Breaking into an Industry

Looking for work in a new industry

It seems that a lot of people are trying to find a job in the oil and gas industry.  Every day we take phone calls from people asking if we can help.  If you are a graduating college student or a seasoned employee looking to get into a new industry, how would you go about it?  In upcoming articles, I will discuss some very simple steps that anyone can take to improve their chances for finding a new job in a new industry.  (Anyone can use these tips to search for a new job in any industry, not just oil and gas.)

What doesn’t work?

Surprisingly enough, using a Recruiter will not yield the best results if you are trying to switch industries.  Most people mistakenly think that a Recruiters job is to go out and find the candidate a job.  In reality, the Recruiters job is to find candidates for their clients that they usually can’t find on their own. 

Think about it this way.  ABC Company is having a difficult time finding an Engineer with a special type of experience.  When they can’t find the engineer on their own, they will hire a Recruiter to go out and find the best candidate available.  A typical fee for finding someone can easily  be in the tens of thousands of dollars.  Your experience may very easily translate over into another industry, but very rarely will a company pay a fee for someone without specific experience.

It’s not what you know…

You have heard the old saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know.”  This principal is gold when it comes to finding a new job. In a March 2011 study by CareerXroads, they found that “nearly 65% of all openings are filled through internal movement and referrals.”  The report also went on to say that “Referrals are the #1 source of External Hires.”

Don’t buy into the gloom and doom of the economy…

“If it bleeds, it leads” is the old newspaper adage.  The sad truth today is that bad news sells.  It is true that we are probably already in another recession and unemployment levels are at their highest rate in over 30 years but if you buy into the attitude that “it’s the economy’s fault, there are no jobs available.”, then you have already lost the battle.  Zig Ziglar used to say, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” 

In his article “The Truth About Unemployment”, Dave Ramsey writes, “…we have decided that we’re not going to form our lives around the negativity coming out of the media and government. We’re intensifying our efforts and going to have the best year of our lives in spite of things slowing down.

Let the Good Times Roll

Now is a great time to be in the oil and gas industry.  We are leading the way in job creation.  The majority of all companies in our industry or related to our industry are having a difficult time finding employees.  Our largest client (a medium sized engineering firm of 450 employees has already hired 130 people so far this year).  You wouldn’t know it reading the Help Wanted section of the local newspaper or by searching online job boards.  Out of 130 hires so far this year, our client has posted probably 10 ads on job boards and none in the local newspaper.  The majority of their hires have come from employee referrals, campus recruiting and their internal recruiting department.

How to Find Hidden Jobs…

If our client is an average company in the industry today (and I believe they are), then the majority of job openings today are not being advertised.  If that is true, then how do you go about finding these Hidden Jobs?  Over the next few weeks, I will walk you step by step in how to find these hidden jobs and if you are trying to break into the industry, I will show you how to do that as well.

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  • 19 Aug, 2011
  • NewPFS

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