Credit Reports Can Affect Your Job Search

Are you looking for oil rigs employment? Job hunting in any field can feel like a major challenge. But it can be particularly daunting in the offshore oil and gas industry, especially when you are new and cannot find an entry-level position in free job boards like Monster. Even after writing their resume and applying for entry level oil rig jobs, many job seekers are worried and anxious about the interview. However, this fear and uncertainty is unfounded. Here is how to get yourself hired quickly, easily.

First, you need to keep this statistic in mind - from experience, for every five interviews you attend, you should receive at least one job offer... Assuming you do everything right. In good times, it is entirely possible to attend two interviews on Monday and have both oil rig companies demanding your answer by Tuesday!

Why? Because only companies which are serious about hiring workers will call job seekers for an interview. One reason why popular job boards are bloated with job vacancies is because companies use them to gauge how easily they can replace their existing workers with newer, cheaper hires. In other words, once an oil contractor or oil service company calls you for an interview, you are halfway to getting a job. Unless you give them a reason not to hire you.

Your attitude during your interview matters a lot. Especially in the close confines of an offshore oil rig, no one wants to hire a disruptive worker. People who are argumentative or have overly smart mouths can cause major problems at sea. You do not need to be a "Yes" man, but don't go around your interviews bragging about how many fist-fights you won.

The ocean is not a forgiving mistress, and oil rig companies do not want wimps on their payroll. If you are fresh from school looking for roustabout jobs, telling the interviewer that you were a quarterback or linebacker is helpful, but telling him that you were President of the school newspaper is NOT! If you were a scout or cadet, if you went wilderness camping every vacation, if you helped your dad fishing on the trawler every weekend or summer vacation - these are all useful facts which can help you beat out other fresh job-seekers at the interview. Wimpy stuff like gymnastics and ballet will not - even if you have a body like the Terminator to show for your efforts.

Once you nail down the attitude, the next key to acing your interview comes in giving your interviewer what he wants. The simplest way is to do this? Open your mouth and ask him. Yes, the advertisement for the oil rig jobs should have the information you need, but don't count on it. The simple fact is that your interviewer is rarely the person who wrote the ad. From experience, what the HR director puts in the ad is rarely what the interviewer actually looks for. So, open your mouth and ask your interviewer what he wants from you and what he wants you to do once you are hired.

Is this something you want to do? If not, you are better off looking elsewhere for your petroleum jobs. If you don't mind the things the oil rig companies want you to do on their oil rig, it is time to relate any relevant experience you have. Have you ever worked on the ocean in a fishing boat or trawler? Have you ever done hard labor on a construction site? Even if you have never worked on an offshore oil rig, these are still useful experiences which will beat out the laid-off office boy or dispatch rider from the financial sector.

If you are serious about your oil and gas jobs, brainstorm your relevant experiences before you get called up for your interviews. Dress neatly, don't get rattled, and remember that most people will get at least one job offer for every five interviews they go to. If not, you may be doing something wrong. Sit down and figure out your mistakes. Remember, getting hired for rigs employment is not rocket science.

Think your credit history is only used to determine your creditworthiness? Think again. A poor credit report can even affect your job search. The relationship between one’s credit rating and one’s employability is stronger than ever. With a tight job market employers want to make sure they can trust their employees and many employers view poor credit as a sign of irresponsibility and risk. 
One survey by the Society for Human Resource Management shows that in 2004 roughly 35% of employers used credit checks as a potential employee screening method. This is a considerable increase from previous years and the trend does not appear it will reverse itself anytime soon. 
So how does one make sure their credit rating will not affect their job search? The first step is identifying what is on their credit report. The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003 (FACTA) makes it possible for everyone to receive a free copy of their credit report once a year. If you have not checked yours lately this would be a great place to start. Even better, sign up with a credit monitoring service for near instant notification of changes to your credit. 
After obtaining a copy of your credit report it is important to clean up any areas that may affect your job search. While an overall score can affect your job search, Title 11 of the U.S. Code prohibits employers from discriminating against someone who has filed for bankruptcy. Also, if your employment application is rejected because of poor credit the employer is required to notify you. Knowing these rights can protect you in the future.
Before beginning that job search take the time to review your credit and clear up any issues. If you do see any red flags be sure to learn your rights under Title 11 of the U.S. Code. You don’t want to miss out on your dream job because of a few forgotten bills from the past.