and personality.
yachts are looking for crew that are genuinely enthusiastic (because
nothing breeds contempt like boredom) and almost all want a crewmember
that will make a concerted and conscientious effort to 'do the right
thing' because a positive mindset creates a positive environment.
So don't put too much emphasis on
how you look. Of course good personal hygiene, a flattering hairstyle,
appropriate clothing and an open smile will give you a confident glow (and I wholeheartedly recommend you present yourself in the
best light possible) but keep in mind that all that glitters is not
gold. Rather, if you hone your intuitive style and let your inner
strength and passion shine through you will not only make a great first
impression but a lasting one.
all, it is those crewmembers that have a real passion for the sea and
are eager to learn all they can about the industry and the countries
they visit and themselves and others who ultimately have the most
fulfilling experience onboard yachts. Hence, it is a win-win situation.
The yacht gains a valuable crewmember, and the crewmember gains an