6 top tips to supercharge your mining job search


Here are 6 job search tips, inspired by the world of real estate, that can help you land the mining job of your dreams.

Trying to find a new mining job is a bit like selling a house: even if you’re reasonably certain the right buyers are out there, you still make the effort to make the house as presentable as possible, to ensure you get the best possible price.

Here are six things to think about if you want to supercharge your job search to get the best result.

Ensure your resume is up to date and well presented

No one will get past the front door without something to persuade them to come in.

If your summary or cover letter is poorly written, lacks consistent formatting, or doesn’t sell your value as an employee, why would a hiring manager turn the page?

While this may seem obvious, we see applications on a daily basis that don’t list the applicant’s current mining job and pages crammed so tightly with text they’re barely legible.

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Ensure relevant information is readily available

Your job application is a bit like a real estate ad. If your real estate ad isn’t highlighting the positives of your house, are people even going to turn up to the home open? 

If a hiring manager has to get to page four of your resume to discover you have a required qualification, chances are they are not going to find it.

Why apply for a mining job and then do everything possible to make it difficult for the person reviewing your application to identify key requirements?

Know your worth in the current market (know your sale price)

If you’re listing a house for 20% above what the suburb average is, you had better have some very marketable features to attract potential buyers. 

If you haven’t looked for a position for several years (lucky you!) and are now thinking about a new mining job in 2024, we recommend you research exactly what the market is paying.

Consider your experience, location, and qualifications and ensure you research like for like.

Likewise, knowing the value you can bring to a new role will support your market rate. In an interview this is crucial. Asking for 10% or 20% above the market rate and not being able to justify it are not going to lead to an offer.

Know your market (who are the buyers?)

Real estate agents generally get the marketing of houses correct. But they also need to know the demographic your house appeals to.

In the current market, if you have a sought-after qualification or required experience, there is a good chance applying to almost any company will result in some interest. But clinching the job means understanding where the mining jobs that are just right for you exist.

Prepare for interviews (and prepare to negotiate)

Negotiating comes with the territory in selling a house, as often one party does not meet the other’s expectation.

Knowing when you are prepared to accept a price or knowing when it is time to walk away from an offer is crucial. Likewise, in an interview, it is very much about being prepared. Expect a negotiation. Know what you’re willing and able to accept.

Work with an agent you respect

If you’re selling a house, you want to work with a reputable agent—someone you can trust. Likewise, in your job search, it’s sensible to select a recruitment company you trust, or a consultant who has been personally recommended to you.

If your real estate agent is late for appointments, doesn’t want to show your home at peak times, or doesn’t return calls, do you really want to work with them? Same for your recruitment agent.

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Your house may well be the biggest asset you have in your lifetime, and your future career is the means by which you will cover the cost of that all-important asset.

It’s not something you would risk buying or selling by not giving yourself the best chance for a positive outcome. Next time you are looking for a new job in the mining industry, consider approaching your job search in the same way you would approach buying or selling a house.

Sometimes it is worth investing a little more time, money and research at the beginning to get a better outcome.

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Dan Hatch
Mining People International