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The Importance of Listing Qualifications on Your Resume – Reservoir Engineer


When applying for a reservoir engineering position, just like applying for any job position, you want your resume to stand out.  However, a resume for a reservoir engineer can be much more difficult to develop than a normal resume because the engineering field is very technical.  There is a high probability that the recruiter reading the resume doesn’t come from a technical background, so it’s harder to “sell” yourself for the position.  Having a strong list of qualifications is an excellent method to stick out amongst the competition.  Here are a few ways in which you can do so.

Include Your Educational Background.
The majority of reservoir engineering positions desire candidates with an accredited educational background in petroleum engineering.  Therefore, your educational history is one of the most important qualifications you should list on your resume.  If you have a degree in engineering outside of a petroleum focus, be sure to note any reservoir or petroleum based coursework you took.

Only Note Jobs or Projects That Qualify You for the Job.
One way to make your qualifications stand out is to only list experience relevant to reservoir engineering.  Instead of giving a reverse chronological list of all the jobs and projects you’ve worked on in the past 3, 5, or even 10 years, only include experience that you feel qualifies you for the specific job.  The recruiter isn’t interested in knowing that you contributed to the opinions page for your college newspaper or worked as a cashier during grad school.  If it didn’t involve computer modeling, drilling, or fluid mechanics, it’s just taking up valuable real estate on the page.  Recruiters can find these extra things distracting.

Focus on Accomplishments, Not Duties.
After you choose which experience to include, the next step is to tell the reader why that job or project qualifies you.  Many applicants make the mistake of writing down a list of all the duties and tasks they were required to perform in each role.  Just because your previous position required you to do Pressure/Rate Transient Analysis, doesn’t mean that you’re the best person for the job.  Instead use the descriptions of your previous experience to tell the recruiter what you accomplished.  Did you generate cost savings?  Speed up development time? Improve company process? These are the qualifications the recruiter is looking for.

Designate a Section of Your Resume for a Technical Summary.
Because engineering jobs are so technical in nature, a large portion of your resume should be dedicated to skills and certifications that qualify you for the reservoir engineer position.  More than likely, the human resource department reviewing applicant resumes has been given a specific set of qualifications they’re looking for.

An effective way to draw attention to your technical summary is to subcategorize your skills and list your knowledge or certifications for each.  Here are a few examples of categories you can use:

Technical Certifications
Operating Systems
Web Applications
Hardware/Software Knowledge


Making your qualifications the focus of your resume will give you a better chance of ensuring your resume ends up in the interview pile.   When you’re done reformatting your resume and are ready to find your next position as a reservoir engineer, be sure to check out the MAC Incorporated Job Board.   As a leading niche-based recruiting and staffing firm, MAC Incorporated specializes in the placement of engineering professionals.   Contact a Recruiter Today to see how we can help you land your next job.


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