CV Presentation

Petroplan will always ensure your CV is presented to an employer in a professional, standardised format from which they can easily extract the information relevant to them.

However, this will always be based upon what you have sent us. The guidelines below are to help you create a good, solid CV.

Summary

An effective CV includes a brief opening paragraph that concisely summarises your expertise drawing from your overall career and recent experience; four to six sentences is ample.

Structure

Present your CV in a logical and orderly format that covers your entire career history to date.  Include all previous experience and training relevant to the role you are seeking. 

Achievements backed up by facts

Highlight the achievements, (including any leadership achievements), qualifications and professional training that will make you stand out.  Positive past experience should be quantified where possible.

For example, how many team members you managed, the size of the budget for which you were responsible, how many days ahead of deadline you delivered the project. 

Facts likes these are very effective when communicating your worth as opposed to general descriptions.

Just enough is just right

A CV should be a snapshot of your career and achievements to date that leaves the reader wanting to find out more about you. 

Whilst a CV is typically longer than a resumé, it should not be so long that the key information on which you want a prospective employer to focus gets lost within the detail. The body of your CV should ideally not exceed two or three pages.

Honesty impresses the most

It’s vital not to exaggerate or include work experience, qualifications or personal information that is not entirely accurate.  Petroplan undertakes rigorous candidate screening, so any discrepancies will always be identified. It’s always best to be honest from the outset.

Please consider the following when formatting your CV for Petroplan:

  • Keep attachment file sizes below 5MB as some email systems will block larger messages.
  • Avoid inserting pictures and images as these increase the CV file size and are best sent as separate attachments when requested by a recruiter.
  • Keep the layout clean and simple. Text boxes and columns can make text difficult to import and scan. Single column paragraphs are best.
  • Try to avoid sending scanned CV’s; these will be received as pictures and the content will be difficult to use.