Hi guys! I hope all is well in E.G. This post is just for you! As some of you may already know, a large drilling company reached out to me because he saw these posts regarding you guys. His company will be starting work in EG soon and he is in need of some great employees and you guys are the best! So, if Angel de Jesus has not given you the specifics, email me and I’ll help you out. In the meantime, if you get called for an interview, here are a few tips. I know we covered some of this in school, but just in case you forgot, here it is.
Do your research on the company that you are interviewing with. Find out what they do and where the company head-quarters are. You should be able to find some facts about them that will help you have a much better interview, and they will like the fact that you know something about them. Write a few things down on paper and refer back to it if you do an interview.
Don’t appear desperate! I know that some of you are very desparte to get a good job, but don’t tell them during the interview that you would do ANYTHING to work for them. Just tell them that this sounds like a great opportunity and you would love to help them accomplish their goals in EG.
If they want to do a telephone interview first, make sure that you do this where it is quite. You don’t want people yelling in the background, dogs barking and babies crying. Also, get a pen and paper and take notes. Always keep a pen or pencil and paper close by. Smile when you are talking, you can hear that in your voice. Also, use your best manners and sound professional.
If you get a face to face interview – show up 10 minutes early! If your interview is in Malabo and you live in Bata, fly in at least 3 hours early. That way if the plane is late, you won’t be late to your interview. Give yourself plenty of time!
Shake their hand with a firm hand shake and look them in the eye.
That’s it for now. If you need anything else, let me know. GOOD LUCK!!!
Ok guys, it’s time for me to get a new job. I need all the help I can get. HSE related, don’t care where it is as long as it’s close to good schools and the place is safe. If it’s rotational, I would like to stay close to a 28/28. I don’t want to be gone 9 months a year like my Africa job.
I’ve worked in the Middle East, U.S. and Africa. I have worked on many global projects.
I have my BS in Environmental Management (with a concentration in Occupational Safety) and I just got my MBA Organizational Leadership.
I have my OHST, CES and I’m a member of the Board of Certified of Safety Professionals. Also, I’m a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
I also have done numerous ISO, OSHA, PSM, SEMS audits. Technical writing, training and competency and built entire HSE Management Systems. I’ve done consulting with many of the larger oil and gas companies in the U.S.
Here are a few projects I’ve worked on: Transocean Global HSE Management System, Transocean North American (NAM) Corrective Actions post Deepwater Horizon Audit, Hess SEMS for Gulf of Mexico, ENI Asset Risk Registers & SEMS, Nalco-Champion Integrated HSE Management System (IMS), ExxonMobil Quality & HSE Plan, Noble LNG Technical College Training Program (Ruppin College)
This is a pretty good article about Networking. I get tired of the old, “what do you do? great, here is my card” routine. With the price of oil being so low and everyone looking for their piece of the pie, networking will be taking on a much larger role for a lot of us. Get ready!
Luckily at Wood Group, we do a fair amount of networking with each other quite a bit. So my smaller group (Wood Group ODL, which is the consultant side) can interact with some of the other, larger divisions of Wood Group, such as Wood Group Mustang, Wood Group PSN, Wood Group Kenny, etc…
Rigzone has a bunch of great oil and gas articles. For all you guys that don’t know, it’s also the place to go to see o&g job postings. It’s probably the most customer friendly o&g website I’ve come across.
Thanks to Valerie Jones of Rigzone and Katie Mehnert, CEO of Pink Petro.
I stumbled upon an article through LinkedIn that talked about a “Pain Letter”, I had no idea what it was and clicked on the link they provided, which took me to this blog post. To me, this is the best way to do a cover letter. It is everything most cover letters aren’t – good, but besides that, informative without being boring, brief, and tells the hiring manager that you know about their company and you are the person that can help. Thanks Liz Ryan!
Here is a guy that I’m quite proud of. Many years ago he was needing just a bit of guidance and the company we were working at wasn’t willing to give it. Many companies these days simply don’t invest in their employees anymore. While working offshore I had over 25 guys ask for help and guidance into becoming a “safety man”. Of those 25, 4 actually made the cut. Of those 4, 2 are now full-time safety guys and one has even gone as far as to get his Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS), and it’s this guy pictured below. He’s the one that set a series of goals for himself and get this, HE DID THEM! That’s the key! You have to break out of your comfort zone to grow and that’s exactly what Ronnie did. Right now he’s THE Safety Man and has been for several months on a job in Virginia for Mammoet and Flour. I think instead of calling him the safety man, he’s worked his was up to the title of HSE Professional, great job Ronnie!
Over the past few months, I’ve had 3 different people come up and ask me for advice on how to ask for a raise from their respective employers. Here is a worthwhile article that sums things up very nicely and should help most of you. One of the biggest tips, BE PREPARED. It works for the Boy Scouts, it applies here as well.
I’ve had a few people over the years and back when I was in my mid 20’s I was also one of these guys that thought I was worth way more than what my boss did. I worked my way up and was listening to others on how great I was. Soon I learned a very valuable lesson, EVERYONE is expendable. This applies to the CEO of a major company that makes your annual salary in 1 month, so don’t think it doesn’t apply to you. I made a mistake and basically didn’t do what the boss wanted because I thought I knew better. He then placed me on a 3 day unpaid suspension for me to think about my career. At the time I thought he just did me the biggest favor he could have by allowing me to go out and make the money that I thought (and was told) I was worth.
I learned a lot. First, he was paying me ABOVE market value and more than what I could make at my top 5 choices. In order to get somewhat close to what I was making, I would have had to drive 45 miles one way, versus the 5 miles I was currently driving. To make matters worse, I wasn’t offered an immediate position at my top 5 choices and would likely have to go for a few weeks without a paycheck. So, then I searched all postings in the classifieds and on the internet (this was back in the late 90’s, so the print papers where still rather big). You know what I found out, there wasn’t that many companies hiring. There wasn’t that many companies paying within $100 per week of what I was making, and back then $100 per week was HUGE.
Sometimes you need to take a step back and think before you go and ask for that raise. Be prepared, know the market, do the RESEARCH! If your company is not making it’s numbers and experiencing a down turn, wait before asking for that raise. Believe me, if the company isn’t making it’s numbers, the managers know it and they are fully aware and you asking for more money isn’t going to go over well. Use some common sense.