Anyone can be a writer…
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘anyone can be a writer’?
In the simplest sense, you can pick up a pen and paper, and start writing, then you are a writer! This has always been the case throughout history. If you are literate, have some kind of writing (or scribing) device, then you can write. There have always been a mix of professional writers, and amateur writers.
We have journalists, speech writers, copywriters and authors. In recent years bloggers and user friendly content management systems have really made it easy to to pour out information that can be found and read by anyone, anywhere.
Quality has also varied too. There is a massive difference between people who write for a living (1%?) and everyone else (99%?). But basically, everyone can be a writer.
This applies to other industries too. If you can write, you can be a writer. If you can talk then you can be a salesperson. If you can walk, ride or drive then you can be a delivery person.
For some industries, the entry bar is far higher than for others. We generally accept that all professional roles that are high value/high trust require a level of dedication, time, commitment and expertise that needs to be demonstrated.
Where on this scale does recruitment lie?
Anyone can be a recruiter…
Recruiters in general have a bad name and reputation. This is because, in general this is well deserved. Someone can sell used cars one week, and the following week they can be a recruiter!
Then they can:
- Work through an old data list with pushy phone calls with empty promises.
- Build ‘their’ database by buying lists of candidates that have already been hounded.
- Not bother to get back to people or follow proper business decorum.
- Mismatch candidates to job vacancies due to a lack of understanding of the role or industry.
- Attend hype sales meetings that keep them motivated to go back to point number one.
The skilled professionals that are on the receiving end of this nonsense often end up having to organize, sort and re-qualify the candidates as if they had simply downloaded a bunch of resumes from a jobs site.
Maybe this is a little harsh…
OK, there are specialist headhunters and technical recruiters in the energy industry who do not behave like this. There are manpower professionals who are equally as experienced and dedicated as the candidates that they represent.
The problem in the energy/oil and gas industry is that there are too many of the general recruiters, and not enough of the specialists.
S-energy Consultants is part of a new future of energy manpower
At S-energy Consultants, we think that there should only be recruiters and manpower professionals who fall into the second category. All others should leave the industry and focus on a less important sector.
We believe that when industrial accidents can cost lives, millions of dollars, or even leave large areas of land uninhabitable by humans for hundreds of years…
ONLY skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated recruiters and manpower professionals should be involved.
We believe that the bar of entry should not only just exist, (it doesn’t at the moment), but it should be pushed as high as possible.
Is there a single job requirement at a rig, plant or industrial project that does not require a specialist skill set? No. We think that this should apply to everyone connected with the industry, not just those who have to wear a hard hat.
Welcome to S-energy Consultants, the future of manpower in the energy industry.