Rigzone's CV/Resume Dos and Don'ts

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Rigzone talks to three recruitment professionals about how best to prepare your CV (or resume) for a job in the oil and gas industry.

With the upstream oil and gas industry currently undergoing the "Great Crew Change", right now is likely the best time in a generation for oil workers to be maximizing their potential by seeking out more-rewarding roles in the sector.

Of course, the first step involved in getting your foot in the door for any job is to get your CV (or résumé) together.  But when it comes to oil and gas roles, there are several specific factors to be considered in how a CV is designed and what is (or isn't) included within it. So, Rigzone talked recently to three professionals within oil and gas recruitment to find out their tips for how to write an oil and gas CV.

CV Length

A common concern among jobseekers is how long a CV needs to be. The recruitment professionals Rigzone talked to generally agreed that CVs need to be brief.

"If CVs are over two pages then I start to lose interest. This is for the simple reason that when you end up reading CV after CV and they're too long, your mind switches off after a while," Robert Clark, Oil & Gas divisional manager at Anderson Knight, said.

NES Global Talent's HR director, Tina Holt, commented:

"The key is to keep it short and sweet. Overly long CVs are off-putting to employers and as they only have a limited time to review applications. We would recommend that CVs are kept to two sides of A4 wherever possible."

But Barry O'Toole, managing director at NJF Global Holdings, while agreeing that short CVs usually make sense, added that longer CVs are the norm in certain regions around the world.


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A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at jmainwaring@rigzone.com


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Anthony Ayers | Sep. 15, 2014
A very intresting and hopefully useful article. I do have to question the sincerity of recruiters and their understanding of the publicised skills shortage when 99% of vacancy listings ask for experienced individuals only. How does someone who has no offshore experience get their foot in the door when potential employers are wanting the quick fix or don't have the time to invest in new blood?

Maman Umar Farouk | Aug. 26, 2014
I strongly agreed with the format, activities for pages can be in two pages to enable the panel go through them without stress. Am hoping for the job soon.

Glenn Grissom | Aug. 23, 2014
Rigzone, thank you for the information you provided, I did find it informative. However, I am about to graduate from Chem and I would like to see more information about getting recent grads in the door. I also face a further challenge in the fact that I am 50 yrs old and spent my life in industry and construction, how do I tell them that I took 8 yrs off to get a college degree and now I want a job?

Joey N. | Aug. 20, 2014
Resumes have been a problem for me since I got out of the military after eight years in 2010. Luckily I have a friend whos been in the business for six years. He says he can get me a job without the dreaded resume. So Im hopeful, and looking forward to something new.

Shelby Carr | Aug. 20, 2014
I do agree that short and sweet is the key.Really dont have the time to type all my experience on a piece of paper. Its still impossible to get a job with the gas industry some help would be nice

Emmanuel Ikehi | Aug. 20, 2014
This is an interesting article and I did learn some new things about writing CVs. However, I think it focused too much on those who have work experience or are leaving a job for another. It would have been very okay if the focus was more on recent graduates.


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