CV / Resume & Interview Tips
Importance of your CV/Resume
Your CV/Resume is a very important document which can have a fundamental
influence on your career and life. A good CV can help elevate a job applicant to
the top of the pile, but equally a poor one could prevent the best candidate for
a position being missed, in most cases a CV/Resume is often all an employer has
to judge a candidate upon prior to interview.
These days employers often receive a lot of CV’s/Resumes for each advertised
position. Consequently, your CV has to be just that little bit special to stand
out if you want to secure interviews.
Of course a good CV/Resume can continue to work in your favour even after it has
obtained an interview for you. It can help you at an interview by carefully
focusing the interviewer's mind on your good points and on your achievements.
Once you have left the interview it can continue to work in your favour, as the
interviewer will probably reread it before making a decision, as to who will be
invited to the second interview stage or to whom a job offer should be made. A
well written CV/Resume can help when it comes to salary negotiations. If your
CV/Resume conveys your full worth you are likely to get a higher salary offer
than you might have done with a poorer CV/Resume.
In short, skimping on the time you spend on writing a CV/Resume will be a false
economy that might harm your career progression.
A Resume / CV sample for Oil and Gas Applicants
region, country, zip code or postcode
name and location of the universities/colleges that you have graduated.
Degrees / Diploma's / Certificates you have obtained.
relevant courses you have attended for this specific position i.e. Offshore
Survival, Medical, NEBOSH.
brief statement about yourself, no more than 3 paragraphs stating your goals,
ambitions, skills, achievements and experiences.
Previous working experience and previous positions.
level of responsibility required by those positions.
Mention your experience as a team leader.
COMPUTER SKILLS AND TRAINING
Mention your ability to operate a computer
Mention the computer languages and programs you are familiar with.
Mention the languages you know.
Specify the level of knowledge involved:
Preparing for Oil and Gas Interview
Looking for employment in the Oil and Gas industry is definitely a worthy
experience, as the large range of positions are easily to be filled by many
types of professionals. The oil and gas domain is a complex one, and you will be
able to see this even in the types of interview formats and questions that you
will experience while applying for a position.
Although many of the smaller oil companies have a recruitment process that can
be classified as formal, others have begun to focus on the global aspect of the
oil industry and adapt their recruitment techniques according to their worldwide
The oil and gas companies have adapted their selection techniques according to
their needs and objectives, but the final goal is the same: to form a highly
professional team of oil and gas employees. Before you decide which company is
the best for you to build a solid career in the Oil and Gas industry, you should
know that a little research can work wonders on your selection process.
The first step you should do when preparing for a job interview for an oil and
gas company is to find out more information about the basic sectors and
operations in the Oil and Gas industry. The amount of information available on
the topic is vast, including books, publications such as the Oil and Gas Journal
or The Internet. It is the best way to be prepared for any kind of questions or
case scenarios that the employer might try to surprise you with, and you will
demonstrate your profound knowledge on the inside mechanisms of the oil
industry. You will also find who the major players of the Oil and Gas industry
are and which company is the best working environment to build a solid career.
After the company has approved your application, you should consider the next
stage – the job interview – as the only occasion for you to sell yourself and to
find out more about the employing company. Focus on demonstrating the employer
that you can be an asset to his company, by bringing on board a productive and
ambitious team player.
Consider the fact that the employers prefer 'people persons', and you should
mention that you are a communicative person and you can reason with people on
various levels. In fact, he will be able to observe this from the interview, so
the manner you handle contact with the interviewer is very important.
if you are nervous and you think that you might not be accepted, consider the
fact that usually, employers tend to choose the person that fits the company,
instead of the most qualified applicant.
confident, happy and full of energy.
interested in finding more information about the company. You can pass any job
interview if you will consider following the next set of tips:
Arrive at the company earlier, maybe 10 – 15 minutes earlier. In order to
achieve that, make sure you allow time for any traffic problems. In case you are
late apologise briefly and don’t offer any excuses, because you shouldn’t have
go at the interview if you are tired; yawning and lacks of energy don’t make
handshake should be firm. If you are nervous and your hands are sweaty, you can
run some cold water over them and wipe them with a napkin.
sure you choose the appropriate clothing for the position you are applying for.
A suit might be great for an accountant position, but not for a driller
prepared with useful information about the company and the oil and gas industry
and you will build an interesting conversation with the interviewer.
off the mobile/cell phone and the pager. No one likes to be interrupted,
especially the interviewer.
Avoid excessive hand gestures or other nervous habits (like playing with your
hair or chewing your nails).
clearly and try to avoid using words like 'hmm' or 'ah', that could leave the
impression you don’t know what to respond.
before you speak, especially if you like chatting. The interviewer doesn’t need
to know what your sports team score was last night.
confident when it comes to your skills and what you can do for the company.
Maintain a positive attitude.
hesitate in asking questions about the company. If you don’t have any, think of
some. The employers appreciate the real interest in the company and the
operations they perform, and will consider that you could fit into the company.
one point, you can open a discussion about the wages or benefits they can offer
you, especially if you are a graduate.
can offer to provide them more references about your skills and experience.