Data vs. Reality: Land Better Talent by Adjusting Compensation Packages

For organizations across all industries, hiring excellent talent is getting harder. When seeking those with deeper backgrounds, such as senior managers, directors, or executives, it might even seem impossible to land the talent you really need. After all, market insights may suggest certain salaries for certain roles, but in practice it’s not so simple. Reconciling data with the reality of what it takes to hire exceptional candidates today is the answer, and that requires adjusting compensation packages. Understanding the Market Data There’s no question that raw data of what candidates are actually earning in their current (or similar) roles is […]
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Utility Business Models Are Adapting to Modern Markets in 4 Ways

Chalk it up to changing laws, consumer preferences, or stakeholder pressure, but the consequence is the same: the utilities market is transforming. Forbes reports the sector is changing so quickly that utility business models simply can’t keep up and must better answer to modern needs and expectations in four distinct areas. Let’s take a look at how a Refine Search client and industry leader, Xcel Energy, is adapting its business model accordingly and leading the way. Environmental Performance It should come as no surprise that Forbes highlights environmental performance as a critical part of utility business models. In 2004, Colorado […]
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Effectively Managing Executive Age Gaps in the Oil and Gas Industry

Did you know the median age of an oil and gas employee is 42.8 years old, up from 38.6 in 2011? While younger than other industries, it’s a clear trend that the workforce is aging. Combined with a large number of executives beginning to retire, this creates a distinct leadership gap that must be addressed to ensure a company’s long-term success. Let’s take a look at how this unique trend formed and why it affects your succession planning and employee management. A Timeline of Changing Demographics To understand the age gap affecting your company, it’s necessary to look at a […]
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When to hire a search firm

How to Know When You Need to Hire a Search Firm

Many employers think of partnering with a search firm as something of a last resort — and one that they don’t normally consider while trying to fill the gaps in their teams. As someone who has spent nearly 18 years in the field of Recruiting and Human Resources, I’ve seen this first hand. Early in my career, I worked for a large government contracting company (which later became Lockheed Martin), where hiring a third-party recruiting firm was considered merely an extra cost that would cut into the company’s profits. I suspect that they didn’t quite realize how much more they […]
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Recruiting Trends you can't ignore

Recruiting Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2017

As the competition for skilled talent continues to increase, it’s important to keep up with the trends that will be shaping the recruiting landscape in 2017. According to LinkedIn’s global recruiting trends report, 2017 will be a great year to be in talent acquisition. Talent acquisition leaders will continue to move to the forefront taking a seat at the executive table and proactively help shape the future growth of the company — yet another reason to know trends that should be on your radar this year. Working with our clients over the past year, here are the key trends we’ve […]
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How to stand out when recruiting in remote locations

How to Stand Out When Recruiting Top Talent in Remote Locations

With candidates wielding the power in the current job market, companies are having to work a lot harder than before to recruit and retain top talents. But, if you’re out scouting for talent in a remote location, you can expect to feel the heat even more strongly. In my experience of recruiting for rural locations, I’ve always felt that a brand with a strong message has a clear edge over its competitors when it comes to attracting potential candidates. In one of my previous articles, I’ve written about how to create a compelling pitch to sell a remote location to […]
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Time to upgrade talent?

Time To Upgrade Talent?

With the oil & gas industry going through a cyclical decline, hiring and recruiting has followed suit. Over the past two years virtually every company — be it an operator, a service company or a midstream company — has undergone rounds of layoffs while many have even gone out of business. But that is doesn’t mean you should halt your recruiting efforts. In fact, we think this may be the right time to consider upgrading or possibly adding a bench hire from the available talent in the market. The goals and objectives for how your company operates probably are not […]
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Attract talent in remote locations

How to Create the Right Message to Attract Talent in Remote Locations

A lot of clients come to us with the same problem — they are having a hard time trying to find skilled workers to staff up their rural offices, especially in today’s hot job market. If your business is trying to fill positions for a remote/rural location, it’s a tough feat to find talent with the right skill set along with the desire to relocate. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the top four reasons cited for people to relocate are housing (48%), family (30%), jobs (19%) and other (2%). Simply put, fewer people move because of a job and […]
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Transforming Utilities Industry

Recruiting in the Transforming Utilities Landscape 

Anyone who has been in the utilities industry over the past couple of years has heard that there is an ongoing, monumental shift in the way utilities do business. For the past century, utilities have had a relatively stable and unchanging business model. With the industry in the crosshairs of massive transformations, terms like “The Grid of Things,” DER, “Behind the Meter” and “Personalization” are fast replacing terms like “regulated monopoly,” “centralized commodity provider” and “economies of scale” when it comes to describing energy providers. With all of the changes in the industry, it’s up to HR and Recruiting to […]
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Working with a search firm

How to Get the Most Out of Working With a Search Firm

We all know that a company’s ability to thrive depends on identifying and hiring great talent. It’s up to the internal recruitment groups to have multiple arrows in their quivers to find these folks and reel them in. I’m talking about a strong advertising strategy/employment brand, a competitive employee referral program, perhaps a LinkedIn recruiter account, just to name a few. Also a great, or a couple of great external vendors that you can rely on to fill high profile, ultra-competitive, or difficult-to-fill roles Working with a search firm allows your organization to obtain dedicated time and resources to help […]
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