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post #21 of 62 Old January 15th, 2016, 08:06 PM
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Hopefully you will get picked up soon, that sucks. One of the reasons I do police work is for job security. I am starting to get tired of the BS though.
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post #23 of 62 Old January 15th, 2016, 10:56 PM
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post #24 of 62 Old January 16th, 2016, 01:22 AM
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Go figure, a guy who supports Sanders not having a job... NEVER HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE!



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post #25 of 62 Old January 16th, 2016, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ah okay. Unfortunately we have to ensure that my wife and I can get jobs in the same city - hardest part of the job search thing. Although I would have good luck there being focused on hydraulics and industrial equipment, my wife's company doesn't have many opportunities there.

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Hopefully you will get picked up soon, that sucks. One of the reasons I do police work is for job security. I am starting to get tired of the BS though.
Dang. Luckily you can likely move to a different city where you may not have to deal with an equal amount of BS. Unless you're referring to shitty people on the streets - I'm guessing you can't get away from that. My bro-in-law is a cop and hearing the stories is pretty whack.

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I'm not ever going to complain about gas being $1.60 but, sorry it cost you your shit bro. If it makes you feel any better, it's saving my ass and millions of other people who drive a lot but don't make shit in return.
Haha, can't complain about filling up my truck for like $35. Luckily, I won't be doing much driving now!

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post #26 of 62 Old January 16th, 2016, 08:41 AM
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Lot's of "exposure to greed". I work in the medical field but am semi-retired, I learned to make my own way in the "Business World", can't rely on companies so I am an entrepreneur. "I'd rather be fishing", or on a "road course"! Hope you find your dream job.

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Lot's of "exposure to greed". I work in the medical field but am semi-retired, I learned to make my own way in the "Business World", can't rely on companies so I am an entrepreneur. "I'd rather be fishing", or on a "road course"! Hope you find your dream job.
Wish I could say the same but unfortunately my personality isn't in the 'entrepreneurial' realm. I like doing my 40 hours a week designing/building/testing stuff and going home. I don't need a dream job, just an interesting one. Hoping it'll turn out to lead me to something cool but the unknown time frame is the worst part.
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post #28 of 62 Old January 17th, 2016, 04:05 PM
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https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/ir...102835505.html

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Prospect of the Islamic Republic pumping an additional 500,000 barrels a day sends stock markets in Dubai and Saudi Arabia into tailspin

Stock markets across the Middle East collapsed as the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran threatened to unleash a fresh wave of oil onto global markets that are already drowning in excess supply.

All seven stock markets in Gulf states tumbled as panic gripped traders. Dubai's DFM General Index slumped 4.8pc to 2,682.56, while Saudi Arabia's Tadawul All Share Index collapsed by 7pc to 5,409.35, its lowest level in almost five years.

The Iranian stock index gained 1pc, making it one of the best performing markets in the world with gains of 6pc since the start of the year.

The dramatic moves came following the historic report from the UN nuclear watchdog, which showed that Iran has met its obligations under the nuclear deal, clearing the way for the lifting of sanctions.

The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency issued the landmark document late on Saturday evening, sparking mayhem as markets opened in the Middle East.

Qatar’s index fell 6.7pc, while Abu Dhabi’s stocks tumbled 4.5pc to the lowest level since November 2013. Oman’s shares were down 3.2pc, the most since December 2014, and Bahraini equities edged 0.5pc down.

The stock markets in Dubai and Saudi Arabia have been plunged into a painful bear market, losing 42pc and 38pc respectively, ever since Saudi Arabia decided to ramp up oil production in November 2014.

Oil prices fell below $30 for the third time last week as traders prepared for the prospect of Iranian oil flooding global markets.

The Islamic Republic has vowed to return its oil production to pre-sanction levels, with estimates suggesting Tehran will add a further 500,000 barrels a day (b/pd) to the world's bloated stockpiles within weeks.

Fears that the Islamic Republic could quickly ramp up production sent Brent crude falling by 3.3pc to $29.43 - matching lows last seen in 2004.

West Texas Intermediate also slipped back to $29.60, a decline of 4.5pc.

Oil has shed more than 75pc since last summer - a post war record - as over-supply and fears over global economic growth has depressed traders. * Oil price crash means petrol could become cheaper than bottled water

The relentless fall in prices is set to see oil finish the week at its lowest level in 12 years.

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post #29 of 62 Old January 17th, 2016, 05:08 PM
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I'm O&G as well. In the last 6 months, just to keep working, I've taken a $150/day pay cut (was laid off for 2 months of 2015), given up my mileage reimbursement, given up my meal reimbursement and given up my hotel reimbursement. I'm working 3.5 hours from home, so I'm trying to only be on site 3 days a week (2 nights hotel) and work the other two days from home.

Being an independent contractor has it's benefits, but right now they aren't working out so well. In 2014 my business (all of the independent contractors have to operate through a business on my project) netted 78k last year after all deductions. This year I'll be lucky to see a net of 38k. I'll love not sending the IRS a 19k check, but shit it hurts.

If we (the U.S.) would just tell OPEC to fuck themselves, produce the oil and natural gas for ourselves and use it for ourselves, we'd be a lot better off. A gallon of gas should not realistically cost $1.70 like it is right now. It also shouldn't realistically be $4.25 like a few years ago. Somewhere around $2.50 - $3.00 would be more true to the economy. If you look at what they pay for gasoline in the U.K., you'll see that $1.71 isn't realistic.

It's not all just oil tycoons that this is hurting. The oil and gas industry is huge and wide spread. You've got water trucks that aren't running anymore. You've got the companies that go in and lay the concrete pads for the well units. You've got the companies that set up the pits on the drill site. Not to mention all the people involved with everything from signing leases to checking title to curing title to the attorney's the do the title opinions to the roughnecks in the field actually drilling the wells. Not only are all of those people losing jobs, but all that "fantastic" money they make isn't getting put back into the economy either. Local businesses will falter.

The courthouse I had been working at in Ohio is in a small po-dunk town. All of the oil and gas people being there had caused a revitalization to the downtown area. Now that most of the oil and gas people are gone (laid off), a lot of the locally owned restaurants are closed. A gas station closed. A little market type thing closed. The unrealistic price of a barrel of oil, and the ripple effect it has, is much wider reaching than most think.

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Yep it sucks.

My wife and I are leaning towards selling our house ASAP and moving up to Seattle where her company's headquarters is. Then I'll work on finding employment there since there are a decent amount of opportunities for my skillset there.

Figure we might as well take this opportunity while we're young to take a chance and go live some place we wouldn't normally consider. If I gotta be unemployed, might as well be unemployed in an interesting area instead of Houston. Hopefully we'll have a plan set out by the end of the week.
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Well I had a phone interview with the GM of a hydraulics company up near Seattle yesterday that went really well. I'll be waiting to hear back this week about their HR setting up a formal in-person interview. The company is a subsidiary of a larger industrial technologies corporation so the HR is done through the parent company.

I'm hoping it leads to me getting a position as the job would be very cool: designing hydraulic power units for everything from Disney rides to rocket-launch positioning platforms used by the government to lubrication for coal-fired power plants, etc etc. Hopefully it works out and the salary is right because the GM basically said I sound like a perfect match for the position. We shall see!

Otherwise, I've almost got the house ready to put up for sale. Hopefully by the end of the week. Getting backsplash installed in the kitchen tomorrow and then a few more minor details followed by a deep clean and she'll be ready to go. Hopefully this unemployment thing leads me to getting a nearly-dream-job.
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Well I had a phone interview with the GM of a hydraulics company up near Seattle yesterday that went really well. I'll be waiting to hear back this week about their HR setting up a formal in-person interview. The company is a subsidiary of a larger industrial technologies corporation so the HR is done through the parent company.

I'm hoping it leads to me getting a position as the job would be very cool: designing hydraulic power units for everything from Disney rides to rocket-launch positioning platforms used by the government to lubrication for coal-fired power plants, etc etc. Hopefully it works out and the salary is right because the GM basically said I sound like a perfect match for the position. We shall see!

Otherwise, I've almost got the house ready to put up for sale. Hopefully by the end of the week. Getting backsplash installed in the kitchen tomorrow and then a few more minor details followed by a deep clean and she'll be ready to go. Hopefully this unemployment thing leads me to getting a nearly-dream-job.
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Fa sho. Unfortunately, the job requisition was apparently requiring the position to be based in Longview but the General Manager said he'd work on his boss's boss in regards to getting the position based out of Kent with some travel to Longview when necessary.

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I just got the lay off again. Thinking it's time to get out of the O&G business for awhile.

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I just got the lay off again. Thinking it's time to get out of the O&G business for awhile.
Damn dude, sorry to hear. But welcome to the unemployment life! ModdedMustangs 24 hours a day!!! JK

I've got a friend who's one of only two people left in his group at Weatherford and he's trying to jump ship. Unless you're an original gangster and essentially un-touchable, I don't know how anyone is willing to stick around in this business. Hopefully I can get my house up for sale before the market in Houston starts to really go downhill.
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I just saw this post- sorry to hear about you guys' luck, we've been feeling the same pain up here in Marcellus country. Gas was booming here for about 3-4 years, peaked in 2013-2014, then it started to go down toward the end of 2014...now everything has slowed to a crawl.

I work at a surveying & civil engineering firm, we hired tons of surveyors during the boom, then had to lay them all off when it slowed way down. Fortunately we are diversified so very few people have been laid off here but all the other well service/field service companies around here are folding up left and right. A lot of the big name midstream players (Antero, Crestwood, Stone Energy, etc) built regional offices here so I guess some of them are in it for the long haul at least. I'm actually doing CAD work for Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline right now (have been since August 2014), sometimes I think I'd rather be unemployed than continue to work on this thing...

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I just saw this post- sorry to hear about you guys' luck, we've been feeling the same pain up here in Marcellus country. Gas was booming here for about 3-4 years, peaked in 2013-2014, then it started to go down toward the end of 2014...now everything has slowed to a crawl.

I work at a surveying & civil engineering firm, we hired tons of surveyors during the boom, then had to lay them all off when it slowed way down. Fortunately we are diversified so very few people have been laid off here but all the other well service/field service companies around here are folding up left and right. A lot of the big name midstream players (Antero, Crestwood, Stone Energy, etc) built regional offices here so I guess some of them are in it for the long haul at least. I'm actually doing CAD work for Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline right now (have been since August 2014), sometimes I think I'd rather be unemployed than continue to work on this thing...
I will say being unemployed is super convenient when you need to get stuff done around the house. I can be home whenever contractors show up, I have all day to paint and do other things.

Its kinda funny because we're spending more money than ever now that I don't have a job. But that's because we're trying to get the house ready to go on the market and be competitive compared to the other houses for sale in our neighborhood - so hopefully we'll be getting the money back one way or another. I just need to get it sold before the housing market here in Houston catches up to the lack of employment. Luckily Houston is more diversified than it was in the 80s, but nonetheless, oil is having an effect on the housing market.

Hopefully by the end of this weekend, we'll be ready to list it. Then its just a matter of getting our asking price! Yikes.
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I just saw this post- sorry to hear about you guys' luck, we've been feeling the same pain up here in Marcellus country. Gas was booming here for about 3-4 years, peaked in 2013-2014, then it started to go down toward the end of 2014...now everything has slowed to a crawl.

I work at a surveying & civil engineering firm, we hired tons of surveyors during the boom, then had to lay them all off when it slowed way down. Fortunately we are diversified so very few people have been laid off here but all the other well service/field service companies around here are folding up left and right. A lot of the big name midstream players (Antero, Crestwood, Stone Energy, etc) built regional offices here so I guess some of them are in it for the long haul at least. I'm actually doing CAD work for Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline right now (have been since August 2014), sometimes I think I'd rather be unemployed than continue to work on this thing...
I've been Marcellus/Utica my entire career. I actually only live about 90 minutes from you. My latest stop was getting shipped up to Butler Co., PA. They didn't pay hotel, meals, mileage, nothing except day rate. That lasted about 3 weeks and then was pulled. Not working is great, but as independent contractor, I don't get unemployment or anything. No work = no money

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