Improve your results when job hunting in the Oil & Gas industry
The past few years have been challenging for the Oil and Gas industry. The hiring landscape has shifted and with many projects postponed, there is a resulting overall vacancy shortage.
In a highly competitive market the challenge to be successful is greater than ever. Job hunting is a stressful and time-consuming process. Finding a job requires persistence, resilience and thinking outside of the box.
Below we offer some tips that will help you in your quest.
1. Build and maintain a great network
Take the time throughout your career to build a valuable network, not only will recruiters want to speak to you but people you have worked with in the past will often recommend you. The same applies to your resume; keep it concise and up to date. Ensure you include job titles, employer, certificates, software packages, all the key words that make you identifiable as a good fit.
2. Manage your time well
Job hunting is a time consuming process. You need to upload your resume to the right online locations. Here are some do’s and don’ts to ensure this process is effective.
- Submit your resume to relevant or niche job boards
- Upload your resume directly to a staffing agency's portal/candidate database
- Be available for recruiters; companies typically want to fill a role as quickly as possible. Being available for contact and flexible on interviews is essential to getting selected
- Contact details; try to keep the same mobile number and email address. If you are job hunting and your resume has outdated contact details, you may just miss that perfect opportunity
- Apply for roles where you do not meet the requirements, if it asks for 10 years' experience or a particular skill set and you don't have it. The chances are you won't make the interview. Apply for the roles that fix your skill set, or if you are looking for a career change, get some advice where you can use your current skill sets.
3. Taking rejection as an advantage
Never take rejection personally as it is a normal part of the job hunting process and can only help you grow. Do not consider a job interview as a measurement of your professional worth. To avoid disappointment do not put all your hopes into one specific job, convincing yourself that it is a perfect fit. Avoid spending too much time on analysing what could go wrong and focus on everything you have researched. Think positively as you don’t want to reflect fear on your next interview. Every rejection is a learning opportunity if you know how to transform it into evaluation of your job hunting process. Create a list of both positive and negative feedback to learn from and build your interview technique in time for your next interview. Accept any feedback with an open mind and make the improvements to find the job you desire.
Whether you are in the middle of a job search or have recently landed your next role, always keep in communication with your recruiter as not only do they have an insight on the latest market trends, they can keep you up to date on the latest opportunities, ready for you to strike.
If you are looking for a fresh opportunity in engineering, contact TRS Staffing Solutions. We have roles in a variety of sectors, professions and in locations around the world.
Don’t forget to take the above into account when starting your job hunt and good luck.
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