The Knowledge Nook

Energy Terminology May Need An Explanation For Those Outside the Industry

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 25, 2016 6:45:35 PM

Every industry has “insider” words and phrases that only employees in that industry can easily define.  The oil and gas industry is no exception.  However, if you live in an oil and gas producing state, or know someone employed in the energy industry, you may have heard some of these expressions, and wondered what they mean.

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Topics: energy

Energy On-Demand Training Programs Give Participants New Learning Options

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 23, 2016 2:50:55 PM

The oil and gas accounting and tax industries, like dozens of other industries, rely on a labyrinth of terms and techniques. Within the energy industry, individuals become experts in things like upstream, downstream and midstream operations.  They have to be familiar with terms such as “chicken bombing,” “horsehead,” “light sweet,” and “bubble point.”

It’s no wonder, then, that because of complex rules, regulations, and the colorful language unique to energy, the men and women who specialize in taxation and accounting issues will spend their careers gathering new information as laws, procedures, and even common terminology change over the course of a career.

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Topics: energy

The Dental Assistant's Life and Schedule

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If you’re considering a position as a dental assistant, you probably have some ideas as to the work you’ll be doing.  You’ll have to be comfortable working with patients and assisting with several different dental procedures.  However, once you get the dental assistant education and training that is required, you should be prepared for the schedule and work flow of a dental assistant.

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Topics: dental assistant

Shocking "Making a Murderer" Decision Shines Spotlight on Forensics and Interrogations

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 16, 2016 3:49:32 PM

A famous criminal case, featured in the multi-part Netflix series Making a Murderer, is again in the public eye as a federal judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, one of two men featured in the true crime documentary.

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Topics: crime scene investigations

New Jobs Rapidly Replace Obsolete Careers of the Past

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Every year, new jobs are created as technology advances and the needs and desires of the population changes.  Things are advancing so rapidly that there are intriguing employment opportunities today that did not exist even 10 years ago.  According to, some of them include

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Topics: lifelong learning

Add Skills To Your Resume With Distance Learning Programs

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 8, 2016 2:02:50 PM

Working professionals have many ways to add skills to their toolkit.  One option is distance learning – where a program is offered completely online and may be completed without ever stepping foot into a classroom or in front of an instructor.

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Topics: lifelong learning

What Are Common Tools For Working Private Investigators?

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 4, 2016 11:40:45 PM

There are many of helpful tools that allow a professional Private Investigator to be more efficient while working in the field.  Common items such as flashlights and bottles of waters can take on a special significance for the professional PI.

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Topics: private investigations

Paralegal Blogs - A Look At The Profession From The Insight Of Others

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 1, 2016 6:51:38 PM

There are numerous blogs on the Internet that feature insights on the paralegal profession.  A quick review gave us information, from a variety of sources, about  job tips, hiring practices, and tales of the day-to-day activities that paralegals encounter in a law office.  Here’s a list of some of them that are recommended across numerous sites on the web.

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Topics: paralegal

Internships and Externships Are Great Ways To Achieve On-The-Job Skills

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 28, 2016 11:05:41 PM

Many training programs offer “internships” and “externships” to students attending their programs. What is the difference between the two?

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Topics: dental assistant

Graphic Design in the Workplace - Creativity on the Job

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 25, 2016 10:46:42 PM

Have you ever met someone who identified themselves as a professional graphic designer?  It is a job description that can mean different things to different people.  However, at its core, graphic design is a job that combines creativity with the ability to produce creative materials on a deadline.

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Topics: lifelong learning

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