Spent last week burning up US 90 and LA 1 (1,601 miles on the truck from Texas and back), knocking on doors, filling out applications (many times for the second time for ea. company), shaking hands, etc. It paid off with a good offer from a solid company June 1. Orientation is Tues; I even had time to come home and do laundry, re-pack, and hang out with the wife and the kids. I am grateful, humbled, and more than anything excited to be getting back onto a boat after five months on the hard.
Here’s what I discovered:
- Some companies are happy to talk to walk-ins, some won’t see you if they didn’t call you and ask you to come by.
- Some companies with really big, flashy web sites have really small offices.
- If you submitted an application electronically (via a website), don’t assume it made it to anyone. A couple of HR people told me: “Oh, we haven’t been getting our web applications for a while now.”
- There are some really decent and genuine people in the industry and in South Louisiana.
- Persistence pays off.
Here’s what else I found out:
[li]As of Friday, Seacor Marine was looking for 200/500/1600 ton masters and mates with DP. They’re also currently hiring ABs.[/li][li]Iberia Marine Service is hiring deckhands right now, and if you are licensed they’ll put you on a track to the wheelhouse.[/li][li]Abdon Callais and Gulf Logistics both advertise that they are hiring (but, maybe they always do that to keep the pool full?), and GL will see you Mon-Thurs, 8-4 (but not between 12 and 1) if you fill-out a hard copy application.[/li][li]Comar Marine is taking applications in anticipation of hiring “soon.”[/li][/ul]
For me – a guy with only a little experience on an 18-month-old 100-ton ticket – the whole trip was a great learning experience. I had good conversations with people who, though they did not hire me this time around, may remember me next time. And I got their cards.
I did a lot of research online, and have been paying attention to Workboat and PM mags (and of course keeping an eye on this forum and others here at gCaptain – thanks guys) and had a “Top 10” list (someone else’s might be quite different) before I left. I ended up adding three or four to that list just because I saw them driving by or someone said: “You should go check with_________.” There are dozens of companies I didn’t even go see.
Out of all of that, I got four interviews. And one job, which was all I needed.
If anyone has any questions about specific companies down that way that I might have visited, please feel free to PM.