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Category Archives: Mining People, Places & Lifestyle

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 to deal with a bad supervisor in a mining job

A lot of what we do here at Minedex is keeping you up to date with the information you need about getting your start in the mining industry. With the industry gaining momentum, let’s take a look at the difficult situation – once you have landed a job – of working with a bad supervisor…

Why you should move to Kalgoorlie for a mining job

What could I earn in Kalgoorlie? This is always a “how long is a piece of string” question. While the daily or hourly rates are good, the hours need to really add up to hit the six-figure salary listed above. Consider that as of May 2018, the pay rate for a Driller’s Offsider is approximately..

11 of the best-paid jobs in mining and resources

Seek’s 2016 salary survey found the highest-paying industry was still the mining, resources and energy sector. Given the diversity of roles in the industry, what jobs offer the best return on training? Interested in going to university to make this happen? Here is a breakdown of a few roles in the industry and examples of..

The benefits of mining to everyday life, everywhere

Mining has always had its critics. There are groups who believe mining in certain locations, or mining some commodities, should be banned. There are also groups who believe the damage mining causes to the environment justifies it being banned entirely.  Throw climate change protest groups into the mix and the number of people opposed to..

Here’s how mining is part of your everyday life

When people think about the resources sector in Australia, most think about iron ore, gold and coal; however, Australia is also in the world’s top five exporters for bauxite, alumina and zinc. So, what are we digging it all up for? Well, not all commodities are used to make cars, phones, computers and the like..

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..

Don’t fall victim to a recruitment scam

It is an unfortunate fact of life that in any community, in any industry, there are individuals on the periphery looking for ways to make a quick dollar with minimal effort. During the boom in the mining industry there were people who took advantage of people wanting a start and, more recently, there are reports..

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..

Make sure your application displays your attributes.

In late January an announcement was made about a new iron ore  project in the Pilbara region of WA that would create up to 3000 jobs during construction and some 900 jobs when in operation. On the back of FMG’s announcement to develop the Eliwana deposit in December and with the Mineral Resources Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum..

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 does 2017 hold for mining and for job seekers?

At the beginning of each year, financial wizards, stockbrokers, banks and financial advisers all forecast their predictions for the year ahead. While none of us at Minedex proclaim to be any of the above, we’ve decided to gaze into the crystal ball with a list of predictions. Below we’ve added our 2017 year end predictions..

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..

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