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Careers and the journey to that “ultimate job” are not as clear cut as they used to be.  Our parents and grandparents are a part of a generation that was able to remain with an employer for their entire working careers.  This is not usually the case anymore, for many reasons.  Some of them should be your own, in that you want to have a variety of experiences, across a variety of areas that make your niche skills, in engineering as an example, highly attractive to employers, thus making you a well-regarded candidate in any job interview.  Employers are also starting to look for some diversity in work related experiences, as this will bring strength to their own projects.

Times are tight in the job market in Australia, with more people looking for work the interview process is getting more competitive.  There are things you can do that might make a potential employee stand out from the rest when it comes to employment on site.  Even though you might be qualified for the role, as a mining engineer for example, there are a few extra things you can do to stand out from the crowd:

  • Do you have any training in OHWS? It could be worth considering enhancing your resume in this area.  Working safely and with good processes is of high importance to the Resources sector.
  • Do you like working with others and have a record of working within your community? Make sure this is highlighted in your resume, as it shows that you will fit in living and working in a mine site environment.
  • Are you prepared to undertake a full medical and regular drug/alcohol testing- a “Fit for work” test?  These are part of everyday procedure onsite, an unwillingness to undergo these regular checks will affect your success in this environment.

Have you done all these things and are still having trouble breaking into the jobs market?  There are a few other options to consider getting your foot in the door;

  • Field services roles, though not requiring a degree level training, can give you good work experience and demonstrate that you can work within the shift structure of the resources sector, as well as in isolated environments.
  • Considering roles interstate and coming home when you’ve gained the usual 2-5 year “experience” that many roles require.
  • Additional training, such as OHWS, Project Management, First Aid and/or some licences, such as Heavy Rigid etc.

There are more than 100 careers in mining, for information on these and great tips on how to get your start in a mining career, head to the Careers Table or to Lifestyle for more information.