Energy Sector 2018 Hiring Trends

As 2018 begins, companies in every industry are making plans and noting major trends – and the energy industry is no different. Here are some of the biggest predicted energy sector hiring trends in 2018 and how your organization can prepare to meet the challenges they pose.

2017’s early growth trends appear to be gaining momentum.

2016 was a rough year for the energy industry. Many companies laid off employees as oil prices fell, natural gas became a major competitor and several businesses and large organizations started looking at renewables.

While 2017 offered some turnaround, growth has been slow. Nevertheless, 2018 appears poised to continue the growth trend, which means that energy companies will need to streamline their hiring practices and create a strong staffing strategy that helps them acquire the people they need at the right times. Working with an experienced recruiter can make both tasks easier.

Technological innovation continues to lead the way.

A focus on automation, robotics, smart technologies and big data means energy companies will need to keep innovating in technological areas. To do so, companies will need engineers with the technical skills and creative outlook to learn emerging technologies and develop new ones. Incorporating needed skills into a staffing plan can help hiring managers target the right capabilities, as can coordinating with a recruiting partner with a deep knowledge of the skills that available talent offers.

Looking forward will mean focusing on recruitment.

Although recent college graduates and career-changing professionals have been entering the energy field, 2016’s layoffs and 2017’s slower-than-anticipated growth may cause young workers to shy away from oil and gas as a career – even as senior leadership are eyeing retirement. To prevent a potential “brain drain” and ensure that companies have the talent they’ll need to rise through the ranks and take over major leadership positions, organizations in the energy industry will need to focus on building strong internal cultures that encourage employee growth and retention. Your recruiter can help your company identify its cultural strengths and build on these to attract and keep top talent.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in connecting our energy industry clients with some of the most qualified talent available. Contact us today to learn more about our energy recruitment services.

Highlight Leadership Skills on Your Resume With These 4 Tips

Your resume is the first chance you get to make an impression on a potential employer. As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. So, you’ll want to create an impact that will leave the recruiter hiring manager wanting to know more about you and what you can bring to the position! Regardless of the open position, employers want to hire a candidate with leadership qualities.

The best way to draw attention to the leadership skills you possess is to follow these four tips:

  1. Quantify. Whenever and wherever possible, include numbers and quantifiable figures on your resume. Did you increase production by a certain percentage? Include that percentage! Did you oversee a certain number of teammates? Highlight that number! Figures not only show what you’ve achieved on your career path, they provide a tangible example of your successes.
  2. Specify. Employers are ideally looking for a candidate who is not only capable of doing the job well, but who will excel in the position. Tailor the skills in your resume to specifically highlight the desired skills listed in the job description.
  3. Demonstrate. In your employment history, include examples of how you performed the job, how you achieved accomplishments and how you contributed to the overall success of the business.
  4. Direct. In today’s professional world, soft skills can be equally as important as the essential skills for performing the job. When highlighting your leadership skills, use this as an opportunity to lead into and highlight other soft skills that though not listed in the job description, will be beneficial to you as a candidate such as communication, teamwork and ability to think on your feet.

The first, most proactive step you can take in gaining an edge over the competition in a job search is to grab the attention of the recruiter and hiring manager with an impressive resume. Although it can be tricky to tailor your resume to each job application you submit and know exactly what hiring managers in the energy sector want to see, FootBridge Energy Services is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our great job opportunities in the energy sector!