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.

Adjusting Your Management Style to Be a Better Leader

Adjusting your management style can take both you and your team into uncharted waters. Your team may be skeptical of the changes, and you may feel uncertain and or even defensive about the change.  With a clear goal in mind and willingness to communicate with and accept feedback from your team, however, you can adjust your management style to improve your leadership.

Management vs. Leadership: What’s the Difference?

Managers are responsible for keeping a team on-task. They assess the overall goal and methods, assign work to specific team members, supervise the process and ensure the results meet the company’s standards. Forecasting, budgeting, planning and controlling are all part of a manager’s workload.

Leaders may also manage, or they may not. A leader’s job is to provide vision. Leaders ensure their team understands and shares a core mission. They elicit team members’ expertise to ensure the team heads in the right direction to fulfill its mission, and they encourage creativity and flexibility as key tools in achieving the “big picture.”

How to Become a Better Leader by Changing Your Management Style

  1. Practice good listening skills. Managers do a great deal of talking: giving instructions, explaining details, providing feedback. Leaders try to balance talking with listening: taking the opportunity to let team members express their “on the ground” view of a task, the biggest challenges they perceive and their questions about how to get the work done. When you treat team members as the “resident experts” at their own jobs, you empower them to find more effective ways to get the work done.
  2. Communicate more, not less. Communication fosters transparency, confidence and trust on your team. By making it possible for team members to communicate with one another and with you – and by setting a standard that expects communication – you clarify what you expect from the team, what resources they have available to get the job done and what success looks like.
  3. Ask for help when you need it. Alerting your team to your goals and efforts prepares them for uncertainties and equips them to help you by providing constructive feedback. For added support from an experienced professional, don’t hesitate to turn to a mentor – or to pick up the phone and talk to your staffing partner.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in connecting our clients to the best available talent in the oil and gas industries. To learn more, contact us today.

6 Tips for Finding an Energy Job in 2017

The energy sector is one of the more volatile job sectors in the United States when it comes to hiring.  As 2017 progresses, hiring in the energy sector is down, which means more candidates are vying for fewer jobs.

A tight hiring environment doesn’t mean you’re out of luck, however.  Great jobs in the energy industry are still available.  Here’s how to focus your job search so you find the best positions out there and position yourself to receive a job offer.

  1. Network effectively. Handing out fifty business cards may feel like productive networking, but in fact, the best job leads come from the people you already know personally. Schedule one day a week to meet with a member of your personal or professional network for coffee, lunch or a walk.  Talk to them about the kind of job you’re looking for.
  2. Know what you’re worth. When hiring gets competitive, wages do as well. Do some research on websites like Salary.com or Glassdoor.com, or talk to your recruiter.  When you know what a competitive compensation package looks like, you’re in a better position to describe and stand for what you are worth.
  3. Go mobile. More and more companies are posting job openings to social media, discussing their biggest challenges online and creating mobile-friendly application platforms you can access anywhere. Put your device to work finding you a job you’ll love – anywhere you go.
  4. Focus on your accomplishments. Many job seekers repeat the duties and credentials listed in the job posting, but don’t say much else in their applications. Go one step further by describing how you used those tasks, skills and capabilities to solve a problem successfully.
  5. What’s in it for the employer? Spend some time reading the employer’s website, press releases and other materials to determine why the employer is seeking people with your abilities. Then, use your application to answer the biggest question every employer has: “How does hiring this person help us?”
  6. Work with a recruiter. Recruiters specialize in matching candidates to jobs that offer a good fit for their personality, work style, abilities and job goals – even in a tough market. Your recruiter can become your biggest ally on the job search.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in connecting qualified job seekers to jobs in the oil and gas industries – no matter what the hiring forecast looks like.  Contact us today to learn more about our energy employment opportunities.

Ask an Expert: What Soft Skills Should Energy Companies Look for in Candidates?

Employees in the energy sector need top-notch technical skills – and a lot more.  Working in a team, meeting deadlines, and communicating the details, results, and benefits of their work all require that energy sector talent possess a strong range of soft skills as well as the “hard” skills needed to do the work.

Here are some of the most important soft skills to look for in your candidates: (more…)

5 Signs That an Employee Is Fit for Management

How do you know it’s time to promote an employee to a management position?

Knowing who’s ready for leadership and who does their best work on the “front lines” can be tough.  Here are five signs that one of your employees is ready to lead a team:

They want to learn more about the company and how it works.

Good managers understand how their team’s work connects to the smooth functioning of the company and contributes to its overall goals. Workers who are already looking for information on how their work fits into the “big picture” are developing the perspective they’ll need to be effective, motivating managers.

Their time-management skills are superb.

Managers always have more tasks than time. The ability to prioritize, work efficiently, and delegate is essential to leadership – and development of these skills begins on the front lines. Look for staff members who are good at streamlining their tasks and determining where their attention is most needed at any given time.

They’re already looking for leadership opportunities.

Has a staff member asked if they can lead a project? Do they regularly share stories of their leadership outside of work, such as their willingness to head up volunteer projects or to coach a sports team? If so, they’re honing the very leadership skills they’ll need to be effective managers.

They’re good at handling conflicts.

On every team, some employees are known to start drama, and others are known to shut it down.  When considering your promotion options, look for staff members who actively work to defuse tense situations, seek compromises, and get the job done in spite of personality conflicts.

Their co-workers already look up to them.

Does one of your employees regularly end up at the head of the team simply because their colleagues place them there? Is this the person who answers co-workers’ questions and provides guidance? If so, you’ve got a built-in manager on the team.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters can help you find the best talent available in the energy industry – including those professionals who offer great leadership potential. Contact us today to learn more about our recruiting services in the energy sector.