2020 Oil and Gas (Engineering) Resume Sample – Refreshed!


Oil and Gas Engineering CV Breakdown and Analysis

Engineering is a broad discipline, with many different subspecialties. As such, it’s particularly important to distinguish yourself, and properly present your profile through your CV. The oil and gas industry is also known by different names in Singapore, such as petroleum engineering. Even within the industry, roles and responsibilities are split throughout the value chain: most commonly, the division is within the upstream and downstream roles. It is similarly important to showcase your competency in your area of specialisation on your CV, or highlight your general knowledge if you’re skilled in both areas.

Previously, I’ve talked about mechanical engineering – you can read about that CV dissection here. Some of the tips and tricks can be applied to oil and gas as well. In this article, I’ll be breaking down and analysing the CVs of a few old clients I’ve worked with in great detail. I’ve combined some bits and pieces from different profiles into this hypothetical CV – some areas may seem a little incommensurate with someone of ‘Joe’s’ seniority level, but that’ll be because I’ve imported some details from another CV to serve as a learning point. The logic and reasoning behind what I’ve put into the particular CV remains the same, and you can adapt it easily for use in your own resume.

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Let’s get right into the CV breakdown. I’ve annotated the CV with my thought process and reasoning – keep an eye out for the parts [formatted like this]. Try to see how my thoughts can be applied to your own context and your own CV.

Here’s the finalised oil and gas CV:

I’ve omitted the technical skills section from this CV breakdown as that varies a lot from person to person – the feedback that I got was a little conflicting, so I’ve removed that part for now. Some technical skills for the oil and gas industry that you can consider including on your resume are:

  • Software: AUTOCAD, Uni-graphics, SAP, MATLAB, SAP, Microsoft Office Suite
  • Theory and Practical Knowledge: Equipment Degradation Documentation, Magnetic Particle Testing, Liquid Penetrant Testing, Radiography.
  • Statistical Tools: SPC, Pareto Analysis
  • Process Methodologies: Six Sigma, Value Stream Mapping, JIT

This is not an exhaustive list by any means. If you’ve got other related skills, be sure to include them on your CV.

Want a winning CV like the Oil and Gas Resume Sample above?

With the global problems the oil and gas industry is currently facing, it may be quite a challenge to prove yourself and why you are the right person to be hired for a particular position within the sector.

It is, therefore, important that you prepare a well-crafted oil and gas resume where you can demonstrate your skills, strengths, and achievements.

Here is my guide on how to create a winning oil and gas resume.

In this guide and CV dissection, I’ve assumed a bit of prior knowledge in the key skeletal structure of a CV and the major components that would traditionally be included. If you’d like to learn more about what makes an effective CV, check out my Ultimate Guide to CV Writing here. In that guide, I go into greater detail on how to properly write each section of a CV, the role and importance of these sections, and how to finally put everything together to get a highly effective and power-packed resume. I also devote more time to the intricacies and nuances of CV writing, and how to make sure you don’t miss out the subtle points that are crucial for a good CV. It’s a great read, if I do say so myself 🙂

Key Pointers Recruiters Look For In Oil and Gas Resumes:

  • Your ability to deliver full end-to-end projects
  • Your experience in comprehending business needs and translating them into technical specifications
  • Proven leadership skills in managing teams and delivering large projects on time and under budget

Oil and gas engineering is also a rather project-based and project-heavy industry. If you’ve worked on major projects in the past, be sure to include them on your CV as well. You can do so through the Significant Projects approach. I usually do this for project managers, but I find it works well for CVs which depend a lot on showcasing projects.

Instead of Significant Achievements/Highlights, adopt the following format:

Project Title
XX | Project Value: USD XXm
A brief description of the project.

  • Your individual contribution to the project’s success
  • Another contribution or responsibility

I didn’t showcase this example in the CV breakdown, but you could choose to adopt it if it’s relevant to your context. You don’t need to choose between this and the Achievements as well. It’s perfectly okay (and in fact recommended!) to include achievements on your CV – recall that your resume is a marketing tool, and should thus show off what you’ve accomplished. You can do so by placing a Significant Achievements section after all your significant projects. If the project in itself represents an achievement (led to some improvement in efficiency, generated a lot of revenue, etc.), you can add a line under the last project job description talking about its significance. In other words:

Project Title
XX | Project Value: USD XXm
A brief description of the project.

  • Your individual contribution to the project’s success
  • Another contribution or responsibility
  • Project resulted in a strong recurring revenue pipeline valued at over USD 100M.

This combines the best of both worlds, and strenghthens your CV immensely.

Writing an Oil and Gas Resume

1. Resume Header

Ensure your header clearly states your Name, Email Address and Contact Number. There is no need to put your home address or identification (NRIC) number.

2. Executive Summary

The executive summary gives a quick overview of your work history. Here, we want to communicate your strong work ethic, desire to learn and leadership abilities, if any. If you’ve got domain expertise in the field you’re applying for, do heavily emphasise that.

3. Technical Skills

It is highly recommended to include a technical skills table in your resume. This will help the recruiter gain a quick understanding of your skills in a single glance.

4. Work Experiences

Always break your work experiences into 2 parts – your daily workscope and your achievements.

For the daily workscope, include a high level summary. Workscopes which are implied can be omitted. Remember, you want to keep your resume short and sharp for the recruiter.

This section includes all the keywords resume scanning softwares often use. Its important to place key softwares/languages here relevant to the job ad you’re applying for. Scan the job application and parrot back the key phrases they’ve mentioned into your resume.

5. Key Achievements

Your achievements section is critical to differentiating your application from that of your peers. Include projects which you have led and their resulting tangible business benefits. These benefits can be in the form of:

  • Cost savings to the firm
  • New revenue gains
  • Better / Streamlined processes
  • Awards received during tenure

Always tie back your projects to business benefits. This is what the hiring manager and employer want to see. Ultimately, they want to know you can bring great value to their organisation.

As far as possible do include metrics or numbers in your achievements. This helps to add substance to your resume and give the reader an objective view of your skills and abilities.

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