What types of positions do you recruit for and where?
I am not actively recruiting any positions at this time, but I do oversee all of our recruiting and hiring efforts across our asset footprint, which spans 14 states and approximately 2,400 employees.
Tell us about working/living in the region where you recruit.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a great community. I relocated here five years ago from Denver, Colorado, and have found Tulsans to be friendly, welcoming and extremely community oriented. Tulsa has all of the amenities of a big city, but the cost of living is great, and it still retains that small-town charm. I can get anywhere in the city in less than 20 minutes, too, which is awesome!
Why do you think people should join the ONEOK team?
I’m proud to be a part of the ONEOK family because of our commitment to safety and the communities in which we live and work. I really appreciate that my values align with the company’s, and I feel appreciated and respected as an employee and leader in our company. ONEOK’s commitment to its employees is evident in the fact we have had no layoffs despite difficult market conditions for the oil and natural gas industry.
What do you like about working at ONEOK?
ONEOK is committed to developing its people. I appreciate that I have been given opportunities to learn and grow, and that I’m held accountable for helping the employees I lead to do the same. I like that I am challenged every day. I’m asked as an employee to be courageous and challenge the status quo, and I have autonomy to run my department.
What surprised you most about ONEOK when you came to work here?
I was surprised by the access to and availability of senior leadership. We have an open-door policy at ONEOK, and employees are encouraged to share ideas, speak their minds and respectfully challenge the status quo. I also appreciate how humility is modeled by our CEO, Terry Spencer, who constantly thanks employees for their contributions and the resulting success of our company.
What advice would you offer to job seekers?
When you’re reviewing applications or interviewing, what makes a candidate stand out for you?
Leverage your networks to advocate for you. Who you know does matter in helping your resume stand out from the hundreds we review each week. Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Stay true to yourself and be authentic throughout the recruiting and hiring process. Avoid saying what you think the company or recruiter wants to hear. Come to an interview prepared to do some interviewing yourself – it’s just as important that the company, where you will spend a significant portion of your time, is the right fit for you. If it’s not right, do you really want the job?
Authenticity, accountability, work ethic, teamwork and professional growth are standouts for me. I suggest tailoring your resume and being specific about your work history, education and experience. Attention to the details matter in the presentation of your resume – it’s your first impression! Your responses should reflect who you are, what motivates you and why you are a standout for the position of interest. You should also be comfortable and confident highlighting your career accomplishments and how you’ve learned and grown along the way, while being honest and accountable for the mistakes and missteps too.