Looking for work?

Lately I have been getting a lot of emails and messages from soon to be maritime grads, and recent G.O.M. lay off victims, all looking for tips on where and how to find a job. So here are my top three tips on how to land that first, or second, or twenty-third job in the maritime industry.

Number Three:
Check your email regularly, including the spam folder. Always keep your phone on and on you, and always answer.

Number Two:
Keep all of your documents organized and in a folder for any potential interview. Also, and even more important, keep them all saved electronically as emailable PDF files.

Number One:
Endlessly emailing companies is a waste of time, and honestly, for the lazy. Pick up the phone and start dialing. Get anyone at in the office on the phone that you can! Be polite, and if you aren’t talking to the right person, ask nicely if you can be directed to the right person! Just get on the PHONE! If I didn’t make it clear enough, here is Leonardo Dicaprio to help clarify.

If you are a newbie who wants to get into the industry, and don’t know where to start. Feel free to send me a message.

About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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3 Responses to Looking for work?

  1. Capt Jill says:

    Good advice, but even better to GO to the office! Most places have stopped answering phone calls, they’ll give you the run around with the answering machine. Hard to get in to see a real person anymore too, but better luck with it. At least they know you’re in the area and ready to go to work IF they need someone.
    This is a very bad time to be looking for offshore work. Looks like inland is doing better, I still see some ads for the towing companies in the various magazines.

    • I agree the offshore industry is a hard nut to crack right now, and honestly this wasn’t really targeted at that sector. It seems most of the OSV companies operate on their own planet when it comes to the hiring process. Towing companies are all busy right now and will answer the phone if you call! Something that seems lost on most of my generation……

      • Capt Jill says:

        Yep, their own planet, it sure does seem that way!
        I noticed that about the towing companies. I still see lots of ads looking to hire people. Too bad the USCG took away the freight and towing off my license years ago. I’m too old to start all over again as a deckhand! Been there, done that 2-3 times already!! Good place to get some sea time for those just starting out tho.

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