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Tips for Writing an Oil & Gas Resume or CV – Part 1: How HR Uses Technology

Is it time to dust off and revamp your old resume or CV? If so, here are a few tips that can not only help get you noticed, but also make sure that your profile is compatible with current technology so that once you send your resume in, the people within the company can find you. If you are wondering what I mean by making sure that someone can find you, then Part 1: How HR Uses Technology is for you. If you already know about this then you can skip to Part 2: Common Misconceptions about Resume Writing, or go directly to Part 3: Writing an Oil & Gas Resume That Gets You Noticed.

Here’s a little background about me, so you’ll know where I’m coming from. I’ve been in the Oil and Gas industry since 1997 working in upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors. Company experience includes working for an OEM (original equipment manufacturer), engineering companies, and owning my own consulting firm, PetraTech Consultants, LLC, in which I provide project personnel that work in the office and in the field.

When I was working for engineering firms, I would go to agencies for my temporary personnel needs. The problem was that the resumes the agencies would send me never seemed to meet all my requirements, so I bought a subscription to one of the big career sites at the time and started searching for them myself. It turned out that it took less of my time to do the searches myself than it took to go through all the e-mailed resumes from the several agencies I was using.

So there is my niche, by background in oil and gas allows me to understand what kind of education, skills, and abilities are required to do the work, and I can quickly provide my clients with highly targeted candidates. For more information about me you can view my LinkedIn profile.

Part 1: How HR Uses Technology (and how this affects you!)

We’ve come a long way since the old file cabinet and paper systems. Many times I’ll get in a resume that is not a great fit for what I need now, but I’ve either needed their skills and background in the past or I anticipate needing them in the near future. The problem is how do I find them when I need them? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve torn up my office and spent hours looking for that resume.

I started using an electronic filing system, and now I use a custom designed database that automatically parses resumes, classifies them, and makes them keyword searchable. My system is probably more advanced than most because I’ve always been a tech nut, but now I could probably say that just about everyone, except for the few remaining dinosaurs, are using some kind of searchable database.

Most large companies have some sort of way of importing in resumes and CVs into a database or applicant tracking system (ATS) that makes the resumes keyword searchable. This is what happens when you go to a website and upload your resume. So now they have your data, they should be able to find you right? Well, that depends.

First, let’s talk about the way companies go about hiring people. The Human Resources department will work with the department managers on the job order to develop a job description (JD), then they’ll pass it on to their internal recruiters who start searching through their internal database doing keyword searches, post the job advertisement online, process incoming resumes, etc. These recruiters typically do ‘keyword matching’ in which they are taking specific keywords from the JD and matching them to the keywords in the candidate’s resume. Some companies even have automated systems that scan resumes for keywords when they come in and provide hiring managers with a list sorted by percent match.

The recruiter might be looking for someone with a mechanical engineering degree. Now think about all the ways that someone could communicate on a resume that they have this degree. BSME, B.S.M.E., Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering, etc. There are so many permutations on this simple requirement, but if the recruiter is searching for ‘BS Mechanical Engineering’ and you have ‘BSME’ in your resume, you might not be found.

The good news is that most recruiters will perform a complex search that includes the typical ways that someone would communicate that they have a degree in mechanical engineering. Just think for a minute that if there are so many ways that you can say that you have a BSME, how hard it would be to find a Project Manager with an engineering degree that has experience developing AFEs, managing the engineering contractor, and field installation experience?

This article was written by Robert Berry from PetraTech Consultants

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