Is getting your boots on the ground the only way to get a job right now?
Ok, so like others here I’ve been sending in emails, mailing in hard copies of paperwork, and otherwise following the application process on websites. I’ve done some follow-up calls that don’t seem to go anywhere. I guess cold calling a company is something I was raised not to do, so is physically walking in the door the only way to get a job right now?
It seems from the posts on gCaptain that things are (as usual) a mixed bag in the industry. Within the last week posts have been made that suggest there aren’t any jobs out there and posts have been made that certain HR departments are busy hiring away…Any comments on this? More specifically, have you seen your company hire recently or seen folks leave?
I’ve got my AB and some tug experience, all the right paperwork is up to date. TWIC, MMD, STCW, etc and I’ve got a small, but mostly useless Master/Mate license. I’ve got the time to upgrade to a 1600 Ocean mate, but not the cash. So I am looking for a place to seriously work on upgrades. Unfortunately I’ve been ashore for a little over a year now and am kind of stuck in the Midwest, so travelling to a maritime hub, looking for work is a bit of an undertaking.