Sunday, October 2, 2011

How to get hired in Williston in 3 days

Here is a quick guide to finding work in Williston in the shortest amount of time.

Step 1:  Get a CDL before you come.  This will open up innumerable more opportunities.  Almost every high-paying job here requires it, even if the job only requires driving 5% of the time.

Step 2:  Stop using drugs.  If you do, you will flunk the drug test, which is required of virtually every worthwhile job in town.

Step 3:  Be prepared to sleep in your vehicle.  There's no lodging in Williston for those not employed in Williston.  The oil companies have already rented out everything for 50 miles.

Step 4:  Go to the Jobs ND location when you get here.  This is the local jobs bank.  It is the best resource for finding both short and long-term employment.

Step 5:  Compile a list of companies and their office addresses in Williston.  It's a good idea to bring a GPS, too, so you can hit them up one-by-one expiditiously.  It's a good idea to hit up as many oil companies in town as possible, but you can get an idea of who is actively looking for workers by checking the Shopper

Step 6:  Don't just drop off a resume.  When you hit up a location, fill out the application right then and there.  After you hand it to the receptionist, ask if you can see the hiring manager.  If he is busy, sit down and wait.  This is how hiring happens in town.

That's it.  With good preparation, you can do this process over a two or three day time span.  If you already have a job in another part of the country.  Take a few days off, come to Williston, get a job, go back home (since usually you start a couple weeks after obtaining an offer), give your 14 days notice to your current job, and come back to Williston.  If you are currently out of work, you can come here, get a job, and do some temp construction work, which is plentiful, until your full-time gig starts.

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