The book So You Want to Work on a Boat, by Thor Erikson, is a practical guide for finding jobs in the maritime industry. The small book outlines the industry, presenting the pros and cons of the field. It describes various jobs that arise on inland and ocean-going vessels, as well as where applicants should direct their efforts.
It discusses how to get hired. It provides templates for professional mariner resumes and cover letters. It discusses how to prepare for the interview process. The book also covers some of the burdensome dues of entering the field, such as MMCs, TWICs, and STCW certification. A chapter is devoted to practical maritime law for commercial mariners, including the unjust criminalization of seamanship or judgment errors of professional mariners. It also touches upon laws and legal concepts that are important for commercial mariners to know.
The book also covers educational resources, including maritime academies, community colleges, private institutions and union schools. Since the industry isn’t for everyone, the book touches upon employment opportunities within the maritime community that do not require going to sea in the service of a vessel. These areas include shipyards, marine insurance, surveying, maritime security, cargo operations, and more. Good luck