Are you ready to say goodbye to the monotony of the typical 5 days on, 2 days off, day after day, week after week of a mediocre, no chance for advancement, land locked job?
Offshore Guides is the original website for providing current, accurate and helpful information on how to get a high paying job in the offshore drilling industry. This information includes hundreds of immediate and available jobs in many different categories:
- Jobs on offshore drilling rigs: Semi-submersibles, submersibles, jack-ups, tenders, drill ships, derrick barges and platforms.
- Jobs on vessels that service the rigs: Crew boats, supply boats, anchor handling vessels, utility boats, rig movers and seismic vessels.
- Jobs with special service companies that provide additional support for rig operations: Catering, offshore welding and construction, sandblasting and painting, diving, demolition, casing, logging, transportation (helicopters and boats), security, medical, administrative, etc.
- Jobs on offshore wind farms: Installation, maintenance, repairs, etc.
- Jobs on land based oil rigs and related services.
The offshore / onshore drilling, special services and wind farm industries are huge, employing in excess of 3.7 million workers on a world wide basis. These jobs are extremely demanding physically and require you to be away from home for weeks at a time working in isolated and sometimes very hostile environments.
Rigs operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, week after week after week. The only time contracted rigs shut down is for repairs, bad weather or to move the rig. Because of these extreme working conditions, qualified personnel are always in great demand. This huge demand for offshore rig and boat crews keeps offshore recruiters continually searching for dependable people they can train and move up the ladder.
The main reason for so many job openings is the fact that the post-World War II “baby boom” generation is at the retirement door. OVER HALF of the offshore work force is expected to retire in the next several years and offshore recruiters are scrambling to find reliable replacements. Both technical professionals and rig labor are highly sought after at this time.
Veterans Are in High Demand:
Due to the explosive growth in the shale sector and the need to replace “baby boomers” nearing retirement age, there’s more opportunity for veterans to get hired offshore than ever before. Opportunities for veterans include:
- All kinds of drilling rig or rig service jobs
- The transference of skills from related military specialties, such as quality assurance / quality control, mechanics, welders, cooks, electricians / electronic techs, warehouseman, medics and personnel qualified in accounting and administrative duties
Two Ways to Get Started:
Having been a pioneer in connecting offshore jobs with people who want them, we have concluded there are two main ways to get hired offshore:
- You know someone (a friend, brother, brother in law, uncle, father, etc.) who is currently working for an offshore company and has the right connection to get you hired OR
- You don’t know anyone with inside connections and will have to somehow contact companies that are hiring and training personnel for present and future needs and convince them to hire you (above the thousands of others that are applying for the same positions
Having been in this business for over 30 years, and having helped thousands worldwide in their quest for offshore employment, we have concluded there are 2 very distinct and separate ways to apply for an offshore oil rig job:
- You can contact each company individually, PERSONALLY presenting them with your resume or CV and make follow up calls and inquiries OR
- You can “blast” your resume or CV to all the offshore recruiters / employers at once
Both methods have their pros and cons. Some people use the individual method, some people like to “blast” and some maximize their chances and use both methods.
For more complete information on where the jobs are, who to apply, what to apply for and personal services you won’t find any where else online, visit our parent site at Offshore Guides.