New high in Aussie gold $2970. Are you looking in the wrong place for your mining start?

If you have been looking to get into the mining industry but not having much luck. Then this story is a good example of why you don’t have all the information you need. Which means you are probably looking in the wrong place for your mining job. What story am I talking about? The one about Gold making another new high in Aussie dollars last week.


It went to a new high of $2979 an ounce in Australian dollars. So, what does this have to do with jobs? At this price every gold mining company in the country is trying to ramp up production. This means ramping up existing operations as well as opening new ones. Which means lots and lots of new jobs, most of which will have to be filled with new starters. If you didn’t know this (like most don’t), you would only be looking at Coal and Iron Ore for jobs. It’s not your fault, that’s all that is covered in the main stream media regarding jobs.

It’s the same problem with base metals that are going into batteries, like Copper, Nickel, Lead, Zinc, Cobalt, Magnesium etc.. The prices for these metals are all very high. The mining companies are ramping up and reopening mothballed mines all over the country. They are doing this to take advantage of the prices and like with Gold, this means jobs. Lots and lots of production mining jobs all over the country. What production mining jobs am I talking about? Jobs like Nipper, Truck Operator, Service Crew, and Offsider (both surface and underground). If you type “underground” into seek you will see all these jobs, come up.


Employers want experience, there is no way around that. However, it’s not the type of experience people think they want. Most people think that its time driving a truck with a ticket attached, that will get them a job. However, the person that decides who gets hired like the foreman or PM (project manager), could care less about your equipment tickets. They can’t use them anyway and have to issue their own onsite procedures and equipment tickets. Teaching someone to drive the truck is easy part, teaching them enough about how the mine works, so they can be left alone to drive the truck on their own, that’s the hard part and why there is a high turnover of new starters.

 If you come at the Foreman or PM with a resume full of equipment tickets. It just screams “I don’t know how your mine works” and those resumes get culled in the first round. Employers are looking for entry-level people on most hard rock underground mine’s around Australia.  So, if you can show the employer that you know how their mine works and what’s going to be expected of you working on their mine site, then you have something to offer them.


So, the moral to the story is, knowing how the industry works and what is happening in it, is the best way to get a job. Education is key and those that knew Gold made another new high in Aussie dollars are ahead of the game and that’s where you want to be. If you are planning a mining career, then it pays to invest in the mining knowledge you will need to survive in one of these jobs.

There is 50 hours of important information in the DIY Introduction to Underground Mining package as well as interview prep and a full instruction on how to make a mining friendly resume. If you want help getting in, we also do a Workready package. Where you get a ticketed WA shift boss to help you with the mining information. They redo your resume, interview prep and come up with a plan of where and how to get in. 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 once onsite.


I hope this info helps.


The Mining Coach