Desiree Kaur

Freelance Writer & Business owner
Last Updated: October 9, 2017
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            Most of us like to think of ourselves as citizens of the world, living in a borderless world where our place of residence is split between various social media outlets; Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and the likes. To some, it results in social media turning into their daily journal or diary, an avenue for show-and-tell of everything and anything about their lives. Yes, everyone has a right to say and do as they please, but there is also a risk that someday it may affect your career. In this day and age, what you say and do on social media may affect your employability.

            According to a survey by CareerBuilder, an American human capital solution company, over 70% of employers, go through candidates’ social media pages to screen them prior to hiring. Social recruiting is not uncommon either. This is when employers hire someone dedicated to research job applicants online. With no holds barred on the world wide web, searches on candidates are not merely limited to social media platforms but also include search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing and the likes. Therefore, one’s online image is crucial as in some cases, it is the first impression given to a prospective employer.

Everyone wants to be taken seriously when being considered for a job. There is cause and effect for every one of our actions in the social media world. Hence, take note of the following that employers look out for when screening potential candidates:

  • Postings related to consuming drugs or alcohol.
  • Anything that constitutes poor communications skills.
  • Unprofessional or inappropriate screen names.
  • Inappropriate videos, information or photographs.
  • Postings with negative comments on previous employers or fellow colleagues.
  • Discriminatory or inappropriate comments on religion, gender or race.
  • Criminal activity.
  • Sharing of confidential information from previous employers.
  • Lying about qualifications or work experience.
  • Intentional absence from work or college / university classes.
  • Posting too frequently.  

While there are many don’t’s for an online persona, do not be demotivated by it. A negative image online leads to less likelihood of being employed, however, the other extreme of having no online presence at all, is a deterrent too. Being a ‘ghost’ online is detrimental to your employability criteria. Employers are less likely to even interview a candidate who has no online presence whatsoever. So, instead of deleting all of your online profiles or hiding them, here are some ways you could use social media to your advantage and boost your profile:

  • Firstly, do you have an online persona? Consider carefully the platforms you are on and the type of information you post.
  • Use social media as an avenue to showcase a positive image of yourself.
  • Showcase your creative side. If you have other non-academic skills, showcase them. Employers also look for well-rounded employees.
  • Complete all of your social media profiles. This is where you can include all academic and professional qualifications and any other supporting information to strengthen your profile.
  • Consistency of information across all platforms is crucial. It must also match details within your resume.
  • Include links to work samples or projects you have done or been involved in.
  • Use LinkedIn recommendations and testimonials to your advantage. Encourage former lecturers, professors or managers to provide feedback on your strengths. What other says about you, are a direct reflection of your personality and professionalism.
  • Add your social media links to your email signature. This way, prospective employers can find you online easily and it also tells them, that you take pride in your online persona.
  • Be engaging on stimulating topics. While there are some pit falls and areas to stay away from when commenting on social media, it is also good to show that you have an opinion. For example, showcasing that you take a stand on animal cruelty or domestic abuse indicates your ability to make a stand and support social issues.
  • Be sincere in your postings. While there is pressure to have a positive online persona, it should not come across as insincere, fake or forced.

The job markets is extremely competitive these days, hence there is always the extra pressure of standing out and being unique in comparison to fellow job seekers. So, exercise caution in “trying too hard” as well. Spruce up your online persona’s and make it relevant to who you are and want to be as a professional. While it is important to keep the prospective employer in mind, be cautious that every individual is different and each employer will have its own set of criteria, likes and dislikes. There is no “one size fits all”.  Harvey Mackay, renowned businessman, author and career columnists once said, “You'll never please everyone, but you only have to please a few people to get an offer."

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Headline crude prices for the week beginning 11 March 2019 – Brent: US$66/b; WTI: US$56/b

  • Global crude oil prices continue to remain rangebound despite bearish factors emerging
  • News that Libya was restarting its 300,000 b/d Sharara field could weaken the ability of OPEC to control supply, while a report from the US EIA hints that the market was moving into a glut
  • The EIA report showed that commercial crude inventories in the US rose by 7.1 million barrels, far higher than the 1.6 million barrel increase predicted, with a 873,000 barrel increase at Cushing and a 12% y-o-y drop in crude imports
  • By the end of 2019, with American output surging and Saudi Arabia curtailing production, the US could export more oil and liquids than the world’s largest exporter
  • Meanwhile in OPEC, PDVSA has received some aid from Russia with Rosneft agreeing to send heavy naphtha to Venezuela – a product necessary to thin heavy Venezuela crude to move by pipeline to the coast that have been affected by the American sanctions
  • On the demand side, Morgan Stanley has predicted that China’s oil consumption will peak in 2025, some 5-8 years earlier than most expectations, driven by a shift in cars towards electric vehicles and high-speed rail
  • The US active rig count fell for a third consecutive week, following a 9 rig fall with an 11 rig drop last week, with nine oil sites and two gas sites scrapped
  • Despite the bearish factors, it looks like crude has found a new comfortable range with Brent at US$65-67/b and WTI at US$56-58/b for the week


Headlines of the week

Upstream

  • Despite security concerns, Libya has restarted its largest oil field, with output at 300,000 b/d Sharara expected to reach 80,000 b/d initially, throwing a new spanner in the OPEC goal of controlling supply
  • A one-year delay to Enbridge’s Line 3 conduit in Canada due to regulatory issues has thrown new troubles onto Alberta’s beleaguered crude industry
  • ExxonMobil is planning a major acceleration of its Permian assets, aiming to produce more than 1 mmboe/d by 2024, an increase of nearly 80%
  • China has announced plans to form a national oil and pipeline company, part of a natural energy industry overhaul that will give the new firm control over at least 112,000 km of oil, gas and fuel pipelines currently held by other state firms
  • Equinor, with Petoro, ConocoPhillips and Repsol, have announced a new oil discovery in the North Sea, with the Telesto well on the Visund A platform potentially yielding 12-28 million barrels of recoverable oil
  • Aker Energy has reported a new oil discovery at the Pecan South-1A well offshore Ghana, with the Pecan field expected to hold 450-550 mboe of oil
  • Production declines at Kazakhstan’s three main oil fields will see the country slash crude exports by 2% to 71 million tons this year, with cuts mostly to China

Midstream & Downstream

  • Canadian Natural Resources is looking to ease pressure on the Alberta crude complex by bringing its 80 kb/d North West Redwater refinery online this year
  • Work has begun on the upgrade and expansion of Egypt’s Middle East Oil Refinery near Alexandria, with the project expected to boost capacity to 160 kb/d and quality to Euro V through the installation of a new CDU and VDU
  • Bahrain’s BAPCO has announced plans to expand its Sitra oil refinery by early 2023, growing capacity from 267 kb/d to 360 kb/d

Natural Gas/LNG

  • India has started up its first LNG regasification facility on the east coast, with the Ennore terminal expected to service the major cities of Chennai and Madurai
  • Total has signed an agreement with Russia’s Novatek for the formal acquisition of a 10% stake in the Arctic LNG 2 project, bringing its total economic interest in the 19.8 mtpa project in the Yamal and Gydan peninsuals to 21.6%
  • Thailand’s PTTEP has announced a new offshore gas find in Australia’s portion of the Timor Sea, with the Orchid-1 well striking gas and expected to be incorporated into the Cash-Maple field with 3.5 tcf of resources
  • Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas’s joint venture Pearl Petroleum Company is aiming to boost gas production at Khor Mor block in Iraq’s Kurdistan region by 63% with an additional 250 mmscf/d of output
  • Petronas’ 1.2 mtpa PFLNG Satu – the world’s first floating LNG vessel – has completed its stint at the Kanowit field and will now head to its second destination, the Kebabangan gas field offshore Sabah
  • Chevron is looking to revisit its Ubon wet gas project in Thailand after a period of hiatus as the supermajor recalibrated its development costs
  • Nigeria’s NLNG Train 7 LNG project is expected to reach FID in the third quarter of the year after multiple delays
  • ExxonMobil and BP have agreed to collaborate with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation to advance the Alaska LNG project
  • Energean Oil and Gas has started its 2019 drilling programme in Israel, focusing on four wells, including one in Karish North near the Karish discovery
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March, 14 2019
Norway’s Retreat in Oil Investments – Politics or Economics?

In 2017, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global – also known as the Oil Fund – proposed a complete divestment of oil and gas shares from its massive portfolio. Last week, the Norwegian government partially approved that request, allowing the Fund to exclude 134 upstream companies from the wealth fund. Players like Anadarko Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy, CNOOC, Premier Oil, Soco International and Tullow Oil will now no longer receive any investment from the Fund. That might seem like an inconsequential move, but it isn’t. With over US$1 trillion in assets – the Fund is the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world – it is a major market-shifting move.

Estimates suggest that the government directive will require the Oil Fund to sell some US$7.5 billion in stocks over an undefined period. Shares in the affected companies plunged after the announcement. The reaction is understandable. The Oil Fund holds over 1.3% of all global stocks and shares, including 2.3% of all European stocks. It holds stakes as large as of 2.4% of Royal Dutch Shell and 2.3% of BP, and has long been seen as a major investor and stabilising force in the energy sector.

It is this impression that the Fund is trying to change. Established in 1990 to invest surplus revenues of the booming Norwegian petroleum sector, prudent management has seen its value grow to some US$200,000 per Norwegian citizen today. Its value exceeds all other sovereign wealth funds, including those of China and Singapore. Energy shares – specifically oil and gas firms – have long been a major target for investment due to high returns and bumper dividends. But in 2017, the Fund recommended phasing out oil exploration from its ‘investment universe’. At the time, this was interpreted as yielding to pressure from environmental lobbies, but the Fund has made it clear that the move is for economic reasons.

Put simply, the Fund wants to move away from ‘putting all its eggs in one basket’. Income from Norway’s vast upstream industry – it is the largest producing country in Western Europe – funds the country’s welfare state and pays into the Fund. It has ethical standards – avoiding, for example, investment in tobacco firms – but has concluded that devoting a significant amount of its assets to oil and gas savings presents a double risk. During the good times, when crude prices are high and energy stocks booming, it is a boon. But during a downturn or a crash, it is a major risk. With typical Scandinavian restraint and prudence, the Fund has decided that it is best to minimise that risk by pouring its money into areas that run counter-cyclical to the energy industry.

However, the retreat is just partial. Exempt from the divestment will be oil and gas firms with significant renewable energy divisions – which include supermajors like Shell, BP and Total. This is touted as allowing the Fund to ride the crest of the renewable energy wave, but also manages to neatly fit into the image that Norway wants to project: balancing a major industry with being a responsible environmental steward. It’s the same reason why Equinor – in which the Fund holds a 67% stake – changed its name from Statoil, to project a broader spectrum of business away from oil into emerging energies like wind and solar. Because, as the Fund’s objective states, one day the oil will run out. But its value will carry on for future generations.

The Norway Oil Fund in a Nutshell

  • Valued at NOK8.866 trillion/US$1.024 trillion (February 2019)
  • Invested in 9,138 companies in over 73 countries
  • Holds 1.3% of all global stocks
  • Holds 2.3% of all European stocks
  • Holds 2.4% of Shell, 2.3% of BP
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