If you have successfully passed the final interview with the recruiter, you are patiently waiting your Letter of Employment, a document essential for your C1/D visa.
Days are passing by, months perhaps, your letter is not in sight.
You’re calling your recruiting agent, which is in reality just a “hiring partner” of the company you’ll work for, only to get “Nothing yet, be patient, it’s probably on it’s way …”
The thing is – your mediator has no slightest clue of when the latter will come.
He/she only knows what company tell him, and, of course, company is going to call him only when they figure out they need somebody onboard as soon as possible.
Scenarios in which a candidate gets more than a week notice to start packing are becoming a thing of past.
Managing the crew rotation within the fleet of 20+ cruise ships is a tall order.
A Fleet Rotation Officer, as they call him, has to fit in myriad of variables, and place a new-hire in a worm bed of his predecessor even before he disembarks off the ship. In perfectly tuned rotation schedule, something will always happen too quickly to respond in a proper way; medical emergency, promotion, resignation, dismissal …
That’s why cruise line companies like recruiting partners who have candidates on stand by. It cost them nothing.
At the other hand, nobody likes to place his life on hold, and wait for the opportunity that might come soon, or only after many months of waiting.
Be prepared to travel at 1-2 days notice, but be also prepared to be simply told that a company has “shifted their recruiting policy”, and your services are no longer needed.
Dozens of candidates from Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia … have all of a sudden received rejection letter.
It seems that a good number of newly hired crew from those countries have tried to earn a buck by suing a company for whatever they could think of, lodging false claims in cooperation with local medical practitioners and bonus hunting ex-crew, familiar with ways to hurt a company.
Having only one tool in their tool box, a sledge hammer, cruise companies in question have not only stopped their recruitment activities in those countries, but axed those poor candidates that already had their joining date and name of the ship.
After passing rigorous recruitment process at no small price, after resigning their previous jobs, and placing their hope for the future in elusive cruise ship job at the other side of the world, BUM!
In eloquent words of their rejection letter:
Why was this decision made? As a result of business needs, the recruitment demands and strategy have shifted, and we must adjust accordingly.
It is not in any way a negative reflection on you, personally; it’s simply a business decision.
Here’s a poll I opened in 2009, asking successful candidates “How long do you wait for your Letter of Employment?”
It involves more than 7 recruiting agencies (hiring partners) in Europe and all cruise lines.
Click at the screenshot for a link to a more recent poll results.
Please contribute to a poll.
Tell us how long do you wait for your LOE.