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Should you alter your CV for an online job board?

You may have used an online job board to try and find your next role in the world of Oil & Gas, the chances are that’s how you’ve landed on this page.    I want to give you a few reasons that you might like to take a critical look at your current CV/Resume and decide if you need to change it for posting on an online job board.

You are already here, so I probably don’t need to state the obvious by saying that the best place to find a job is online.  Most jobs appear exclusively on internet job boards, either from direct recruiters or agencies, and most recruiters, both inhouse and agencies, use online job board CV/Resume databases to find their new employees.   A quick look at your local or national traditional newspaper will tell you that the days of the traditional situations vacant column are all but over.

How can you use an online job board?

There are two main ways to use an internet job board, and the good news is that they are both free!

  1. Register your CV – Make yourself visible to recruiters looking for your skills
  2. Register for job alerts – Add in a few details about what you are looking for and every time a suitable job gets posted, the clever system sends you out an email to let you know.

If you are thinking “I’ve registered my CV/Resume but no one calls me” then this next bit is for you.  Or if you have never tried it before then here is the inside information on how to come top of the class in any internet search for candidates just like you.

It’s really simple when you know how, and now I’m going to let you into the inside secret in how to adapt your CV/Resume to make sure it comes right to the top of the list, and lands right on the desk of your future employer.

How can I make my CV stand out from the crowd?

Let’s say you are a sea water lift pump designer or engineer looking for your next role working for an oil and gas supply chain company.  The first thing to do is to put yourself in the shoes of the engineering recruiter who might be looking for someone just like you, think about what keywords they might put into a specific search to find their ideal candidate.  Think specifics.

As a recruiter I would start my search with the obvious – “sea water lift pump”  then go on to submersible pump, horizontal or vertical pump, deep water pumps, deep well pump or electro submersible pump.  To this search I would probably add a few keywords like FPSO, oil or gas, to ensure I’m getting a candidate from the right oil and gas engineering sector.  I would also need to be specific about design and engineering skills that the candidate needs, and may use software or qualification keywords to identify these skills.

The devil is in the detail

So take a second look at your CV, you may be the most eloquent communicator, a true team worker, and have gained your team captaincy in tap dancing 10 years ago.  However, citing these admirable achievements on your CV will not push your CV to the top of the pile in a search by a recruiter.  Particularly a niche recruiter who is looking for an engineering professional to work on offshore water handling systems on a jack-up, semi-sub or platform.  So include all permutations of the specific keywords relating to your engineering specialism in your CV/Resume.

On the other hand, if the requirement really is for a 14 stone tap dancer who prefers beer to Babycham, then you know what to do.

Now go ahead, load up your keywords, register online, upload your CV and don’t forget to add your contact details!

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  • dknypg83

    aha, that would be of some help!! thanks!!! :)

  • sathish kumar

    i am here updating for my oil and gas carrier as a safety officer or safety supervisor or relevant any designation threw your service so kindly arrange any relevant job for me .

  • Richard Gray

    Hi, to ensure you keep up to speed with the latest relevant jobs, you can register here on OilCareers and indicate the frequency you would like to receive the latest new roles by email. Alternatively, you can join our mailing list to receive the latest updates.

  • rachat de credit revolving

    I seldom leave comments on blog, but I have been to this post which was recommend by my friend, lots of valuable details, thanks again.

  • Rowena Simpson

    I’m glad you found the CV advice in this blog useful.

    Have a look at the other articles on this blog, as there is plenty more advice to help you in your search for your next job.

    Here’s a link to another article which may help you.


  • Claire

    Thank you for your advice – very helpful. I am a Project Manager but although i work to Prince2 methadolodgy i have not took the exam – i have realised that i need it and have booked the exam so should be qualified practitioner by September. Do i mention this in my CV, are recruters looking for Prince2 in their search which is why i am not getting anywhere but do i dare mention it if i have not yet qualified? what do you think?

  • Rowena Simpson

    Hi Claire

    I’m so glad you found this advice useful.

    My answer is a categorical Yes! Absolutely mention it. As I said in my article, the recruiter who is looking specifically for someone with Prince 2 will never find you untill you have Prince 2 on your CV.

    Now here is the clever bit.. There is no need to feel you are being deceitful on your CV. Simply List the Qualification Prince 2 and then add a qualifying note saying exactly as you have in your comment here that you have taken the course and will take the exam in September 11

    Before you know it those recruiters will be ringing to talk to you about Prince 2 jobs!

    Good Luck.



    wonderful submit, very informative. I ponder why the other specialists of this sector do not realize this. You must continue your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  • Lloyd Munemo

    I am registered with oilcareer for job alerts, i am looking for a job as a medic or nurse in the middle east but i only receive job alerts for drivers only and yet l put driving as a secondary skill. What do l do?

  • Ashleigh Pirie

    Hi Llyod,

    We do not always have many job advertisements for medics/nurses, I woud advise you to try an advanced job search and entering “medic” or “nurse” in the keywords. For more help, please e-mail
    Many thanks


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