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Hi Ron!

It´s Fredrik here! I find your offshore guides site very inspiring and helpful in pointing me in right direction!

Actually i am going to the new stena drilling oil rig called stena don that i spoke of before. The rig is not finished yet but they say it will be now in october, i am going now to morrow to stavanger in norway where the final preparations will be made.

I am going to work as  welder. I have been hired since 30 juli so my test period is going to be finished 1 january and after that i will be hired permanently.

I will try to keep in touch to se what happens. If my cv can remain i would be grateful because there can always come up a job you can´t say no to. See you!

Thanks!
Fredrik H


Hi Ron,

It's nice hearing from you once again and I hope your business is doing well. Here's the latest and greatest: I'm the Operations Manager in Contract Manufacturing in a different industry, and I really enjoy what I do - June was my one year service anniversary.

I very much appreciated your insights and advice, which helped me to enhance my focus on what I was going after. And here's how small the world is, one of my partners at this company, worked in the oil industry most of his life, in fact, his dad in law still is and is in high demand.

Let's drop each other a line once in awhile, you never know what the future will bring. If I'm ever down you way and our schedule permits, coffee is on me. God bless and thanks again

Regards,
Paul S
Collierville, TN, USA


hi capt. ron,

was wondering if you know of any part time fill in work, as i'm waiting for things too cool down in w africa, before noble puts hands back out. thought you might have some ideas being in the loop as you are.

also, what's the fastest way to get a z card? thank you as your advice is always well taken.

gary a
Gulf Breeze, FL, USA


Hello Ron,

I registered as your site requested, but I'm not looking for a job on a rig. You might want to delete my entry in your database.

I have a question for you. Is there a daily mail / package delivery service between the rigs and the shore, either for mail or supplies or etc. If not, do you think that would be a needed service?

Steph,
they fly the mail out on the choppers or send it in a crew / supply boat.
Were you wanting to take the mail out?
Ron

I'm thinking of using unmanned helicopters to do package delivery. Benefits would be:

  • very cheap (10:1 difference)
  • can do many trips on a moments notice
  • automated service, emergency delivery

What do you think?
Thanks,
Stephane F


Dear Cpt. Ron,

Nice to hear from you. How are you? Hope everything is fine. Right now I´m doing an MBA at the Instituto de Empresa here in Spain. I started in January and I will finish it next December. It´s a lot of hard work but I think it´s definitely worth it.

Have you received more complaints from "cheated people" by oilcareer?

Best regards,
David B


Ron,

Im driving Tractor-trailer now, gave up on the drilling thing but thanks for askin.

Chris B
Ontario, CANADA


Well hey Ron!

That is a way old email!!! At least 2 years old!!!! I no longer work offshore, I worked on a rig where if you didn't come from South Louisiana, you were going nowhere. After two years as a roustabout, and seeing literally dumbassess being handed motorman jobs, etc., I had to go!

I did everything possible, I got my motorman ticket, I worked after hours with all the mechanics and motormen, free of charge of course. During my on tour time the mechanics would always get me to help them.

Hell the maintenance supervisor let me change out the radiator on a crane by myself! I did everything and I am not lazy by any means.

I am Mexican and not from south Louisiana. Anyway  I work at a galvanizing plant now, and i am the plant superintendent there, go figure.

efren


Dear Captain Ron,

Hi how are you doing, this is James David Thomas writing to you sir, I am a registered user of offshoreguides.com.  I was very much impressed by information provided on your website  and your early response.

I had been waiting for a month to see the status as PENDING AND THEN I was thrilled one morning to see my status as ACTIVE, that's really great Captain Ron.

By the way I would like to bring to your kind notice that my dad's name is also Ronny who is britisher but settled in India. By the I would like to have your photograph.

HOPE I AM NOT DISTURBING YOU, I AM VERY EAGER TO JOIN THE CREW. Thanking you in anticipation.

Regards,
James T,
Shajrah,
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


Cpt Ron,

Two things for you today: First, I tried to update my resume on your web. I made changes and when i tired to submit the changes I got this "warning " message saying there is a problem on line 81. Well I got back to my resume but could not find any problem with line 81. Could you please take a look and let me know what s wrong with it?

Second, I live off the coast of CA , Long beach is not too far from me, and every time i go to the beach i see all these oil rigs offshore. I m pretty sure there are some jobs i could apply for on some of them... well the problem is: I dont know where to go to apply....Would you be able to help in this matter?

Thank you,
Bruno Dal-Pra
Riverside, CA, USA


Hey Ron,

thanks for the shout. No I haven't really had a lot of success in finding an offshore gig, but I've decided to get out of the oilpatch. I'm going into Real Estate here in the Panhandle of Florida.

I think the timing  is right, besides the oilfield, "sure ain't what it used to be". thanks again for your reply and if you or anyone you know needs help in real estate in Florida, please call me.

thanks,
John B


Hello,

I just wonder.....if you have such professional workers, they are doing a hard job and.. must be stressed....

Are you interested to send them a professional masseurin / therapeut, working with chinese method from switzerland?? which is traveling around the world and looking for a unusual-job?? If so, please contact me!

Gabriela S
dipl. Masseurin


I leave out of  Port Fourchoun on occasion. I enjoy working land jobs myself, because of the long boat rides. I like the chopper rides though. I'm a private pilot myself. I like going over to Grand Island in the summer and check out the babes.

I take it you're an old married man though and can't do those things. HA! Anyway I work with the mud engineers  from MI and for the most part they are a good group.

Well keep up the good work on your site. I run across folks on occasion who used your site as I did. I gave your website address to some high school kids I play golf with who are interested in working in our industry. It has more info. than I could give.

Thanks
Jimmy M
Sherwood, AR, USA


Hi Ron,

Thanks a lot for the Offshore guides newsletter, it's nice to know what your up to. I'm spending time in Queensland enjoying the sunshine, hang gliding and I even managed a little work in the Film industry. Spent 3 months working 80-90 hour weeks driving trucks, setting up at locations, managing infrastructure and occasionally massaging stressed out "stars".

It was a lot different than operating cranes that's for sure. The movie is called "Collision Course" though it may change for the release and it's a MGM co-production starring someone who apparently is well liked in the U.S. Steve Irwin aka "The Crocodile Hunter". It's due out in the states for your Summer season...hope you enjoy it.

Lot's of stories on our t.v. regarding the September 11 destruction of the Twin towers and some of your firefighters in Australia right now on a holiday. A sad reminder of an horrific act of terrorism.

Regards,
Russell F
Malvern, AUSTRALIA


Dear Mr. Ron,

I was written to you before and I must apologize. I have been saved as much articles as I could and when I wrote back. I have been written to you as a employer, also. A major mistake, caused because I want to do as much as I can in one day. If this email can improve first, bad impression he has done your part.

On the second hand, I must thank you, because you have shared yours thinking with me (and us on the Net). Your book is very helpful.

Best regards,
Ivan T
Mostar, BOSNIA


Hi Ron,

I'm glad to part of Offshore Guides, so far you are the only one who has given me any help on this situation!

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????

Do 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 time???

Or should I just keep on sending resumes? Or maybe try to get in as a roughneck? What do you think???

Thanks
Kevin S
Lakeville, MN, USA


Hi Captain Ron

I think this is probably the most valuable info on any site. Keep up the good work. You give us all hope in finding a job. I particularly like the Message Board as it is interactive. Would like to have seen more jobs advertised and response from more employers. Fraternal greetings from South Africa

Sakkie N
SOUTH AFRICA


Your so right Ron! I am going to fill out there stupid application form to make them happy. I sent Paul an e-mail telling him that I would fill it out in the next few days when I am home.

They ask for names and numbers of past employers that I worked for 15 years ago. This info I will have to dig and make calls to find. This is the year 2001 not 1985, get with the program guys!

Paul could at least send a message saying he didn't give a shit, at least I would know if he is getting my e-mails. They need a lesson from Captain Ron, to show them how its done. Thanks Ron, I will let you know how I make out.

Bob D
Alberta, CANADA


Hello,

Believe it or not I do appreciate your help. I guess I'm just letting my nerves get the better of me - worried about being out of work.

You do make a good point. How is it that some parts of the oilfield are crying for people and other parts are laying off? I have no answer for that. 

For myself I was last working with Transocean Sedco Forex, an offshore drilling contractor, as a Rig Clerk. Well, oil is now down to less than $20 per barrel. Transocean Sedco Forex (TSF) stacked 2 of their rigs. I had less than a year with the company so they laid me off and put one of the longer time people in my spot.

If I had been in the shoes of the longer term people I would have appreciated that. But, unfortunately, I was in the short timer position {wry grin!}

Thank you for taking care of adding me to the dispatcher/rig clerk category. I have worked under the title Dispatcher before. Actually what is the difference between Clerk and Dispatcher? Different bosses I have had have referred to me as either or both.

How does it work? John Doe with XYZ, Inc. sees my name in the database and thinks I would be a good fit for him. What happens next, please? Thank you again for your help. I truly do appreciate it.

P.S. I would LOVE to give you the $45 for the subscription service. But right now I simplycan't afford it.

Yours Truly,
Gary B. R


Hi Cpt Ron,

It is good to start the new year with a e-mail message from you after I returned from holiday. Cpt Ron enclosed you will find the way that I am e-mailing my "application" for offshore employment to recruitment companies in South Africa.

 I know that I first have to gain actual offshore experience before I can approach International oil companies in order to get paid in dollars. Thank you once again for your extra effort in guiding the CV Resume of beginners.

yes, a lot of "soul searching" went into my CV after I made contact with you and you made me realize some points that I was not even aware of in the offshore oil rigs.

About the people who presented the course; I  can only speak of highly. The fully qualified medic gave us teaching over two days with the most realistic teaching methods and and we were taught the first aid necessary in the offshore environment.

We were given Firefighting training @ the Fire Departments Training centre in Tokai at Cape Town by a firefighter with more than ten years firefighting experience. The training on the offshore safety and survival was given in conjunction by a NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) active member and a safety officer on a rig offshore in Gulf of Mexico.

The course is accredited by Lloyd`s QA Department to ISO 9001 Standards. The course lasted seven days. The course taught me a lot of things I did not know and also what is expected of me under some conditions but most of all that safety is of utmost importance.

The course cost me R2350.00 (@R10.00 to the $ it was about $23.50) Now to me in rands that is a lot of money!!, but I did it and now I can add it to my Resume.

The course presenter furnished me with a few recruitment agencies situated around my coastal side of South Africa, which I have sent my CV and Resume to and am now waiting for a response as I sent it at the end of last year.

I have also sent my CV via e-mail to three oil companies that has offshore oil rigs offshore in Angola. It is apparently a area that is yielding good oil finds.

So Cpt that is all for now from my side. I know that I must be patient and keep searching for that door that will open.( It seems that the door I am talking about is like the door of the human heart that only has a handle on the inside that can be opened when Jesus knocks at the the door of the heart!)

Regards and God Bless
Dolf B
Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA


Dear Captain Ron Edwards,

As per the last transmission I sent out to you on Friday, 4th January, which followed after your transmission to me on the 31st December,  how is it?I'm still on wait for your response after that transmission.

Regards,
Jeffrey L


Capt. Ron:

Hi again. The name of the school is Oilwell Drilling Technology. Its address is at No. 98 Road 1 corner Road 3, Project 6, Quezon City, Luzon, Philippines. I've visited the IADC website and the school checks out.

The name of the instructor is Engr. Benjamin Cabanglan. He said he is a veteran of the rig for 27 years. I visited the school last week and looked for him. The secretary said he was recalled to the work as a Senior Toolpusher again. I didn't catch the name of the rig its location.

Thanks for answering my email. I can see light at the end of the tunnel again.

Eduardo H


Hi Ron

I live in South Africa and would like to ask your advice on how to start an Offshore Employment Agency. I am currently working in Brazil on the Nymphea (South Seas Driller). I have been working Offshore for 20 years and only the last 3 years as an expatriate.

A lot off people always approach me for jobs Offshore and I can not really help them as the industry in S.A is to small. Another problem facing us in this country is Affirmative Action so even highly skilled white people do not have a change of getting work. I am sorry if I might sound Racist but it is fact of life in S.A.

I have also noticed in your Offshore Guides about all the scams and has been told by many people about money they have lost through ignorance. Entry level jobs is non-existing due to the A/A. On the Rig I am on we are 8 S.A.

S.A.'s with experience Offshore is normally in demand as Oil Companies can pay us less. Ex. 2500 USD is the equivalent of 24000 Rand which is a lot off money in S.A. South Africans are prepared to work anywhere especially if they can earn USD.

Your help in this would be appreciated, as I would really like to help people, make a little money on the side and have a good name ( Not a con artist ).

Best Regards
Peter L
SOUTH AFRICA


Dear Cpt Ron,

Thank You for your information regarding my status. However, there are a few

things that I want to clarify regarding these oppurtinities:

1. What do You want me to do from this point ? please give me some advise.

2. I cannot travel outside US because my immigration status is Political Asylum and  I have to remain US only. The INS gave me SSN and working permit authorization. In november I am eligible to apply for green card and have to wait for about 2 years for green card process.

3. I dont have passport because I "jump off" ship. ( I used to worked for Holand America Line on board MS. Maasdam.)

3. Did You review my resume yet?

Thank You Sir,
Teuku


Dear Captain Ron Edwards,

I submitted my c.v in your office and you sent me confirmation on Wed, 26 Sep. Sir,20 days have gone by and i am still waiting what happened with my application for employment.

I was very happy and sure that now i have contacted the best person in offshore oil industry. Still i am sure you can do it within no time as you have the experience, influence and contacts in this field.

Please indicate me what is the development, how long it will take more and are you sure you can arrange a job for me because you know i am currently unemployed and seeking a job very badly.

If you think it is difficult to get job in U.S.A or canada as work permit is essential then please try to get the employment at any other location of the world.

Due to my current situation and circumstances i am ready to accept an offer in any category offshore even below my qualification and experience. Hoping you will do your level best solving my problem as soon as possible.

Regards
Fawad A


Hi,

It's me Adedayo Faleye once again . I will need you to advice me on how to move about this offshore work. I have been working on this offshore guide moves since last year and nothing seems to be coming out of it yet.

I would really appreciate it if you could help out with posting my resume or any other thing you could do to help out. Thanks in anticipation.

Best regards,
Adedayo F


Capt Ron

I would like to offer my condolences and prayers to all those affected both directly and indirectly with the acts committed against The United States on September 11. Our thoughts are with you.

Sorry I am writing to you only now but I wanted to let everything calm down and to give you guys a chance to get back to normal and get on your feet again, which I accept it is not very easy at this stage.

When will your new Book be ready? I am looking forward to it and can not wait to read it. Does it perhaps have a Address Book as well? Will you send me a copy of it, either by post or e-mail. Please let me know.

I am still willing and ready to go to work on a rig. I will work anywhere, and will work as a Rig clerk or Painter. I will fly anytime and I am not scared to fly because I see it in this viewpoint if it is your time to go then it will be your turn. We all have to go that way and there is nothing you can do about it.

Will you thank Carlyn on my behalf for letting me know that you were offshore and that you will only back this week. What is the latest activities offshore at this stage, is there new activities coming up and how do you see the demand for oil production and new drilling opportunities worldwide?

Do you have any new job opportunities yet? Please let me know.

Thank you 
Cornelius T
Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA


 

Dear Sirs,

I have heard a lot from people thats wants money from me to make sure my name is sent to companies that need people. I would like you people to know that, I would like to go to work and not have to spend money to have to do so.

Please advice the advertisement people in your field to do so. If you do need me please let me know.

Thank You Kindly,
Frederick M


Dear Mr. Ron,

Once again thanks for your favour. I would definetly try my all level best to hit all the sites of my interest.

In the mean time you are also kindly requested to please whenever you find a vacancy (of my type) please do not hesitate to let me know. Thanks a lot and sorry for wasting your precious time.

Sincerely Yours,
Fawad S
Karachi, PAKISTAN


Hello

Ron gross for roughnecks ,is about $7,000 US per month in the Gulf Of Mexico. Gary is definitely thinking about going overseas, service rigs he hears it is about a $1600 a month increase if he goes for 21 days on/ off. He does not get that here in Alberta.

Sherri G
Alberta, CANADA


Hello Cpt. Ron

I know maybe my letters boring , but YOU! are only my chance to get involved in offshore oil and gas production. I am almost 40 years old –so sad! And my clock is running faster and faster…..WHAT I have to do to make You think about Radoslav Nakev from tinny Bulgaria at least 5 min. every day ???????? WHAT ?????

Let me explain. Me and my wife Stefka (both radiologic technologist) we are unemployed last 9 years. It is a DRAMA!!! NO I AM NOT CRYING!!!

I am ready to fight for my offshore dream! I am well educated , responsible person and all my life was fight…. I did never get any thing easy and free…..

Mr. Edwards dear Cpt. Ron as I writed 11 months ago my personal offer to You is 100% of first 2 months offshore salary:)

Radoslav N
BULGARIA


YOU SAY THAT IT IS A GUARANTEE THAT YOU CAN GET ME A JOB WELL LET ME TELL YOU A FEW THINGS. FIRST I HAVE BEEN COVICTED OF A FELONY ABOUT 3YEARS AGO CAUSE OF SECDOND DERREE BATTERY AND WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET A JOB BECAUSE OF THAT.

CAUSE I HAVE BEEN CONVITED OF A FELON.WAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? ALSO I HAVE GOTTN A COUPLE OF OFFSHORE JOBS BEFORE.

I DONT KNOW IF THEY JUST DIDNT CHECK OR WHAT BUT I TOD ON THE APPLACTION THAT I HAD NEVER BEN CONVICTED OF A FELON CAUSE THATS WAT I WAS TOLD TO DO BY MY PROBATION OFFICR

TOLD ME TO TELL THEM NO AND THAT I DDNT HAVE TO TELL THEM BUT ANY WAY I KNOW THEY HAVE THI SHEET CALLED CONSUMER REPORTS AND THEY SAY THAT IT SHOWS UP AND THE 2 OFFSHORE COMPANIES THAT I WIRKED FOR I SIGHNED  THEM THE CONSUMER REPORTS AND SAID THAT I HAD NEVER BEEN COVICTED.

AND I GOT HIRED TELL ME WHY DO YOU THINK THEY HIRED ME AND I I SGHNED THE CONSUMER REPORT AND PUT ON THA APPLACTION THAT I HAD NEVER BEEN CONVITED OF A FELON?

AND THE JOBS THAT I WAS ON I I DDNT LEAVE. I DID MY JOB AS I WAS ALWAYS TOLD BUT TO ME IT SEEMS IT WAS ALWAYS A RACE THIG.

THE WAY HOW THEY WOULD ACT TOWARDS ME OUT THERE AND I WOULDNT QUIT SO THEY WOULD COME UP WITHA REASON TO GET RID OF ME.

I WOULD BE LIKE THE ONLY BLACK ONE THE OUTSIDE WORKING ON THE RIG AND I COULD TEL I WAS NOT WANTED THERE. BUT I IDNT NOT WANT TO QUIT CAUSE I NEEDED THE JOB SO THEY SAW THAT THEY COULD NOT GET TO ME. SO THEY COME UP WITH LIL EXCUSES TO GET RID OF ME.

 NOW YOU ARE SENDING ME EMAILS TELLING ME IF I SEND YOU A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT YOU ARE GONA GET ME  A JOB AND THE TYPE OF JOB THAT I WANT OFFSHORE. I LIKE THE RIGS GET SEA SICK TO MUCH FOR THA BOATS SO SOMETHING LIKE A PAINTER I WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT OUT THERE.

BUT DONT KNOW ANY COMPANIES THAT GO OFFSHORE AND PAINT OR LIKE WITH A GOOD COMPANY TAT HAS THEIR OWN CATERING COMPANY I WOULD LIKE TO START OFF AS A UT OR GALLEY HAND AND BECOME A COOK BUT DONT KNOW OF ANY COMPANIES THAT HAve their own catering companies.

AND RIGHT NOW I AM STRUGGLING TO GET A JOB AT THIS TIME AND CANT AFFORD TO SEND YOU THE MONEY. IT COST TO GET THE INFORMATION FROM YOU BUT IF YOU CAN GET ME THA JOB AND JUST TAKE THE PAYMENS OUT OF MY CHECK THAT WOULD BE GREAT SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP ME OUT IN ANY WAY

Travis J


hi Ron,

It's been a pleasure for me to keep in touch with u but i have one more question to ask u. why is so difficult for a romanian guy to get a job on an offshore rig? is this a matter racism or what? i see it doesn't matter i've got prior experience.

i hope u understand my angry and if u have something interesting to tell me about how to apply for a job ,i mean any information, do not hesitate to write back. i'll be very grateful if u can help me somehow.

thanks again for everything
costel c
ROMANIA


Dear Captain Ron:

You have a wonderful site that I've been looking at and it struck me that you may be able to advise or give me a lead. I am a researcher working on a new IMAX film that will be the in-house permanent film, "The Story of Texas" at the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin Texas.

One of the most dramatic sequences will be aerial shots of one of the huge platforms off the Texas Gulf Coast. The director, Al Reinert, wants "direct quotes" from guys who work out on  those platforms--description and stories in their own words, about their lives and work out there.

I have plenty of oral histories from the old days in the oil patch, but so far haven't found what we need: interviews / oral  histories by modern offshore workers.

I saw the letters on your site, which are close to what we need, though not enough about the work out there. Do you know of others or can you point me to anyone or any institution that might help us? (Of course the producer will have to track each person down, to gain their permission--after they choose which ones fit best.)

I appreciate your time and information. Thanks very much!


Dear Mr. Edwards:

It was a pleasure to talk with you this afternoon. I think the who, what, where, and how of off shore oil drilling would make a fascinating subject for our audience. I thank you in advance for your help on this project. I will let you know how we do.

Thank you for your recent e-mail. We did do a show from the "Britannia" off shore platform in the North Sea as part of our "Where In The World is Matt Lauer" series in early May.

As part of the program, NBC News correspondent, Bob Hager went to a natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico and traced for our viewers how the natural gas is taken from the bottom of the gulf and delivered to our homes. The show was a great success. Thank you for your interest.

Sincerely, 
Mary O
Special Projects Producer
NBC News' Today Show 


sir this is very best online resume submission. i given u my resume yesterday but u didn't reply. can i join your offshore company as a rig driller? my qualification is mentioned in my resume. i m so upset!

sir please do very best you can for me because i really need this job. i send u my resume in previous email age = 25, Sex = Male, Location = Pakistan/Karachi and no other harmful disease and also fluient in English. I be waiting your email. Thanks!

With Best Regards 

Tanvir H
Karachi, PAKISTAN


Dear Ron,

Thank you very much for your email with comments and helpful advices and all efforts you done to help me in my search, I really appreciate this.

At the moment I get little busy with other things, but soon will come back to you. Thanks you again and best regards.

You are the best, no doubt,
Davor S
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA


To who ever you are-Jack died May 18 on a oil rig heading for brazil-call wife lindsay


I am to write this letter as a motivation to you of what we would like to have. We are a young retired couple and would like to move to this challenge both to see other countries and adventure but also to earn meanwhile to make our retirement with less worries and more enjoyable and also "payable".

From our C.V. you will be able to conclude that we had as a couple very interesting and adventurous experience, touring and working widely through our country. I hereby would like you to help us to get jobs at the same time on the same place.

We are willing to start at the bottom wherever hands are needed and we can be of use. We would like to move as needed to positions where we can do work more appropriate to our skills or again where they are in need of us. We are very keen and interested to work on the seismic survey boats in Brazil!

According to your previous e-mail we need to subscribe for your personal help / assistance. Please let us know if the cost is double for the two of us and we can  pay by transfer / cash immediately.

Johan's CV is already sent for your attention. Attached follows Mariana, Piekaar's Johan's wife :

Cheers!
Johan P
Lichtenburg, SOUTH AFRICA


Ron,

Thanks for your keen interest and concern about the Jackup search. We got nothing and the timing was so short. Was a deliberate attempt from some Shell crooks to corner the job for the few who already have rigs in Nigeria.

I enjoyed yr offshore guide and would continue to be of tremendous reserviour for offshore matters. We in Nigeria so rely on the info for our business.

Will you be at the Offshore Technical Conference this year in Houston? I will be there. Check yr mails to know my hotel. Once again thanks for yr interest and am looking forward to some good business with you.

Paul
NIGERIA


Ron,

I wish to thank you for your help in bringing oilcareer.com to the notice of the authorities and assisting us to get a refund. Again thank you.

Very best regards
Rob M
Queensland, AUSTRALIA


Hi Ron

My name is Lisa and I am the wife of a rigpig who often visits your site and message board. My hubby is Paul Masters who had numerous e-mail contact with you. He was a subscriber but it recently expired. His quest for offshore employment has become a job for both of us. I do all the work while he's out on the patch.

I have spent numerous hours on the net checking out sites and I now have a better understanding of the whole Oil Industry. When we first started I thought it would be easy with Paul having 5 years experience, but what a joke.

I don't think it's what you know but who you know!!! Being in Australia makes it harder as the phone calls become costly, and so does postage etc. It might come to us saving our dollars and sending Paul overseas to go doorknocking!!!

While on line I've come across two other people besides yourself who have
been extremely helpful. They are Leonard Roe from www.workover.co.uk and Ralf Pelton (I got his site from your site) from excitingcareers.com. I think the three of you should get to know each other as you all have the experience and know how of the oil field industry.

Hell between the three of you, you could start your own company and employ all of us desperate people out here!! lol

Paul has his resume with rigzone and it has been viewed 17 times with no replies, how depressing is that. Is it only u.s citizens they want!! Thanks for all the feedback you've given us. It's nice to know someone out there is on our side.

Your message board is a great idea although I get a good laugh when I see people sending in their credentials looking for you to give them a job. Haven't they bothered to read the rest of your site? I'll keep you posted on any miracles that should come our way. Until then keep up the excellent work.

Cheers
Lisa 
Queensland, AUSTRALIA


Dear Ron,

I refer to your letter (quoted below). I take it to be a circular letter addressed to a number of people, but I nevertheless assume that the questions in it are somewhat more than mere rhetoric, so I am writing to reply.

(1) Have I found work in the offshore industry yet - no.
(2) Have I been contacted by anyone about a job - no.
(3) Have I had any dealings with OilCareer.com - no. I have seen their site, but sites of that type (Money up front and a lot of promises) don't interest me.
(4) My comments on your site: As a web site, it's improving. As a business, only you know!

The main problem appears to be that, while you have managed to attract quite a number of workers to the site, you don't appear to have attracted many prospective employers. Obviously you need to have both, or the site will flop.

In an evenly-balanced employment market, it might be possible for you to attract both workers and employers, and keep everyone happy, but in a tight employment market like at present, the crux of the problem is this - if employment is hard to come by, it will bring more job-seekers to your site, but at the same time it will make it difficult for you to find employers for them, so the majority of your prospective customers are going to be disappointed.

Thank you for pointing out about your new bulletin board - it is interesting to read the comments of other job-seekers. It would be even more interesting to hear from the employers, but they seem to be conspicuous by their absence!

Best regards, and good luck!
Capt. Robert H


for the past week i have taken my courses for safety.  i have received all courses which include: WHMIS, TDG, First Aid, CPR A and C, Fire Safety and H2S

I have passed all courses with hi mark 98% and well now im looking for a job... i came across your site and well i have been looking, faxing, and emailing alot of places.

im really interested in the off shore rigs.... Ron if you have any info that would help me out i would be greatly appreciated.... im a hard worker and ready to find the right job

sincerly,
Chris H


Dear Ron: What follows is something I found at a free Internet site...

.....If you are reading the contents of this site with the intention of getting straight offshore as say an electrician (if that is your trade), then you may be in for a shock. In the past it was possible and in isolated cases it still happens today. 

However, you may spend years trying in vain to get in as a tradesman, especially if you do not get a personal recommendation from someone already employed offshore, who has worked with you in the past. There are others who have your trade and offshore experience to boot.

Companies are unlikely to choose you before them. They don't know how good you are, whether you are a hard worker or if you can stand being away from your family and friends......"

The reason I am sending it to you is because I am seriously considering the possibility of to use oilcareer services. There is only a slight problem which as nothing to do with money, it,s absolutely irrelevant for me to spend a couple of USA dollars for his services. The trouble is, I hate to be cheated, everybody does and I am not an exception.

Could you please advise,
Antonio R


Dear Ron,

I have come to a stage in my life where unbearable really became unbearable. I would like to discuss the two options I have left with you. Please bear with me.

Option one:
If I register with you. Do you honestly think I have have a chance to get a job on a offshore rig? The reason I ask you this is because, I have applied for hundreds of entry level positions with different oil companies around the globe. But all the reply e-mail's and letters were the same: "Sorry, we only employ experienced workers and US and Australian citizens."

I have registered with a local company a while ago, but with no results. They merely posted my CV on their WebPages for employers to view. The cost of that excellent service was me walking to work for two weeks. I used my gas money to pay them.

Option two:
I am considering this option very seriously. I want to register for a 12 day program with the International Petroleum Museum and Exposition. This way I can gain some experience and hopefully land myself a job. The only reason I am still in doubt is that I will have to resign my current job and use my pension money to pay for the course. I must be certain of getting a job after completion of the course.

What I am about to tell you is not intended to withdraw sympathy. I only want you to see that I must get a job soon. I am currently going downslide with a great velocity and still gaining speed. At my current job they are busy with retrenchments. They will start retrenching in my department within the next four months.

I found out from our HR department what my pension would be if I got retrenched. What a joke, after ten years of dedicated service. If I work offshore I will double that amount within the first year.

My pickup was repossessed a few months ago. Next will be my car and then my house. All I will have left is my wife and kids! As you can see, I must find a job on the rigs and I must find one fast. At least within the next two months.

If I get retrenched the chances of finding another job is almost zero because of our governments affirmative action policies. Could you please advice me of what option you think the best would be for me taken in consideration my present circumstances?

I have a CV uploaded on your databank if you would like to have a look at it. Thank you for your time.

Regards
Christo C
SOUTH AFRICA


Hi Ron,

I'm trying to use your friendly system of trying to down load my CV or Resume into your space where it say, I can do this in the HTML format.

I can tell you this is not an easy task and I can assure you I have some people who are computer wizzes and they are stumped as well. I cannot afford to pay your very large fee of ($75US) ($160NZ) this is half a weeks wages.

If this system is so easy, then I mistified why I cant do it right with Pros. I am not going to be sucked in like most of your clients, which I presume they use your service because they dont know how.

I will not be beaten by the the task of placing my CV on the file that you have offered people. This I believe is where you make your money, and not from the employer. So this should tell you that my determination has got the better of me and I will not give up.

Finally, I think the reminder notice you sent me Fucken stinks, I've done nothing wrong, other than try and gain employment through you. NOW, if you want to you can take my FUCKEN name of your stupid mother fucken data base, if you have such a fucken stupid mother fucken thing you cunt.

Your's sisncerely
Jim

Editor's note: Jim was having trouble in uploading his CV. I had sent him a reminder notice, I guess it caught him at the wrong time. He eventually got it uploaded, I had a look at it. One of the things he emphasized about himself was that he always put his best foot forward. I wrote him back and asked if the above letter was how he put his best foot forward. This is his reply:

Dear Ron,

First of all, I would like to apoligise to you and ask for your forgiveness. I dont know what come over me.  I must have been in some sort of crisis!!!

I would like to also thank you for what you have done for me, even if you were to take my application off immediately I would not blame you.

Believe it or not, I dont have a bad attitude, quite the contrary. I must of totally misunderstood your instructions as to how to put my Resume in the body of the text box.

I thought that you wanted applicants to put in links etc, which this was the main source of my problem. Once I had written the e-mail earlier today, I didn't even bother to proof read it, other than to just write it and send it.

When I got your response, I then properly read the e-mail I sent and then couldn't stop myself from laughing. I believe you have a great sense of humor, which I suppose you have to have in your kind of position.

I once again apologize to you and to your staff should they had read my poorly put together piece of literature.

yours sincerely
Jim K


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