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8 Tips for Getting a Foot in the Resources Door

If you are serious about getting a foot in the door and have no experience, these are the tips we’d suggest.

1. Decide the specific location

And stick with that to start. If you can, be smart about the location and choose one that is not typically preferred. Live as close to the location as possible.

2. Be specific about positions

Decide the exact entry level position and stick with that to start.

3. Training & tickets first

Obtain the training or tickets you require to do the role you have selected. Tips here are to to have all these ducks lined up before you apply for a role.

4. Seek “like-type” experience

Think about the requirements of the role and location you’ve selected and seek other like-type jobs local to you that demonstrate those requirements, eg shift work, hard labour, 12 hour shifts, remote location etc. Needing experience doesn’t necessarily mean you need experience in mining.

5. Plan ahead of your trip

Consider four or so weeks in the location you have selected – do your homework ahead of time and know who you want to see. Most people put themselves up in a hostel where they can pay nightly should they score a role working on site during that period. This typically works very well.

6. Target suppliers to the industry

Identify the smaller players who often struggle to find good people and avoid applying to the majors until you have some experience. Too many people think all they have to do is apply, and the job will appear. For example, if you are an electrician who has mainly done domestic and some industrial work, apply to Compass or ESS who look after the campsites. They are often seeking tradespeople to maintain camp sites and villages. This gets you exactly where you need to be – you are meeting people on site, you are gaining experience, you are building a work portfolio and you are front and centre to be considered for a vacancy with the major employer.

7. “Eight to twelve months”

As much as people don’t like to hear it, many people gives tips is to stick with the job giving you that entry level experience for at least eight to twelve months. Nothing looks worse than a ‘job hopper’ – it makes those of us recruiting suspicious about whether or not you will stay for any decent period of time.

8. Professionals get work

Always remember to conduct yourself professionally. This is sometimes the most overlooked and yet the most powerful impact on you being selected – or not – as the case may be!

Remember that managing your next career move takes a calculated approach and concerted effort – you will never be successful by just applying to hundreds of jobs. One may eventually come off, but you could be waiting a while. It is best to spend your time being far more proactive and putting the control back in your hands. Where people are prepared to do as we’ve outlined above, the opportunities typically come.

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