As I’m sure you already know, Guyana’s industrial sector is on the verge of being rapidly transformed, creating demand for thousands of jobs. The problem is, many of us don’t YET have the skills necessary to break into the market. Here are 3 excellent ways to help you to find employment in the oil and gas industry do just that!
1. Do your research about the oil and gas industry in Guyana.
Find out who’s hiring and what the hiring requirements are. Remember, even if you have never worked in the industry before, many industries, such as the Power and Construction sectors, have transferable skills. El Dorado OffShore, for example, specializes in recruitment for the local oil and gas sector. Don’t forget to explore your target organization’s website, as well. Halliburton has an entire subdomain dedicated to recruitment opportunities.
2. Find out what skills are in demand, and make a plan to develop them.
Safety training is critical in the oil and gas industry globally. Developing this skill is critical to finding employment in Guyana. Spending a few weeks earning an occupational safety and health certification is an excellent investment. The New Guyana School, for example, offers a superb certification in the Basics of Occupational Safety and Health.
The school also offers a year-long program in the Fundamentals of Petroleum Technology. Through a mix of practical lab experiences and lectures, you will develop and practice critical skills in:
- Basic geology
- Reservoir and drilling technology
- Surface production operations
- The terminology of exploration and production (the language of the oil field).
3. Polish your CV. Then polish it again!
Don’t send generic CVs and cover letters. Make sure they are tailored for every organization you are applying to. Keep it concise and focused on the key points; nobody cares that you were on the debate team in high school!
Once this is done, go out and network! LinkedIn is a fantastic way to get started. Pay attention to your profile, make connections, and follow industry developments.
Don’t limit your efforts to LinkedIn alone, however. Networking takes time and doesn’t come naturally to everyone. It’s important to think outside the box, or at least outside of LinkedIn!