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Frequently asked questions
Looking for a quick overview of the opportunities available with Shell? Or is there something you're unsure about? You should find the information here.
How do I apply to join Shell?
Should you wish to apply to us, please do so for a specific vacancy found using our Job Search Engine. The relevant method of application will be outlined in the detailed job description.
I can’t find a suitable job on your website, can I still apply?
We no longer accept speculative applications, CVs or résumés via email. You can only apply to a specific vacancy found through our Job Search engine. If you sign up for our Job Alert service, we’ll email you with notifications of new vacancies matching your preferred criteria as and when they arise.
If I submit an application or register my details, will Shell keep me on file?
We store all candidate details on a central database where they are kept for three years, unless we receive a written request by an individual to delete their personal record. These records enable us to search against candidate profiles with specific skill sets, should we identify specific recruitment needs in the future.
Do I need a degree to work at Shell?
It will depend on the level and nature of the role in which you’re interested. If a degree is a requirement, it will usually be stated in the job description. However, a candidate who does not hold a degree may still be considered for one of our professional vacancies if they can demonstrate substantial relevant experience.
How long after applying can I expect to wait before hearing anything?
You will receive an acknowledgement of our receipt of your details within 48 hours. You should then within the following two weeks receive correspondence regarding a decision.
What do you mean by ‘Professional’?
Our professional opportunities are for people with varying skill-sets, experience and expertise. This encompasses all levels of seniority.
Do I need to have experience of working in the energy industry to join Shell?
It depends on the position you’re interested in. Many technical roles require you to have spent time in a similar job and environment, while others require less specific experience. Most of our commercial opportunities are based on generic business skill-sets and thus do not require experience of the energy industry.
If I have to work on location, will my family be able to come with me?
For long-term international postings, our expatriation information centre ‘Outpost’ provides online and offline support in many locations around the world. This assistance includes foreign language schooling, help for partners in finding local employment and a range of other services.