Happy New Year!
It has become an annual tradition to revisit the resume writing process and the problem areas we still see in our daily business. Here are some refreshers for you. Believe us when we say that this subject is here to stay. Looks like many otherwise accomplished professionals tend to put less emphasis on their resumes - a tool meant to leave a lasting, good first impression.
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Avoiding the kind of stress that drives your employees away
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a report a few years ago that stated that close to 80% of the American workforce experiences stress to a level that would require outside help to avoid major health risks. The World Health Organization (WHO) surveyed that stress at work is one of the major health issues in the United States costing US companies in excess of $300 billion every year - a combination of insurance costs and the costs of recruiting new employees for departing stressed out staff members.
No surprise therefore, stress is also mentioned as one of the biggest reasons why people chose to leave employment to seek better options. While some factors of stress are personally related and out of an employer's control, many stress drivers could be avoided by management paying attention and employing common sense practices to minimize the frustration that causes stress-related symptoms.
Here are some thoughts on the matter that might help you in your organization.
If an employer and employee accustomed to being able to communicate freely find that communication has broken down, some stress factors might be at work and must be addressed. Managers should watch for the situation. Has the employee's position changed to negatively affect professional, personal and/or family responsibilities and leisure, or is not receiving adequate compensation? Does he or she feel he is not receiving an appropriate level of respect and dignity and recognition around colleagues and subordinates? Does the employee feel legitimate concerns cannot be discussed due to fear of losing his job?
Lack of Job Security
Stress can also result from having too few demands, as people will become bored, feel undervalued and lack recognition. If they feel they have little or no say over the work they do or how they do it, this may cause them stress.
Juggling Work and Personal Lives
No person is perfect, and no organization's members do everything well all the time. But not ignoring signs of stress will lead to happier employees and to a higher retention rate.
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Engineering Technician with six years of experience working for a large operator. Experienced in data management, quality control, spreadsheet creation and maintenance, database maintenance, production plotting, scorecard creation, presentation creation, data upload, graph creation, data research, and file maintenance. Geographic areas worked include Texas. Software experience in Peep, OFM, Spotfire, MS Frontpage, and Access. Ask for TE609.
Geoscience Technician with 11 years of oil and gas industry experience working for small independents. Experienced in providing technical support for geology, geophysics, land, and engineering across all discipline levels including generating maps and cross sections, loading seismic data, printing and scanning geological data, well logs, maps, cross sections, reports, and studies; searching and locating wells, ordering core samples, and maintaining databases. Software proficiency in SMT Kingdom, DrillingInfo, NeuraScanner, NeuraLaser/Viewer, MAS2000, Geoatlas, XSection, IHS Enerdeq, WellBase, DI Desktop, Global Mapper, ScanWorks/Colortrac, Query Builder, Lexco, and AFE Navigator. Geographic areas worked include the Permian Basin. Ask for TG884.
Petroleum Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and approximately one year of experience working for an independent energy company. Experienced in reserves analysis, offset studies, completions, polymer floods, AFE writing, rod design, water floods, recompletions, decline curve analysis, cross section creation, and economic analysis. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Software experience in ARIES, SROD, SMT Kingdom, CMG, IHS, Enerdeq, and GeoGraphix. Ask for TE606.
Petroleum Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and two years of experience in the oil and gas industry working for a software support company and an engineering services company. Experienced in providing drilling software support and training including providing real-time drilling software support, providing daily technical support to all real-time systems to ensure continuous and reliable data availability, managing requests for all systems and resolving issues, training customers and users, and monitoring real-time data streams. Additionally experienced as a drill log analyst conducting quality control on rig data, deploying and installing rig hardware, supervising and monitoring drilling and log measurements data, creating well reports, updating field reports, and analyzing and performing case studies for rig deviations. Software proficiency in MaraDrill, WellView, and ProAct. Language fluency in Spanish. Ask for D562.
Petroleum Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, a bachelor's degree in geological engineering, and 26 years of experience working for small and large operators and as a consultant. Experienced in designing, preparing, and implementing procedures for well completions, workovers, re-entries, fracs, and acid ball outs; reviewing and monitoring costs and progress, creating flowback and stimulation spreadsheets, and assessing the effectiveness of operations. Additionally experienced in directing, supervising and managing projects and operations, developing AFE budget recommendations for capital outlay, services, equipment and materials for individual wells and projects; preparing detailed economics, preparing bids and proposals for the acquisition of equipment and services, preparing SPCC plans, maintaining vendor relations, and tracking expenditures. Geographic areas worked include New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan. Software proficiency in ARIES and OGRE. Ask for PR322.
Production Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and 22 years of experience working for a service company and mid-sized operators. Experienced in completions, recompletions, production, and workover operations including horizontal completions, coiled tubing, multi-stage fracturing, acid stimulations, and gas lift diagnostics. Geographic areas worked include south Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, and the Gulf of Mexico OCS. Ask for P663.
Landman with a bachelor's degree in management and administration and more than 30 years of experience working for a major oil and gas company, several independent companies, and as a consultant. Experienced in contract negotiation, employee training, lease acquisition, crew management, formulation and administration of oil and gas leases, title curative work, farmouts and farmins, participation agreements, joint venture agreements, and joint operating agreements. Geographic areas worked include onshore Gulf coast, the Gulf of Mexico shelf, North Dakota, Ohio, and California. Certified Professional Landman. Ask for L492.
Project Engineer and Manager with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology and nine years of experience in oil and gas. Experienced in platform removal and installation, compressor lifts, rig salvage, well cutting, plug and abandonment, hot tapping, saturation diving, jetting, and subsea chemical injection. Additionally experienced in creating wellbore diagrams, writing P&A procedures, performing cost tracking, calculating structural weights and sling loads, drafting P&IDs, and preparing bids. Certified Engineer-in-Training by the State of Texas. Possesses current Safegulf, HUET, Water Survival, and TWIC certifications. Ask for F1883.
HSE Advisor with a master's degree in environmental analysis and decision making and seven years of experience working for two major operators. Experienced in developing project documents, coordinating HSE and regulatory requirements, managing the contracting process for public bidding, managing safety meetings and training compliance, reporting safety metrics, and participating in project compliance and regulatory compliance assessments. Additionally experienced in providing geoscience support including creating well log databases, preparing geoscience data for interpretation, developing petrophysical reports, and importing data into various geoscience software. Geographic areas worked include Angola, Nigeria, and the Gulf of Mexico. Ask for HS987.
Reservoir Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and 10 years of experience working for a major operator, several independent companies. Experienced in creating type-curves, implementing reservoir management strategies, characterizing reservoirs, analyzing risk, creating production and capital forecasts, performing supervisory duties, asset development planning, and acquisition analysis. Geographic areas worked include Texas, California, southern Oklahoma, and the Gulf of Mexico. Software proficiency in ARIES, PHDWin, FDR, SpotFire, FieldVision, WellCore, CSBeam, Dl-Desktop, PVTsim, GIS, FieldDIRECT, SmartView, Visual Explore, Hyperion, and AutoCAD. Ask for R1137.
The Importance of Your Resume (Redux)
A well-written resume is important, and there are a lot of tools on the internet that can help you. But we thought we would focus on the most important points to you and specific mistakes we see in our practice. These are in no particular order; they are all important, and any one of them might cause your resume to be placed in the "No" box.
Graphics and Fancy Fonts
Length of Resume
Grammar, Style and Overall Neatness
Your resume should look pleasing to the reader's eyes. Watch out for improper indentations and too many spaces which can give your resume an "out-of-balance" appearance. Do you know that of 500 test resumes we found the words "led" and "principal" were misspelled 25% of the time?
Missing or Vague Objective and Profile
Following the Objective, should be a short profile or summary about you. Do not be vague, fuzzy or too general - words like self-motivating, excellent communicator and such are commonplace - but these are traits that are expected of you! This section of the resume tells your future employer what you can bring to the table. Make sure you define the one or two areas where you are a true expert - not more, because that dilutes the idea of expert. List things you are capable of doing or which you have done as experience.
Listing Work Experience 15 Years or Older
Last Reminder - Applicant Tracking Software Are Here To Stay
Let us know if you have any questions and good luck!
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