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How to get a job aboard a superyacht

It can be difficult to know how to get a job aboard a superyacht if you’ve never been involved in the yachting world, however, once you’re in, the benefits of such a job are endless. Working with a fantastic team, who become like your family, travelling to and staying in some of the most mind-blowingly beautiful places in the world, and let’s be honest, the incredible pay! Here are our top tips to help you achieve your dreams of working aboard a superyacht.

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What experience is needed?

To become a Yacht Stewardess, any good hospitality experience will help your CV, preferably 5-star experience within a service role, or a position doing housekeeping. Doing a ski season is also a fantastic way to gain the transferable skills needed for work aboard a superyacht.

To become a deckhand, any practical skills, painting, sanding, varnishing, carpentry for example will help you get your first yacht position. Diving and water sports experience will also look good on your CV.

To become a yacht chef, fine dining or 5-star restaurant experience is valued highly.

What qualities are needed?

There are some core ideal characteristics of someone wanting to become yacht crew. These include being well presented, being a hard worker, enjoying taking care of appearance, and being fit and healthy, as you’ll need to be able to keep up with the extremely active role on board.

Sailing Yacht

What qualifications are needed?

All members of yacht staff need to have an STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers) Certificate. In order to gain this qualification, you must do a 5-day course which costs approximately £800 – £1000. You must also get an ENG1 Certificate from your local GP, this is a free, seafarer medical fitness certificate.

Deckhand positions regularly require a Powerboat Level 2 certificate, and any other courses you can additionally do will really help your CV stand out.

Yacht Chef roles are primarily based on experience, rather than qualifications, however you might want to consider doing the Ship’s Cook Certificate to progress your career once you’ve had some time at sea, as you’ll need this on commercial vessels or for boats that run with more than 10 crew.

How to write a great yacht CV

Your CV is a fantastic way to let people know how skilled and experienced you are and is often the first impression you can make on yacht crew or yacht recruiters. Follow these simple tips to make sure your CV really sells you well:

• Keep everything on your CV short and concise.

• Add a picture! This is really important as this is the first thing they’ll look for.

• Add the right kind of photo. A good head and shoulders shot, preferably in a polo shirt or smart attire, against a plain, or is possible, a nautical backdrop. This is the captain’s first impression of you – a selfie on your last night out isn’t suitable.

• Keep it to within two pages, no longer.

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What next?

Once you have all the necessary certificates, the best thing to do is to get down to a yacht hub, e.g. Majorca, Antibes, Fort Lauderdale and NETWORK! Book yourself in to stay in a crew house (similar to a hostel, but filled with aspiring yachies), many are run by former yacht crew who have lots of experience in the industry and will have the contacts to help you out, providing you make a good impression. Crew houses are great places to find contacts, get started, and to get advice on your CV.

While there, be friendly and socialise with everyone and mingle in the local bars, you never know who you’ll run into. If you meet a captain, however, don’t be too bold as to ask for a job straight away as they’ll have had that many times that evening already, instead focus on making a good impression by being polite and keen to learn about the industry.

Dock walking

Dock walking is where you walk up and down the docks and marinas handing out CVs, trying to meet the crews and captains in the hope of securing some day-work, it is one of the best ways how to get a job aboard a superyacht. Here are our top tips to succeeding at dock walking:

• Dress smart, and ready to work. A plain polo and smart chino-style shorts will make you look professional and ready to go

• Keep your make-up and hair simple, and don’t forget the sun lotion!

• Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking for miles each day

• I know it’s tempting to skateboard to the docks but leave your board at home! Skateboards are not favoured among yacht crew and will get you started on the wrong foot

• Take a lot of printed CVs with you, you need these to hand out to many boats

• Arrive around 8 am, at this time you’ll catch someone putting up the flag on their yacht and you’ll be able to approach them easily and explain you’re looking for day work, and ask if they are in need that day

• You’ll have much better luck if you can approach a boat alone, your friends are your direct competition while out dock walking

• Don’t ring a boat’s buzzer (doorbell), as you never know if the boss might be on board. Boats will have really tight turnarounds, and if the buzzer rings 50 times a day, they’ll get annoyed with you. If you can politely catch the attention of someone onboard, this is the best way to approach them

• Some larger boats will have trays where you can leave your CV, use these

• If you’re really keen, try going dock walking later on in the day too, you might catch people having a beer after work on the dock. This is a great time to approach them as they’re less busy and it’ll be much easier to strike up an informal conversation to ask for future work

• Be polite to everyone you meet, it’s a very small industry so you’ll never know who you may meet again down the line

• Be patient and keep trying, day after day. There will be thousands of people in the same boat as you (pardon the pun!), so you have to do your best to stay professional and do your best to stand out

• Be prepared for rejection, you’ll get 100s of no’s, sometimes for weeks on end. The yachting world is a very difficult industry to break into, however, once you’ve got some good experience you’ll be all set for a fantastic career on the seas.

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Day work

When on board listen well, learn as much as you can, and always listen to instructions. The boats you’ll be looking after are extremely expensive, so your little mistake could cost thousands, and will prompt a very awkward conversation with the captain and owner, so stay switched on at all times, as references are invaluable in the yachting industry. Sometimes that first day-work position can turn into a seasonal or permanent position if you make the right impression!

Once you have a season’s experience, you can then approach recruitment agencies, such as us, Silver Swan Recruitment, and we’ll be able to find you your next seasonal position. Click here to see our current yacht roles available.

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Interview with an Estate /House Manager

Silver Swan Recruitment recruits for a number of private households and estates worldwide. The private household industry can offer a very rewarding and lucrative career and can provide the opportunity to travel the world. Working in a private household can often be challenging as no two days are ever the same, however, this variety helps to make roles really enjoyable. You become an integral part of the family and are relied on heavily to keep the household running smoothly. To give us a little more insight into the working world of Private Households, we have interviewed an extremely experienced Estate/House Manager to better explain what it’s like to work in such a prestigious role.





Russell Orford has most recently worked as an Estate/House Manager for a UHNW client based in London. He oversaw the running of their 5 homes worldwide – 2 based in London, 3 overseas.


How did you start working in Private Households?

I spent 12 years in the Army in the Scots Guards, wearing the red tunic and Bearskin Cap. This gave me a large number of skills which were incredibly useful and transferable to the world of Private Households. When I left, I helped a friend of a friend with their maternity cover managing a house for a Titled Couple in Chelsea. I loved the variety of the work, and coming from the Army, I thrived on doing a good job and making things perfect.

I had a brief dabble in ex-military recruitment which really helped me understand where my skillset was, but most importantly how the job market works. The benefit of a good, tailored CV and understanding what good recruiters can offer you, both as a client and a candidate.

I then landed the job which started everything for me, managing a very large house, for an UHNW businessman with bordering OCD tendencies. The standards were incredibly high and he was extremely demanding – not unreasonable, but everything was either perfect, or it was wrong.

In your experience, does the role of Estate/House Manager differ among households?

I think the role of Estate or House Manager covers such a wide range of responsibilities that it can only ever be different due to different requirements. Some require cooking, some a little housekeeping, others need a real hands-on approach, while others want a more set back managerial style.

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What is your typical day?

There is no such thing! I have my standard things which I would do on a daily basis, checking the whole house, fixing the dressing room (resetting all the hangers, to be equally spaced etc). I would also make time to speak to all the staff every day, to ensure they were happy, knew what they were doing, and also felt connected and supported.

When it comes to my workload, I would class it as a good day if I got to complete 50% of the work I planned to do that day. There are always changes, always problems to fix and last minute immediate tasks given by the Principal.

What challenges do you face on a day to day basis?

The biggest challenge I find is staff disagreements. As in every workplace, there can be disagreements between staff members, and this will always come down to you as an Estate/House Manager to fix. Just yesterday I had two housekeepers in two different properties have a row, and both handed in their notice before 0900. Not my favourite morning, but after some listening and talking they are now both staying!

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What do you find most enjoyable in your role?

I love doing a good job, and fixing problems, whether it’s staffing, technical, logistical or sourcing hard to find items. I don’t look for praise, but am very pleased when there is no criticism – if there is nothing wrong, then everything is right! (I have been pulled up for the length of the wicks on candles which have already been burning for an hour!).

What do you think makes a good House/Estate Manager?

The ability to adapt to anything, listen to everybody but make your own decisions, hear everything and say nothing. You must be there first, but put yourself last, behind not only your Principal but also every other member of your staff. It is an amazing privilege to be in the position to work in the incredible houses we are allowed to serve in and to manage a team of people whose sole aim is to make someone’s life better. It’s not always easy, but when you get it right, it’s perfect.

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Fancy working in a Private Household?

If you have some good hospitality experience and feel you have the right personality traits to suit working in a private home or estate then please get in touch and we will help you either find a new opportunity or secure your first role within a private estate.

Browse our current vacancies here and click here to get in touch.

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What Is A DBS, Do You Need It & How Do You Get One?

If you are working within the Private Household industry you will most likely have come across DBS checks or CRB checks at some point. It is becoming increasingly more common for families to request a full criminal record check be carried out prior to having new members of staff join their households.

What is a DBS Check?

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, once known as the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, is becoming more and more important when working within the Private Household industry. Majority of positions will request all candidates to have a valid DBS certificate before starting in the role. The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. There are 3 tiers of DBS Checks available:

  • Basic DBS – the lowest level of disclosure which checks the Police National Computer for details of all current criminal convictions. Often used to support an immigration application, to vet prospective tenants or to volunteer.
  • Standard DBS – covers those working in other occupations to children, vulnerable adults and the elderly but where they need to be of ‘good character’ and not have a criminal record. This could include someone applying to be employed as an accountant, working in a pharmacy or legal practice, someone applying for a firearms license or a senior manager at a bank or financial services organisation. Organisations employing someone in this sort of position want to assure themselves that the people they are considering haven’t got a lengthy criminal record for dishonesty, drugs offences or violent crimes.
  • Enhances DBS – the highest level of disclosure required for those positions that can involve caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. An Enhanced CRB will show the following offences: sexual, violence, the supply of drugs and safeguarding.

Who Needs a DBS Check?

If there is ever a safeguarding issue within your household or organisation and the people working or volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults have not been adequately checked, you could be held legally liable. To prevent this possibility SAFE advises standard or enhanced DBS checks are conducted on all eligible staff and volunteers within your home or organisation. 

How to Apply for a DBS Check

 Most recruitment agencies will be able to apply for a DBS Check on your behalf as part of your application process. If you are not working with a recruitment agency then you can apply for a Basic DBS Check yourself, only an organisation is able to apply for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check –all checks can be applied using this ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.

How Long Will a DBS Check Take?

You should normally receive a copy of your DBS Check with FOUR WEEKS, however, do be aware that at certain times of the year, the DBS has a backlog of applications to process which may cause a delay in their response. Enhanced checks may take longer.

How Long Does a DBS Last?

A DBS has no official expiry date however SAFE recommends that all DBS checks be renewed at least once every 3 years or sooner if there has been a significant gap in employment.

How Much Does a DBS Cost?

Basic DBS – £45.99

Standard DBS – £55.99

Enhanced DBS – £68. 99

What do you Need for a DBS Check?

You must provide a range of ID documents as part of the DBS check application process. There are 3 routes of ID checking:

ROUTE 1 – All applicants must initially be considered for route one.

  • 1 document from group 1 (refer to the list of valid identity documents below); and
  • 2 further documents from group 1, 2a or 2b

At least 1 of the 3 documents above must show the applicant’s current address.

ROUTE 2 – 3 documents from group 2 consisting of;

  • 1 document from group 2a; and
  • 2 further documents from group 2a or 2b; one of which must verify their current address

ROUTE 3 – Birth Certificate (UK & Channel Islands) AND 4 further documents from group 2 consisting of;

  • 1 document from group 2a; and
  • 3 further documents from group 2a or 2b; one of which must verify their current address.

DBS List of Acceptable Identification:

Group 1: Primary Trusted Identity Credentials

  • Current valid passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (UK)
  • Current driving licence (UK), full or provisional. Photo card only for Isle of Man/Channel Islands licences, which should be presented with the associated counterpart licence (except Jersey)
  • Birth certificate (UK and Channel Islands), issued at the time of birth. The full and short forms are both acceptable, including those issued by UK authorities overseas, eg Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces (photocopies are not acceptable).

Group 2a: Trusted Government/State Issued Documents

  • Current UK driving licence (old style paper version)
  • Current non-UK photo driving licence (valid for up to 12 months from the date you entered the UK)
  • Birth certificate (UK and Channel Islands) issued after the time of birth by the General Register Office/relevant authority (photocopies are not acceptable)
  • Marriage/civil partnership certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Adoption Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • HM Forces ID card (UK)
  • Firearms Licence (UK and Channel Islands)

Group 2b: Financial/Social History Documents

  • Mortgage statement (UK or EEA – non-EEA statements are not acceptable)
  • Bank/building society statement (UK and Channel Islands or EEA – non-EEA statements are not acceptable)
  • Bank/building society account opening confirmation letter (UK)
  • Credit card statement (UK or EEA – non-EEA statements are not acceptable)
  • Financial statement, eg pension, endowment, ISA (UK)
  • P45/P60 statement (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Council Tax statement (UK and Channel Islands).
  • Work Permit/Visa (UK – UK Residence Permit, valid up to expiry date)
  • Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider (non-UK/non-EEA only – valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application)
  • Utility bill (UK), not including a mobile telephone bill
  • Benefits statement, eg Child Allowance, Pension
  • A document from central/local government authority or agency giving entitlement, eg from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HM Revenue and Customs, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security (UK and Channel Islands)
  • EU National ID Card.
  • Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo (UK and Channel Islands)

Silver Swan Recruitment has a whole range of Private Household Jobs currently available and we are able to apply for your Enhanced DBS Check as part of your application process. Simply get in touch to discuss further.

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7 Best Ski Resorts in France

As a recruitment agency that places incredible staff in luxury chalets all over the french alps, we’ve spent our fair share of time enjoying the best ski resorts France has to offer, here are our top 7.

Val d’Isère

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Good for: varied and challenging off-piste skiing.
Best activity: Helicopter tours or heliskiing.
Best place to eat: L’Atelier d’Edmond, a pricey but incredible fine dining restaurant with an outstanding menu.


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Good for: Novice skiers, and British speaking kids ski schools.
Best activity: Relaxing in the Aquamotion Spa and Pool while the kids enjoy the fun water play area, indoor surfing or climbing wall.
Best place to eat: Azimut – an incredible fine dining restaurant with a Michelin star, open from Dec-May.


folie douce meribel

Good for: Partying and all-round skiing.
Best activity: Après Ski at La Folie Douce then onto the Rond Point (The Ronny) for more dancing.
Best place to eat: Tsaretta, an incredible and affordable Indian restaurant.

Val Thorens

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Good for: excellent snow conditions all season round.
Best activity: La Tyrolienne, the world’s highest zip line spanning over 1300 m connecting Orelle and Val-Thorens, taking 1min 45 to cross.
Best place to eat: Au Mazot, a quaint, affordable restaurant which serves local dishes in a friendly setting with fantastic vegetarian options.

Les Arcs

fat biking in les arcs

Good for: Boarders and intermediate/advanced skiers.
Best activity: Fat Biking, available to hire from Twinner in Plan Peisey. Hire for a half a day is €35, and a full day is €60.
Best place to eat: L’effet Boeuf – an affordable vegetarian-friendly steakhouse.

La Plagne

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Good for: Lower to intermediate skiers and boarders and families.
Best activity: Visiting The Ice Grotto at the top of the Plagne Bellecote glacier. Filled with beautiful ice sculptures it is a fun and beautiful experience for everyone.
Best place to eat: Le Ti & Yu, a busy little pizzeria is a perfect spot for quick, easy and incredibly tasty food for on the go. A firm favourite amongst locals.


mer de glace train chamonix

Good for: Advanced boarders and skiers.
Best activity: The Montenvers – Mer de Glace train. Enjoy history and glaciology by hopping on board the famous little red railway train which climbs the mountainside running through the forest before arriving at the stunning panorama at the foot of the famous Mer de Glace glacier.
Best place to eat: Le Vert Hotel Restaurant, a gem by the lake serving contemporary dishes, including an incredible Sunday roast with fantastic views of Mont Blanc from the Bar.

We regularly recruit hospitality staff for luxury ski chalets all over Europe, click here to see all our fantastic ski season positions in France.

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10 tips to secure your dream job – part 2

Here at Silver Swan Recruitment we’ve seen and heard it all when it comes to looking for a job, and we wanted to give back to help everyone learn from the mistakes of the few. Due to the popularity of our first blog post filled with little nuggets of advice, we have created this second compendium of our next top ten job hunting tips so far.

Start your CV with your most recent experience

This is a common mistake we often see, and a very easy one to remedy. Check your CV today to make sure it paints you in the most impressive light.

start your CV with your most recent experience

Take advantage of social media

Social media is a fantastic tool to find a new job and to get your name out there. Join local FB groups which advertise jobs in your industry, be proactive and connect with recruiters online, search jobs on LinkedIn, follow your dream employers on Twitter… Nowadays not only is it your experience that will land you your dream role, it’s also who you know, and how fast you apply for the roles. Social media is an incredible tool to help you find and get your next job, make sure you take full advantage of it!

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Get an answer machine message

When applying for jobs it’s really important to set up an answer machine message, especially if you can’t regularly check your phone or answer it while at work. In the hospitality industry where everything moves so quickly, if we regularly can’t get through to someone, we will stop calling as the job will be gone by the time we can finally get through. Setting up an answer machine message will help you stay in the loop and will help you secure your dream role even quicker.

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Don’t apply for a couples role if you’ve got no one to apply with

If a job posting is looking for a couple, it’s usually because they only have a double room for staff accommodation, or are looking for two people who have worked and lived together previously. If you are looking for a job on your own, we recommend against applying for couples’ roles as it can paint you in a poor light to the recruiter. Instead, focus your energy on nailing the application for the perfect role for you.

don't apply for a couples role if you're alone

Get a ‘PG’ Skype name before your video interview

This is a fairly self-explanatory one, but trust us, if you’re even slightly embarrassed by that skype address you created when you were 16, it’s likely a clear indication that it is time to change it.

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Send your CV in the language of the agent

Always remember to not only tailor your resume towards role but also towards the agency.

send your cv in the language of the agent

Don’t get your mum to call us

This is a simple one, if you’re the one applying for a job, contact the recruiter yourself. This goes for both parents and spouses.

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Warn your references to expect a call

If you’ve applied for a new role, make sure you let your references know. If they’re expecting a call, they’ll know to answer their phone if an unknown number comes up, and will have the time to prepare a glowing reference in their head ahead of the recruiter getting in touch.

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Only show a maximum of 15 years’ experience on your CV

When writing your CV, only include the last 15years’ experience. Keep your CV simple, to the point, and geared towards the job you’re applying for. It will make your CV easier to read, and more appealing to a recruiter.

Only show a maximum of 15 years' experience on your CV

Follow the instructions on a job posting

When you see a job posting online, and it clearly explains how to apply, make sure you respond in the way that the post outlines. If you apply in the way a casting asks, you’re showing the recruiter that you’re a helpful candidate who can follow instructions and will be easy to work and communicate with.

Follow the instructions on a job posting

For more tips on how to get your dream jobs and for incredible lifestyle and career inspiration, come and follow us on Instagram! To keep an eye on all our fantastic vacancies available all over the world, click here!

Click here to see part 1 of our job hunting tips blog series.

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Everything you need to pack for a ski season

All of the socks!

They disappear like nobody’s business, and you’ll never figure out where they’ve gone! Trust me, take as many socks as you can fit in your suitcase!

Marmite or peanut butter

The list of English staples that you’ll struggle to find out in the mountains is fairly endless, however among the most missed items are peanut butter, which you can sometimes get your hands on in resort but is normally very expensive! However, Marmite, hate it or love it, is very difficult to source, if you need it to survive (who are we to judge), take a jar with you, just in case.

Sliced bread

The nicest thing since sliced bread is, well, English sliced bread. Europeans do incredible fresh loaves, but if its classic white sandwich bread you’re after, ask a friend to bring you a loaf when they come to visit. European bread always tastes oddly sweet to our British taste buds.

Things to decorate your room

You’ll likely always be provided accommodation for your ski season; however, it will be basic and doesn’t always come with the sense of comfort of home. Take a couple of photos, fairy lights, a poster, and even your favourite teddy (if you can choose one!) to make your room more homely.

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A laptop

A no-brainer really, but when you’re away for a long time, it’s nice to be able to skype all your family and friends on a big screen and watch films on something bigger than your phone too. Talking about films…


You can thank me later for this one! Sometimes you’ll just need to chill with an episode of your favourite series to relax. Netflix is an absolute godsend for seasonaires.

A speaker

Nowadays you can pick up a speaker for as little as £5 from Amazon. Blasting out your favourite bangers will get you and your team through long changeover days like a dream and will keep you all in a great mood!

A travel adapter multi-plug

There are never enough sockets to go around, when on a ski season! If you take a French multi-plug travel adapter you can keep your phone, speaker and laptop all plugged in and charging simultaneously. Click here to buy one for your next season.

french multi plug travel adapter


These bad boys will help you get you through the day, and if you’re really hungover…


The absolute saving grace behind how so many seasonaires have managed to survive the winter. Wake up feeling like death after a long day working, and an even longer night partying? Pop an Alka-Seltzer in a glass of water and down it before heading off to work, within 5 mins your headache will suddenly lift. Lifesaving.

Hair dye

If you always use the same brand and colour of hair dye, we highly recommend taking a box or three out with you as you will likely not find the same one when in resort.

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An alarm clock

If you lose your charger or accidentally drop your phone when going up a chairlift, you can’t afford to be late to work the next morning. Having a separate alarm clock gives you that added peace of mind each day.


Thermals are a must when skiing throughout the whole winter season. You can get fantastic thermals from UNIQLO – they’re stretchy, comfy, warm, and don’t take up much space in your suitcase as they roll up into a sock sized ball. Click here to buy your thermals for next season.


Get a good pair with a proper spikey grip underneath. You don’t want to be that Jerry who’s always falling over in the street in front of guests. You can buy a fantastic pair here.

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Safety first!

An ugly Christmas jumper

If you can’t go home for Christmas, bring the sense of home with you with a classic, terrible Christmas jumper.

Fancy dress

Take a couple of fun fancy dress options out with you that you can mix and match. Fancy dress parties are guaranteed to happen on your season, and if you don’t take something you’ll end up making one from bin bags.

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Don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll only be skiing on your season, many resorts have incredible spas and pools, and you don’t want to be caught short when all your coworkers arrange a pool party.

A good rucksack

Equip yourself with a good quality rucksack from the start. That sparkly one from Accessorize is fun, but you’ll be sad when it breaks after only 2 weeks, and you’re charged in-resort prices for a new one. Lowe Alpine, Berghaus, Osprey, and The North Face all have decent, serious kit that will be comfy and will last.

A Caxton Card

Finally, a ‘boring’ suggestion, but the most useful and helpful one we’ve got. Foreign transaction fees are often 1% to 3% of the amount of a purchase or ATM withdrawal, and these fees can add up very fast when using your debit card abroad for 6 months! The Caxton card is just like a cash card which you can top up with money and can use to pay in restaurants and bars… but you won’t get charged to use it each time, like with your normal British debit card. You can order it in advance so you’re all ready to go when you arrive.

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If all this is getting you excited to hit the slopes this coming winter, click here to see our current ski roles available. However, if we don’t yet have the perfect role for you, click here to send us your CV. We get in new ski season roles every week, so don’t miss out!

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Butler Training Courses in the UK

Silver Swan Recruitment places Butlers in private households and palaces all over the world. All our butlers are of the highest standard and have completed butler training to gain the skills required to do the job. Salaries normally start around £35,000 a year and go up to £100,000+ for the most experienced Butlers within a prestigious private household. Below is a list of the top UK Butler training courses.

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British Butler Institute – London

Mr Gary Williams undertook his formal training at the then world-famous Ivor Spencer International School for Butler Administrators in Dulwich, London. The school was established in 1981 and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales invested Ivor Spencer (the founder), with the MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2002. The British Butler Institute International School for Butler Administrators and Household Managers (Trained British and International Style), equips professionals with Modern and Traditional Skills that ensure they are able to deliver excellence around the world.

What they offer:

• 5 Day School for Butler Administrators and Household Managers = £1,350

• 10 Day School for Butler Administrators and Household Managers = £2,700

• Week School for Butler Administrators and Household Managers = £4,890

Click here to find out more.

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Exclusive Butler School – Kent

The Exclusive Butler School was founded by John Pettman, himself an ex-Royal Butler who started his career at Buckingham Palace and progressed to The British Embassy in Paris. John worked alongside two of our Butler Trainers, Mark Moynan and Michael Taylor, who are also ex-Royal Butlers, to produce a programme tailored to creating the ultimate Private House Butler by providing true British Butler Training.

What they offer:

• 2 Week Butler Course = £5,800 + VAT

• 1 Week Superyacht and Chalet Steward/ess Interior Course = £1,500 + VAT

• Bespoke Tailored Butler/Hospitality Training = from £600 + VAT for 5hrs, to 40 Hours (10 x 4 Hour Modules) for £4,800 + VAT

Click here to find out more.

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The Butler Valet School – Oxfordshire

Mr Rick Fink is the quintessential English butler. He has worked for many foreign Royal families including the British Royal family. His pedigree and experience put him in a unique position to pass on the highest skills and standards to students interested in pursuing a successful career at the pinnacle of the service offering. Ditchley Park is one of England’s finest country houses. The Butler Valet School offers a unique opportunity for students to gain first-class knowledge and skills to master traditional butling techniques tailored to 21st Century requirements. All the courses are personally overseen by Rick Fink and his experienced team and the price includes accommodation, breakfast, and all meals at the school, plus travel to and from the school each day, back to your hotel.

What they offer:

• 4 Week Butler Course = £7950

• 2 Week Butler Course = £5,160

• 2 Week Bespoke one-to-one Training = £10,500

• 4 Day Bespoke one-to-one Training = £3,750

Click here to find out more.

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Bespoke Bureau – London

The prestigious British Butler Academy has won recognition internationally. The Academy offers the most sought-after Elite Service Training in the world and features weekly in press/media and TV across the globe. We teach all types of service training to individuals, companies and resorts across the globe. Prices are inclusive of the training, materials, transfer, full accommodation and board, tuition, practical elements, field trip, role play training and much more.

What they offer:

• 2 Week Butler Course = £4000 + VAT

• One-to-one Training = £1000 + VAT per day.

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British Butlers Guild – London

The British Butlers Guild is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of the ideals, ethos and traditions of the Traditional British Butler. The British Butlers Guild was established in 2007 by Anthony Seddon-Holland, a 47-year-old professional butler with over than twenty years’ experience as a professional butler, estate manager and hotel butler department manager. Anthony comes from three generations of professional butlers. The British Butlers Guild offers 1 to 4-week courses carefully designed for those wishing to pursue a new career or to enhance and expand their existing knowledge.

What they offer:

• 2 Week Butler training course = £4,200 + VAT

• Weekend seminars on building a strong CV and interview technique.

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Wimbledon Staff – Life Behind the Scenes

BBC Sport has just released a series of interviews with staff members who work behind the scenes at Wimbledon, and the quirks of their roles at the world-famous tennis tournament. As a recruitment agency that finds jobs all over the world for hospitality staff, we wanted to share a behind the scenes view of one of the events a number of our candidates have worked.

The gardener and the secret strawberries

Spare a thought for those gardeners when you stop to take a selfie outside the ivy-clad Centre Court – they have to climb 64 feet to keep the ultimate in high-maintenance greenery under control as it grows six to eight inches a week. Asked whether he ever cursed the person who first planted the trademark ivy that covers the building, Falconer is diplomatic: “That’s been on that building since the day it was built in 1922. We live with it, it’s one of the things people like to see. We deal with it.”

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There are plenty of spares among the 19,000 plants that are brought in for the Championships and tended to by a workforce of seven full-time gardeners, with another 10 drafted in from April to September. Once the Championships are over, many of the plants used to decorate the grounds during the tournament are sold to staff and the proceeds go to the Wimbledon Foundation, the club’s charity

His brief is to keep the grounds looking like an English country garden – which sounds straightforward but there are always little hiccups like when the local nursery you always use stops growing the “right” shade of Wimbledon purple petunias for your hanging baskets. As well as the flowers, the onsite gardeners also grow strawberries in the living wall. Falconer says he was amazed that no-one pinched one, “I was coming in in the morning bringing a cup and picking a couple because they were ripe, so I was getting a good breakfast,” he joked.

If the gardener life sounds like your cup of tea, click here to see what gardener roles we have available right now.

The chef and the honey

Onsite at Wimbledon there are chefs who cook for the players and customers. There’s no set menu at Wimbledon, if a player wants pasta with honey, then that is exactly what they get. That is the strangest request executive chef Gary Parsons (right) says he has had – and he is not allowed to reveal who ordered it.

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But most players are more conventional, with most of them opting for the pick-and-mix-style pasta option where they tell one of the chefs what they would like, and it is cooked in front of them. “It’s pasta pre-match and then normally rice, sushi, stir fry (after a match). We have sushi chefs on site, it’s freshly made on site for the players… and for me!” Parsons has a team of 15 full-time members of staff which grows to 427 during the Championships. All the produce comes from the UK and there are two player restaurants at Wimbledon, serving up 900 player meals a day in the first week. And do the players ever have pudding? “Strawberries,” says Parsons.

If you fancy the chef life, click here to see all our available chef roles within private households.

The linesman and the CV

What have dentists, doctors, plumbers and lawyers got to do with Wimbledon matches? They are the day jobs of those smartly dressed men and women staring intently down the white lines, watching the ball and making crucial calls. “Near enough everybody has a second job that pays the bills,” explains line judge David Bayliss, who will be working at his 20th Wimbledon this year and also works in computer security. Do they ever have any lapses in concentration? “Of course it happens, we are human like everybody else,” Bayliss says.

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While there is not much money in being a line judge, there are other benefits. “To put it on your CV that you’ve been a line judge at Wimbledon… when I’ve been for job interviews, people sort of talk about computer security for a few minutes and then want to know about Wimbledon,” Bayliss says.

Click here to find out how to write a fantastic CV.

The ball boys and girls and the sweaty towels

Staying calm when hit by a ball coming at more than 120mph, handling sweaty towels and catering to players’ on-court quirks are all part of the job of the 250 ball boys and girls. The ball boys and girls are selected from 32 local schools, and around only one in three applicants are successful. They work in teams with each person always working in a specific position on the court with the taller ones behind the baselines and the shorter ones near the net.

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Before they go on court, they mug up on whether the players like towels handed to them folded or scrunched up, how they like their water bottles lined up or from which corner they like their balls to come. Their friends are jealous of the uniform and their two weeks off school, while their parents try to spot them on the TV, but surely no-one envies them the towel duties? “It’s just part of the job, you don’t have to hold it for too long,” said Harry, 14, who is a ball boy for the second year. “It’s probably not the nicest, you just try to get rid of it as quickly as possible and put it on the chair.”

If you’re interested in working in the hospitality, we have a whole range of positions available all over the UK and further afield too, click here to see all our vacancies.

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Seasonaire Jobs – Why use Silver Swan?

Another winter season has come to an end and whilst most people are looking forward to their summer holidays, recruitment has already started for next winter! They say the early bird gets the worm, and this really is the case with seasonaire jobs. The sooner you start planning for your next winter position the more choices you’ll have over which job to accept. If you’re ahead of the crowd, you get the pick of the resorts and roles, giving you much more of a chance of finding your absolute perfect winter job. You’ll also get the added bonus of having your winter plans sorted long before everyone else, meaning you can enjoy the summer, without having to worry about what you’ll be doing this winter season.

But don’t just take our word for it, have a look at just a few of the reasons why finding your next winter seasonaire job through us is the best move…

1. CV advice

We’ve seen our fair share of CVs and know what clients look for when choosing their staff. We can give you the advice to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd and is written or formatted in the best way for the roles you are applying for.

“Really helpful, quick and responsive, and found me a place which was much better than my previous one. They are very professional.” – Jacob, Chef

2. High paid jobs

We work with the best private chalets and luxury tour operators in the business, so you can be sure that not only are our seasonarie roles the best in the business, our clients also offer some of the highest wages around, so you can have a great season AND come back with some savings in your bank account.

“It was amazing, it was a great opportunity. I wouldn’t have gone for it if Philippa hadn’t convinced me, she filled with confidence and pushed me for a role I didn’t think I could do. Now I’m working in the private sector on a yacht.” – Maddie, Chef

3. We know our clients best…

Most of our clients have worked with us for years, and we’ve been out to visit them all in resort – meeting the teams and seeing the chalets where you will be working. So, we know if you’ll be the right fit for a role, ensuring you have a happy season!

“Silver Swan understand the industries in which they recruit and get the right candidates for the right jobs. I appreciate the reference checks and the thorough, professional approach. I’m very happy with the service Silver Swan provide and will definitely work with them again in the future.” – Luxury Chalet client

4. We want to get to know you too!

We’re here every step of the way to give you advice and support throughout your job hunt. Not only will we have an initial Skype interview, but we’re also at the end of the phone if you have any questions about any of our roles. The more we get to know you, the easier it is to match you to the best company for you.

 “Everybody has been very friendly and helpful, and they’re not just looking to place the right person for the role, they’re also looking for the right role for each person.” – Cara, Host

5. Industry knowledge

Our clients are spread throughout the Alps across France, Switzerland and Austria. We’ve been out to every resort around so that we can give you advice on the best location to suit you – not to mention insider tips on the best slopes, bars and chalets in each resort.

“I decided nearly 4 years ago I wanted to work a winter season, and from the first phone call, the team at Silver Swan were absolutely amazing. The resort they found me was so good I am still there 4 winters later.” – Chauffeur

6. Fast track applications

When we put you forward for our roles, our clients trust that you are the best candidate for the position. Sometimes there is no time for them to trawl through CVs to find staff, and they know that a CV from Silver Swan will be someone worth talking to straight away, as such the majority of our seasonaire staff are placed almost immediately.

“I found Silver Swan to be a lifesaver. Within a few hours of me contacting, they returned my email and invited me straight to an ‘interview’ process. I then got an amazing job with hardly any work on my behalf!” – Charlotte, Host

7. Long-term help

Our seasonaire candidates come back to us season after season looking for the best chalet roles. It’s great if you return to the same chalet year on year, but if you fancy a change, we love working with the same candidates each year.

“Their high level of clients that they represent leads to amazing opportunities all over the world. We love working with their team and will continue to do so throughout our careers.” – Amie and Michael, Chalet couple

8. Year-round options

We don’t only have winter seasonaire roles – our vacancies vary from seasonal chalet vacancies to summer positions in villas and on yachts, and we also have permanent vacancies in private households too. If you have finished your season and are looking for your next adventure, get in touch again to see what’s out there.

 “I’d worked as a chef in restaurants and hotels and decided I wanted to travel but didn’t have the funds so looked into working the winter season in a chalet. I applied for a poor tour operator, but 2 weeks in I found Silver Swan Recruitment online, I sent them an email, and they got me a new incredible role within 4 days! I’m now 4 seasons in, all recruited for by Silver Swan, and I’m now in a stunning £15million stunning villa awaiting the summer season. All thanks to Silver Swan!” – Louis, Chef

9. Honest, professional and fun service

At Silver Swan, we pride ourselves on giving you a personal service, while helping everyone get their dream seasonaire role. When you pick up the phone to us, you always know who you are going to speak to, and we always try to give you the best advice we can. We don’t want you to just take any role you are offered – we want you to have the best season you can possibly have! As such, we’ll be honest with you if we don’t think a role will work for you, or if we think you’ll be better suited elsewhere. We always try to make the perfect match between candidates and clients…while keeping everyone happy during the process too!

 “Ever since applying to Silver Swan the service we have received has been amazing, the staff have always been there to swiftly answer any questions and it really feels like they have your best interests at heart – striving to find the perfect fit for both employer and employee. It takes a lot of the stress out of the whole application process and streamlines it in a friendly and efficient service – I would highly recommend!” – Tom and Jannelle, Chalet couple

10. We love the mountains!

If you ever need convincing that spending five months working in the mountains is the right thing to do, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve done multiple ski seasons between us and are passionate about all things skiing (or in our case, snowboarding), so know how much fun you will have. If you work hard and enjoy your surroundings, there’s no better place to spend a winter!

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The 30 Best Countries in the World for LGBT Workers

June is Pride Month and to celebrate the occasion we decided to take a look at the best countries around the world for LGBT workers.

In our LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index, we have reviewed several key factors including workplace discrimination laws, employee rights, minimum wage and the inclusion of the LGBT community in every country around the world to find the 30 best countries in the world for LGBT employees to work.

Topping our list as the best country for LGBT workers is Luxembourg which took the number one spot thanks to its anti-discrimination laws, high minimum wage, low unemployment rate and its recognition as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries according to the Gay Travel Index.

Other countries ranking highly on the index include Australia, New Zealand, Monaco and France. The UK also managed to place in the top 10, ranking at number 10.

You can view the full top 30 countries on the LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index below.

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To compile our LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index, we analysed the following factors:

• LGBT Laws & Rights

• LGBT Employment Laws

• Minimum Wage

• Unemployment Rate

• Average Salary

• LGBT-Friendliness

For each category, every country was awarded a score from 0-3, with 3 being the best score. This score was based on a weighted ranking for each category.

The category scores were added together to find each country’s total index score, with a total of 18 being the highest possible result.

The top 30 scoring countries were awarded a spot on the LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index. The full results for each country can be viewed below:

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If you’re interested in starting a new career, click here to see our top tips to secure your dream job!

Full calculation data is available upon request.