How to decide if a job offer aligns with your mining career path

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It’s always worth spending some time assessing whether a job opportunity is the right one for you.

You’ve been looking for a new role for a few months, attending interviews after hours or when on R&R, and you now have an offer in hand. But is it the right mining job for you?

There are times when people just know a job is the right role for them. There are other times when the decision is not so cut and dried.

While for many people salary plays a large part in deciding to accept or decline a job offer, it is worth spending some time assessing whether the job, the responsibilities and the company itself are really ‘the one’ for you.

We recommend making a list of the pros and cons of the new mining job, comparing it to your current role. First though, you need to know what is important to you.

Here’s what you need to consider:

Weighing up the pros and cons of a job offer

Salary

Is the package comparable to not only your current role but also to similar roles in the industry? If the company isn’t paying market rate, where else will spending be cut?

Benefits

Consider what other benefits are being offered and what is important to you. For example:

  • Are you seeking a role with some flexibility and is this included?
  • Are insurances covered by your current employer, and will these be covered with your new role? Or will you need to take out new policies and what will they cost you?
  • Are there incentives and bonuses included? And, realistically, how often have employees been paid them?

Travel/Roster

Are the travel days and times in alignment with your and your family’s lifestyle?  

Professional development and training

Are there defined development and training opportunities? Has there been discussion of this in the interview or in further discussion around growth and longer-term objectives for this position?

Do these align with your career objectives, or will this just be another job on your resume?

Take the time to weigh up whether taking the job you’ve been offered is nuts.
Take the time to weigh up whether taking the job you’ve been offered is nuts.

Are there existing issues

Why did the previous person move on? Or is this a new role? Ask this question in the interview.

Job requirements

Ensure clearly defined job requirements are included in the letter of offer. Do they interest you? And are they in alignment with your career goals and career values? (Which raises another question you should be able to answer: what are your career goals?)

Opportunity

Is the project or operation of interest? What will you learn and does the prospect of working with this company excite you?

The company

Is the company culture aligned with your preferred style of work?

Again, ask in the interview what the company values are and what its culture is. Whilst defining culture is not always a straightforward statement, the interviewers should be able to define what is important. Companies also define their values online, so it is worth reviewing their website. (Take a look at this video of US Marines outlining their core values.)

How have you been treated?

Finally, how have you been treated during the recruitment process?

Have there been regular updates and replies to queries? Or have there been moments where you wondered if you were still in consideration for the role?

Two red flags to consider

  • You have not met, or spoken with, your immediate manager during the recruitment process.

Knowing who your manager is and getting an understanding of their style of management and communication and their expectations for this position is vital to you being successful and happy in the role.

  • The recruiter has not been convincing that the company is a great place to work.

The person responsible for attracting talent to an organisation needs to be able to convince prospective employees of the positives of working there. If they haven’t sold you on the opportunity, question why!

Don’t accept a new mining job without a thorough assessment of how the role aligns with your career objectives and goals. Sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

Creating a plan for your career is an investment in your future. We’ve been in your industry for 23 years. Talk to us now about how we can help.

Gail Rogers
Senior Consultant - Candidate Services & HR Consulting
Mining People International

gail.rogers@miningpeople.com.au

Gail worked in operational and technical mine site roles for 15 years and has been with MPi since 2002 in mining recruitment and executive search and eventually mining career guidance and human resources advisory positions. Gail’s 15 years directly in the mining industry, across residential, FIFO and CBD based roles, has given her a unique perspective into the industry.