Students: How to Network at OTC
The oil and gas industry cut back on hiring for a few years. But, 2011 oil prices, increased activity in the Gulf of Mexico following the Macondo blow out and drilling moratorium, and significant growth in shale oil and gas drilling in the U.S. has spurred a renewed interest in hiring, and that's just in the U.S. Exploration and production activity is picking up worldwide, too.
While you most likely will not get hired on the spot, student job hunters should come prepared to the Offshore Technology Conference on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Not only is it free for students to attend, but Thursday is the day hiring managers are on hand to talk to students and receive resumes. It also is a great opportunity to network.
WorldwideWorker Recruiting Now Pavilion at OTC
Students need to do their homework before they set off to Reliant Park. OTC is host to 2,520 exhibitors representing 41 countries spread out over 603,150 net square feet, including outdoor exhibits. Use the online OTC Planner to map out your strategy and target your top employers.
Before you go:
Hit the Ground Running
OTC opens registration at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. Plan to be there as the doors open. You will need every minute to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to meet oil and gas employers face-to-face. Follow these tips for a successful day at OTC:
It is the cold, hard truth that many employer representatives misplace your resume and forget your face-to-face conversation.
George's Employment Blawg suggests you go through the business cards you collected at OTC and pick your top five employers.
Email your contact:
If you don't get any response, email the next five, and so on, until your run out of companies, the Blawg advises. OTC recruiting may be your key into the oil and gas industry, but more likely will be a great opportunity for you to network and learn more about the industry as a whole.
Don't get discouraged if you don't get a job offer through your OTC contacts. The industry is growing and is in need of well educated, ambitious young professionals. Match your skills to a fitting oil and gas industry job and you'll land a job in no time!
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