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Global Edge expands to China with Shanghai office

We are excited to announce The Global Edge’s first China fully-represented office in Shanghai opened in July 2014, marking another milestone added to The Global Edge network of international offices.

Our unprecedented presence in China fortifies the existing relationship with The Global Edge clients in this country. The Global Edge can now offer both contracting and staffing services to clients supporting their projects in almost all Chinese cities. We are well positioned for our China’s expansion looking at a number of impending project opportunities with both existing and potential new clients.

The Global Edge’s success in China is imminent. We are already busy working on our first project in Qingdao of the Shandong province and will continue championing more new number of projects in the pipeline for 2014 onwards.

Our new office is located at the heart of Shanghai Puxi in New World Tower, sitting in one of the busiest commercial district within the Shanghai city.

For any inquiries, please contact our China Country Manager, Danny Lin
danny@theglobaledgeconsultants.com

A consultant’s take: My time at The Global Edge

As a consultant, I have the opportunity to experience first-hand the people and the company’s culture, as well as see the financial side.

What I found at Global Edge was a welcoming group who treated me as an insider, possessed a high energy level and passion for the company, and were professional in every way.

It did not surprise me then to find a rapidly growing, profitable company!

No company is without warts, but this one clearly has a leader who cares deeply about her team and each of you know you can count on your teammates to do their part of the job.  That was apparent at the office and very obvious at the two teambuilding exercises.

Experience has taught me that you know you have a great job when you have a good leader, enjoy the people you work with, and lastly have exciting job content to challenge.  And yes, sufficient compensation!

I’ve enjoyed my few weeks with you and look forward to reading of your continued success and growth!  All the best for the holidays and your futures!

Rod Macdonald
CFO Consultant

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

In demand: The “me” brand (Second in a 3-part series)

Most people have heard the term “you get what you pay for.” And most have learned this lesson the hard way.

In fact, probably many of you reading this can relate as you probably made the decision to go with an off-brand because of cost.

For example, I remember growing up when the Sony Walkman first came out. I wanted the Sony Walkman, not the knock of versions created by Sanyo, or Onkyo or even Panasonic.

Why? Because it was the Sony, who invented the first Walkman, designed to provide a true music stereo experience in mobile form.

Let’s face it, no matter what the other portable radio/tape player manufacturers claimed, Sony was a much better quality product.

But when I saw the price tag of the Walkman, did I listen to the voice in my head saying buy the Sony?  Nope, I bought the Sanyo and then after it broke a few months later, I bought the Sony Walkman which I still have to this day.

I did not repeat this mistake when the Apple iPod was introduced and I am so glad I learned my lesson. Nowadays, I always try to buy the best brand.

So goes it with your personal brand. I call it the “Me” Brand.

You want people to buy your brand and in a sense buy into you as being top of the line.  But before they can do that, you have to actually have a brand.

So what should your brand incorporate?  Well for starters, if you are floundering around in your career and not sure what you want to do, where you want to go, and where you plan to be in the next 5 – 10 years, then a personal brand may not be as high a priority as just determining who you are professionally.

But let’s make the assumption that you have those three things in mind and now you are ready to create the “me” brand.

Firstly, you will want to incorporate your elevator speech. Remember this tells someone in a minute or less what you do, who you do it for, and the benefits you provide with these skills.

Secondly, in order to create a successful “Me” Brand, you need to incorporate three things; how you conduct yourself in business, the passion you bring to your art, and what sets you apart from other people that do the “same thing” as you.

This portion is not just the words, but it’s your actions. These are things that you want others to say about you when they describe you and why they buy from you. It is this word of mouth that will actually help promote your brand.

I cannot tell you how to answer those three things as that is your responsibility, but make sure you work every day, in every conversation and in every action you do on a daily basis to make it true.

In my situation as a Technical Recruiter for an International Oil and Gas recruiting firm, I want my “me” Brand to relay this:  “An extremely impassioned, ethical and creative person who is highly skilled and willing to go above and beyond to help companies both large and small, locate and hire the talent they desperately need.”

I want to be the “go to” brand!  I want to be the Apple or the Sony of Technical Recruiting!  I want you to buy me and my brand.

Now I have to get to work to make that happen!

Humberto Ramirez
Senior Technical RecruiterThe Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full-service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

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References

Chris King – How to craft an Effective Elevator Speech http://www.creativekeys.net/PowerfulPresentations/article1024.html

Jim Sniechowski, PhD

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130810001611-85816712-managing-your-psychology-perfecting-your-personal-pitch-a-case-of-self-branding?trk=tod-posts-art-

AICPA (American Institute of CPA’s)

http://www.aicpa.org/interestareas/youngcpanetwork/resources/career/pages/fivetipstobrandingyourself.aspx

 

Become a stronger manager: How to manage someone you dislike

Being a good manager is having the ability to manage a variety of people—people you like, dislike, younger, older, are a different race/religion, etc.

But none of this should matter if you are putting your company first and doing your job as a manager.  The job of a manager is to keep your team motivated and focused at the job at hand and be able to direct individual employees and the team for one common goal.

Your job as a manager is to not like or dislike your employees, but manage them based on their work performance and how they function with the team. Sure, you will run into employees that are arrogant, socially awkward, loud, rude, kiss up to the boss, etc. But your job as a manager is to get the job done for your team and for the company you work for and represent.

Communication is a key to successfully leading a team. If you have an issue with an employee, it is your responsibility as a manager to speak with that employee and mend that issue or misunderstanding.

If the issue is something that can’t be mended and is affecting the team, then it needs to be taken care of immediately so it doesn’t affect the overall production of the team. Successful teams and managers communicate and work together. Bad seeds or bad employees are usually terminated or put in a different role within the organization so they don’t affect the functionality of the team.

If you communicate, deal with any issues within your organization immediately, and run your team for the betterment of the company, you will be a strong manager whether you dislike or like an employee.

Andy Gozzo
National Account Manager
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

Your company needs a branding strategy

Branding has become far more than just a simple association someone has with their favorite household product.

Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the role branding plays in creating not only a product’s identity, but the impact it has on the overall company image. Although it seems like a very simple principle, people are naturally attracted to companies that they have a positive brand association with. This is why employer branding plays such an important role in attracting and securing the right talent.

Planning and implementing a successful employer brand strategy is very similar to that of a product strategy and can be structured in a very similar framework. The company must identify the following:

• Target market – Who are the type of candidates your company wants to attract? Are they coming from a particular university? Do they currently work for one of your competitors? Will they fit well into your company culture?

• Unique selling point (USP) – What sets your company apart from the rest? What can your company offer that your competitors cannot?

Examples of a USP could be (recruitment context):
o    Flexible working hours
o    Market-leading commission plans
o    Above average starting salary
o    Opportunity for international travel
o    Bonus package/equity share options
o    Working with a particular type of client (e.g. super-major oil companies)

• Competitor analysis – What visible strategies are your competitors adopting to attract candidates? Are you considering using the same media channels to advertise your opportunities?

• Advertising channels – What media channels will your company be using to draw in the applications and promote interest?  Will you be primarily focusing on social media (or traditional) avenues such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter? How, if at all, will your company website be used during this strategy?

• Post-launch strategy – How will your HR department handle the process? Do you have an appropriate hiring strategy in place that is suitable for the type of candidates you are looking for? Once you have brought candidates on board, are you able to retain their services and stop them leaving for your competitors? Remember, retaining talent is as, if not more, important than attracting new talent.

Alex Purvis
Account Manager | Marketing Specialist
The Global Edge Consultants UK

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

Why grid spending needs to be a priority in the US

The debate over increased spending on our nation’s aging power grid system came up recently as we dealt with an increase in storms and other aging grid-related events.

Now that the US government shutdown is resolved, it is high time that the grid spending issue is addressed. As with any power system that generates electricity, it does require maintenance and updates on a regular basis to remain productive.

Power outages are a major cause of loss of income for almost every business. It’s also an inconvenient–and sometimes life-threatening–event for consumers. Americans rely on electrical power every day, from electric pumps that pump water, to a well keeping us cool in the summer, and not to mention all forms of electronic communication. Most of us do not think about what it will take to keep that flow of power coming in the future.

American homes and businesses lose power an average of 1.2 times per year, for an average of two hours each occurrence. The power grid system is made up of a complex set of power generation sources such as gas and coal -fired plants, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind and solar.

The idea is to get the power from the sources to the end user with a system of power stations, substations and under and above ground wires to carry it. The grid is what channels the power through to the end user from the source through a system of computer generated switches and power stations to move power where the demand is for that particular day.

Spending money to fix a grid system that is aging is estimated at about 21 billion per year for the next 20 years to get the grid technology up to speed with the ever -increasing demand and threats to our system as well.

Grid technology upgrades are a must, as we depend on these grids to function in order to live and work. After a computer glitch caused the blackout of 2003, some spending increases were put into effect. However, it wasn’t nearly enough to fix the problem.

Electrical engineers have determined that a major overhaul of the system must begin now before we encounter other major grid breakdowns in the near future.

The question that we the consumer and our government officials need to ask ourselves now that the shutdown is behind us is, “What is the cost of not upgrading the current system?”

Craig Gormus
Business Development Manager – MarylandThe Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

 

Yes, this is a blog about texting and driving

Are you sick of all of the advertisements, admonitions, etc. about texting and driving?

Good! Maybe you should stop texting and driving then.

“But that could be my spouse on the phone, or my recruiter providing feedback on my latest interview!” you might protest.

Those could be your famous last words, unfortunately.

You have the privilege of operating a vehicle that at least weighs a ton or more…and you’re going to endanger yourself and others by worrying about what’s on a the screen of a phone that doesn’t even weigh 5 ounces?

These days, if you hurt yourself or kill someone while texting and driving, not only will you face fines and possible jail time, but don’t expect any sympathy for what you’ve done. In the eyes of many, texting and driving is just as bad as drinking and driving, if not worse.

I’m proud to work for a company that recognizes how awful texting and driving is. The Global Edge Consultants lays out very clearly in its employee handbook that texting while driving (or using any handheld device while on the road) is prohibited.

If someone needs to use the phone on the road, it’s safest for them to just pull over to the side of the road and handle their business there. Many clients and candidates understand that their call may go unanswered for a while because an employee is in transit and can’t talk on the phone at that moment.

Nothing is worth risking your life, or the life of someone else by engaging in texting and driving. IT CAN WAIT!

Elizabeth ChapmanMarketing/IT Assistant
The Global Edge Consultants

I’m no expert: A common man’s view on oil supply and prices

You can read any daily energy report, or watch it on TV.  Energy market reporters almost always state some reason why the market moved the way it did.

In reality though, they don’t know why the market moved exactly, so they retroactively fit some plausible causes for the market movements observed. If they could actually and accurately determine commodity markets and pricing, they would be billionaires, not analysts working for investment firms.

Economics can be a very complicated subject. Supply concerns in my opinion, are just as subjective as market prices. There is plenty of oil in the earth. Producing it is just up to people’s decisions.

Some interesting data I found on the web shows prices for a gallon of gas per country. This is interesting because you always hear how the price of oil dictates the price of gas at the pump.

The statistics I found illustrate Turkey appears to pay the most at $9.98/gal, while Venezuela pays the least at $0.04/gal.  The United States’ average price per gallon is illustrated at $3.52/gal. I guess I don’t feel so bad now after pulling up to the pump and paying $3.39/gal this morning on my way to work.

Regardless of the current oil prices, oil and gas companies are hiring.  My personal prediction is the oil and gas industry is an excellent career path for the foreseeable future.

Jason RogersBusiness Development/Account Manager
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

Texas oil production numbers increasing

exas is well-known for oil production. If Texas was its own nation in oil production, it would be ranked number 11 behind Mexico.

Texas is currently producing 2.525 million barrels a day, and production has doubled in a little over a year.

In May 2013, Texas produced a record-high number of barrels from 832 rigs.—2.5 million—the most since April 1982.

Compared to 15% in 2012, Texas currently produces 30% of the United States’ oil output, up from 15% in 2012. This is thanks to fracking.

As drilling techniques improve, the numbers will increase at a rapid rate, keeping Texas on top of oil and gas production lists.

As of June 2013 the recorded production for crude oil barrels is at 316,355,858, already surpassing last year’s numbers.

Texas is currently named the energy capital of the world and the “home base” is here in Houston.

With increasing production numbers in Texas, Houston is the leader in energy–related jobs.

With many major oil companies and independents moving their headquarters to Houston, Texas will remain a leader with oil and gas production and energy-related jobs.

Kara Keenan
Recruitment Consultant
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

Project controls personnel crucial to company success

Project controls personnel play a very important role in every stage of a project’s life cycle; from concept selection to engineering, design, fabrication, construction, commissioning and start-up.

Project controls personnel can be the glue that holds all project team members together with open lines of clear communication, project progress and project forecasts.

From the client/company/owner point of view, project controls members will regularly review metrics and file reports that will identify variances from the project baseline. This can be an excellent indicator of trends to come or issues that currently need to be resolved or recovered. The variances are determined by comparing the actual performance metrics in any phase of a project against the baseline metrics assigned during planning of the work. This is very important to the client, as proactive action can be taken to mitigate issues for all parties involved. This includes all project team members, contractors, vendors, and interest holders.  Project control has a direct correlation to project progress and stakeholders’ expectations.

Over the years, many companies have realized the importance of project controls planning and personnel, and seek out the best individuals in the business.  Many projects can start and finish, but without proper planning, base-lining, forecasting and tracking of metrics, many projects will cost more and take longer than they should. Companies in the oil and gas industry realize this and take proactive measures to ensure this crucial discipline is implemented and utilized on every project team for success.

Jason Rogers
Business Development Manager
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!