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Avoid Deceit and Evaluate your Job Offer

Evaluate the basics: Not only does the salary categorize as a critical factor of the job offer however other matters are also very important to think through like the type of contract, the probation period, the working hours, the working days, the reporting hierarchy, the job responsibilities etc. All of these variables in addition to your salary and benefits should be openly specified in your contract.

Evaluate the salary offered: How does the salary offered weigh up against the salaries of other professionals with your similar qualifications and experience in your country of residence? Is it just a hoax? Inquire around, acquire information from professionals, there are lots of articles offered by Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia for more information of the topic.

Evaluate the travel quota: Does your job necessitate frequent or occasional traveling and how occasional? Are you the kind of individual who does not mind packing and unpacking more than twice a month? Do your personal responsibilities permit you that kind of flexibility? It is highly valuable for you to question about the traveling quota accompanying with your potential job in order for you to achieve you and your family’s expectations and make a intelligent decision.

Evaluate the career route: If you are eyeing for stability and nonstop development, guarantee yourself beforehand on that, you should take the role and prove yourself, you would have room for career growth. Talk with your potential direct manager/ recruiter about the future prospects of the position offered to you and asks yourself do they and do you foresee future growth in this position within the company?

Evaluate the working conditions: Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia just ran an online poll regarding good working conditions in the Jakarta Indonesia, to emphasize on the significance of a healthy working environment at the workplace and its influence on the productivity and loyalty of employees. An overpowering 76.3% of professionals surveyed stated that better working conditions would outcome in more organizational loyalty, more productivity and more job involvement, but they are yet to be provided by employers as per 23.7% of poll respondents. The top constituents of good working conditions as per the respondents are the following: correct training and professional development schemes, generous incentives like vacation days, parking and education allowance, room for personal job authority and decision making and good office setting like lighting, seating, lunch rooms and gyms. Look closely at these factors and assess where your potential employer stands in their regard before committing to the job offered to you.

Complaints on the jobs not posted but ended up closed without your knowledge

 

In our hyper-connected society, there are several means to discover jobs counting social media and the web, says Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia. It appears like when you found a posting for companies you like, they seldom post something you are appropriate for. There are positions at these companies not ever even make the posting point, and instead are occupied by offline networks, so you’re never even alerted that they existed. So how to land a job before it’s even posted, especially jobs abroad such as KL Malaysia, Bangkok Thailand, Jakarta Indonesia and many more.

 

Old-style insight is that when you send your resume to the general application file, you will certainly not hear anything from them.

 

Sarah Paul, Director of Human Resources at Govan Brown Construction Managers for some tips to reaching your dream company and at least getting the interview says:

 

“One dirty little secret some companies use to minimize hiring costs is to not see or select candidates who are sent through a recruiter when not solicited, because it costs 25% of that person’s salary. If candidates approach hiring managers and HR reps directly, they could stand a higher chance of being selected.”

 

To contact these companies or the hiring managers, he added “You can start by telling your friends and business associates you’re looking for a connection to that company. You will be surprised how often you can find some in that way” says Paul. “If the person who connects you to the company doesn’t know the hiring manager or the HR representative directly, you can always ask them to check the directory. Be bold. It’s your career.”

 

Frequently, you can discover the contact information from other job postings for the same company. You can search the company name up, and check if there is a contact name or e-mail. Post a personalized resume, and aim to follow-up with them soon afterwards.

 

Finally, another best means to catch on what you need is the lowest tech preference: The phone. Almost all companies have a published phone number.

 

“If you call me before I’ve posted a role, I might not even post it, if you’re a strong enough candidate. At the very least, you can get in before anyone else for an interview” says Paul.

 

In job hunts, occasionally just the act of being ingenious and preemptive can set you overhead the crowd.

 

Benefits of being bilingual

Being bilingual literally pays off, says Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia. In a room filled with thousands of business executives and you will not probably find many people with the same educational backgrounds, industry experience or job descriptions however around two-thirds of executives will sure to have one thing in common.

Thirty-one percent of executives speak two languages, according to Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia’s poll of more than twelve thousand visitors while another 20 percent speak three languages, 9 percent speak four languages and 4 percent speak more than four.

Companies may conduct business overseas or may grab a larger market share at home, employers are progressively looking out for bilingual workers, or individuals with the aptitude to speak and communicate in over one language. Moreover, the latest CareerBuilder.com keyword search turned up more than 6,000 job postings in search of bilingual applicants. There were no reported complaints.

It is particularly in demand those employees who are bilingual in English and Spanish. According the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos are now the nation’s largest minority group, accounting for half of the nation’s population growth since April 2001. Even Bahasa Indonesia now is getting popular since, English teaching is highly in demand in Jakarta, Indonesia and other parts of the country.

This group carries big potential for profits. Hispanic buying power reached nearly $700 billion last year, according to estimates by HispanTelligence, a division of Hispanic Business, Inc. That buying power could reach as much as $1 trillion by 2010.

The demand for bilingual workers is most marked in the South and West, where there is the highest concentration of non-English speaking residents.

Employers are willing to pay big to catch and hang onto valuable bilingual workers. On average, bilingual pay differentials range between 5 and 20 percent per hour more than the position’s base rate, according to Salary.com.

For instance, government workers in California who hold bilingual positions earn an extra $.58 an hour, according to the state’s Department of Personnel Administration Web site. In Washington County, Ore., employees in “bilingual positions” who spend 15-20 percent of their time in “regular and frequent use” of their bilingual skills earn an extra $30 per pay period.

Federal government employees may also see a sizable jump in bilingual pay under a provision of the 2005 Defense Authorization Act. According to the National Association for Bilingual Education, the law approves up to $1,000 in monthly proficiency pay for bilingual active-duty military personnel. Civilians may earn special pay up to 5 percent of their base salary.

Oil and gas industry looks bright for Jakarta, Indonesia

 

All reports Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia has gathered for the oil and gas industry for 2014 are very positive. In fact, several publications have dubbed referring to Jakarta, Indonesia.

 

Moreover, with the positive outlook, the bottom line for Texas residents is multifaceted.

 

For example, with the energy industry’s growth, the state will continue to see people moving in, so new schools have and will be built along with new neighborhoods, hospitals and medical facilities. New businesses are opening and many are expanding, spurring the construction industry. Most retailers will continue to see heightened business, more jobs are being created, office space is already in demand, and industries that support the oil and gas industry continue seeing growth.

 

Companies outside of the oil and gas industry are seeing growth too, in IT, marketing, accounting, legal and others. There have been no complaints from the industry.

 

Two administrations that keep their fingers on the pulse of the oil and gas industry are the U.S. Energy Information Administration and Texas Oil and Gas Association, and both are predicting sustained activity for Indonesia.

 

“Oil and natural gas production is powering the Texas economy and transforming communities across the state, a trend that shows no sign of slowing. Texas produced an average of 2.797 million barrels of crude oil every day during the month of November,” said Deb Hastings, executive vice president, Texas Oil and Gas Association.

 

Fully 36 percent of the oil produced in the U.S. comes from Texas, driving the U.S. to be on track to become one of the largest oil-producing countries in the world by 2015.

 

Much of this growth is due to the shale plays in the state.

 

“Production in the Eagle Ford formation in South Texas surpassed 1 million barrels per day in May 2013, reaching an estimated 1.23 million barrels per day in December 2013. The EIA forecasts production in the Permian Basin, which averaged 1.32 million barrels per day in 2013, to grow more than any other region in the United States through 2015,” said Jonathan Cogan, U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

The EIA also projects domestic crude oil production will continue to increase to 8.5 million barrels per day in 2014 and 9.3 million barrels per day in 2015. The 2015 forecast would mark the highest annual average level of production since 1972, Cogan said.

 

EIA expects natural gas marketed production will grow at an average rate of 2.1 percent in 2014, and the Brent crude oil price is projected to average $105 per barrel in 2014.

 

“The West Texas Intermediate crude oil spot price increased to $98 per barrel in December as a result of strong U.S. refinery runs. EIA expects that WTI crude oil prices will average $93 per barrel in 2014,” Cogan said.

 

So with the EIA’s forecasts, there is a very good possibility Texas will continue to see repeats from the past two years in growth.

 

Texas derives one-third of its economic might and 2.1 million jobs from the oil and gas industry, according to recent data.

 

During 2012, the oil and gas industry employed 389,000 Texans.

 

“Due to large purchases made by the industry – and the high pay – there are large economic multipliers. These indirect economic gains account for another 1.8 million Texas jobs in supporting industries and consumer sectors, resulting in a total of over 2.1 million Texas jobs, per the Texas Comptroller and Texas Workforce Commission,” Hastings said.

 

Because of these activities and sustained prices, the oil and gas industry continues to have job opportunities across the board as production increases across the state.

 

However, many oil and natural gas employers are experiencing difficulty finding qualified workers for the many jobs available, Hastings said.

 

 

 

Jakarta Indonesia’s Oil and Gas industry employment growing much faster than total private sector employment

From the start of 2007 through the end of 2012, total Jakarta, Indonesia private sector employment increased by more than one million jobs, about 1%. Over the same period, the oil and natural gas industry increased by more than 162,000 jobs, a 40% increase.

 

Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia accounts for oil and natural gas industry employment in three categories: drilling, extraction, and support in connection with its relationship in Southeast Asia’s industry.

 

  • DrillingВ involves any employment related to the spudding and drilling of wells, as well as reworking of wells, and accounted for more than 90,000 jobs by the end of 2012, an increase of 6,600 jobs since 2007.
  • ExtractionВ includes establishments primarily engaged in operating, developing, and producing oil and natural gas fields, including exploration and all production work up to the point of shipment from the producing property. Employment in the extraction category numbered more than 193,000 jobs by the end of 2012, 53,000 more jobs than in 2007.
  • SupportВ involves performing supporting activities for oil and natural gas operations, including exploration, excavation, well surveying, casing work, and well construction. Support is the largest oil and gas industry category, and employed more than 286,000 people by the end of 2012, up more than 102,000 jobs from 2007.

 

About half of the workers employed in crude oil and natural gas production are in the support category of oil and natural gas industry employment, and employment in this category accounted for the bulk of the increases seen in oil and gas industry employment. Combined, the three industry categories equal just one-half of one percent of total Indonesia private sector employment.

 

Both the support and drilling industries were heavily affected by the recession, but these industries have recovered quickly, suffering only minor effects from the temporary moratorium on offshore drilling. This has been the lone complaint. Between January 2007 and December 2012, monthly crude oil production increased by 39%, and monthly natural gas production increased by 25% (see chart below). Employment in the oil and gas drilling, extraction, and support industries continues to contribute to overall private sector employment as the Indonesia economy recovers from the 2007-09 recession.

 

Beyond within-sector employment, oil and gas industry activity also directly supports output and employment in other domestic sectors, such as suppliers of pipe, drilling equipment, and other drilling materials. In addition, as with other forms of economic activity, there are indirect employment effects stemming from purchases made by industry and employees spending of their incomes. Because employee expenditures are closely tied to their incomes, higher paying jobs, such as those in the oil and gas sector, tend to have larger indirect effects on output and employment than lower paying ones. AВ recent TIE articleВ reviews the experience of Jakarta, Indonesia, which has seen significant gains in real gross domestic product per capita.

 

 

How To Know You Have A Good Boss

How many times have you heard the phrase, “People don’t leave their jobs, they leave their bosses.” or the phrase “I like my job, but I hate my boss.”?

 

According to, Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia, Employees don’t leave bad companies; They leave bad bosses. If the traits on this list don’t sound familiar, perhaps you are the bad bosses. When you select your employees, it is up to you to make certain that they have the skills needed. Once the selection process is complete and the employee is in place, back off and allow their individual skills to enhance and grow the business. Micro-management only takes away from the employee, and slows their growth to enhance the company performance. No matter where you are in the world, Indonesia, Dubai, Europe or Africa, be considerate of other people.

 

Stress, yes, stress, you are now probably about to quit reading this, but believe it or not, good bosses are actually supposed to give you stress. There are two kinds of stress, there’s distress and eustress. Distress is the kind of stress you feel when you are being bullied, manipulated, or abused. Then there is eustress, which is positive stress brought on by good mentors and coaches who are trying to get you challenge your limits and succeed, or by physical therapists who are helping to strengthen your muscles to come back from an injury. A good boss should be giving you eustress, if you have a boss who wants you to do your best, he or she should be pushing you beyond your comfort zone, not (just) for the company, but for you then he is a good boss. We can only develop and grow when we have some degree of stress and this is something that great bosses know, and use to help you.

 

Support, this is almost self-explanatory, a good boss should always have your back in public. At times a boss needs to be a bit tough on you. That’s part of the job that is actually tough for the bosses as well. If he or she wants to take you to task quietly when no one is around, that’s okay. But a boss who belittles, shames, or “throws you under the bus” in front of other people, is not a good boss. Public shaming is a no no and suggests that the problems you may be having at work have to do with your boss, not you.

 

Success — This is the most important one. Your boss, like your parents, should be aiming for your success. If you don’t feel like your boss is looking for ways to help further your career, or worse, is trying to sabotage you, then you don’t have a boss — you have a problem. A good boss knows that when you look good he or she looks good. Bosses that try to keep you down out of fear that you might outshine them are toxic.

Students Entering Oil And Gas Careers Going Green

The opportunities available in the workforce are becoming greener along with the world rapidly becoming a greener place as well the level of individual actions.

While we are learning more about the relationship between consumption and the environment, corporations and individuals are also putting a greater significance on environmental responsibility and energy alternatives.

Despite its established position in the business of conventional energy sources, the oil and gas industry is not exempted from this rule.

If you are passionate about the environment and alternative energy then the petroleum industry might just be perfect for you. Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia gives out the following reasons why this industry might just be perfect.

Engaging in dialogue
Petroleum corporations today is aware that the public has active and legitimate concerns about the consequences of petroleum exploration.

The industry came together, in 2009, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) to form a program called Responsible Canadian Energy, which charts and publicizes the industry’s efforts to become more environmentally conscious.

The organization went a step a notch in providing transparency and accountability trough having a team of independent industry experts check their findings and make recommendations for the future. These recommendations which tapped into environmental responsibility and land reclamation.

Warning! It’s important for you to know how employers are handling these issues as a student or new grad planning to enter the industry.

Taking responsibility
CAPP recognizes the relationship between petroleum development and environmental effects such as greenhouse gas emissions, like their responsibility to develop land and deposits safely and responsibly. For instance, measures like cutting back on the practice of flaring and venting natural gas have been successful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The industry is by now making progress in addressing environmental issues surrounding their products and is taking proposals to decrease the effects they have on local and regional water resources, air quality and land. Petroleum employers will be hiring more and more students and new grads from programs such as Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering to ensure they continue to make gains in this area as well.

Pursuing green alternatives
There’s a strong connection between the big business of petroleum and economic well-being. Natural gas and petroleum products accounted for over 70% of Alberta’s total exports, in 2010. Nevertheless, petroleum producers aren’t content to rest on their laurels when environmentally friendly energy sources remain an unexplored area with great potential.

For instance, Suncor Energy develops oil and gas resources in both Western Canada and on the East Coast, however it has also invested in wind power. The company at this time has four wind power projects in operation and two more under construction.

Business positive about 2014 profit, employment prospects, Business Expectations Survey finds

Australian businesses predicts 2014 to be a good year for growth, expecting that sales, profits, investment and employment will increase to their highest level in 12 months.

Dun and Bradstreet's latest Business Expectations Survey shows capital investment and employment intentions have rebounded from negative territory in the previous quarter to sit above their 10-year average levels.

Dun and Bradstreet's economics adviser, Stephen Koukoulas, says expectations for employment are particularly encouraging and should allay some people's concerns about job security.

"While we're still not quite at the very strong levels for employment and hiring intentions just yet, it's clearly lifted over the last 9-12 months or so," he said.

"And it's suggesting to us anyway that employment will start to lift to a more sustainable pace in the first half of 2014."

The survey also explains a quarter of firms designed to raise the cost of their products and services throughout the first three months of this year 2014, a move that may prompt the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates.

"It would require a global negative shock to cut rates again in our view," Mr Koukoulas said.

"But more likely if the economy is stronger, if we do get a pick-up in selling prices showing up in higher inflation in the next quarter or two, then I think not only do we not have interest rate cuts coming through but the focus of the market will be more on when will the RBA start lifting interest rates and how aggressively will they do it."

According to the survey, optimism among Australian businesses is also on the rise, with two-thirds of firms feeling more positive about growth prospects this year compared to last year.

Employment objectives have recovered from an interpretation of -1.1 in the last quarter to 8.8 in the present quarter, the highest level in three years, at the same time as the outlook for capital spending was back from -0.4 to 7.2.

Job Hunting Tips

Consider your network first; try asking relatives, friends, professors, classmates, co-workers at summer jobs, and others.В  Meet new people and take the opportunity of using the conversation to ask them and make them aware that you are in a job search.В  Learn about their jobs or their organizations, and to get the names of others who might be useful in your job search.Your resume is very important.В  Make you resume is easy to read and the most important details stand out.В  Be certain to distribute it to employers, yes apply for more than one industry, you like to work for.

Being prepared all the time can take you far, make sure to have a copy of your resume at all time but always be certain that your resume is always updated.В  You will never know if you will be called for a last minute interview.

Have a habit of updating your database daily.  Take note of all the employers you contact, the date you sent your résumé, any contact made, people you talk to, and notes about those contacts.  Take note of opportunities as soon as you hear them; better keep a notepad at all times.  Also a “to do” list can help so that you can organize your list of priorities and keep you focused on finding that perfect job.

A company always helps; a friend who is in a job search too can help you. В Arrange to speak weekly and report on accomplishments, best practices, and future plans.

Be updated to all there is about employers in your field, read trade journals or professional publications, and read the newspaper.В  It is very impressive during an interview if you know about the latest merger or coup in the industry.

Practice for each interview, practice makes perfect!В  Be prepared and you can nail it for sure!В  And do not ever miss an opportunity, as soon as you here about an opening go ahead and call at once.

Stay confident, this is very important, interviewer can sense if you are nervous and you lack confidence that could make you fail the interview.В  Job hunting could be very tiring and it sure to take your time and energy.В  Remain confident, but prepare yourself for challenges ahead and do not over do it.В  Don’t get disgruntled if you are still looking for a job and it seems like everyone you know has an offer.