After 5 months ashore, I’m finally heading back to sea! Got a Mate’s job I applied for months ago. I leave for Alaska on Friday.
I worked at sea for 30 years with a 1 month break between the 2 jobs I’ve had. Getting laid off of a job I’d had for 10 years was a real wake up call. I’ll never take my work for granted again.
I want to say thank you to everyone who offered advice and support. gCaptain has been a great resource and I learned a lot here. I didn’t post a lot, mostly because the questions that were on my mind, I found answers to here. I read the job board/forum/job leads every day and it was always informative, helpful and friendly. I will be back after I get off my 6 week rotation. I especially want to thank Navigator, seadawg, Capt Fran, Mike173, cajuntugster, TMac and KJ100 for great ideas and advice. (I got my AB, KJ, I may need it yet!). Also thanks to Ordinaryseaman for researching and posting jobs every day!
To those who are still looking for a job, hang in there. I’m 57 and I thought no one would hire me. Persistence seems to be the best tool. I applied for this online, then stopped in at the office when I was in Seattle a few weeks later, then called a few weeks after that. Best advice I got that I never would have thought of…From cajuntugster, who said you should fill out downloadable pdfs with typing rather than by hand. I found you can do this for free at pdfescape.com! (fill in the form, download to your comp - but keep the file on pdfescape, print the signature page. Sign it. Scan it back in as a separate file. Then you can delete the blank sig page on pdfescape and append the signed page to the file. Resave the file and email it!) Very cool. I’ve had several compliments from recruiters. They sound grateful! Grateful means they remember you.
Well, I’m off to work. Thanks again to everyone.