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Are startups having a positive impact for candidates in oil and gas?

Today’s guest blog from Dominic Morris, Director – Global Energy Business at Twenty Recruitment

There were few industries that weren’t hit by the economic crisis, with the energy sector being no exception. Even the big players weren’t immune, and projects have ended abruptly due to investment problems. However, the past year or so has seen improvements in the market. Business confidence has risen and the dominating companies in the sector are expanding and implementing new projects.

And it isn’t only the large businesses that are doing well. More startups are appearing on the scene, commonly breaking the geographies that main players haven’t looked at before.

So what does this mean for you as a candidate? With an increased number of companies in the market, there’s a war for talent. Startups recognise that, to be successful, they need to have the right team in place. As such, they’re competing with both peers and established companies for individuals with the right skills, qualifications and knowledge, who are able to adapt in a changing landscape. This means that there are rich pickings for top professionals.

Perhaps the main benefit of working for a startup is the flexibility. There isn’t as much of a focus on salary bands and job categories as in larger organisations, so they can afford to build the job around you, increasing salaries and bonus packages in some cases.

But it isn’t only about the money. When you’re looking for your next position, you are likely to want access to new opportunities. Startups are being more adventurous than some of the bigger players and, to find their niche, they’re moving into new areas that perhaps haven’t been explored before. The result is that you’ll have the chance to work in different geographies, enhancing skills and experiences, which will make you much more employable.

On top of this, development opportunities are important to consider when looking for a new role so that you can keep up-to-date and enhance career progression. This is arguably easier in a larger organisation as they have access to greater resources and internal teams. However, many of the best startups are outsourcing training to compete. And, the benefit that startups do have is that they’re smaller, making it easier for you to get the support and advice you need. In addition, a new employee is typically given greater responsibility early on so you can learn on the job from the beginning.

With more startups now on the scene, oil and gas has become increasingly competitive and top talent is in high demand. If you have the right skills, companies are prepared to fight for you by offering great benefits, so it’s a win-win situation. The only challenge you may have is leaving your current role as many employers have increased the length of notice periods. And of course, when faced with a choice of companies to work for, deciding which one you’d prefer may be difficult!

Dominic Morris, Director – Global Energy Business at Twenty Recruitment

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Oil in a Days Work

 

The OilCareers team have enjoyed an action-packed week attending The Global Petroleum Show (GPS) and The Global Energy Career Expo in Calgary, as well as the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference in Milan.

A record 63,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors, from 95 countries made GPS the largest energy event in Canada. OilCareers was proud to be a Platinum sponsor offering the chance to win an iPad every hour. We also hosted a reception for Young Professionals in Energy.

Ten thousand job seekers queued to get into the Global Petroleum Career Expo. The OilCareers team met thousands of oil and gas professionals looking for an exciting, new career challenge, as well as graduates hoping to get their first foot in the door. As a result Canadian traffic to www.oilcareers.com has soared to over 100,000 visitors over the past month.

Managing Director, Mark Guest was delighted with the success saying “GPS is one of the premier energy events in the world and a fantastic opportunity to showcase OilCareers innovative recruitment website. The Human Resources Institute of Canada is forecasting that 9,500 jobs will need to be filled by 2015, as a result of the mass retirement of baby boomers. OilCareers provides an invaluable one stop shop for recruiters and jobseekers to come together, and we’d like to thank the thousands of people who have now registered and uploaded their resumes onto our site.”

We were also delighted to join over 500 industry professionals at IRPC in Milan. IRPC is a leading technical conference for industry leaders to share knowledge and discuss the latest technological and operational advances relating to the international refining and petrochemical industries. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booths to learn more about OilCareers.

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