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.