There are many OS’s coming down, lately, that are wanting employment at ECO, HOS, Harvey Gulf, and some of the other larger companies.
Unfortunately, they are misinformed on what is needed, before coming down.
To be CONSIDERED for employment onboard their vessels, one must posses a valid Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC or ZCard) and a valid TWIC card.
If you have STCW95(BST), it MAY INCREASE your changes to be considered for hire.
If you have VPDSD(V1/6), it MAY INCREASE your chances to be considered for hire.
OBTAINING THESE DOCUMENTS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A JOB OFFER.
For more information on how to obtain these documents, please contact the USCG 888-427-5662 for schools that offer STCW95(BST) and VPDSD (V1/6) classes.
And, just recently someone called me to come down and did not have his MMC, only his TWIC.
Although, I advised him to get this before coming, he listened to his friend, and came down anyway.
He learned that there are only a FEW companies that would take someone on with just that.
The few companies were some that I had never heard of.
He is struggling this week to make it happen.
I hate to see anyone come down and waste money b/c they are so anxious to get here.
Do as much homework as you can before coming down.
Don’t just listen to everything someone tells you.
Knowledge is power.
Remember, just because a company did not hire a particular position one day does not mean they won’t be hiring it the next day.
You have to be able to sell yourself.
That HR person has to like you and want you to be a part of that company.
There is a lot of competition.
Hiring takes place, everyday, at these companies.
Wishing you all the best.
Claudette L. Pitre
A Chateau on the Bayou B&B