Your Company Needs to Think Differently to Attract Top Talent

Have you ever wondered what truly propels companies in the Oil, Gas, and Renewables sector forward?

It’s not just about having the most advanced technology; it’s about having a team that embodies innovation, adaptability, and unparalleled soft skills. As recruiters, we look for these factors in companies because we know it matters to top candidates.

Let’s dive into why your company needs to think differently to attract the cream of the crop in today’s dynamic job market.

Your Comp Package and Job Posting Aren’t Enough

The exceptional leader or highly skilled engineer you are looking for is not looking for a job. They are already in a good role, making good money and doing it well.

Your “perfect match” is not even considering putting their resume on the pile.

So how do you get these top candidates through your door?

A-players are looking for is a vision that propels them past what they NEED TO DO and excited about what they GET TO DO. That requires more than the status quo out of most companies.

Why Soft Skills Shine Brighter Than Ever

Imagine a workplace where communication flows smoothly, where leadership shines brighter than the flare on a rig, and adaptability is as natural as the changing tides. In our industry, these aren’t just nice-to-haves; they’re must-haves. As we tackle complex projects and navigate the dynamic landscape of the Oil, Gas, and Renewables sector, the importance of soft skills can’t be overstated.

Why? Because the challenges we face require more than just technical know-how. They demand a workforce that can think on its feet, collaborate effectively, and lead with empathy. Whether you’re in the field or in the c-suite, it’s the human element that turns potential into success.

Does your workplace facilitate clear and transparent communication? If not, top talent will look elsewhere.

The Power of Hybrid Work Models

The pandemic taught us all a valuable lesson: flexibility isn’t just a perk; it’s a necessity.

By embracing hybrid work models, you’re not just opening the door to a more balanced life; you’re unlocking a treasure trove of talent previously beyond our reach.

Think about it—by allowing team members to work from where they feel most inspired, we’re fostering an environment where innovation thrives. And in a world where the next big idea can come from anywhere, isn’t that exactly what we need?

Bridging the Skills Gap Through Professional Development

We’re at a crossroads, with a generational shift that’s significant. The age distribution of workers in the Oil, Gas, and Renewables sector presents a concerning picture. Only 4% of workers in the industry are aged between 18-24, while a staggering 20% of workers are above the age of 55. This suggests that a large proportion of the workforce is nearing retirement age.

The looming retirement of seasoned professionals leaves big boots to fill, and it’s up to you to ensure the next generation is ready to step in.

This isn’t just about filling positions; it’s about nurturing a workforce that’s equipped to propel our industry into the future. Through comprehensive training and development programs, you’re not just investing in individuals; we’re investing in our collective future.

People want to work at a place where they can continually learn and grow, not just get the job done.

Attracting the Next Generation

To the young innovators out there, we say: the Oil, Gas, and Renewables sector isn’t just a place to work; it’s a place to make your mark. Top candidates aren’t just seeking a job but are driven to make a difference. With opportunities for growth, competitive compensation, and a commitment to sustainability, the Energy industry is not just offering a career; it’s offering a calling.


The landscape of the Oil, Gas, and Renewables sector is changing, and so are the qualities that top candidates look for.

By honing your team’s soft skills, embracing flexibility, and committing to the development of your team members, you’re not just adapting to the present; you’re shaping the future. So, let’s think differently, together, and ensure that our industry remains at the forefront of innovation and excellence.

As talent experts in the Oil, Gas, and Renewables sector, Extract Talent has a focus that encompasses Downstream Refining, Chemicals, Catalysts, and Renewable Energy sources. Within these sectors, we specifically find talent in the Operations, Technology, and Commercial fields, including areas focused on sustainable and renewable energy solutions. We place senior talent and high-potential younger leaders, nationally and internationally, who are committed to being changemakers for your organization.

If you’re seeking an opportunity to grow, to lead, and to innovate, we want to hear from you. Fill out our contact form, and let’s discuss how we can help you propel your career forward.