Writing a Geoscience Cover Letter
by Rigzone Staff
|Thursday, June 29, 2017
A cover letter accompanying your resume and application for a petroleum geology opening should be focused and relevant.
If you need to write a cover letter to accompany your resume and application for a petroleum geology opening, remember to keep it focused and relevant to that position.
"Cover letters should be short and the point and directly address your skills and education as they pertain to the job," Eric Riggs, professor of geology and geophysics at Texas A&M University (TAMU), told Rigzone. "They are not meant to recount your life story, but rather highlight elements of your life story that transfer directly to adding value in the competitive petroleum business environment."
Riggs, who interacts regularly with the oil and gas industry representatives who recruit TAMU geology and geophysics students, shared what these recruiters often look for in cover letters.
"Most recruiters I've spoken with emphasize broad problem-solving and critical thinking ability, as well as a track record working well on multi-disciplinary teams," he said. "Business environment experience is a plus, even if outside the industry, and interpersonal and communication skills are at least as valuable as technical ability. Evidence of enthusiasm, drive and dedication are also good but only if it appears sincere."
Riggs also stresses that writing a good cover letter is just one part of landing a petroleum geoscience job.
"I advise any student contemplating an industry career to make sure they have lots of personal, direct contact with people in hiring and recruiting positions, and to build networks," he said. "These people can often coach the cover letter, resume-building and interview processes better than those of us on the academic side. While 'what you know' is certainly critical, ' who you know' can help open doors and facilitate the transition into the business world."
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