How to get a mining job through a recruitment agency

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Here's our best advice for how to get a mining job through a specialist recruitment agency.

Perhaps you’re already working in the Australian mining industry and you’re looking for your next career move. Maybe you’ve heard there’s a skills shortage and you’re keen to get back into the industry you left at the end of the last boom.

Whatever the reason you’re looking for a new mining job, using a specialist mining industry recruiter can help streamline the whole process by matching you, your skill set and your career goals to the right job, company, site and team for you.

Here’s our best advice for how to get a mining job through a specialist recruitment agency.

Find the right recruiter and the right agency

The very first thing to do, before you submit your contact details or CV anywhere, is to make sure you’re choosing the right recruiter. You can waste a lot of time and effort dealing with recruitment firms that:

  • Don’t understand your skills, experience and qualifications
  • Don’t take the time to understand your needs, goals and expectations
  • Don’t understand the mining industry at all.

For an industry like mining, which has so many specialist skills, trades and professions, make sure you’re dealing with an organisation that truly gets mining – one where the staff have mining experience themselves.

Check a recruitment company’s website and make sure they work in our industry and their geographical location. Call their number and ask some questions. You need to be reassured you’re choosing a recruitment firm where you’re not just a number, but where you really feel like the recruiter understands you and is in your corner, looking out for you. They should be as dedicated as you are to finding you the perfect mining job for you.

Here are some basic points to look out for and questions to ask:

  • Do they guarantee to let you know before they recommend you for a mining job, every single time they want to recommend you?
  • Do they promise to keep in regular contact with you to let you know how things are going, whether the job search is going well or not?
  • Do they promise to let you know how you went, every single time, whether you’re successful or not?

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Register online, then chat to your recruiter

Once you’re confident you’ve knocked on the right agency’s door, you’ll need to register with them. These days this is almost always done online. You’ll be invited to submit some personal details and some background on your work experience, qualifications and the kind of position you’re looking for.

In this current market recruitment companies are getting large volumes of application, however should you fit the criteria of the position you have applied for, you should then get a follow-up call from the recruiter working the position. This is their chance to get to know you, and for you to get to know them. You’re making a personal connection here. This person is going to use their expertise and their networks to help you land your next dream job.

Your attitude matters. If you’re disinterested and un-talkative, it’s going to be difficult for the recruiter to help you in the way both you and they want. You want to be top-of-mind when a job you’re perfect for comes available, so make a good first impression.

Have your tickets in order

You can help your recruiter to help you by having all your qualifications in order. Have you got your tickets and certificates? If you’re missing something, like a National Police clearance, often the recruitment agency will be able to help you lodge those quite quickly. But any certificates you don’t have could delay being recommended for mining jobs.

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Remember, honesty isn’t the best policy

Honesty isn’t the best policy; it’s the only policy! You have to be scrupulously honest with your recruiter. If there’s a particular mining role you’re really qualified for but you don’t want to do, let them know. Don’t let them put you forward for the position because it’ll only be wasting everybody’s time.

Even better, if you only want to work a certain type of roster, or you only want to work FIFO or you never want to work as a gold room technician again, tell your recruiter during your initial chat.

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Beef up your resume with expert advice

Your recruiter will be able to give you advice on how to present your resume to your best advantage. Follow their advice – they have years of experience and they know what mining companies are looking for.

Your recruiter will also have up-to-the-minute and inside information on what interview panels at mining companies are expecting when you turn up for an interview. They’ll be filled with tips on how to present yourself, what to say, and what not to say. Follow their advice and give yourself the best possible chance of winning that mining job.

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Remember, it’s a partnership

Your agency and your recruiter are working hard to find you the perfect job, but the responsibility isn’t all with them — it’s shared. If you miss a call, get back to them as soon as you can. If they arrange an appointment or an interview, be sure to get along (and be on time). Otherwise, you’re making the job harder for them — and you’re less likely to be successful.

Give your recruiter feedback. Let them know what happened in an interview. Build the relationship you have with them. And most importantly, communicate!

Time for a new mining job? Or ready to restart your mining career? MPi has been a mining industry recruitment specialist for more than 23 years. Register with us here and we’ll help get you back on site.

Dan Hatch
Mining People International