Advice from a Successful Jobseeker

Have you been working hard to get a job in the mining industry?

Are you feeling frustrated because you can’t break into an offshore job?

Andrew Collingwood knows how you feel.

Since attending our Perth mining Jobs EXPO on 25 May, he’s received five jobs offers.

We asked if he could share some of his tips for success and he readily agreed.

Andrew Collingwood, a 53-year-old truck driver, has been looking for a job in the mines for some time. Interviewed by ABC while at the Jobs EXPO, he readily admitted to feeling frustrated in his job search.

"It's harder than you can ever imagine," he said.

"You send in emails, you go for induction but I'm getting no feedback at all."

Things have changed from Mr. Collingwood who starts work today for a major mining company driving dump trucks. He’s been told he has the opportunity to move into a trainer position within 6-12 months.

Here is his advice for how to turn your job search into a job. 

Work on your resume

The first thing Andrew did was work on his resume to make it more attractive to employers. He put all his experience, equipment and licences and tickets at the very top.

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Change your attitude

I started thinking about what I could do for the employer,” Andrew said.

“I didn’t ask one person what they could do for me. I told them what I was prepared to do for their company.”

In fact, he even volunteered two weeks of his time for a shot at a job. 

Be prepared

I approached every single exhibitor with a plan. I knew what I was going to say and I had my answers ready,” explained Andrew.

They don’t like to see any hesitation when they ask you a question.

Andrew went to several information sessions and acquired new ideas on what employers were looking for and how to research a job.

Get in early

I arrived half an hour before the event started. I had the chance to speak at length with people on your stand and others before the crowds arrived,” said Andrew.

I was given very good advice about what information sessions to attend and who was looking for my skills.” 

Understand it's not just a job, but a lifestyle

Working on a mine site is a bit like boarding school. You’re eating and sleeping with the same people; not just working with them,” observed Andrew.

You have to be able to put up with that and let the employer know you can go along with it.” 

Select good referees

If you have mediocre referees, you get mediocre references,” explained Andrew.

I made sure every one of my referees knew what to say when someone called them.”

The referees on Andrew’s resume were contacted by prospective employers, proof it’s important to choose wisely.

Final thoughts for jobseekers

Although Andrew Collingwood didn’t say this specifically, he kept a good attitude and persisted in his job search. When employers are speaking to hundreds or thousands of jobseekers, the people with the best attitude are going to stand out. Open frustration and complaining just don’t work. But don’t take our word for it – listen to the guy that’s had five job offers.

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This post originally featured on the Mining, Oil, and Gas Jobs blog.

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