First of all, a reminder of our values
For those of you who are not familiar with our brand, here is a quick backdrop which will provide context for the point of the post. This post explains why we are doing things ‘the hard way’ and avoiding shady tactics such as listing jobs that don’t exist to fill our databases.
We planned to create NatResPro a few years ago and as with many companies, the planning stages took a long time. We decided to build the website around a year ago, which still took a few months to ‘go live’.
Oil prices had crashed from $103.09 in May 2014, to $46.83 in July 2015 which is when this website came online. We thought that at fourteen months and ↓60% into the crash, we would soon catch the industry on the upturn. (Historic price source).
Next came the second leg of the downturn down to below $27 which took everybody by surprise (as large crashes always do). As I write this, we are in the ‘destruction’ phase of the cycle, where many, or even most companies are only trying to survive.
The crash is epitomised by a quote from the CEO of Schlumberger, Paal Kibsgaard just a few days ago.
The decline in global activity and the rate of activity disruption reached unprecedented levels as the industry displayed clear signs of operating in a full-scale cash crisis…
… Kibsgaard said in a statement announcing first-quarter earnings last Thursday. (Source).
The way that we decided to build NatResPro is with integrity. We want to build a personal relationship with every single candidate who is ‘on our books’. We have made a commitment to respond to every email, comment or outreach in a respectful and caring manner.
We decided to avoid all of the underhanded tactics which have given recruiters a bad name
For example, the:
- Posting of fake jobs simply to collect CV’s
- Selling and re-selling of databases to make a quick buck
- Cold calling, and telling people that we have the perfect job for them, when it is not true
There are much more examples and stories that can be told, but you get the gist (and have certainly experienced these things yourself).
Have you ever been on a diet and had to sit at a family celebration or business meal and see those around you overeating and consuming far too many calories? I bet that the chocolate cake looked exquisite…
… This is how we feel when we see LinkedIn posts offering every oil and gas job under the sun, in every country in the world. It would be tempting for us to do the same when we see 500 comments and 1000 ‘likes’.
You see, by creating a personal relationship with our candidates, and then updating, optimising, reformatting and uploading each CV to our database is painstaking and time consuming. Each CV will be given at least half a day of attention by one of our Skill Pool Advisors, each with at least 20-years of boots on the ground experience.
We have chosen to do things the hard way, but the right way!
If you are avoiding binge eating for the sake of your health and lifespan, it is not easy but it is worth it.
Avoiding underhanded recruiting tactics will slow the growth of our business, especially in the beginning. We believe in our vision for the future so will not waver from our values. Slow, steady and honest will win the race, we are sure of it.
If you have been in the industry for some years, it is likely that you have experienced the good and the bad recruiters. We are here to tell you that there is a way for you only to experience positive things with your recruiter for the rest of your career. The way to achieve this is by finding a good one, and sticking with them.
There is a reason why we use the same doctor, dentist, accountant or lawyer. It is because trust is built over the years. To change is to take a risk, the risk to your families health or finances is too great to experiment with health, finance and legal professionals.
Surely the same consideration applies to your career?