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1 OIL AND GAS RECRUITMENT 101

2 Disclaimer Any views or opinions presented in this presentation are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathmatics, or the University of Houston.

3 Outline Definitions and oil industry overview Types of jobs offered in the oil and gas industry based on degree Overview of recruiting companies at UH (2014) Resume writing Interview tips Networking Q&A

4 Petroleum industry structure Upstream – exploration and production sector: collecting data and drilling wells Midstream- transportation of raw petroleum to refineries, typically by pipeline, rail, barge, tanker, truck, etc.. Downstream – the refining, processing, marketing, and distribution of refined petroleum products Source: API

5 Service company vs. Operator Service companies: companies which provide technical services to operating companies, but do not own the hydrocarbons that are produced Examples: Baker Hughes, Cameron, CGG, Core Lab, Fugro, Halliburton, ION Geophysical, National Oilwell Varco, PGS, Schlumberger, Spectrum, Technip, Transocean, Weatherford, etc. Examples: BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, Apache, Devon, Hess, Occidental Petroleum, Noble Energy, Marathon, Southwestern, EOG, etc.. Operators (exploration and production companies): companies that decide where and how to drill for hydrocarbons, and own the rights once produced

6 Types of service companies Diversified: Schlumberger, Halliburton, Weatherford, Baker Hughes Equipment: National Oilwell Varco, Cameron Seismic acquisition: ION, CGG, Spectrum, TGS, PGS Drilling rigs: Transocean, Noble Corporation, Hercules Offshore, Nabors Industries

7 Types of exploration and production companies Integrated/Supermajors (upstream and downstream): BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total Exploration and Production/Independents (just upstream): ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, Apache, Noble Energy, EOG Resources, Marathon Oil, Hess Corporation, etc.. National Oil Companies (NOC): Ecopetrol, Gazprom, PEMEX, Petrobras, Petronas, PDVSA, Rosneft, Sinopec, Sonangol

8 Very-generalized exploration and production workflow E&P company interprets data and determines a location to drill (geologists and geophysicists: MS, PhD) Service companies drill the well and record technical data (engineers, geologists, geophysicists: BS, MS, PhD) If large enough reserves are proven, field development begins (engineers, geologists, geophysicists: MS, PhD) Production facilities, pipelines, storage facilities, and transportation are installed (Engineers) E&P company leases land from the government (landmen) Seismic acquisition company records seismic data over area of interest (geophysicists: MS, PhD)

9 Outline Definitions and oil industry overview Types of jobs offered in the oil and gas industry based on degree Overview of recruiting companies at (UH 2014) Resume writing Interview tips Q&A

10 Types of jobs: BS (Geology or Geophysics) Mud logging/ wellsite geology (service companies) Software support (service companies) Geotechnical support staff (operators) Typically hired by service companies Starting salary range: $30k-60k

11 Types of jobs: MS (Geology or Geophysics) Entry level geologist or geophysicist (operators or service) MS degree is REQUIRED for entry level positions by almost 100% of operators Starting salary range: $100k-$115k Typical signing bonus: $5-15k

12 Types of jobs: PhD (Geology or Geophysics) Entry level geologist or geophysicist at operator Experienced hire as a specialist in a research/technology group within a service or operating company Consultant/research role in a service or operating company Starting salary range: $100k-$130k Typical signing bonus: $5-25k

13 Outline Definitions and oil industry overview Types of jobs offered in the oil and gas industry based on degree Overview of recruiting companies at UH (2014) Resume writing Interview tips Networking Q&A

14 Overview of recruiting companies at UH Chevron, ExxonMobil: “Supermajors,” integrated oil companies, global footprints, 60,000-80,000 employees EOG, Hess, Marathon Oil, Noble Energy, Southwestern Energy : “Independents,” global footprints, 2,000 – 4,000 employees For a full description of each company please refer to the company website or attend the info session

15 Outline Definitions and oil industry overview Types of jobs offered in the oil and gas industry based on degree Overview of recruiting companies at UH (2014) Resume writing Interview tips Networking Q&A

16 Formatting One page for undergrads Two pages for grad students Do NOT submit a resume longer than two pages for on- campus recruiting for an oil or gas company Font: should be a reasonable size and theme (Arial, Times New Roman, 11-12pt) Margins: (0.5”-1.0”) Should be neat and balanced NO wrap up sentences NO periods ANYWHERE NO clipart Use bullets wisely

17 Resume template

18 Parts of a resume Contact information Objective statement Education (degree, including GPA if above 3.0) Relevant Coursework Work/research experience List of skills Professional and/or student organizations Awards/honors/activities Abstracts/Publications

19 Contact information Address Phone number Professional and current address is NOT an example of a professional address)

20 Objective statement: Needs to answer the following questions: 1. What type of position am I looking for? (full-time vs internship) 2. What type of role am I looking for? (geologist, geophysicist, petrophysicist, operations geologist, exploration geophysicist, mudlogging geologist, wellsite geologist, processing geophysicist, etc.). Can include a start date (ex: Summer 2015 internship) Does not need to be longer than one sentence Ex: A full-time position as an exploration geologist in the oil and gas industry Ex: An internship as a geophysicist in the petroleum exploration industry for Summer 2015 Ex: A full-time position as an exploration geophysicist in the oil and gas industry starting December 2014

21 Education Degree, major Bachelor of Science, Geology Master of Science, Geophysics Doctor of Philosophy, Geology Expected graduation date Month and year University/college and department attended University of Houston, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences GPA (if above 3.0); thesis title; advisor’s name

22 Skills (formatted in a list) Technical or specialty software you know Language skills (proficiency, conversational, or native language) Skills need to be applicable to the job in which you are applying (i.e. don’t include that you are an awesome babysitter or waiter) Ex: Petrel, SMT Kingdom, Echos, VISTA, Petromod, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office suite, Linux, Proficient in Spanish

23 Experience (in reverse chronological order*) Work, research, or volunteer Job title, name of employer, dates of employment, location Don’t include non-geoscience related positions (ex: waiter, golf caddy, sales rep, cashier, retail positions, etc..) DO include military service (if applicable) Use action verbs to describe your tasks, responsibilities, accomplishments, and results in a bulleted list Examples of action verbs: I conducted lab experiments…. I provided software support to… I aided senior geologists in… I loaded 2D seismic data… I built a velocity model… I interpreted 3D seismic data… I processed seismic data… *reverse chronological order: newest first, oldest last

24 Examples of action verbs

25 Examples of action verbs

26 Activities, Honors, or Awards Scholarships, grants, honors (do not list dollar amounts) By semester or year in reverse chronological order List activities/honors/awards relevant to geosciences before any other areas Also can include short courses or technical software training courses attended Do not include high school activities/honors Can include: Eagle Scout or Gold Award Girl Scout Can include: National Merit Scholar, Valedictorian, Salutatorian Do not include any other high school activities

27 Professional and student organizations Aim for at least one national and one local organization National: AAPG, SEG, AGU, SEPM, etc. Local: AAPG Wildcatters, SEG Wavelets, GeoSociety, AEG, GSH, HGS It helps to have leadership experience in these organizations and/or show that you are actively involved

28 Relevant coursework Include already completed and current coursework that is relevant to the job in which you are apply If pressed for space, you may omit this section Important for undergrads or students who have less experience Include Imperial Barrel Award (IBA), if applicable

29 Publications or abstracts Optional section, if applicable Looks great to recruiters and can set you apart from your peers Ex: Smith, J., Structural and stratigraphic history of the Gulf of Mexico, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, 2013 (poster)

30 Work authorization U.S. citizen U.S. Permanent Resident F-1 Visa J-1 Visa

31 Example grad student resume:

32 How to submit: Click “Student Industry Employment Opportunities” link on and follow the subsequent instructions Deadline is August 25 th at 5pm! Deadline is August 25 th at 5pm!

33 Tips from a real UH recruiter · Black & white text only (no colored ink) · No MS Word art or clipart · Use the Spelling & Grammar check · Ask one or two people (advisor, professor, or UH Career Services) to review for spelling & grammar mistakes not caught by the software · Format should be visually pleasing to read and easy to find information · Punctuation (May.2013) May is not an abbreviation · Recruiters will accept updated versions at any time

34 Outline Definitions and oil industry overview Types of jobs offered in the oil and gas industry based on degree Overview of recruiting companies at UH (2014) Resume writing Interview tips Networking Q&A

35 What are companies looking for? Strong technical skills Excellent soft skills Excellent communication Team player World-class scientists It doesn’t matter if you study geology or geophysics- just be great at what you do! Be enthusiastic

36 What to wear? Business casual or business formal Two or three pieces of clothing (top, bottom, jacket) Shoes: low heels, clean, shined, conservative/classic style Colors: conservative are best Black, navy, white, khaki Neat, clean, pressed, well-fitting Do NOT wear: Jeans, tennis shoes, t-shirt, shorts, open-toed shoes or sandals, old, dirty, or smelly clothing, hat or cap, perfume or cologne, colored nail polish, large or too much jewelry, cover tattoos or piercings (other than ear)

37 First impression Prepare clothing the day before Wear deodorant Arrive EARLY Be nice, polite, relaxed SMILE! Practice with someone before the real interview During an info session: DON’T ASK A QUESTION JUST TO BE ASKING A QUESTION- IT DOESN’T MAKE YOU LOOK SMARTER!

38 During the interview: Bring copies of resume and transcripts Memorize the interviewer’s name Make eye contact Listen carefully, think before you speak! Use good body language and posture Eliminate “um,” “ah,” “like,” “ya know” Bring a bottle of water if you need it Come prepared with a list of questions for the interviewer! They are looking for a good fit

39 Types of questions Informal: Tell me about yourself How did you become interested in geology? Tell me about your thesis Behavioral questions: Past behavior predicts future behavior Tell me about a time you had a conflict when working in a team Tell me about a time when you had to take initiative Tell me about a time you had to work with someone more experienced than you Use the STAR approach Situation Task Action Result

40 If you’re nervous: try the “power pose”

41 After the interview Thank the interviewer Hand shake before you leave Write a thank you within 24 hours of the interview Don’t discount hand written letters Don’t leave without their business card Write down the questions they asked and evaluate your performance

42 Other options for recruitment AAPG/SEG Student Expo in Houston Rocky Mountain Rendezvous West Coast student Expo Eastern Section Expo Company websites!

43 Outline Definitions and oil industry overview Types of jobs offered in the oil and gas industry based on degree Overview of recruiting companies at UH (2014) Resume writing Interview tips Networking Q&A

44 Networking UH Alumni Events Check website for updates GSH, HGS events Weekly seminars/talks National meetings (AAPG, SEG) LinkedIn Shake hands, make good first impressions, follow up afterward (but don’t pester or be annoying) Don’t discount networking “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”

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46 Other resources and-production and-production

47 Ways to increase your marketability Present work at annual meetings Publish papers Attend short courses Participate in the IBA competition Be active in student groups (Wildcatters, Wavelets, GeoSociety)

48 Closing remarks: Be a world-class scientist Don’t ever be average Be passionate, inspire others Make everyone around you better Be resilient- don’t be discouraged if you don’t land the top job from your first interview, even great candidates are passed up due to reasons out of their control

49 Outline Definitions and oil industry overview Types of jobs offered in the oil and gas industry based on degree Overview of recruiting companies at UH (2014) Resume writing Interview tips Networking Q&A


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