Gerald Balmek

  • Chestnut, IL
  • HR Consultant, Resume Writer
  • Chestnut, IL
Added on 14 May 2019

How to Format and Perfect your Oil and Gas Resume

14 May 2019

A carefully-crafted resume is the key to landing the perfect oil and gas job. HR professionals and recruiters alike consider the resume one of the most important aspects of a candidate's portfolio. Yet, poorly-presented resumes are oftentimes the reason a good candidate gets overlooked. Despite what some may think, formatting, spelling, and the information included really do matter as much as the positions you've held and the work you have done. If a resume is difficult to read, doesn't accurately portray someone's experience and doesn't qualify/quantify their experience, even the most qualified candidate won't be fully considered by HR. To help you create a resume that will allow hiring managers to get the most insight into you and your experience, federal job resume writing service has put together a helpful template that will guide you to resume perfection.


First and Last Name


Cell Phone (or best phone number to reach you)

Email Address


This is the place on the resume that you should give a brief summary of your skill set that would appeal or match the job you are applying for. Here is where you should give a quick overview of your abilities, experience and also summarize how you have personally contributed to the success of a particular project. You should refrain from putting an objective here as presenting your resume indicates that your objective is to obtain a position with that specific company. Any overarching or long-term careers goals and aspirations are better suited for discussion in an interview. 


The Name of Your School, Location                                                                               Dates

Your Degree i.e. Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering

**Be sure to list all of your accredited degrees.

**Put dates on the far right-hand side of your resume as it is easier to follow your employment history in that format.

** If your GPA is a 3.0 or higher, please include.


Name of The Company, Location                                                                                    Dates            

Your Position                                               

  • Describe your responsibilities and duties at this job;
  • Use bullet points because they are easier to read;
  • Make sure to describe the particular projects you've worked on;
  • Explain how your work attributed to the success of the project.

Name of Another Company, Location                                                                        Dates

Your Position 

  • Description of your responsibilities in this position;
  • Don’t forget to mention the basins you have worked in;

Rinse and repeat the above until you have mapped out your oil and gas work history.

**It’s okay if your resume is longer than a page! In fact, accurately reflecting your experience is far more important than squeezing a whole career into a single page. 

Software and Computer Knowledge

  • List the software programs that you are familiar with;
  • Include your level of skill with each (exposure, proficient, highly-proficient, or expert-level);
  • Like MS Office;
  • As well as oil and gas-specific software programs.


Professional Publications

This section can get a little long, especially if you have obtained advanced certifications or degrees. PLEASE don’t go too crazy here. Generally speaking, if it isn’t applicable to the oil and gas industry, recruiters and HR professionals generally glance over this section pretty quickly.

Relative Coursework or Certifications

If you don’t have a degree, but have taken specific course work classes that relate to the oil and gas industry, list them in this section. Likewise, if you are degreed but perhaps took a refresher course in a specific software program, also list that in this section.

Think of your resume as a story of you. The summary should draw the reader in, just like an opening paragraph in a great book. Write it as such that whoever is reading it wants to find out more about you. Use your experience as the juicy plot points and then bring it all together with an excellent ending with your software experience and other certifications. Don’t forget to make sure your resume is formatted and check your spelling. Important: Automated programs check for misspelled words but not misused words so make sure you read through your resume carefully. Some of the most commonly misspelled words we see are (and yes, I’m serious): 

**The following words are properly spelled. 


Basin names


Wellsite — as an adjective

Well Site — As a noun





Fracturing — Don’t use "Frack" or "Fracking"

Gas lift







Hi! I'm a resume writer and ex-HR consultant. A few years ago I've decided to become a freelancer and start my own practice. Now I help people to get their dream job. Also, I'm kind of a blogger. I write More
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