What happens when you send your resume into a mining job? If you are lucky it will be printed and read, however the reality of the situation is that the mining companies get 1000’s of resumes when they run job adverts in the newspapers. As an example, one company that ran a 'full crew required' advert (Shift Boss to Nipper) got over 10,000 resumes. Out of those, only 130 had existing mining experience.
Where do you start with 9,870 resumes?
What do you think happens to most of them?
That’s right!. They get “kept on file” with the HR Department. Normally using their circular filing system.
If you feel you have a special skill or trade that could transfer into the industry then you need to let the company know. Due to the fact, you have no mining experience make sure all the important information is on the front page and the resume is no more than 3-4 pages long.
The jobs on offer are normally in The West Australian and Kalgoorlie Miner on Wednesday and Saturday. You should be able to order these from the local newsagency. You have to get the papers in hardcopy, it is very hard to find the jobs that have appeared in the paper on the paper’s website. The best places to look online is via the mining company websites and via www.seek.com.au. Using the search keyword, 'Underground' you can add, 'Truck', 'Nipper' or 'Service Crew' to view the hardrock mining jobs available.
How long will the companies take to get back to you? It can take from 2 weeks to 6 months to get a response. A good rule of thumb is the bigger the company the longer it takes.