Tips to Getting Hired at Exxon Mobil

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Tips to Getting Hired at Exxon Mobil
Exxon Mobil is the largest publicly traded oil company. (oil rig at sunset image by Alan James from

Exxon Mobil is a very large corporation with thousands of associates working globally. According to Exxon Mobil, it is the largest publicly traded oil and gas company. From the janitor who cleans the bathrooms to the chief executive officer, all have an important function at the facilities. If you wish to find employment at Exxon Mobil, diverse opportunities exist for applicants who want to be part of the team.

Choose a Country

You must choose a country in which you want to work (see reference 1). If you willing to relocate globally, apply in your home country, and make a note on your resume: "Willing to relocate globally." If you speak more than one language or if you wish to work in a specific country, indicate this on your cover letter and resume.

Start Small

If you have relatively few skills, start small. Exxon Mobil has thousands of convenience stores and gas stations; therefore apply at the local level, right in the convenience stores. Keep going back to inquire about job openings. When hired, you will be at the bottom of the totem pole, so be prepared to do the menial tasks that must be done. The important idea, though, is that you made it onto the pole. Since you are now a part of the team, keep resubmitting your resume as you acquire more skills. Since you already have a good reference from your supervisors at the store, Exxon will promote you as an opening develops that matches your qualifications.

Keyword Your Resume

All recruiters have keyword filters at the inbox. These programs "filter out" resumes that have no keywords, throwing them into the trash. First read through the job description posted. The keywords are the relevant points brought out. For example, if part of the description states "three years experience in oil drilling" you know that "oil drilling" are the keywords. Use "oil drilling" in your resume five or six times, and the filter will move you to high-priority status in the recruiter's inbox. You should always be ethical and not lie on your resume, but you can "tailor" it to incorporate the keywords found in the job description.

Cover Letter

John F. Kennedy's famous statement was "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country." In your cover letter, you must convey the same attitude. Do not ask what Exxon can do for you--tell the recruiter how you can make a positive contribution to the corporation. Your letter must be optimistic and upbeat, conveying a "can-do" attitude. The letter should be about three quarters of a page long. Furthermore, never badmouth previous employers. Rather, convey that previous jobs were positive learning experiences. Another pertinent point is to use the keywords about five or six times in your cover letter as well.

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