Tips on how to improve or rewrite your resume for the mining industry in Australia.
Download their free report on the right hand side of their website about “7 Ways to Market Yourself for the Mining Industry” . I really like Tip Number one inside their report and its one I recommend for all.
1.Employers like to read about the experience and skills you have. The different machinery and tools you use. To enable the potential employer to do this, describe your duties in detail for your previous jobs instead of just listing them. That’s all for today, remember if you have any questions about the mining industry in Australia, you’re welcome to email us them.
2. I have seen some mining resumes up to ten pages long, and all the vital information is spread throughout the whole ten pages. Due to the large interest in mining jobs in Australia, mining companies and sub contractors can get a huge interest from the public when they advertising a mining job. Some popular jobs like dump truck driving they can get up to several hundred applicants for a traineeship role. Therefore the human resource managers don’t have the time to go through your resume in depth to see if you have the required tickets and licences. This is their first step in processing the applicants as this take a lot of people out of the picture for the particular mining job.
3. Notify your referees that they might be receiving a phone call. The last thing you want is a future employer ringing up one of your referees who has forgotten who you are when they ring to check up your resume.
4. Include all tickets and licences that are relevant to the mining position. Include the expiry date.
5. Check the spelling and get a friend to double check it as well. It’s easy to look over something so simple and remember to use a spell checker as well.
6. Email addresses, have a quick look at your email address to check that it’s suitable to use on a resume. For example email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org might give the wrong impression to the human resource manager.
7. Keep the size of the front and the type consistent throughout the resume to give it a more professional appearance.
8. When writing your cover letter link it to your resume. Not too much detail in your cover letter about your experience but enough to make them aware of it and get their attention and curiosity to open up your resume to read about your experience and skills in more depth. Once you have written one cover letter you can use it as a template and customise it for each position/company.
9. Spend the time to customise your resume for different positions/applications. This can be done by including the companies name in the introduction and in your cover letter. The human resource manager will take more notice if you have a customised cover letter rather than an obvious generic cover letter which looks like has been sent out to a dozen mining companies.
10. Before sending it check twice that your mobile number is correct as this is a common way that they will get in contact with you if they require further information or want to ask you in for an interview.
11. Interviews, practice with yourself or a friend preparing for the commonly asked questions in an interview. All that is needed is to make some notes and understand how to answer the questions in a manner that the mining company wants to hear.