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Could you live in a Mining town?

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  • May 27, 2016 | 5:35 am
  • Mining Employment,Mining Facts and Stats,Mining News,Mining People, Places & Lifestyle
Mining Employment

This week I caught up with some of my old recruiting colleagues and asked them for a list of key things they would look for in a resume when they are looking to hire people in to an entry level role (and not just necessarily in mining).

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Here are their top 10:
  1. A clear resume that lists actual responsibilities, not vague duties.
  2. Licences, qualifications and machinery operating tickets that are relevant to the role you are applying for including the date the qualification was obtained and/or the date the qualification expires.
  3. A consistent and stable work history that demonstrates you are reliable, committed and will turn up every day. If you have had time out of work, ensure you have an explanation.
  4. Your listed referees are previous Supervisors or Managers.
  5. Previous experience in a physical and practical role, e.g. labouring, construction, farming, etc. Or have volunteered in a labouring role, e.g. SES, volunteer fire fighter.
  6. Clean driving record and experience with driving larger vehicles and the appropriate drivers licence.
  7. Experience and/or examples that will show you are physically capable of long hours and working the rosters away from home. (This could be sport, previous work experience, etc).
  8. Be able to show you are committed to wanting a start – this could be as straightforward as having a profile in your resume outlining your efforts to date, your interest and what you have learnt through to being enrolled in a relevant course at TAFE. Or these could be explained in a cover letter.
  9. Transferable skills such as demonstrated ability to solve problems, previously worked in a team, communication skills (verbal and written), safety knowledge and safe work practices.
  10. Lastly, recruiters do check social media so be aware of the pictures of you online and not just ones on your page, but others where you have been tagged.
Mining News

We have been posting on Facebook now for a few months and are curious as to what sorts of articles you want us to share with you as we find them. Have a look at the page and let us know what you think.

This week on our Facebook Page, we posted a great news report from Channel 9 about a new boom in the West. Here it is for those that may have missed it.

Mining People Places and Lifestyle

We have had a few requests to our email account about what is it like living in a mining town. Again, I connected with people in the industry and drawing on personal knowledge, this is what I discovered.

As commutes take longer, shops are busier and urban sprawl continues unabated, the lure of a tree change for many grows with each passing year. Many people have moved to a smaller town, and never had any regrets. Are you and your family ready for life in a small(ish) town?

Wikipedia has a page of Mining towns in Australia; however, among the list are quite a few ghost towns. Towns that once thrived during a previous mining boom, but now little remains to show for the thousands that once lived there other than perhaps a chimney or a few walls. I definitely recommend researching this list.

So what are the pros and cons of living in a mining town?
Pros
  1. Standard working hours as most residential people only work 40 – 50 hours a week.
  2. See your family daily and the family stays together.
  3. Live in your own home, no communal dining, no fixed meal times.
  4. Increased job prospects – living locally may increase your chances of securing a role.
  5. Subsidised company housing and utilities are occasionally available thus reducing the amount of your salary you need to spend to live.
  6. Commute time can be as little as 10 minutes from home to office, so the hours are even shorter than most people in a city.
  7. Social activities are often family centric including sporting activities.
  8. Sense of community and people usually are more inclusive.
  9. Everything is usually within a 10 minute drive from home.
  10. There can be a better sense of team in the working environment because people socialise and work together.
  11. Facilities on offer, e.g. sporting, social, schooling and community are better supported by companies than they are in cities.
  12. Cost of running the operation can be less than a fly in fly out, so the site may be more economically viable and under less risk of closure during periods of low commodity prices.
Cons
  1. Cost of living is higher than in the city as the cost of transporting goods is very high.
  2. Lack of educational facilities, usually most small towns have a primary school, but can lack the resources and facilities a school in a larger town or city can have.
  3. Housing can be more expensive if you are not in company supplied housing (Port Hedland during the boom, rents were as high as $3000/week for a 3 bed, 1 bath house).
  4. Essential services like specialists are not easily accessible and sometimes a simple medical problem can become a logistical challenge.
  5. Entertainment choices can be limited.
  6. If you or your partner works shift, getting enough sleep with children in the house can be a challenge and will require some management.
  7. If you are single, there can be a lack of other single people in the town.
  8. There can be a gender imbalance in many mining towns. As an example at the height of the boom, some Pilbara towns were close to 70% male.
  9. If the site closes, or redundancy occurs the whole family is uprooted.
  10. Lack of choice in shopping facilities and groceries may only be delivered once a week.
  11. Most towns have regular flights to a capital city, but these are expensive and it can be costly for a family to go away and distances between mining towns and cities in Australia is vast.
  12. Depending on location, there can be a gap between the town residents who are working in mining and those that don’t and this can create an ‘us and them’ mentality.
Accommodation in Mining Towns has improved over the years

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