Oil & Gas Recruitment – Putting Energy Back In
There is movement in Global Oil & Gas industry and despite often mixed reports, the outlook is improving. Slowly.
I am seeing a greater number of jobs being advertised and opportunities being discussed on networking sites such as Linked In and the various What’s App Groups.
By Comparison, I am also seeing a lot of people commenting about their long periods of unemployment, applying for a multitude of jobs advertised, only to hear nothing, remain unacknowledged or be unsuccessful.
I hear the frustration with the recruitment agencies and their seeming lack of transparency about the roles advertised. I can also see the number of “fishing” expeditions and “fake” jobs being openly advertised. The people seeking work are becoming weary and rightly so!
O&G is an old peculiar, I refer to it as a stumbling dinosaur on many occasion. Skills, experience, knowledge at whatever the level or area of the industry you work, does not seem to flow across generations. Less people are taking up work in the industry and there is a well-documented skills shortage.
So, that said, what are the recruiters doing? Well, they are certainly taking instructions and advertising jobs. Once inundated for each position, they are running automated processes to eliminate, so that they end up with a reasonable offering for their client. A shortlist process, that shortens until the appointment.
The problem is, certain roles and the experience a candidate has for them, are best explained face to face, or with references. Without this opportunity, a good number of applicants with terrific experience and skills, impeccable references and the best attitude are overlooked.
The technology now driving recruitment means that much of the process is faceless and no relationships can be established. It becomes difficult for both the recruiter and the applicant.
Not to labour on the negative, there are some things our Oil & Gas workers can do, including but not limited to:
Get a CV (Resume) and make sure you cover the salient points demonstrating your experience, skills and qualifications. A succinct paragraph will suffice.
Make sure that you include a photograph, it helps the viewer to build a complete picture and a sense of knowing who they are dealing with.
Include a cover note. It should be clearly marked, the job you are interested in, the reason why they should read your CV and what you can offer in the position.
Once the deadline has arrived, a courteous reminder or enquiry for an update is perfectly in order.
If and when invited in for a meeting, take with you everything they may need to see to quantify your certifications and qualifications. References are always a good idea. Having a complete package in your hand, saves them time and trouble later.
A quick emailed thank you for your time is quite appropriate and an opportunity to show you have attitude and a business minded approach, as well as the skills for the particular role.
Don’t be quick to labour on about unemployment, the downside of the industry, the downturn, cost cuts etc. Don’t speak ill of past employers either. You say it best when you say nothing at all, listening is the name of the game when eagerly job hunting.
Remain in contact with former workmates, whether they are employed or not. Keeping in touch, sharing information, helping each other out will keep your attitude and enthusiasm, the conversation will keep you up to date.
Regularly check the websites of the operators and EPC’s. Often their own HR will run their recruitment. It would not harm you to send in your details for when such opportunity may crop up. Also, if you can find the email address, periodically drop a quick couple of lines of enquiry. You will get remembered.
Join all the networking groups and social sites. Join the technical groups and give your input. Just because you are not working, salaried, does not mean you cannot take part in industry discussion, or comment on topics you have experience in. The more your name is seen and associated, the more instant recall an employer, a contractor or a recruiter shall have about you.
Above all, keep positive, keep your comments positive and make regular updates on social sites.
If you have core skills and long-experience, be proud and be bold. You have earned the right, not to be arrogant, but certainly to blow your trumpet. Remember, it costs nothing to use the social sites and it is a quick way to reach people.
Lastly, if you are struggling to get everything together, but you have a computer and access to email, I am available to help when and where I can, in the preparation of CV (Resume) and preparing you for that first opportunity to a new future.
Written by Debby Giglio, Marketing Information Data and Strategy for Oil & Gas.