NUI GALWAY ENERGY NIGHT
CAREERS IN ENERGY TALK
13TH FEB 2014
Careers in the Energy Sector The
Jobs in the Energy Sector expected to treble by 2020.
Ireland’s Energy Sector will continue to grow with need to:
˗˗ reduce carbon emissions
˗˗ offset the sharp rise in energy costs
˗˗ exploit our uniquely rich energy resources
˗˗ exploit export market for these resources.
Best approach for
• Use all Network Sources
– Personal, Friends, Family, Colleagues
– Use phone, face to face, email
• Use Social Media
– LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook
• Use Print Media
– National & Local papers
• Use Job Boards
– Grad Ireland, Jobs.ie, Irishjobs, Recruit
Ireland, FAS, Loadzajobs, DoneDeal, Indeed, Monster etc.
• Use other sources e.g. RTE.ie
– Monitor Company Announcements – new companies – fact find –
use the phone
Tips on ……
• Building an effective CV
• Applying for jobs on-line & utilising Social
• Preparing for Competency-based
Goal: What you convey in the Cover Letter should be interesting enough
to get you an interview.
Include the following:
Introduction of yourself and why you want the job
2. Relevance of any academic or work experience to the requirements of
3. Why you want to work for that particular company.
4. What is it about the position that interests you.
7 steps to building a winning CV
Your CV is the first thing a potential employer sees of you – make it work
Education and Qualifications
Key Achievements, Skills & Attributes
Hobbies, Community & Voluntary Interests etc.
Random descriptions of a good CV
FREE FROM MIS-SPELLINGS
Invites further discussion
How Recruitment has changed
Some fantastic tools - but not without risks
Utilising Job Boards
• Still the most popular search engine for employers
• Check it daily and setup RSS feeds & job alerts to your
Linked In Stats.
• 277 Million members worldwide / Over 1 Million members in Ireland (Feb
• 2 new members every second.
• Over 200 countries
• 80% are university educated
• Average age is 44
• 80% are passive candidates
• Cheap, fast, accurate tool for candidate search
How to be found…
• Complete your LinkedIn profile …including an appropriate
• Include on your profile that you are available – e.g.
Engineering Graduate currently seeking a challenging new job
opportunity in ...
• Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date e.g. with events
attending, what you’re reading etc.
• Identify jobs you’re interested in and join the Groups common
to people in those jobs
• Build your network i.e. connect with peers & those people
with whom you have some connection who are already in
jobs/companies of interest.
How to find jobs.
• Search for jobs under the relevant section.
• Find HR professionals advertising these jobs & see if
you have a connection in common.
• Be alert to virtual job fairs & training webinars.
• Follow the companies you’re interested in to be
educated on their sector & spot jobs.
Tips for Twitter
• Employers tweet job adverts – search the companies Twitter
• “Follow” their Twitter pages & updates daily
• Make direct contact via @ to “apply”
• Search company’s people, culture and activities &
• Promote your brand i.e. Edit Profile to show who you are,
where you are & what do you stand for?
•Many companies have Facebook pages
•Edit your Profile to show you’re applying for jobs or
have particular skills
•Bring your personality to bear
•Manage Privacy Settings well & regularly.
•Beware of inappropriate comments and pictures
on all Social Media.
Some things don’t change...
• Be Polite, Professional & Persistent
• Telephone call first – find out about the position - helps tailor your CV
• Email contact
• Follow-up call – show interest
• If position is through agency, get as much information about the
company, culture and recruitment process
• A Positive Attitude always on the phone helps immensely
Tips for Competency-based
Why is this different & how can young job-seekers prepare?
Different Interview Approaches
:: Biographical/Experiential – Reviews past jobs & career history, assuming relevant to
the job applied for
:: Behavioural/Competency-based – Anticipates future behaviour by objectively
analysing past behaviour
:: Situational – Uses critical incidents from the job to explore how a candidate will
behave in this situation
:: Combination – Uses questions from all 3 approaches
Preparation is key
Start with the employer’s needs – industry, culture, growth phase, hiring
• What attributes & competencies they’re looking for?
• Show you know why are these important?
• What examples from your past prove you have what
they’re looking for?
• What have you learnt from your past experiences
• Read between the lines of the Job Description
• Ask the recruiter you’re dealing with
• Refer to Linked In profiles of previous incumbents
• Conduct research on what makes a successful…. e.g. QC Lab technician
Structuring your Answer – STAR
• Situation or Task 10%
• Where you were working, your role, environment, set the scene
• Action 70%
• Be specific e.g. I asked the customer “ “, customer answered “ “, I
reassured customer I would put on hold to do x”
• Result 20%
• For the customer, you and the employer – again be specific, our shop
scored 90% by mystery shopper that month.
• Ask interviewer: Does this answer your question?
Descriptions of a good interview
Proves why we should hire YOU
Shows interest in the organisation
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