How to land a mining job

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:

This post orignally featured on The Resource Channel blog.

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