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Category Archives: Mining Facts and Stats

What is the starting salary for an unskilled mineworker?

What is a fair wage for an unskilled mining worker? Before we look at what an entry-level employee could receive, let’s go back a step and look at the salaries of people with between six months and two years’ Australian mining industry experience. First, it’s worth noting that these salaries vary depending on: The commodity..

How safe is working in the mining industry?

Mining presents a number of challenges for companies. From the heat, dust and equipment through to safe storage of food and ensuring cleanliness of common areas. Hazards are present in our every day. Uneven footpaths, wet surfaces, people not looking where they are going while texting, objects on roadways: the list is endless. On a..

How 2017 wrapped up for the Australian mining industry

This is our last blog for the year. It has been a massive 12 months for us here at Minedex. We’ve updated details on 45 mine sites in Australia, responded to 420 emails, posted some 460 entry-level roles and written 25 blogs for you. We’ve had a few enquiries over the year from members wanting..

10 tips to maintain a good reputation in mining

The mining industry is made up of a diverse and eclectic mix of characters. In my career, I would estimate I have spoken to, or worked with, 5000 or 6000 people in the mining and resources sector. I’ve worked in FIFO and residential site roles and worked in the cities and towns in support roles. What..

When should you start training for a job in mining?

After a recent blog post about what you need to know for your first time on site, we received several queries about when was the best time to start training. There is no straightforward answer to this question, as everyone has a different ‘ideal role’ in mind, individual’s circumstances differ, and the pre-requisite requirements of..

What you need to know when you start a job in mining

You’ve signed the paperwork and you have a start date, but it’s your first time heading to a mine site. What do you need to know before you leave? And, for that matter, when you get there? What will it be like on site? What will you need? What should you take? We’ve compiled a..

How did Jasmine get her start in the Mining Industry?

Welcome to our third Vlog, where Shane from Minedex chats to Jasmine about how she got her start & tips on how you can get yours.

What hot cross buns can teach you about a job in mining.

Does anyone else get annoyed when Christmas decorations go up in September? Or when hot cross buns and Easter eggs are in shops before those decorations have even come down? It seems retailers have this belief that shoppers want to purchase for these celebrations months in advance, when in reality all merchants really want is..

Shane chats with Kerrie on how she got her start in the Mining Industry

How did Kerrie get her start in the Mining Industry? Welcome to our second Vlog,  where Shane from Minedex chats to Kerrie about how she got her start & tips on how you can get yours.  

What attracts people to the mining industry?

What attracts people to the mining industry? Centuries ago the lure of gold drove people to travel vast distances, often to new countries, in the hope of discovering a fortune. In Australia, the early prospectors arrived from Europe, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, China and North America in the thousands. Many left families back home, some..

What the commodities markets are telling us about 2017

What the commodities markets are telling us about 2017 I have written a lot about the mining industry being cyclical, and having experienced several downturns now in my career, the one that has just occurred is by far the longest and most severe I can recall. But everyone seems to forget that neither a boom..

Do you have skills that cross over between industries?

We don’t know how many time we have heard “I want to drive a dump truck” from someone wanting to get into the mining industry. Have you ever thought about how the skills you currently have working in roles outside of the mining industry match up with roles in the mining industry? They’re called “transferable..

A good network can change your life. Here’s how.

Why having a good network is a career-boosting idea. There’s a reason so much is written — both online and in career books — about the importance of having a good professional and social network. It can change your life. Networking is about building relationships and friendships that can be beneficial — whether to you,..

22 Years of Mining Industry Experience…

What does an industry expert have to say? Meet Shane. He’s been in the mining industry for more than 22 years. Shane is the host of the first episode of our new “vlog” series, which is designed to give you the inside edge on getting a start in the industry.

Where to look for mining jobs on social media.

Where to look for mining jobs on social media In our ebooks we talk about using LinkedIn to search for potential hiring managers, but what about other social media platforms? Are you following companies you want to work for on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram? Which are the best sites for jobseekers? Companies will be..

Online job fairs, FMG and the US Election

Mining Employment Career Fairs It isn’t always possible for jobseekers or graduates to attend a job fair. I recently discovered an online job fair where people can interact, ask questions, download information and achieve much the same as you could at an in-person job fair. There have been a few in Australia in recent years,..

Don’t blow your first impression.

Mining Employment What you need to be aware of when looking for a role? I caught up with a few old colleagues last week, and could not believe what they were telling me. It seems despite all the information on line about ensuring you make a good first impression, there are still job seekers out..

Coal bounces back and how to get your application noticed.

Mining Employment Getting your application noticed A quick Google search of ‘get your job application noticed’ brings up a large number of ideas. Options range from name dropping (we prefer networking), to researching what the company’s challenges are and addressing how you, the applicant, can assist in overcoming them. All great ideas, if you have..

Mining on the rebound & industry diversity.

Mining employment In our ‘You and mining’ page, we cover off on some common rules on site and one of these is fitness for work. The use of drugs and alcohol is monitored in the mining industry through breath and urine testing and a positive result for any substance usually results in instant dismissal. There..

Good mining news stories.

Mining Employment We posted an article to Facebook about areas in Australia with the highest unemployment rate (and the lowest) a few weeks ago. If you missed it here is a link; Where unemployment is lowest in Australia, and where it’s highest. It really is no surprise that some of the locations are places where..

Where were the jobs in 2015, ABS and a look at Nickel.

Mining Employment In our E-books we discuss ways to get a start in the industry from utilising social media platforms, to learning about roles in mining, expanding your network and how to approach hiring managers and decision makers. We also recently upgraded our website to include job descriptions of positions that people have obtained to..

What is the hidden job market?

Mining employment What is the hidden job market? A lot is written these days about the hidden job market, but what is it? Why is it important? And is it really any different to the old age adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?” The hidden job market is a term used..

Diggers, Planning and Iron Ore stats and facts.

Diggers and Dealers update Diggers and Dealers is an annual mining conference held in Kalgoorlie with around 1200 mining industry representatives in attendance – we’ve been posting articles to our Facebook page, but thought a quick summary here would assist. The general consensus from this year’s conference is definitely the worst is over, but companies..

Networking is an important part of job hunting in the current market.

Mining Employment Networking is an important part of job hunting in the current market. We talk about networking, the power of your network and ways to tap into your networks to gain a start in the industry in one of our E-books. It’s how I got my start and it is how many of the..

Our take on the mining industry.

Mining Industry During the federal election campaign, much was said about the required transition to shift away from the ‘reliance’ on the mining industry and to move to a multi-tiered economy. I found this ironic as the first quarter of 2016 (with low iron ore prices) the GDP peaked at an all-time high since records..

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