Five Signs That Your Internal Hiring Team Needs Help

Most company HR departments are overworked at best, and will spend the majority of their time trying to balance their workload between hiring new people and taking care of current employees. Add into the mix that most HR workers have only the basics in training when it comes to making new hires and you have a situation where some outside help can definitely come in handy.

If you do have an internal hiring team in place, but you haven’t been happy with your newest hires or your organization is having some issues, it may be time to see if your team could use a little help.

What to Look For in Hiring Quality

The first and most obvious red flag you’ll notice is that the quality of your new hires has gone down. Whether it’s candidates that simply aren’t right for the job, high turnover rates or simply a lack of new hires, don’t wait to make some changes. When it comes to making new hires, there is a lot of work that goes into finding quality candidates. From creating ideal candidate personas, to posting and promoting jobs and interviewing candidates, your hiring team has a lot on their plate. If they aren’t asking the right questions or taking the right steps, you’re bound to have some issues.

Falling Between the Cracks

Some warning signs you’ll notice is that important parts of the interview process are being left out. For example, your hiring team may not be asking the right questions. They may not be documenting their impressions of candidates during the interview process. In addition, they may simply not have the skills necessary to weed out the best candidates.

It’s not necessarily the fault of the hiring department either. They have the basic training and skills to hire new employees, but when it gets into the more serious areas like creating personas and knowing how to spot the best candidate, they may simply not have the advanced knowledge base that’s needed.

What to Do

If you have seen these warning signs, all is not lost and you don’t need to worry about running out and replacing your entire hiring team. Education is helpful and if there are advanced training classes they can take, you may want to consider paying for that continuing education.

Another step that you can take is to work with a energy staffing firm that can help you find the right candidates for each position. This will give your HR team the time to focus on their other tasks and they can be learning more about the hiring process at the same time.

Finding high quality new candidates doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark. If your hiring department is overwhelmed, the time to take action is now!

Want more help in learning about how to improve your internal hiring practices? The experts at FootBridge are here to help! Contact us today to learn how we can partner with you in your recruiting and hiring needs.

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One of the biggest concerns for the United States over the past fifty years or more has been the availability of fossil fuels. This concern is ever growing amid an unstable Middle East and continuing issues with Russia.

As the oilfields in North Dakota, the Gulf and other areas expand, exploration to find natural gas sources on our own shores is picking up. One such find, known as Marcellus Shale, has the potential to be a game changer not only in terms of our reliance on home-grown fossil fuel, but also the geopolitical climate.

Marcellus Shale is found in the Northeastern United States and is a gas-bearing rock that has heretofore untapped potential. A recent report released by Morningstar highlighted just how important this shale formation could be for the future of the United States.

It is estimated that over the next few years, this country will become a premier exporter of natural gas, turning the tables from our almost absolute reliance on foreign oil. The report stated that, “We predict the Marcellus shale will be the biggest driver of U.S. gas production over the next few years, adding 3 Bcf/d in 2014 and another 2 Bcf/d in 2015, by which time it will account for close to one fourth of domestic volumes.”

Morningstar continued, driving home the point that just a few years ago, before the emergence of the Marcellus Shale, that no one expected that the United States could be a driving force in the natural gas exportation industry. The report also stated, “Going forward, we expect domestic gas growth to be far less balanced, with only the Marcellus and Eagle Ford exhibiting any meaningful uptick in volumes. We project U.S. natural gas production to increase by approximately 3 Bcf/d (or 4% cumulatively) through 2015, to 69 Bcf/d.”

It is clear that thanks to the advances in extracting natural gas from shale, and from the continued exploration of new deposits, that the shape of our country’s future could be drastically altered for the better over the next few years.

This is great news for engineers in the energy sector, and for students who are considered getting an advanced degree in this type of engineering. As these opportunities continue to grow and we develop more natural gas sources in the United States, the job market for qualified engineering candidates is set to explode.

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University Harnesses Nuclear Power for Energy Technology Innovation & Inspires Next Generation of Professionals

It took five long years of planning and organization, but this January, Congress approved $55 billion dollars in funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, better known as FRIB. This facility is going to be built on the Michigan State University Campus and has the potential to completely revolutionize how we use nuclear power.

“We have had nuclear science at MSU since the 1960s,” Dr. Thomas Glasmacher, the head of the FRIB project, said. “We’ve had isotope science since the 1990s. We used to have the world’s most powerful rare isotope machine, but the Japanese have overtaken us and the Germans are building something larger.”

This facility is a necessity for the United States to remain competitive on the world stage and to utilize nuclear power to its utmost effectiveness. It is expected that the FRIB will be the cornerstone for new advances in nuclear energy in the United States.

“The research that will be done at this state-of-the-art MSU facility is critical to Michigan and the entire country, and will create thousands of jobs in our state,” stated US Senator Debbie Stabenow. “When this bill passes, Michigan State will finally be able to start work on this project in the next few months.”

US Senator Carl Levin continued, “FRIB is essential to America’s continued leadership in nuclear science. It’s a powerful statement about Michigan’s role in maintaining that leadership. And it’s a major economic boost for our state. FRIB funding in this legislation is a key milestone in turning FRIB’s promise into reality and strengthening Michigan’s role in advanced science.”

The project will bring an estimated $1 billion to the Michigan state economy and will create at least 5,500 jobs for engineering candidates as well as construction. This is fantastic news for the beleaguered East Lansing economy and could very well spur a recovery that will be state wide.

The building is expected to be completed by 2017, and will be completely up and running by 2020. While it’s still early, there is definite progress being made to turn the focus onto nuclear power for clean energy and the potential it has to reshape the United States as a global power.

Want more information about exciting careers in the field of nuclear energy? Just ask the experts at Footbridge Energy today!

Energy Sector Offers Great Opportunities for Engineers

As little as ten years ago, prospects for engineers in the energy sector on home soil, here in the United States, were pretty dismal. The vast majority of the world’s energy is produced overseas and our country has been increasingly reliant on foreign imports for natural gas. However, as new oil fields emerge in the Dakotas, and alternative sources for natural gas extracted from shale emerge, the picture is changing rapidly.

Engineering students interested in working in the energy sector are now finding that there are numerous opportunities, right here at home. Many of them start in the industry right out of school and find that their lives are dramatically impacted for the better. 24 year olds are capable of purchasing their own new homes almost immediately after starting work, thanks to the high pay rates and the overwhelming demand for qualified engineers.

Kelli Stevens, a spokeswoman for Suncor Energy stated, “Right now, we’re hiring quite a few of process engineers, reliability engineers and mining engineers. We hire co-op engineering students, especially in Fort McMurray, but also across Canada for our refineries, wind farms and offshore developments. And in many of those co-op positions, we give them a chance to do a rotational role. They start working in one group and a few months later they’re transferred to another group so they get to see a few different areas of how things work around the company.”

Stevens continued, “When you’re young and trying to figure out what is it you really love to do, you’re really only going to figure it out by doing it, so the more they are exposed to different areas, the more chance they have to figure out what means the most to them in terms of future work.”

Instead of having to look overseas for work, and undergo a difficult transition to a different culture, engineering students are suddenly finding plenty of opportunities right here at home. As new exploration opens up more oil fields and opportunities, these trends are expected to continue. In fact, the United States is set to become a major exporter of natural gas, instead of an importer, thanks to these advances and changes.

Want more information about these and other exciting careers in the energy sector? Give the pros at Footbridge Energy a call today!