There are thousands of articles online about the best ways to get a job, but nearly all of them are for people with experience in an industry.
So we’ve done the research for you and created a list we believe will give you the best opportunity for a start in the mining and resources industry.
Each of these has its pros and cons, and no one approach will be enough. Finding work is a job in itself. But we believe this is a great place to start!
Use multiple job sites like SEEK, Career One, Indeed and Jora to find vacancies, as not all companies will use a paid web advertisement to source entry-level personnel.
While this may sound straightforward, some of these sites charge companies for each ad they post and other sites, such as Jora, use software to search job boards and post the ad to their own site.
If you are in a regional area, it’s highly likely local companies will still post job ads in the local paper. Doing this limits the number of applications companies receive and ensures they don’t waste time reviewing applications from people not living locally.
It’s not so long ago that getting a job involved grabbing a hard copy of the yellow pages and a home phone line and calling companies directly to ask if there were any vacancies — or sending in a resume to be considered for future vacancies. Sometimes you’d physically go into a company’s office and complete an application form, as an expression of interest.
Nowadays most companies have an online system to register for upcoming vacancies, but why not also call in and ask if they ever take on trainees? You may just find out they will be advertising shortly, and then you’ll have time to prepare a great application.
Your networks are a valuable source of information and leads. Don’t limit yourself to social networks; think outside the box and consider LinkedIn, Twitter, work events and expos.
Events that are not industry-specific may well provide an introduction to someone in the industry, too. Consider going to trade shows. The key is to network with lots of different people. Other places you can meet contacts are at sports events, clubs, and associations, or by volunteering.
Ensure you have an up-to-date profile on career sites like SEEK and Career One. Use keywords in your resume and in the filename. Use the search and help functions to your advantage to learn about how people are found by companies.
Learn about the industry: What skills, attitudes and tickets are needed? Read the pages on Minedex, as there is a lot of information within our site.
Consider seasonal work as a way in to the industry. In the mining industry, this can include exploration or construction roles. They will mostly be fixed-term, but can provide you with enough skills and connections to lead to another role.
At the beginning of the blog, we said that no single approach will work. That’s true. Use a combination of two or three of the ideas above. As with any job search, a multi-level approach is more likely to achieve a result. Remember, each method needs to be done well, and if you stretch yourself and attempt all the above at once, you are not going to be putting in the required effort to the process.
Most people give up too soon — the average job search for an experienced person is six weeks, but for some in niche positions it can take up to six months. For an inexperienced person, the time may well be significantly longer. Only you will know how much time and energy you are willing to expend.
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