Online Employment Resources

You can find online employment resources, tips, tricks and tools on this page to help you in your job search.

Take advantage of our in-depth industry expertise and established working relationships with some of the world’s leading oil, gas and energy companies to assist you in your next career move.

In an industry where skilled and experienced professionals are an increasingly sought after resource, we appreciate the true value of what you have to offer.

Active across six continents, Petroplan connects our registered candidates with a wide range of exciting opportunities around the globe, spanning onshore and offshore projects – conventional and unconventional – within a variety of owner/operator, consultancy and EPC companies.

Our recruitment consultants receive detailed industry training when they join Petroplan – so our services, and this page of online employment resources, are based on sound technical knowledge.  We understand the industry terminology and will take the time to evaluate your particular strengths and establish what you need from your next role.

Permanent or Contract Work?

If you are weighing up the benefits of contract versus permanent work the  online employment resources here may help. Your choice should be based on the option that best supports your lifestyle and career priorities. Whilst there will be many factors influencing such a decision that are specific to your particular situation, some key considerations are highlighted below.


A permanent role is recommended, especially if you have a lack of flexibility around your work location and shorter-term assignments.  The realisation of strategic long-term career goals can be more structured in a permanent role. Working directly for a company can give you access to competitive benefits, such as paid holiday time and company-funded training.

We have made these online employment resources based on the experience of our specialist recruitment team in Petroplan . They are dedicated to a methodology where they ensure you not only have a good grasp of the technical requirements of a particular role, but also your likely fit within a company’s culture. You can then make an informed decision about whether your particular experience and work ethic match the role and the company.   We appreciate that taking up a permanent role is an important commitment in anyone’s life. Therefore we take every opportunity to ensure a good organisational fit that will lead to a successful and lasting working relationship.

Our effectiveness in this regard is as a result of nearly forty years of operation. During this time we have established long-standing business relationships (and in many instances preferred supplier status) with some of the world’s leading oil, gas and energy companies. This longevity allows us a significant level of insight into their preferred working practices and requirements.  In addition our established placement track record will often result in Petroplan being the client’s first points of contact when briefing in a new assignment. So if you register with Petroplan as a candidate; there is greater access to sought after opportunities to vacancies only available through Petroplan.


Individuals working on a contract basis can often earn higher rates of pay.  This usually reflects the flexible working relationship required by the client, and the fixed-term nature of the assignment. In our online employment resources we explain the need to consider the candidate’s career stage, personal circumstances and career objectives. In some cases, this level of work flexibility may be an advantage.  Contract work presents the opportunity to develop a wide set of skills. A professional can gain invaluable experience working across a range of projects, within a variety of different organisations and locations.

Assistance package for contractors

Depending on client requirements, Petroplan’s contractors usually benefit from our Contractor Management Services. These offer a comprehensive assistance package designed to take care of every logistical aspect of the assignment. This support allows the contractor to focus on their work without any administrative or logistical distractions.  The service typically includes assistance with visa and work permit applications, co-ordination of pre-assignment medicals, client policy counselling and travel.

Contractor safety

Contractor safety is a key priority at Petroplan; with offices based in major energy hubs across the world, our expert local teams provide outstanding in-country support.

Depending on the work location, this may include airport meet and greet services, regional orientation and face to face inductions. The inductions may include any relevant evacuation procedures, insurance, medivac and security briefings, assistance with selecting the most suitable and secure local accommodation. We will help with any maintenance issues, as well as access to a 24-hour emergency support network.  Our team issue contractors with regular reminders about vaccination boosters, medical checks and training updates where necessary.

We have an unblemished record of contractor safety. Our highly personalised approach to contractor management means our team knows the exact location of all our contractors at all times. We focus on maintaining regular contact with them.

Fast contractor pay

Petroplan has an unrivalled reputation for rapidly administering multi-currency domestic and international payrolls. We process many payments by BACS or international transfer usually within 7 days (except where local laws dictate otherwise).  Contractors are able to submit their monthly time and expense claim forms by email, fax or post (subject to their contractual terms). They have unlimited access to our experienced accounts professionals. We make it a priority to resolve any payment or tax issues quickly and efficiently.

Due to the exceptional levels of attention contractors receive from our Contractor Management Specialists before, during and after an assignment; Many contractors have spent the majority of their career working via Petroplan.

CV Presentation Tips

Petroplan presents your CV to a Client in a professional and standardised format. As a result our clients can then more easily extract the information relevant to them. The guidelines below will help you create a good solid CV:

CV Formatting Tips with Downloadable Template

No online employment resource would be complete without CV Template and tips on how to write your resume. The recruiters are the first people that will review your CV. We have a large professional team at Petroplan, who go through this process everyday. They have put together their Top 5 Tips for formatting CV’s to improve help the job seeker stand out. Your CV will be amongst the hundreds of applications most recruiters see everyday. We have also provided an example CV for you to use as a guide for your oil and gas industry applications.

Online Employment Resources advice for the next generation of oil and gas professionals

In our online employment resources we have added John Reeder’s perspective on the opportunities for those early in their careers is as appropriate today as it was for the professionals he has placed in the industry across his career:

  • Work to plan your job experiences and proactively manage your career, to gain both a variety of roles and experience at different organisations and locations
  • Never undersell your skills even when work is less plentiful. Contractors, for example, command a premium due to their breadth of experience and ability to hit the ground running from day one: this is highly valued by oil and gas organisations
  • Where standards and procedures may be in their infancy on new projects in unproven locations, work from first principles rather than trying to apply standards from previous projects
  • Recommend project management and system requirements at the initiation stage, to reap the benefits from early efficiencies
  • Training is a good personal investment. Not only within a chosen discipline but also cross-functional development such as Health and Safety
  • Most of all, enjoy the lifestyle. A career in the energy industry provides access to rewarding work but also the opportunity to travel and meet a diverse range of people across cultures and locations

Oil and Gas Industry Reflections from Petroplan’s founder