Q: What if I don’t have any oilfield experience?
A: When searching for an oilfield position, take time to consider what skills and talents you already possess. For example, skills in areas such as welding and construction or the possession of a Class A CDL (commercial driver’s license) are highly valued by many different companies.
Currently, there are a variety of jobs available in the oil industry, with a range of experience requirements. Some positions may require no experience, while others may require several years of experience. Jobs listed on jobsnd.com will include information on what kind of experience is required for each position.
In addition, you will also want to consider some of the many jobs available in North Dakota that are not oilfield related. Jobs are available in many different industries, and the wages for these jobs are generally higher in areas where there is oilfield activity. In some instances, the wages for these positions may rival, if not surpass, the wages of some oilfield positions.
Q: Will I be able to find housing?
A: With the increase in oilfield activity, housing can be difficult to find in some areas if left until the last minute. It is important, if you are planning to travel to North Dakota, to look into housing options before you arrive. In some cases, temporary arrangements, such as hotel accommodations, may be necessary until more permanent housing becomes available.
Because of the current housing situation, more and more employers are offering some form of housing assistance. When communicating with employers, it is not out of place to inquire about possible housing assistance.
Q: Would it be better to just drive out there and visit employers in person?
A: The decision to come to North Dakota to look for work is up to each individual job-seeker. However, if you are considering making the trip, it is important to plan ahead. Given the current housing situation, making reservations, whether it be for a hotel room or a campsite, is highly recommended.
To make the most of your time here, Job Service also encourages job-seekers to visit jobsnd.com for a list of available positions prior to arrival. In many cases, applications can be submitted or contacts made before you arrive in the area.
Also, keep in mind that there are companies that have requested people not apply in person. If a company has made such a request, this is also noted in the job posting on jobsnd.com.
Q: This job says it’s located in the Williston Basin. Does that mean I’ll be working in Williston?
A: Although they share the same name, the Williston Basin encompasses a much larger area than just the city of Williston. The Williston Basin, which also contains the Bakken Formation, covers portions of several states as well as Canada.
For more information on oilfield job listings, contact any of the Job Service offices.