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Making your move into the mining industry
Moving into the mining industry
We’re frequently asked for advice on how to break into the mining industry. And for good reason. Minerals are one of Australia’s largest exports and despite the fluctuations of the global economy, the industry’s demand for labour continues to grow steadily.
It’s estimated that over the next decade or so, over 80,000 additional people will be needed, including tradespeople, skilled operators and professionals.
Mining industry opportunities are largely concentrated in Western Australia and Queensland, but opportunities also exist in other states and territories.
Where to start?
As with any career-related decision, doing your homework can really pay dividends. There is a wealth of material online about breaking into the mining industry. Here are a couple we’ve recommended to our clients looking for mining jobs:
- advice from a General Manager in the mining industry
- short descriptions of the different types of unskilled jobs in the mining industry
- useful FAQs from a recruitment agency specialising in mining personnel
Mining Resumes and Cover Letters
Entry-level jobs in the mining industry, particularly unskilled “clean-skin” roles can be highly competitive.
We would suggest a short resume of 2-3 pages that clearly and neatly outlines relevant certifications, such as those related to OH&S/WHS, and any machinery/equipment training. Job descriptions should be easy to follow, in reverse chronological order and be short and to the point.
Key skills and qualities should also be briefly outlined in mining resumes. These should be limited to qualities that are most relevant to the mining industry. Try to avoid any excess language – short and direct is the best approach, with a positive tone that delivers the message that you are hardworking and would make a great addition to any team.
Looking for some advice on your resume to get into the mining industry? Drop us a line here.
by Edward Grant