<a href="http://youngpetro.org/2013/03/06/how-is-it-possible-to-produce-oil-from-sand/"><b>How is it possible to produce oil from sand?</b></a> <a href="http://youngpetro.org/2011/10/09/people-engineers-and-spe-members/"><b>People, Engineers and SPE Members</b></a> <a href="http://youngpetro.org/2012/12/19/if-i-were-a-prime-minister/"><b>If I Were a Prime Minister…</b></a> <a href="http://youngpetro.org/2012/12/26/polish-shales-delayed/"><b>Polish shales delayed?</b></a> <a href="http://youngpetro.org/2013/01/11/russia-continues-the-policy-of-states-companies-monopoly/"><b>Russia continues the policy of state companies’ monopoly</b></a>
 

Develop yourself not only during lecture hours

Develop yourself not only during lecture hours

We live in times in which access to information is almost infinite, thus learning is limited only our willingness, motivation and determination. On the other hand you also have to know where and what search for. YoungPetro comes to aid right here – I’ll try to show you few places, where for free you can expand your knowledge related to Oil & Gas, but we will not stop there – because we are aware that nowadays engineer has to be a real Renaissance man.

Libraries

First place that is worth seeing is of course university library. Most of them share their catalogs on-line, which makes finding interesting books and articles more effective and faster. This place is also great because of another reason – usually our lecturers use and encourage us to read and learn from positions which are available in the campus library. My personal advice is to break out from our comfort zone and maybe borrow handbook from that one course which was always hard for us. Try to face it with determination and maybe you will discover new passions and up to now we just did not give it enough time?

SPE and egpet

SPE – I think that this organization does not need an introduction, at least to any person interested in O&G. But do all of us use the potential of this society to its fullest? Basic opportunity is of course being active in the chapter at our university (or creating one!) – it is a group of people with similar passions and goals to ours. If you lack motivation – believe me – you will get an extra fill of that! SPE offers also eMentoring – it is a really great initiative that offers mentoring to the younger members. Your mentor is professional of qualification you can chose. Of course mentor has right not to take you under his or her wings. I believe this kind of patronage could get you many valuable insights. Another thing that I cannot miss are webinars organized by SPE. Free lectures from professionals from all over the world covering topics from dual gradients to economic evaluation.

Another big community is egpet – Petroleum Community Forum. Although it is not a formal group, people there are very helpful and eager to share their knowledge quite fast. Also because of the presence of many students most questions that bothers you have been already asked – and answered!

Online universities

As I said at the begging – demands of today’s job market are pretty high and still growing. Place where you can expand your technical knowledge and soft skills are online universities. Have ever thought studying at MIT? Harvard or Stanford University? All of these (and many more) shares their courses – often with video lectures – for free. Maybe you will not get a degree from that university but you can take courses with the very same lecturers, demands and materials.

Languages

Language proficiency nowadays is really basic thing. English is not leverage anymore – it is a necessity. Fortunately – there are also communities that offer “language exchange” and learning for free.

Remember that we live in the age of information – all we have to do is embrace it and try to use all available sources of information!

Links:

Society of Petroleum Engineers
SPE webinars
Petroleum Community Forum
MIT OpenCourseWare
Coursea
Academic Earth
Duolingo
Livemocha
word2word
openculture

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Russia’s First Arctic Offshore Field Starts Production

20 December, 2013 News No comments
Russia’s First Arctic Offshore Field Starts Production

Russia’s first Arctic offshore field Prirazlomnoye, where Greenpeace activists were arrested in September after a high seas clash with Russian authorities, has started production of oil, energy company Gazprom said today.

The project is almost a decade behind its initial schedule and is one of the most controversial energy projects, seen as dangerous for the environment by the greens, who say that the drilling and storage platform is three decades old.

“We became the pioneers of Russia’s Arctic development,” Gazprom’s Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller said in a statement.

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s Arctic offshore riches are of a strategic importance for the country, which now is pumping an average of 10.6 million barrels of oil per day (bpd), close to its current capacity.

However, start of production had long been delayed due to various challenges, including ageing equipment and a change in shareholders structure. Difficulties obtaining official clearances and technical problems also hampered the project.

Russia, the world’s second-biggest oil exporter, is vying with Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States for control of the oil, gas and precious metals that would become more accessible if global warming shrinks the Arctic ice cap.

STRATEGIC REGION

Greenpeace has said that oil production in the pristine region risks spills similar to the Mexican Gulf disaster at BP’s platform in 2010, saying that some of Prirazlomnaya platform’s parts were used at another offshore project some 30 years ago.

The activists issued a statement on Friday, saying, the launch of production is “a dark day for the Arctic”.

“Gazprom is the first company on Earth to pump oil from beneath icy Arctic waters and yet its safety record on land is appalling. It is impossible to trust them to drill safely in one of the most fragile and beautiful regions on Earth,” Greenpeace said in a statement.

Gazprom has said it has taken all necessary measures to prevent any incidents.

Russia detained 30 Greenpeace activists protesting against Arctic drilling at the Prirazlomnaya platform in September. The protesters faced jail sentences of up to 7 years although Putin later announced an amnesty, which covers the activists.

The Arctic region is seen as an important source of potential growth for Russia, the world’s largest oil producer, in the next decade, with global oil majors including ExxonMobil , Eni or Statoil clinching deals to enter the Russian Arctic..

Production from these projects is not seen before late 2020s.

Gazprom Neft had expected initial production at Prirazlomnoye at 12,000 barrels per day in 2014 with a plateau of 120,000 bpd in 2021.

Oil will be extracted from the deposit, where winter temperatures often plunge below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit), and then pumped to tankers bound for Europe.

Gazprom Neft sees overall investments into the project at around $6 billion, of which half had already been spent with the bulk accounting for a special ice-proof platform.

Source: Reuters

Oil Price Above $110

16 December, 2013 News No comments
Oil Price Above $110

Brent crude oil rose above $110 a barrel on Monday as supply concerns resurfaced after Libya failed to reach a deal with tribal leaders to end a blockade of several oil-exporting ports.

The closure of the Libyan oil ports is preventing export of several hundred thousand barrels per day (bpd) of high quality, light crude, tightening an oil market that might otherwise be fairly well supplied. Brent futures for January rose $1.97 a barrel to a high of $110.80 before easing to around $110.25 by 1300 GMT, up $1.42. The contract lost 2.5 percent last week. U.S. crude futures rose 70 cents to $97.30 after ending 90 cents lower on Friday, down 1 percent for the week.

Libyan port blockages, along with strikes by oil workers, civil servants, tribesmen and other protesters at oilfields across the desert country, have cut its oil exports to around 110,000 bpd from more than 1 million in July. “This means that approximately 600,000 bpd of potential exports will remain off the market,” JBC Energy Managing Director David Wech said. Analysts worry that Libya is sliding into chaos as the government struggles to rein in militias and tribesmen who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but kept their weapons and control parts of the OPEC-member country.

“This latest disappointment only reinforces our view that Libyan production will struggle to exceed 800,000 bpd in 2014,” Morgan Stanley oil analyst Adam Longson said.

“Resolving deep disagreements will likely require material changes at the federal level, and threats by the government to use force only risk exacerbating the situation.” Investors awaited a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on how soon to end its monetary stimulus, which has helped drive investment in global commodities. The U.S. central bank meets on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the gradual tapering of its stimulus programme and opinion is divided on whether it will move this week or wait for early next year. A cut in its stimulus would boost the dollar, weighing on most commodities, including oil.

Source: Reuters

6th International Scientific and Practical Conference

6th International Scientific and Practical Conference

When: 20th – 21st February 2014

Where: Kazakh- British Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Registration deadline: 1st February 2014

E-mail: kbtu.conference2014@gmail.com

Website: http://www.kbtu.kz

February 20-21, 2014 Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) holds the VI International scientific & practical conference under the topic of “Innovative development problems in oil and gas industry”, organized by KBTU together with KBTU SPE Student Chapter.

The goals of this event are:

  • To promote and expand knowledge in the field of oil and gas,
  • To improve the cooperation between the companies, scientists, and universities of different countries,
  • To discuss trending issues, the main trends and prospects of different researches,
  • To exchange of experience and professional development of members of society.

The participation of such native and foreign companies as KazMunaiGas, Tengizchevroil, Karachaganak Petroleum Operating, NCOC, NCPOC, PSN KAZSTROY, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Chevron, Maersk Oil,  Total, Shell, ExxonMobil, CNPC, BG Kazakhstan, Rompetrol Group, Baker Hughes, BP are expected.

Also it is planned to hold the round table discussion on the interaction of education, science and industry, master classes given by leading specialists of partner companies, workshops and intellectual team and individual games. The conference will be devided into sections:

  • New technologies in Oil and Gas Production
  • Geology and Exploration of Mineral Deposits
  • Technology of hydrocarbon and mineral resources refinery. The environmental challenges of oil and gas sector.
  • Mechanics, mathematical modeling and information technologies in the oil and gas sector.
  • Socio-economic problems and training issues for the oil and gas sector.

Official sponsor of the VI International scientific conference “Innovative development problems in oil and gas industry,” 2014 is PSN KAZSTROY company.

Conference languages: Kazakh, Russian, English.

You can apply for participation to the conference by sending application form and an electronic version of the report to one of these addresses: kbtu.conference2014@gmail.com; b.absadykov@kbtu.kz, yusupova.meltem@ gmail.com  or using the following link. Register no later than January 20, 2014. Full details are in the “Science” section of KBTU web-site: http://www.kbtu.kz

Authors are responsible for the scientific content, style, grammar and punctuation of the submitted materials.

The registration fee for participants to obtain the collection of works and the conference program is: for individuals is 7000 tenge, and for legal entities – 12000 tenge.

11th International Youth Oil and Gas Forum

11th International Youth Oil and Gas Forum

When: 18 – 19.04.2014

Where: Kazakh National Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Submission deadline: proposal: 15.02.2014, final: 10.03.2014

E-mail: kntu.conference2014@gmail.com

Website: http://www.kntu-spe.kz

We would like to propose you a participation in 11th International Youth Oil and Gas Forum. The event will be held from 18th to the 19th of April 2014 at Kazakh National Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan and is being organized by KNTU SPE Student Chapter.

The previous edition of International Youth Oil and Gas Forum was a great success. Over 450 people visited the event, over 100 participated in the Forum. 15 companies had their stands and representatives.

XI Forum consist of: Student science – students science-paper contest, Technical seminar, Exhibition of petroleum equipment, International Intellectual Game, Panel discussion with participation of petroleum industry professionals and students and Petroleum party.

The topics of papers in student science – paper contest should refer to:

  • Geology, Geophysics, Exploration
  • Reservoir Engineering, Production
  • Drilling and well completion
  • Oil and gas refining
  • Oil and gas transportation

 

You can gain more information by e-mail: kntu.conference2014@gmail.com

New oil discovery in Albania by Shell, Petromanas

9 December, 2013 News 1 comment
New oil discovery in Albania by Shell, Petromanas

After 17 month drilling period Shell and Petromanas Energy Inc announced that their first drilled well Shpiragu 2 resulted   with flow rates of 1,500 to 2,200 barrels per day of oil equivalent (800 to 1,300 barrels per day of 35 to 37 degree API oil and 2 to 5 mmcfd of gas) observed during the test period. PMI and Shell also believe they have identified an 800 meter oil column in fractured carbonate reservoirs at the Shpiragu structure, but were only able to test 400 metres due to drilling setbacks. The cost of the 5,553 meters  exploration well reached $75 million.

Petromanas is a small Canadian company who was able to attract Dutch Royal Shell as a joint venture partner on Albania’s Blocks 2-3 in February, 2012. In the beginning of partnership Shell owned 50 % of  Block 2-3 and later on 2013  75 % while Petromanas holds the remaining  25 % and operatorship.

This discovery is considered  very important for Albania since it is the greatest Oil discovery in the last 20 years and it is a good quality light oil,  while  Albanian crude is usually heavy and highly sulphurous (6°  to 22° API crude oil).

Petromanas and Shell continue drilling the Molisht-1 prospect to the Southeast of Shpirag-2. The Molisht-1 well was spud August 20, 2013 and is currently at a depth of approximately 1,400 hundred meters on its way to a targeted approximate depth of 5,500 metres. Drilling operations are scheduled to take 9 months from the initial spud (Roughly May 20, 2014), to be followed by testing.

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Sources :

http://www.petromanas.com

http://www.top-channel.tv

http://www.reuters.com

http://www.ceo.ca

Photo :

http://www.petromanas.com

 

Automated Drilling, the Industry’s Future

8 December, 2013 News No comments
Automated Drilling, the Industry’s Future

The oil and gas industry has set the path to completely change how they will find natural resources. Since the beginning, drilling has been at the hands of humans, but this is about to change with the help of autonomous computer-controlled drilling operations – drilling automation.

Operators are continuously seeking ways of meeting their safety goal of zero people hurt on the job and reducing the costs of extracting hydrocarbons. Drilling automation seeks to do just that through process improvements, optimized rates of penetration, consistent hole quality and overall drilling performance, all of which allow operators to reach their objectives in the shortest time.

“Drilling is potentially dangerous, with rig staff and heavy machinery operating in the same tight space,” said Eric van Oort, a former Royal Dutch Shell Plc executive who’s leading a graduate-level engineering program at the University of Texas focused on automated drilling. “So why not let machines do the hazardous work?”

Automation has been widely used in several industries: aeronautics, automobile manufacturing, utility and power generation and general processing. Some may argue that these industries improved drastically when humans were partially taken out of the equation. Automation allows for repetition to occur without suffering from boredom or lapses in attention that its human counterparts are capable of  Robots are able to attain a level of autonomy because there are few decisions to make and there is little uncertainty or variability in their environment and tasks.

Apache (APA), National Oilwell Varco (NOV), andStatoil (STO) are among the companies working on technology that will take humans out of the most repetitive, dangerous, and time-consuming parts of oil field work. “It sounds futuristic,” says Kenneth Sondervik, sales and marketing vice president for Robotic Drilling Systems. He compares it to other areas that have become highly automated, such as auto manufacturing or cruise missile systems.

Robotic Drilling Systems is designing a series of robots to take over the repeatable tasks now done by deckhands, roughnecks, and pipehandlers on a rig. Its blue, 10-foot-tall robot deckhand has a jointed arm that can extend about 10 feet, with 15 or so interchangeable hands of assorted sizes. The robot is anchored in place to give it better leverage as it lifts drill bits that weigh more than a ton and maneuvers them into place. The company is also collaborating with researchers at Stanford University on a three-fingered robot hand embedded with sensors that give it a touch delicate enough to pick up an egg without crushing it.

Recently, Norway’s Robotic Drilling Systems AS, formerly Seabed Rig, developed an innovative autonomous robotic drilling rig for unmanned drilling operations. The company claims that the new system, Robotic Drilling System (RDS), sets new standards with increased safety and cost-effective planning and drilling and can be implemented on existing, as well as new drilling structures, both offshore and on land. The company has taken their product a step further by signing an information-sharing agreement with NASA to discover what it might learn from the rover Curiosity.

Resources:

  • Horizon oil and gas
  • Robots: The Future of the Oil Industry, www.businessweek.com

‘East meets West’ International Student Petroleum Congress & Career Expo 2014

‘East meets West’ International Student Petroleum Congress & Career Expo 2014

When: 9th – 11th April 2014

Where: AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Website: www.spe.net.pl/emw/

SPE Connect: SPEconnect/EMW

Contact: emw.congress@spe.net.pl

Call for abstracts: http://www.spe.net.pl/emw/call-for-abstracts/

‘East meets West’ Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to the 5th, special, anniversary edition of the Congress!

Traditionally, the Congress agenda is full of interesting events, panels and sessions, which will present achievements of the brightest students’ research and will provide all the participants with an overview of the newest solutions used in E&P industry. You will have a possibility to participate in: Student Paper Contest, Student Poster Session, Distinguished Guests Panel, Career Session, Young Professionals Debate, workshops as well as in many networking events like Banquet, Official Dinner and City Game for students. Simultaneously, for all the time, there will be Career Expo opened, during which E&P companies representatives will answer all your questions. Some of the companies will also organize Recruitment Sessions.

We invite all the students to participation in student contests! Call for abstracts is open now and the deadline for abstracts’ submission is on 27th  January 2014!

East meets West is not just a congress, it’s a worldwide idea of building bridges between industry and academic world, of sharing knowledge in friendly atmosphere. The idea of organizing an international conference was born 5 years ago, when a group of friends gathered together to take a rest after classes. Through the previous editions it has grown to its present size. Each year its getting bigger and bigger, attracting more students, professionals and professors.

During 4 editions of ‘East meets West’ we were honored to host students and professionals from over 40 countries, situated on 5 continents. Student participants presented over 120 papers. The Congress is supported by authorities, well-known E&P companies and media.

In a few months we will celebrate the 5th, special, anniversary edition. If you want to take part in this historical event, do not hesitate, fill in the registration form on our website today!

You can also find us on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/emw.congress

LinkedIn: LinkedIn/EastmeetsWest

VKontakte: http://vk.com/event60205070

PROPEL Energy Tech Forum in Calgary

PROPEL Energy Tech Forum in Calgary

When: 22-23 January 2014

Where: Sheraton Eau Claire, Calgary, Canada

Website: www.propelenergytech.com

LinkedIn: LinkedIn/PROPEL-Energy-Tech-Forum

Twitter: twitter.com/PropelForum

YoungPetro is Media Partner of PROPEL Energy Tech!

Emerging Technologies Fueling the Future of the Petroleum Industry

PROPEL Energy Tech is the new Energy Technology Venture Forum that brings together the best, boldest, most innovative emerging and established energy technology companies. Calgary has the opportunity to establish itself as the global leader in fostering and commercializing energy technologies. The pace of change in the development of emerging technologies has never been faster, and will become increasingly important. The Alberta oil sands are in the world’s view and Canada has an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate the critical role of emerging energy technologies in its stewardship of this resource. The four core pillars of the conference are:

• Digital Oilfield
• Water, Waste & GHG
• Advanced Materials & Chemicals
• Extraction, Drilling, Upgrading & Transportation

Register Now!

Get in touch: Marilyn O’Byrne
Project Manager
Phone: 587-350-3309
Email: marilyn@criticalpathgroup.com

CV is prepared so Let’s Find Job!

CV is prepared so Let’s Find Job!

Second step: Priceless tips HOW TO APPLY  from Fair Recruitment Experts!

http://www.fr.net.pl/en/

 Read – use – achieve success!

In previous part >LINK< we presented, in hopefully easy way, how to prepare a proper resume/CV. Before moving forward, I would like to recap the most important points. CV is your business card in contacts with potential employers, so the layout should be clear and transparent. All relevant information should be visible with contact data on top, information about employment and education in reverse chronological order and with no mistakes, even those grammatical and spelling. The resume should provide as much as possible detailed information about your educational background and, if applicable, work experience. Having a well prepared CV allows you to start looking for job.

HOW AND WHERE TO LOOK FOR JOB?

Visiting different internet forums, I came across many posts saying „I sent my CV to hundreds of companies with no result. There’s no hope, I will find job”. Working in recruitment company for some time, I received numerous CVs sent just for the purpose of being sent or sent for completely non related positions. That is absolutely wrong strategy, especially for young person, entering professional market. It can create a sense of powerlessness, feeling of being lost, which may even cause depression. While starting search for job, you should prepare yourself and equip in lot of patience. First of all, you should realize, what type of job you are looking for? Such a simple thing, but it helps a lot. With such knowledge, you are able to pick the right channels of getting with your resume to potential employer.

I think, that for engineering graduates, there are four sources of job offers:

– University Career Centres– more and more companies are reaching for best graduates or students through career centres. That is why, you should check adverts on regular basis. There you may also find information about possible career fairs. It is worth participating in career fairs because it is an opportunity of meeting employees of the company and getting detailed information of the proposed positions. During the fairs, employers and agencies present current vacancies. If the list of participants includes interesting companies, you should go there. Get few copies of your CV to give them to company representatives. Do not give it to all of them. Only those of interest.

– Corporate Websites– even during studies you should follow news from the industry you are interested in. While reading them, you should check company career websites whether there are any openings, that could be of interest. Usually corporations have separate career sites directed to students and graduates. They offer some information about possible paths of professional development, apprenticeship/graduate programmes, and finally list of basic requirements for applicants. Human Resources or Recruitment departments have also separate email addresses for graduates, so you could send your resume (and other required documents if necessary). However, before sending your application, you should check requirements. Same applies in case of application for specific position. If your knowledge, experience and qualifications match the requirements, send resume. In case they don’t, then you can always register yourself at company’s CV database. After submitting your CV in such database, you can expect company representative to contact you in case of openings matching your qualifications.

Professional Job sites– these are professionally oriented websites created for separate industries. Especially in case of oil and gas, such sites are a good option for searching for suitable vacancy. They are used both by employers as well as recruitment agencies, because they are good source of candidates. In most occasions, such website has also its own CV database. Therefore, it is good to create a profile, providing as much information as possible, allowing either company or agency recruiter to find you. One important issue, is that the profile and CV should be updates regularly.The most important sites with jobs offer for oil and gas are:

-Recruitment agencies– it is very tempting for me to include recruitment agency as source of job offers. However, agencies usually work on behalf of clients, who are looking for particular skills and experience and it is rather hard to find offers for graduates. Nevertheless, there are some companies, that leave complete recruitment process to agents including graduate and junior positions. So, you can check agency websites from time to time. You can also submit your CV in their databases and continuously update it.

-Social networks– being very popular lately, social networks became not only a place to meet new friends and maintain contact with existing ones. They became powerful tools for companies and recruiters in search for new candidates. Among all networks, Linked In stands out as the most professional site in the web. With ca. 250 mln of unique users, it creates probably the largest career website. There are more than 5000 groups dedicated to oil and gas industry. Usual criteria for choosing groups is the number of members. The larger number is an indication that the group is “alive” and there are many interesting discussions, in which you could take part. However, some groups are run by administrators of professional job sites and present only job offers. It is wise to keep balance between pure job oriented groups and those, where professionals meet and share opinions.

Most important is the fact, that social networks not only allow recruiters to look for candidates but also create chances for candidates to „meet” their potential employer. While looking for someone to contact, we advise you to look for someone that is responsible for graduate recruitment. It saves time and you will have opportunity to get the fresh news from interesting company. However, in order to increase your chances of getting employed, you should be more visible in the network.

Just one important note, corporate websites, professional job sites, agencies and social networking sites have one thing in common. You are requested to create a profile. The rules are very similar to all three types of websites, so the ones described below, will be applicable to all sources.

BE VISIBLE LINKED IN

As mentioned above, Linked In is a great tool for both sides of recruitment process. Daily, hundreds of recruiters check thousands of profiles in their search for the right candidate. At the same time, thousands of candidates check updates from corporate profiles or recruiters.
In order to help recruiter in finding you, you have to create a good profile, which will be visible. Information provided in the profile should be, similarly to profile on the job site, as specific as possible. Creating a Linked In profile is very easy as you are guided step by step through all fields. In short, the profile should be similar to resume and all rules from previous article apply, including photo.

Good LI profile, apart from typical resume has also other features, that are important. First of all, „Summary”. It is space, where you should put a short but descriptive information about your background, knowledge and experience. It will be explained in further part, why the profile is important. Secondly, the contact list. It is always well seen, when your contact list is not restricted to your colleagues but it also contains names of industry specialists. It really does look professional. Additionally, through your contacts, you have chance to be up to date with industry news as well as information about available vacancies. Your contacts may also become a good source of information about company culture, possible development and other things, that might be interesting. Third important issue: recommendations. In case you had been involved in extracurricular duties, have some work experience (not necessarily within the industry), you can always ask for written opinion from other participant. Obviously, it always looks better, when such opinion is written by direct supervisor than colleague, but the latter also count. One important thing is that while asking someone for recommendation, you should be prepared to write similar references for this person. Linked In gives you also chance to strengthen the profile through skills endorsements. After adding key skills to your profile each of your contacts will have opportunity to „vote” for one of the skills or even propose new skill. In simple words, skills and skills endorsements are the keywords for Linked In search engine. So choose your skills carefully as they will be guidelines for recruiters during their search.

Last but not least method for being visible in the Linked In network are discussions. Especially those touching areas of your professional interest. Taking part or starting new discussions will help your profile to be viewed by other users, which should lead to new contacts with new colleagues, experienced professionals and finally with recruiters.

All above features such as well prepared profile, recommendations, skills endorsements and discussions can be described as rather passive methods of using Linked In as job searching tool. Below, I will try to show, how actively use the network for your purposes.

ACTIVE SEARCHING

 As everybody knows, social networking is based on interactions and same rule applies to Linked In. In addition to being visible, network encourages you to actively look for job. Job offers can be found in form of formal job adverts as well as job discussions in groups. You can use site’s search engine to look for interesting vacancies. By following profiles of interesting companies, you will be informed about updates, including available openings, on regular basis. Linked In allows users to apply directly.

You can also get in touch with people directly responsible for recruitment for companies. In the early stages of your professional career, I would advise contacting company recruiters, so called in-house recruiters. Usual names of their positions would be recruiter, talent development specialist/manager etc. These people should be among your contacts, but do not think about them only as addressees of your applications. They can also serve as source of information about the company, its culture, strategy. Moreover, in case you would be interested in specific project or company activity, they should be able to direct you to person responsible for or working on the chosen subject. First and foremost, do not be afraid of getting in touch with such people, both recruiters and line engineers/managers. They can really help you.

Obviously, while getting involved in networking you should not forget about your colleagues and friends in real life. Especially those already working within the industry. Oil and gas sector is a pretty closed one and many vacancies are filled through personal recommendations without even being announced. So, if you know someone already working in oil and gas, get in touch with them. It worth reminding them about yourself adding that you are actively looking for job, so they could help if possible. There is also one more argument, why you should stay in touch with colleagues in real life. It is growing number of companies rewarding their employees for recommendations, meaning that employee who recommends candidate gets financial reward in case the candidate gets employed. We all agree, that getting such recommendation from person knowing us in real world is much easier and such cooperation may work for both sides.

Through preparation of profile as well as active search, you may receive an invitation to take part in recruitment process. In such case, candidates usually send the prepared pack of documents and wait for response. Sometimes, not even realizing, that such pack can be the beginning of the end of their participation in recruitment process.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

One of the worst things that can happen to recruiter is an email with attachments ca. 10 megabytes. There are scans of diplomas, certificates, passports as well as other qualifications. And somewhere among them is one small file, which is most important, the resume.

No matter, whether you apply through company database, job site, networking site or recruitment agency, always try to find information about required documents and stick to this list. One of the most common mistakes are cover letters attached to applications. The problem are not the cover letters themselves but their form. Usually candidates use one template and forward it with application for each position they are interested in. Moreover, some candidates do not change the name of position they apply for or even use the wrong name of company. This is the worst thing that can happen. If, by any chance recruiter goes through such cover letter, he instantly knows, that this is one of the hundred applications sent by the candidate. For recruiter it is sign, that the candidate is not really interested in certain position. Therefore, if required the cover letter should be prepared for specific position and addressed to the right company. That is why, in order to save time, you should check, if the document is required. If not, simply do not send it.

When the company wants to receive application with cover letter, then again, similar to resume, it is worth to spend some time while preparing it. First of all, it should have proper form with headers. In the beginning you should clearly explain for which position you apply for. The best way for it is to copy the name of position with reference number. Following part of the document should be a short presentation of your skills, starting with the most important ones, professional attributes. Ending with social skills as well as explanation, what motivates you to apply for this particular position. The form of cover letter should not exceed one A4 page, including all headers and signature. Simply, it should be a brief presentation of yourself, that would catch recruiter’s eye. Good cover letter should underline experience and qualifications required by the job, so the recruiter could read about them before checking the resume.

I repeat once more, a good cover letter should be written in relevance to the job description of position you apply for. In first instance, you should check the duties and requirements for candidates. Based on them, the letter should contain most important arguments behind your candidacy for that particular position. The letter should also show your knowledge of the company. Therefore, before writing it, spend some time reading about the firm, technologies used and projects in order to reflect this knowledge in the letter. Thanks to that, your letter will be a clear signal of interest in this specific company and this particular position.

In case the cover letter is not required, but you really want to send it, please try to stop yourself, as you can see from above, writing such letter is time consuming. You can always transfer the cover letter into the text of email with your application form/resume. This is what we call summary. The main difference between the cover letter and summary is that summary is more specific and technically oriented. Especially in engineers recruitment, people responsible for it, would rather see the experience and qualifications matching the job instead of baroque sentences. Therefore, as mentioned in case of Linked In profile, it is good to prepare summary as short information about experience, qualifications and specific skills. Second difference is that summary is more general as it is not designed for one particular position and it can be used as part of Linked In profile. Thanks to summary, you will have chance to strengthen your application without sending unnecessary documents.

All above information should serve as guidelines for searching the job. Starting with right places to look for work, through improving visibility, ending with selection and preparation of additional information for recruiters. Equipped with such knowledge, you should be able to find interesting position and apply for it. It is possible, that this time, you would receive an email or phone call from company, inviting you for meeting.

I wish to take this opportunity, to wish you Merry Christmas and happy New Year on behalf of myself and my colleagues from Fair Recruitment.

Pawel Wodka

Recruitment Consultant of Fair Recruitment

pawel.wodka@fr.net.pl

http://www.fr.net.pl/en/

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