10 Ways to Change Careers From Oil and Gas to Another Industry

by Candace Alstad - Davies on December 11, 2015

in Job Search Tips

Oil and Gas Changing CareersMany people change careers from oil and gas to another industry with great success.

Unfortunately the oil field industry has taken a huge tumble and job loses are increasing. This economic slow-down will, of course impact the stability of other industries.

Losing your job or actively seeking to change your career can both be scary endeavors; however, they can also be seen as opportunities. Take some time to reflect on what is important to you, what you are looking for in a career, and what will make you happy.

Ask yourself these questions to determine if your career in the oil patch has come to and end:

  • Did you enter the oil field straight out of high school?
  • Did you join the rigs thinking it would only be a short-term career, but became hooked on the money in the interim?
  • Were you really happy working those long hours in such tough conditions?
  • What profession did you dream about as a kid? I’m assuming it probably wasn’t roughneck or driller.

And now ask these questions:

  • Is the industry volatile and unstable?
  • Are you tired of submitting resumes and getting no response?
  • Is the resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile really communicating your true VALUE?  Then STOP, if you still enjoy the  oil field line of work, this maybe an area to focus on.

Keep in mind your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile are the only think that represent you in your absence.

One opportunity that the downturn in the oil field affords you is the chance to apply for a job you always dreamed about, but never ended up pursuing. The key is determining what experience and skills you gained from your former positions. Even though you may not think you have any, everyone has transferable skills.

Transferable Oil Field Areas of Expertise

  •  Quality Control Management
  • Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance
  • Preventative Management
  • Safety and Compliance
  • Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Efficiency Improvement
  • Budget and Cost Control
  • Staff Training
  • Process Redesign and Reengineering
  • Customer Service and Client Relations

Transferable Oil Field Skills And Abilities – known as soft skills or non-tangible

  • Interpersonal
  •  Communication
  • Organizational
  • Time Management
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Leadership

There are a lot of others ones, these are just a few to get your mind thinking what your are.

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10 Proven Ways to Improve Your Resume to Increase Interviews

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 21, 2015

in Resume Tips

Resume writing tips for your career success

Implement these 10 ways to improve your resume to generate more interviews and ultimately job offers.

As a resume writer with 16+ years of experience, I know it’s critical to write a resume that is visually-appealing, keyword-word rich, accomplishment-based and show the value you can bring to an organization. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

  1. The first step to creating an outstanding and effective job application document is ensuring that it looks visually appealing.You want to make sure that the reader knows you are a mature and respectable individual, who will be an asset to their company or organization. The appearance of your resume and cover letter speak greatly about the person writing it. Use a crisp, appealing design that looks like its rightful place should be in an employer or hiring manager’s hand. Ask, “Just by looking at these documents, would I hire myself?”

2.    Content needs to be relevant and contain keywords and accomplishments.

Everything you write in your resume and cover letter must also sound professional. Use appropriate words and phrases and avoid ambiguous words such as “thing(s)”. If you are uncertain how to express yourself, ask someone else for his or her opinion or try completely rewriting the sentence or paragraph until you get it right. If you are applying for a management position, you must make your document sounds as though a manager is the one writing it and applying for the position.

3.    Resume writing is often difficult for many because they need themselves to stand out.

Do not use the regular old Microsoft Word Resume Template! Many people get caught in this trap. Yes, it may contain a good basic outline to start with, but if every person uses the same template, then no one will stand out above the crowd, including you. There is nothing wrong with using a template, but find an uncommon (yet correct) one and make it your own. Play with the font, borders, spacing, etc to make it eye-catching.

4.    Make sure your VALUE is communicated.

Even though it may seem like you are selling your resume and cover letter first, you are actually selling yourself first and foremost. Even though your resume must look and sound appealing, you need to make sure that you come across as a desirable candidate. While concentrating on developing an appealing design, ensure that you include all pertinent information, for instance education, credentials, work experience, professional development, etc. Assess the company’s job advertisement, if available, and make certain that you have touched on all required qualifications in your cover letter.

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How to Get the Law of Attraction Working for You

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 24, 2015

in Job Search Tips

how to get the law of attraction working for youWant to discover how to get the law of attraction working for you?  Are you eager to have opportunities, relationships and momentum come easily to you? Are you looking to cease the struggling and finally get on the path to success? Let’s start first by defining what “attraction” is.

Attraction is really just the “new” term for sowing and reaping. To best sum it up, I would use the quote “what you think about, you bring about”. It does not matter if it is good thoughts or bad, or if you want them or not. The truth is that your dominant thoughts are what you are attracting into your life this very minute. This is EXTREMELY important …

A Resume Format And A Resume Template Are Different

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 21, 2015

in Resume Tips

Choosing a Resume FormatA resume format and a resume template are different. Below is a brief description of four different type of formats commonly used by job seekers.

A chronological resume in which the information is organized by dates-the most recent position first, working backwards 10-15 years. This stresses positions you held and companies where you worked. Recruiters and hiring managers tend to like this resume format because it’s easy to read and demonstrates job seekers’ continuous career growth. This format is used when the individual has steady advancement, no employment gaps and is applying for the same line of work.

A functional resume is

How to Navigate the Transition from College to a Career

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 21, 2015

in Resume Tips

transition from college to a careerSo, you are finished. You have completed all your college credits and have your diploma in hand.  Now you have to get ready to search for, or start, your first job.  This can be a chaotic and stressful time. You must deal with the demands of job-hunting, interviewing, and starting a new career.  Do you know how to navigate the transition from college to a career?

While it helps to have an idea of your career path after graduation, don’t worry if your first job does not perfectly fit your plan.  Many recent college grads change jobs after their first year; sometimes it takes that long (or longer!) to determine what you really want to do in life.  Also, your major does not determine the types of jobs you can work.  While there are specialized fields, such as engineering, where you need to have a degree in that field, the majority of jobs simply require a college degree.  So, focus your job-search on the types of jobs you desire. To find a job…

How to Develop a Job Search Plan

by Candace Alstad - Davies on September 17, 2015

in Job Search Tips

job search planEmbarking on a search for a new job can be overwhelming to say the least. You will need to write a resume, cover letter, reference sheet, etc. before you even get started.  In today’s highly competitive job market, it is imperative that you know how to develop a job search plan, and know exactly what your plan of action will be.  The days of just dropping off a resume and cover letter are pretty much over.  A job search plan will begin with a lot of research and hard work that will allow you to tap into hidden job markets, network, find advertisements and job listings, and work with third party recruiters.   To begin, you will need…

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