Saudi Aramco Tries New Recruitment Formula

Walk-in Recruitment, once known as job fairs is a relatively new feature on the European recruitment landscape

IT Workers

  1. The end client needs to know what they want. This sounds obvious but in our experience too much European recruitment is fuzzy round the edges.
  2. Going fishing is one thing but going into the pool where the fish are actually swimming is another and taking on board the costs of this style of recruitment, as well as the logistics, is not to be underestimated.
  3. A competitive package is required because with these schemes the organisers are not only competing against others in their home market but also international organisations are also chasing the same talent.
  4. Players engaging in this style of recruiting need to understand the benefits of outsourcing. The principles are straight forward but it all too often falls down on the detail.
  5. Understanding your partners needs to be incorporated for this style of recruitment to be most effective.

These are words of caution for the likes of Saudi Aramco who is embracing this marketplace as the company embarks on a transformation program to become the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company by 2020. These changes and goals are continuing to create opportunities for oil and gas professionals and many others that support the company’s tremendous growth. English Second Language teachers are being recruited this way as an example and attending walk-in recruitment hot spots are the only way to be considered for such jobs. Candidates complete online applications and recruiters set appointments with those they are interested in interviewing.

Hiring managers will be touring the globe and unlike past years, hiring events will be focused on interviews with scheduled candidates who have submitted resumes online in advance.

Positions are available internationally with Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia. This year’s event will focus on three categories:

  • Educators for preschool – elementary and middle school positions
  • Downstream, upstream, engineering and project-management professionals
  • Finance, information-technology, business-development and other support staff

If you would like to discuss job fair’s in your location, contact ERA today.


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