You’ve found a role you want to apply for. What happens next? We wanted to demystify the application process for mining jobs in Australia.
Not every company treats this process exactly the same, but these are some of the common stages you are likely to encounter and what to expect at each stage.
Once you’ve submitted your resume and your online application, your details and résumé are registered on a company’s database and delivered to the recruiter’s email.
Once your application is reviewed, you may or may not hear back from the company if your application is not progressing. Some companies reply to applicants and others don’t — and often the reason is simply the company does not have the systems or software in place to manage large numbers of applicants. They may also post in the advertisement that if you haven’t heard from them in a set time, consider your application to be unsuccessful.
Being on time for your interview and remembering who you are being interviewed by are crucial. They key is to always be honest and confident in your interview and demonstrate your interest and your abilities through your answers to the questions.
Generally, an interview will take 30 to 60 minutes but some companies will phone you first to screen your application. Read our tips here on interviews.
You may be asked to provide references. Some companies will want to reference based upon your interview, others will accept a generic reference.
Pre-employment checks vary, not only for companies but also for positions, locations and commodities.
Many sites within the mining and resources sector require contractors and permanent employees to have a National Police Clearance. An NPC is required in many sectors across Australia to reduce the risk of theft, fraud or other criminal activity. They are also required in certain other situations, like working with children or the elderly.
In the transport sector, for example, an NPC check allows an employer to determine if an individual is a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold accreditation as a driver. In the mining industry, each company will have varying reasons for insisting on an NPC check. Read here for more information on NPC checks. Remember that only approved individuals can view your police clearance once it has been sent to site and companies are under strict obligations to maintain your private information.
Companies will want to scan or copy your qualifications and licences as part of your application. Check if you should bring them to the interview. Sometimes they will also confirm your qualifications are still current, particularly with high-risk work such as working at height.
Generally, these two tests are done at the same time and are designed to ensure potential employees are able to perform the job safely and effectively. A standard appointment will involve collection of historical health information in a detailed questionnaire. A nurse or doctor will then discuss any required details from the form and then do a full physical examination. For information on what may be included, JobFit is an industry provider and has a full list here.
Once you’ve successfully completed all the above, the next stage is receiving an offer. Usually this is a verbal offer and a proposed start date. Once you accept the mining job, assuming there are no issues with anything discussed, a written offer will be sent to you. Sometimes companies will ask you to come into their office so all the necessary paperwork can be completed, uniforms provided and any training and induction times given.
Paperwork Check with your new employer beforehand what paperwork you will need to bring, but here is a basic list:
-Tax file number
-Emergency contact details
-If you haven’t already, your certificates and licences so copies can be made.
Transport to site may be via plane, bus, car or you may drive yourself there, depending on your point of hire. Ensure you understand all the information in your itinerary and what you will need to take with you to site. Consider all your personal items you may need while away. As a minimum, clothing for after hours, work clothes, toiletries, phone, charger. What will you do after hours?
Check out more information on life on a mine site here.
Your induction is your familiarisation to the workplace, the work and the key personnel. It should begin on day one and may take all day, a few hours a day or any other timeframe, to ensure new starters are familiar with everything. It can be held in the workplace or in a classroom, and some companies are now introducing virtual reality familiarisation that is completed before new employees even get to site. Companies or operations with large, complex worksites may spread inductions across several rosters as employees are introduced to new work areas.
The training you receive will depend upon the position, your experience and the site. You’re likely to come across a lot of new terms, especially from a safety perspective — including OHS, WHS, OHS&E, Pre-start Checks, Risk Assessment, and Job Safety Assessment (JSA); Standard Operating Procedure (SOP); Hazard Management; Workplace Inspections, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); and MSDS or SDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).
Safety in the mining industry in Australia is governed by various state departments. A quick internet search of mining safety and the state you are employed in will identify the government body. The government body in WA, is the Department of Mines and Petroleum. Here is a link to their Safety page.
If you are one of the lucky ones and secure a trainee position in the mining industry, your training and safety will be the most important part of the process outlined above. Following the site rules, asking questions and listening to the more experienced operators will assist in ensuring you learn everything you can.
Still not sure there will be more trainee roles on offer in 2018. Check out this list of projects in WA.