Category: Jobs & Career Advice

A victim of the industry downturn asks for advice

This week I answer a reader email from someone who has unfortunately been caught up in the industry’s reaction to plunging oil prices.  More »

Marathon to lay off 350 to 400 workers

As of the end of 2014, Marathon employed about 3,300 internationally.  More »

Think all Millenials are entitled? Meet these two

You know the story: “kids these days, they are SOOOO lazy. All they want to do is tweet and overshare; if they’d actually do some real work they’d get somewhere and they could stop complaining about how the world is so cruel to them!”.  More »

United Steelworkers rally in downtown Houston after rejecting Shell contract offer

The union representing 5,000 Houston-area workers, went on strike against nine facilities early Sunday morning after its negotiations with Shell broke down.  More »

U.S. loses oil jobs

The recent loss could be just the beginning of the decline in oil sector jobs, as more energy companies slash budgets and shrink contracts.  More »

Siemens said to plan 7,400 job cuts as CEO reduces costs

The cuts, representing about 2 percent of Siemens’s global workforce, may be announced as early as this week.  More »

More oil jobs threatened as cheap crude persists

A growing number of workers are facing a new reality of unemployment.  More »

Now is the worst time to get off the oil & gas career rollercoaster

If you have any interest at all in this business beyond just the money, you are doing a disservice to your future if you throw in the towel now.  More »

Commentary: How to survive a bust

Some recession lessons for workers worried about being on the wrong side of the latest oil bust.  More »

Big and small picture insights from the week of one oil & gas young professional

After a trip to Denver to visit my client last week, I look back with mixed feelings: a great, great few days for me personally where I came away feeling that I am absolutely on the right career path, but another bad week for the industry, which looks like it must prepare for a downturn that won’t end soon.  More »

BP cuts 200 North Sea staff, 100 contractors

Union officials fear other oil-related jobs will be cut by other firms soon as prices continue to soften.  More »

Texas job growth to slow as oil prices tank

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Tuesday that Texas would continue to add jobs in 2015, but that the total number of new jobs could decrease by up to 173,000.  More »

Oil jobs tick up in December, but declines on horizon

The United States added 400 oil and gas extraction jobs from November to December even as falling crude prices spurred energy companies to pare spending and pull back operations, according to government employment data released Friday.  More »

BP details job cuts, capital spending declines in latest economic impact report

Numbers from the British oil giant’s annual economic impact report showed that capital spending fell to $9.1 billion in 2013.  More »

Antero Resources to lay off more than 250 contract brokers

An Antero representative says prices for natural gas liquids have been affected by a drop in crude oil prices.  More »
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