If you are seeking employment in the exploration, development or production end of the oil and gas industry, you are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of the BJM Upstreamers on 1 June.

The BJM Upstreamers, a sub-group of the larger 2500 strong Between Jobs Ministry, currently holds our meetings on Wednesdays of each month from 8am to 8:50am in the Youth Building (the building closest to the road) in room 302 of the NW Bible Church in Spring (5503
Fellowship Lane) and on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am to noon on the westside of Houston.  June''s westside meeting will be held at the offices of Collarini Energy Staffing at 11111 Richmond, Suite 126 (on the SW corner of Richmond and Wilcrest - just west of Beltway 8).

The BJM Upstreamers was established in April 2003 and is run by individuals who are seeking contract or full-time employment in the exploration or production side of the oil and gas business. We currently have over 190 members and are placing about 3-4 members a week in jobs. Anyone interested in potential exploration or production employment is invited to attend any of our meetings and become a member.

The purpose of the Upstreamer meetings and our BJM Upstreamers'' Yahoo group is to facilitate communication about job leads in the Upstream oil and gas business. We use a "by invitation only" Yahoo group as a vehicle to communicate those leads, networking opportunities and meeting announcements to the entire group. The greatest benefit of our meetings is the opportunity to expand your network by talking with other people who are also looking for work. This networking then provides you with another set of eyes and ears to the marketplace. The idea being that we will succeed professionally and emotionally through these difficult times by working together.

Participants are asked to come to our meetings prepared to share their 30 second commercial (a brief summary of your qualifications and what type of work/company you are looking for), have business cards to handout to the other Upstreamers and share with the group any job leads or contacts you might have. The only rules the Upstreamers have about participation in our group are that: - no one is allowed to use this forum to solicit participant paid activities (for example: multi-level marketing schemes or employment services), - these meetings and the Yahoo group cannot be used to promote a political platform or agenda, and - participants will openly share their job leads and lessons learned with their fellow Upstreamers.

We also ask each of the Upstreamers to provide me with a 4 to 5 sentence summary of their credentials and the type of work they are seeking. This information is compiled and distributed monthly to over 20 firms/individuals who are directly involved in hiring contract or full time employees in exploration or production. Publishing such material provides these employers with a "teaser" list of people who are ready to start work today. Upstreamers get many direct solicitations for resumes from this list for jobs that never make it to the internet. Our next Upstreamers'' Profiles will be published 10 June. I must have your Profile by 9 June to be included in this next release.

If all of this sounds like something you would be interested in participating in, you are invited to come to our meetings. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Glen Pankonien