At first I thought that it was a very simple thing, and maybe not worthy of a blog post all its own, but on some reflection I think it’s an important conversation to have. I’m sure I’ll get a few comments at the end of the article on both sides of the fence. A few examples of things I’ve seen on resumes, cover letters and postings from people looking for work:
- I have ten years of experience in leasing and management.
- I have seven years of title research experience.
- I have been in the oil & gas industry for over 20 years.
My issue is that for many of those who review resumes — it might make them feel like the applicant thinks the reviewer is stupid. Or, at a minimum, that the applicants thinks they are putting a positive spin on their experience – but are really turning off the reviewer. When you use these tools in your resume it can backfire on you, like when you go to a website and it immediately starts talking to you or playing music (90% of people will immediately hit the ‘back’ button on their browser). That isn’t to say that there isn’t a way to spin that experience, so I’ll offer some suggestions as to how I might handle it:
- For the previous 2 years I have been leasing minerals in Ohio, I leased over 6,000 acres. Prior to that I managed a production facility with 45 employees. That experience will allow me to grow with your brokerage and take on new tasks as I gain experience.
- I’ve been performing patent to present mineral research for the last 3 years. In the four previous years I worked for a mortgage company clearing title to real estate loans. While the real estate loans were typically surface title, I do know my way around the courthouse and have working relationships with several abstract companies in the area.
- I’ve been purchasing rights-of-way for the past 18 months, and for the rest of the last twenty years I’ve worked right of way construction projects performing a variety of tasks. I’ve found landowners appreciate the fact that I can talk with them about what to expect on their property from a realistic perspective.