Process Operator Resume

Are you applying for jobs, and not hearing back? Are you working on a Process Operator resume? Do you need advice on your Process Operator resume? Well this article will have some good information, and tips for you.

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Lets begin with the format itself. Your resume should only be one page. You could be 50 years old, and of worked many jobs, and have vast experience, but a 3 page resume may do you more harm than good. First reason is it’s too long for someone reviewing many resumes. The second reason is that it’s many more words, and chances to talk your self out of an interview. The third reason is that it contains unimportant information, if you had that many previous jobs, or that many other positions, it doesn’t look good either. The final reason is you may portray your age too much. In times past, companies only wanted to hire young Process Operators, so that they may gain many years of experience before retirement. In todays diverse world, companies must hire in a diverse age range, but I wouldn’t try to advertise that you are a life experienced person.  

     There are many different formats for your one page resume. The format I go with has my information including name, address, phone number, and email at the top. Under that is 3 highlight points that best summarize what I have to offer, or want to highlight about myself. College degree, relevant experience, veterans status, and key accomplishments are things I would recommend highlighting. For the main body, list the companies you’ve worked for with the positions you’ve held in chorological order (newest to oldest).

     For each company that you worked for, try to include 5 bullet points. Those points should be relevant to the Process Operator job that you are applying for. For instance, if you were a truck driver. Talk about how you worked safely working towards the goals of safely, and efficiently getting the product to the customer. If you were a scaffold builder, talk about how you followed procedures to efficiently erect scaffolds with keeping in mind that others safety depended on you doing your job correctly. You could talk about how you paid attention to the hazards around you, and helped inform others of potential issues to keep everyone safe. Did you notice key words I used? Safety, efficient, customer, procedures, team work, and attention to your job and surrounds. Keep those words in mind, but don’t over use them either.  At the very bottom of your resume you can list your special training, or higher education. If you have fire experience, rescue training, medical training, or college degree that you did not list as a highlight at the top of your resume, you can list it down here. Do not list them twice. Proof read your resume. It can be hard to catch your own grammatical errors, so read it a lot and make sure it flows smoothly. Have someone else proof read it for you too.   I hope that is a good overview of a resume. If you are applying for jobs, and not hearing back, I can help. Let’s fix your Process Operator Resume, and get you the JOB!

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Perception and what it means as a Process Operator.

This will article is directed towards experienced operators, but everyone else should take note as well. Lets talk about perception. Perception is what others think about you, or what you are doing.

When you are in the control room playing on your phone with your feet propped up, and someone walks in. They perceive that you are not doing anything other than being worthless and lazy. They may not know that you just walked in from getting it done in the field. While you may not be able to always prevent being walked in on at the wrong time. At least fix yourself, and become more engaged.

When I took my second operator job at a large refinery, I decided I was not interested in being a supervisor, because my perception was that their job was worse than mine. I became vocal with my opinions, and did not care about others perception of my attitude. I took pride in doing my job, and knowing how to get a task accomplished. I wouldn’t say I was contrary, but if I didn’t agree with what my lead operators and or supervisors wanted me to do I would make sure to vent my frustration. Well, fast forward 5 years, I was then a lead operator, but had began to desire one of those supervisor jobs. I spoke with my bosses about it, and got the lip service they usually give good operators that they like in the roles that they are currently in, i.e. not becoming a supervisor any time soon. I realized how much I had damaged my perception by having a big mouth. Being good at your job, and being able to handle whatever task that could arise wasn’t good enough. The damage had been done.

Can you change your perception? Could I change mine? Well my story ends with me getting a management job at another company where I put my hard learned knowledge to use. Could I have made changes, and of stayed at my previous job and been promoted. Honestly, I think yes. The question would be then how many other Process Operators would pass me up till then, and how long would that be. For me in my situation, I honestly wasn’t going to roll the dice on that. I felt I was better off taking my lessons learned, and starting over.

Moral of the story, quit complaining and do your job. We are very well paid to deal with the daily frustrations of being a Process Operator. I figured out the best way to look at it is usually I’m paid a little over minimum wage for the job I actually do, the rest of the money I’m paid for is to deal with all the other crap.

Another revelation I had is that deep down. Every Operator knows their faults and weaknesses. You don’t have to admit them to any one else. Just have a little conversation with yourself and own up to them. Then the question becomes do you want to work on them, or to suffer the consequences of  those issues.

You never know what the future holds. Yes, being a Process Operator is a great job, but are you sure you want to commit to doing it forever? Your next path doesn’t have to be a supervisor, or management. From being an Operator, you could move into an EHS job, training, procedures, planning, or maintenance job. Don’t automatically rule yourself out by not getting along with other work groups. People move on, but perceptions do not.



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