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Volume 16 • Issue 5 • September 2016
Our Perspective

Our industry is slowly waking up. It is September and we are in the midst of "Back to School" days. How about a small list of reminders of what you should think about as you're venturing out to find that next position?

On another note, did you know that a U.S. President first came up with a distinction between the words "important" and "urgent"? There is a difference between these two terms, but sometimes we tend to use them a bit too quickly in place of each other.

We thought you might be interested to hear more and to find out how a closer look might help you in planning your organization as we start the next cycle.

Your friends at Collarini

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October 25-27, 2016
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November 8-10, 2016

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The Eisenhower Principle at Work Now

In case you are wondering where the distinctive use of "important" and "urgent" relative to work to be done originated, here is the scoop.

Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was one of the first public figures to talk about tasks in terms of their relative importance and urgency. In a speech in 1954 he famously stated,

"I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent."

That is when the "Eisenhower Principle" was born. Since then, we have been used to dividing tasks into those which lead us closer to achieving our goals (important) and those that demand our attention, because the consequences of not dealing with them are immediate and potentially harmful (urgent).

Here is why this came to mind.

The oil and gas industry has seen another workforce contraction driven by global commodity prices. Once again you have to carefully set priorities on the work to be done with a reduced and shaken-up staff. This requires skill and good judgment as you decide your way forward on urgent and important tasks at hand.

Here are three issues that may be affecting your staff right now, and they should be dealt with by being aware of the aforementioned distinction.
  1. Your organization may be smaller now, but the amount of work has not necessarily reduced proportionately. Employees have to work more to get the same jobs done. It is an urgent task to assist your staff by finding ad hoc resources or by shifting workload around between departments. Temporary outsourcing methods or shelving less critical work may be another immediate measure. The important task is now to take stock of what skills you lost during the downturn and to develop a plan forward for the next growth cycle. The plan could include the development of alternate ways of doing the work, reducing levels of management, generally tightening work flows, and sourcing modern time-saving tools and technology.
  2. Your remaining staff might be under some mental strain. A reduction in workforce can affect those who are left behind more than those who have left. While your former employees can turn a new page, and may even eventually improve their careers, those who remain are under the stress of additional workload, more responsibility, and uncertainty about their futures. It is important to hold conversations, show compassion, and offer help to those who need it. The exchanges should revolve around the positive future the company envisions, and with it how the employees will thrive. The important side effect is that insight gained from these conversations will let you develop a better staff plan for your current and future employees. And keep your eyes on the talent market! You may not be in a hiring mode right now, but you will be better positioned and prepared when you resume hiring.
  3. A smaller staff may have created different requirements for benefits, insurances, and suppliers in general. An immediate task is to review your company's current obligations and weigh them against your actual needs. Some service contracts may have to be updated or renegotiated. This will lead to possible short-term savings but also potential termination expenses. However, now is the time to look at all your benefit and insurance practices and position your company for the next turn-around. In the past, you may have remained with specific suppliers or contracts because "we have always done so" and because change might have been more complicated. It is important now to employ modern tools and to replace any outmoded practices before everybody gets busy again.

These are just three ideas, and there are surely many others, for you and your team to address. Don't wait until your organization gets swallowed whole by the urgent tasks of the day!

Let us know how you are doing and if there is anything we can do to help.

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The following biographies are just a small sampling of the kind of talent available in our talent pool of over 24,000 experts. Please call our placement managers if you are interested in learning more about these professionals, or check out our website for more candidates.

Senior Accountant with a master's degree in accounting and finance and 18 years of experience with a major oil company, consulting firms, and independent producers. Experienced in asset, liability, revenue, and expense entries; verifying, allocating, posting, and reconciling transactions; performing bank reconciliations; and standard journal entries and accrual entries for assigned accounts. Also experienced in preparing financial statements including balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and ensuring compliance with accounting policies and procedures and generally accepted accounting principles. Software proficiency includes Financials and Discoverer, Oracle ADI, SAP, P2ES Enterprise Upstream, Tobin Land Suite, JD Edwards, One World, Hyperion, ACCPAC, Geneva, BOLO, and Microsoft Office. Ask for A1711

Senior Accountant with an MBA and CPA in progress and 20 years of experience with a large independent producer. Expert in detail-oriented financial reporting and analysis and management, developing and executing financial controls to control costs, and ensuring accurate, relevant, and timely information. Recognized for high-level forecasting and budgeting skills and for completing challenging projects with an innovative attitude and a collaborative spirit. As a manager, has coordinated and provided support to corporate management and supervised accountants to prepare monthly and quarterly operating statement reports and managed and prepared a G&A budget for over 500 office staff. Software proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, General Ledger, Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle Hyperion Reporting/Ad Hoc, G / L Insight, and Citrix. Ask for A1707

Information Technology Professional with a master's degree in geology and 18 years of experience with a large independent as an IT professional and geologist. Expert in data flow, system integration, business processes associated with the capture and management of hydrocarbon production data from the wellbore to production accounting, and exceptional in software support, continuous improvement, and being able to bridge the gap between business processes and technical requirements. Software experience includes Landmark Suite, OFM, PEEP, Petrel, SmartSection, ArcView, P2ES Enterprise Upstream's Production Management, and others. Ask for DB936

Land manager, CPL with a bachelor's degree in petroleum land management and over 30 years of experience in land negotiations with 23 years working onshore properties, primarily in Louisiana and 13 years working the Gulf of Mexico. Experienced in departmental management, supervision, mentoring and in all facets of land work, including marketing internally generated prospects, screening outside deals, producing property acquisition and sales, negotiation, preparation and interpretation of leases, assignments, servitude agreements, farm-in and farm-out agreements, participation agreements, JOAs, JEAs, funding agreements, production handling agreements, and unitization. Also experienced in dispute resolution with partners, landowners, and lessors and possesses an excellent industry network of land colleagues. Ask for L1230

Senior Production Engineer with a master's degree in reservoir engineering and 11 years of experience with major service companies. Experienced in conventional and unconventional reservoirs spanning the US and international locations and in predicting and optimizing future performance using reservoir simulation. Also experienced with hydraulic fracturing design and simulation. Has performed oil well testing with coiled tubing in an artificially lifted well, been an instructor for well services, been a technical advisor for deepwater GOM abandonment operations, and conducted reservoir evaluation using probabilistic SPE and SEC reserve definitions using simulation and decline curve history matching and forecasting models. Software proficiency in CMG, Eclipse/Petrel, and Petrel RE. Ask for P891

Completion and Well Intervention Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and two years of experience with a major oil company. Experienced in optimizing production by: creating a program to fix sucker rod and electric submersible pumps, implementing a tubing refurbishment plan via testing and research, and creating a corrosion QA/QC plan for used tubing via analysis of tubing qualities and types. Also experienced in contract restructuring for plugging and abandonment, identifying cost savings opportunities by monitoring daily operational costs, and conducting safety audits in the field for workover rig operations. Software experience includes Excel, Word, SAP, WellCat Modeling, AutoCad, SolidWorks, PIPESIM, and CMG's IMEX. Ask For P898

Drilling and Production Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and 38 years of experience working for mid-sized and major operators, a major service company, and as a consultant. Expert in the design, development, implementation, and management of new well completions, workovers, and well interventions for horizontal wells and HPHT completions and the design and testing of new drilling equipment for deepwater. Additionally experienced in regulatory filings, cost estimations, AFE preparation, and budgeting. Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico shelf and deepwater, south Texas, the mid-continent and South America. Ask For D253

Reservoir Engineering Technician with a bachelor's degree in business administration and 18 years of experience with small to mid-sized E&P companies. Experienced in maintaining reserve and production databases, building and managing databases for field management, acquisition opportunities, and business development, providing ARIES training to users, updating type curves for forecasting, and creating monthly budget and lease operating expense spreadsheets. Additionally experienced in corporate reserve reporting for both mid-year and year-end. Software proficiency includes Landmark ARIES, OpenWells, TOWcs, OFM, PEEP, IHS Enerdeq, Petra, and Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and Power Point. Ask For TE647

Reservoir and Production Engineer with a Bachelor's Degree and 20 years of diversified experience with a major oil company and a large service company. Experienced in completion design and offshore operations. Strong in acquisitions, field studies, and design and evaluation of frac pack systems for low resistivity formations. Excellent analytical skills and administrative abilities. Areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico and offshore California. Proficient in Production Analyst, OGRE, PEEP, and WEM. Ask For PR86

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Back to School: Prepare Yourself for the Next Hiring Wave

It is September and "Back to School" in the oil and gas industry. While not obvious yet, a new wave in hiring is about to begin. Restructuring efforts for oil and gas companies are well under way; old players will come out stronger and healthier financially, and new players will make their marks by buying assets and starting a new production cycle. It will feel a little different at first, with prudence and risk-averseness setting the tone. Nevertheless, in order to facilitate new activities hiring will resume soon.

And just like your mom prepared you for school, here are a few items for your "Back to School" list you should be doing right now. Some of these items will sound familiar, but it does not hurt to remind you; it has been such a long summer…

  • If you haven't already, develop a relationship with a recruiter or with consulting firms in your field. Your next long-term opportunity may come from a short-term or part-time one.
  • Update your resume now and make sure that you sharpen the last five years' accomplishments, which will get the first look.
  • Educate yourself about new players in the market, and get an update on what the companies you already know are currently doing.
  • Think out of your box when it comes to "what" and "who" you are interested in. This is the time to make the career adjustment you have been pondering for a while.
  • Learn about new tools and software in your field as you are looking for the next step to take in your professional life.
  • Use this time to get fit and learn how to stay that way! You want to have lots of positive energy while searching for and starting your new job.
  • Be open to accepting consulting work even though you are looking for a full time position. Companies may not be able to hire yet, but they may be looking for future talent on a temporary basis at first.
  • Resolve to network for life! Use this time to create professional relationships that are not just based on transactions for the moment of need.
  • Look closer for non-advertised "brownfield" opportunities that could help you land a job. Many companies may not be investing in new projects right now. Some will be looking to quietly improve on older assets which might create job opportunities.
  • Give time to others who need help. There are those looking for a position who may need mentoring a little more than you do.
  • Don't panic. Think long-term about your next career step. Do not feel obligated to take the very first job that comes along, since it may not be the best fit in the long run.
  • Last but not least: express your gratitude to everybody who helps you in your own transition.
OK. If you are ready, one last look in the mirror, and go get 'em!

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Connecting the Industry's Experts...

Collarini Energy Staffing Inc. is a full-service agency specializing in the placement of energy and EPC personnel and including the disciplines listed below (other supporting personnel are managed upon request):

Accounting and finance personnel
Administrative and clerical personnel
Business analysts
Civil and architectural engineers
Data Management
Drilling engineers
Drilling operations supervisors
Energy trading professionals
Facilities engineers
Geologists, geophysicists, and petrophysicists
Health, safety, and environmental personnel
Human resources personnel
Instrument and electrical engineers
IT professionals
Land, legal, and supporting personnel
Marine engineers and naval architects
Materials and corrosion engineers
Mechanical engineers
Operations supervisors
Pipeline, riser, and subsea engineers
Process engineers
Procurement personnel
Production engineers
Production operations supervisors
Project managers and support personnel
Quality control and inspection personnel
Reservoir engineers
Sales and marketing professionals
Technical writers
Technicians, drafting and graphic
Technicians, engineering and geoscience

Guiding Careers to the Next Level...

Collarini Career Management applies its deep understanding of the career paths of technical professionals in the E&P and EPC communities to help companies and professionals build successful organizations and careers. We leverage Collarini's unique combination of industry knowledge and technical expertise to guide companies and individuals during transition, training existing employees for high performance, and designing customized technical training plans for companies and individuals.

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