Looking To Work In The Oil And Gas Industry?? Now Is The Time..
As a professional recruiter who has been working and recruiting professionals in the environmental, engineering and construction industries for over 18 years now at Webuild Staffing, I have placed many exceptional candidates in positions within the oil and gas industry.
This market has been heating up for many years now domestically and candidates have been asking how to break into this industry and structure a resume specifically to obtain a job within the oil and gas industries.
In the past when we thought of oil and gas production our thoughts immediately turned to overseas and the Middle East. Today with the onset of new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and safe ocean exploration techniques; companies throughout north America have been able to reach new ocean and land deposits which were previously unreachable with the technologies of the past.
This technology has led to an expansion of employment within the oil and gas industries throughout North American from companies large and small looking to capitalize on this marketplace expansion; but individuals seem to struggle to find these jobs and structure a resume to focus their skills for these employer’s needs.
Truck drivers, Welders, Heavy Equipment Operators, Machinists, Oil Rig Operators, Geologists, Engineers, Administration Personnel, Project Managers, etc.. are all needed by these employers and they are willing to compensate employees well above national standards.
Newcomers to the industry need to start their job search by learning the basics about the industry; look at what companies are working in the marketplace, types and locations of projects they are working on, technologies they are using, types of people they are hiring and the skills that are needed do to the jobs they require.
Once you have a general understanding of the market it’s now time to establish some relationships. Talk with HR managers about their needs, network with professionals already working within organizations that you are interested in, go to informational interviews or career fairs, talk with oil and gas industry staffing agencies / recruiters to learn more. Making as many contacts as you can will get you noticed and express your desire to work within this growing industry.
It is also necessary to have a properly structured resume tailored to the oil and gas industry. All the typical resume writing rules apply; but you want to focus your skills to address the needs of hiring managers within the oil and gas industries. Have a properly formatted objective; showcase the skills you have that employers need in the industry. Once you send a resume out, call the employer on the phone, talk with them and express your interest. Always be selling yourself and what you can add to their organization.
As a candidate you need to stand out in a pool of many applicants as the marketplace is crowded with individuals looking for brighter career prospects; your goal is to shine and obtain the career opportunity that will lead to long term career success.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com