Offshore work can be grueling when you're just getting started. There are several available job opportunities offshore like offshore rigging, offshore drilling, vessel jobs, and fishing. Offshore fishing can be rather lucrative because sailors on the main deck of the ship earn $50,000 and the captain normally earns around twice that amount. In only ten days of work, boat mates can earn as much as ten thousand dollars. Lobster fishing can also yield similar profits.
Tips on how to get an offshore fishing job:
- Look for an offshore fishing job available in your location and around the Internet. Read ads regarding guides and job openings in the area you're interested in working in. Also log onto the Internet and visit websites like craigslist.com to look for job postings. Keep in mind that some fishing companies do not have ads or websites so ask fisherman around you, make friends with them and build your network. Ask for information regarding what type of job they do. This may make you aware of opportunities that you didn't know existed. Consult the yellow pages and start calling fishing companies. If you have a relative who work offshore, also ask them for information.
- Communicate with the commercial fishing crews. The fishing docks are where the boats discharge the fishes they catch. Go there and ask an available crew to discover if they happen to have any available positions on the boat. If there are positions that are unoccupied, the crew may take you to the fleet manager. If there are no available positions, they will take you to another fishing dock.
- Go to the fishing company and ask the fleet manager for a job. The fleet managers manage the fleet ships they use offshore. They will interview you so answer the following questions that will be given to you. The will most probably ask questions about the following topics: your work ethic, your existing knowledge of the business, your mental toughness, and your physical fitness. After the interview, the fleet manager will instruct you on what you should do next. Some companies offer orientation sessions to their new crews. The orientation will show you videos on the nature of the work, the compensation, and other basic things about the job.
- Wait for confirmation if you are hired. The fleet manager is the one who will call you regarding a new site opening or a deck hand that takes a trip or leaves. This is the confirmation that you are going to start as a deckhand.
- Be ready for your first offshore job experience. Your bag must contain the following: sweatshirts, pants, pairs of socks and your work clothes. After packing, be there early and show that you are ready for this stressful yet rewarding job.
Offshore fishing jobs are not easy because you need a lot of stamina to do the hard work on the boat. Also, be alert and stay awake because you will work for as much as 36 hours straight.