Recently I was asked why it is still difficult to get a start in the mining industry, despite all the recent articles about a shortage of people.
This particular person lived in a capital city not usually known as a FIFO hub, was applying for roles that requested experience and was using the resume that landed them their current job.
These are things we have already mentioned in previous blogs as less than ideal ways to secure your start in the mining industry.
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But there’s more to it than that. There are other reasons inexperienced candidates miss out on mining jobs, too. So, I asked this person how much they thought recruiting someone cost a mining company – and how much did they think it cost those companies when they recruited the wrong person?
It’s easy to assume that mining companies can afford to make mistakes in their hires because of the huge profits touted in financial news, but that’s an incorrect assumption. Considering that for some positions, the cost of recruiting can be as much as 50% of the annual salary for that role, it’s imperative the company gets it right.
Here are just some of the expenses that go into hiring a new recruit for a mining job:
-Advertising – writing job adverts, loading to websites, cost to advertise
-Recruiting time – reviewing applications, interviewing, referencing, follow-up calls
-Recruiters’ fees – in some instances a placement fee can be up to 20% of the annual salary
-Pre-employment requisites – medicals, assessments, drug screening, police checks, qualification checks
-Insurance requirements – workers compensation insurance, medical insurance
-Clothing and PPE
-Loss of productivity during training.
If a company gets it wrong and has to find a replacement, it won’t take long until recruitment costs begin to become a budgeting nightmare for management.
When you begin to add up all of these costs, it is easy to see why companies are focused on getting the right person for the vacancy.
So, if you’re not winning the mining job, it could well be a big reason is that someone more experienced and viewed as less of a risk was given the role instead.
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Employing the right person at the outset means everyone wins. As an applicant, you can really prepare to ensure you are ready for a long successful career in mining.
Here are four things you can do right now:
-Ensure your application letter covers off on your interest in, and suitability for, the role you are applying for. Be honest in your application letter
-Ensure you’re easily available to attend interviews, medicals, assessments, and so on
-Ensure your referees are contactable
-Have copies of your qualifications.
Not understanding the role requirements of a mining job is a key reason people leave a position in the first three months.
Ensure you have a sound understanding of the role, the roster, the location, and the conditions and ask questions in the interview if you are unsure.
Doing research and learning as much as you can about the industry is key to ongoing success.