Military Vets in Oil, Gas: Future Outlook for Vets in the Industry
So if military veterans and military recruiters believe veterans can add value to the oil and gas industry, why aren’t more of them getting hired for these positions?
According to experts, it’s the cultural divide or disconnect between veterans and the industry that should first be addressed. And it’s going to take combined efforts.
Sean Pritchard, co-founder and partner at MilitaryHire, suggests veterans work to bridge the divide by learning to communicate without military jargon, both in their resumes and during the interview process. Further, they can seek training and certifications relevant to the industry.
For oil and gas companies, Pritchard believes offering “veteran-focused recruiting teams staffed by recruiters who understand the military experience” would be helpful.
Companies “can also offer veteran training programs to quickly leverage veterans’ years of experience by immersing them in an oil and gas boot camp,” Pritchard said. “Veterans have to learn an astonishing number of new skills in the military and can quickly come up to speed in oil and gas with a bit of training.”
Raymond, who landed his job at Shell after being noticed on social media, said some veterans get discouraged, not even wanting to highlight they’re veterans on job applications because they believe it negatively affects their chances of employment.
“Some companies will say they hire veterans until it comes down to actually doing it,” he said.
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