Advice from the pros: resume tips from Trinidad’s Canadian recruiters

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This week on the blog, we’re talking about resume dos and don’ts with Trinidad’s Canadian recruitment team. With 37 years of combined experience between Field Services Manager, Trisha Hennig, and her team of Coordinators, Carmen Thorne, Megan Myshak, and Sarah Hallgren, this crew knows how to staff drilling rigs and they know how to do it efficiently.

Filtering through thousands of resumes a year and staffing up to dozens of rigs between the team at one time is no small feat. How can you make your resume stand out from the thousands of others? Seeking advice from the pros is always a good place to start.

A day in the life as a Field Services Coordinator

“It’s insanity,” laughed Thorne, when asked what a day in the life of a Field Services Coordinator is like with one of North America’s largest drilling contractors. “There’s never a dull moment. Very recently our team went through 1,567 resumes in one go…but who’s counting?!”

In addition to crewing all of Trinidad’s Canadian rigs; posting job openings; following-up on applications, reference checks and training, the Field Services team looks after workforce planning and manages all employee changes in our Human Resources Information System (HRIS).

“Being busy is a good problem to have! We joke about hooking ourselves up to IV bags full of Tim Horton’s coffee to keep on rolling,” joked Thorne. “Seriously though, our jobs are very rewarding. We truly enjoy speaking with rig hands every day – each one of them has a story to tell.”

Teammates Hallgren and Myshak agree.

“Rig hands can be really refreshing. They’re enthusiastic and willing to drop everything to get to work,” said Hallgren, who started with Trinidad nine years ago as a receptionist before being promoted within to the Field Services team.

“It takes time and effort, but nothing feels better than being able to send rig hands out to work,” said Myshak, who followed a similar career path as Hallgren at Trinidad.

Advice from the pros

What are the Coordinators looking for on a resume?

  1. Make sure your previous rig experience is easy to follow. They want to know who you’ve worked for, for how long, in what position(s), and on what kind of rigs.
  2. If you have no rig experience, highlight labour-intensive or mechanical experience. Experience on a farm, in an autobody, or working with heavy duty machinery is considered helpful.
  3. Attach scanned copies of your tickets and their expiry dates to your resume. If you have a valid driver’s license, and are up-to-date with your H2S, First Aid and eGSO training, they want to know about it. This could set your application apart if they need you to start quickly.

What can you do to improve your resume?

  1. Leave out experience that isn’t related to your time on the rigs. Irrelevant information clutters resumes and makes it difficult to pick out the good stuff.
  2. Successful applicants are truthful applicants. Prior experience is verified during the vetting process ensuring only qualified personnel are placed.
  3. If you’ve had 10 years of experience or more, there’s no need to include information on your Leasehand and Floorhand days. They know where you started to get where you are today.

Following-up on applications

Though the team advises applicants to be patient, they encourage them to call the office to follow-up. If you don’t get through right away, leave a message and they’ll return your call as soon as they can.

Ready to put these tips to work and revamp your resume? Keep an eye on our website for opportunities to join our team.

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