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How to get work in the Australian resources sector

Posted by: Claire Woodhouse
22/03/2018
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We all know that jobs in the resources sector are well sought after, so ensuring you are best positioned for these roles is crucial to developing a career in the industry.
It's diverse... but matching your skillset is vital.
(Image via Rio Tinto).

Here are some hints and tips around securing that next opportunity:

It’s diverse…but matching your skillset is vital

The market has been hit hard over the past 4-5 years by the market downturn, so clients continue to be highly selective in their hiring criteria and still have a relatively active pool of candidates to recruit from. With competition for the best jobs remaining high you need to make sure you sell yourself and match appropriately to each role you apply for – know your strengths and experience and apply it appropriately – don’t make the employer guess if you’re a match or not.
Your CV should focus in detail on the past 5-10 years max.
Rewrite your CV

When did you last rewrite your CV from scratch? Have you had any feedback on it recently? We are all guilty of just updating our CVs with the next role, forgetting that many of the tasks we listed as key skills 10 years ago just aren’t relevant anymore. Your CV should focus in detail on the past 5-10 years max and then an overview of highlights for your career after this, remembering to keep to a maximum of 5 pages.
Keeping on top of who is signing off new projects or expanding existing facilities is key to understanding where there will be new opportunities for your skillset.
Know the projects

There are so many green shoots in the market. Keeping on top of who is signing off new projects or expanding existing facilities is key to understanding where there will be new opportunities for your skillset. Be aware of the next growth areas such as Lithium and rare earth minerals. Getting in at the beginning of these new developments will give you unique experience and skills compared to other applicants.

Grab a beer…literally!

We all know that so many opportunities come about over a pint with colleagues in the pub or that catch-up coffee with an old work mate. Keeping in contact through networks such as LinkedIn as well as socially can be key to securing that next role – networking, networking, networking!
Ensure you are up-to-date and job ready.
Ensure you’re up-to-date and job ready

Are your tickets all up to date? Do you have the relevant qualifications? Have you done a police check recently? Being job ready ensures you can be mobilised with ease. With the tightening talent pool of available candidates, for example with offshore project experience, investing in your BOSIET upfront can really help in getting ahead of other applicants. Understand what tickets and qualifications you need and get ahead of others applying alongside you.
Want to go FIFO? You'll need to understand the full impact such a move can have on you and your family.
Want to go FIFO?

The FIFO life has many challenges as well as many perks so understanding this, how it will impact not only yourself but your family, is critical to being ready to make that step in to the FIFO world. It’s not easy so don’t underestimate taking time out to appreciate the impact it will have and put in place steps to ensure you will transition into the role effectively.
If you're an overseas applicant it's still a bit of waiting game to see whether the market will start looking at expat hires again.
Not in Australia?

If you’re an overseas applicant it’s still a bit of a waiting game to see whether the market will start looking at expat hires again. Changes made by the government to the visa processes and stipulations have made it increasingly difficult to consider overseas applicants alongside the candidate rich market which has enabled clients to no longer look outside the local market place. If you are set on Australia becoming your home it’s worth exploring gaining permanent residency though the skilled migration programme which will take in excess of 12-months based on the current waiting period. Unfortunately, client sponsorship isn’t going to be a likely option for some time yet.

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Recent Comments
Good article, most major recruitment issues addressed. However, there is critical comments that can be offered, as follows: 1. Would be great if credible applicants could be given beneficial feedback as to why an application is not successful. In the fast-moving, global, online, large volume job application process which is now the case, this may not be practical, but it could be useful for all parties. 2. Job description criteria should be more precise, which may help to eliminate many applications, prior to submission, and save all parties time. 3. Partnering with appropriate recruiting agency is a good move, but how is this possible with an on-line application process? Would be great if recruiting agents were more accessible to discussion about a job prospect.
Leo, 23 March 2018
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