I work on the Oil&Gas sector from several years providing Hi-Tech engineering solutions for different applications but i never was informed about the existence of the OilPro community. Just one day i received from a LinkedIn connection a formal invitation to join into the OilPro network…
What is OilPro ?
Oilpro.com is a content-driven online social-network built exclusively for oil and gas professionals. This means that it would be connect ONLY all the people and companies that works on Oil & Gas and for Oil & Gas.
What i can find on OilPro community?
You can find a lot of interesting thinks because it integrates sharing features such as a Q&A forum, a blogging platform, and a one-of-a-kind, user driven daily newsletter. But not only… Members can freely tap into an global database of oilfield projects and equipment to claim their contributions to the industry, reconnect with peers, and enhance their profiles. If you are pondering about a specific event, market, opinion, customer, acquisition, etc…, there is a good chance you will find something current and relevant on OilPro as well.
Can I find job opportunities on OilPro ?
Sure of course… For those professionals seeking new career opportunities, Oilpro also delivers the oil and gas industry’s best job search tools. On the “jobs” section of Oilpro is far better than LinkedIn; on Oilpro you can search by country, region and discipline.
What are the difference between LinkedIn and OilPro ?
Oilpro is very specifically for the oil and gas industry, while LinkedIn is very broad and general. Oilpro stays on topic, with focus on Oil&Gas news, discussions and opinions.
Linked is the largest professional social network in the world and so is a more generic platform like Facebook, with “solve if you are a genius” and other such distractions…. LinkedIn seems to be a place where people you have met through your career or social life can connect with you and inevitably ask you to look for open positions at your company.
If you compare LinkedIn with OilPro the last is much smaller about 500,000 members but what do the difference, again, is that they are only selected Oil&Gas industry members. You have to imagine OilPro as a group of industry specific professionals working together to share data and obtain knowledge through each others career experience and more…
When I post the same article on LinkedIn and OilPro, the comments and discussions on OilPro are generally much higher caliber, from professionals who know what they are talking about, and have experience in Oil&Gas.
It is easy to create a professional profile on OilPro from LinkedIn?
Thanks to the LinkedIn import feature provided on OilPro it is extremely easy. You can import your profile with few click and so be a part of the Oil&Gas community network . Also you can import all your contacts from LinkedIn easily but… Remember OilPro is a serious and professional social networks ONLY for Oil&Gas if your idea is to spam on it… be aware you will be sooner flagged from the OilPro IT team in order to protect all the community.
What i think about OilPro ?
I’ve found that many of the Oil&Gas candidates that have a profile in LinkedIn have more updated information on OilPro. Since it is catching on, users that are actively looking for career changes stand out and are easily noticed by applying through OilPro versus LinkedIn. I’ve had a very positive experience using OilPro and hope that it continues to grow in popularity. The ability to create a profile in a strictly Oil & Gas networking environment is very helpful for recruiters and job seekers alike. Now i am an active member and i like to join in different thematic discussions and to post my contributes to the Oil&Gas community.
What i suggest
I use both OilPro and LinkedIn. My suggestion, use both Oilpro and LinkedIn, as they serve different purposes because it is always beneficial to consider other areas and industries particularly in times of crisis.
In other words.. OilPro is more industry specific for Oil&Gas people, LinkedIn is for professional of every industry. This gives people a chance to diversify.
But do not forget that LinkedIn is geared to appeal to all professionals and is not bound to one particular field, so you get different types of people and professionals.
Cristian Randieri, PhD