Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Chesapeake Energy Corporation, headquartered in Oklahoma City, is the second-largest producer of natural gas, a top 15 producer of oil and natural gas liquids, and the most active driller of new wells in the United States. The company has more than 13,000 employees and an enterprise value of approximately $34 billion.
Chesapeake focuses on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the United States. The company owns leading positions in the Barnett, Haynesville, Bossier, Marcellus, and Pearsall natural gas shale plays; and in the Granite Wash, Cleveland, Tonkawa, Mississippi Lime, Bone Spring, Avalon, Wolfcamp, Wolfberry, Eagle Ford, Niobrara, and Utica unconventional liquids plays. The company also owns substantial midstream, compression, drilling, trucking, pressure pumping, and other oilfield-service assets.
Chesapeake is a leader in hiring veterans because the company has found that experienced military professionals have the behavioral characteristics that are core to its success. Veterans are team- oriented, detail-oriented, disciplined, dedicated, and used to working outside in safety-sensitive environments.
The company has found that the skill sets learned through the military translate well into the oil and gas industry, and it is actively searching for military personnel for corporate and field positions company-wide. On the corporate side, they have successfully hired drilling and reservoir engineers, facilities engineers, engineering technicians, and business analysts. Field positions range from drilling rig hands and truck drivers to pumpers, field technicians, pipeline technicians, and equipment operators.
For 2012, hiring agents at the company have received a top-down directive from the company’s senior leadership team to target and hire up to 500 veterans by the end of the year. It is an aggressive goal, and it has generated a new five-person Military Relations Team. The team is busy recruiting at military bases and job fairs, and building partnerships with other organizations that have a pipeline of veterans looking to transition into civilian work life at Chesapeake.
Chesapeake likes to hire the best, according to Bryan Jackson, a field engineering technician II and a former captain in the United States Army. “The hiring process is extremely competitive,” he said. “If you are considering applying to Chesapeake, I recommend working hard on your resume and to practice interviewing. Also, be open-minded as to how you might fit into the organization. Chesapeake hires for the individual, not for the position. There are many different paths your career can take you on if you remain persistent and are ready to leverage your military experiences in a fast-paced and highly-rewarding work environment.”