6 Tips to Finding Employment Opportunities

October 3rd, 2013


Most proactive candidates start their job search with a relative amount of enthusiasm. They update their resume, and apply for any and everything that remotely looks like a legitimate employment opportunity .  They are diligent about searching CareerBuilder and Monster for the latest job openings in their respective field and geographical area.. They end up frustrated and feeling like their resume has ended up in the “job search black whole”! They don’t get anywhere. Why is this?

In today’s job market, you must have a strategic approach.

I have put together 6 tips to finding employment opportunities in places that may be new to you. Don’t be shy, jump right in and put it into practice for your next job search.

  1. Start with “Who” you know.  When I was in High School, my Advanced Journalism Teach, Mrs. Shelton told us that you should write about what you know. Earthshattering, I know, at least for a junior in High School it was profound for me!  If you take this piece of advise and apply it to your job search strategy, it should be easy to realize how many people you know in various parts of your life that can help direct you to hiring managers in your industry or similar industries.  They are a wealth of knowledge and will be happy to help you find your new employment opportunity verses you ending up on their couch.
  2. Reach out to community organizations.  There are many organizations in your community that are geared toward assisting you in your job search. A couple of suggestions, local churches, unemployment offices, LinkedIn groups, women’s professional groups.  In Houston, Texas there are local networking events held in various venues on a weekly basis.  These are non-profit organizations that help guide you on your job search and many other services you may need along the way.
  3. Google search your desired position. It really is that simple, logon to Google, type in your most recent job title, hit enter, you will find all of the companies who are hiring for that position in your immediate market. pops up in most markets highlighting the job title and company information.
  4. Engage a recruitment service. A recruitment service can open doors for you that you cannot open yourself.  They have the inside track to employers in your area, and most times are the acting hiring agents.  There are many to choose from, you will need to decide if your recruitment service should be one who specializes in your particular industry, or if a generalist approach is more appropriate.  Schedule an information session with a recruiter, and interview him/her. You will want to ask a set of specific questions to have answered before you leave their office.  You can ask me what questions are appropriate when you comment on this blog.
  5. Top 10 Major Employers. There are several ways to find out who the major employers are in your city, county etc.  Referring you back to #4, go to Google, type in “major employers (for your town or county) and click enter. It will bring up websites that will direct you where to go to access this information.  Another tool is your local Chamber of Commerce. They not only will have demographic information, they will also have business development updates for your city which often times will point you in the direction of new businesses coming in and who is expanding. They are a wealth of information!
  6. Attend Job Fairs. One of the easiest ways to physically get in front of hiring/decision managers is to attend local job fairs.  They are usually held on a monthly basis depending on your area.  Make sure when you attend that you dress the part, dress for success.  You will need to bring about 50 copies of your most recent updated resume and of course your “award winning personality”.  The key to being successful in large job fairs is to be memorable in the whole 30 seconds your in front of the hiring managers.


These tips apply to all industries and disciplines, however, if you find yourself in Houston, Texas; and are an oil and gas contractor and/or mid to senior level professional looking for an exclusive staffing, consulting or executive search firm, (shameless plug for our company, hey I am not to proud to say we are AWESOME!) Andival Group has to be at the top of your to do list for “must do today”!

Final Thought:  It has been said that looking for employment is a full time job, when you get right down to it., it is hard work, humiliating, frustrating and disheartening at times.  My word of encouragement to you, keep your chin up!  I truly believe these tips will open new areas of employment opportunities for you. I am excited to share them with you; I can’t wait to hear how they worked. Don’t leave this blog without letting me know! More help is on its way from your friend on the inside!

Top 20 Must-Have Soft Skills

May 20th, 2013

by Stacey Kerger

Recently I had a conversation with an employer who shared his frustration in hiring people for his company. He said, “If there are so many people in my area looking for work, why am I having a difficult time hiring the right person for my position? I can find the right technical skilled workers, but they are lacking in soft skills.” more…


Tricks of the Trade…Show that is

May 7th, 2013

by Stacey Kerger


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Top 5 Qualities of an Oil & Gas Contractor

May 2nd, 2013

by Stacey Kerger

With the current boom in the oil and gas industry, finding tenured resources can be a difficult task. The components of projects range considerably, however, one of the most important and prevailing pieces are qualified and available contractors.

Everyone else is hiring for what your project needs and the challenges to attract these highly sought after contractors on your own is a daunting task.

The desired scenario would be to partner with a contracting company that specializes in what you need and possesses an ample selection on stand by, with all of the necessary skills and background in your specific scope of work.  They need to be comfortable with contracts on a short or long term basis, and have this specific experience under their belts that will compliment your project.

There are many things to consider when engaging an oil and gas contractor or a staffing partner in general; here is what I believe to be the top 5 must have qualities they need to posses:services_pic

1. Industry Experience & Expertise

2. Accountability in Project Management

3. Ready Supply of Qualified Contractors

4. Competitive Pricing

5. Flexibility

There are a variety of contractor companies to choose from, and reviewing them all would be counterproductive and time consuming.  With respect to your valuable time, please allow me take this educated step for you and make a sound business suggestion.

When it comes to oil and gas contractors, Andival Group is the contractor to consider for your next project.


The fact is; Andival Group is the oil and gas industry’s best-kept secret, a start-up full service staffing company.  The rich oil backbone of this group will leave you with an unquestionable confirmation of expertise.  Who better to attract, qualify and place oil and gas industry professionals than oil and gas industry professionals themselves?

This is one of the many ways Andival Group sets itself apart from their competition.


With decades of direct oil and gas industry experience and generalist staffing expertise encompassing all industries and disciplines, Andival Group’s foundation is a solid one.  If you are in the market for a new oil and gas contractor, or you’re a contractor in the market for a new contracting company with great opportunities, contact us today. It’s just that easy!

Andival Group: History made at LNG 17 Conference

April 24th, 2013

by Stacey Kerger

Another great experience for the Andival Group occurred last week by attending what is hailed to be the premier global LNG event; LNG 17 Conference.

This event was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in the Energy Capital of the World: Houston, Texas April 15th through the 19th,

The event attracted over 5000 industry professionals from 80 countries.  These are all major players in the LNG industry, and major decision makers; the roster of “who’s who” was historic for the Andival Group and we were all well received.

This is the first time that the LNG Conference was held in Houston, and only the third time in its existence to be held in the United States since it’s inception in 1968.  The LNG Conference is held only every three years and alternates between producer and consumer countries.

You may ask, what is LNG?  LNG is Liquefied Natural Gas and is a process used to transport natural gas over long distances, often by sea. Many industry leaders feel that LNG is a definite game-changer in the Energy arena if handled properly.

photo-5For instance, in the United States, natural gas production is on the rise, this abundance is fueling a true renaissance for manufacturers and consumers keeping prices low and encouraging an environment for new generation investments and the hope for many more employment opportunities!

As we continue on our journey to grow our professional strategic partnerships in staffing, consulting and executive search for the Energy Sector, we are encouraged by the continuing need for top tier quality candidates in an ever-changing World Energy Market, and are thrilled and honored to be a part of it.

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Waging the War for Talent

March 11th, 2013

by Stacey Kerger

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There are whole regions in several countries that have not fully recovered from the economic crisis we have been suffering through for several years.  This causes great stress to the talented job seeker, (employed or unemployed) who is reluctant to make a change in fear of the unemployment line and/or impending poverty. More…

How Hungry Are YOU?

February 20th, 2013

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I have often wondered who it was that decided what the ingredients for my favorite recipe’s were. How many times did they attempt to make it before they came up with the winning combination?

I can almost picture the flops that led up to the final version, can’t you? How many messes they must have cleaned up, and probably were ready to just give up on the whole thing, when at last they found what worked. more…

Winds of Change: Go with the flow

January 24th, 2013

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Out with the Old, Bring in the NEW!

January 3rd, 2013

by Stacey Kerger

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Here and Now: Women in Energy

December 27th, 2012

Witten by: Stacey Kerger

Whether or not the date had a direct or indirect purpose, 12.21.12 was a very exciting day for all who attended the  “Here and Now” seminar and annual banquet given by the Gulf Coast Community Service Association.

The Andival Group was invited to attend and asked to provide the Keynote Speech for this seminar whose attendants were diverse in nature and potentially future Women of Energy. There was no better time to deliver a keynote speech than on a day such as this.  We should treat each day as if it was our last opportunity to get the message of hope out to the multitudes. This seminar had such a special message that it became a “Must Do” on our company calendar.

The atmosphere was one of family and friends, from the front desk receptionist to the CEO Dr. Reynolds sharing her “Pearls of Wisdom” , everyone was so welcoming we could not have felt more at home than if we were with all of our sisters sitting in the living room of our Mother’s house.

The Agenda was full of amazing speakers, with several of the women giving touching personal testimonies reflecting on their lives and the great changes that have taken place thanks to the supportive staff at GCCSA and their many proactive programs.  It was definitely my pleasure to speak to this group of amazing women on this day.

So many times, there is fear in not understanding something or someone, like the Energy Industry, regardless of how it might positively impact our lives.  This can cause some to not dig deeper into the possibilities and miss out on what they were potentially meant to do.

I wanted to make sure that the women understood that you don’t have to be an engineer to work for a major oil and gas company.  There are many levels of employment available today to women in this industry.  There were three points I wanted everyone to walk away with and they were:

  1. The Energy Industry holds many multilevel opportunities for Women.
  2. More Women today pursue continuing their education for Energy related fields than their male counterparts.
  3. The Energy Industry is global, which opens more doors for opportunities for Women; many major oil & gas companies purposely seek out women candidates.

So what does this all mean?  Oil and gas companies today have talented women working at all levels of management across global operations.  There have been, in the last 10 years, a major focus on attracting, hiring and retaining women candidates with the intention of promoting them to more senior roles within the company and not losing them to competitors or having them fall out of the workforce all together.  One of the primary selling points for women have been the ability to work flexible schedules, which has strongly increased retention for women.  Attracting and retaining talented women at all skill levels will be critical to sustainable corporate growth in emerging markets for the present and the future, therefore NOW is the time for women to make their way to the Energy Industry!

Bringing this exciting message to the women’s conference could not have come at a better time.  For over 40 years the GCCSA has been on the front lines, battling poverty in Harris County, Texas.  Their motto, “Building Families, Changing Lives” is a testament to their resolve in helping the complete person therefore, helping the entire household.

Through their many programs, they have assisted in helping over 500,000 families since 1965.  That is impressive, but what is even more heartwarming are the families set on their feet and given a chance to rise above their circumstances and lead a much more balanced life, the benefits from which will be felt overall for a long time to come.

I look forward with great anticipation of 2013 and what it holds for Women of Energy.