Many of those thinking or dreaming about breaking into offshore work are stumped about how to go about it. It really isn't that difficult - if you have prior offshore oil rig experience, know somebody, or have some other means of gaining "insider" information. If none of those apply for you, there are some resources and tips that can help get you hired anyways.
First, utilize one of the oil industry hiring services. There are several small companies composed of current and former offshore workers whose sole purpose in life is to help people land jobs in the industry. They are utilizing their industry contacts and knowledge, leveraging the contacts made over the years to help others find employment. These services have a huge range of Oil and Gas industry contacts, and using both provides the best chance of getting hired, especially for entry level oil jobs.
Second, make sure your resume stands out from the crowd. If you need help with writing a Resume that can compete, watch out for those services that will charge an arm and a leg. There are some web sites out there that look at the good and bad at each, and filter out the wheat from the chaff.
Finally, don't limit yourself to just the Offshore and Oil Guides that are available. Oil and Gas Industry recruiters do search the big and medium size online directories, so once your resume is setup correctly, get it before as many eyeballs as you can. You will save yourself time and grief and using a 'Resume Blaster' service to handle this end of it; there are companies that have the ability to put your resume in front of 1.5 Million employers (including, of course, many in the Oil industry). Taking this final step will really help you cover all your bases. It's all about increasing the odds, and covering half the board for the same prize (your dream job) as betting on a single square simply makes sense.
To summarize, if you are serious about getting an Offshore Oil Rig Job, take these simple steps:
1. Have a professionally written resume. Most people don't, so doing so will give you an edge instantly.
2. Take advantage of gaining some experienced industry insiders working for you by utilizing the services of the better oil industry job guides. The leverage you will gain from having 'inside' contact is a great way for entry level as well as experienced people to break into the field, and will save you time as well as money.
3. Cover your bases and increase your odds by "shotgunning" your Resume using a good 'Resume Blaster' service; it is money well spent. This will ensure that any Drilling and Servicing contractors that don't get covered by using the contacts of the Offshore job guides and services will see your resume as well.
Following these steps will save yourself many wasted days of searching and wondering, and help you get serious in your quest for an Offshore Oil Job. This career path is really the adventure of a lifetime - the friends, the camaraderie, the new and exciting places (not to mention the money to enjoy it all) make it so much better than your typical stuck-in-traffic, cubicle world type of existence.
About the Author:
Julian Gaston is a Freelance Writer, Webmaster, and Adventurer. For more information on the exciting world of Offshore Jobs, and how to break into the field, be sure and visit OffshoreJobsReview.