Oct 24, 2013 6:56 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition in Lafayette capped off the 2013 event with its first career fair.
Dozens of companies staffed booths to meet candidates seeking work in the oil and gas industry. According to LAGCOE, the job fair was created to meet a "critical need" for qualified workers.
For John Lewis the career fair is exactly what he needs to help himself move forward in industry. He's trying to land his third oil-field job.
"There's still a little, you know, nervous butterflies, when you go put yourself in front of the employer," John Lewis said. "It's something you want so bad that you know could be a huge deal for you, a life-changer you know, to get this career opportunity," he said.
Lewis currently works for a diving contractor, but is now looking for a rigging opportunity.
"You know I'm applying to 20 different positions myself, and I'm qualified for all of them, and it's kind of exciting to know that in the weeks or months to come I could get chosen to have that position," Lewis said.
He's one of thousands from all over the country using this first-time career fair as a way to move forward in the industry. For the companies, the event serves an industry-wide need to find qualified workers.
"The people that come to these events are making the effort to be here. They come well-prepared, they bring copies of their certification, documents, resumes," Kirk Templet said, who's Director of Human Resources for Chet Morrison Contractors.
While the opportunities are numerous, these jobs can be demanding.
"I used to work off-shore, been there done that always glad to get home," Don Briggs, President of Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, said. "But they are high-paying jobs and so valuable to the citizens we have here in the state of Louisiana."