Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Good Cop Bad Cop

Good Cop: Time for a municipal name change?

WhatÕs in a name? Apparently quite a bit if you ask the fine folks that attended the Community Image Summit at Keyano College.

Thing is, I agree with them. At most, the Regional Muncipality of Wood Buffalo should undergo a name change as soon as possible and at the least, itÕs something that should be seriously considered by the community.

Published in Regulars
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

A different side of the 24 hour Oil Sands clock

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Brandon Cooper

When one thinks of jobs in the oil sands, there are some that typically spring to mind immediately – engineer, millwright, heavy equipment operator, and more. But there is a group of men and women working in the oil sands that you do not typically think of, who are there each and every day and night, working around the clock to ensure everyone returns home safely at the end of the shift – emergency services.

Essentially, all of the major oil sands operators have their own fire departments right on site with crews that are fully staffed and trained to respond to emergency situations of all kinds. They have all of the same equipment you would find at a typical fire hall, including fire trucks, pumps, ladders, and ambulances.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Shop Local

PHOTOMAGIC FOTO SOURCE

Dan Sorensen said it best when it comes to offering you a reason to shop local – “we’re here to help you tomorrow.”

They’ll be here tomorrow. Certainly. Shopping local is not a fad.  It’s supporting the local economy, and helping local businesses thrive. 

Owned by Sorensen, Photomagic Foto Source has been in our community since 1991.  It is located in the River City Centre and is your one-stop for one-hour photo finishing, camera sales/services, on-location photography, a portrait studio, and more.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Work Life Balance is Not a Myth at Keyano College

“You can’t put a dollar figure on it. Keyano has allowed me to be a full-time mom, and even though I work part-time, I feel like I am a full-time teacher thoroughly committed to my students and to my work,” says Pierre, who has three grown children now.

Pierre is a Keyano veteran. She has been with the college for 26 years in one capacity or another and says being a part-time contract instructor has fulfilled her on many levels.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Fort McMurray Career Centre

Oil Sands Resume - Getting That Interview

Resumes (and their accompanying cover letter) are important documents—resumes speak volumes about you. They cover your entire professional life and they are one of the key pieces to getting a job interview. How can you effectively capture the true “you” while at the same time not boring a recruiter through 13 pages of previous roles and responsibilities?
Your resume is your first introduction to a recruiter, and as the old saying goes, you only get one chance at a first impression. Building a resume from scratch can be an intimidating prospect, but with the proper care and attention, you can help land that all-important interview with an effective resume.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

Good Cop Bad Cop

Good Cop: Construction in Fort McMurray

We’ve all been there. It’s 6:37 a.m., and you’re headed down Confederation Way for another day at work. In most cities, this would be smooth sailing. A no-brainer. Done deal.

Fort McMurray isn’t a regular city, though. That’s right. It’s down to one lane because of construction, and if you haven’t spent much time in Eagle Ridge, you’re about to get to know it pretty well.

Published in Regulars
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

Fort McMurray Career Centre

OPPORTUNITY. OPPORTUNITY BROUGHT MY WIFE AND I to Fort McMurray in early 2006. It was a joint decision for us newly weds to pack up and leave Victoria, B.C., but it was an amazing opportunity for her to advance her career. My wife moved here in January to start her job in the oil sands, and I followed in February. I had no job prospects, but I was happy that Team Youens was moving forward. Looking back, it was the second best decision of my life. We haven’t looked back since.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

Ever Wonder If Something Is Holding You Back?

Ever have trouble with the instructions from Ikea, or getting a handle on a new email program?  Does working with a new team on a complex project get you down?  Do you reach for a calculator to figure out the tip on your restaurant lunch?

Sometimes, especially at work, wrapping your head around a new project or assignment can elicit a resounding “Huh?” or “I don’t get it.”

That’s usually because something, buried somewhere in all the little niggly details, is just evading your grasp.

Published in Business & Oilsands

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