Western Australia's newspaper, The Weekend West featured sound advice — collected from senior HR representatives from companies like Rio Tinto and Calibre Global — this past weekend on landing a job in the Australian mining industry:
- For unskilled and semiskilled jobs (certificate 3 and below), work experience is often favoured over tickets and other course qualifications.
- If you don't have previous mine experience, sell transferable skills to show commitment to safety and ability to maintain focus over long shifts, work as a team and handle the heat.
- Highlight any experience working with heavy machinery, even if it's driving a forklift at a supermarket.
- Put your (previous) direct supervisor who worked alongside you as your referee because only he/she has the knowledge the recruiter needs.
- Focus applications on subcontractors for mine sites under construction, and on the head mining contractor for mines in the operational phase (for a list of contractors working on major projects, click here).
- If applying through a subcontractor, having someone on the inside put in a good word for you can help.
- Don't leave blanks in your application, especially in your work history, and register for job alerts on company websites.
- Show you understand and can handle the FIFO lifestyle and site conditions so you don't appear an early flight risk.
- Take the first job you are offered, because other opportunities will open up once you are in.
Some additional tips from us:
- Tips to increase your job search success
- How do I get a foot in the door with no experience
- Why location is important
- Industry Basics 101
This post orignally featured on The Resource Channel blog.