How to Write a Stand-Out CV for the Oil and Gas Industry

How to Write a Stand-out CV for the Oil and Gas Industry

As a result of the oil price crash, there is an abundance of highly-skilled oil and gas workers looking for work and less vacancies needing filled. The market is saturated with experienced men and women looking for their next role and competition is high. It’s becoming increasingly important that, if you are looking for a new job in the Oil and Gas industry, you promote yourself and your skills effectively – to do this you need a stand-out CV.

Writing a CV isn’t the easiest of tasks. Unless you work in recruitment or have an affinity for job-hopping then a general confusion exists about what information should be included, how much detail and whether you should include a selfie or not? (The answer is don’t if you are wondering!). It also doesn’t come naturally to many of us to draw direct attention to our skills and achievements (or as it’s fondly called in Scotland ‘boasting’).

The following tips are based on what we look for as recruiters and will help you create a CV that best showcases your skills in an overcrowded market.

Keep important information to the front.

Recent studies show that you only have 8.8 seconds to impress a recruiter reading your CV. Don’t let them spend that time learning about your exam results from the 80’s and how your favourite pastime is heading down to the pub. Keep the important information to the front; achievements and experience are what recruiters are looking out for so hook them with this and let the other information follow.

Include work-based achievements.

Think about your previous roles and what you achieved. Did you introduce a process that resulted in a safer workplace? Were you part of a team that completed a project ahead of schedule and under budget? If you instigated or were part of an activity that had a positive impact on your work environment, include it in your CV; prospective employers want to know what you can bring to the table.

Your CV isn’t set in stone.

There’s a common misconception that when you have completed your CV for the first time, you are done and all that is left is to send it out – this isn’t the case. View your CV as a working document and tailor it to suit each job you apply for. Use words directly from the job posting or job description. Are they asking for a skill you have previously carried out in another role? Include it. Make it glaringly obvious that you are suitable for the role you are applying for.

Avoid taking yourself out the race.

In an ideal world all of our candidates would be off to work on the newest of MODUs in the Caribbean Sea (or somewhere equally as nice!) on a 3/3 rotation for £500,000 a year (where do I sign?). Unfortunately, as a result of the oil price crash, there isn’t the same ability for workers to be so specific in their demands. Competent candidates are plentiful and competition is elevated amongst the workforce. By all means know your worth, however don’t take yourself out of the running. For example, if you have a pressing desire to one-day work in the Middle East but are applying for a job in Norway; don’t disclose this in your CV. It could be perceived that you will leave this position as soon as a more desirable one becomes available and result in you not being considered.

Include certificates and courses.

Are you up-to-date on your BOSIET? Have you taken any other courses to expand your skills? Include any relevant certificates and courses in your CV along with their expiry dates. Two of the things we look for when reading our candidates CV’s are: How keen are they to get back to work and advance in the industry and how quickly can they deploy? If you don’t include certificates or courses you have taken, it may be assumed you don’t have them.

Keep contact info up-to-date.

This might seem too obvious but there has been countless times that we have tried to contact candidates and they’ve included an old phone number on their CV. So much focus has been placed on the content and application that they have forgotten to check the basics. Keep your details up-to-date so that the vacancy doesn’t go to the next in line.


Oil and Gas recruiters aren’t looking for anything fancy, just a well presented CV that is easy to read. Avoid ‘fun’ fonts (nothing screams proficient Toolpusher like comic sans, right?) and opt for something more professional like Arial, Georgia or Helvetica. Make use of: spacing, bold for headings, bullet points and justification. You have 8.8 seconds (allegedly) to grab the recruiter’s attention, make sure it isn’t spent trying to make sense of your CV.

Remember to proof-read.

This is another obvious one but it is as important as the rest. Before you send your CV out, read over it or have someone else proof-read it for you. Ensure there are no typos, mistakes or naughty words sneaked in by cheeky colleagues (this has happened more than once!). Don’t let your CV give off the wrong impression of you; typos and mistakes can be deemed by employers as careless. Carelessness is not desirable trait for the Oil and Gas industry.

The above points mentioned may not guarantee you a job in the Oil and Gas industry, however they will help your CV stand-out and improve your chances of getting hired. If you are still unsure of what to include or would like some feedback on your CV, drop us an email to - we’d be happy to help.

- Carrington Pink

7 Career Lessons We Can Learn from Muhammad Ali

7 Career Lessons We Can Learn From Muhammad Ali

As the world woke up on Saturday, news that sporting legend Muhammad Ali had passed away began to sink in. No stranger to controversy, Muhammad Ali was as much of a character outside the ring as he was inside. Opinionated and strong-willed, Ali knew how to rattle people with his words as well as his fists. However Ali was no ‘empty talker’; his bold claims of being ‘The Greatest’ are backed up by his insurmountable success. In his 74 years Ali; won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics, fought 61 professional fights with only 5 losses and was named Ring Magazine’s “Fighter of The Year” more times than any other boxer – all this only being the tip of the iceberg. Ali was not immune to adversity either; receiving a 3 year ban from boxing at the peak of his career for refusing to be drafted into the US army to fight a war he didn’t believe in as well as being stripped of his world heavyweight title. This didn’t keep Ali down though, he returned to the ring in 1970 and reclaimed the title, cementing his position as ‘the greatest world heavyweight of all time’.

Whilst he may no longer be with us, Muhammad Ali leaves behind a legacy to inspire us all. Here we explore 7 lessons he left us with that we can apply to our own careers and set us on the right path to becoming a champ.

1. “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”

This is simple; have a dream. An ultimate goal to work towards and set out to achieve it. Champions need benchmarks to measure their achievements against.

2. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

Don’t just count the days until your next win. Get up in the morning, have clear objectives of what you want to achieve that day and end the day knowing you gave it the best shot – it’s the only way to keep those victories coming.

3. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

Taking risks is scary, whether it’s going for that promotion or diving into a whole new career – there is always the chance you might fall flat on your face. However, there is also a strong chance it might be a triumph. If you want to be a success, take that risk. Champs don’t stand still for long because there is always someone coming up behind them ready to take that spot.

4. “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

Believe in yourself! You can’t expect a potential employer or a big client to invest in you if you don’t believe your own hype. Become your own champion. Get rid of self-doubt and know your worth.

5. “I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘don’t quit’. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

We all have parts of our job we dislike and wish we could wave a magic wand for it to be taken care of (I’m looking at you, e-mails!). Unfortunately, that’s not how victories are won in the real world. So grit your teeth, do what has to be done and enjoy the successes that come from it; knowing that you earned every minute.

6. “It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out. It’s the pebble in your shoe.”

Sometimes we are our own worst enemy and rather than it being the trials we face that hold us back, it is our attitudes. Life is unpredictable and will undoubtedly throw rocks at us – sometimes massive boulders even! However, it’s how we deal with them that matter. Don’t let your circumstances decide your success for you.

7. “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

In business it is impossible to succeed and stay the same. External factors that we have no control over dictate that in order to grow, we must be able to adapt. If you operate in the Oil and Gas industry like we do, this is more apparent than ever. Being aware of your market, being flexible and learning from your mistakes are all key factors in success.

From the quotes discussed it can be seen that as well as leaving behind a great sporting legacy, Muhammed Ali has left us with some inspiring core values to apply to our own careers. Implement these and maybe we too can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

- Carrington Pink