I just wanted some validation on a few things I’ve read on the forums here:
East coast entry level jobs i.e. wiper, ordinary seaman in MSC, Crowley, and other big companies are acquired through the SIU and rarely if ever posted online. So I have to go in person to a union hall, apply for membership in person, pay my union dues ($1000 or so I believe), and then…? I’d honestly rather take a union job as I’m strong supporter but it seems like the SIU website just tries to funnel you into their educational program rather than providing information and as far as I can tell its the only unlicensed organization. Is this the way it’s done? Am I missing something? What is present book number??
I just finished Basic Safety Training and I have all the typical entry-level documents. I have experience on the water but not enough to bother getting endorsed for AB until I’ve come back from a job. I applied for every OS, Wiper job online regardless of location or details but I’d prefer a shipping vessel that does international waters and long contracts. My background is HVACR and stonemasonry with restaurant/kitchen management so I’ve applied to everything from casino boats in Florida to oil transports in Alaska. When I go through Jacksonville, Charleston and Norfolk and “pound the pavement” should I just be dealing out my resume to every human resources office I have access to? Who do I ask to speak with?