You’ve heard the news reporters, your mates, and politicians all talking about it. Mining is hot again in Australia, and has been gaining traction for a while now. The Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA has recently predicted that over 20,000 more workers will be needed in the next five years in our country.
If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you want a piece of the action. But what are some practical tips to help you break into the mining industry? Here are some tips from one of our lead recruiters, Casey:
- Get practical experience in other related fields: Construction, heavy machinery operating, truck driving, administration in an industrial company, and project management can all be transferable skill sets that mining recruiters are looking for. Don’t be afraid to work in a parallel industry for a bit to give you some traction.
- Be realistic about what you can do: The people who have been in the mining industry for years didn’t just get there by good fortune. They most likely started in an entry level job and worked their way up. Keep your eyes open for roles like Trades Assistants and support service staff jobs like cleaners, storespersons or labourers to get your foot in the door.
- Research and know the mining market: Do you know the difference between coking and metallurgical coal? Do you know what a JSEA is? It helps when you snag that interview to know what your interviewer is talking about. Research and read about the mining industry – and stay on top of news about the industry to know where the next big projects are happening.
- Get a professional resume and cover letter ready: Get to know your target audience when applying for mining work. If you research the companies you’re interested in, you’ll see on their website what they’re looking for, and what their values are, on their Careers and About Us pages. And make use of free templates that can help your resume and cover letter look more professional (and don’t forget about spell check!).
- Register with Labour Hire and Recruitment Companies: Of course, we’d like you to register with us. But you really should be registering with as many companies as you can find. You never know where your first opportunity will come from, and the more databases you’re a part of, the more likely it is you’ll get a call. Remember to continue to update your profile with the companies you’re registered with when you do land some work so we all know what you’re capable of!
- Identify which companies do ‘New to Industry’ roles: Figure out who hires unskilled or new to industry candidates – it can be as easy as doing a Google search with some clever keywords.
- Get social: Follow the companies you’re interested in working for, the companies you’ve registered with, and the companies who offer ‘new to industry’ roles, on Facebook and LinkedIn. They’ll often post their open roles there, possibly giving you an earlier heads up about positions.
Still want some more info? Websites that we often refer people to include:
At the end of the day, it will be your determination that will help you succeed with your search. Stay committed and keep working at securing that dream job. Good luck!