Since I started the Oil Guru Recruitment website I have been inundated with requests from men and women trying to get a foot hold in the Oil and Gas drilling industry especially the offshore side. Not many industries can boost large salaries with 6 months of the year off. In the coming years the industry will see a massive increase of oil and gas jobs and especially on the drilling side. That being said rig jobs are hard to land and it will take time and effort for you to get a start.
My advice to new candidates trying to get their foot in the door is this.
- Ensure that you have a relevant skill set, ie. A mechanical or electrical back ground.
- If you don’t have any mechanical, electrical qualifications… Get them. Apprenticeships, College Diplomas and University Degrees will open doors for you.
- If your planning to work offshore and land one of the many oil and gas jobs available, pass the offshore medical and then take your BOSIET (HUET) and MIST courses. If you are a highly qualified candidate the company might pay but if not you will need to self sponsor your courses.
- Make sure that your CV is looking its absolute best. You only get one chance at a first impression. Get CV help here. Your applications will be a complete waste of time if you have made mistakes with your CV.
- Register on our website here: http://oilguru.org/resumes-2/register/
- Request a job alert for the relevant keywords. This way you will get emailed from our system as soon as a relevant job is posted.
- If you haven’t done so already, register on LinkedIn and join as many oil and gas recruitment groups as possible. (I cannot emphasize enough the strength of using LinkedIn for networking)!
- Many rig jobs can be found by applying to the following companies via their recruitment pages:
- Dolphin Drilling: www.dolphindrilling.no/
- Maersk Drilling: www.maerskdrilling.com/Career/Vacancies/Pages/Vacancies.aspx
- Rigmar: www.rigmar.co.uk/
- Rowan Drilling: www.rowancompanies.com/
- Ensco: www.enscoplc.com/
- Diamond Offshore Drilling: www.diamondoffshore.com/
- Transocean: www.deepwater.com/
- Seadrill: www.seadrill.com/
- KCA Deutag: www.kcadeutag.com/
I have noticed that recruiters actively post green hand positions on LinkedIn but only do so when they need someone at very short notice. ie, when a regular has dropped out… the only Certs you will need for a junior position are BOSIET (HUET), MIST and your offshore medical to get away on your first hitch.
It is a realistic option for you to break into the industry and land one of the new oil and gas jobs, it just requires patience and for you apply everywhere necessary but make sure your CV is looking amazing before you apply, if not its a wasted exercise… CV help here.