Where there’s muck there’s money, or so the saying goes. And there are not many jobs muckier than working on an offshore installation.
The industry attracts thousands of applicants every year hoping to catch their break and land a high paying job in the oil and gas sector.
However, the industry is notoriously difficult to break into. Many hopefuls are willing to fork out hundreds of pounds to complete offshore tickets in the hope of bettering their chances. But having the right tickets is not always enough.
So what does it take to get a job offshore?
1. Determination and Perseverance
It can take months of sending out your CV to every agency and recruiter before you hear anything back. But one thing is for sure – if you don’t send it you won’t get anywhere.
2. Make Sure You Have a Good CV
A CV should be easy to read, clear and to the point. Remember recruiters will be looking through piles of them at a time. If yours isn’t in tip top shape it won’t stand out. You can find loads of great advice online to help you to highlight your best qualities.
Chances are your applying for other jobs too, but don’t be tempted to use a generic ‘one CV fits all’ approach. Tailor the CV you are sending to the job you are applying for to give yourself the best chance.
3. Sometimes It’s Not What you Know, But Who you Know
If you know anyone who works offshore ask their advice. Do they know of anyone recruiting? What agencies would they recommend? Can they take a look at your CV and give you any advice? All questions worth asking. In the past companies often ran referral schemes, however most of these are now on hold due to the current climate.
4. Beware Of Scammers
If it sounds too good to be true it often is. If a job offer is going to cost you money – ask yourself why? Don’t fork out anything until you’ve done your homework.
For more info on avoiding scams read our article ‘Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Recruitment Scammers”
5. Do your homework
Read everything you can about working offshore. This is more than just a job. It’s a way of life, and it’s vital you know what to expect. Be sure to read out interview preparation guide.