Getting a job in the mines – New Entrants
Are you thinking about making the move to a job in the mines? The mining industry may not be the easiest to get into but there are some awesome opportunities for entrants with little previous experience in the mining industry. Earning opportunities are high but this also comes with the cost of being away from your family if take up a fly in fly out (FIFO) role. There are a few simple steps you can take now to increase your chances of getting work in the industry.
Register with an employment agency that specialises in mining recruitment
Sometimes it’s not about what you know but who you know. This means making contacts that will allow you to reach the decision makers in the industry and put you ahead of other entry-level applicants. Registering with an employment agency like WorkPac, whose clients are made up of large mining companies will be your first step in reaching the right people.
Get your medicals
Mining jobs have requirements such as physical fitness and the ability to pass drug and alcohol tests. Not all industries or jobs require these things. To show you are serious, go and get a medical now that can be included in your application.
Complete a Standard 11 Mining Induction
Mines require new entrants to be fully prepared for the role. This is to do with safety and the risk of new workers on the mine site. Contact ASSET to complete your Standard 11 Mining Induction which is the basic introductory course required for work on mine sites.
These steps are just the basics that you will need to complete prior to beginning your job search. Large mining companies will have careers sections on their website so make sure you are aware of who these companies are. Register for alerts from Seek and Indeed so you can get the new mining jobs delivered straight to your phone. And, don’t forget to include social media in your job search!