Natural Resource Professionals Limited (NatResPro) got created in 2015 as a bespoke recruitment service for the energy industry. Its primary role was to connect technical consultants with major Oil and Gas Operators, Exploration and Production Companies and Drilling Contractors.
It’s easy for recruitment agents to become disconnected from the consultants that they serve. Filling a job vacancy tends to be a short-term mission, with the internet and social media, there’s a tendency for recruitment companies to become out of touch with the industry itself. The whole process can be casual and impersonal.
At NatResPro, we strongly believe in relationship building and assisting both employers and the workforce with tools and support to make their lives easier. From our early mission of only recruiting, we’ve been gradually adding web-based features, tools and services:
Our Skill Pool database got carefully segmented for skills, experience and certifications. It’s easily searchable, highly categorised and accurate. The data within is manually vetted and regularly updated by our team.
Our Rig database is being continuously updated and will be the most extensive and most accurate record of mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) on the internet. Categorised by the original constructor, then the lifetime of each MODU through new ownership and technical upgrades are chronicled over time.
We’re also tracking and recording the history of rig managers, marine architects, drilling contractors, and so on. We aim to have a complete record of each rig, and the companies that owned operated and upgraded them. When some rigs changed hands perhaps five or six times through events such as mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies, you can imagine our task. Considering we’re going right back to the beginning, over a century ago, this will be a fantastic resource.
But why? Why go to this trouble in creating an in-depth and searchable database?
Our NatResPro Profile Builders help oil industry workers to create their resume profiles. These aren’t merely re-formatted CVs or resumes with a logo slapped on, a candidate can log in, and quickly build their work history profile. With simple drop-down menus and guides, they can create an accurate work history, with prompts to help jog their memory. Then there’s a download feature which means that they can use the created documents for applications.
In addition to the work history, workers can also build a rig history, where they can quickly locate and add the rigs where they worked. Future employers will be able to search for additional information and specs about the MODUs that their applicants’ highlight.
Our NatResPro Community is a place where industry insiders can help share knowledge and experience with each other and the world. It’s a tightly moderated discussion forum that provides insight, not gossip. We expect that it will become an educational archive that people can gain from in the future.
The overall package of tools, resources and knowledge allows us to offer profoundly human services to future clients. The data and connections that we build over time will assist us in the provision of bolt-on services such as well planning or rig tendering assistance.
It’s far easier to network and connect than at any time in history. That makes it easier to stay in the loop even when working in remote or desolate areas. We combine the best of technology with the human touch. We believe in an accurate segmentation & tagging of our multiple databases. For matching the right candidates to the right jobs, we believe in a high touch process where we carefully select the best fits. It helps when we can access exactly the right sections of our databases.
After NatResPro work history profiles are submitted, they need to be reviewed, verified then filed correctly. When a job comes up, we already have a candidate shortlist. Our process runs hand-in-hand with getting to know the people we serve. Just as importantly, short-lists of highly suitable handpicked candidates are passed on to the companies who are offering real employment opportunities.
If your application is part of a ‘perfect fit’ package of specialists put forward into a tender, your application likely to be more successful. You’ll also end up being part of a team that has a complete set of intermeshed skills. There is no substitute for having an industry professional with decades of experience handpicking the best possible team to put forward. It’s good for you, good for your teammates, and good for the employing company.
This high touch, professional and tailored process can’t happen without having a high-quality network of candidates. Our modern Internet marketing, automation and segmentation campaign got developed with this process in mind. As much as we prefer the human touch, advanced technology can help us be faster, smarter and more efficient than ever before.
Finding that right balance of human oversight and ingenuity, while harnessing the power of technology is crucial.
We believe that recruiting is catching up with other supply chain processes. Our holistic approach to community, the offshore rig history and environment, helps us to deliver to an exacting specification. Boutique, personalised services and skill pool management is our underlying business philosophy. We use the best of the Internet to achieve a global reach but maintain a highly personal touch.
Steve Hauxwell is the “Oil and Gas Guy”.
With three decades of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry across the globe, Steve knows the exact requirement for each role. With recent technical advances, there are many nuances of positions that used to get colloquially referred to as ‘Drillers’, ‘Engineers’ or ‘Geologists’. Steve understands the vital differences between the dozens of new classifications.
Steves’ team meticulously reviews every candidate detail that we submit. Together with verifying education/job experience, calling on references and where possible getting to know candidates, we can create ‘ready to go candidates’ for every conceivable client and role.
We can eliminate a whole costly & time-consuming cycle of advertising, screening, and short-listing. In addition to candidate screening, Steve aims to maintain contact with Drilling Managers, Rig Managers, Drilling Superintendents, Exploration Managers and other key decision-makers to position Natural Resource Professionals Limited as the industry’s preferred specialist recruiter.
When asked why Steve started the company, he replied:
I believe that this high touch approach by someone who has the required experience will win over Oil and Gas Operators, E&P Companies, Drilling Contractors and Consultants alike. From both an employer and employee perspective I’ve all too often been on the receiving end of miscommunication with recruitment agents who exhibit little understanding, or have no real connection with the industry. I’m passionate about implementing a step change, and it’s my way of giving something back to an industry that’s given me so much over the past three decades.
Jason Lavis is the “Internet Guy”.
Jason got involved in sales and marketing at the age of 16. While studying at college & university, he also worked part-time in call centres and at exhibitions. As soon as he passed his driving test, he took his sales skills on the road and sold products and services ranging from legal services to advertising.
Over the last ten years, he’s moved from traffic jams and stifling offices, to the worldwide web. Jason has mastered most aspects of online marketing while living as a location independent internet entrepreneur. Now settled back in the UK, fine-tuned standard operating procedures and digital collaboration strategies allow him to operate remote teams, working on multiple businesses.
At Natural Resource Professionals Limited, Jason is responsible for our online presence where we interconnect with the people who we want to do business with, and who want to do business with us.
You can also find Jason over at Out of the Box Innovations where his company helps oil and gas companies with their internet presence. Jason’s online skills are the driving force behind the enterprise using the Internet and in particular social media to accurately connect employers with potential employees, without losing that all-important personal touch.
At Natural Resource Professionals Limited, we share one motto:
Global Reach, Personal Touch.