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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Cover Letter/Resume Sample For Fresh Geology Graduates
Mr. Michael Blown
Dear Mr. Blown
Re: Open pit mine geologist position
I am writing to apply for the position of open pit mine geologist, as advertised on Newmont.com.
I have completed a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Lancaster University Ghana, and am currently completing my honours degree with a thesis on gold recovery at the Anglogold Mine.
Currently working as a Mine Geologist (Graduate) at Anglogold, I have gained first-hand experience in mineral analysis while working in a fast-paced environment. I was offered this role after previously working with the company as an Exploration Field Assistant, where I was responsible for core preparation, including marking measurements, photographing and sampling. Since coming on board, I have shown I am able to clearly communicate and collaborate with senior staff and effectively draw on my high level knowledge of minerals and mining processes.
I was able to demonstrate my capacity to work effectively in a team and was involved in a major project to transition across to a new computer software program.
In addition, the experience I have gained while at Anglogold has strengthened my leadership, time management and dispute resolution skills. I have learnt how to motivate team members to work towards shared goals. These community-focused positions have also demonstrated my ability to collaborate effectively with a diverse range of people.
My communication and interpersonal skills are excellent, and I am an efficient team player with the ability to adhere to and follow occupational health and safety procedures. I have demonstrated experience working without guidance to a high standard, and achieving results in a timely and professional manner. I am also proficient in essential geology software, including InSite, ROM management, MineSight, Acquire, GIS, and Microsoft Word and Excel.
I am keen to make a contribution to your company and apply my skills, while building on my geology experience and undertaking additional training and development. My experiences have allowed me to develop a unique combination of communication skills along with machinery and technical experience, and I believe I could make a valuable contribution to your team as an open pit mine geologist.
My resume is attached and I look forward to being able to discuss the position with you further.