Where is the industry going?
Well after getting your Class 4 you must have gained some reasonable experience, I say "reasonable" in italics because sometimes that experience is dubious, but on the other hand you may have logged some tremendous experience which has earnt you your Class 4. The Class 4 has changed so much since it was first brought in, back in the days when it was alot easier to attain, it has gotten harder but still needs to be tightened up, after all the 3000t license isn´t like driving a tender round the harbour!
Like some of the other comments, look at taking lesser jobs, mates, bosun, driving a smaller yacht. I am not sure if you are looking in all areas? Go for part time work, deliveries, offer the first month employment for free, walk walk walk the docks, knock on every door and passerail, look at every yacht as a possibility and never think they don´t need you because that yacht probably does, get a familiarity with the agencies, but obce you have that job you are looking for, don´t forget the agencies or agency who helped you!
The yachting situation is not going to get any easier this side of 2011 that´s for sure. Yes there are loads of new builds coming out, but sadly we still are in short supply of true professionals. Also unfortunately there are loads of STCW 95´ Basic Crew but with no experience at all hiking the docks looking for the deck and stew´positions and a fair amount of experienced upper level crew hunting. Sadly there are still way too many idiots in our industry qualified and un-qualified we would love to weed out. It will be a long time before the industry has a good level of professionalism in it, maybe never. Don´t give up on the job hunting, think outside the norm!
stop being so naive and stupid about generalizing any American's reasons over illegal employment issues here in the states. everyone understands that there is an "inter" national component to this biz. and most of us do NOT take issue with that. so stop playing the "nationality-card".
i get the fact that the Med/ Europe has it's own yachting biz along with other regions throughout the world. and nice try on putting down American yachties...how many times have i seen foreign nationals stupidly clean a toilet with Windex...or clean a teak with Cascade half assed without any real work into it. lame.
don't even get me started on personalities or the lack there of. just be glad that American yacht owners (the majority of yacht owners. period.) are fickel when it comes Europeans and English internationals as novelties. that's basically why more people like you are cleaning toilets and swabbing decks...you genius.
Not to be a cynic, but truly sober... Are you under 30yrs. and can you list your last Abercrobie and Fich photo shoot on your CV?. In this market and sorry any market the only thing that counts is looks and charm. The competiton for the best looking crew (boat) and only if a miricle happens...professional crew?. Its not what you know but who you know. The suggestion Re dropping dollars and "buying a position" might work albeit the physical /charm criteria are in play.
Smart men and women who present them selves well witih academics, commomn (Sea) sence, and burning desire to preform are all at the docks. Look at the strong response you got from this posting.
Market your self !. Have you taken out an add in The Triton, Dockwalk?. And what is up with your schools why can't they get you some satissfaction? (mmm dropping a dime here might work they took all your dollars). Are you on all the bullliton boards arround town , Smallwoods, online sights. You get the drift. "hard times call for hard people - gorilla tactics I say" Atleast then you will know one way or the other. Good Luck!