Deciding what is relevant in your mining resume

Deciding what is relevant in your mining resume

By Ashley Michailaros, Mining Resumes Australia

So, you may or may not have been working in the mining industry, but you are at the point of applying for a new job in the industry.  What should you put in your resume, and sometimes more importantly, what should you leave out?

The general rule of thumb in the industry is to only put in the resume, things that are relevant to the role to which you are applying.  For example, if you are applying for a Diesel Mechanic position in the mining industry, you would include any job or role which demonstrated your skills in any facet of being a Diesel Mechanic, along with your licences and tickets.  However, you may decide to leave out that job you had working in a milk bar whilst  you were looking for other work, as it simply is not relevant to the role.  Having said this, don’t forget that in some roles, the aspects of customer service and communication are just as important as the fact that you can fix a haul truck when it breaks down, so don’t forget roles with those aspects to them as well.

If you have worked within the mining industry before, it will be much easier to decide which aspects of your experience are relevant. You simply must include all mining related roles, including those which may not seem relevant, but may indicate your willingness to work in Fly in Fly out roles, or roles requiring relocation.  Other things on the ‘must have’ list are:  A full and comprehensive list of all tickets, training, inductions and cards which demonstrate your ability to operate that machinery or comply with those regulations, and also show your ability to learn new skills.  On many occasions when I am writing resumes for clients, they are not sure of the exact title of some of their tickets, so I get as much information about the training as I can, and look them up on this and similar sites – it may be useful for you too:  https://training.gov.au/Home/Tga.

So you have a list of all of your relent previous and current roles, along with an indication of your responsibilities and achievements within those roles; you have listed your tickets and licences, what else do you need?  There are a range of elements to your mining resume which are down to personal preference.  I like to include a list of Key Skills, containing around 6-7 skills which you have that are relevant to the role you are applying for, and some which are listed in the ad for the job, and also a statement about you and why they should give you the job.

Which brings me to the information you should leave out of your resume.  You need your resume to be comprehensive enough to enable the recruiter to see and appreciate your experience and history, however you don’t want it to be too long, creating a situation where the recruiter has to skim read it for the relevant or interesting bits.  As I said before, leave out positions that bare no resemblance to the job, especially if you have good experience to show.  Leave out hobbies, interests, family information, date of birth, marital status and VISA status (unless specifically asked for).  All of these pieces of information are completely irrelevant in today’s job market, so don’t waste space on them.  All this information does, is lends itself to judgements about you, not based on your experience and skills.  Putting in your date of birth for example instantly leads the recruiter to work out in their head how old you are, and whether they realise it or not, that forms an opinion in their mind, good or bad, which is not relevant to your skills and experience. Leave it out.

If you are applying for your first job in the mining industry, it is a little trickier to make a decision about what is relevant, given that you haven’t experienced the roles before in the same environment.  The best way to go about this, is to look at each and every role you have worked in, and find aspects, if there are any, which relate to the job you are applying for.  For example, you may be applying for a role as a fitter on an oil rig, where you will be away for long periods of time.  Within your work history, you need to find experience which caters to the job, like previous experience in plumbing, fitting, workplace health and safety, operation of large machinery, mechanically minded etc.  After this, you should try and find experience which talks about your abilities in working away from home, or your ability to get along with others in a small community environment, after all you’re going to be holed up with the same people for some time and this is a skill that not everyone has.

In any role, downloading the advertisement or position description of the role is imperative to then allow you to find experience in any aspect of that role which might help you get that interview.  I have written lots of resumes for people trying to get into mining industry, and although not all of them have direct experience, you can usually find a whole host of relevant skills in the roles they have had.

Include a cover letter.  I will say it again, include a cover letter.

A cover letter is the first thing your recruiter will most likely read, and you need to hit them with the most important information.  Tell them why they should give you the job, list your most relevant skills and tell them why you want the job.  You may also include a sentence letting them know you are willing to enter into fly in fly out or similar arrangements, just so they don’t have to wonder about this.  Keep your letter short and punchy, one page is the maximum.

If you would like more information about getting into the mining industry when you don’t have direct experience, you might like to read this article:  Using your transferable skills to get into mining.

If it all seems to hard and you just want someone who knows what they’re doing, why not give us a call and we can quote on your resume today.

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