Placement Overview

The placement process conducted by SAMS for any job involves a number of different stages, as follows:

  1. Initial job evaluation and production of a relevant job/person profile or description by which candidates can be assessed for suitability.
  2. Sourcing or attraction of potential candidates by various means in campus
  3. Screening of initial applicants using a variety of methods (eg, review of CVs, comparison of academic or professional qualifications held, pre-interview by telephone etc) to shortlist the most likely potential candidates.
  4. Selection of the best candidate from those shortlisted by utilising one or more selection techniques (eg, formal interview, psychometric testing, written exercises, group exercises etc).
  5. Effective induction of the successful candidate into the new role to ensure successful integration within the organisation and quicker operational deployment.

To increase the chances of successfully negotiating the recruitment process, candidates must ensure that they apply their best efforts at each stage of the process, such as fully completing application forms, producing effective CVs and preparing thoroughly for interview.

CVs, Letters and Application Forms

These self promotion tools are the first thing an employer sees about you. If they are uninspiring and difficult to read, what will an employer conclude about you?

The main purpose of a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume is to persuade an employer that you have the skills and abilities they require, and get them to offer you a job interview.

A well written and presented CV or resume is therefore an essential part of the job seeking process. Your CV needs to offer a concise summary of your qualifications, competencies, experience and skillset. Try to limit your CV to two A4 pages and have it available in both print and electronic formats.

Preparing your CV

  • Target your CV towards the job you are applying for
  • Always check your spelling and grammar
  • Use a straightforward font and keep the formatting simple

What to include:

  • All relevant academic/professional qualifications and associated work experience
  • Any previous boating or outdoor activity experience (eg, dinghy sailing, windsurfing)
  • Any spoken languages
  • Any practical skills (eg, mechanical, electronic, woodwork etc)
  • Evidence of your customer service experience work
  • Mention your IT and office skills, such as bookkeeping

Top tips

  • Provide letters of reference which endorse your character and capabilities
  • Keep several copies of your licences and certificates
  • Keep your job application documents in waterproof folders


  • Write in a clear, professional and positive style
  • Keep your CV to two sides of A4 and covering letter to one side of A4
  • Keep a hard copy of both
  • Use keywords that show you match the position requirements
  • Put your most relevant skills at the beginning of your CV

Do not…

  • Send an impersonal mailshot
  • Email CVs in a format which may be incompatible with an employer's software
  • Use jargon or abbreviations
  • Use dense blocks of text, large blank spaces, lots of different fonts
  • Forget to check spelling and grammar

Most jobs require you to complete an application form. However, employers regularly tell us that they bin hundreds of applications due to:

  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • Not completing all the sections
  • Providing opinion rather than evidence

Interview Guidance

Competent and confident

Companies and recruitment agencies are looking for energetic, motivated and highly organised people who work well as part of a professional team. So the interview is where you get the chance to market yourself, demonstrate your value and explain you are the ideal candidate for the job.

Getting through the job interview process successfully requires preparation and planning.

Do your homework

Find out as much as you can about the post, employer and the industry. If you have been selected by an consultants, they should be able to offer you information and guidance. Don't be afraid to ask.

First impressions count

Dress smartly and appropriately for the post you are applying for. If you are not sure, ask the agency. And be punctual.

Be prepared

Have copies of your documentation with you, including an up to date CV, copies of your certificates and licences and letters of recommendation.


Psychometric Tests

What are psychometric tests?

Psychometric tests can be used as part of the recruitment and selection process by employers to assess your ability in specific skills (eg, verbal, numerical and diagrammetical reasoning) or to find out about your personal qualities by using personality questionnaires.

Ability or aptitude tests

Practising tests can be helpful, to familiarise yourself with the types of questions as well as getting feedback on your performance.

Personality questionnaires

Personality questionnaires assess different aspects of your personality, and they explore the way you react in different situations. There are no right or wrong answers, and they are not usually timed. They are used to see whether you would 'fit in' with the culture of the organisation and suit the role applied for. You should answer questions honestly and not try to second-guess what the employer is looking for.

SAMS Placement Partners

With many maritime sectors currently suffering from a shortage of trained and/or certificated seafaring personnel, there is significant demand for the services of well-trained and professional staff.

To help our students and delegates access the best possible job opportunities, SAMS Maritime Academy works with a range of reputable maritime companies, recruitment partners and agencies.

Our Recruitment Partners

SAMS Maritime Academy maintains an up-to-date list of sponsoring organisations and companies who recruit Indian nationals as navigation, marine engineer and marine electro-technical officer cadets.

Sponsoring organisations and companies Direct links to the appropriate recruitment pages of these scholarship organisations, shipping companies and training management organisations are as follows:

Scholarship Organisations:

  • Prem Punita Foundation


Shipping Companies and Organisations