Many 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 losses are increasing. This economic slow-down will, of course, impact the stability of other sectors.
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 brief career, but became hooked on the money in the interim?
- Were you really happy working those long hours in such harsh 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?
- Are your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile communicating your actual VALUE? If not and you still enjoy oil and gas work, this should be where you focus your efforts.
Keep in mind your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile are the only things 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.
Interchangeable Oil and Gas 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
- Time Management
- Analytical and Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
There are a lot of others ones; these are just a few to get your mind thinking what your are.
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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.
- 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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