Getting Hired For Your First Oil Rig Job

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Are you looking for an exciting job in the offshore oil and gas industry?

Even despite the recent tough economic times offshore drilling is a real growth industry. The fact is that across the board there are simply not enough qualified and skilled workers. There are a number of reasons for this.

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One reason is that while many people apply for the entry level positions, some simply don’t have what it takes when it comes too offshore experience. There’s a real big “chicken and the egg” problem at work here. In order to get many jobs working on an oil rig, most employers really would prefer if you have previous offshore experience.

But if you cannot get hired when you’re first starting out how are you supposed to get the necessary experience? This can be very frustrating for job applicants and there’s just no easy way about it.

The best advice if this happens to you is to simply stay persistent and take any possible offshore job that comes your way. Yeah, it might not be that glamorous to start out as a roustabout, but at least it will be stable and you’re going to get the very valuable experience of working on a rig. Going through a recruitment agency or a resume distribution service can help you cast your net wide when it comes to finding a job.

Most of the times though this is a big problem for people who want to get their foot in the door for one of the numerous unskilled manual labor jobs like roustabout or roughneck. If this is where you’re at right now you best advice is to either go down to Louisiana or Houston and start pounding the pavement.

If you already have a lot of skills (say for example you’ve spent a decade as a driller out in West Texas) you probably will find it a little easier to get hired offshore. While there are not as many driller jobs as there are jobs for roustabouts, your industry experience is going to be very attractive.

In this case is getting your resume out there and getting in communication with some of the offshore drilling contractors is going to be your best bet. While you do not have offshore oil rig experience you should hopefully know a lot about the technical side of your job. This will make you easier to train because all you have to learn about is working on a rig.

But even if you don’t have any experience, you can still get hired. It is just going to be a little tougher.

I know how hard it is when you’re looking for work and have put food on the table. You can’t just hit the road and go to all these offices looking for work. That’s why using an online service will make your life just a little bit easier. Then at least you can keep up your current job.

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juan perez March 4, 2012 at 11:58 pm

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Geoglen D.aspa March 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm

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Michael Phillips March 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I’m 24 years old, i served 2 years in the airforce. i have a high school diploma, i have worked hard labor jobs since i was 15. i now work behind a drill rig in the geotechnical field i have a wife and little girl that i need to provide for will take any job that i can advance in and make somethimg for them. i have a strong back and dont stop working till the shift is over with, very fast learner and hard worker. Sun, rain, sleet, or snow i love to work. please give me a chance 662-590-2062, thanks


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