How to Get a Offshore Rig Job

Written by ciele edwards
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Positions within the oil industry are very competitive and can be challenging to obtain. This is partially due to the fact that jobs in this industry pay very well yet do not always require a college education. Numerous companies are dedicated to helping find jobs for people who want to work on an offshore oil rig. These placement companies charge fees and cannot guarantee you a job. Your success in obtaining work on an offshore oil rig ultimately comes down to the preparation and time you are willing to put into the search.

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    Acquire the proper certifications. Oil rig employees receive on-the-job training, but applicants with certain certifications such as an offshore survival certificate or previous first-aid training have a better chance of being considered first for available positions (see Reference 1). Some hospitals offer free first-aid classes.

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    Get some experience doing similar work if you do not have any experience relevant to the industry. A job in a mainland oil refinery or a position drilling or maintaining drilling equipment will provide you with experience that will look good on a job application for work on an oil rig offshore. In addition, building experience in the oil industry gives you the opportunity to meet higher ranking people who may be willing to give you a good recommendation later on.

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    Maintain a high level of physical fitness. Work on an offshore oil rig is very physically demanding. Prior to employment you likely will have to take physical endurance tests (see Reference 2). Keeping yourself in the best shape possible can make the difference in whether you get hired.

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    Keep your personal paperwork up to date. Many offshore rigs are drilling in international waters. Because of this, you will need a valid passport and proof that your vaccinations are up to date before being allowed to work on the rig.

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    Create a resume. Even if you are not required to have a resume to apply for offshore oil work, a resume demonstrates professionalism to your potential employer. It also allows you to highlight pertinent background information that you may not be able to include when filling out a job application.

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    Visit the websites of major offshore drilling companies such as Ensco and Transocean to browse job openings. You can apply online or mail in your application and resume. Be persistent. If you do not find any job openings that you qualify for, continue to check back frequently, as job postings are updated on a regular basis.

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    Prepare for a job interview. Job interviews for the oil industry are no different than standard job interviews. Be prepared by familiarising yourself with questions the interviewer is likely to ask and rehearsing your answers. Demonstrating good communication skills in addition to relevant work experience and the proper certification will work in your favour during a job interview.

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