Need a Job? Take Advantage of Energy Recruitment Services!

If you’re dreaming of a job in the energy industry, a recruiter can be your best ally.

Here’s how (and why) to find the right recruiting firm to help you connect with this important niche industry.

Choose a recruiter who specializes in the oil and gas industries.

The energy industry is unique in many ways, from the resources it provides to the people and capabilities it needs to achieve its goals. Therefore, recent graduates and mid-career professionals seeking work in this industry can benefit from working with a recruiter who specializes in making connections within the energy field. A specialized recruiter will focus on connecting you with the right people and job openings.

Find a recruiting firm that understands the geographic areas that interest you.

In addition to focusing on the energy industry, your chosen recruiter should spend considerable time working with companies in the geographic regions that interest you most. For example, if you’re interested in working in Pennsylvania’s shale regions, look for a recruiter who has built strong relationships in this location.

Ask what your recruiter can do for you.

Your recruiting partner’s job board should be only the first step. Talk with recruiters about other needs, such as work on fine-tuning your resume or interview skills, help determining what company culture helps you thrive and other assistance. The best recruiters focus on building relationships, so they’ll be interested to know more about you and willing to help you determine what kind of job best fits your needs.

Help your recruiter help you.

When you meet with a potential recruiting firm for an interview, treat it as you would any job interview. Doing so helps your recruiter gauge how you interview, so they can provide specialized tips and connect you with jobs that will offer a better fit. Stay in touch with your recruiter throughout the process as well; your recruiter can help answer questions and put you on the right track toward the best job and company for your career goals.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters can help you land the oil or gas industry job of your dreams. Contact the energy recruiting partners to learn more.

Energy Sector Job Interview? How to Craft Better Answers

After a lean 2016 and 2017, the energy sector has started actively seeking new talent once again. If you’re an engineer interested in working in the energy industry, 2018 is a good year to fine-tune your resume and start applying for job opportunities that spark your passions.

Landing your dream job, however, takes work. Among other things, you’ll need to prepare for and present answers that highlight your strengths. Here’s how to craft stronger interview answers.

Get personal.

Since many interviews contain similar questions, it’s tempting to create and practice stock answers. Set yourself apart from other candidates by resisting this urge.

Instead, prepare for each interview as if you’re having a personal one-on-one conversation with a unique employer. Research the company, study the job description and learn about the organization’s values and internal culture. Then, build interview answers that speak to this company’s specific attributes.

Focus on your accomplishments.

Anyone can promise an interviewer they can or will do the tasks listed on a job description. Candidates who discuss how they have already succeeded at similar tasks, however, are the ones interviewers remember.

Jot down three to five of the biggest accomplishments in your education or career to date. Then, use the job description to match up the skills and tasks this employer wants with those accomplishments. Create short discussions that use terms in the job description to talk about what problems you faced, what you did and what the results were.

Know what you want to ask.

As you research the job and the company, and think about your accomplishments in the context of this job, certain questions may come to mind. Will you have access to mentors on the job? Will you get the chance to participate in experimental projects, or to lead a team? How does this company support your continued growth as an engineer?

Write these questions down, and ask them during the interview. As the product of your own thought process during preparation, they’ll fit more naturally into the interview itself than any generic questions you might think up for the purpose.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters can help you connect with some of the best oil and gas companies in the industry – and create interview answers that will help your skills stand out. Contact us today to learn more about our oil and gas job opportunities.

What Are “Hidden Jobs” and How Can You Find One?

Every day, job openings in the energy industry appear. Yet even a discerning job seeker may not spot these new openings. They’re “hidden” jobs that never reach the public eye.

Instead of posting these jobs publicly, companies turn to their recruiters to find the people they need for the open positions.

Why Do Employers “Hide” Jobs With Recruiters?

To many job seekers, the idea that employers only mention their job openings to staffing firms seems unfair. After all, you’re working hard to find promising job opportunities and to present your skills in a positive and confident light. Why do companies hide the ball?

Here are several reasons some of the best jobs remain hidden:

  • Time is of the essence. Lacking the time to launch a full-scale candidate search, the company turns to its recruiter hoping the staffing firm will find suitable candidates more quickly.
  • Culture matters. The company trusts its staffing firm to recommend candidates who not only offer the right skills, but will also mesh well with the company’s values and approach to work.
  • More doesn’t always mean better. The company wants to weed out unqualified candidates who bury or obscure the qualified professionals, and they don’t want to do the weeding themselves. Instead, they ask a recruiter to do it for them.

Understanding why and how job postings get “hidden” can help you uncover them. Here’s how:

Hide and Seek: Finding Hidden Job Opportunities

When top companies “hide” their job postings with a recruiter, it makes sense to work with a recruiting firm to find those openings. Here’s how partnering with a recruiter benefits your career:

  • Access to hidden job postings – and custom recommendations. Not only will you know what’s available, but your recruiter can point you toward job openings that best fit your skills and workplace style, improving the chances you’ll find a job you truly love.
  • One-on-one advice and coaching. Your recruiter will help you fine-tune your resume and interview skills, improving your chances of landing the job you want.
  • Long-term networking and support. Once you’ve found the next step on your career ladder, stay in touch with your recruiter to maintain a strong professional network and learn more about the industry.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters work with some of the best employers in the oil and gas industries – and help you unearth the hidden jobs that will help you forge your career. Contact us today to learn more about our energy job opportunities.

How to Answer Behavioral Job Interview Questions

Behavioral job interview questions appear on nearly every hiring manager’s list. Unlike traditional job interview questions, behavioral questions ask you to recount a specific action or approach you used in the past in response to a specific problem or situation. Hiring managers hypothesize that by asking you what you have already done, they gain greater insight into how you will act in the future.

For job candidates, the most difficult part of answering a behavioral interview question is summarizing their past work in a way that tells a meaningful and memorable story.

Here’s how to practice answering behavioral job interview questions:

Collect your past accomplishments (and failures).

Make a list of the most significant accomplishments you have achieved in your career to date. Consider not only achievements you were lauded for, but also those that went unnoticed yet were essential to the smooth functioning of your workplace or the completion of a larger project.

Also, list your three biggest failures, mistakes or setbacks. For each of these, include what you learned. If you encountered the same situation again, whether a different approach helped you avoid disaster a second time.

Get your answers up to PAR.

Circle your three most significant or meaningful accomplishments and the failure to which you responded most constructively. Then, for each of these four items:

  • Write one sentence stating the Problem. (“We realized we had only four days to meet a deadline we thought wouldn’t come for several weeks.”)
  • Write one sentence stating the Action you took in response. (“I agreed to put in overtime on three of those four days, and I convinced everyone else to do so as well.”)
  • Write one to two sentences stating the Result. (“We managed to complete the project with two hours to spare before the deadline. We got a great deal of praise, but I started putting ‘pre-deadlines’ a month ahead of time into my calendar so I wouldn’t be caught in a similar crunch again.”)

For your biggest mistake, include a sentence about what you would do differently next time—or if there was a “next time,” mention how you addressed the problem differently and what happened.

Practice until you can tell these stories smoothly.

Use your 3-4 sentence PAR summaries to practice telling these stories as you’ve written them. For each, pay attention to the moments where you mention certain strengths. For instance, in the examples above, our interviewee can emphasize the interpersonal skills required to convince other team members to put in overtime, plus the improved organization that comes with better calendar management.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters connect qualified professionals to some of the best jobs in the oil and gas industries. To learn more, contact us today.

7 Simple Ways to Streamline Your Job Search

The rise of the internet has made job searching easier than ever in some ways—and more overwhelming in other ways. It gets harder and harder to separate real opportunities from misleading job posts. To find the job you want, you’ll need to streamline the process to target the most likely opportunities and discard the rest. Here are seven ways to do that.

Schedule your job hunt every day.

Set aside a block of time every day to work on your job search. Choose the time of day you’re most alert and active, whether that’s first thing in the morning or right after lunch. Spending a little time at the task daily will yield better results than waiting for a large chunk of free time to attack your search, particularly if you are currently employed.

Create templates, not carbon copies.

Using the same general resume for every opportunity is a recipe for failure. However, creating a basic template for emails you will send many times—such as a thank-you note following an interview—can help you focus on adding the personalized details that will make your performance memorable, rather than writing “Thank you for speaking to me today” repeatedly. Your recruiter can offer insights that can help you customize your resume to each opportunity.

Be choosy about where you search.

The proliferation of internet job boards can make it seem possibilities are endless—but it seems that it’s only quantity that has increased, not quality. Your best bet is an in-depth discussion with your recruiter about your goals and interests.

Focus only on the jobs that really interest you.

Pursuing every job opening quickly becomes exhausting. And why take the time on positions you’re not eager to accept? Instead, focus on the jobs, employers and industries that really pique your enthusiasm. This focus will help you stay engaged in your job search and shine during interviews.

Tap into your professional network.

Once a week, get together with someone in your network to touch base, talk shop and share your job search goals. Leads come from the most unlikely places, and in the meantime, you’ll build an essential social support network to maintain your morale.

Learn how to market yourself.

Knowing how to make a great impression can help you find the job you want faster. A great resume leads to interviews. A stand out interview garners job offers. Take the time to research the latest best practices for job seekers in your field. Ask your recruiter for advice on how to draft a killer resume and sharpen your interview skills.

Make the most of your recruiter relationship.

Recruiters offer a fantastic job-search resource by addressing several of the above points at once. They curate the best jobs and recommend those that fit your skills and goals. They cultivate large professional networks, and they provide feedback on your resume and interview skills.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters connect some of the best job-seeking professionals to companies in the oil and gas industries. If you’re looking for work in the energy industry, contact us today to learn how we can help you streamline your job search.

The Anatomy of a Great Interview Answer

At an interview for an energy job, you may be asked any number of questions. Some of these, like “Tell us about yourself” or “When have you failed?” are classics. Others are specific to the job, the employer or your professional background.

No matter what question you’re asked, however, every great interview answer has certain features in common. Here’s what you can expect to find in any great interview answer.

A direct response to the question.

Every great interview answer responds to the question. While this may seem obvious, it’s also common for candidates to give general answers, or to answer a related but unasked question, when they aren’t sure how to answer the question asked.

Believe it or not, an “I don’t know” is better than evading the question. When you say, “I don’t know,” then follow up with a brief explanation of how you would find the answer, you demonstrate you’re willing to admit your limitations and then push past them.

A connection between the content of the question, the candidate’s skills and the employer’s needs.

In a great interview answer, you stand out from other candidates by demonstrating you understand how the question relates both to the employer’s needs and to your own skill set. For instance, the question “When have you failed?” gives you the chance to describe how you learn from past mistakes and apply that knowledge to avoid repeating the error—an essential quality for employers who need to avoid similar mistakes and who want their staff to take charge of learning.

Specific, memorable examples.

A vivid story sticks in an interviewer’s memory long after lists of credentials or skills fade, and the person who told it sticks in the memory as well. Illustrate your answers to questions like “When have you failed?” or “What is your process for handling his problem?” by briefly telling a story of a time you addressed a similar issue, what you did and what the results were.

An answer to the question, “What’s in it for us?”

Every interview question has a second question hidden within it. That question is, “How does hiring this person help us?”

When asked, “Tell us about yourself,” your answer should frame your skills and experience in a way that explains how you’re valuable to the company. When asked, “Have you ever disagreed with your supervisor? What happened?”, tell your story in a way that demonstrates your ability to handle conflicts constructively with the ‘big picture’ in mind. When the employer knows you’ll be valuable to them, they’ll be far more likely to hire you.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters connect job seekers to some of the best job openings in the oil and gas industries. If you’re seeking a new job in the energy field, contact us today.

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How to Follow up After an Oil and Gas Job Interview

No doubt you spent considerable time preparing for your interview, but are you ready for what comes after the interview? Do you know when to follow up? How you should follow up? Are you confident in how you can show interest and be assertive without sounding desperate and being a pest?

Your recruiter knows!

When you work with a recruiter, you don’t have to worry about the answers to any of those questions. Let them take care of all the details. They receive a level of honest feedback candidates never get directly from employers and can share that feedback with you. You’ll know if there’s a good chance you’ll get the offer or if you need to brush up your interview skills.

Your recruiter is your advantage.

Partnering with a recruiter gives you a unique advantage, both before and after the interview. They can provide insights into what the employer is looking for. This enables you to put your best foot forward, knowing exactly what you should share in the interview and what you should not.

When you call or email the recruiter after the interview, here is what you should discuss:

  • Ask for the employer’s general impression of you.
  • Ask if you are in the running for the position.
  • Confirm the length of contract and projected start date.
  • Ask where in the decision-making process the employer is.
  • Find out how many candidates were interviewed and how you stacked up against them.
  • Offer to provide additional information if requested by the employer.
  • Ask for recommendations to stay top of mind.
  • Find out what you can expect next in the hiring process.

And most importantly, ask what other opportunities should you consider. No matter how well an interview went, it’s best not to put all your eggs in one basket. Leave the follow-up to your recruiter and move on to the next interview.

Let your recruiter do what they do best.

As an oil and gas industry employee, you’re accustomed to being in control. That’s not always the case when searching for your next job. That’s why partnering with a specialized recruiter works to your advantage. Your recruiter is your advocate. They can “sell” you to an employer in a way you may not be comfortable doing yourself. They will remind the interviewer of your qualifications and what they have to gain by hiring you.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our experienced recruiters specialize in making a great impression with your resume and in the interview so you can land the job you want in the oil and gas industry. Contact us today to learn more about our employment opportunities in the energy sector.