Most online oil and gas platforms concentrate on technical or promotional aspects but not real conversations with like-minded folk, and that is why NatResPro is launching its oil and gas online community portal.

As a startup that saw hard times in 2015 at the time of its launch, NatResPro knows how erratic the oil and gas industry can be.

The startup was established during the early stages of the oil and gas downturn.

NatResPro was primarily involved in recruitment and manpower at the time of its launch, and the first few years had been tough. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost, and at the same time, LinkedIn became the number one place for companies to do their own ‘DIY recruiting’.

Now, industry veterans Jason Lavis and Steve Hauxwell, co-owners of NatResPro, are creating an oil and gas community that brings these issues and more to the forefront where industry enthusiasts can come together in camaraderie and conversation.

During their research, the two co-owners identified a few market problems and a gap in what is provided by online oil and gas portals, which gave birth to the idea of launching a new community that connects like-minded people.

Hauxwell is a drilling engineer with 30 years of experience in the industry while Lavis has over 25 years in sales and marketing in the energy sector.

The focus will be on  conversations, not simple news or technical information. This is something that has been missing in the oil industry since the much loved Oilpro closed its doors.

“The vast majority of oil and gas websites are either highly technical in nature, or repetition of the latest news. When oil and gas workers want to socialize online, they’re limited to social media. Facebook and LinkedIn do a great job, but we couldn’t help wondering whether we could offer a more industry-relevant user experience,” said Lavis.

In addition to the new community, NatResPro is working on a series of new web-based features. In the world of manpower, many recruiters have unfortunately gained a reputation for seeing candidates as commodities.

Sales tactics and playing the ‘numbers game’ can leave candidates and employers alike with a bad taste in their mouths. Hauxwell believes that if NatResPro can provide some of the most extensive and helpful content, long term trust will be built.

“The times in our careers when we change jobs are (usually) relatively short periods, where we’re in between contracts or countries. This gives little opportunity for a manpower firm to build a relationship with those that they find work for. By creating rich online resources, when the time comes that someone needs a job, or a staff member, they’ll know where to come,” said Hauxwell.

The logic of giving first, then knowing that we’ll receive later is a more common phenomenon in business nowadays. By building the oil and gas forum, with no commercial intent, NatResPro believe that they will build a place where the best of the internet is experienced.

You can take a look at the new community, and get in at the early stages: https://natrespro.com/community/.

This sponsored story originally appeared on The Sociable.