​The past years have seen unprecedented changes within the oil and gas industry. One of the largest sectors in the world, oil and gas is one of the UK’s largest employers, supporting 300,000 jobs and contributing billions of pounds to the economy in tax every year.

And things are only looking up for the industry at large. Though the sector infamously hit a slump in 2014 after oil prices crashed, the past year has seen it start the climb back to prosperity. Indeed, gas is seeing an unrivalled surge in popularity, in line with a growing demand for cleaner energy, whilst for oil job losses are tapering off and58% of companies are anticipating growth within the next twelve months, in line with slowly increasing oil prices. The sector, as a whole, is cautiously optimistic about the future.

It has good reason to be. With an increased focus on efficiency cutting operating costs, and at least twelve new developments, worth around £5bn, expected to be given the go-ahead in 2018, production is forecast to increase by 5% this year, whilst supply chain revenues are also expected to stabilise. Indeed, the outlook is rosy for people employed within the industry- and for those looking for new opportunities within oil and gas.

With that in mind- and a whole host of projects on the horizon- there’s perhaps no better time to start preparing for the future than now. Even if you’re not currently looking for a job, keeping yourself in the loop, up to date with industry news and prepared to send off your CV should the perfect opportunity come around is vital if you want to clinch the perfect job.

Here are some easy steps you can take to ensure that happens.

Streamline and update your CV

When was the last time you properly went through your CV? With37% of potential job hunters saying that the idea of updating their CV was the biggest barrier to finding another job, it’s understandably a time-consuming thing to do. However, it’s vital if you want to secure the role that you want. With two pages cited as the perfect length, it’s time to go through your old qualifications, job experience and education and clear them out- though given that working in Oil and Gas can result in a lengthy job history, especially if you work as a contractor, many companies can accept CVs that are up to four pages long.

Anything that’s outdated shouldn’t be on there, such as qualifications that have expired, or jobs that aren’t related to your profession. Your CV should aim to whet a potential employer’s appetite, and give them an idea of how suitable you are for the role: a rambling, lengthy CV will merely discourage them from reading it, reducing your chances of getting an interview as a result.

It’s also a good idea to go through and update your contact details and references, for instance: it’s easily forgotten, but it could make all the difference when a recruiter gets in touch.

Format it the right way

Though it might seem obvious, it never hurts to take a look at the way in which your CV is formatted. Over 40% of recruiters are put off reading a CV because of its design. This includes borders, inappropriate fonts or images, or even too much dense text; in addition to this, 59% of recruiters will reject a candidate because of a spelling or grammatical mistake.

Don’t make the same mistake: aim for a clear, unfussy design that lays out different sections clearly, and has one consistent font throughout. Try and put things in easily-digestible bullet points where possible, and make sure that your spelling and grammar is perfect. That way, your CV will be ready to go when the perfect opportunity does come along.

Start upskilling

The Oil and Gas industry has been experiencing huge changes. Demand for gas is surging across the world, whilst new approaches like ‘fracking’ have become an ever-more popular option for extracting valuable resources. Furthermore, technology is set to have an impact on all areas of the industry, from using drone technology to scan rigs and identify areas for maintenance, to using advanced analytics to calculate the best places, and the best way, to drill for oil or gas.

With that in mind, there’s never been a better time to start upskilling. What’s new in your sector? What do you think will change in the future? Whether it’s through attending conferences and seminars or enrolling in classes and courses, anything extra you learn will not only stand you in better stead in this rapidly-changing market, but it will also make you much more employable.

Set up job alerts

Even if you’re not planning on applying for any jobs at the moment, it’s always a good idea to keep abreast of what’s happening in the market, and of the roles that are in demand, from Instrument Technicians to Lead Electrical Engineers. To do this, you should register your job preferences on recruitment and careers websites, as well as on sites like LinkedIn, especially as LinkedIn currently has11 million active jobs on its platform. Even if you don’t click on every link, signing up for the latest updates keeps you up to date with what’s going on in the recruitment market, and means that, when your perfect job does come along, you won’t miss out.

Make sure your certifications are up to date

Whether you’re a Technician or an Engineer, it’s vital that you make sure that you’re qualified to do the role at hand. Whether it’s byre-taking an IVQor checking that your qualifications are still valid- as many of them, like the Minimum Industry Safety Training Standard, is only relevant for four years- the earlier you find and resolve any issues, the better. After all, the more prepared you are, the fewer issues or delays you’ll find when it’s time to start applying.

Stay up to date with Energy Resourcing

Finding the perfect job is about a lot more than opening your web browser. At Primat, we’re proud to offer support and job advice to our candidates, as well as connect them to the best jobs in Oil and Gas. Find more insights in our blog, or why not take a look a tour freshest vacancies to kick-start your next career move?

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