I have been working with applicants and jobseekers for over 10 years now and the most common question I receive is "How do I get a job in the offshore industry?". Even now that we have a Facebook page where we post hundreds of vacancies weekly this question still remains. Even worse, is that some people read the post about new vacancies, and then replies with the question on how to get a job offshore.
Other questions I get are; "Will they hire me", "Do they hire Russians / Europeans / Indians / etc", "What do I need to get a job offshore", and so on.
Now let me ask you this: What do you do if you want a job as a carpenter? Or a waiter? Or if you would want to ride a paper route? Or if you want to work as a cashier at the local supermarket?
The answer is easy, and you most likely already answered it in your mind while reading the question above... What do you do? You find a vacancy that fits you and you apply to it! Now for some this might come as a shocking surprise. But whatever you want to do, whatever job you want to get, you will have to apply to that job first in order to have a chance to be hired.
This is exactly the same if you want a job offshore. How do I get a job offshore? Apply to one! If you have been educated or have experience as a mechanic, electrician, welder or whatever other position you like, then just apply to similar jobs in the offshore. It's not mind-blowing science guys (or girls), you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out.
If you're not educated or if you don't have any experience which comes close to positions which are normally found at offshore rigs or vessels, then you might want to consider an Entry Level job in the on- or offshore like Roustabout, Greenhand or Leasehand. The same rules apply here, find a vacancy for the desired position and simply apply to it.
Questions like "Will they hire me" honestly will get you nowhere. Not applying because you might not be certain or if you're insecure isn't going to help you. Asking me if a company would hire you, is like asking me when there will be peace on earth. I don't know if a company will hire you, how many applicants there are, or if it matters in what country you live.
You might be unqualified while living in India and get hired. You may also be qualified and apply to a position at a local company and get turned down. The only thing I can tell you is: Apply to the job, and see where it leads you!
Lately I also get asked a lot what education or certification people need to work on- or offshore. This also isn't rocket science guys and gals. Again the answer is so simple. Just find an offshore job vacancy you like (and which will fit you), read the position requirements and you'll see right away what a company expects from you, what education you'll need and what other certifications you have to have.
You want to be a Roustabout at Entry Level? Then most likely you will need to have finished High School and have MIST or BOSIET. In some cases you will also need a Forklift certification, plus if you want to work for companies from the UK you'll need OGUK Medical. Lastly you'll probably need a valid Offshore Health/Medical certification. Have all that? Than you can start applying for jobs in this Onshore and Offshore Oil Industry with a resume and a cover letter.
But don't take my word for it, because the job vacancy might also describe other qualifications, sometimes it might even be that a High School education is all you need and all other certifications can be received by on-the-job training. The only way to find out what's needed to work offshore, is checking and reading the vacancy you want to apply too.
There is one thing you will need however, in any and all circumstances. And that's an updated resume and cover letter! Unfortunately many people out there literally suck at that (pardon my language). I have seen the best and worst applications from all around the world.
And it doesn't matter if I received one from a rookie or an educated offshore professional, the resume can still be a big mess of information jotted down in chaos on a piece of paper no matter how good someone is at performing their job.
Whatever your resume is about, whatever it looks like or whatever you wrote in it, you should really have a professional resumewriter have a look at it BEFORE you're going to apply to the job you have always dreamed about. Because no matter how much you want that job or position. No matter how much you will earn, places you might go, or people you could meet... Your resume will make that either happen, or you it will make you fail!
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