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  • 1. Your CV/Résumé Getting yourself noticed and then hired Your CV is a window into your experience and it needs to highlight quickly succinctly your achievements to date in your career. In addition, tailoring your CV dependant on the role you are applying for is also good practice. If you have been working at a company for a period of time it can sometimes be difficult to express all of your successes and evolving responsibilities but this will be key to convincing a potential employer that you are their next ideal hire. Your consultant at Earthstaff will give you adhoc advice around your CV including its content and presentation but we believe that the information contained in this guide will give you a good base to create a CV that attracts the attention of companies and gets that crucial first foot through the door.
  • 2. Am I Showing What I Can Really Do? Making your CV stand out to employers 2 www.earthstaff.com Oil and Gas Brief overview of experience Otherwise known as a ‘Career Statement’, this is a great opportunity to sell yourself to a potential employer. Make sure that anything you briefly mention in your statement is then explained fully in the relevant job description. Employment History needs to be broken down by; • Month/year (end and start date – e.g. Dec ‘09 – May ’10) • Name of employer • Job title • Description of project • Level of experience (e.g. Senior/Junior) Qualifications & Further Training • Any qualifications you have must be listed clearly (NEBOSH, Degree, NVQs) • Further training courses & certifications (e.g., Professional or Safety) Achievements It is very useful to highlight any achievements you have made in all of your previous roles. For example: Went for 2000 days of no ‘Lost Time Incidents’ (LTIs) or completing projects under budget. Other information Additional information like the types of companies you have worked for (i.e. Drilling, Consultancies etc.) and the locations you worked in is useful information for an employer to know. Summary of main duties and responsibilities Any reference to equipment used, or experience gained, that you mention must be explained in your career history. If you do not expand on experience you have mentioned, a potential employer could disregard the information.
  • 3. Am I Showing What I Can Really Do? Making your CV stand out to employers 3 www.earthstaff.com Mining Career Statement Mining employers like to see a brief career statement included at the top of your CV. What we would advise you to mention in this statement is as follows; • Detail your years of experience within the industry • Brief summary of your current experience (for example, years in management) • Detail your technical specialisms • What you are looking for from your next opportunity? Responsibilities Employers are not just interested in where you worked and or how long for, it is WHAT you did. • What commodities did you work with? • What types of mining environments did you work in? • What deposit styles did you work with? Significant contributions List your significant contributions and work related milestones. What were you personally responsible for? • Exploration | What did you discover? • Production | What production levels/onnage grade did you work with? Gaps in your CV Typically mining professionals will work on a project on a contract basis be it three months, six months or nine months for example. Explain any gaps in your CV in a positive light.
  • 4. Am I Showing What I Can Really Do? Making your CV stand out to employers 4www.earthstaff.com Renewables Academic credentials Employers across the whole Renewables sector like to see your academic achievements at the top of your CV. Include your degree and any relevant extra curricular training and certificate that you have achieved here. Direct Industry Experience • What is your experience in the industry which you are interviewing for? • What projects have you worked on? • Which products have you worked with? Transferable Skills If you are interviewing for a job in Wind but have all your experience in Solar Energy, you obviously cannot provide any industry experience. However, similar software programs are used across the whole of the Renewables industry and this knowledge will allow some candidates to transfer into a new industry. Key Achievements Employers like to see your key achievements in your previous roles. Put these at the end of the CV as they are primarily concerned with your experience. Such achievements in the Renewables sector could be ‘successfully developed a Wind Farm’ or ‘a completion of a project’.