Resume Styles – A Work of Art (Oilfield Resume Ep3)

The following section of this article is devoted to a variety of different resume styles and formats.  This will give you full creative license to select what suits you best.  Getting the basics down first, though, is every bit as important as the final product you will create using these tips.

The more creative you are in writing about yourself, your credentials, your experience and everything else of importance to a prospective employer, the more attractive your resume will be to a hiring manager.

The three basic resume styles are:

  1. Chronological Resume
  2. Functional Resume
  3. Chronological/Functional combined Resume

 The following sections below will give you more details regarding each resume styles and the example of resume.

Chronological Resume

The Chronological resume is the more structurally formatted of the three.

  • Experience section is the key.
  • Jobs are listed in detail.
  • No focus on skills or achievements at the beginning of the
  • Used generally when remaining in same job or career.
  • Caters to conservative-type positions.
  • Always has a Career Objective section and Summary section.
  • Used especially with legal and academic professions.

This resume type is ideal when:

  • Applying for positions within a more conservative profession.
  • The job candidate is older, and more traditional.
  • You are wanting to show good job detail and highlight employer names.

This resume type is NOT ideal when:

  • You want to showcase your best qualities and experience.
  • You are wanting to make a change in career.

Example of a Chronological Resume

Jason Coleman

1032 Sherwood Street, Wildwood, NJ 07886

201-555-9384

Jason.Coleman@gmail.com

 

Career Objective: Looking for consulting drilling superintendent for ultra-deep water in Gulf of Mexico.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Highly deviated and horizontal well drilling
  • High Pressure High Temperature (HTHP) well drilling
  • Underbalance drilling
  • Land drilling operation
  • Offshore rig experiences: Jack up rig, semi-sub rig, drill ship
  • Rotary steerable drilling tool
  • Drilling operation management
  • Water based and oil based mud
  • Basic formation evaluation and geology for drilling
  • Well testing operation on the drilling site
  • Well control experience: driller’s method, weight and weight, volumetric, lubricate and bleed, dynamic kill
  • Well control equipment: BOP both surface and subsea stack
  • Safety and regulation compliance

Professional Experience:

2005 – Present: ABC Company, Houston, TX, USA

Drilling Supervisor Consultant

Managed deep water drilling operation in Nigeria and Angola which had cost approximately 600,000 us dollar a day expense. Provided operational suggestion to clients to improve rig safety and drilling performance. Trained young drilling engineers and drilling representatives to get more understanding regarding deep water drilling operations.

Achievement

  • Successfully drilled and completed the complex subsea well head over 4,000 ft of water without any down time and injury.
  • All the drilling projects were10 to 30 percentages under the planned AFE.
  • No LTA while I was working on the drilling site.
  • Over 2 million dollars save on an exploration well, Tata-01 Exploration, by utilizing new rotary steerable tool.

2000 – 2005: Robert Drilling Consultant, Saudi Arabia

Drilling Representative

Managed land drilling operations in Saudi Arabia. Ensure all personnel involving in the drilling operation follow safe work practices and procedures. Supervised drilling contractors and service companies to obtain the efficient drilling operation. Experienced with underbalance drilling operation on a land drilling.

Achievement

  • Successfully drill multilateral wells penetrating over 1,000 meters of reservoir for each well.
  • Successfully and safely kill several wells because of high pressure gas kick which had 3,500 psi initial surface casing pressure.
  • Assist the production team to improve the productivity from underbalance drilling technique.
  • No LTA while I was working on the drilling site.

1993 – 2000: American Exploration and Production, Houston, TX, USA

Senior Drilling Engineer

Took care of engineering sides as well design, drill string selection, completion design, drilling fluids, etc. Implemented performance metric for operation improvement. Brought new technology to drill complex wells in offshore The Gulf of Mexico as rotary steerable, casing drilling, HTHP oil based drilling fluid. Improved drilling waste management.

Achievement

  • Drilled 5 high complex wells with the rotary steerable tool and all wells produced all together over 20,000 bpd in 1998.
  • Improved well design strategy and reduced 2 unnecessary casing string from the previous casing design.
  • Reduce over 1 million dollar of casing cost in 1998 by adapting the new well design

1982 – 1993: American Exploration and Production, Houston, TX, USA

 Drilling Engineer

 Supported a drilling engineering team and took care of several service contracts. Integrated offset well information into performance improvement plan. Worked with drilling supervisors at the rig site to improve safety and effectiveness of drilling operation. Implemented drilling best practices from the existing wells in the field. Created PDC bit selection criteria for the company.

Achievement

  • Improved drilling performance in J-field (brown field)
  • Applied new PDC technology to drill in offshore environment
  • Drilled 5 vertical wells and 4 high deviated wells in J-field

Education:

  • Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Texas at Austin, 1990
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering, Texas at Austin, 1982

References: References available upon request.

Functional Resume

The next basic resume format is the Functional

  • Showcases achievements and major skills from the top.
  • Clearly states your strong suits.
  • Employer does not need to read through boring job details.
  • States (through summary) all you will bring to the table.
  • Only brief mention of company names and positions held.

Highly recommended by resume writing professionals, this resume type is ideal when:

  • Wishing to change careers, for those who job-jump; for homemakers returning to workplace; and for students and military professionals.
  • Wanting to make only a minor change in job direction.
  • Used as an effective aid in achieving a new direction or goal.

This resume type is NOT ideal when:

  • Read by a more conservative employer looking for more information on each of your jobs.

Example of a Functional Resume

Jason Coleman

1032 Sherwood Street, Wildwood, NJ 07886

201-555-9384

Jason.Coleman@gmail.com

Career Objective: Looking for consulting drilling superintendent for ultra-deep water in Gulf of Mexico.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Highly deviated and horizontal well drilling
  • High Pressure High Temperature (HTHP) well drilling
  • Underbalance drilling
  • Land drilling operation
  • Offshore rig experiences: Jack up rig, semi-sub rig, drill ship
  • Rotary steerable drilling tool
  • Drilling operation management
  • Water based and oil based mud
  • Basic formation evaluation and geology for drilling
  • Well testing operation on the drilling site
  • Well control experience: driller’s method, weight and weight, volumetric, lubricate and bleed, dynamic kill
  • Well control equipment: BOP both surface and subsea stack
  • Safety and regulation compliance

Drilling Supervisor Consultant

  • Managed deep water drilling operation in Nigeria and Angola which had cost approximately 600,000 us dollar a day expense.
  • Provided operational suggestion to clients to improve rig safety and drilling performance.
  • Trained young drilling engineers and drilling representatives to get more understanding regarding deep water drilling operations.

Drilling Representative

  • Managed land drilling operations in Saudi Arabia.
  • Ensure all personnel involving in the drilling operation follow safe work practices and procedures.
  • Supervised drilling contractors and service companies to obtain the efficient drilling operation.
  • Experienced with underbalance drilling operation on a land drilling.

Senior Drilling Engineer

  • Took care of engineering sides as well design, drill string selection, completion design, drilling fluids, etc.
  • Implemented performance metric for operation improvement.
  • Brought new technology to drill complex wells in offshore The Gulf of Mexico as rotary steerable, casing drilling, HTHP oil based drilling fluid.
  • Improved drilling waste management strategy.

Drilling Engineer

  • Supported a drilling engineering team and took care of several service contracts. Integrated offset well information into performance improvement plan.
  • Worked with drilling supervisors at the rig site to improve safety and effectiveness of drilling operation.
  • Implemented drilling best practices from the existing wells in the field.
  • Created PDC bit selection criteria for the company.

Work Experience:

  • 2005 – Present: ABC Company, Houston, TX, USA
  • 2000 – 2005: Robert Drilling Consultant, Saudi Arabia
  • 1993 – 2000: American Exploration and Production, Houston, TX, USA
  • 1982 – 1993: American Exploration and Production, Houston, TX, USA

Education:

  • Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Texas at Austin, 1990
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering, Texas at Austin, 1982

References: References available upon request.

Combined Resume

The final basic resume format is the Chronological/Functional combined

  • Can include headings of various jobs held with description of accomplishments.

OR

  • Only a brief job description chronology.
  • Only a brief Achievements and Skills section.

OR

  • More detailed Summary that includes skills and qualifications.

This resume type is ideal when:

  • Wishing to take advantage of both resume types.
  • Wanting to highlight positives and downplay any possible negatives of either type of resume.

This resume type is NOT ideal when:

  • Wishing to present a shorter resume

Example of a Combined Resume

Jason Coleman

1032 Sherwood Street, Wildwood, NJ 07886

201-555-9384

Jason.Coleman@gmail.com

Career Objective: Looking for consulting drilling superintendent for ultra-deep water in Gulf of Mexico.

Professional Experience:

2005 – Present: ABC Company, Houston, TX, USA

Drilling Supervisor Consultant

Managed deep water drilling operation in Nigeria and Angola which had cost approximately 600,000 us dollar a day expense. Provided operational suggestion to clients to improve rig safety and drilling performance. Trained young drilling engineers and drilling representatives to get more understanding regarding deep water drilling operations.

Achievement

  • Successfully drilled and completed the complex subsea well head over 4,000 ft of water without any down time and injury.
  • All the drilling projects were10 to 30 percentages under the planned AFE.
  • No LTA while I was working on the drilling site.
  • Over 2 million dollars save on an exploration well, Tata-01 Exploration, by utilizing new rotary steerable tool.

Technical Skills

  • Drilling operation management
  • Deep water drilling
  • Well control for subsea stack
  • High Pressure High Temperature (HTHP) well drilling
  • Well testing
  • Rotary steerable drilling tool
  • Drilling fluids

2000 – 2005: Robert Drilling Consultant, Saudi Arabia

Drilling Representative

Managed land drilling operations in Saudi Arabia. Ensure all personnel involving in the drilling operation follow safe work practices and procedures. Supervised drilling contractors and service companies to obtain the efficient drilling operation. Experienced with underbalance drilling operation on a land drilling.

Achievement

  • Successfully drill multilateral wells penetrating over 1,000 meters of reservoir for each well.
  • Successfully and safely kill several wells because of high pressure gas kick which had 3,500 psi initial surface casing pressure.
  • Assist the production team to improve the productivity from underbalance drilling technique.
  • No LTA while I was working on the drilling site.

Technical Skills

  • Drilling operation management
  • Land drilling
  • High Pressure High Temperature (HTHP) well drilling
  • Rotary steerable drilling tool
  • Drilling fluids
  • Under balanced drilling
  • Well control surface stack

1993 – 2000: American Exploration and Production, Houston, TX, USA

Senior Drilling Engineer

Took care of engineering sides as well design, drill string selection, completion design, drilling fluids, etc. Implemented performance metric for operation improvement. Brought new technology to drill complex wells in offshore The Gulf of Mexico as rotary steerable, casing drilling, HTHP oil based drilling fluid. Improved drilling waste management.

Achievement

  • Drilled 5 high complex wells with the rotary steerable tool and all wells produced all together over 20,000 bpd in 1998.
  • Improved well design strategy and reduced 2 unnecessary casing string from the previous casing design.
  • Reduce over 1 million dollar of casing cost in 1998 by adapting the new well design

Technical Skills

  • Drilling operation management
  • Offshore drilling – Jack up rig
  • High Pressure High Temperature (HTHP) well drilling
  • Rotary steerable drilling tool
  • Casing design
  • Drilling fluids

1982 – 1993: American Exploration and Production, Houston, TX, USA

Drilling Engineer

Supported a drilling engineering team and took care of several service contracts. Integrated offset well information into performance improvement plan. Worked with drilling supervisors at the rig site to improve safety and effectiveness of drilling operation. Implemented drilling best practices from the existing wells in the field. Created PDC bit selection criteria for the company.

Achievement

  • Improved drilling performance in J-field (brown field)
  • Applied new PDC technology to drill in offshore environment
  • Drilled 5 vertical wells and 4 high deviated wells in J-field

Technical Skills

  • Contractor management
  • Data workflow for drilling
  • Bit selection
  • Basic well design
  • Drilling fluids

Education:

  • Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Texas at Austin, 1990
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering, Texas at Austin, 1982

References: References available upon request.

Finally, we wish these resume style examples will give you more ideas that you can use for your own resume. See you in the next chapter soon. 

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