Now that we have covered the most basic elements of an impressive resume from previous articles, let’s take a look at some finer resume formatting points. This section will describe about general guidelines for oilfield resume formatting and designing a compelling resume that suits for yourself.
Your resume should be written to look appealing to the eye. This is best accomplished by keeping in mind the following:
- Structure looks clean and flows well
- Very easy to read/not at all complicated
- Easily understood with simple wording and phrases
- Contains good overall balance
- Not crowded/contains plenty of white space
- Sections are concise and shorter when possible
All formatting should be consistent. And not too heavy on the bolding, italics and underlining. These features should only be used for best effect and not in uniformity.
Your resume will be your front line in communication. Before you meet your prospective employer, your employer will meet you via your resume. If there are mistakes in your resume, the employer will expect the same lack of attention to detail in your job. Your resume should be error free. This means free of typos, improper spelling, poor grammar, improper punctuation, and errors in fact.
To recap, the key information in your resume should include:
- Career objective
- Technical expertise
- Positions held list
- Reverse chronological order
- Education credentials
- Degrees attained
- Targeted information as necessary
The positions held list will include:
- Position title
- Name of company
- City and state of company
- Years there
- Earlier held positions can be summarized
- Part-time work can be excluded
Designing a Compelling Resume
Create a work of art! Use the best supplies for your resume:
- A laser printer or an ink jet printer to produce the best results
- A good-sized typeface (font) in 11 or 12 point.
- Off-white, ivory or bright white Letter or A4 paper, in high quality.
Submit a resume without smudges or staples, and leave a generous border.
A Long Versus Short Resume
A shorter resume is often best, however, if what you need to write takes up 3 pages, then offer 3 pages. There is no hard-and-fast rule for resume length. Just make certain you do not bore them with the details. Always leave them wanting to know more. Remember, you are marketing yourself and not your entire life history.
Add good variety. Break it down into sections. Your resume will contain no more than six lines of writing in any one writing section or paragraph (summary, skills section, accomplishment statement, job description, etc.) If you require more, start a new section or a new paragraph.
Ensure the Resume is Easy to Follow
You need to start each section with your most important information on the first line. This will be read the most. Additionally, you should use bold caps to highlight key sections and information. Your name, section headings, skill headings, titles or companies, degrees, and school name can all be written in boldface. Your name should be on the top of each page of your resume.
Ensure parallel content elements use the same design format
Omit any kind of information that can be seen as being controversial, such as political affiliations.
Make Contact Information Easy to Find
Submit an accurate telephone number with area code. Be sure the phone number on the resume will be answered in-person or by an answering machine, Monday through Friday, from 8-5 pm. You want to be available when invited in for that important interview.
If you do not have an answering machine, buy one. Include your e-mail and fax numbers as an alternate means of reaching you.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
The job of the employer is to pour through sometimes hundreds of resumes each and every day. They have a well-trained eye for scanning and identifying the candidates that interest them most. All the same time, they must read through all kinds of really boring information.
Some resumes read like a long list of data that is anything like remarkable. Your resume, however, will not. Your resume will be formatted to give your prospective employer your most meaningful and interesting information first and then all of the pertinent, less exciting information, after.
Your resume packs a punch to begin with and then you boldly assert your best qualities and talents. Now, you will back up your assertions by proving you know your stuff. You will now show how qualified you are for the job based on your work experience.
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