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Resume and cover letter help

If your anything like me, when it comes to writing your resume and cover letter your stumped.
The sad part is, I have seen many well crated cover letters that really do get the point across about the person they are representing, but even with one of those in hand I can”t seem to get it to really apply and stand out for my skills and abilities. The same thing seems to happen whenever I try and give my resume a facelift, all the information is in there that I believe should be, but I just can”t get it to look just right.

I personally think that when I was looking for a high paying entry level job in the North Dakota oilfield for the first time, if I had been able to write a better resume and cover letter, I would likely have been offered a job a lot quicker, and I know many other people believe the same.

For those of us, including myself, who do have this literary block and just can”t seem to get results even though we have every ability and skill that COULD and SHOULD get us a foot into an oil company”s door, not all hope is lost.

Let me present you with a few extremely good options when you just cant figure out a way to word things to give yourself that professional look that you so desperately need when searching for a North Dakota oil job.

There are many companies out there that offer a similar service but here are a few people and companies that do resume and cover letter writing. I urge you to check out the websites and see what you think, and post a comment about any experience you have with these or any other companies to help guide others. Here goes:

1-On-1-Resumes.ComThe Internet”s premier service for customized resumes, cover letters, and job hunting services.  Fast turnaround
and low prices! All work is guaranteed.
ResumeWritingService.BIZ - This is another good option if you are looking for a new resume or cover letter, or to simply have your current version re-written.

Click here to visit CleanTechies - Essentially the same as the above, they do offer nice options for targeting entry level jobs all the way up to executive.

Again, please post your comments or recommendations for other websites and services that could help someone else out when trying to find a new entry level job in North Dakota oil.


North Dakota oil jobs strain cities and towns

Unlike the majority of states in the US, North Dakota has become a powerhouse for development. With some of the lowest numbers for unemployment in the whole country, and exploding population numbers, North Dakota is likely the best potential place for employment and development right now in the country. Some of the things that are forcing the North Dakota oil and gas sector into further development are the latest advancements in drilling and extraction technologies, and the extremely high oil prices that today”s bullish market shows.

Even though this powerhouse is going through growth that most couldn”t have even imagined, there are problems facing the cities and towns such as Williston, ND. Currently the state is having a hard time dealing with the lack of housing and the extreme amount of high paying job opportunities that exist. Like Willston, many cities are scrambling to try and develop a housing network to support the growth that the Bakken”s oil and gas continues to create, but it is nearly impossible at this rate for the cities to keep up. Eventually the region will catch up to the North Dakota oil jobs that it has created, and the infrastructure will be there to support it come into its full potential as an oil resource based state. In Williston the assistant director of Williston Economic Development, Shawn Wenko, says that “It’s like remodeling a kitchen, you’re doing dishes in the bathtub and cooking on a hotplate. It’s not the most ideal situation, but when we’re done, we’re going to have a pretty nice kitchen”.

The driving for in North Dakota oil jobs

All of these conditions are caused by the “Bakken”, a rock formation that covers around 200,000 sq. miles in the Williston basin, and contains unprecedented oil and natural gas reserves. This oil reserve also stretches underneath points in Montana and up into the southern portion of Saskatchewan in Canada. Fracing, a shortened term for hydraulic fracturing, is a drilling technique that came into widespread use for applications like the Bakken in 2008, allowed North Dakota oil to be accessible in ways that had never been possible before. The fracing process involves pumping large volumes of fluid down into the drilled reservoir in order to widen the voids the the natural formation allowing more oil or gas to flow from that specific point in the reservoir. Last month the Industrial Commission in North Dakota released a study which says 95% of North Dakota oil drilling is going directly into the Bakken and Three Forks formation, and 90% of the oil production in North Dakota, comes directly from the Bakken itself.

The current state of North Dakota oil sector

At this point, the commission estimated there are more than 6 billion barrels that can be extracted with today”s technology, of which only 244 million have been recovered. The trend of oil production can be directly correlated with All of this and a whole lot more are reserved for members at one of the oldest and most reputable casinoonlineslots.cas online. North Dakota”s job and population numbers, all of which seem to be hyper-accelerated. As of July 2012, the Census Bureau indicated a 4% rise in population rates over 2 years, as the rest of the country only experienced a 1.7% growth. But this isn”t where it stops. The northern section of North Dakota, the portion with the oil reservoirs, is expected to potentially rise by 50% over the next 20 years. On the same note, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank stated in December that the employment levels has risen over 60% in the counties that are within range of the Bakken. At the end of last year, the unemployment rate in North Dakota was 3.2%, but only 1.8% in oilfield cities in the North, showing just how much the oilfield jobs are influencing the states economy.
Research scientist Dean Bangsund from the North Dakota State University’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics said “North Dakota was the first state to expand job growth from new fracking and horizontal drilling technologies … We don’t have a lot of other states that have undergone this type of transformation. We’re kind of in new territory.”

Where does this lead for North Dakota oil and gas?

One of the key elements stunting the potential explosion of growth is housing. This has created a huge influx of carpenters, masons, electricians and all other trades that are involved with the construction of housing developments to support all the growth North Dakota is experiencing. “The oil industry expanded employment rapidly, and housing is in short supply,” Bangsund said. “Overall permanent employment in the industry will be higher than what we traditionally see in the state. We also expect total regular employment to be sustainable.”. Equity firms such as KKR have begun pouring money into developments, such as their 4,000 person development in Williston which begun in 2011 in hope of cashing in on the pursuit of black gold. Currently there is potential for up to 14,000 new units in Williston, but when they are complete, there will likely be more. Nancy Hodur, associate research professor at NDSU, believes that things are keeping up well at this point. “Some housing is getting better. Communities are building as fast as they can,” she says. All of this is likely heading for a critical mass, as housing will likely fall further behind and North Dakota”s job market continues to heat up. But for many, the extremely high paying jobs, from entry level to skilled, trump all. The wages and salaries that come from an area with the stress of housing, such as Williston, ND, skyrocket in order to maintain the lure to bring people to a rough and unfamiliar place.

Coming into North Dakota oil jobs

Certainly one of the most challenging things that I have done in my life was leaving behind my family and friends at home for the first time and moving out to a new job in the oilfield, although it might not make sense to a lot of people who either grew up with oil in their lives or the ones that have not left to seek a new, high paying job yet. Personally, I made the change because of the lack of career options in my part of the world, and the extremely high paying entry level jobs that the North Dakota oilfield offered couldn’t be beat for someone who was 18 and had their sights on one thing and one thing only, money.

Looking back now, cannot say that it was a poor decision. I am still employed in oil and gas, currently for one of the major energy companies in North Dakota and make a very high income, although there are sacrifices that all of us out here have made. I have missed nearly every birthday, anniversary, or holiday in my adult life. As with most, I have lost relationships to the oilfield, which seems to be a staple of this industry for most. I hope that not everyone has to make these choices, but for those of you that need to make that change, the oilfield is hard to beat for its job and career options.

For those of you who are taking that step at a young age, I hope that some of the things that you will learn on this website can help point you in a better path than most have chosen in their younger years. Most younger men coming out to the oilfields have never really been away from home, and are just happy to be free and have money, and it does claim lives. The best advice that most can give to a younger person coming in is to save your money, set goals, and don’t get sucked into the typical traps that most do. There so many pitfalls that can come from oil towns that it would take forever just to list them, and it comes down to the person and their will.

None of this is meant to intimidate or cause fear, only to give people a real world look beyond what is often advertised about these jobs. They are not easy, they are not always fun, they can change your life for the better or the worse, but if you don’t respect them they can take your life away.
For someone who is thinking about taking that step from a different position in life, with a wife and kids potentially, you should know a few things. Days off are scheduled, don’t mix your personal life with work, and set a goal and work towards that if you want to go back to a life where you can go home every night. You will miss almost everything that was listed at the top of this page, as I have. Depending on your situation it could be a small price to pay to not lose your house, or to build a college education.

Enough of the potential pitfalls of the oil life, on to the good stuff and how we all end up getting into these positions, and what you can expect when you get into the North Dakota oil and gas industry:
Depending on your experience, and what you are willing to do for a job, there are so many possible options for jobs. There are some jobs that essentially transfer over.
If you have a license to drive tractor trailers, maybe you want to get into driving vacuum trucks, water trucks, hydro-vac’s, hauling materials, moving oil from oil batteries, delivering fuel to rigs and construction sites, machinery or modules. I will get into this more in future posts about these jobs specifically later, but its just to give you an idea.
For a carpenter, there are typically the openings for scaffolders and masonry work, setting up and tearing down work camps, and more general construction work in oilfield facilities like refineries.
If you are a metalworker such as a welder, you can look towards pipeline welding, although many of these jobs typically require you to have a rig welding truck. There are many opportunities for welders in shops that supply rig mats, prefabricated piping, machinery, compressors and things of the like. Most of these jobs are in towns though, which can require a little more overhead when compared to many of the camp options that are out there, but they do pay better as it is a skilled workers job.
With no experience or if you don’t (or cant) want to do any of the other jobs listed, there are still plenty of options for you as there was for me. If you can deal with long hours, harsher conditions, and longer periods away from home, one of the best options as far as income is a drilling rig. If that doesn’t appeal to you because of the lifestyle, construction companies, pipelines, a swamper for machinery and trucks, or general laboring might be the better option.

Remember that this kind of work requires a amazing number of people, and that there are always openings. Sometimes the best thing you can do is jump head first into something, try it out and get a pay-check. You just need to get your foot in the door, jobs tend to be easier to find as you meet people in this industry and they can be the best potential opportunity to get into a new job, or project that is just starting up.
You should always keep in mind that the oilfield might seem like a vast industry, but it can be extremely small at the same time. Never burn a bridge, you never know who will end up in a position that can make or break if you get a job or not.

Finally, North Dakota oil was made for those who are either coming into the oilfield for the first time and trying to find entry level jobs, all the way to those of us who have spent the majority if not all of their working life in the energy industry. We are working hard to give you the best possible experience and chance when finding a new career in the North Dakota oil and gas industry.

Good luck, and happy job hunting.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners and MDU Resources, two oil and gas companies that operate in the Bakken, announced Thursday that they would together build a 20k barrel/day refinery in Dickinson, ND.

The new refinery is planned to refine North Dakota’s oil from the Bakken into diesel for vehicles.

They are anticipating construction to start as early as this spring, and could last for up to 20 months before the refinery could come online as the engineering plans are being finalized at this time.
Currently, the oil production in North Dakota is sitting around 760,000 bpd, as opposed to just over 100,000 pbd in 2006, a 700% increase in just 7 years.

The price of oil has been dropping steadily as the oil is getting bottle-necked in the North Dakota regions due to lack of pipelines to ship it to refineries elsewhere in the country. This has spurred on development plans from multiple oil and gas companies that are trying to take advantage of the raw resources low price, which is not the case in most other places in the country.

The refinery is a smaller refinery and would have the advantage of being in hotspot that is North Dakota’s oilfield which requires extremely large amounts of diesel to keep the development and production underway, and has even encouraged another company, Dakota Oil Processing, to announce in 2011 that it would build and operate an identical sized refinery in Williston, about 100 miles away.

MDU resources is not at this point a refining company, rather in the oil and gas, utilities and construction businesses while Calumet generates chemicals and operates a petroleum refinery in Superior, Wisconsin.
At this point it is not clear if the refinery has or has not cleared the regulatory approvals or permitting, and they could not be reached for an interview.

The Governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, has said that “the development of another oil refinery has been a longtime goal of our state and with this project we are achieving that goal” which is encouraging for the projects fate at this time.


5 rules for getting North Dakota oil jobs

5 steps to landing North Dakota oil jobs

Often the hardest part of getting into the energy industry is landing your first job. There is generic answer to why most find this to be difficult, but there are some guidelines that should help you when you are applying for North Dakota oil jobs.

1) Make sure that you are looking in the right places.

Quite often, job boards are showing expired listings if you get too far back on them. Always keep in mind that many of the jobs will be closed after roughly a month, sometimes less and sometimes more but its a good general rule that job postings should only be considered open for up to 1 month. Having said that, many of the jobs or careers that are posted can still be applied for which would at least get your resume and cover letter noticed.

2) Make sure that your cover letter and resume highlights any relevany exprience that could apply to the job that you are applying for.

A common mistake when writing resume’s and cover letters that people make is using a generic cover letter and resume. It is vital that the cover letter and resume are tailored to the job that you are applying for, if not the chances of getting a response go down. Think about this from the oil companies perspective: There are literally hundreds if not thousands of applicants for job postings sometimes. Would you look twice at a resume and cover letter that does quite fit what your looking for? Probably not. Make sure that everything, even down to the file name of the resume and cover letter have the name of the company and the job position that you are applying for in it. It’s amazing how far the little bit of extra effort can go.

3) Don’t just fire off cover letters and resume’s.

Take the time to track what jobs and what companies you have applied with, and if possible try to get a contact person. Make a list, have the dates you applied, who you spoke with or had a response from, what job it was and where.

4) Follow up with the job.

Within a few days to a week make sure that you try and maintain contact with the people who are doing the hiring. Keep pestering them, the worst they can do is say no. Always make sure you look over your notes about what job, company and area and maybe do a little research. There isn’t a person out there who wouldn’t factor in someones previous experience and perceived knowledge of a location and project. Even if you call consist of “Hi so and so, My name is so and so and I sent in an application for the so and so position you had posted a few days ago. I am just wondering if you had hired for this job yet or not, or if you have any other job openings available.” It goes a long way.

5) Say goodbye

Something that is often not done is follow up even after the job has closed. If they send an email to you telling you the job has been closed, still follow up letting them know that you appreciate them taking the time to let you know, and that you are actively seeking work and would just like the opportunity to work for them. It will be read, someone will appreciate it and it goes a long way to having someone that remembers your name for the next job they have open, or even just triggering something in their mind when they see your name on the next list.

Hopefully these guidelines help you get your first, or next, North Dakota oil job.

If you have any comments or tips, please put them in the comments field below and we will make sure to add them in!

How North Dakota oil and ND oil jobs are changing the landscape in small towns across the state.

20 years ago, if you were to look at the regions that are on the surface of the Bakken formation, a 200000 square mile oil and gas reserve, they would have been covered in pristine lakes and river, large woodlands and rolling hills.

Fast forward to today and these same area’s are the bustling center for the oilfield development that high oil and natural gas prices demand. There is no shortage of work, either. North Dakota oil jobs have brought the unemployment rate to the lowest in the country. With a potential reserve of up to 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of oil beneath the earth cities like Williston, ND have experienced growth never seen in North Dakota before.

According to Tom Rolfstad, Williston Economic Development Director, North Dakota’s oil industry is sinking around 2 billion dollar a month solely on drilling oil wells. Of this 2 billion, much of that money actually ends up in the cities and towns in North Dakota rather than the expectation of most that it would be siphoned up by the larger companies and ending up in the typical oil cities like Houston, TX.

On an average day drilling, it would be reasonable to say that roughly 40% of the money spent goes directly to the cost of employee’s and of the remainder another 45% goes to local companies that support the drilling rig.

The workforce that once was a staple of states like this are now showered in trade workers that support all aspects of the oil and gas industry. In the dead of night the oilfield does not slow down, as you can hear the engines and smell the sulfur of diesel engines that run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from pipeline welders and water trucks.

It is the opinion of many people and families that the North Dakota oil jobs generated have an impact on the entire country, not just the cities and towns that are in the heart of the oilfield. Many of the workers that come here are not local to these towns, but leave at home families and loved ones for weeks at a time to make a decent living that the rest of the nation just can’t supply anymore. There are many resources out there for potential job seekers who are trying to find a new job or career in a North Dakota oil job, such as the job listings which you can find here.

A common misconception about the oil and gas industry is that in places like North Dakota, oil jobs are plentiful and you can get a job anywhere instantly. While this might seem true on the outside, this is -quite- the case. It is vital for a job seeker to make sure that he or she puts in a good effort when writing up her resume cover letter or responding to job listings. We offer a lot of resources for job seekers, I suggest you start here “Finding entry-level oil and gas jobs in North Dakota”

Making the most of out your job

Today we thought it would be a good time to discuss something that is rarely talked about for people heading into the oil and gas industries: financial planning.

Although it isn’t brought up much, possibly one of the most vital things that you should plan for and monitor when working in the oilfield is making sure that you save some money and plan for the unexpected as well as you can.

For someone starting out in North Dakota oil and gas, you should think about a few things in the near future:

  • Saving for:
    • An accident or emergency
    • Purchasing a vehicle
    • Buying your first home
  • Investing in:
    • Stocks such as oil companies
    • 401(k)

For people just out of school (high-school or college/university) the need for saving should be pointed out immediately as often it is disregarded and only later in life realized when it will be much more difficult.

There are a lot of good resources out there for younger (or even older) people such as 10 Easy Ways .. to save money. It says its for students but I think this is a good idea for anyone to look at.

My suggestions to anyone that hasn’t already done so is to make sure you stay out of debt (no you don’t need 3 55″ tv’s a year) and try to keep saving. You never know when that oilfield job will dry up and you will be left with no income for a while.


Here’s a link to a list of banks in North Dakota, go open up an account and start saving.

North Dakota Oil news – February 2, 2012

North Dakota Oil news – February 2, 2012

Latest news for North Dakota oil:

A NPR report says that the bottle-neck in Canadian and North Dakota oil has caused “helped lower U.S. gasoline prices”, although the report also says that the lower oil and gas prices haven”t touched California , New York and the midwest. The AAA reports that Cheyenne, Wyoming has some of the least expensive gasoline in United States.

Apparently you would have to be in the midst of the Rocky Mountains to get the deal on cheap gasoline, such as Casper, Wyoming, a city with around 56,000 people. The average cost of gas is $1 less than the price that east and west coast cities are paying.

So why is gasoline so cheap for these cities?
The Canadian tar sands and North Dakota”s oil from the Bakken are flooding into the Rockies and unable to leave because the pipeline capacities are unable to drain it out fast enough and level out the oil to the rest of the country. According to the Michael Green of the AAA, the pipelines were typically built to only run oil from the east and west coasts and not in reverse. “You have all of these supplies that are building up as well, and they”re trapped in the region”.

The result of this is Oil companies and oil refineries that are profiting from great deals on crude oil and can process and sell it at the pump at a lower rate.

“There”s pipeline construction going on all over the place trying to get that crude moved out of North Dakota” said  Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates in Galena, Illinois.

There are many proposed pipeline projects, such as the Keystone XL pipeline which would carry both Canadian and North Dakota oil to the Gulf Coast for refining and have a big impact on the US oil supplies.

In the last 6 years North Dakota has went from the 9th to the 2nd oil producing state, only trailing Texas. At this point North Dakota oil makes up 12% of oil production compared to 1% 5 years ago.

Fracing and direction drilling technologies have been at the tip of the growth of North Dakota”s oil and gas reserves, allowing unprecedented extraction from wells that once would have produced a fraction of the oil they now can. To help boost the development of oil and gas in North Dakota, there is rising pressure on the pricing of oil and natural gas which is causing large growth spurts in employment and projects. Towns and cities once scraping by are now filled with open jobs and housing problems from over-population. Other factors do have an impact that are not within our control though, such as the refinery fire in California last year or upset in the middle east, also cause the prices to rise swiftly and dramatically.

What is all the buzz about North Dakota Oil?

North Dakota Oil ( is a website created to fill the gap for numerous things:

  • North Dakota Oil information
  • Oil and gas information in North Dakota
  • North Dakota oil jobs
  • Entry level jobs in the oilfield
  • North Dakota oil and gas job listings
  • Information on oil and gas in North Dakota

We do our best to bring you the most up to date information and job listings as well as anything else we can find that pertains to North Dakota’s oil and gas sector.
Sometimes this will be help on gaining entry level oil and gas jobs, sometimes this will be information on places like Williston, North Dakota, sometimes things like Oil companies in North Dakota.

If there is something you think should be listed here please send us a comment in the contact us form, or leave a comment on a post. Anything that would be helpful to others is always appreciated.

Updated news in North Dakota oil

North Dakota Oil

Updated news in North Dakota oil: has released a new article from BISMARCK, N.D, from the associated press that North Dakota has outlined a new frameword for oil taxes in the state. The bill is aimed to “close some loopholes in exchange for lower tax rates”.
Is the bill really going to bring what Sen. Dwight Cook says is “certainty and stability” to North Dakota Oilfields?

Apparently the bill is aiming to change the exemption on stripper wells that the tax department views as a potential $50 million in revenue lost, which dates back to the 1980′s tax cuts to help low production wells online but has also in recent years has been applied to high production wells. The current tax rates are at 6.5% for an extraction rate and 5% for production, of which the stripper wells are only expected to pay the latter. The bill essentially is supposed to bring the rate to 9.5% as opposed to the current 11.5% that oil companies in North Dakota are paying.

What does this translate to for North Dakota oil and gas?

If the bill does pass, which is could very possibly do, it will generate the obvious potential $50 million for the state, but also encourage higher exploration and development in the North Dakota oil and gas sector. This will directly create more jobs, entry level all the way up to professional employment, better schools and hosiptals for the area’s which the Bakken touches such as Willison.

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