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Make yourself available.
Make a list of the top ten Oilwell Drilling Contractors and phone each one asking what Industry Tickets and specialised courses would give you an
advantage in the hiring process,they will not waste time misinforming you,get the names of the people you talk to,become a known quantity.
Most of the basic courses can be taken online and are not that expensive,some companies will pay for the courses post-hire.
A drivers license is an advantage on land based operations for entry level positions but not a requirement.
Put your body where it needs to be,it is like anything else in life,if you want it go and get it no one is stoppping you.
Yes,maybe you need to tent it for a month or two and work temp jobs for minimum wage or do whatever it takes to put yourself in the right position.
If you are willing to put in the effort you will be rewarded.
You need good health,the work is physical,you do not need to be a huge physical specimen but you must be healthy and able to work long hard
hours,stamina is important.
If you are clean,sane,presentable and you make the effort to show up prepared to go to work early in the morning at the right offices and you MAKE
YOURSELF AVAILABLE you will be noticed.
Have a Duffle bag of work gear ready,have your Industry Tickets ready ,have your license ready.Be prepared,seize the moment when it comes.
If you are in the general area of working men early in the morning and you show them that you are able and willing to work like they do and you
PRESENT yourself day in and day out,you will be noticed and you will be given an opportunnity.
If you want a Constuction job,take the same approach,if you show up on the curb for 2 weeks straight with tools and lunchbag in hand and present
yourself,someone will move on or screw up and you will be IN THE MINDS OF THE MEN making the decisions.
It really boils down to who wants it more and that breaks down to who presents themselves in the right places at the right times.
If I wanted a job as a Kangaroo Hunter which I did at one point consider many years ago,I would need to research the job,prepare myself to the
standards needed,then simply make myself available in the areas where they hunt kangaroos.
I used to work in the Patch and I helped many men get entry level jobs.I never helped one who wasnt willing to help himself first,and I did in fact
help a few men who showed the moxy and fortitude to make an effort.The LAST thing I did was rely on the Personell office,god only knows what they
might send you at any given time.
Many jobs are given to people from outside of the regular cyber-pool of applications.Being AVAILABLE so it doesnt cost the Company time and money is
critical.You can give a half-effort and simple apply online,or you can give a 100% effort and follow my advice.If you must give up a job now and have
a family think twice,because there are no guarantees,other than if you present yourself and are prepared and low maintenance you will eventually be
noticed and hired.
Pre-employment or Post-employment Drug testing is common.
Good luck have fun and remember this is advice that applies to Land based Oilwell Drilling Contractors and Canadian Companies in Alberta,Canada,I am
not sure how the system works in other countrys it is likely different in some ways.Make sure you learn the right ropes for the area you try to hire
on in as there are differences.
There are differences between Service Rigs and drilling Rigs you need to research,the two are very very different types of jobs.Choose the one that
fits you best,there are many core differences in pay, hours,types of work,and availability of jobs.