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Tips for getting your 1st ever mining job!

Posted by: Judith Kitchin
02/12/16

So you’ve heard that Mining can offer unrivalled career advancement opportunities, a fantastic base salary and the opportunity to travel the world through work…? The only thing is – how do you get your first job?

If you’ve recently completed an Engineering degree

  • Think about what your biggest achievements (maximum 5!) have been either at uni or, preferably, during any work experience you’ve undertaken.
  • On your CV/Resume, if there are any specific qualifications you’ve gained ensure you repeat these a couple of times throughout the document – but not more than 3 or 4. Also think about whether there is another popular way to say this phrase, as recruiters (either internal or external) may be searching based on keywords.
  • Keep your LinkedIn up to date. If you come up on a search and there’s plenty of information in there about your qualifications, skills, and working experience – plus a picture in which you look both approachable and professional – you are basically guaranteed to get more calls.
  • Attend job fairs and mining events – there are lots out there and there’s really no better way to get employed than by putting yourself in front of the right people. If they are close to you, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t go along and meet people. EventsMine have a fairly comprehensive list of upcoming events.
  • If you were hoping to work in an open cast mine, consider earning your stripes underground where the competition is a little less fierce! If you’re prepared to go the extra mile to prove your dedication then your chances of getting another role in the future will increase significantly.
  • Register your details with mining companies and speak to their internal recruiters if you can to show your enthusiasm and yourself noticed and remembered, you could be on their next intake for internships.

If you don’t already having a mining degree or qualifications

  • Work out if the mining industry is really for you. Remember that if you’re not already in a mining region of a mining country, you’re going to have to either move or spend long periods away from home with few days off. Working on a mine site really isn’t for everyone, and it’s easy to see the earning potential and jump in with both feet but it’s also important to evaluate whether this sort of role could really fit in with our lifestyle. If possible, speak to people within the industry to find out what the work is really like. And whilst most employers will do their best to provide great working conditions, you can’t change the weather or the fact that a lot of mining roles are very physically demanding. Is it a good time for you to be spending long periods away from your friends and loved ones? Are you physically fit enough to withstand potentially extreme weather conditions?
  • It is possible to bag a mining job without any specific qualifications under your belt – but realistically even the most unskilled labourer jobs will require certain safety certifications etc. so it’s best to do your research on what will be required for any given position. Plus as much of this training can be done online, it’s an easy first step to give you an edge over your competitors who haven’t undergone the training already. It’s good to remember that mining companies often recruit internally before going either to advertisement or using an agency, so once you’ve got your foot in the door you could be in line for a more skilled – and better paid – job down the line.
  • It may seem counter-intuitive for a recruitment company to tell you this, but if you have no experience within mining, for the most part consultants aren’t going to be able to help you find a job. It’s not because we don’t want to (believe us, we’d love to!) – but employers tend to source entry-level candidates themselves, instead using specialists to source high-demand skills.
  • Network like crazy. The old adage is often true; it’s not what you know but who you know… In fact, it’s not unheard of for mining professionals to start off in a service role on the mine site, as knowing those who run the site can open doors in the months to come – and the pay even in service roles such as catering and cleaning can still be good.
Recent Comments
Dear Judith, Hope this finds you well …. Thank for shearing this good and useful article. I have open pit mining engineer’s qualification and I am Certified Purchasing Professional from American Purchasing Society, and CIPS (UK) member since 2012, with total 20 years of experience in mining industry in various positions. I have 9 years of experience in Procurement, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Business Development and Contracting for international companies. I am currently looking for new opportunities. In last 5 years I worked for two companies in Oman. During last 10-11 month, I’m trying to find job as per my qualification procurement, purchasing, supply chain, buyer, project coordinator or production foreman in the Africa countries. I’m signed in with some job sites, I've many connections on LinkedIn, who are specialized in recruiting and headhunting of candidates. Besides this I also signed in with many mining companies websites in order to apply directly. Believe me every week, I’m applying for 4-5 positions that comply with my qualification, some positions requirements matches with my experience and qualification 90-100%, even though NO success. Why I'm not even been shortlisted? What's the problem? Why no luck? I couldn't answer to these questions, because, my CV is okay (professionally prepared), international qualification Certificate available, years of experience enough for most requirements, computer literacy MS Office including Oracle excellent, languages known English and Russian in professional level. What you can advise as a professional in order to be successful in job search? Appreciate your advise. Regards, Maksud Mirdodoev
Maksud Mirdodoev, 05 December 2016
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