Many students get frustrated from calling recruitment agencies (one in particular) who tell them that there are no entry level roles in mining.
I would like to explain why this happens. The recruitment agencies are given the task of finding employees by the mines so if the mines don’t ask that recruitment agency for any entry level employees then of course they are going to say there are no jobs out there for you.
One of the major recruitment agencies in Australia (that all of you would know and probably contact first) is constantly telling people that they wasted their money doing courses but I can tell you that when students contact us to tell us they got a job we do find out who they are working for and where they are going (but for privacy reasons we do not add it to the posts) HOWEVER there are many getting entry level roles with the actual recruitment agency that says there are no jobs so our main message here is DON’T GIVE UP and make the rejections give you more drive to get a job!!
HERE IS CLYDE’S STORY IN HIS OWN WORDS IN RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE POST
I was one of them. After some advice from Michelle. I rang them (they were the first one I phoned and not online) about a Haul Truck job. We got talking and while I didn’t suit that role (experience- 6 months min) they have slotted me into something that’s better paying and suits me better and I have three years experience in, just not in an active mine, letter of competency from a previous employer and wham bam Afghanistan.
I felt (at the time) the Dump Truck RII was maybe a waste of time. But I’ve come to realise, it looks good on the resume (without this I wouldn’t have got a look in either) and another notch in the belt. The S11’s were definitely worthwhile as I could do all the bridging inductions online at home. I applied for around 80-100 Jobs before something come up. I was offered two positions in WA but couldn’t proceed as missed the cut off for CoVid-19 and then in quick succession two offers from QLD (one I forget I’d even applied for online) If I can do this anyone can. DO NOT Give up if it’s really what you want.
The Training and RII’s gave me a pretty good idea what too expect.
And with alot of advice and help from Michelle including Resume (10/10 would recommend) etc it helped no end. From the time I completed the Courses and then another week for my Resume it basically took me two months too get a Job and complete a Coal Board Medical and bridging inductions. However there’s an enormous amount of work you need to do at home as well. Like literally days worth. Completing online profiles for all the majors. Trawling through Seek and other online job networks, Ringing alot of different ones as well. Applying for a National Police Check and alot of other incidental stuff. I talked with a few friends I have around Australia in a multitude of different mining jobs and different minerals as well.
I found this Recruitment Mob and Seek the most helpful aside from the West Australian Recruitment Mob that gave me my first non start. Never sell yourself short. Be confident it goes along way.