In the Age of Skilled Talent Shortage, How Can Your Energy Company Find the Best Talent?

As demand increases for energy professionals, supply just can’t keep pace. The industry is scrambling to keep up, but education efforts serve only to bring in new people, not experienced people, so the supply is as many as ten years behind demand.

Toughest to find are candidates with 5-10 years experience. This shortage, combined with an abundance of employees of retirement age, creates a perfect storm of talent shortage in the energy industry.

How Can You Find and Attract Talent?

Incentives. Stock options, sign-on bonuses, generous vacation and personal time, travel and housing stipends are becoming increasingly common for companies trying to attract top candidates.

Relocation. Extend your recruiting efforts outside your immediate area. Regional or even national searches are frequently necessary to attain the level of expertise you need. Expect to pick up the tab for any relocation expenses.

Compensation. Salaries have increased as much as 40% for some specialized, in-demand positions. Keep up with industry rates or lose out on the best people.

College recruitment. Gathering entry-level applicants from high schools and colleges can help you beat competitors to candidates with long-term potential. Be prepared to reimburse them for continued education.

Promote from within. Identify people with potential early in their employment. Offer training and education to make the most of their abilities. Cross train them to uncover areas where they may excel.

Build pipelines of critical talent. Many positions are in constant demand. You know as an employer that every time you hire a candidate for a position, you will soon need another and another – either because of growth or attrition.

Additional Smart Strategies for Energy Employers.

Don’t lose candidates during the recruitment process. They are likely speaking to multiple potential employers. If you drag out your interview process or expect applicants to jump through too many hoops, they will accept offers from other companies.

Improve your retention rates. While you are looking to poach employees from your competitors, they are looking to do the same to you. Provide your employees with clear promotion paths, cross-training and job rotation to build transferrable skills and increase their value to the company.

Finding, attracting and keeping top talent is about having the right strategy and the right partner. A recruiter that specializes in the oil and gas industry can help you to streamline the recruiting process and reduce time to hire. For more tips on finding the best talent, contact FootBridge Energy Services. Our experienced recruiters specialize in placing top talent in the energy industry. Contact us today to learn more about our recruiting services!

Why You Need to Partner With an Energy Sector Recruiter in Your Career

Whether you’re aspiring toward a career in the energy sector or you’ve already begun working in the field, partnering with a recruiter who specializes in placing energy sector talent may be the best career choice you’ve ever made.

Why? Choosing a recruiter who specializes in the energy industry offers a host of benefits. For example:

Your recruiter will understand your work – and how it fits into your industry.

Recruiters with a generalized or nationwide focus cannot specialize in every industry they serve, and they cannot hope to understand the complex set of education, skills, and talents required to succeed within every industry. Instead, they’re more likely to make “approximate” matches between candidates and companies, hoping the rest will work out on its own.

By contrast, recruiters who specialize in the energy industry devote all of their professional time to understanding the particular needs of the industry and the particular skills of top candidates within the field. They’ll recognize what your hard work and capabilities mean, equipping them to find the position that will leverage and expand your talents to the fullest.

Your recruiter knows your industry.

Generalized recruiters may work with companies in multiple industries, but they spread themselves thin in order to do so. Recruiters who specialize in the energy sector, however, do more than just identify top candidates and match them with leading companies. They also spend time gathering news and building relationships with people and businesses in the energy industry. Their deep knowledge of the field allows them to make better connections between candidates and companies, and it also allows them to make educated predictions about the future of the field – which can only help a candidate seeking to build a career within the energy sector.

Your recruiter becomes your “in” to a new professional network.

Professionals in any field know the power of well-connected associates. “I know someone who can answer that for you” has opened many doors in careers throughout the energy sector. Recruiters who spend all their time in this field become these “networking nodes” for the candidates they assist. Choose a recruiter who knows the energy industry, and chances are good your recruiter knows who can help you with any one of a host of problems. All you need to do is stay in touch.

At Footbridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in building relationships throughout the energy sector, so we can help you find a good job with a great company. Contact us today to learn more.