Doing your research into getting a mining or FIFO job

If you have just started looking for a job or been at it for a while. The research you do into getting a mining or FIFO job, determines the result you get. This is why we have created the series of videos below, to help a new starter understand where the jobs are and what employers want.

Unfortunately, most people do what they think (or their mate thinks), the mining employers want. Which the majority of the time, turns out to be very different to what the employers actually want. If you have any question and want to talk to one of our shift bosses about what you can do to get your start, leave your details in this link and they will text you to organise a time.

I have been asked to do a series of videos on the research people should be doing, when they are trying to pick an appropriate area of the industry to get into.

It’s the open ended question that most people ask on social media that drives people (that know how the industry works) nuts! “I want a FIFO job, how do I get one?”

It’s not going to be the same for everyone depending on what job you want, this is where we are going to start.

In this video we cover the best advice for getting a mining job, then we look at the questions you should be asking yourself. 

Where is the current boom.

What training do I need for that area. 

How long am I going to have in this industry and how will they treat me?

Every area of the industry needs a different approach to get yourself a job. 

We are going to use resumes as our examples of how each area requires its own qualifications and approach. 

What happens when you send your coal resume into the hardrock jobs?

In today’s video we are going to go over tickets and procedures in mining again. 

This is the link to Alana’s video on tickets 

We will also do a mining job hunt using the key words Underground 


Dump Truck

In today’s video I am going to talk about the attitude people can have because of the situation they find themselves in when trying to get a job. 

People treat the process like going for a minimum wage job. It’s the same, in the sense that you are hired first and trained second. But that’s where it ends. 

Find out why so many people want these jobs and why you need to be prepared, if you want to make it. 

Remember there’s a 1000 plus people, all wanting the same thing as you, there dream mining job with the money and lifestyle roster!

In today’s video we are going to look at who gets to call themselves a miner. 

We look at it from the point of view of people in the industry (never call a fitter a miner lol) and why if you come across someone that tells you they are a miner, they probably aren’t. Why is this important? 

Lots of people claiming to be miners often give bad advice, that ends up costing both time and money and doesn’t end up getting you a mining job. 

Very few people with a mining production job will refer to them as a miner, most will refer to the job that they are doing as their job title.

In today’s video we are going to have a look at some of the transferable skills the employers are looking for and how you can make yourself more appealing for the entry level jobs that are going around the country 

Where the entry level jobs are  

See Iain’s post asking for help to get a start 

Find out the main problem employers have with new starters

What you have to be able to do, to secure your job once you are on site

In today’s video we are going to look at how you can show employers that you have a passion for the industry? 

How can you show your passion, without just saying “I’ve got a passion for the industry” in an interview. 

Just saying it, in an interview isn’t always a good idea, as there is a long line of “passionate people” that have failed, you need to be able to show them your passion. 

We cover how you can show the employers that you have a passion for the industry.

Sorry for the number of times I have said passion in the video LOL!

In todays video we are going to look at how people get bogged down in trying to get a mining job. 

Some spend years doing the same thing, over and over again expecting a different result. 

If you have been applying for a while, without luck, we look at a few things that could be going wrong.

In today’s video we are going to have a look at what type of experience the mining employers want. 

Employers want people that know how their mine works and what is going to be expected on site. 

People spend $1000’s on tickets the mining production employers can’t use and they don’t seem to understand that just knowing how to drive the truck isn’t enough. 

You have to be able to be left alone to get on with the job by yourself and that’s what people struggle with.

In today’s video we are going to have a look at the difference between what is going on with Coal and Hardrock. 

Both are booming, but for 2 very different reasons. 

We look at where the jobs are going to be in 10years time. 

The difference between a supply chain issue and just not producing enough to meet demand. 

We cover what you can do to get a start and what you maybe should be rethinking about your plan to get in (relocation).

In today’s video we are going to have a look at the advice people keep taking off their mates about getting a mining job. 

To see bad advice in action you don’t have to go any further than equipment tickets. 

Your mate telling you to get a bunch of tickets that 80% of the mining production employers can’t use, isn’t getting you off to the best start possible. 

So when the tickets your mate recommended don’t work, where to from there? 

Find out what the mining production employers want from their new starters!

Want a pathway into a hardrock mining?
There is 50 hours of important information that you can learn for yourself in the Underground Trainings package linked here.
It will not only make it much easier to get a start but it will ensure you have all the information and tools you need to make a career out of it. Just type “underground” into seek and you will see all the jobs come up.
If you don’t want to become a statistic, then education is key.


I hope that info helps.


The Mining Coach