With the industry facing the toughest times it has seen in years, OTC is taking notice and extending a free invitation to those experiencing hardships as a result of the downturn.
Just as it hosted a “speed networking” event for college students when the price of oil was flying high, so too is it now waiving the entrance fee to the expo for the first time ever. Free admission to the conference today is intended to help job seekers who have lost their job since the price of oil went south and need to network now more than ever.
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Companies may not be hiring at the moment, but the lessons of the 1980’s oil bust are top of mind. Companies are thinking ahead and actively recruiting so as to be ready when the market rebounds.
Stephen Allen, McDermott’s senior vice president told the Houston Chronicle, “We’re trying very hard to build our bench.”
Despite FMC Technologies cutting 10% of its global workforce earlier this year, the company is still boosting its talent search through its touchscreen job board and iPads connected to the company’s job site. A proactive approach for when oil prices rise and the search for a qualified workforce commences.
Companies at OTC are also taking advantage of this unprecedented opportunity at OTC to educate job seekers on networking and other skills beneficial to those who may have lost a job recently.
According to otcnet.org, today’s Open Access Day will include two professional development sessions namely “How to Start Your Own Business” and “Networking Effectively to Build Beneficial Relationships.”
OTC 2015 Chairman Ed Stokes says, “During Open Access Day, we are excited to share these benefits and help equip oil and gas professionals with powerful tools for accelerating and sustaining successful careers.”
You can register for OTC’s Open Access Day on site at the event or online by going here:
It’s our hope that many Oilpros will be able to benefit from this opportunity, gaining prospects that will be beneficial when the industry does eventually turn around.