My Cover Letter for Shell and the advertisement
There are countless reasons why you should consider an internship with us.
- opportunity to gain invaluable business experience
- see first-hand what it would be like to work for Shell.
On an internship with us, you can expect to:
• See what the energy industry is really like, from the inside
• Take part in interesting, live projects
• Take on real business challenges
• Get to know current Shell employees and other students
• Find out whether you would enjoy working at Shell
• Track the long-term results of your work
• Build valuable work experience, skills and knowledge.
Product / Process Researcher
It's down to us to make sure that the most innovative technologies are available and applied in the design of new processing routes as well as in the development, improvement and innovation of products. We use in-house expertise as well as acquiring technologies from third parties.
You could be involved in:
Challenging the existing approaches to processing
Researching and developing new catalysts
Creating high-performance fuels and lubricants
Developing sustainable energy technologies
Collaborating with customers on novel product initiatives
Researching new areas of physics in Exploration & Production.
#5-103 Raffles Hall,
19 Kent Ridge Crescent
HP: (Hand phone number)
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1 September 2010
Human Resource Manager,
Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd
83 Clemenceau Avenue,
I am writing to express my interest in working in Shell on an internship as Product/Process Researcher. I was introduced to this job by the Shell website. Due to my interest in the energy industry, I am very keen to work there.
My name is Thanasak Hoontrakul, currently studying in year 1 Chemical Engineering at National University of Singapore. I have a passion in energy field and qualities which I believe will suit corporate culture the Shell. My passion in improving existing systems led me pursued a Nanyang Research Project in my junior college years in which I worked closely with Nanyang Technological University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In this project, I worked with a piezoelectric material which has an interesting property of producing electricity through stress and strain. Through this project, I have learned the skills necessary for engineering research including reading of literature reviews, conducting experiment and writing research paper. All of which will help in the position I applied for.
As my interest lies in energy industry, I have read extensively in this area. I was attracted particularly to the Algae, an easy growing plants as well as a high consumer of carbon dioxide. Both of characteristics are advantageous in being biofuel. To further my scope in energy industry, in my first year, I took a module called “Clean Energy and Storage”. I was also fortunate to personally talk to Professor Klaus Lackner, a leading scientist in Energy Storage, in Columbia University. We discussed about the possibilities of future Energy Storage Systems. I believe that the position I am applying for is working closely with research in sustainable energy in which I am keen to explore. I hope to bring this enthusiasm to the shell community.
Apart from my interests, I am also a very outgoing person. These aspects have earned me various leadership positions such as Golf Captain in secondary school, House Captain in Junior College and House Captain in my hostel. Although I have numerous responsibilities, I was award Service Awards for both house captain positions for outstanding contributions. I believe my ability to work well with people and leadership skills would help me accomplish the assigned tasks.
The experience in Shell would drive me to be more passionate in this industry. The challenging environment in Shell would also stimulate my competitive nature. I believe that if I were to work in Shell I would be able to strive in Shell. I hope I would be given an opportunity to further discuss any possible contribution I could give to the company. I am looking forward to hear from you soon.
The Shell application form consists largely of yes/no answers and options in dropdown menus, rather than opportunities to give detail about your skills and experience. For this reason, your CV must work extra hard to showcase your unique achievements.
Preparing your graduate CV for Shell
The company provides some general advice on CV preparation on its careers website so be sure to follow the guidance. Shell favours a traditional CV format with education and experience neatly listed in reverse chronological order.
Here are some things you should keep in mind:
- Don't try to include your life story; CVs should be clear and concise, with no waffle. While it's important to cover your full work history, for less relevant experience, you may want to pick out only a few key pieces of information rather than giving an in-depth account of each role.
- Highlight your most relevant experiences and provide details about your role and accomplishments. Your CV is a chance to sell yourself so make sure to highlight your personal contribution (write I, not we) and anything you achieved that you were proud of.
- For your education history, Shell suggests that you include information on any relevant modules or projects. This will help demonstrate your interest in and knowledge of your chosen scheme. Give an overview of what you did and what you learned. It's not necessary to list every module you studied at university. Instead, pick the modules you think are most relevant to Shell and the scheme you've applied for.
- Focus on the skills your degree and work experience helped you develop. So, for example, giving a presentation to your seminar group might have improved your communication skills, while working on a group essay might have developed your ability to work with others.
- Shell highly recommends that you include your achievements and outside interests in your CV. This helps show you're well rounded and injects personality into your CV. Avoid generic interest such as listening to music or socialising with friends – and definitely don't make things up. You need to be prepared to discuss your CV further at interview.
- Good written communication is something that Shell is looking for in its recruits so make sure your CV is well written, easy to understand and proofread thoroughly.
Match your CV to Shell's 'C.A.R.' criteria
It's important to tailor your CV to Shell. The best way to do this is to provide details of how you meet Shell's 'C.A.R' criteria (capacity, achievement and relationship). This can be laid out as bullet points within the sections of your CV; for example, as skills you've used in a particular job or hobby. Be specific and use quantitative details such as sales figures where possible to help illustrate your examples.
To demonstrate your capacity in your CV, you could include examples of times when you've:
- learned something new
- adapted to a new environment quickly
- made an important or difficult decision
- identified a solution to a problem
- discovered a more efficient method of working
To highlight your achievement in your CV, you need to emphasise your drive, enthusiasm and resilience. You could include examples of times when you've:
- worked towards an ambitious goal
- been driven to deliver results
- gone the extra mile
- persevered despite obstacles
- picked yourself up after a setback
To match with Shell's relationship criteria, you could include examples of times when you've:
- worked well in a team
- developed positive relationships with customers, work colleagues or university peers
- needed to communicate with a range of people, whether it was through written correspondence, over the phone or in person.
- adapted your style to suit your audience eg explaining a technical topic to somebody who isn't familiar with it
- dealt with a difficult customer and successfully appeased them
Think about other skills that Shell might value
Shell is looking for graduates who can evolve into its future managers so you should use your CV to highlight any experience you have of leadership positions or times when you've volunteered to take on more responsibility. For example, if you held a supervisory role in a part-time job. Make this clear and emphasise the leadership skills you used such as thinking stategically, making decisions, motivating others, delegating tasks and giving feedback.
Innovation is also important to Shell. It's Gamechanger programme, for example, was founded in 1996 and provides financial and technical support for innovators with promising ideas. So far it's helped develop over 150 ideas. Have you ever had a bright idea or thought of something new? How did you convince people it was a good idea? Did you face any obstacles and how did you overcome them? Maybe you've even been involved in Shell's global competition, Shell Ideas360, which encourages students to think of creative ways to tackle the pressures on the world's energy, food and water resources.
For more inspiration, take a look at the job description of the role you're applying for and Shell's website. For instance, Shell's core values are honesty, integrity and respect for people. Try to highlight examples in your CV that align with these values.