The jobseeker guide: Find a job within the energy, process and infrastructure industries
Whether you’re looking for permanent job opportunities or a contracted role on a project, finding a new job in the energy, process and infrastructure industries can be a complex task.
There are several aspects to take into account to optimize your chances of landing an interview for the roles you apply for. These include writing a standout resume, boosting your professional network and choosing an employment agency to smooth out the job hunting process.
In addition, the interviewing landscape has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more and more companies conducting interviews online to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This new format requires a degree of preparation to ensure you make a great first impression.
Here at Airswift, we have more than 40 years of experience in helping candidates find their perfect role within the energy, process and infrastructure industries. We can offer expert advice on all of these areas and are dedicated to making sure you find a job that matches your skills and career goals.
Resume writing tips
One of the first steps in conducting a job search is polishing your resume. Your resume is an important tool for landing job interviews, so making sure it sets you apart from other candidates is essential.
Our top tips for creating a standout resume are:
Make sure your contact information is up to date and clearly visible on the page
Keep it short and simple
Include your educational background
List the skills you have that are relevant to the job you’re applying for
Mention your work experience
List any relevant projects you’ve worked on
Keep the style clean and easy to read
For more detail on these points, and for expert advice on how to write the perfect resume, read our blog about how to make your resume stand out.
Optimizing your resume summary
Once you’ve mastered the basics of writing a standout resume, it’s time to optimize your resume summary.
A resume summary is one of the best ways to grab a potential employer’s attention. Think of it as the trailer for the rest of your resume; if you have a lot of experience in your field, you can allude to it in your summary to entice the hiring manager to read the rest of your resume.
Writing a standout LinkedIn profile
With 90% of recruiters regularly using LinkedIn to look for candidates, you can’t afford not to be using the platform to showcase your expertise and skills.
LinkedIn is so much more than a social networking site. It works just like an online resume, giving you the opportunity to display your skills and experience to potential employers. Companies can actually post jobs on the site, and you browse job listings, search for opportunities and contact organisations and recruitment agencies directly.
If you’re job seeking at the moment, writing a standout LinkedIn profile is an excellent way to get your resume seen by the companies you want to work for. Find out how to do this in our blog.
Conducting an effective job search
When you’ve got your resume up to date and have built out your LinkedIn profile, you’re ready to start applying for jobs!
However, the job searching process has developed over the years, as the jobs market has become more competitive. In order to stand out against other candidates, you’ll need to do more than fill out a job application form, submit a resume and cover letter and hope for the best. For the best chance of standing out against other candidates, you will need to apply several strategies during your job search.
Focusing on one job title at a time
Searching for variations of common job titles
Refining your search
Conducting location-specific searches
Searching for specific companies you want to work for
Planning and scheduling your job search
Building up a professional network
Find out more in our blog post: How to conduct an effective job search.
Virtual interview tips
Once you’ve conducted a successful job search, the next step in the application process will be the interview stage.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing measures have been put in place in countries across the globe, meaning that many industries have taken their interview processes online.
However, interviewing via video conference is very different to interviewing in person, and there are many factors to consider. These include making sure your technology is set up correctly, preparing your environment, communicating confidence and projecting a positive attitude.
For top tips on how to prepare for your virtual interview, check out our blog post.
Choosing an employment agency
Working with an employment agency can be very helpful during the job hunting process, as they can take away some of the time it takes to look for a job. Even if you’ve found a role on a project, the employer might ask you to choose an employment agency to help with the HR side of the recruitment process.
Either way, it’s important to find an agency that aligns with your expectations and career goals. They must have the right industry experience to help you find the job you want.
Read our blog for advice on how to choose the best employment company for your needs.
Building your personal brand on LinkedIn
Building your personal brand is essential if you want to get personal recognition for your accomplishments at work and stand out to potential future employers.
One way to effectively build your personal brand is to optimize your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a great place to present your skills and experience to recruiters and potential employers. In addition, the social aspects of the platform make it the perfect showcase for your values, ideas and insights as well.
How to make a video for a job application
Remote communications have become an essential part of the hiring process for many businesses, particularly as they implement social distancing measures following the COVID-19 pandemic.
With that in mind, it is becoming more and more common for employers to request video applications from candidates as part of the hiring process. This provides the chance to give them an idea of your personality and whether you’d fit in with their company’s culture from the very first touchpoint.
Applying the STAR technique to job interviews
During job interviews, behavioral questions are designed to test out your suitability for the role.
However, it can be daunting when you’re asked one behavioral question after another in one interview. The STAR technique is an effective way to prepare for behavioural questions by describing the situation, focusing on the task you carried out and the actions it took to do so, and discussing the results.
Read our blog to find out more about the STAR technique and how you can use it to your advantage during a job interview.
Ready to start your job search?
If you’re ready to take the next step and apply online for jobs open within the energy, process and infrastructure industries, what better place to start than our very own jobs portal?
We cover a range of sectors, including oil and gas, fabrication, renewables and power. Our experts can provide you with access to some of the industry’s biggest projects and introduce you to positions available with major firms.
Our unrivalled global presence means you can find a job anywhere in the world. We have an in-depth knowledge of immigration, labour and payroll and tax regulations in all countries, meaning we can offer you support at every step of your employment application.
Visit our jobs board to browse all our current vacancies. You can also create an account to receive job alerts, so you never miss out on opportunities within your field!