Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 19th 2014 Contents B2
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Interested persons should apply via the BG Group website at www.bg-group.com
Want a new career challenge?
BG Group is a global business leader in the exploration,
production and delivery of natural gas. Our expertise across
every aspect of the industry, from drilling to distribution, enables
us to connect gas reserves to markets -- quickly, pro tably and
e ectively. We're a FTSE 25 company and growing fast. We seek people
who match our values: quick-thinking, con dent and dynamic.
We are seeking to ll the following contract
position in our Well Engineering team:
BG Group values diversity and is committed to equal
opportunities. Applications are welcome from all
suitably quali ed candidates.
Closing date for applications is 22 August, 2014.
"The job market is pretty tough
and there doesn t seem to be many
opportunities for me out there --
should I be looking at other options
or is it too soon?"
I get asked a question like this prob-
ably two or three times a week at the
moment. So what s the answer? Or is
Well, I am a coach so instead of just
trying to answer this straight off I usu-
ally throw a few questions back. I want
to make sure my client has done and
is doing everything possible to be posi-
tioned effectively in the market where
they will have the most traction --
which will give the best prospect of
landing a new role as quickly as pos-
6 Key Questions -- you may find
them useful as a "sense check" on
your own job search:
1. How efficiently are you using
your time to source advertised
roles? (i.e. focusing on those for
which you are extremely well
qualified and not spending too
much time on this as it is the
smallest source of opportunities.
Usually not much more than
around 25-30% of the available
2. How well differentiated and tar-
geted are your cover letters and
resume when you do apply for
an advertised role? Are you hit-
ting the advertiser s "hot but-
tons" to have the best chance
that your letter and resume will
actually be read?
3. What pre- and post-application
contact and follow-up are you
4. What ongoing relationships have
you established with well-con-
nected recruiters who work in
your industry and functional
niches and what have you done
to build rapport and maintain
proactive contact -- never quite
off their radar screen without
5. How much time and effort are
you putting into maintaining and
building your networks in your
chosen industry segment(s)? As
a rough rule of thumb it would
be ideal to secure 3 to 5 meetings
or phone conversations per week
with new contacts.
6. How effective is your online
branding and activity? (Twitter,
If you are doing all of these things
consistently and well, and have been
on the market for about 4 to 6 weeks
without much success in landing inter-
views you have two choices. Well, more
than that but these will do for now.
Assuming you have good financial
resources, stick to your game, be
patient, in time the role will come.
ORDon t give up on your primary search
but start working on Plan B in parallel
Bear in mind that what works for
one may not suit another. So what does
Plan B look like for you?
Ideas that have worked for some of
1. Build a new prospect list in a
related but different industry
niche; build a new network in
this niche to assess the viability
of a shift based on your trans-
2. Open up your search to include
short and medium term contract
roles or consulting assignments
3. Seek out opportunities to do pro
bono work using your skills and
experience to benefit a business
or NFP that otherwise could not
afford your help. Apart from feel-
ing good about making a contri-
bution you never know what new
networks this can lead to.
4. Volunteer -- even if not in your
core skill areas -- helps to get you
out of your own head!
5. Explore buying or starting your
own business. Often just doing
the research around this opens
up avenues you haven t thought
of and gets you introductions to
new networks that could even
lead to a more conventional role
Bear in mind that what works for one
may not suit another.
So what does Plan B look like for you?
Links Archive Remembering World Wars 1-2 August 20th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page