Posted by: seanmalstrom | February 19, 2014

Email: Question about Oil in Texas, South Dakota, and North Dakota

(To hell with WordPress and their crappy formatting. Keeps removing the paragraph spaces.)
Hello Master Malstrom
So I’ve been looking into South Dakota, North Dakota and Texas for jobs dealing with Oil. And a consistent problem is finding housing, its like they dont have enough houses to support all of the people coming to their state.
You’ll be expected to sleep in the back of your pick-up. (No joke. This is how it is in North Dakota. Imagine living out these Polar Vortexes while sleeping in the back of a car.)
Another problem is finding a site that doesnt feel shady, I have found the ones that list the jobs for electricians, truck drivers and welders, but I dont have those skills.
Go get them.
My expertise is in finance, and I am having trouble finding jobs in the business sector for the oil companies. So I was wondering if it is better by learning one of the above skills or something else that they offer, and try to work up into their finance sector from there? Or should I just pack by bags and just start applying to every place and their subsidiaries? Also, how would you handle the housing situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Why the hell would they want to hire your ‘finance’ skills in the oil industry? What do you have to offer them?
You need to understand that oil companies have more people applying to them then positions are open. They get the best of the best. The reason why is because oil companies pay the best. The HIGHEST PAID engineers work for oil companies. The lawyers are going to be the best that money can buy. You either need connections (know someone) to get in, need to be the best in your class (outperforming your classmates in the engineering classes) or you need to do something else that puts you above average. Oil industry is not right for most people. They are full of rough people. This is why you see most people in the oil industry are either people who grew up into it (had parents who did it) or they are at the end of their rope and extinguished their other options.
To give an extent of how hard it is to break in, one person I knew would actually drive to the rigs and speak to the supervisor. This actually impressed him. Consider a guy from Houston driving all the way to Alaska to cold approach a rig up there. That takes balls, and it will impress the supervisor. The barriers are intentionally high and difficult to keep out the riff raff. The barriers suck when you are on the outside, but you like them once you are in the inside.
I’m not an insider yet. I would not be the proper person to talk to. If I were you, I would get in contact with someone in the industry. You can either do this in person or on the Internet.
The reason why you’re seeing job openings for mid-stream is probably due to the harsh winter. Oil industry tends to hire seasonally at times. You can go for months with nothing and then, suddenly, all these companies are knocking at your door.
Texas is much more crowded with oil men since it is the energy capital of the world. The supply of labor is much higher here.
As for office jobs, there is fierce competition for those due to all the women applying for them. Women don’t want to do the real work (outside stuff), so you have to deal with all of them with their elaborate degrees and/or other industry experience snapping up those office jobs. When new office buildings went up in Houston, rigzone reported that most of those jobs went to women.

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