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AWS was featured in the June edition of UK HR magazine The Grapevine. President Cathy Clonts shared the benefits enjoyed by companies with an alumni community from which to source specific talent, "there are cases where someone who left is suddenly needed on a new project and a current employee might not fit the requirement as well. HR can’t talk to everyone but through the network they can see who’s become available". Read the article summary.

AWS was also featured in the Friday May 21 2010 Houston Business Journal HR Focus magazine. Cathy Clonts shared the value former employees can play as boomerang employees and referring quality talent to the organization. The article looked at the top HR Challenges for 2010 including re-establishing loyalty in the workforce, changing legislation, re-establishing job duties and recruiting in a high-tech era.

Unsurprisingly, throughout the recession those remaining employed have had to accept changes such as a more concentrated workload, reductions in development programs and cuts in bonuses and base salaries. This is supported by Kevin Mulligan, president of Ascent Growth Advisors, who further states that “employees that were retained during the downturn were probably asked to accept more responsibilities”.

Kevin believes that one of today’s main challenges during the uphill recovery is to re-establish trust in the workplace. Michael Lamb, senior partner with Korn/Ferry International concurs, suggesting that with so many layoffs, many employees are doing more than one job right now. He asks of employers, “If an opportunity comes an employee’s way, what are you doing to make sure they are not tempted to jump ship tomorrow?”

AWS the host of ARCO alumni and other corporate alumni networks seeks a part time consultant to support our growing business. If you or someone you know is interested in working 15 hours a week supporting existing and potential clients please contact us

This person will manage client meetings and ensure projects are completed on time.  The position will include site demos, showcasing the services, and editing newsletters and profiles.  The ideal candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills.

Engineers See Bright Skies Ahead

While many industries remain subdued, and fears of a double dip recession hang over us, talent managers in the oil and gas industry are scouring the market for technical talent, with many recruiters finding that experienced technical professionals can ‘write their own tickets’ as the market regains strength. In fact, experienced professionals in the oil and gas industry tell us they have weathered the economic downturn better than most.

“Companies are contacting us again with great interest in finding their former employees. There is renewed priority on preparing for the upcoming skills gap. In addition, companies downsized, but are now finding new opportunities and some of the people who were let go will be well positioned to fill these new opportunities,” shares Cathy Clonts, President of AWS, which hosts a number of corporate alumni networks.

In a recent Alumni Web Services’ (AWS) survey of its online networking and alumni community members in the oil and gas industry, members were asked how their job satisfaction compared to the 2007 SPE survey where 73% of respondents were satisfied. AWS members’ responses remained consistent to the SPE survey; 43% percent report they are equally satisfied and a whopping 31% report a higher level of job satisfaction than before the economic downturn. This is good news compared with a recent Conference Board survey of job satisfaction levels in the U.S. According to the nationwide survey, only 45% of Americans were satisfied with their work—the lowest level recorded in 22 years of the survey.

Our Houston happy hour attracted a record crowd at Indigo Joe's. This lovely restaurant could not have been any more crowded during Super Bowl XLIV than it was February 4.  ARCO and Vastar alumni and spouses filled every spare space in the restaurant.  With the BP and ConocoPhillips offices just around the corner, there were a number of both companies represented, with BP still in the majority.  More and more of our members are working with the smaller independents and reviews were mixed about prospects in 2010, with many still struggling.

While companies may not yet have rebounded, individuals at the event kindly answered three survey questions showing that job satisfaction remains high even in this challenging environment.  While some members are looking for work or finding their current positions less challenging than they would prefer, the majority of members indicate their job satisfaction is the same or higher than before the economic downturn.

Reasons for increased satisfaction include; an increase in responsibilities or a promotion, undertaking a new assignment that gives more enjoyment, and simply remaining employed throughout the economic downturn and being appreciative of having a job!  Full survey results will be shared in a news item in March.

The complimentary drinks were enjoyed by all and a heartfelt thanks to our primary sponsor Advancial and to our cosponsors Noble Energy Inc. and St. Mary Land and Exploration.

Here are some of the pictures from our 2010 Houston event held at Indigo Joe's.  More pictures here in the photo gallery!

All smiles from our ARCO Alumni.

Enjoying a well beer with the game on the big screen.

Catching up over a glass of wine.

Signing in at the start of the evening.

More pictures here in the photo gallery!