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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
Assistant Manager, Support Services - Job ID #3184
The successful candidate will have the responsibility to develop and implement systems for the safe,
timely, reliable operations and maintenance of the Company's transmission and distribution pipelines,
above-ground facilities and equipment.
The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC), a leading Company in the development of
the country's natural gas industry, invites applications from suitably qualified nationals to join our dynamic
team of professionals to work in a challenging results-oriented environment in the following position.
NGC offers a competitive compensation package inclusive of Housing Allowance, Pension Benefits,
Group Life Medical Coverage, Computer and Educational Loans.
Interested candidates are required to apply online via the Careers tab at www.ngc.co.tt where
further job details are posted. New candidates will be required to create a Candidate Profile
Account by clicking the 'View Jobs' button.
Closing date for applications is 01 September 2015.
Orinoco Drive, Point Lisas Industrial Estate, Couva
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
For now and the future, networking
is a critical survival skill. For some of
us, it comes easily. For others, not so
much. This section of Job-Hunt will
help you understand, cope, and suc-
Networking Is Fun!
Networking has a bad reputation in
many circles. Skeptics (or the inexpe-
rienced/uneducated) equate it with
"using" people or being in large rooms
filled with strangers.
But good networking---effective net-
working---is NOT "using" anyone. Good
networking is catching up with old
friends or colleagues, meeting new peo-
ple you have something in common
Good networking is seldom being in
large rooms filled with strangers. It is
meeting new people, hopefully intro-
duced by someone you know. If you
don't like large rooms filled with
strangers, avoid them. But, don't avoid
talking with other people, helping other
people, learning from other people, and
meeting new people. Just do it in much
smaller groups if that makes it more
comfortable for you.
Good networking is people helping
each other solve problems and succeed.
It is a two-way street---always---or it
doesn't last, and it is not successful or
In countless surveys and research,
including those conducted by Job-Hunt,
networking is the dominant method
used by successful job seekers. More
than 75 per cent of the time! NOT a
job site. NOT an e-mailed resume - at
least not initially. NETWORKING!
If you have ever been responsible for
hiring someone, you know it is a scary
thing to do, particularly if your success
- as well as your job - depend on the
quality of the work of the person you
choose to hire. So you approach it very
You want someone with the right
skills and experience. You also want
someone you can trust, someone you
can depend upon to do the job they
were hired to do. Someone who will
work hard, work honestly, do their best,
do the right thing, AND be nice to talk
with over lunch or coffee.
Take a Seat on the "Other Side" of
the Desk - the Hiring Manager's Side
Imagine you must hire someone. The
person will work for you, doing work
that is very important to your success.
If you hire someone who doesn't do
well, you'll have to work harder to fix
what they don't do well, and you'll have
to explain to your boss why you picked
that less-than-stellar employee, who
will now be difficult to fire.
Impact of making the wrong
choice in a new employee:
• Make your job more difficult.
• Impact your salary and bonus
• Make you look less competent
to your boss, co-workers, and
perhaps even customers.
• Potentially put your job at risk.
So, with your success and your job
on the line, how do you find a
good candidate to fill that job?
• You ask around. You ask other
employees and maybe post the
job internally so that anyone
who knows anyone who might
be a "good fit" is identified and
• You look out at your own net-
work - the people you know
personally and professionally to
see if there is anyone who might
be appropriate and interested or
if anyone you know has someone
appropriate in their network.
• You place an ad in the paper or
on the Web, and you hope "the
right person" sees it and
Who Would You Hire?
When the whole process is over,
you have two people to choose from:
1. Michelle, the former
colleague of a co-worker
Michelle worked with your co-
worker Ed for 5 years. Ed knows
she is very well-regarded where
she works now (where they worked
together), and he referred her for
the job. She did fine in the inter-
views, but she doesn't have as
much experience or polish as
Louise, although she is equally
qualified on paper. HR says her
references were fine, and she
passed the background check.
2. Louise, the stranger
Louise responded to the pub-
lished ad. She has a very impres-
sive resume. She performed well
in the interview with you, and
the others who interviewed her
thought she'd do well in the job.
HR says her references were all
positive, and there were no prob-
lems with the background check.
So, both of the top candidates
seem well-qualified. And the
My bet is that you would hire
Michelle, even though she isn't
the "perfect" candidate. Because
hiring Michelle (known-quantity)
appears to be safer than hiring
than Louise (the stranger), you
would do what everyone else usu-
ally does and choose the known-
And, if Michelle had made as
impressive a presentation as
Louise, the decision would be
easier. Michelle would definitely
This is called networking your
way into a job!
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