The Australian Mining Review have written an article about the employment growth returning to mining
The heading for it is:-
GROWTH has returned to mining, with demand for workers once again rising as new or mothballed operations are given the green light, and existing mines expand. But how will the industry cope as labour demand exceeds supply?
In the article they discuss the changes made in the industry from it’s heyday to the downturn and how it is now back on the increase.
Not only have the existing commodities been given a boost such as construction, coal exports, iron ore but they have also introduced a new major player – lithium, which means more mining opportunities.
The mining operations in every state have increased with current sites expanding and new sites being created.
This has created a surplus of jobs but a depleted pool of skilled workers as many former workers sought work elsewhere in the downturn.
The article goes on to state that employment in mining increased 7.7% nationally within the last 2 years, an increase of around 16,700 jobs and there is no sign of this growth subsiding.
It then talks about the methods of gaining employment in the industry and how applying for jobs has drastically changed in the mining industry.
Resume Scanning Programs
Due to the influx of applications to any jobs being advertised, the mining companies have adopted what is commonly known as resume scanning programs.
These resume scanning programs look for “keywords” in your resume that are pre-determined as important and entered into the program. If the program cannot locate these words in your resume, your resume does not go any further.
Whilst ensuring that you have the right words in your resume, you also need to take into consideration the fact that a person has to read your resume so you need to look at various aspects:
- Is your resume too long? – Does it read like a novel?
- Is your resume too short? – Have you covered all your skills?
- Is it easy to locate the information? – Do you have to scour the resume to find the relevant information?
- Would YOU employ the person in that resume?
- Is it visually pleasing, easy to read?
An employer will take less than 20 seconds to scan your resume
Did you know that an employer will take less than 20 seconds to initially scan your resume – If they cannot locate the information they are after or it looks too messy, word-heavy etc, they will throw it in the “too hard” pile.
Once they have taken the initial look at your resume, they will spend a couple of minutes at the most looking at it so you need to ensure it has an impact.
OK Doesn’t Cut It
When people talk to our team at My Solution Training about resumes and we ask them what THEY think of their resume, they generally say “it’s ok”
Remember, your resume is the first point of contact with an employer so it has to be amazing – ok does not cut it.
Many people will go out and spend thousands on getting trained up for jobs but then submit an “ok” resume thinking it is a waste of money getting a professional resume, not realising it is as important as the qualifications.
Ok, so you now agree that you may need to re-think your strategies with regards to your resume, where do you go from here? That’s easy – have a chat with the My Solution Resume Writer who has been creating resumes that will Stand Out From The Crowd and get ready for the job offers to come in.