MPACE Member Spotlight - August 2015
An Interview with Cynthia Murphy, University Partnerships and
Association Relations Manager, Chevron
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy and technology companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide under the Chevron, Texaco, and Caltex brands. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, distributes and markets transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells lubricants, additives and petrochemical products; produces geothermal energy and coal, and generates electricity; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. HQ: San Ramon, California Employees: ~64,700
MPACE: This month’s MPACE communication theme is “Fall into Fall”, focusing on best practices for the upcoming fall semester & recruiting season. Can you tell me about the typical recruiting process at Chevron?
Cynthia: Chevron recruiters post our job openings through the career centers at the schools and conferences where we recruit. Recruiters review the résumés to find the applicants that best meet the selection criteria. They set up interviews with those candidates and typically interview them on campus.
M: If you were to give 1 piece of advice to new corporate recruiters jumping into Career Fair season, what would it be?
C: Look further than the candidate’s resume and grades. As you talk with the candidates about their work and academic history, ask questions to learn where their true passion lies and what really interests them. Look for someone who embodies our values, understands what it means to be a team player and fits into our high-performing, collaborative culture.
M: Recruiting is, of course, a two-way street. What is one piece of job-seeking advice you would give to an about-to-graduate college senior?
C: Do your homework. Know more than a little bit about the company with which you are interviewing. Have an idea of a potential career path and have an opinion. Look not just at the compensation package, but the entire value proposition of working for a given company. Research the company’s reputation. Find out if they have training and development opportunities, long-term benefits and work-life balance.
M: What strategies do you notice as helpful when recruiting students in the Millennial generation that are different from recruiting non-Millennial candidates?
C: Many of our applicants come from parts of the country that know little about the energy industry, so part of our strategy is to highlight the many career paths they could take and describe the benefits of a career in the energy business. We also think it is important to talk about the expectations and opportunities around mobility and learning about various cultures as part of career growth.
M: If there was one thing that you wished every college graduate knew before they entered the professional world, what would it be?
C: Remember to develop a competency so that you can add value, contribute and distinguish yourself through your performance. Also remember that most everything that gets accomplished is done through people. In addition to your technical skills....develop your people, networking, listening, speaking and mentoring skills so that you can be effective and inspirational to others. It’s not about outshining others...it’s about energizing them.
M: As we approach the busy recruiting season, it’s important to take time to recharge—what are your favorite things to do during your downtime to reenergize from your busy schedule?
C: I love to spend time with my husband and two kids – the activities we do together don’t really matter, it’s just important that we have fun as a family. My kids lead very active lives via school, sports, scouting, and social activities so I thrive on their energy! If I have quiet time, I enjoying reading and walking.
Cynthia Murphy is a University Partnerships and Association Relations Manager at Chevron Corporation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Spotlight article was compiled by Eric Bloomquist of the MPACE Communications Committee. Eric is a Career Coach at the University of Utah.