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IT (Cisco) positions in the OIL & energy industry

By nuklearkrisis ·
I like the energy industry, thats why I got into Cisco networking because it is a vital "utility" to the world and I think its cool I am going up in the ranks as a CCNA; administrating very important utility such as the internet. So to have a job working in the biggest utility such as energy industries, specifically OIL would be very cool. Yet I am finding it very difficult to find IT positions at oil or energy companies. I signed up with OIL employment opportunities and this guy Matt emails me everyday to give him $60 bucks to become a member so I can get juicy info on open oil positions. Well, problem is; I don?t think he realizes I am an IT guy and not an OIL rig dude. I even tried to submit my resume to an offshore oil rig company they rejected it because it had no oil anything on my resume, kind of funny. So how realistic is it to get a Cisco job with an energy corp? Does energy corps even have an IT dept usually? Or do they just out source it all? Is there a resource available specifically for IT professionals wanting to work in the enegery industry?

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Now that I've stopped laughing...

by NickNielsen In reply to IT (Cisco) positions in t ...

I even tried to submit my resume to an offshore oil rig company they rejected it because it had no oil anything on my resume, kind of funny.

That company hires oil workers, not network administrators. By submitting your resume, you demonstrated to them that you have no idea what's involved in working the oil industry. That company most likely now uses your name as a synonym for "totally clueless".

Several points. First, consider taking a class on effective job hunting. What you describe above is not it.

Second, this guy Matt probably realizes a lot more than you think and is likely quite surprised you haven't sent him money yet.

Third, learn something about the industry you want to work in. Most oil drilling and exploration companies contract for support services: meals, laundry, facility maintenance, communications, computer services, etc. Look in the Houston area, that is pretty much the center of oil drilling on the Gulf Coast. (I believe three of the companies that provide such support are Halliburton, Fluor, and Dyncorp. Of course, most of their business these days is in the Middle East...)

Fourth, learn something about the industry you want to work in, then take a course on effective job hunting. I already said this? Well, it bears repeating.

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