Are you trying to figure out how to apply for a Process Operator job? Then this post will be for you!
Every large petrochemical company handles it application, and screening process online. Meaning you have to apply for the job on the internet.
There are 3 ways to find jobs online. First off would be a search engine, like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Try all of them; they do not always yield the same results for searches. Next way to find a job is through a job listing page. On this site there is a job listing page, Indeed.com is another one. My pages lists the jobs by state, and on Indeed.com you can search by city as well. Lastly, you can search each petrochemical company’s career page for available jobs. All the major companies that hire Process Operators are listed at the bottom of the job page on this site. You can go there and click on each one and do your own search if you so desire.
When you apply online, and before they let you submit your resume there will be a few multiple choice questions such as, are you a convicted felon, are you willing to work shift work, are you willing to work nights and weekends, are you a U.S. citizen or have a right to work here, and all the normal regulatory questions. That is the first weed out for applicants. A convicted felon can not hold this type of job. For an entry level Process Operator, you will have to work nights, weekends, holidays, and lots of overtime. These are mandatory for employment.
Next and this part is very important. They may ask you a few questions that require a written response. You need to give these questions your best effort to answer with an appropriate, and intelligent sounding response. This could be your second opportunity for being weeded out if you skip the question without answering, or if you give an answer that looks thrown together. Think of these questions as if you were putting them on your resume, or sitting in an interview, because basically you are! Potential online application questions could be: Why do you want to work here, Tell us about yourself, Why do you want to leave your current job, and why do you think you are qualified for this job. Those are just a few questions they could ask. They are not timed, so take your time and give a well thought out response. It may be helpful for you to just write the questions down, save the application on the companies website, then sit down and take you time coming up with your responses. It doesn’t take much effort; please don’t weed yourself out of a job by being lazy.
Finally, they will ask for you to upload a copy of your resume. We have a page on this site that gives some good advice on how to setup your resume, and we also offer a book that will assist you in getting your resume up to company standards. Just make sure you are 100% satisfied with the quality of your resume, because you can only submit it once per job, and it could be the only job listed at that company for a year or more.
Keep in mind that you are not the only person that is applying for the job, and there are not that many open positions. When a large petrochemical cooperation hires, they tend to hire in groups of 10-40 at a time. A smaller company may hire one person as needed.
APPLY, APPLY, APPLY, then APPLY,
it took 2 year for me to get an interview application from ExxonMobil after I passes the test. That is a true story. Why did it take so long, I don’t honestly know. Luckily, I did not wait to hear back after I received the letter saying that I passes their test. I had applied, and tested for another great job, got it, and was working there for 1.5 years before mother Exxon called.