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WHEN THE HUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED…

 

 

Looking for the best jobs in the oil and gas industry is a far simpler process today (thanks in no small part to OilCareers.com, of course!) but increasingly recruiters are turning the process on its head.

 

Energy sector companies have rightly bemoaned the lack of skilled employees the world over, insisting the best candidates are tough to track down.

 

While many companies are now successfully hitting targets on graduate and trainee recruitment, a major challenge facing the industry is the recruitment of those with five or more years of relevant experience – people able to ‘hit the ground running’ and drive major projects forward quickly and competently.

 

Now some of the largest organisations are making even more of an effort to put themselves in front of the right audience, rather than just waiting for the proverbial knock on the door.

 

A perfect example of this approach was the ignite! Energy Recruitment Show at the Gastech Conference & Exhibition in London last month, which offered a unique opportunity to engineers wishing to learn about many global opportunities available, and to the employers out there who are hiring. Much more than a ‘jobs fair’, ignite! was dedicated to helping global employers source talent for specific projects, matching skillsets to regional projects which are under development.

 

As you would expect, we were there to help “marry up” candidates with employers, and lend our own expertise on how best the industry can address the dearth of personnel.

 

The event was held from 8-11 October, at the ExCeL, and proved a huge hit with employers and job hunters alike, with more than 30 major global operators, producers and engineering contractors sharing employment opportunities and around 3,000 interested candidates visiting the stands and training seminars that were on offer.

 

One of the most popular sessions was the Development of Human Capital panel, which focussed on training. Sarah Beacock, professional affairs director at the Energy Institute, told the audience that training was vital in the workplace but also important for those focusing on professional development ­so the skills they learn with their current employer can help throughout the rest of their careers. Her advice to young people was “volunteer for everything”, explaining that employers will always appreciate this approach.

 

The session, which also discussed how young people find it increasingly challenging to get into the oil and gas industry, heard from Ieda Gomes, managing director at Energix Strategy Ltd. She explained that western companies tend to have more ageing workforces, whereas Latin American and Middle East organisations have a younger technical staff base. She went on to say that the energy industry needed to paint a different picture to the young people of today, to show them that many opportunities – besides engineering jobs – are on offer.

 

The ignite! event was a great example of the innovative approaches being taken by employers, as they hunt for those hunting for the best jobs on offer. Our own research shows that demand for engineers in the energy sector peaked this year at an astonishing 89,688 open positions – with such competition among employers for the talent out there, it seems likely that more and more companies will be willing to think outside the box when it comes to landing the top talent.

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Watch OilCareers.com Live on US TV Show

The global oil and gas industry is experiencing a resurgence of activity, due in part to the resumption of activity in the Gulf of Mexico and the discovery of new shale oil plays, according to a joint report from OilCareers.com, the international job board for the oil and gas industry, in association with partner Air Energi, a global provider of manpower solutions to the energy sector.

 

Following the launch of its Global Workforce Survey, OilCareers.com managing director, Mark Guest, was interviewed on yesterday’s Platts Energy Week show, which airs live in Houston, Washington and other stations across the US.

 

“The development of current and new shale gas plays is a big step for the United States, and the survey signals a positive outlook for the sector with both mature and developing producing regions providing good reasons for continuing confidence and future optimism,” said Mark Guest.

 

Click here to view Mark Guest’s interview on Platt’s Energy Week show, which aired on September 30th 2012.

 

For further information visit plattsenergyweektv.com.

 

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Industry leaders endorse Gastech 2012 as global gas event arrives in London

The chief executive of BG Group, Sir Frank Chapman will be keynote speaker at Gastech, as part of a global and region-specific leadership panel discussion, encompassing the international gas community.

Taking place at the ExCel, London from 8-11 October, Gastech has also received the endorsement of industry super-majors, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and ConocoPhillips who will stamp their authority on this year’s event, underlining its importance in the worldwide energy calendar.

This year’s conference hosted by BG Group celebrates its 40th year and will open with an executive leadership debate themed, ‘Have we entered the golden age for gas?’

 

BG chief executive Sir Frank Chapman said: “We are delighted to be hosting the 26th edition of the Gastech conference and exhibition in London 2012.

 

“As one of the world’s most significant gas events, we look forward to welcoming all of the industry’s key players and decision-makers for a four-day event that promises to deliver significant business opportunities and networking at the highest level.”

 

Independent research* shows that delegates expect to spend around 20 percent of their annual budget at Gastech and a recent survey indicated that visitors to the conference and exhibition control in excess of £8 billion in spend on products and services.

 

The event has already received support from a host of engineering, procurement and construction companies including; Rasgas, Chiyoda, Technip, FMC Technologies, Bechtel, CB&I, Cheniere Energy Inc and Saipem, not to mention an expected 350 exhibitors 10,000 visitors to the international exhibition and 2,000 delegates from across the gas supply chain.

 

Look out for OilCareers.com team on stand i98 in the Ignite hall.

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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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GPS Traffic Lights

ARE YOU RED, AMBER OR GREEN? TELL US AT GLOBAL PETROLEUM SHOW

There’s a phenomenon sweeping North American counter culture and making an impact on college campuses world wide, the traffic lights party.

Not been to one? Well there’s no need to worry as OilCareers.com is bringing its traffic lights party to Global Petroleum Show (GPS), Calgary 12-14 June 2012, booth 8054.

Hot on the heels of success at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, visitors will once again be asked to signal their career intentions and rate their job satisfaction.

Whether you are in a job, or looking for one, the traffic lights party takes a refreshing approach to your career development. The rules are really simple – all you have to do is take a drink and we will do the rest!

So how we do know what you are thinking? It’s quite easy really, as the colour of cup you take your soda in says it all….

Red – ‘I really love my job’

Amber – ‘excite me and I will consider it’

Green – ‘I could be just what you are looking for’

If a drink is not for you then take part in our interactive survey or speak to member of the team who can offer the best advice for you and your career development.

We will also be at the Global Energy Career Expo at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre on 13 and 14 June, where again you can get the benefit of expert advice and even meet some of the industries key recruitment consultants.

Recruiters – watch out for the cups as it’s the best way for you to spot potential candidates on the show floor and beyond – we have already had cups spotted at two international airports!

We look forward to seeing you at GPS and finding out what colour you really are!

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Let your next job find you first

There was more good news for oil and gas jobs this week, when the Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets report Oil and Gas: Rising Fortunes said that thousands of jobs would be created in the industry over the next two years.

The report comes on the back of a number of new finds and also the redevelopment of existing fields, which will require highly trained and skilled personnel, bringing us right back round to what is considered the energy sector’s Achilles’ heel – finding and retaining skilled people.

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Fuelling the energy industry of tomorrow

Energy Recruitment Live makes debut in Dubai

The UAE’s very first recruitment event specifically designed for the oil and gas industry will open its doors next week. Energy Recruitment Live will bring together some of the most influential companies in global energy, including Saudi Aramco, PDO and Topaz, providing a unique forum for job seekers.

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5 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

Facing rejection from a job application at any stage can be really disappointing, and leave you wondering just where you went wrong.  This can be particularly frustrating for you when you don’t even get any feedback on the reasons behind your lack of success.  Rather than feeling negative, it’s important to try and turn this into an opportunity for reflection and self analysis, and most importantly a chance to improve your future performance.  So here’s 5 reasons you might have failed to land the job?

You didn’t even get an interview

Have you fallen at the first hurdle?  Did you really make sure that your CV was as sharp as it could be?  Did you reveal the uncanny similarities between your skills, experience and qualifications, and those specified in the job description and person specification, or did you leave it to the telepathic powers of the reader?  The big question here is was your application a complete waste of time, and if you didn’t really put in the leg work at this stage, the painful truth is that you probably wasted your postage stamp.  Click here for tips on making your CV the best it can be.

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OilCareers.com & World Oil to host Virtual Careers Event

This exciting opportunity for both job seekers and recruiters is coming soon – 26th April 2011.

With today’s global, fast paced business world, job seekers are looking for more and more ways to connect with new career opportunities. We are both proud to host this virtual event to bring together job seekers and industry leading oil and gas companies in a new exciting environment.

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OilCareers & dmg::events to host Energy Recruitment Live event

OilCareers.com, the leading on-line energy recruitment site, is joining with dmg::events – the owner and publisher of Pipeline magazine - to launch a LIVE recruitment event for the region – ENERGY RECRUITMENT LIVE – to be held on Monday May 23, 2011 at the stunning Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Jebel Ali, Dubai, from 4-10pm.

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