2016 Energy Sector Job Search Guide

The hiring landscape in the oil and gas industry is constantly changing. Candidates looking for a job in this field must be “on their A-game” to find the job openings that are best suited to their skills, goals, and work approach.

To stay one step ahead of the competition and land the job that’s right for you, keep these job search tips in mind for the coming year:

Know the major challenges in your field.

What are the biggest challenges currently facing professionals in the job you want? How are companies tackling these challenges? If you could change anything about this approach, what would it be?

The more you know about current challenges in the field, the more you can target your job search materials to communicate that you’re ready and able to tackle those challenges productively for a new employer. Don’t just learn about each employer – also learn about the problems that employer is trying to solve; then show how you are an invaluable asset in solving those problems.

Focus on your accomplishments.

Once you know what challenges the industry is facing, look back at your own career and education. Choose two or three accomplishments in which you addressed similar challenges. Make these accomplishments the focal point of your application materials and interview answers.

Focusing on your accomplishments boosts your career search in two ways. First, it communicates to employers that you will succeed on the job because you already have. Second, it gives you a confidence boost when you need it most.

See things from the employer’s point of view.

Every hiring manager has one question: “Why should I hire this person? What can this individual do for us?”

When you’re creating a resume or preparing your interview answers, keep this perspective in mind – and answer this question whenever you can. Remember that a hiring manager doesn’t want to give you a job, but to receive your best work. Be ready to talk about how your work fits into the context of this company’s goals and structure.

Work with a recruiter.

A recruiter who knows the oil and gas industry well will have the “inside scoop” on job openings, company culture, and other valuable information. Choose a staffing firm that specializes in placing professionals in your field within the energy industry.

At FootBridge Energy, our experienced recruiters strive to match top talent to great jobs in the oil and gas industry. Contact us today to learn more.

4 Time-Tested Ways to Identify Candidates with Leadership Potential

In every hiring manager’s experience, the ultimate goal is to identify and recruit the best of the best for the company. Every so often, a candidate comes along who demonstrates leadership ability. Therefore, focus on bringing on future leaders should be the foundation of good recruitment. Yet, how is it possible to know in advance if a candidate has leadership potential? The key is to use these four time-tested methods for spotting candidates with the hallmarks of leadership.

#1 – Look for Hard and Soft Skills

There is a lot to be said for candidates who present a strong set of skills during the initial phases of recruitment and interviewing, but do these skills represent the best for your company? Look for skills that have been successful in your organization. Hard skills may include teachable assets like industry knowledge and techniques, while soft skills are things like personality traits, communication, and interpersonal abilities. Future leaders have an equal balance of both.

#2 – Note the Fit for the Corporate Culture

A candidate may be a natural leader who understands corporate hierarchy and processes, but your company is more casual and relaxed as an organization which could lead to problems later on. Always take a look at past work experiences and personality as an indicator of the candidate’s suitability for your unique work culture.

#3 – Understand What Drives Them

Leaders are often disguised as strongly driven candidates, but this is not a sure sign that they are right for your company (they may be better suited as entrepreneurs). Instead, look for candidates who are self-driven to your industry and love to learn about new things in relationship to this industry. Candidates like this may be very interested in your company’s objectives in the industry and will ask good questions during interviews about this.

#4 – Carefully Vet Them

One of the best ways to identify candidates with leadership ability is to partner with a recruiter who has the skills and experience to spot great leaders in the making. A qualified recruiter will be able to assess the candidate’s skills, verify their career and educational backgrounds, and obtain professional references.

If your energy sector business is looking to hire leadership talent in 2016, contact the recruiting professionals at FootBridge Energy Services. We have the experience and connections to help you find the perfect candidate to join your company in the coming year. Contact us today to learn more!

7 In-Demand Jobs in the Energy Sector

Job demand in the energy sector is constantly changing, requiring both job seekers and employers to be flexible and forward-thinking. Several positions, however, are currently in high demand as the industry shifts in preparation for upcoming energy opportunities and challenges. The “top seven” for the start of 2016 include:

Scheduler/Planner

Schedulers and planners work to ensure that energy industry projects happen on schedule, meet deadlines, and have the equipment and staff they need at crucial moments. This industry is expected to expand by 26 percent in the coming year, according to Indeed.com.

Project Manager

Project managers wear many hats. Not only are they responsible for the smooth organization and execution of major projects, they may also be called in on a moment’s notice to “get their hands dirty” with an urgent task. As projects in the oil and gas industry expand once again, so will the need for experienced project managers.

Estimator

Estimators are an essential part of the planning process. They calculate the costs of a project from design to completion and work with schedulers and managers to make sure budgets are met. Each project needs an estimator who can communicate across disciplines and resolve conflicts as well as crunch numbers.

I & E Engineer

I & E, or Instrument & Electrical Engineers specify which instrumentation, valves, electrical, and control system components are required to operate process equipment in the oil and gas industry. The best I & E engineers not only know the technical elements of their work, but can explain it to others as well.

Drafter

Drafters convert the designs produced by engineers into technical drawings and plans, often with the help of specialized software. As much drafting work moves online, the ability to work collaboratively across a network as well as within specialized software suites is a must.

Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers design and develop custom equipment for oil and gas applications, test existing equipment, and handle challenges dealing with electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics.

IT Specialist

As in any industry, information technology (IT) is a must. Top concerns in the field include security and managing big data sets.

Job seekers and employers alike can benefit from working with a recruiter who specializes in the oil and gas industry. For job seekers, the benefits include having an experienced ally who knows the top employers in the industry and can help you find a great “fit” for your career goals and skills. For employers, a recruiter becomes a partner who knows your business’s specific needs and internal culture and recommends candidates accordingly.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in matching top talent with great job openings in the oil and gas industry. Contact us today to learn more!