It’s time to be re­source­ful to nail down a min­ing job

Take the time to re­search op­tions when look­ing for work in the min­ing in­dus­try, CareerOne Edi­tor Cara Jenkin re­ports.

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THOU­SANDS of jobs are re­port­edly up for grabs in the state’s re­sources boom but how to go about get­ting one eludes many work­ers. In­dus­try lead­ers ad­vise there is no sim­ple an­swer but it will take time and some ef­fort to get there.

They say most of the jobs are not with the ma­jor min­ing com­pa­nies but con­trac­tors and sup­ply firms.

It also means not all min­ing jobs will re­quire work­ers to live in ru­ral ar­eas.

But with most mines lo­cated out­side the metropoli­tan area, and in par­tic­u­lar BHP Bil­li­ton pre­fer­ring most of its work­force to be based near its Olympic Dam mine at Roxby Downs, many em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties will be in re- gional ar­eas. Re­sources and En­gi­neer­ing Skills Al­liance chief ex­ec­u­tive Phil de Courcey says work­ers first need the right attitude as many min­ing op­er­a­tions re­quire work­ers to work in risky en­vi­ron­ments and ad­here to strict drug and al­co­hol-free poli­cies along with other oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety cri­te­ria.

‘‘There’s not a big de­mand for peo­ple in the in­dus­try that you can just turn up at a min­ing com­pany and get a job. They are look­ing for peo­ple with that cul­ture and ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he says.

‘‘There’s no door­way you can go and just open and get a job. It can be a bit of a process.

‘‘It does re­quire a bit of re­search.’’ He says job hun­ters must talk to peo­ple in the in­dus­try about what is re­quired and re­search away from the in­ter­net.

South Aus­tralian Cham­ber of Mines and En­ergy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Kuchel urges many work­ers to study to some ex­tent, to hone the skills they need and be more at­trac­tive prospects to have more suc­cess at land­ing work.

‘‘Just be­cause some­one is driv­ing B-dou­ble trucks doesn’t mean they have got the skills to drive a min­ing truck,’’ he says.

‘‘It doesn’t mean they can’t but it means they have to do some train­ing or re­train them­selves for that type of role.’’

He says work­ers, in­clud­ing school stu­dents, have time to study from scratch and not en­ter the min­ing work­force for sev­eral years as they can be em­ployed in op­er­a­tion phases of mines.

Re­sources ex­ec­u­tive re­cruiters WPM Con­sult­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ben Wil­son says work­ers at the top of their fields need to be well con­nected and in­volved in net­works and in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions and bod­ies to have the best chance of se­cur­ing work.

‘‘There are lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties

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