Resume Right: An HR pro weighs in on how to get your next oil and gas job

By Laura Irwin, Recruiting Manager for INTECSEA

Resume writing is simple; if you know what the recruiter wants and if you take the time to customize your resume to suit the job you are applying for. 

A recruiter is looking to match your skills to the requirements of the job, and let’s face it, recruiters typically haven’t worked in every function they recruit for, imagine how impossible that would be. So you can make it easier for the recruiter to screen your resume, and more importantly select you, by editing your resume to match the specific elements or skills required for the job you are applying for.

Recruiters have hundreds of resumes to filter through, so the more concise and aligned your resume is to the job requirements, the quicker your resume gets to the hiring manager. And gee, in today’s employment market that’s pretty important if you want a job. 

A resume is very different from an application, it’s not a legal document, it’s a document that, can be used to show how your skill-set and experience matches the job requirements. Remember, a resume is a summary of your skills as it relates to the job you are applying for, nothing more, nothing less.

So here are the steps I would take to maximize my chances at getting a job I really wanted:

  1. Research the company thoroughly, know what the company does
  2. Understand the key skills requirements of the job and speak to it on your resume
  3. Cut out all unnecessary verbiage or skills not related to the job
  4. Apply on-line (it makes it easy to get your resume to the right people and quickly)

Do not include a cover letter – this is unnecessary if your resume is well written and to the point.

For instance, at INTECSEA we are always looking for Subsea experts; candidates who are typically seasoned, senior experts in Subsea engineering. True experts make sure they speak to all the job requirements by highlighting all their relevant experience and qualifications. They’ve played this game before and know that the recruiter is the gate keeper, and they must prove their worth to them to remain in contention. 

But you don’t need years and years of experience, you just have to know how to write a resume and if you follow the simple steps above, you might just land that dream job. And trust me; the recruiter wants to help you get there!

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