CV tips to land your next mining job

Whether you are starting out in the mining industry, or you have been building a career for years this guide will help you decide what to include or work towards to make your Curriculum Vitae (CV) – also known as your resumé – a stand-out. A CV is the tool that will help you land an interview, so it is essential your resume is well-written and highlights your strengths and commitment to wanting the job.

Recruiters and employers look for:

  • Detailed experience. No need to be vague – clearly list responsibilities you have had in previous employment. Some action words relating to the mining industry include: prepare; ensure; plan; review; operate; conduct; analyse; develop; schedule; launch; execute; coordinate; inspect; monitor; maintain.
    • For inspiration, LiveCareer has some CV examples for various mining industries.
  • Your qualifications. Include a list of licences you hold (and classes), qualifications and machinery operating tickets relevant to the role, including the date you obtained them and the expiry date (where applicable). Having the right qualifications, tickets or mandatory licences can fast-track your chance of employment. For drivers for example, an HR-X, dump or heavy truck licence is required for entry-level mobile equipment operator positions. There are other compliance certifications that can get you ready for work in the mining industry including courses about elevated work platforms, entering and working in confined spaces, an introduction to mining, or working at heights.  
  • Physical labour experience. If the role you are applying for is a physical one, list previous experience that shows you are capable of hard labour. This can include farming, construction, or volunteer firefighting for example. Likewise, as your job may require physically long hours and rosters away from home, employers will be looking for evidence of good physical health, so list any examples which show your physical interests or interests that help your mental wellbeing. If you’ve taken a fitness test, share your results on your resume. Unlike other 9-5 jobs, health and fitness is often important in mining.
  • Reliability. When you list your work history, ensure you list the dates you started and finished those roles. If you have had any time out from work, have an explanation ready as employers who are looking for stability and reliability will want to know the reason.
  • References. Choose your referees, which are previous supervisors or managers, wisely. They are of vital importance when recommending you for a job, so tell them why the role appeals to you and that way they will know what skills to highlight during a reference check.
  • Your commitment. If you are new to working in mines, be willing to show how committed you are to wanting to work in the industry. Outline any courses you have done to prepare, or skills you have gained that are transferable to the job you are applying for. This includes instances where you have worked in a team, or jobs that require strong communication or problem-solving skills. While you should list this in your resume it is also a strong selling point for your cover letter.
  • Your social media presence. Recruiters and future employers now look online and at social media accounts to see what appears publicly about a person. It is a first impression, so ensure you are happy with the way you appear online or on social media.  You want your CV to do that talking, not anything that may paint you in a negative light on social media.
  • The mining industry is always in need of good talent and the financial rewards are often satisfying too. Hopefully this list gives you some insight into what employers and recruiters look for.

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MEC hosts networking sundowners

Earlier last month we hosted around 60 guests at MEC Mining’s social networking evening. The event, held at Motorwagen restaurant in Brisbane’s CBD, provided an opportunity for mining industry professionals to meet and network with peers.

“Our social networking sundowners event was an opportunity for people to relax at the end of the week in the company of other mining professionals,” said Grant Malcolm, MEC’s Manager of Consulting – East Coast.

“At MEC, we place value on relationships – collaborating and sharing ideas is how we do business,” Malcolm explained. “Networking events play a role in this and provide a platform for us to strengthen and improve the industry as a whole.”

Interested in attending an MEC event in the future? Keep an eye on our LinkedIn page for more details or visit our website.

Young Mining Professionals Brisbane shine at inaugural Gala Dinner

MEC Mining representatives attended the Gala Dinner held by Young Mining Professionals Brisbane at W Hotel on 23 July 2021. MEC was also a sponsor of the inaugural event, themed “Forging the future of mining”, which attracted over 160 guests in a celebration of promising progress in the mining industry.

Young Mining Professionals (YMP) is a growing international association of mining professionals based in major mining centres across the world. It helps participants in obtaining the skills, support and knowledge to successfully advance their careers, develop a network of contacts within the industry, and identify mining-related investment and career opportunities.

Comedian Steph Tisdell entertained as MC, and attendees heard from keynote speaker Jo-Anne Dudley, Chief Operating Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources – a US and Canadian listed company focused on the development of the Oyu Tolgoi Mine in Mongolia. A Fellow of The AusIMM who, in 2018, was named Queensland’s Exceptional Woman in Resources and one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, Dudley shared her inspiring professional journey.

MEC’s Manager of Consulting – East Coast, Grant Malcolm, along with Principal Mining Engineer Joanna Krzyzanowska, and Marketing and Communications Manager Emelia Chalker joined YMP members on the night.

“It was a great evening in the company of smart, driven young people who are passionate about our industry,” said Grant Malcolm.

“They are committed to supporting one another, advocating for change for the better, and steering mining into a bright future,” said Malcolm. “We are proud to have sponsored the event and look forward to a continued relationship with YMP Brisbane.”

If you’re a young mining industry professional or from an organisation interested in supporting YMP Brisbane, you can find out more on the YMP website.

FIFO Fitness

According to research, FIFO workers are significantly more likely to be overweight than other workers. But food is not the only contributing factor. Irregular hours, shifting locations and variable sleep patterns play havoc with their health. Add to this mix the boredom factor and the stats aren’t too surprising. So, what to do?

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Learning to Love Networking

Love it or loathe it, networking is an essential component of today’s business world. Aside from some extroverts who thrive on the social engagement involved in networking and love cold-calling and working a room, many see it as a somewhat superficial exercise that lacks authenticity. However, the research says something different. According to Neil Munz-Jones, author of ‘The Reluctant Networker (not an affiliate link)’, up to 70% of positions are filled via networking and he has numerous stories of how networking led to the sale of new consulting projects.

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