Guides was established in 1976, went online in 1996 and
has been running an often bumpy but never the less true course ever since. You won't
get a lot of BS here. You will find good, solid information
you can use to make informed, intelligent decisions.
is answered in a timely, polite and helpful manner. You
should expect this of any site, regardless of who they are
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about this site...
Thanks for following up
I did some contract work in South Africa and Angola through
an agency, for Pride International. Pride has in the meantime
contacted me and asked if I want to work for them direct.
So since May 2003 I have worked for Pride International
on the new Kizomba A that is still under construction in
Holland. The Kizomba A is a TLP from Exxon Mobil that will
operate in Angola block 15. This is quite a big TLP, it
has provision for 36 well heads, and Exxon Mobil expects
250,000 barrels of oil per day in full operation. We should
start drilling by the end of December if every thing goes
Well that's it from me, and thanks again for a good website.
If it wasn't for your website I would probably still be
looking for work. Me and a friend of mine that I met on
the rigs done both the same thing, we walked up to a rig
that was standing in Cape Town harbor and we said to the
OIM that we want to work on the rig, in our relevant jobs,
and we got it! (read chapter 14)
Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA
many thanks for all the help you are providing me (us) with.
God help you in your endeavors.
My name is Miu Alexandru Iulian, I am from Romania and I
have just updated my Resume on your site. Hopefully it will
be O.K. to be turned Active.
am trying not to be desperate knowing that with such an
attitude someone won’t be able to pick neither a decent
girl but a job in the Oil Industry. It is quite hard, thou,
when you are about to change your last hundred dollars.
It’s quite a sensation....).
Anyway, thank you very much for all the excellent information
that I could find on your site (I think it is a unique project-and
I like your sense of humor), especially for 23 Chapter (“Scams
In this matter I should say that I tried to reason with
the people from www.oilcareer.com, even offered them
a deal that none would have turned down if they were legit.
No response. I didn’t pay them a cent because I had none
but even if I had the money $$ I would not pay that band
Thank you very much for your time and patience and lots
chances in everything you do.
wanted to drop you a line just to tell you that your site
has already helped me out a lot in my search for a new job.
My app. is still pending in your site; I know you guys must
be busy, I've talked to some of the people that I work with
and quite a few are looking for a new line of work also.
have gotten word that the Black & Decker plant we work
at is going to stop production within the next couple of
years. This move will kill off most of the skilled labor
force there. Some of these guys have worked out on rigs
before and are willing to do it again.
all send our thanks to you for having started this site
and giving us a leg up on getting into the industry.
you for your time,
Fayetteville, NC, USA
did received a few offers (during the war in Iraq) from
some oil companies, but I did not answered. Since november
19th I work in an private company in Subotica and I am satisfied
here. For me, for now, offshore jobs are on second place.
Thank you for your interest for me.
does not have any access to this e-mail address. I am his
ex wife, and I sent you a message a few weeks or so ago
in regard to this. Please delete this e-mail address from
am mohammed mumtaz ali from india, thanks for your reply
cause oilcareer.com wants money from me and now i not give
it to them. Your site is free it is happy for poor people
am interested in a beginning a new career in Offshore Oil
Exploration and Production. I have reviewed your website
and nearly two dozen others devoted to careers in Offshore
oil field work. Yours seems to me to be the best. I hope
that you can offer me some advice about how to get started
in this field from nearly zero experience.
that you have some Idea of where I am coming from, I will
tell you a little bit about myself. I am 38 years old, 6'1",
180 lbs, physically fit. I have zero debt, some savings
and other assets. I do not drink or smoke, have no criminal
record and I am not actively religious.
am an outdoorsmen - I have canoed more than 1000 wilderness
miles solo; climbed New England's highest peaks in winter
and summer; hiked in the Sierras, in the Desert Southwest,
Thailand, Burma, China and Indonesia; I have bicycled across
the Pyrenees from France to Spain. I am training to run
a Marathon at the end of May. I love to fly fish (fresh
and salt water) and I am pretty good duck hunter.
was divorced 18 months ago and was devastated by that process.
Until the time of my divorce I was a corporate finance professional.
I have a BA in Political Science and an MBA in international
management. My last two jobs were as Chief Financial Officer
for small businesses; before that I was a financial advisor
with Morgan Stanley where I held Series 7, 31, 63, 65 securities
licenses and was also licensed to sell life accident and
a result of summer jobs in the Coal Fields of Eastern Kentucky,
I have some experience operating heavy equipment including
CAT D8 bulldozers, CAT 992B and 988 End Loaders, Euclid
50 ton rock trucks and Joy Core Drills. I love to work with
my hands especially on cars. I'd say I am an amateur mechanic
- I have rebuilt internal combustion engines.
last auto project was the rolling restoration a Porsche
914 - I did brakes, suspension, steering, lighting and exhaust
and hundreds of small electrical and mechanical repairs
by myself with the aid of a Haynes Manual and simple hand
it is no longer current, I once earned a private pilot's
license for single engine land and logged nearly 300 hours
in various single and multi-engine aircraft. In short, I
am fit, not tied down, live for rugged physical challenges,
am mechanically adept and I don't want to work in an office.
here come the questions.
Would you recommend taking a course to earn basic credentials
that would make me employable offshore? If so which schools
would you suggest?
Are entry level jobs found online, or is it about going
to the ports where rig crews are based (Louisiana, Texas)
and knocking on doors?
What sort of time frame is realistic for moving from floor-hand
to assistant driller/pusher?
Am I correct in thinking that the Gulf of Mexico is the
place to start even though I would really like to end up
in Africa, South America, Middle East, Asia or Oceania?
Am I insane to think that I can transition to a career in
offshore E&P at this point in my life given my near
total lack of experience?
I thank you for taking the time to read this note and look
forward to your answers.
Monkton, VT, USA
would like to start by saying how impressed I am with your
website, its clear to see that you've spend many hours in
creating it with so much information and photos, I haven't
seen such a good site in a long time.
allow me to take up five minutes of your precious time to
introduce myself. I am a married man with 2 children, I've
been working on the gold mines (as an electrician) from
1983 to 1999 (when I was retrenched) I had my own electrical
business from 1999 to June 2002 (closed down) and since
then I've been unemployed.
the almost 8 months that I've been seeking a job, I contacted
so many employment agencies, all of them asking their own
fees, and once you've paid the fee you don't hear from them
I am aware of the fact that you are not a Direct Hire Employer,
but you saved me money, being so desperate I was going to
send Oil.Ccareer.com money, but I read your article about
them and realize I would have lost it all.
downloaded my CV on your website. I also know other people
which are interested to download their CV, but they don't
have their own E-mail address, they would like to work through
me. But I've notice that your site only allow a e-mail address
to be used once, how would I then put their CV's on.
you have anybody in South Africa who recruiter people for
you and forward their CV's to you, if not I would like to
ask your permission to distribute your book and recruiter
potential job seekers and forward their CV's to you.
or where do the employers interview successful applicants?
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
to know you are there just to affect lives positively...thanks
for the info regarding oilcareer.com, i have decided to
drop them like hot cake cuz i cant afford to toil with my
time and money. Thanks again!!
cpt ron, i will be sending u my resume by monday so my application
can be active. please captain am really desperate for a
job in the oil and gas sector...do i have a chance in getting
one as early as in 2 months?...i shall always keep in touch
thanks again for ur time and attention.
Lagos State, NIGERIA
so nice to know that there are still thoughtful and goodwill
people like you in the engineering sector. I just stumbled
into your website a while ago and was amazed at the very
informative nature of you present. As i browsed through
i felt like you where just in front of me and we where discussing
offshore / oilfield / maritime jobs over a cup of tea. Thanks
for the way and manner with which you portrayed on / offshore
jobs, it was very appealing!!
i am based in Nigeria and have been trying to secure an
offshore job in canada since last august through an employment
agency, which you didnt mention at your site, they have
asked me to pay approximately $1200 to be able to get a
guaranteed on / offshore job within 3 months from my date
of pay. I have still not been able to raise that money,
and am scared that if i eventually do i may not get the
job or my money back. Please advise me on what to do.
agency's site is www.oilcareer.com. Please how do i get
your help in writing my resume, so i can submit to ur data
base? My registration is still pending because of that.
Please am expecting your reply as soon as possible
you and God bless,
Lagos State, NIGERIA
went through a placement agency. I'm currently interviewing
for potential employment with some good companies. Your
site is very helpful as well. I was contacted by an HR representative
with Abdon Callais Offshore, but it didn't work out. I'll
contact you when I get employed by a company. I'm feeling
very hopeful that I will find employment soon.
Columbus, MS, USA
was only hours away from ordering a "professional package."
on oilcareer.com Thanks to the information on your website
I saved approximately 1000 Australian dollars. You might
like to notify people who are about to use oilcareer.com
of the following.
The address and phone number given on the website appears
to be bogus. The address and phone number is in Edmonton,
Alberta. HOWEVER: When the Australian operator dialed the
number for me it did not go to Alberta, Canada but rather
it went to a number located in Illinois, USA.
When I called Canadian Directory assistance they could not
find any name relating to Oil Career Placement Services.
Although trying to call the number on the website REPEATEDLY
all I got was the answering machine.
Matt.H. sent me an e-mail saying to "contact him through
e-mail and not by phone as he did not want to spend money
on an overseas phone call." Once again Ron I cannot thank
you enough and instead am considering using your services.
Hope to be in contact with you soon. Thank you very much
just wanted to holler at you and tell you again how much
I appreciate you and this website. Its damn hard to find
anything out about this business if you don't know anyone
in it. Folks like you make it a whole lot easier. Thanks
again I really appreciate your help!
for your support. I would like to extend my greatest appreciation
for all that you are doing.
are a great man. I am sure the type of letter you sent me
is standard and that it is automatically generated by computer
but what the heck, it is good and whilst others may laugh
you went the extra mile.
doubt you have experienced the fact that there is no traffic
jam on the extra mile. Well done.
about myself? I am still obtaining part time work which
I am not happy with but I take what I can get as I require
the money and I wish to stay switched full on.
thank you, if we can be of service to each other that would
be fantastic but again your e-mail has has given me that
extra bit of stimulation.
for all the helpful tips. Websites like yours are a great
way to find out what is happening around the place. This
is the first time I've looked at finding work outside of
Australia, and not having much of a clue about what is happening,
sites like yours are a great starting place.
the best to you and take it easy.
of all I want to thank you for having a site like this set
up. It really helps out people such as myself who are looking
to get into this industry without having to purchase an
expensive guide. I understand the difficulty I face being
from out of country and with no experience, but I will not
let it defeat me. I am a very determined and capable young
I thank you for your time and please let me know if there
is anything else I can do to better my chances.
would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your
help thus far. It is great to have someone like yourself
who goes the extra mile to help others, especially people
that you have never met. Your help is greatly appreciated.
recently purchased your offshore guides handbook (ref7590968)
and found it very informative and helpful. I am 23 and have
been looking for a job in the offshore industry for about
a year since I qualified as a plumber , but have been unsuccessful.
know I can handle the stresses and hardships of the offshore
industry but as you well know finding work in offshore /
oilfield / maritime jobs is often more trying than the work
itself! I have spent over a hundred hours on the internet
searching through sites and after being ripped off to the
tune off 400 dollars I was not a happy camper.
are the first honest person I have encountered on the net
and I would like to know if you knew of any one who could
get me any entry level position on board a rig be it a cleaner,
galley-hand, painter br hand anything anywhere. This is
all I have ever wanted to do.
realize nothing is for free , but as I am looking at a long
term career I would be more than willing to pay for your
time and services. My current job in South Africa does not
pay much but I could offer you $ 300 on the day I receive
a firm job offer and my first hitchs wages straight into
your bank account (if that is possible).
don’t want to rip you off and I feel that it is a small
price to pay for your obviously considerable knowledge of
the industry. I am an honest hard working person and I promise
you I will pay you. I am starting to feel like this is my
last chance in this field of employers devoid of names and
for the letter. Yes I am very pleased with the way your
service is put together. I haven't had any response yet
but I'm still hanging in there. no complaint's.
from Deutschland, Captain Ron!!
must admit it that it is a bit interesting hearing from
you. I would also like to congratulate you on designing
a website that basically tells it like it is concerning
the offshore oil industry- it certainly is not for everyone.
Thanks for any help that you can offer.
came across your web site last week. I find it somewhat
a bit humorous that you are doing this on a part-time hobby
basis. Your site is one of the most informative and easy
to follow sites that I have come across, (and …well there
have been many in the last few months!!)
I find funny about it is the you are doing what a number
large corporations are putting efforts in to do and you
are doing it better!
how, I just wanted to write you a little note and mention
that your site already has helped me – I do hope it will
further help me change this inexperienced engineer to an
engineer whose is on the road to getting that invaluable
experience – to find his first offshore job.
would just like to say what you are doing is quite commendable.
Captain Ron for your help. Do take care and well, if you
happen to see anyone who requires a hard working entry level
engineer please let me know!! Thanks again and take care.
Ron, I appreciate your website and it has helped me a lot.
Actually I'm working in the communication field now as a
tower climber, putting in antennas and performing inspections,
from Deutschland, Captain Ron!!
must admit it that it was a bit interesting hearing from
you. Concerning this IMAX situation, is it better for you
to correspond or should I? I think that it would be interesting
to see how they put this together. Let me know what you
think is the best path.
would also like to ask you if could steer me in the right
direction of trying to find offshore dive companies in Europe.
Right now there is no work to be found here in Germany.
I have spoken to several companies and also have a few connections,
but as I said there is just no work.
would also like to congratulate you on designing a website
tha basically tells it like it is concerning the offshore
oil industry, it certainly is not for everyone. Thanks for
any help that you can offer.
you for having such an excellent site, I could not stop
going through it! The info you provide is sincere and I
thank you for it.
Silver Springs, MD, USA
off, WHAT A GREAT SITE! I have posted a resume and it is
available for viewing, so I am not sure what might have
gone wrong.... please let me know if I have somehow messed
cut and pasted the HTML into that box, and when I ask to
view my resume, it pops right up! Perhaps I missed a step.
Thanks again for a great site!
you for the help that you are providing for me...it is very
much appreciated and greatly accepted.
main goal is to become a part of the drilling crew, can
you suggest a training school that offers excellent training.
Would obtaining this training or obtaining roughneck training
improve my chances of employment out of country.??
you can see i am working very hard at trying to get on
an offshore rig, and since i live in canada it's a little
harder to get the contacts that i need. once again you have
been more than helpful.
You for your reply, it's nice to know we have Pro's like
you out there willing to share your valuable knowlege with
everyone else. We need more people like you to guarantee
a strong and dedicated workforce.
glad to be part of Offshore Guides, so far you are the only
one who has given me any help on this situation!
far I've sent out five resumes to the big drilling contractors
in Houston. No reply yet. They are advertising for Rig Electricians
but it seems they are not hiring many????
you think it is worth my while to go to Houston in May,
take the SCR course with Ross Hill Controls (costs $1000.00)
and then visit some of the drilling contractors at that
should I just keep on sending resumes? Or maybe try to get
in as a roughneck? What do you think???
activate my resume which you have so wonderfully made. Now
I am looking forward to a good sea job. I will follow all
your advice for which I request you to monitor my efforts.
changes in the resume etc., we will make together with your
advice as the things would develop. Do advise me the next
you for your comments, insight, and advice. I most definitely
agree with you. Also, I realized that I did not share my
objective with you, which is to learn this business from
the ground up, starting as a roustabout. My long term goal
is in operations management, however, I must learn all facets
of this business first, to be a good and effective leader.
This will take time and sacrifice.
response to your questions: a) I do not remember the months
over the last 19 years, I'm lucky to remember what I did
last week! b) All my experience is with the Kellogg Company.
c) The two most recent positions were in Memphis, TN, and
the balance were in Battle Creek, MI.
let me know if there is anything else that you need. If
you don't get a chance to make the updates prior to leaving
for the patch don't worry about it, I can do it.
I very much appreciated your insight and advice (telling
me like it is) - I respect that! Once again, I look forward
to this new and exciting opportunity. Have a good one -
Collierville, TN, USA
am a. registered entry-level offshore jobseeker with you
and my resume is on ACTIVE status.
am impressed a lot after visiting the website. The way every
thing has been put is excellent. The site clearly reflects
your sincere efforts and dedication to help out jobseekers
in a selflessness way, which is not evident in none of the
other sites I have visited.
have an enquiry for which may I request you to take some
of your precious time out and give your valuable remarks
is mentioned in my resume, I am an aircraft mechanic with
prior 15-years' military experience (Indian Navy) in mechanical
(airframe and engine) branch. Now, being a foreign national
and not having visa to work in US how things are going to
get started in my case.
you please advise me on this? As is evident from your resume
that you also have a prior military experience, you will
understand my case better. Looking forward for your advice
and further instructions.
for calling me the other day, I called the number on the
billboard. I talked with a gentleman name Bryan. I faxed
him a copy of my resume. That was yesterday, today I called
him to see if he had received it. He said that he did but
was to busy to look at it, so I left it at that.
have sent a lot of resumes out as you can see. If you get
some free time send me some more information about work.
I really need this job, I get on the web every night. If
you know someone that is looking for a good rig welder,
please send them my way. Thanks for the help and advice,
maybe one day, I will get to meet you in person.
PS. Between you and I, I need this job!!!!!!!
Springs, FL, USA
I'm at it I'd like to say thanks for the refreshing site.
This is the first site I have come across (and I've visited
a bunch) with straight forward dope on how it is. No B---S---
or bells and whistles just plain good stuff.
sure I'd have no problems working with or for you (and I
don't say that often on short notice even after I've actually
met folks). I could be wrong but I don't think so. Even
if I don't get on through you its nice to know there are
folks like you out there. You had more information in your
introduction than most have in the whole deal they offer!
Sherman, NY, USA
so very much have sorted it now!:) thanx for the info and
ya site is great inspiration.
Sir, I am currently working on the B.P. Bruce platform (North
Sea)for Deutag U.K. as Drilling Instrument Tech. I have
been working here for the past five years and I am now looking
for a job overseas.
would like to know if you have any overseas positions which
suit my qualifications and experience. I have also sent
you a copy of my resume for your perusal. I look forward
to hearing from you soon.
for the feedback. I have looked your site over several times
and found it to be the most informative of its type, that's
why I signed up. Unfortunately your E-mail mistakenly identifies
me as a 1600 Ton Captain, alas I am but a lowly 100 Tonner.
I checked my resume page and I correctly entered 100 Tons.
Please check again and hopefully the prospects will be as
good for the lower Tonnage.
have applied directly to many crew boat companies via E-mail,
snail mail and phone calls. All have said the same thing,
check back after the first of the year. This is very discouraging
and I will probably join a yankee tug boat union (shudder)
to get through till then. I am sick and tired of these yankee
winters and would gladly sell a piece of my anatomy (a small
piece) for the opportunity to get back down South.
still have one more chance and that is with Tidewater. Their
application came in the ail today and a friend of mine is
a former employee of theirs He gave me the name of one of
their Operations supervisors and I hope to parlay that into
advice or suggestions to make sure I don't blow this last
chance would be appreciated.
back home and start job seeking again. Sir, I'd like to
express my appreciations for your care and very helpful
information. Thank You very much!
I have prepared updated resume (will be mailed soon) and
also advised two my friends- chief engineers, known by mutual
work on German ships, good professionals, to join Offshore.
problem is that I am working by very tight schedule: three-four
weeks home stay and two-three month at sea. With a lack
of time is hard to do things well.
labour agencies are bureaucratic and dumb. The best they
can offer is position of electrician on ship. That's why
your help is very important and work in oil industry I see
can be a good choice.
a great day, wishing you the best,
Odessa, Black Sea, Ukraine
for your letter, I am very surprised to hear form you again,
you have really shown concern in my career which I appreciate
so much. Frankly, it is not easy to search for an offshore
job without an assistance. I have since been battling in
the search without any result yet.
for your services I even don't know how to comment about
it , If not the best then one of the best so for I have
ever experience. Your rewritten chapter 14 is just wonderful.
from the beginning I realised that I was at the right place
towards getting an offshore job. Though I cannot hire you,
due to financial constraint. Yet I humbly write for your
assistance and support to see me through this career. I
have understood why you charge for your services and wish
I could pay but, I am financially handicap. I am trying
to pay for your subscription services so that you also do
me favour by rewriting my resume professionally for me.
to hear from you,
for giving me the latest information about offshore guides,
so far i could not get any job but i am still trying to
find one in diving field. About your service it is very
good, i would not mind saying it is the best.
have come across a web site called Joboil. com /oilcareer.com
and they promise that they can get you work in the oil Ind.
with in 90 days. What is the chance that I pay all that
money and never hear from them again? I have heard of so
many people that has fallen in that trap.
a lot for a great web site. In the 10 month that I am looking
for work in the Oil Ind. you're web site was the most informing
one off all that I came across. Thanks for all the info
Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA,
for the mail Mr. Ron.
search for an offshore job has been on for quite some time
now! Fortunately while browsing, on the net, I came across
this wonderful Guide of yours! Hey thanx a lot for
starting such a helpful service! Now because of ur site
I am hopeful of getting a good job soon!
got quite an impressive service going - keep up the good
work. Yep, and hope i strike gold through offshore guides.
a nice day,
CAPT. RON EDWARDS,
VERY MUCH THANKFUL THAT MY JOBS SEARCHING IS LOOKS LIKE
BRIGHTER RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF YOU AND THE OFFSHORE
AGAIN, THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND GUIDANCE. HOPING THAT I
CAN FIND A JOB SOON....
BLESS YOU ALL AND MORE POWER...
for your last inquire about my job status. To briefly update
you, i was hired by a seismic exploration company in Calgary
Wolf Survey & Mapping in August.
have been very busy since then, training in seismic field
surveys, GPS pack operations and helicopter insertions.
This lasted about two weeks after which i have been employed
as a regular field team member in seismic surveys.
big part of the training stressed safety procedures due
to the inherent risks involved, particularly helicopter
operations, bear wareness and other health and safety issues
and ensuring all safety tickets were up-to-date.
have standards to meet in data quality, quality control
and equipment maintenance, troubleshooting technical problems
and dealing with whatever the field conditions / terrain
can throw at us.
conclude things are going well with this company and i will
post an updated resume as soon as I am able. Hopefully this
will give me a firm standing in onshore/offshore opportunities
in the oilfield/gas/ natural resources sector.
I would like to let you know what a help your website has
been. I am relocating the first week in October in high
hopes of attaining employment on an offshore oil rig.
site was by far the most helpful in getting me started in
gaining knowledge about this career field. I registered
my resume with you over a week ago. I logged on several
times in the following two days, and my resume stayed in
pending status. I would appreciate you looking into this
you for your helping to try and find a job for me on the
Oilrigs, I appreciate it very much to try and help me. I
just want to state it will only be me that will come over
when I get work Offshore. My family will stay in South
Africa until we decide to go over. I am willing to work
up in the North Sea also as I said previously I have family
living in The Netherlands.
are still working a 4 Day week and I am working at the Panelbeater
on Mondays, to earn some more extra money. Also I will know
this week if I can work at a Truck Engineering Company where
they extend and shorten Truck Chassis, to improve even more
my Welding skills.
I can work on Sundays also to earn more extra money and
experience. I am looking forward to receive your New Handbook
that you are busy with at this stage. Send it to me as soon
as you have completed it.
Ron ask the Oil Companies how much more extra work I must
get to convince them that I am serious about work? I accept
that I have no experience but does this not show them that
I am willing to learn and that I want to work and not to
they are serious about hiring people put me with an experienced
person for two weeks and see what I can do after that with
the training and observation I have done with my eyes.
am like a Racing Driver I can push myself to the limit.
Capt Ron please try and help me.
Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
for the GREAT web site. I love the humor you slip in between
good info and serious advice. I just hope at 40 and with
only a machining background, I'm not considered "too old".
Take care and thanks again...
care for the rigs at all. Worked on a few back in the 70's
& 80's.Very nasty & greasey. don't mean to sound
like I'm picky but never did care for the grease. Would
be willing to work hook up work on production platform or
pilings on jackets
be experienced in both. But prefer the old pipelines that's
where the money is. Anyway keep me posted on your site as
active and will sit tight and see what happens. Inspection
work is still going good for now. So let the good times
you for your prompt reply. I have started researching as
your information advised. I am very uplifted about seeking
offshore work and thank you for the initial path.
will keep you posted on my progress. I already have a few
companies to contact and as you suggested my "bags" are
are you doing?. It's been 2 long years since I first wrote
to you. Thanks for staying in touch. And thanks a lot for
all your help in sending me the links.
I have come to know is their is no free service in the world.
There are so many so called hot jobs available, where people
are needed desperately. I have sent my CVs to all of them
but no response. It seems no body bothers to read your CV
unless there is Premium Placement.
could you do me a favour and see if there are any urgent
requirements around for offshore medic and safetyman. Please
let me know how to go about sending the money as I am unable
to "log on". I am sending my updated CV as an attachment
just FYI, will paste it once I am able to log on. Thanks
again you rose above expectation by contacting me with your
news letter and better yet personalizing it by asking how
I was doing .
want to thank you for that and let you know how appreciative
that makes one feel in searching for work and job assistance.
I am currently unemployed and searching for work either
aboard ship or platform as a chef or cook.
thank you sincerely,
McComb, MS, USA
reading your website and obtaining the knowledge to go out
and get a job in the offshore industry....within 5 short
days I am going to work for my first offshore company!
you Captain Ron and your website,
Spring Valley, CA, USA
for all your help, the web site is awesome. I have currently
bought a hydrovac truck and am operating in Alberta, Canada.
It has been none stop since I started the business one month
ago, very happy about that.
we talked I went to work for Trans Texas Gas in Houston.
I was recruited, hired and supervised by the VP of Operations.
I was hired as Safety Engineer for their company. He was
also the son-in-law of the owner.
lasted 3 months. I came back from the field and my boss
had been served divorce and termination papers the same
day. My position was eliminated the next week. Since then
I have went to work for a company called PT Patra of Jakarta,
Indonesia. I am their shore based HSE Supt based in Balikpapn,
have had several job offers in the past 3 months. I hope
you are sucessfull in your efforts. If I should need your
services I will not hesitate to contact you.
Nova Scotia, CANADA
day sir, rcv ur mail yesterday n understood all the contents.
thank you for your good approach and all the work which
your are trying to get hold for your clients. as myself
still waiting for the reply from any of the employee. as
for now i can say your service is excellent and this is
the exact way to get people motivated as i know all around
n in fact myself alone trying to change career after a long
years of working with same kind of job.
the best on your up comings and keep up the good work on
all the field your are trying to venture around.
ur mail yesterday n understood all the contents. thank you
for your good approach and all the work which your are trying
to get hold for your clients.
now i can say your service is excellent and this is the
exact way to get people motivated as i know all around n
in fact myself alone trying to change career after long
years of working with same kind of job.
the best on your up comings and keep up the good work on
all the field your are trying to venture around.
Wow! I would just like to congratulate you on an EXCELLENT
site, I will register and post my CV as soon as it is ready!
I have been doing lots of research on the industry and on
ways to get in as an outsider. Your site has helped me more
in one day than two months of rigorous research. Congratulations
and keep it up! Soon to be rig bound South African.
you for your correspondence, and your personal support.
have registered with the job sites that you recommended
- and spend regular time finding more links, sites, and
advertisers. (I remain stuck between politics in the South
African marine industry, STCW, and USCG requirements.) I
now aim more for trainee rig manager.
is the key!
the best with your site - you remain the only one I know
of who gives personal service.
Richards Bay, SOUTH AFRICA
am still with Ensco working on there ENSCO 7501 Design as
a Staff Member. I do not want to work as a Staff Member
and therefore are still keeping my eye open for some Consulting
work. I sure hope I will find something soon.
have been relocated by Ensco to Houston and work for them
at the OCEAN DESIGN Office at 11111 Richmond. Take care
and have a nice day.
Ron, (1st letter)
husband has been looking for offshore employment for the
past 10 months. At every chance we get we have sent out
a letter with the resume as an attachment. We very rarely
got a reply. You can imagine my amazement when told that
the attachment doesn't open so most of our resumes, probably
as many as 100 of them, were sent to the recycle bin.
now use your online resume and yes we have had replies,
not robot mail, but applications for employment!!!!!
you Ron for all your help. Your online resumes really work,
and it is nice to know that they open every time and they
don't all end up in the trash.
Ron, (2nd letter)
it going? I just wanted to let you know that after sending
out your online resume we have had a few replies telling
us that they were impressed and will be keeping Paul on
file, Noble in U.K has sent an employment application form
and so has PAC in houston which is a recruiting firm for
offshore rigs. We also have an application from Grey Wolf.
have to say that although they aren't job offers they are
better than any robot mail or postcard we had received earlier
(when we were using our old resume). I am still getting
much enjoyment out of your message board. I see Santa Claus
returned to rub it in once again.
the first time in a long time Paul and I feel as though
things are looking up for him as far as offshore employment
goes. Before this we were feeling very deflated about the
whole experience Keep up all the good work Ron,
Have you checked out the site www.rig-hands.com
Lisa and Paul
(finally) received the full refund from oilcareer this week.
I wouldn´t have reached this far without your guidance and
kind support. Thank you very much for all your help.
wrote you several weeks back inquiring about employment
(for my husband) on 'offshore'. I accessed an 'offshore
chat' group and was able to learn from one of the participants
- certain web sites to contact. I did as this person was
suggesting to another -- and faxed my husband's resume to
them ("offshore catering company).
Within TWO weeks he received a phone call from Human Resources
and they have faxed the company's application. Once he has
filled out the application - they want him to FAX it back
to them - at which time they will schedule an interview
background: trained cook/chef.
thought I would pass this information on to you.
since I've been away for a few years, I'm not sure how things
are. Have to ask my friends back home.
plan is to contact the companies here and get a job back
home so they can send me there to work. I have started contacting
some already using your web site. It's been very helpful
here was glad to find your website again. Thank you for your
help in re-doing my cv it made a difference. I used the oilcareer.com
and got taken, not one of my cv's was ever sent out as promised.
The man Matt H lied to me.
have been working in Kazakhstan doing some HSE and just
got home. Thought I lost you on the website. Yes Matt H
tried to increase my exposure by having me pay more but
it was too good to be true.
called some of the oil companies on his list he stated that
received my cv but they never heard of me nor his website
oilcareer.com. Take care but I do need your services to update
my cv again.
Port Richey, FL, USA
name is Ryan Hague and I am a 20 year old from Vernon, BC,
Canada. I have been trying to search everywhere for offshore
employment opportunities. I continue to fail to find any
companies whom will talk to me personally, and I know I
will not succeed unless I am able to talk to someone. I
have a little oilfield experience working on a service rig
in Alberta, Canada.
I would like you to write a resume for me at present time
I cannot afford it. Currently it is spring break up here
and neither myself nor my friends or co-workers are in the
I realize you are not going to write a resume for me for
free so I was wondering if you could maybe point me into
a direction of a hiring personal. I have a great ability
to talk to people verbally and truly believe if I were to
talk to them I would have a much greater chance of employment.
do have some experience with fire fighting, first aid, electrical
wiring, and of course hard working. I also have tickets
including h2s, whimis, tdg, and air brakes.
sir, there is no way I can make you believe that all I want
to do is work. And I love the oil industry and will travel
anywhere I have to. If there is any other way I can give
you the money at a later date or another way of transaction
I will be forever indebted to you.
will attach my resume at the slim chance that you have another
way. Thank you for your time. My apologies for making this
sound like a sob story.
am from Yugoslavia (Serbia). In my country there are many
people who would like to work in oil related business. Your
Offshore Guide is very educative. With your permission,
I would like to translate it and put on my free-visit Web
Site. I hope to hear from you soon.
have been ripped off by that lot in Canada - you did send
an email reminding us all about them "New Ventures" or something
like that. I can't seem to find the url to register a complaint
against them with my credit card company. They have ripped
me off over £200 sterling and I have nothing to show for
it at all.
first, I`m very sorry for my silence. And I`m sorry for
my poor english too. I don`t have internet in my home computer,
but I hope it is not for long. The operator in company,
where I created my e-mail, said, that my mail box is empty.
Thanks for Good, I understand to check my box myself.
norrowly read your letters and understood, that it is very
many dishonest peoples in the world. I would like to thanks
you for warning. I live in the Lithuania, in the beautyfull
place near the Baltic see. Lithuania is respublic of young
years ago my motherland get back her independence and ours
peoples wants to become valued. Some peoples from foreign
countries thinks, that we like monkeys in the jungle. It`s
very hurt full feeling.
moment, when I created my e-mail box, I got very many various
offers from not oil companys. I think, that my mail
box visited computer hachers, because I got letters from
Post office. You don`t even imagine what offers like I got.
are Greece, Italy, Russian, Germany and Lithuanian companys.
I got offer to become the prostitute too. I got e-mail from
oilcareer.com too. Like you said, their page and newsletter
gives the impresion for me.
keynot in their letter was "You get what you pay for!" The
paymant was 97$. Thanks to you, I save my money. I think,
your service is very good, becouse you experience in this
busines makes impression.
am looking for simple job in oil companys, who is not so
far from my motherland. For example, in North or Norvegian
sea. I think, another places will be very expensive for
me, becouse all my earning will get away for return tickets.
Or I am wrong?
attention to me is very thoughtful. Well, Mister Ron, I
hope, you will understand my wishes and will help
my. I`m sorry for my english over again. I`m learning this
language now. Thanks and have a happy Easter!
followed up on the jobs we applied for on your site, but
never heard anything. Don't get disheartened about all the
other web sites out there telling everyone how easy it is
to get an offshore job. The thing is we won't know what
they are like until we try them and then we'll learn from
very rarely return to a site which sends out robot mail
and that is about 95% of them. I like to know there is a
real person behind the scenes, hopefully someone who can
speak from experience.
had another couple of mail replies today saying thank you
for your enquiry, etc. One said they were impressed with
Pauls resume and would keep it for future reference, one
was a postcard that obviously everyone gets as they didn't
bother to call him by name.
advice we have had so far is - he won't get on offshore
unless he is at least a derrickman or AD, try to get offshore
Aussie and then apply for international work once he is
a Driller, post a resume as a web page so companies will
find it with search and link it to a couple of oilfield
toolusher here has just scored a job O.S with Parker or
someone. He said he'd give Paul a list of companies and
contacts!! Hope he comes through Don't give up on the site
Ron, it's people like you, with you knowledge, know how,
advice and enthusiasm that keeps people like us going.
always come back to your site whether it's to check the
jobs, go to the links, read the handbook, check the message
board. You're one of the good guys where your advice is
free and your site isn't full of bullshit promises that
can't be kept.
keep slogging away, something will have to give sooner or
later. Maybe people don't follow up on their leads, but
that is their problem not yours, all you can do is advise
them. Thank you for extending the subscription service.
for the encouraging e-mail. You are about the only person
who checks back to see what's happening - the rest all promise
to but never do! I have been browsing the internet for some
months now and I have submitted my resume to numerous sites
that promise at least a response from potential employers.
date I have only received TWO phone calls in SIX months
from employers who were looking for an experienced welder
and an experienced fitter - neither of which is me!
have all but given up submitting my resume and searching
for that elusive entry level position. I even completed
an offshore survival and fire fighting course, at the recommendation
of the first employers reply I received, in an attempt to
make myself more employable.
that I have the 'basic requirement' I seem to only come
across advertisements for jobs that require experience.
All I'm looking for is an entry level job - anywhere
in the world, and I mean anywhere. I have no obligations
or responsibilities in South Africa and am free to travel
to even the most remote site!
help me to find something, soon. I am beyond desperate and
as I said have all but given up hope of ever finding employment
in the offshore oil industry. Any suggestions, assistance
or referals will be greatly appreciated.
are a really kind person, I feel that you are a person for
well, God is great and knows the persons that must be rewarded,
I wish you the whole good of the world.
I have written in my first letter, a lot sets electronics
received by the oilcareer.com, kind where they wax insults,
was with a virus allegato, ill virus has burnt me many times
in my Personal Computer.
fact, in that date I had not installed on my PC what I have
been able to recover it is what I had saved in a briefcase
that the technician that he has mended the PC he has succeeded
to reread one yours pleasant answer, footstep to greet.
You have to excuse me of my non perfect English, I don't
speak well English, in fact I make to help from a program
of translation that I have installed on my PC.
you for kindly answering me. I like very much receiving
your letters because they are personally addressed and I
feel there is a human being at the other side.
be honest, I'm Svetlozar's wife. He is a very busy man and
doesn't have time to search Internet. That's why I do everything
for him and some of his friends.
would like to tell you that it was quite difficult for me
to reach your site. I've been searching Internet for three
month. First I came across oilcareer.com. They flooded my
e-mail with various letters and ads and I had to change
my server and e-mail address respectively.
are many highly skilled sailors/seamen who would like to
apply for a job, but we are not very confident yet. Bulgarians
need work permits to work abroad. That's why I'm not sure
there will be an employer to contact my husband. If this
happens, I'll post other CVs. Thanks again for your friendly
attitude and service.
want to thank you for communicating with me in such a personal
fashion. Makes doing business seems not so much like business.
I enjoy getting your newsletters and emails and hope to
find a challenge in the near future.
is the first time I have done any research on the net and
as you can see from my resume I have experience on land
rigs and have not as yet been contacted by any other companies
on the net. I have been offered a position to train roughneck's
but would much rather get on offshore in Nova Scotia or
thank you for your respond and look forward to hearing from
you again. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
received your email to say that my resume is active. Your
site is really superb, and very helpful and well put together,
it is the best site of it's kind.
just wanted to start off by apologizing for coming on a
little strong in my last e-mail. I realized this is not
an easy task to find potential employers offshore who are
interested in my qualifications.
you can understand I spent two years in college for this
stuff and I have been drilling for another two years. I
wish someone would just let me prove myself. With the knowledge
and experience I have gained I know I can take that and
adapt to drilling offshore.
do consider myself a quick learner and I've already proved
that with my present employer. I was running my own drill
within a month after being hired. I really want to work
offshore, is there anything you can do for me?
have found your service to be every thing you said and more.
I believe after reading several posts on the message board
some people think all they have to do is subscribe to your
service and the jobs will come to them. I think of your
site as a very direct link to oil companies and know it
is my responsibility to pursue the available contacts and
send my resume to possible employers.
not only applied for the jobs listed on your site but also
I try to get several ph # each night and call companies
each day I have found some companies seem like it makes
them mad that a person calls them wanting to work for them,
others are quite helpful and happy to receive resume's.
I am making list of companies that are helpful and forgetting
the ones that are not as I will never work for them.
all for now,
Monterey, TN, USA
for your input, checked the jobs section for my second perusal.
I'm away in the Timor Sea for the week for a semi sub shift,
doing the right thing by your data base. By the way for
reference, I`ve seen a seismic 2nd mates slot on the Marineforce
site. Mainly they say "for residence, only". I`ve a
UK Passport, I told them I could be in the UK in 48 hours
ready for start-up.
Falcon, WEST AUSTRALIA
name is Michael Brett, I`m a licensed Chief engineer. I
am currently working for Edison Chouest. I am scheduled
to talk at the local high school tommorow about offshore
employment opportunities. Your hand book is just what the
you dont mind I have printed it out and will take it with
me for my presentation tommorow. Great job!! Thank you.
Cut Off, LA, USA
apologies for my outburst the other day. I was getting you
mixed up with someone else.
you may have guessed, I have been having a rather a frustrating
time recently with web sites which, for "commercial" reasons,
do not perform the way they are supposed to do, or do not
deliver what they initially promise.
this does not apply to your site, please accept my apologies.
appreciate your efforts in trying to resolve the problems
that I have been having trying to "log on" to your site.
guess I will just have to take it on trust that my CV is
there, somewhere, and hope that I get a response.
would like to thank you and congratulate you on your site.
read your Handbook and have learned a great deal about the
oil industry and working in it. Your handbook is the most
informative and intelligent site I have visited.
will not bore you with my situation, but needless to say
I am looking for a Job that pays people well for working
hard and doing jobs that the majority will not do.
live in England and I am looking into the offshore industry
amongst others industries to provide me and my family with
A decent income. Your handbook has probably steered me away
from offshore work, as at tender age of thirty, I don't
want start at the bottom of any ladder again, although the
skills I have may not imply that.
the way I have been searching for 'offshore Web sites' for
some time and English or British sites appear to be non
existent. This may be of use to you.
your amazement: In your handbook you say "Its a wonder gas
isn't $5.00 a gallon" . Over here in Britain Gas is nearly
$7.00 a gallon. A packet of cigarettes is $6.00. As you
can see there are a few reasons for needing to earn good
money. Again I congratulate you on your site.
you for your email chastising me for an incomplete resume.
I have duly completed said resume and send it to you for
your critic. Please let me know what you think.
want to congratulate you on this site. It is the best and
most informative site I have encountered in months of searching.
If I would have found this sooner I believe 1000% that I
would have been working.
would like to know two things. 1. What is the average entry
level wage for in offshore positions seafood or otherwise?
2nd how much do you charge upon employment?
you and as I have remarked this is a wonderful site and
promise to pass on this site to any interested persons.
Thanks for your reply on my questions... I did e-mail Paul
but he won't return an e-mail. I am going to try him again
to see if he will direct me to someone else if he is too
busy... My questions are not the end of the world. It it
would be nice to know the amount of cash an operator makes.
I guess I would find these things out if I got an interview,
eh? Paul's company does not accept resumes, just application
forms. What's up with that?
the next few days when I am at home I will give you a call,
I have a few questions about joining some other recruiters,
I want your opinion on this first. Thanks again Ron.. You
always come thru...
else do I need to do before you can make me active?
can't believe I actually found a site where the info is
current and they actually respond to email!!!!!!!! Have
come over to the UK now to do construction work and save
enough money to go up to Aberdeen and look for some courses
for this great website, keep it up,
Kwazulu Natal, SOUTH AFRICA
FOR A VERY INFORMATIVE SITE (THE BEST IN OFFSHORE I'VE SEEN
BY FAR), AND I'VE SPENT MANY HOURS OF SURFING !! LOOK FORWARD
TO HEARING FROM YOU
How are you doing. Got your mail when i was aboard the rig
Trident-02. Sorry for the delay in replying.
got a mail from your website asking to resubmitt the resume.
I have done that and now am keeping my fingers crossed.
Lets hope for the best.
thanks once again for the encouragement in your last mail.
(I am sending you my resume as an attachment to dispel any
doubts about my qualifications). Thanks and cheers. I remain,
think that your offshore guides web site is the best there
is and i hope that it will help me to get a job offshore.
I have just been in contact with a friend in Norway and
he told me that they are getting started to build two new
oil rigs in Rostock and a new one is heading out in february.
you look at the resumes and say if they are god or bad?
and if you do so, do you tell what you think is wrong with
again for a killer website!
Just like to say thanks for the information you sent . I
found this site really helpful it is the best sight on offshore
jobs so far. I am still looking for a job in the offshore
have 16 years fishing tool experience and half of them are
200 to 250 miles off shore. For references i have 2 captain
names working for company SEABASE MEARSK and 1 captain name
working for ATLANTIC PILOT authority and 1 chief engineer
and 2 good friends working with canada coast guard. I like
to find out more information about seabase mearsk and coast
BYE FOR NOW,
think YOU! DO! LEAV YOUR! LIFE! like real pirate, and YOU
DO! ACT IN YOUR LIFE LIKE real gentelman.
read (whit wide open eyes) Your`s Offshore Guides and it
was very exating and 100% useful for absolute beginer like
me. You have 8 points from 10max. And You probably can easy
gane this 2 points poting Your artist face at THE TOP CENTRAL
PLACE RIGHT INFRONT the consumers eyes....
what I mean is that it took me 2 months to decide is this
web side trusteble or it isjust a very nice writen fake
info, apearing out there in the internet to pick lamers
sorry for my poor english and terific spelling :)Mr.
I am looking very activly for employment in offshore oil-gas
company, without experience's requirements.PLEASE look at
for your mail. I'm not working at present, I've just finished
a 6 month contract for Ensco in New Zealand and am looking
for more work. I think your site is very good.
for all your wisdom and no nonsense information. I choose
too get a job on an oil rig for a lot of reasons...and I
thank you every time I read and learn something new.
for positive and quick response, Capt. Ron. The Advance
course in handling of DP Vessels was completed at Houston
with Kongsberg early this year. Indeed it cost a good amount
can you help now get the low rung DPO's job?
Stamford, CT, USA
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