Just as an interviewer won’t appreciate evasive answers to
questions like “When did you accomplish this?” or “When did you
work at ABC Barge?”, a human resources manager is not going to
appreciate a resume that hides things about a time line.

Be direct about the responsibilities you held. For example, it’s good
to say,

Supervised three employees in the waterfront operations for a
municipal dock. This included a fuel dock, boat dock, boat
launching ramp, and concession stand. Established a schedule for
tank sounding that enabled town to reduce the number of fuel
deliveries during congested weekends. Created a preventive
maintenance for the tender that resulted in fewer breakdowns and
reduced maintenance costs. Designed an inventory system and
stock rotation system for the concession stand that reduced losses
and increased profits.

It’s not good to say,

Involved in the management of a municipal dock. There were
improvements made during my employment such as enhanced
maintenance for dock tender. Tank sounding methods were
implemented during the time that I worked.

The first passage is direct and specific. It asserts the things you did.
The second passage is vague and weak. It doesn’t come out and
say what you did. The first one says you supervised three people. It
lists your accomplishments. Its’ specific. It’s direct. The second one
sounds like you weren’t responsible for the improvements so you
don’t want to come out and take credit for them.

A resume is not the place to be modest. Always be polite. But don’t
be shy about listing your goods. It you can’t toot your horn on your
resume, where can you? A resume is your chance to let an
employer know how good you are and why they should call you in for
an interview.

Good luck.

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Port Engineer The port engineer oversees preventive maintenance
measures to ensure proper operation and longevity of a tugboat’s
most expensive mechanical asset, its machinery. The ideal
candidates are usually experienced diesel mechanics with marine
watchstanding experience. Some tug fleets will seek candidates
who have obtained factory certification for a particular powertrain,
such as Caterpillars, General Motors or EMD’s. In addition to marine
diesel engines, the more a port engineer knows about ship
systems, the better he or she will be at carrying out the job. This
includes ship’s electrical systems, sanitation systems, compressed
air, firefighting and other auxiliaries. Basic computer skills will
enhance abilities with spare parts inventory, carrying out preventive
maintenance timetable, maintaining oil analysis results, and
searching for trouble shooting resources on-line. Basic
mathematical skills are necessary in reading decimals and taking
measurements are necessary.

Dispatcher This is a shoreside position. The dispatcher is
responsible for assigning tugboats to jobs. The dispatcher needs to
understand the logistics of vessels traveling to and from a job,
understands which tugs and crews are best suited for which jobs,
and current weather and tide conditions for the waters in which the
tugs operate. A dispatcher understands the strengths and
limitations of all the boats in the fleets, including their horsepower,
crew experience, enhanced maneuvering capabilities.
Eastern Alaska
800 E. Dimond Blvd., Suite 3-227
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
Phone: (907) 271-6736

Western Alaska
2760 Sherwood Lane, Suite 2A
Juneau, Alaska 99801-8545
Phone: (907) 463-2458

Southern California - Arizona, Nevada, Utah
California Center
501 W.Ocean Blvd., Suite 6200
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 495-1480

Northern California
California Center
Oakland Federal Bldg., North Tower
1301 Clay Street, Room 180N
Oakland, CA 94612-5200
Phone: (510) 637-1124

433 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-4909
Phone: (808) 522-8264

Chesapeke Area - Maryland, Delaware, Virginia Area
Maryland Center
U.S. Customs House
40 South Gay Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-4022
Phone: (410) 962-5132

New England Area - Massachusetts, Rhode Island
New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine Area
Massachusetts Center
455 Commercial StreetBoston, MA 02109-1045
Phone: (617) 223-3040

Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin Area
Missouri Center
1222 Spruce Street, Suite 8.104E
St. Louis, MO 63103-2835
Phone: (314) 539-3091
United States Coast Guard - Marine Safety Office
Regional Exam Centers

Tri-State Area - New Jersey, New York City, Long Island,
Connecticut, Pennsylvania Area
New York Center
Battery Park Building
1 South Street
New York, NY 10004-1466
Phone: (212) 668-7492

West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Michigan Area
Ohio Center
420 Madison Ave., Suite 700
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: (419) 418-6010

Oregon, Idaho, Nevada Area
6767 N. Basin Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97217-3992
Phone: (503) 240-9346

Mid-Atlantic Area
Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina Area
South Carolina Center
196 Tradd Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401-1899
Phone: (843) 720-3250

Inland of Mid-Atlantic - Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee
Tennessee Center
200 Jefferson Ave., Suite 1302
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Phone: (901) 544-3297

South, Southwest Area - New Mexico, Oklahoma,
Arkansas Area
Texas Center
8876 Gulf Freeway, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77017-6595
Phone: (713) 948-3350

Idaho, Washington Area
Washington Center
915 Second Ave., Room 194
Seattle, WA 98174-1067
Phone: (206) 220-7327

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Tankerman The tankerman
carries out cargo loading and
discharging operations, spill
response, and duties
associated with tank entry.

QMED QMED, or qualified
member of the engine
department, carries out tasks
assigned by the chief or DDE
in the engine department.

Other requirements may
include STCW 95.

Cook, Chief Cook The cook
prepares food for the crew
and arranges for purchasing
of ship’s food stores

Steward, Chief Steward
Depending on the vessel, the
cook may be identified as

Trainee Entry level position
for working one’s way up
towards qualified deckhand
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The Resume

A resume is an important element of landing a tugboat job. But
before a human resource manager gets to meet you, likes the way
you speak, likes the fact that you have a 1600 ton license…you
have to get them to like the way you look on paper. It’s a shame
that so many resumes wind up being thrown away, or saved in file
cabinets forever.

Your resume is many things. A resume is your opportunity to get
someone to want to hire you. But your resume only has a short
period of time to do that. A resume is a place to list your licenses
and training. A resume is a place to list the associations to which
you belong. But busy managers and human resources people
see many resumes in the course of a day. This means they don’t
have a lot of patience for resumes that need hand holding.

If a resume has fundamental spelling errors and grammatical
errors, that might end a shot at employment with a great company
right from the start. A good resume should be well organized and
make information easy to find. Different experts say different
things about how long a resume should be. Well there are a lot of
opinions out there…and you know what they say about opinions.

Unless you need to include a list of research papers you wrote
about quantum physics, there’s no need for a resume to be ten
pages long. Keep it concise. A resume doesn’t have to be a
certain number of pages long. But if a resume succeeds in
providing all the meaningful information about a job candidate in a
nice organized and concise format, it’s more likely to be read than
a four page long resume.

A well-written resume should provide your personal information,
education, work history (or experience as it may be called on
some resumes), licenses, memberships in organizations, and
any personal information you may wish to provide. It should be
straightforward about time spans. Just as an interviewer won’t
appreciate evasive answers to questions like “When did you
accomplish this?” or “When did you work at ABC Barge?”, a
human resources manager is not going to appreciate a resume
that hides things about a time line.