By Charlie Harrington
There's no doubt that jobs on oil rigs can be a great career. Many make it their life's work, and with a salary that could easily be double what you're earning onshore and holidays that beat any other full time job, it's easy to see why. This of course, also makes jobs on oil rigs a popular choice, particularly for new starters.
Here are my top 3 tips on finding jobs on oil rig if you're just starting out.:
1. Get a great resume. Often, for jobs on oil rigs, all you'll need to start is fitness, determination and a strong willingness to work. As you won't be meeting a potential employer face-to-face to ask for your first rig job, you'll need to make sure that comes across in your resume. Write a compelling cover letter that is to the point and demonstrates that you're willing to take on any task to get a career on the rigs. Employers like people that show initiative and eagerness. It's human nature.
2. Take a job even if you think it's beneath you. Getting jobs on oil rigs and the job you actually want on the rigs is so much easier if you already have experience on the rigs. It may sound obvious, but often the only way to get experience is to take a position that might be beneath your skill level. Once you're on it's a lot easier to work your way up the ladder. Even the lowest paid jobs will have you earning anywhere up to $75,000 a year and get you up to 6 months holiday in every 12 so it's unlikely to be a step backwards.