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How to get a job in the oil field

Updated on April 18, 2008

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Getting a job in the oil field, is like getting any other job in a high-paying field. You typically have to be motivated, start out at the bottom, and rise to the top. However, a career in oil can be promising as it will always be in demand, hence the reason why it's dubbed "black gold".

First decide what type of oil job you want, a job drilling, in sales career, maybe you want to work as an oil transport driver, maybe you want to work on an oil rig, maybe you want to be an engineer in the oil field. There are so many different opportunities to get a job in oil, you must narrow your search. Do you want to work on or offshore? Maybe the idea of being an offshore oil marine is interesting to you.

Second, I would consider your location, and think about relocating yourself to an oil "hot spot" in America, or any other place in the world. Oil hot spots include, but aren't limited to: Texas, Iraq, Canada, Illinois, Russia, Venezuela, Alaska, Africa, and so on. However, it is definitely possible to lead a successful career in oil ANYWHERE in the world or in America.

Third, register yourself with a reputable, trusted, oil job bank.

Registering with a job bank should be free (such as the one I linked to in the previous sentence). You can post your resume, and have access to thousands of listings all over the world. Oil job banks are often updated on a daily basis. Often times, recruiters will search the resumes in an oil job bank as they know it's a great way to target candidates in the oil field. I recommend the link above, but if you choose to register with a different job bank, beware of job scams.

Review each job posting. Pay special attention to the requirements. Do you see any trends? Chances are, if you keep finding job postings that require that you have a special liscence, or certifercate, and so on.... this is a sign that you should work to obtain the stated requirement.

Keep in mind that when applying for ANY gas and oil job if you have experience, references, special training, and so on, these will all help your job hunt go much more smoothly. A lot of oil and gas job postings put an emphasis on SAFETY, so any extra safety courses you can take can only help. You should also have a clean record, so you can pass any background checks. You should have a driver's lisence, and any marine experience will also help sell you as an employee.

Network with other people in the oil and gas industry field. Share your job hunting/ general field experiences with others. Give your input and ask for advice. Networking with other people in the gas, oil, and energy fields will be one of the best ways you can score a high paying job. You should also strive to connect with people who are already employed by an oil company, they can let you know where you should direct your resume to.

Stay informed with the latest oil, gas, and energy industry happenings. Potential employers will see this as a sign that you genuinely care about working in the filed and consistently work to keep educating yourself on current events in the oil field.

And as with any job hunt, in any field, persistance and motivation are key. Keep sending resumes out and keep networking and you should yeild good results!

I hope this article has proved to be helpful. If you have questions or feedback, please leave me a comment!

Oil is always in demand, which means job security.

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