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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
We are an International Crewing company
providing Crew Services throughout the
Caribbean and are seeking seafarers for
We are looking for seafarers preferably with International STCW '95 qualifications to
submit their resume with us. Our current operations in Trinidad require:
• Captains with any of the following:
o Certificates of Competency to operate vessels 500 GT or more as well as
o STCW II / 3 (Boat Master I) or Boat Master II qualification
o Launch Captains License or Boat Master 3
Tug handling experience in berthing and un-berthing operations, as well as
experience handling ASD Tug will be an asset.
Engineers with any of the following:
o Certificate of Competence with ratings of 3000KW or more
o Motorman Certification
o STCW III /3 (Boat Engineer 1) qualification
o Launch Engineer license or Boat Engineer 2
Deck crew with any of the following:
o AB Ticket (Cat I)
o Efficient Deck Hand Certificate (Cat II)
o Experienced Cooks with Rating Cat III
Please submit resumes and copies of all Licenses and STCW '95 safety
certificates to the following e-mail address:
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Caribbean Crewing & Manning Service Limited
c/o Gulf Shipping Limited
P.O. Box 8
Port of Spain
While we appreciate every response, only applications with all requisite
documents will be responded to.
The question of, "What do you
know about us?" is asked to gauge
your real interest in the job and the
This is often one of the first questions
asked in a job interview, and if you fail
to have a good answer to this question,
the interview is effectively over.
So, smart job seekers are well pre-
pared for this question to demonstrate
that they really are interested - they
didn t just hit a random "apply" button
on a job board.
So, What Do You
Know About Them?
If you don t know much about them,
the assumption will be made that really
you aren t very interested in the job.
Because, if you really were interested,
you would know enough about the
company to answer this question well.
Preparation is in two parts:
1. Be prepared by
Researching the employer is a very
smart thing to do for a number of rea-
sons. Research will help you answer
It will also help you avoid bad
employers, and it will help you have
good questions ready when you are
asked, "Do You Have Any Questions?"
Find out all you can. First, read that
job description sentence-by-sentence
to be sure you understand what they
seem to be looking for. Then,
• Examine the employer s website:
About Us, Mission, Products (or Serv-
ices), People, etc.
• Google the employer s name to see
what you discover.
• Look for a LinkedIn Company Profile
where you can examine the profiles
of employees you may be connected
• If it s a publicly-traded company, law
requires an annual report to be pub-
lished, so check AnnualReports.com
which will be full of facts on sales,
profits, key executives, locations, and
2. Make notes about
what you find.
List key facts about the organisation
• What they do.
• Their products or services, pay par-
ticular attention to the names of those
products and services.
• The key employees.
• General size - small, medium, or
large, both in terms of revenue as
well as number of employees.
• Their locations (if they have more
Also, make note of anything related
to the job you are seeking that raises
questions for you. Is that part of the
organization growing or declining? Do
you see anything that is particularly
interesting to you -- maybe you are a
long-time user of one of their products
or you know a key employee of one of
Add that to your notes, too, but be
very careful of negatives (like you hate
one of their products).
3. Practice answering
As you prepare, practice tying your
answer to benefits for them of hiring
Assuming that these connections
or accomplishments are relevant to
the job you are seeking, you could
say something like these examples.
For a job with a company that pro-
vides information technology software
to the local healthcare industry, a job
candidate could answer --
"I see that your company has been
in business for over thirty years, with
an excellent reputation for reliable
employee records management soft-
ware, specializing in systems which
can handle both unionized and non-
union employees effectively.
"Your clients range from small
practices to the major healthcare
providers in the country, and also
include assisted living residences and
nursing homes. I m very interested
in learning more about the mobile
apps you have developed to support
collecting data from home healthcare
suppliers because the need to track
those workers will only increase in
Or, a job candidate could provide
this answer when interviewing for a
job with an accounting firm --
"This accounting firm was started
in 1990 by Jane Whatever and Robin
Example to provide auditing and cor-
porate reporting services as well as
Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulatory
compliance and reporting.
"Your firm now has over 300
employees as well an excellent rep-
utation. Your clients include the top
companies in this state. You have
offices in the three largest cities in
the state, and you seem to be con-
"And, I read a recent article by Jane
Whatever in Important Website about
the results of your research into effec-
tively reporting accurate data via mobile
Don t exaggerate or over-do the com-
pliments. Demonstrate that you have
done enough research to know that you
are truly interested in working for the
organization, but avoid seeming like a
stalker -- e.g., don t track down where
people live or mention what cars they
drive (even if you are a big fan of that
location or car).
By making getting hired your job and
putting in the time to prepare, you can
successfully and confidently answer an
employer when they ask, "Why should
we hire you?" Go get em!
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