Applying for Jobs

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by jakeusmma, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. jakeusmma

    jakeusmma New Member

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    Hey all,

    I am a member of the class of 2014, and I am majoring in marine transportation (straight deck). I do not have a job yet, and I am looking to start applying for one. The job fair is on April 9th, but I do not want to wait until then to start the process. I would prefer to work for a non-union company that would allow me to live somewhere in the Southeast (Florida if possible), and would not keep me out to sea for months at a time. I am just now starting the process of job-searching, and I am still a little clueless about how to go about it. Does anyone have any advice as far as how to search for a job or some good companies to contact?
     
  2. Lynpar

    Lynpar Member

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    Jake you are kidding right? If you are not, I would may recommend reading the threads on gCaptain. But for the love of all that is good don't ask that exact question! Trust me on this. Unless your computer and ego are completely flame retardant. There are page after page on this very topic. Again I stress this is a read only until you really get a feel for the culture over there on that side of the inter web.

    Oh wait, this is most likely a gCaptain insider wanting to mention the new " post your resume" service they are combining with there jobs listing page. I fell for it. Well played. Doh!:cool:
     
  3. Lynpar

    Lynpar Member

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    Must stop tab typing. Hey Mr. Moderator, it is too late to edit my last post. Please delete it? :redface:
     
  4. KP2013dramamama

    KP2013dramamama Member

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    Jobs

    Indeed there are jobs posted on gCaptain. I'd also connect with Alumni Association. Who is your state President of USMMA Parents Association? They can get you in touch with Alumni. The USMMAA is there to help you. Also, there are many great seasoned mariners who frequent this SA forum on a frequent basis. Step up and be courageous and ask them your questions. They will respond. Can you contact former upper classmen? What about career counseling at KP? Our ds didn't have a job upon graduation. Yet he emailed and called contacts of other contacts, checked the internet, made contacts through other contacts. He put his nose to the grindstone. What type of ship do you want to be on? KPLubberline on Facebook has conversations between mids. Get the names of the ships/mids and create a compilation of questions and contact them. The Gulf has non union jobs/companies. Or do you want to sail the 7 seas for awhile? Still the Alumni *** is for you and your graduating class. Keep their importance in mind!
     
  5. jasperdog

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    Sounds like what you are looking for can most likely be found in the Gulf on OSVs... but many of them want to see your license and certs first
     
  6. tankercaptain

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    Talking to friends who graduated and goto career services. Also figure out a little about what you'd like to do.
     
  7. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    The question for you is did your cluelessness foster your choice of major, or did your major lead to your cluelessness.

    Seriously though ...

    If you are looking for shorter rotations then tug/barge or offshore is the place to look. You can work even time or 2/1, anywhere from 7 to 28 day hitches.

    http://towmasters.wordpress.com/job-links/ is a good place to start looking for tug/towing. They have a ton of links to a ton of companies (and a fair number of dead links) organized by region of the country. I'm not sure who if anyone is hiring mates without towing endorsements these days so you may have to work as a deckhand for a while. Don't write off union entirely. I was SIU on a tug for a while, its VERY different then union on a ship ... in a good way. There are some really good tug jobs out there that are SIU.

    Offshore includes the OSVs that JasperDog mentioned but also on the rigs themselves. I saw some '13 grades in a class this past October who had been recently hired by a drilling company so the rig jobs are out there.

    There is also Manson Construction. They have several dredges that are unlimited tonnage. I saw a job opening for them a few years ago and they were short rotations, cant remember if it was 14/14 or 21/21.

    The "brown water" jobs are out there if you look and the pay can be just as good if not better than deep sea but be advised ... its a different world than deep sea.

    Concur 100% with lynpar re: gCaptain. They love to hate KPers over there and you won't change their mind so don't bother trying.
     
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  8. jasperdog

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    Is it hate, envy, or just lashing out at us because they are insecure and have inferiority complexes - or perhaps all three? I'll take "D" All of the above...:rolleyes:
     

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