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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

The Global Edge at the Africa Oil and Gas Awards Conference

The Global Edge Consultants recently attended the Africa Oil & Gas Awards Conference 2013.

Topics focused around oil & gas potential along the southern and west African coast. Issues were debated such as the contentious fracking project in the Karoo basin where it was clear that consensus from both environmentalist and key players to first confirm the actual recoverable shale gas reserves instead of relying on estimates by the US EIA.

The general consensus was a positive attitude regarding the potential of Oil & Gas in Africa by both existing oil companies and emerging independents such as Sunbird Energy, Pan African Oil and Nectar Petroleum. In the end, everyone wants a slice of the relatively unexplored African pie.

Gijsbert Bakker
Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa
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!

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!

What you need to do during your next interview

When you hear the word interview, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

For many interviewees, the word intimidation may come up. For some they see it as a challenge or a test they have to pass with the perfectly correct choice of words. Then there are those who see it as a personality contest and feel the need impress their peers who are a part of the process.

Having experience being on both sides of the table, as the interviewer and an interviewee, I have noticed that when the interviewee engages and ask questions, the prospective employer has an even better grasp on how well the individual would fit in at the company.

When going in to an interview, it’s true that you want to impress the individual(s) who are interviewing you, but that’s only one part of the equation. Being capable to fulfill the responsibilities of the job at hand is very important and is the responsibility of the Interviewer to decide.

However, deciding if you (the interviewee) would be a good fit at that company and be able to excel and perform your best is the job of the interviewee. No one knows yourself better than you and interviewing the company is the best to find out if a job with them is a good fit for you and your career.

Ways to “interview” a company:
1.    Ask questions: Ask about the work environment and the atmosphere. Ask what they expect from you in your first year in the new role. Ask any question you can to see if your personality and work style would be compatible in that role and in that company.
2.    Observe: Take a look at your surroundings and see what impression you get of the work atmosphere. How are people dressed? Does it seem very professional or more casual? Is it loud or extremely quiet? Are people working together in teams or does it seem like an individualized work environment? All of these observations can help you decide if you think you would be a good fit at that company and its working environment.
3.    Take notes: When being interviewed by your prospective employer, take notes of how the interview goes and the tone of the interview. Take notes on questions you ask them and notes on the questions they ask you. This will help you later on in the process when it comes time to making a decision on if the job is a good fit for you.

The bottom line is that while you want to impress your prospective employer when meeting with them, you should also want them to impress you and make you want to be a part of what they are doing. You should leave excited and want to work with those individuals you just met. The best way to do that is to get involved and interview them too!

Chelsey Eberwein
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!

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!

It’s not easy to recruit for oil sands production

One of the fastest growing oil and gas markets in the world is our own friendly northern neighbor: Canada.

The province of Alberta is the focal point of this country’s dominance in energy production. According to www.energy.alberta.ca, Alberta ranks third, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, in terms of proven global crude oil reserves, and accounts for an overwhelming majority (about 98 percent) of Canada’s oil reserves.  In 2011, Alberta’s total proven oil reserves were 170.2 billion barrels, or about 11 percent of total global oil reserves (1,523 billion barrels). The rapid expansion of oil sands production has made oil critical to not just this province, but to the Canadian economy as a whole. As we know, with increased production comes a need for increased resources and manpower. It is estimated that production is connected to 75,000 jobs nationwide, and this number is expected to increase over the next 25 years. (RigZone)

The task of recruiting individuals to fill these jobs is becoming an issue. While salaries are good, it is difficult to draw people to work in extreme environments such as those experienced in rural Alberta. This is a growing concern across the board with Canadian oil & gas and government authorities.

According to Cheryl Knight, executive director and CEO of the Petroleum HR Council, “At a granular level, we’re seeing high demand for, and reduced supply of, skilled workers in specific occupations, many of which are unique to the oil and gas industry. And employee turnover is the wild card that could have recruiters working to fill hundreds of additional job openings over the next four years.”

One of the major steps being made for now and the upcoming years will be to recruit workers outside of Canada, especially now that changes are coming into place with the Canadian government’s immigration system. The hopes for these changes are that they will expedite the immigration process for non-citizen workers through a more responsive, efficient course, which will in turn create a positive impact on the country’s economic needs.  Out of the top ten recommended US cities for recruiting these workers, nine of them are located in the states of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The top five cities on the list are in Texas: Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Longview-Marshall and Odessa. (RigZone) With highly populated areas come more resources and more workers. Recent collaboration between Canadian and US state departments are creating programs to further facilitate these processes, and the opportunities for employment in the oil and gas industry will only continue to broaden, as well as opportunities for recruiters to fill those jobs.

Monika Banic
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!

The battle between experience and potential

When selecting a candidate, which is more important: potential or experience?

How would you respond to this question?

While both weigh in with great importance, you may be surprised to discover which one tips the scales.

It can be hard to choose between a candidate's experience and the potential they display, but choosing one is essential.

Experience:

Hiring a candidate with a certain skill or experience tells us they have an ample level of expertise which has been acquired over months or years of practice. Candidates with adequate experience can bring great value to an organization.

Potential:

Potential means “having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something great in the future.” If a candidate displays potential but lacks certain experience, they may be considered high risk and passed over by certain employers.

Candidates who display strong potential have been known to achieve greater success and do so with above-average performance. How can you quickly spot a candidate with potential? They won’t be easily located if you are merely checking off boxes of skill level and experience. They will, however, have a proven track record and display a pattern consistent of an overachiever.

Signs of an overachiever:

  • They do more with less by learning what is needed to reach the goal.
  • A person who has accomplished the most with lesser skills and experience.
  • They have achieved many rewards, raises, special bonuses, kudos, awards and recognition
  • A continuous track record of excellent performance while facing challenging situations.
  • Someone who will get great results regardless of the circumstances.
  • They were referred, rehired or recruited instead of applying for a job at their previous employment
  • A person who is committed to delivering quality results and working to consistently improve.
  • They are consistently in the top 20-25% of whatever they do

It’s not difficult to see the value in overachievers, even if they don’t have a lot of experience.

Food for thought: Experience tells you there’s a right way to do something. It’s important to ensure the right way is the best way.

Written by:

Amy West
Account Manager (Houston office)
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!