Finding Work in Alberta’s Energy Industry

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For those looking to work in Alberta’s energy industry, industry forecasts from organizations such as the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) and The Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada show that there will be a shortage of skilled oil and rig workers in 2012.

The Petroleum HR Council created an excellent website devoted to helping those who want to find information on or a job in the industry: Careers in Oil + Gas.

Careers in Oil + Gas has sections listing job boards in the Petroleum Industry, tips and tools for job seekers and a Day in the Life section that features interviews and videos of people working in the industry.

The Petroleum HR Council has also worked with the industry to create the Petroleum Competency Program to help address industry HR issues. The following video clip from their site talks about how the program works with entry level workers:

Petroleum Competency Program

For more information about the forecasted shortage of oil workers:

Oil worker shortage forecast to hamper 2012 drilling (CBC website)

Canadian Rig Worker Shortage Prevails, Despite Innovative Training (Rigzone)

Both Rigzone and the new CAODC Service Rig Website have information and job postings for oil and rig workers.

For more information about jobs and careers in the Energy Industry, the Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS) Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction Industry ALIS Occupational Profiles and the Petroleum HR Council Occupational Profiles are a good place to start.

Please contact the Third Floor, Central Library at 403-260-2782 or if you would like more information about jobs in the Oil and Gas Industry in Calgary or Alberta.

Which Sex is Better At Networking?

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In one of her recent articles in the Globe and Mail, career management consultant Dr. Barbara Moses pondered this question and talked with colleagues:

The Networking Gender Gap, and How to Bridge It

Moses argues that women are better at networking and build community while they work the room, while men are more likely to get right to the point. Others argue that women are less willing to actively promote their skills and often don't commit enough time to the process. While opinions vary widely on the topic, networking is still the most effective way to discover job leads, make meaningful connections and share contacts with others.

The Calgary Public Library has books, dvds, E-books and online courses to help develop these skills and collect new ideas and strategies for your next opportunity to meet and connect. And don't forget about the Central Library's Thursday night Strategic Networking sessions, where you can drop in and hone your schmoozing skills.

The Networking Survival Guide by Diane Darling

Networking for People Who Hate Networking by Devora Jack

Resume Development with Bow Valley College

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"The purpose of your resumé is to get you an interview. A well-written, high impact resumé will help you stand out among other applicants." Alberta Work Search Online

A resume can make or break your job search. If you need help with your resume, there is still space in Tuesday's free Career Basics: Resume Development program at Shawnessey. This popular program will help you learn how to create a professional resume to put your best foot forward. Workshops are led by professional career practitioners from Bow Valley College's Career Connection.

Career Basics: Resume Development
Tuesday, November 29
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Shawnessey Library

Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

Hot Off the Press: November 2011

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Going Pro : How to Make the Leap from Aspiring to Professional Photographer by Scott Bourne

You’ve got the gear, the training, and the technology. You’re ready to make the leap from aspiring to professional photographer. Now what?

Barron's Nursing School Entrance Exams by Corinne Grimes

A multi-part model exam plus many shorter tests in each of this book's chapters will give nursing school applicants orientation and preparation before they take an actual nursing school entrance exam.

Medical-Surgical Nursing by James Edward Keogh

This book contains 375 review questions with answers and concise explanations of all course concepts.

The Fashion Careers Guidebook by Julia Yates

The fashion industry is exciting and glamorous--but very tough to break into. That's all the more reason why ambitious young men and women who hope to succeed in that dynamic business take their first step to success by reading--and re-reading—this book.

MCAT : Medical College Admission Test by Jay Cutt

Completely revised and expanded, this book provides test takers with an in-depth, easy-to-use science review and a set of often-neglected but critical time-management strategies for test taking that cover reading comprehension, essay writing, and scientific problem solving.

Knock 'em Dead 2012 : The Ultimate Job Search Guide by Martin John Yate

For more than 25 years, bestselling author Yate has shown the way for millions of job seekers. Now readers can turn to him for a proven method to put their career on track.

Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise by Shirl J. Hoffman

This book is your guide to landing your dream job in one of today's most exciting, popular, and fastest-growing industries!

The Big Book of Jobs

Whether you’ve recently earned a degree, decided to change careers, or re-entered the workforce after an extended absence, this is the guide you need to make the right decisions—the first time around.

Training and Employment in the Energy Industry

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Join us on Friday, November 18 on the Third Floor of the Central Library for a program on Training Opportunities and Employment Trends in the Energy Industry, including how to deal with the long-term labour shortage.

The program will be presented by Mr. Norbert Hollman, Manager of Business Operations in the MacPhail School of Energy at SAIT. Prior to joining SAIT, Mr. Hollman accumulated over 30 years of broadly-based experience in the Exploration and Production (E&P) and oilfield service sectors including domestic and international marketing, business development, operations, acquisitions and senior management.

Training Opportunities and Employment Trends in the Energy Industry
Friday, November 18
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Third Floor, Central Library
616 Macleod Trail SE
Register online or call 403-260-2620

This program is part of the Career Development Speaker Series, a monthly, noon hour speaker series on a variety of topics of interest to Calgary's Career Practitioners presented in partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta. Members of the public are welcome to attend these sessions, which are held on the Third Floor of the Central Library on the 3rd Friday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The next session will be in January.

Mentorship: Outside the Box

Join certified career coach Brian Lambier as he defines and explores
mentorship and its role as a career development tool.
Friday, January 20, 2012

Registration starts December 19th

"You're Hired...Now What? An Immigrant's Guide to Success"

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"You're Hired...Now What? An Immigrant's Guide to Success in the Canadian Workplace" by Lynda Goldman is a thorough and comprehensive resource that offers newcomers practical tips and strategies on how to keep their job and succeed at it once hired. Many newcomers are not aware that they are about to enter a different business culture and will most likely encounter behaviours and habits that will surprise or puzzle them. This book provides them with information on the cultural differences in the Canadian workplace and thus increase their success at keeping their job.

I would highly recommend this book for people who work with newcomers and for employers who hire workers from diverse cultures. Besides offering tips and advice on the more overt business practices in Canada, such as the infamous firm handshake, the author put a considerable amount of effort into researching and sharing minute details of the types of situations newcomers may encounter in their new Canadian workplace environment. For example, she covers how to tip porters and bellhops at North American hotels when travelling. I would never have thought of covering this detail in my workshop to newcomers on managing the Canadian workplace! In another chapter, a newcomer is made aware of the different types of outfits to wear for different industry or business events. The author also does not hesitate to cover issues such as proper hygiene, office romance, religion practices and other sensitive topics.

Each chapter highlights a specific and interesting Canadian business concept. Although the language used in the book is more geared to native English speakers, the author thoughtfully includes a section in each chapter listing buzz words that may be foreign to newcomers. Did you know that according to the Oxford ESL Dictionary there is a difference in meaning between the sounds Uh-huh and Uh-uh? Each chapter concludes with a set of questions that could be used to generate discussions on the topics presented.

Newcomers new to the Canadian workplace face many challenges, but with the information provided in "You're Hired...Now What?" they will acquire the awareness of the differences in their new workplace and hopefully be prepared to better understand and deal with these differences. I congratulate Ms. Goldman on her foresight to write a book with information invaluable to newcomers and Canadian employers alike.

Lidia Bomba-Sorbo is a Career Practitioner for the Centre for Newcomers and has been volunteering for the Career Coaching program at the Central Library for several years. Lidia facilitates workshops for newcomers on e-job search tools training and Canadian workplace training with a focus on cultural differences as well as one-on-one interventions.

Job Search Boot Camp

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On November 1st and 2nd, Calgary Public Library will take part in the upcoming Government of Alberta Job Search Boot Camps at the Holiday Inn South.

This event is an excellent opportunity for youth between 18 and 30 years of age to take part in some great, high energy, hands on activities to kick start a job search.

Interested? Register today...

Hot Off the Press: October 2011

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Riding the Alligator, by Pen Densham

Densham, a successful Hollywood writer, director and producer, presents a genial guide to the vagaries of Hollywood screenwriting. He explores the existential desire to write for the movies and how to nurture it; outlines the basic structure and anatomy of a successful screenplay; and describes the process of networking, selling and developing one's work.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Nursing Entrance Exams, by Maryanne Baudo

This book focuses on nursing exams for US residents. It provides preparation for all five nursing entrance exams and includes sample questions in each chapter, and two full-fledged practice exams.

SAT Demystified, by Alexandra Mayzler

This book takes the mystery out of studying for the SAT by walking you step-by-step through the fundamentals of the subject.

Put Your Mindset to Work, by James Reed

In this unstable and highly competitive job market, everyone wants the best advice on how to stand out from the crowd and secure a richly rewarding, well-paying position with long-term potential. But what does it actually take to get and keep the job you want? Ninety-seven percent of employers argue that it goes beyond having the right skills--it's all about the right mindset.

GMAT Premier, 2012

The only state-of-the-art GMAT preparation program guaranteed to raise students’ test scores!

SSAT & ISEE for Private and Independent School Admissions, 2012 by Joanna Cohen

This book provides the perfect mix of strategy and review. This comprehensive study guide provides students with all of the resources they need for test day preparation, and gives advice to parents on helping their children navigate what can be a daunting experience for first-time test takers.

LSAT Logic Games Strategies and Tactics, by Glen Stohr

New from one of Kaplan’s top LSAT instructors-focused strategies, all real LSAT questions, and targeted review to help students master the Logic Games section of the LSAT!

LSAT Logical Reasoning Strategies and Tactics, by Deborah A. Katz

New from one of Kaplan’s top LSAT instructors-focused strategies, all real LSAT questions, and targeted review to help students master the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT!

LinkedIn for Career Success

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This Saturday, October 22nd, please join us at the Central Library for our Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event.

Joy Cohen, a Calgary career consultant, will be presenting the LinkedIn for Career Success program from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

We asked Joy a few questions about the why and how to use LinkedIn as a networking tool.

With over 120 million registered users worldwide, LinkedIn is clearly popular with job searchers. What do you think is its greatest strength?

I think its greatest strength is the ease of use for individuals with basic computer skills. If you have a well developed profile containing key words and phrases from your industry, it’s easy to be found and to access wonderful career opportunities. As a career coach, I have found this site to be absolutely invaluable for marketing my job search clients to employers quickly and with great ease. Some of my clients do not have computer skills and I am able to intervene and connect very quickly with hiring managers and decision makers as well as others who can introduce me to those who are responsible for posting opportunities. I LOVE this site!

What are your LinkedIn pet peeves?

  1. A profile with just your name and nothing else or having a profile that says “unemployed and desperate for work—please, anyone, help me!”
  2. A profile full of spelling and grammatical errors. Have someone with a fresh set of eyes check your profile for you. If English is not your first language, have someone review your profile who is completely fluent in English.
  3. Inappropriate or family photos. Your photo should reflect a professional image, period.
  4. Inappropriate status updates giving information about your family or personal activities. These personal details are more appropriate for Facebook.

Do you think job searchers should include their LinkedIn URL on their business cards?

Sure! You can also select a personalized “Vanity URL” for your public profile, giving you a custom web address for linking to and promoting your profile. Once you’ve chosen your URL, you can use it to feature your LinkedIn profile on business cards, email signatures, your blog and so on. (source: Personalizing your LinkedIn URL)

Should job searchers ever ask their current boss for a recommendation?

As long as everyone is comfortable, I think it’s a very good idea. Be aware that some companies are not permitted to provide what may be perceived as “written references,” Many employers search LinkedIn and seek out candidates who have a minimum of 10 recommendations, so building up your profile is important. Always ensure that the recommendations are of quality and speak of your talent, strengths, skills and knowledge.

Joy Cohen, from Everyday Joy: Career and Human Services Consulting, is a Calgary-based Human Services and Career Services Professional. Joy will be presenting LinkedIn for Career Success during the Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event this Saturday, October 22nd at the Central Library. Register online or by calling 403-260-2620.

Employment Agencies—Hope or Hype?

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This Saturday, October 22nd, come to the Central Library to take advantage of our Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event.

Sabrina Souliere, President of Executive Steps, will be at the library to discuss Employment Agencies—Hope or Hype?.

We asked Sabina a few questions about the current job market in Calgary and about employment agencies.

What is your impression of Calgary's work environment right now? Do you see that companies and organizations are starting to hire again?

The market is in a positive hiring situation. Many businesses are hiring fast to hire the best talent that fits their culture; from oil and gas and all related service industries, to retail and manufacturing sectors.

Are there any industries in particular that are currently showing a high growth activity?

According to Statistics Canada, growth industries in Alberta are: technical, scientific, and hospitability to name a few. What we are seeing in the recruiting world is companies wanting and needing to use services in order to find the best talent that fits, both the skills, and of course in organizational culture fit.

How do you feel the Calgary recruiters are poised to help professionals get hired? How do employment agencies help in this process?

Employment agencies help to qualify and source talent. Recruiters allow companies to circumvent the long, expensive process of managing many candidates applying for jobs, and bring forward the best fit for the role in the company. Employment agencies also offer candidates additional methods for making connections with hiring managers at potential employers who have relationships with these recruitment firms. In short, agencies give candidates or job seekers more options and access to an abundance of jobs to which they may otherwise not have access.

Sabina Souliere is the President of Executive Steps Inc and has more than 13 years of experience in the specialized staffing industry. Sabina will be presenting Employment Agencies—Hope or Hype? during the Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event this Saturday, October 22nd at the Central Library. Register online or by calling 403-260-2620.

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