Australia's best online resources for landing a job in mining, oil or gas

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There are so many online job resources out there these days – often it’s hard to know where to start! Naturally there's the big boys www.seek.com.au and www.careerone.com.au. But here are some other sites to check out if you're keen to land that next job in mining, oil and gas:

Online resources

Mining Oil and Gas Jobs (www.miningoilandgasjobs.com) uses job boards to advertise mining job opportunities. It also includes an employer A–Z list, which is handy if you’re researching the big miners as well as contracting companies or smaller service companies.  Plus they offer a fabbo free Careers and Industry Guide, detailing comprehensive advice on the different industry sectors, living and working in Australia, training and development and other online resources to help you score a job in mining, oil & gas or construction.

CareerJet (www.careerjet.com.au) also allows you to choose your specific industry (ie: Oil - Gas - Mining) and where exactly you'd like to work.

Australian Mining (www.australianmining.com.au) provides mining industry updates and has an Australian Mine Map that outlines operating mines and mining projects. Again, great for research.

Mining Careers (www.miningcareers.com) focusses on professional occupation pathways and provides information on apprenticeships and traineeships, with links to the mining companies offering them.

And there's lots here on MiningFM of course! For those new to the site, check out previous stories on:

What to do next?

Based on your research, pull together a list of companies you’d like to work for, and where you'd like to work. Be creative - use search engines like Google to find other ideas.

Certainly focus on the big mining companies (i.e. BHP Billiton, Glencore, Santos) but also think about contracting companies (i.e. Theiss) and businesses that provide services to the mining and resource sector (engineering, maintenance, catering, security etc).

If you like the sound of one company, a good trick is to Google that company name and the word "competitor". You’ll be surprised how many company names you'll find to research.

Share your list of target companies with others, particularly those in mining or allied industries. You never know who they know! Start with the 'warmest' possible contact (i.e. a friend introducing you via email to a company contact). Mention the name of the person who referred you and ask for the best person to contact about job opportunities. After exhausting all 'warm' avenues (especially asking the question "Can you think of anyone else who might be able to help?") move to 'colder' forms of contact. This includes cold calls to the recruitment team of a target company, or an email sent through on their website. Always document your job search activity and follow up with a phone call a week or so later, wherever possible.

Recruitment agencies

We're spoilt for choice when it comes to recruitment agencies working within the mining and resources sector. Here is a short list to get you started:

Do your research and give them a call before registering on their website. It’s better to be registered with a few agencies that really understand you and your background, than 10 who can't offer anything that suits you.

You might want to look at the location of the agencies you’re contacting. Sometimes businesses will work with a local (perhaps smaller) agency, but often you need to get in touch with their office in your capital city.

Be ready for questions like:

  • What type of work are you looking for?
  • What salary/hourly rate are you after?
  • What did you like/dislike about your previous jobs?
  • Can you please send me your resume?

Expos

Mining expos are a great chance to meet potential employers and gather information about a new career in mining. Just Google "mining jobs" and "expos" for any coming up.

And finally...

You can see that the key is research, followed by talking to contacts in the industry, or recruiters. There's no point thinking: 'I want a job in mining!' You need to be very specific about what role you want, and really targeted in terms of training to ensure your resumé sets you apart from the crowd.

Happy job hunting!


More expert advice from Therese:

Therese Lardner is an industrial and organisational psychologist with extensive experience in all areas of the employment cycle from recruitment and selection to development, employee engagement and career transition. She currently works for Lee Hecht Harrison in Brisbane. Click here to ask for Therese's expert advice on landing your perfect mining and resources job or moving up the career ladder in your workplace.