However, many HR departments are starting to find there’s not enough talent to go around. It’s often hard for companies to find the right skills.
Particularly when top engineering talent tends to gravitate towards big companies like the energy super majors. and the entire industry is competing against household names like Amazon and Google for the top tech candidates.
Making strong employer branding a part of your marketing strategy can help with this, as it helps businesses attract talent based on their company’s reputation.
How will improving employer branding help to recruit new candidates?
Having a strong brand reputation makes attracting the right candidates much easier, not to mention cheaper.
A negative environmental image can put people off studying degrees that lead to a career in the energy and infrastructure sector.
That’s why it’s so important to oil and gas companies in particular to boost their reputation. This can be done by reducing their negative environmental footprint and embracing values that motivate the next generation of workers to work on projects that serve the world’s energy needs.
You can do this by ensuring your business complies with the HSEQ standards.
Establishing and documenting measurable HSEQ targets, objectives and performance indicators
Regularly reviewing your company’s health, safety, environmental and quality performance, and communicating the HSEQ policy requirements to teams
Creating plans and programs that include designated responsibilities, time frames and performance indicators and considering the risks and legal requirements associated with them
A positive work culture
Your current and former employees are your biggest advocates, followed by interview candidates. These are the people who can testify that your company is a great place to work.
In tight-knit communities like the energy industry, both positive AND negative word of mouth can make or break your ability to hire top talent.
To ensure your company culture is promoted positively by both employees and candidates, ask yourself:
How do you handle staff exits?
Do you know why employees in your company resign?
Do you collect feedback from your recruitment partners?
Do you collect feedback from candidates you didn’t hire?
Do employees know what they have to do for their next promotion?
Having the answers to these questions can unlock a wealth of insight into your work environment and company culture. It will help you improve it to attract and retain the very best talent in the long term.
The answers to the questions above help you to establish your Employee Value Proposition. This is the message you should target potential candidates with.
Culture drives reputation, so if you don’t handle exits well or fail to take on board feedback from staff and candidates alike, word could spread and repel potential new talent.
How to boost your employer branding
There are plenty of ways to boost your corporate branding to attract the candidates you need. These include:
Expand your job search to all channels
Nowadays, businesses don’t need to limit their recruiting efforts to the region they’re based in.
There are candidates looking for work all over the world, and many are willing to relocate for the right job, giving you access to a much wider talent pool as part of your talent mapping strategy.
Targeting new regions doesn’t just give you access to previously untapped talent pools. It also gives you a blank canvas to build a brand that resonates with the sensibilities and values of the candidates in that market.
This will attract more job seekers to your company because they will feel as though your company’s values are in sync with their own.
However, recruiting globally can be a mammoth task, especially when you consider the complexity of immigration laws and the relocation process itself. One way to get around this is by partnering with a global workforce solutions provider.
Such companies can lead the recruitment process, help you build your brand overseas and take care of all complicated HR requirements.
Determine your distribution mix
As well as determining which locations to target, it’s also important to work out which channels you’ll use to communicate with potential candidates.
The best way to do this is to decipher where your ideal candidates spend their time and adapt your message to that channel.
It’s likely that owned channels, like your social media platforms and careers site, will be your first port of call. However, don’t be afraid to use paid and earned media to expand your reach.
This includes running display ads on industry websites, or posting listings on jobs boards so that candidates are guaranteed to see your messaging. You can also invest in excellent content that increases the chances of candidates sharing your material with their personal networks, therefore reaching even more potential talent.
Offer further training to your existing talent
Introducing apprenticeship or training schemes to help your staff develop new skills will provide an incentive for workers to stay within your industry.
It will also provide them with more of a progression path to help them move forward within their careers.
From an employer branding perspective, offering training opportunities to your workforce represents a culture that promotes learning and career progression, which is attractive to prospective candidates.
Whether your business is recruiting for new talent, looking for ways to recruit overseas candidates or needs assistance with talent mapping, Airswift can help. Check out our services page to find out how.
This post was written by: Rob Boyle, Marketing Campaign Specialist at Airswift