Category Archives: Recruitment

How Not to Advertise a Job

This is a good example of a crap job description: Purpose/Role To manage, develop and support the project activities in a safe, structured and cost efficient manner. Accountable for the delivery of services from personnel across the projects ensuring high … Continue reading

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Engineers and the Managers they Make

One of my pet topics which I bang on about here is the inability of oil companies to recruit people, usually in response to the latest whine from an oil industry executive about how difficult it all is. But there’s … Continue reading

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Unrealistic Job Advert #7

This one was emailed to me by a recruitment company that really ought to know better: Field engineer – oil + gas leader Rotation 35/35 Turkmenistan $7k p/m … [T]he role would require the following experience: • Degree/Diploma in Engineering. … Continue reading

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Violins at BP

I see BP are the latest oil company to whine about not being able to recruit skilled workers. A shortage of engineering skills in the UK could hamper growth at BP’s North Sea operations, an executive has said. In July, … Continue reading

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The Best Business in the World

I have heard the following quote attributed to both J.D. Rockefeller and John Paul Getty, although I have been unable to verify its actual source.  Not that it matters, as it’s as true as true can be: The best business … Continue reading

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Agency Trouble

I’ve received an interesting email from Orion Group, one of the largest manpower supply agencies in the oil and gas business. Dear Engineer Important information regarding ‘QED International (Oil and Gas) Nigeria Ltd’ “Before you accept any potential assignments with … Continue reading

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New Job

Having been unemployed for 3 months and 15 days, today I was offered a job. In Nigeria. Which I have accepted. I suppose you’ll want to know why I’ve agreed to go there.  I can assure you I don’t particularly … Continue reading

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Australian Projects: The Time is Now

From the ever-informative Upstream Online we get this report of the potential problems the planned Australian LNG projects are likely to face: “Securing access to resources necessary to develop Australia’s growing LNG industry will not be easy,” Reuters quoted Adi … Continue reading

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An Amusing Job Advert

Received by email: SOME BENEFITS INCLUDED IN OUR PACKAGE: All positions are based in Saudi Arabia… That’s a benefit?!!

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Unrealistic Job Advert #6

This for a project construction engineer: Ideally Degree educated, with over 10 years experience on similar onshore construction projects, prefer previous Gulf experience, should have a background in Mechancical (sic), Electrical, Piping, Structures, QA QC and HSE disciplines. Erm, that’s … Continue reading

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