Here are a couple of hints and tips that may help when looking for work including things other students did to gain employment:-
Make sure you use the list of companies that we provide in the job information pack (if you did a course and did not receive it, contact us [email protected] and we will email it to you).
Set up your profile (make sure your resume is mine ready – if you are concerned it is not, contact us for a free appraisal – [email protected] ).
Set yourself up for job alerts with the list of alerts we provided in the job information pack.
Call the companies – don’t be surprised to get knockbacks but don’t let that stop you.
Call the companies weekly (don’t harass them but be politely persistent)
Keep an eye on Seek for all employment opportunities (even for experienced roles) and make note of the name of the company. If it is a company we do not have on the list, add it to your list and contact them and add your profile to their site.
*One lady got up every morning very early and checked her emails and applied (remember the companies get alot of applications so you have to try apply as soon as possible).
Research the mines in Australia (remember we have collated a list for you but as it is not really our role to find you jobs, we may have missed companies and mines – if you do find some extras we would love to know about them to add to our list).
Some people are getting in with other roles to get their foot in the door and once they have experience on sites they can move in to operator roles.
Remember, the reason that some companies want a minimum of 6 months experience stems from the period when mining was booming and people were getting jobs within days, but less than 60% of staff lasted 6 months as they or their family could not handle the lifestyle (they had not really researched about mining, they were thinking about the dollar only). It costs the companies quite a bit of money to get staff inducted, clothed, educated etc and the turnover of staff was large, costing the companies alot of money, so they got a bit tougher. So understand that the companies are not necessarily chasing 6 months in the seat of a truck but more the fact that you will stay in the job.
Don’t be too fussy with your first job – A student of ours got offered Mon-Fri dump truck work in Emerald but passed on it because they did not want to move locations. What they could have done was found temporary accommodation, worked for a month or so and then started applying for jobs requiring a minimum 6 months as the mines are desperate for experienced and will take people with less time in the seat (most sites have you working 12 ½ hours shifts, minimum 7 days so for every week you work you are getting roughly 87.5 hours drive time. Times that by 3 “swings” will give you 260 odd hours).
Another student got offered a job in WA but the money was not that good, however, they offered to train him in all the machinery on site. What this means is that he will be able to leave that company as a multi-skilled operator and end up with more job opportunities and higher wages.
If you get offered another type of job, take it to get your foot in the door and keep applying for dump truck roles.
REMEMBER – THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!!