If you have been hearing this lately, don't be discouraged! This is a natural part of the oil/natural drilling process and even in the midst of a 'boom' there can be down times.
Here are a few tips on what to do when an oil or drilling company says they're not hiring:
1. Ask if they are hiring in any other regions of the country/world.Just because a company isn't hiring in North Dakota, doesn't mean they aren't hiring anywhere else. They may still have job openings in other states like Texas, Oklahoma, or Pennsylvania, or even in other countries like Canada.
2. Find out when they plan on beginning to hire againHR reps are sometimes given time periods during which they are told to 'freeze' hiring. Or they may be waiting for new rigs to come into the area before they begin hiring again. See if you can get at least an estimate, if not an exact date, of when hiring will begin again. Then be sure to be one of the first people to contact them on that date.
3. Ask if there are any other companies that are hiringJust because someone works for a certain company doesn't mean they don't know what's going on with other oil or drilling companies in the area. Many times personnel from all the different companies hang out together during off hours and alot of times they are all friends on social media sites like Facebook etc.
And one of the favorite topics to discuss is who's hiring and who's not. So anytime you get someone who works in the patch on the phone be sure to ask them if they know of ANYONE who is looking for workers, even if it's not they're employer.
4. Set up a call back scheduleIf you call and a company isn't hiring this week and they can't give you a definite answer as to when they will be hiring again, keep calling back at regular intervals until you find out that they are. If nothing else it will convince whomever you talk with each time that you are serious about working for their company.
5. Submit your resume anywayThis is a big one! If you are talking with someone at an oil or drilling company and you haven't submitted your resume, do it anyway even if they say they're not hiring. This is probably the best time to submit a resume because less people are turning them in at this moment. Less resumes in the pile means less competition for you.
These are just a few quick tips to hopefully help you in your job search. The point is to not get discouraged! Just keep searching, asking, calling, and submitting those resumes and eventually you'll land that high paying oil job.