A new year...new resolutions!
Since there are only so many things a person can realistically get accomplished, focus is very important. As you are contemplating your career for the coming years, you may want to consider some of our ideas.
If your organization's list of unfilled employment positions is long and has been that way for a while...welcome to one of the toughest markets for candidates in history! If you want to break the gridlock and get people hired so work can get accomplished, then you need to do things differently than your competition. One thing to lose may be your "quest for perfection." Here are some of our thoughts and experiences seen in the industry that may help you make, if not a perfect, then at least a good hire.
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Is your quest for perfection getting in the way of a good hire?
The answer to these questions is probably "no," as long as they are not in the way of your enjoyment of the product or performance, right?
These are very trying times in our industry with a tight labor market causing many companies to have a line of open, seemingly unfillable positions. We are right in the midst of the shortage for mid-career experts, for example, those with around 20 years of experience. There is nothing to be done about this numeric fact. There simply are not enough professionals as are needed who graduated between the middle 1980s and the late 90s. This issue becomes a problem if you use a perceived perfect hiring standard which in turn will hold you back from finding a good employee!
The somewhat comical questions above illustrate that in some situations good enough may be just fine. As hiring managers, our pursuit of perfection might be misguided as it relates to the thing that matters most - getting the job done.
Think about these issues and their solutions when you are considering a potential employee who appears to be ready to join your company and who looks poised to do the job:
This is not a suggestion that you abandon prudence, judgment, and due diligence practices in the hiring process. But if your company consistently misses its objectives in hiring for less than critical reasons, then perhaps the beginning of this new year is the right time to evaluate your processes and introduce elements of the Pareto principle (80-20 Rule). In everyday terms, 80% of all the abilities you are seeking in a future employee may have to suffice in today's market, and it may just be enough to get your company's job done.
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Procurement Professional with a master's degree in marketing with more than 30 years of experience working for mid-sized to large service companies. Expert in negotiations, international supply chain operations and distribution center management, warehouse operations, and cost efficient logistics management, shipping, and receiving. Also experienced in procurement management for maritime, offshore, oilfield supplies, industrial, fuel, and specialty items sourcing and distribution. Geographic area of experience is the Gulf of Mexico. Software proficiency in SAP. Language proficiency in English, French, and Spanish. Ask for PU803.
Mechanical Engineer with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology and more than 30 years of experience in the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry. Expert in LNG facilities, offshore platform and subsea pipeline design, and petrochemical operations. Experienced with project management holding senior level positions, static equipment and piping analysis, and full life cycle facilities engineering and construction from FEED through mechanical completion and client acceptance. Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Algeria, Korea, Indonesia, and Japan. Ask for F1722.
Subsea Engineer with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and more than 20 years of domestic and international experience working with engineering firms and operating companies. Experienced in design and construction including HPHT, subsea pipeline and rigid riser design in water depths from zero to 10,000 feet, subsea manifolds, subsea isolation valves, and subsea high-integrity pressure protection system structure and piping design. Additionally experienced in floating production system interfaces, flexible risers and pipe, rigid reeled pipe-in-pipe and towed pipeline bundles. Software proficiency in Primavera, MathCAD, LUSAS, ANSYS, FS2000, and AutoPIPE. Ask for F527.
Structural Engineer with a PhD in ocean engineering and over 25 years of experience working for large EPC and engineering firms. Expert in design and conversion of subsea and offshore floating production systems. Additionally experienced in the design of drilling modules, HSE support, semi-submersible platforms, pipeline installations, and diverse subsea equipment installation projects. Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. Served as expert advisor to the US Secretary of Energy and chaired for the API Committee on wind load specifications. Geographic areas of experience include the Gulf of Mexico and Asia. Software proficiency in ANSYS, SACS, MORA, FLEXCOM, and AQUA. Ask for MD52.
Project and Construction Manager with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and over 35 years of experience working for major E&P, EPC, and engineering firms. Expert in onshore and offshore productions facilities design, planning and execution of oil and gas projects. Experienced in onshore and offshore pipeline design and construction projects, LNG and oil sand facilities projects, construction project schedules, and contractor evaluations, improvement and safety programs. Geographic areas worked include Europe, the Middle East and the US. Ask for PM415.
Geoscientist with MS Geology and over 30 years of experience working for both major and midsized companies. Expert in reservoir modeling and geosteering horizontal wells in clastic and carbonate reservoirs. Additionally experienced in exploration, production, and operations, particularly directing, planning and designing horizontal, horizontal multi-lateral, and ultra short radius horizontal wells to fit reservoir and production models. Geographical areas worked include west Texas, mid-continent, Gulf of Mexico, southeast Asia, and North Sea. Software proficiency in Petrel and Z-MAP. Ask for G272.
Geologist with a bachelor of science degree in geology and over 25 years of experience working in small oil and gas companies. Expert in workover recommendations on development wells. Additionally experienced in prospect generation, well monitoring, logging operations, seismic reprocessing, velocity modeling, subsalt and decollement studies, multi-layered mapping, and evaluating farm-out and acquisition opportunities. Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico, South America, and West Africa. Proficient in SMT, Landmark, and GeoGraphix. A Certified Petroleum Geologist and member of the New Orleans Geological Society, the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts, and the Southeastern Geophysical Society. Ask for G2083.
Geophysicist with a bachelor's degree in geophysics and over 30 years of experience in exploration and production management working for major oil and gas companies. Expert in exploration, prospect generation, and seismic processing management. Additionally experienced in 3-D seismic interpretation, AVO modeling, and offshore and onshore drilling and production operations. Geographic areas include the Gulf of Mexico, south Texas, south Louisiana, the US west coast, and Asia. Ask for GP789.
Geologist with a bachelor's degree in geology and 36 years of experience working for a major E&P company, a small independent, and as a consultant. Experienced in geoscience interpretation, development, exploration prospecting, geologic risk analysis, and integrated field studies. Geographic areas worked include North Dakota, Texas, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico. Computer skills include SMT, Landmark, Petrel, GeoQuest, and Geographix. Licensed Professional Geologist in the State of Texas. Ask for GG494.
CFO with a master's degree in accounting and taxation, a bachelor's degree in finance, and over 30 years of experience working for small oil and gas companies. Experienced in maximizing cash flow and net present value of invested capital and enterprise risk management utilizing derivatives, insurance, risk shifting, and contract negotiations. Additionally experienced in raising capital, due diligence, investor relations, financial planning and reporting, U.S. GAAP, IFRS, internal controls, human resource management, and technical systems evaluation. Licensed CPA. Ask for A754.
Reservoir Engineer with a PhD in petroleum engineering and 12 years of expereince in the oil and gas industry. Experienced in reservoir simulation, reserves analysis, risk analysis, acquisition evaluation, reservoir modeling including EOR schemes for shale reservoirs and CO2 and WAG injection, depletion planning, economic evaluation, and feasibility studies. Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico, west Texas, north Africa, Russia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Software proficiency in ECLIPSE, Nexus, VIP, OFM, Petrel, Crystal Ball, PVTSim, and CMG. Ask for R1060.
Reservoir Engineer with a master's degree in petroleum engineering and 20 years of oil and gas experience working for major and large independent oil and gas companies as well as a consulting firm. Experienced in reserve estimating, economic analysis, field studies, acquisitions, divestitures, and SEC reporting. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Wyoming, Colorado, Angola, Gabon, China, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Argentina. Software proficiency in ARIES, PROSPER, OFM, PHDWin, MBAL, Peep, SAPHIR and F.A.S.T. RTA. Ask for R925.
Reservoir and Production Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and over 20 years of experience working for operators, a government agency, and a large service company. Experienced in classical reservoir engineering including decline curve, material balance, and volumetric analyses; determining capital expenditures, reserves studies, and the review of year end reserve reports. Additionally experienced in devising plug and abandonment procedures, environmental compliance, regulatory enforcement, permitting, and corresponding with inter-regulatory agencies. Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico and Texas. Software proficiency in ARIES and OGRE. Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Ask for P132.
Reservoir Engineer with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, an MBA, and eleven years of experience working for majors and small independent operators. Experienced in reservoir studies, acquisition and divestiture analysis, production forecasting, economic modeling, and reserve estimating and reporting. Also experienced in decline curve analysis, material balance, volumetrics, pressure transient analysis, nodal analysis, and well log interpretation. Geographic areas worked include Texas, New Mexico, and the Gulf of Mexico. Software proficiency in PROSPER, MBAL, GAP, VIP, ARIES, PHDWin, Peep, and HYSIM. Ask for R654.
Reservoir Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, a MBA, and 24 years of experience working for energy investment institutions, operators, and an energy information company. Experienced in investment strategy, property valuations, portfolio management, due diligence for energy investing, and energy forecasting. Also experienced in reserves analysis, economic analysis, production forecasting, field development, and mergers and acquisition negotiations. Software proficiency in ARIES and PHDWin. Professional licenses include NASD 3 Futures and CFA level 1. Professional certifications include the Commodity Trade Advisor and EIT Professional Engineer certifications. Ask for R1052.
Pick "3" for 2014
Now may be a good time to set some resolutions to nudge your career forward. Experts agree that most of us fail by trying to do too much or by simply not being specific enough in our New Year's resolutions. Your goal may be to make a simple adjustment to your career, if you already are in the oil and gas industry, or even resolving to finally get into a completely different branch of the industry. Either way, being too general will probably not get the job done.
So in the spirit of realistic goal-setting, here are some things you can do to target your career in the direction you desire. You will find that the magic number is "three," as more items will clutter your list and your ambitions
Of course, you can find your own personal three areas you want to address. Again, the idea is to be specific and realistic about your goals. Let us know how you are doing, as we are interested in hearing about your own choices.
All the Best for 2014!
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