Industry Bits

5 Steps to ‘WOW’ During Your First Few Weeks on the Job

Posted by Sarah Kennon

You’ve done it! You got through the interviews, and you have that shiny job offer in your hands. Your start date is circled on the calendar and you’re gathering your I-9 paperwork and we’re sure you’re thrilled. But along with that excitement, you’re probably a little nervous too, and we don’t blame you! We know you want to impress on your first few weeks on the job, so we’ve gathered some of our tried and true tips to WOW everyone in your new office.

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5 Tips for Keeping Positive While Unemployed in Oil & Gas

Posted by Sarah Kennon

Unemployment. Even the word is scary. Job hunts can drag on for months and months, and it’s easy to feel defeated and depressed. I know it’s tempting to sink into the warm embrace of your couch and the lure of reality television and comfort Doritos, but keeping your life moving is better for you and your job hunt. There isn’t a magic cure for the job hunt blues, but we’ve complied some tips that might help keep you positive throughout your job hunt (and some tips aren’t bad to keep in mind when you do have a job!)

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The Three Major Oil and Gas Resume Formats and When to Use Them

Posted by Sarah Kennon

When you’re looking to revamp your resume or to write a new one entirely, starting over can be intimidating – how many pages should you have? Which font do I use? Should I put it on pink, scented paper? Ok, that last one you probably know the answer to (please don’t send an oil and gas company a pink scented resume, even if it would probably generate some laughs) but one of the most important things you should consider early on is what format you want to use. There are three types of resumes, and each one has its individual benefits and downsides. Once you decide which format works best for you, you can just fill it up with the information you do know, and get back to the important decision between Times New Roman and Calibri.

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5 Things to Help Your Oil and Gas LinkedIn Profile Shine

Posted by Sarah Kennon

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How to Write a Cover Letter to Land an Oil and Gas Job

Posted by Iliana Pacheco

To get an interview in a top oil and gas company, you need to have a killer resume and dazzling cover letter. Cover letters are hard to get right. Most people make the error of mirroring their resume, making it robotic and not as personable as a cover letter medium lends. The perfect cover letter should be an extension of your resume, not a mirror or copy. The cover letter is where you can let a little of your personality and passion shine through and is also a perfect tool to explain inconsistencies or gaps in your resume. The easiest way to think about it is…that it’s a letter! I know, not rocket science, but creating the perfect cover letter could be the difference between getting an interview at your dream oil and gas company or continuing your job search. We put together a helpful format for you to reference when writing your next cover letter below.

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How to Answer the Hardest Oil and Gas Interview Question

Posted by Iliana Pacheco

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Motivational Quotes to Jumpstart your Oil and Gas Career

Posted by Iliana Pacheco

Everyone knows that the oil and gas industry is taking a hit right now. With gas prices so low it can be easy to lose heart in the industry. It's not time to hang up your hat yet! In fact, according to industry insider David Vaucher, those that weather this storm will be in an even better position than if prices stayed the same.

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Job Tips to Combat Ageism in the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted by Iliana Pacheco

Although ageism is illegal, you can still see its presence in every day hiring practices. Usually you can see ageism on the two extreme sides of the job market spectrum, recent graduates and those that have been working in the industry for quite a while. Either way, ageism can be a very frustrating mental challenge during your job search. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you overcome particular stereotypes.

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Negotiating your Salary in the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted by Iliana Pacheco

Asking for money is always a tricky bridge to navigate. When is the right time to ask for more? Being in the recruiting game for over 35 years, we’ve seen some unfortunate situations in which a candidate will ask for more money at the wrong time and lose out on their dream job. On the other hand, settling for less than you’re worth really takes a toll on your self-esteem and productivity. Here are a few times in the hiring process when you should and should not ask for more $$$.

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Buzzwords to Remove from your Oil and Gas LinkedIn Profile

Posted by Iliana Pacheco

Your LinkedIn profile is your online resume. Recruiters and HR professionals are searching the largest professional network for qualified candidates to hire. You want to put as much time and energy into your LinkedIn profile as your resume so you can get found by the right people. Paying attention to the words and phrases you use to describe your experience is important. When faced with writers block, it’s easy to fall into cliché terminology to describe your experience. Buzzwords are a black hole. They are empty and don’t really mean much of anything; kind of like the nothingness of space! Recently, LinkedIn released a list of the 10 most overused words on profiles.

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