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Advice for Applicants

Winning a job in the Mining and METS sectors

The 3 Keys to Success

There are three key things applicants must demonstrate  for success in the application process.  




How do you do this? Read on...



Before you begin the application process you will need to undertake research to understand:

  • the industry

  • the organisation

  • the job role

  • the position advertised



Use the information from your research to demonstrate your capability.

  • match your skills and experience to the job requirements

  • use relevant examples that briefly describe the situation, the process and the outcome AND how you would approach it in the future

  • No relevant experience?  provide an example from a similar situation or detail how you would approach the task or situation  (ie the process you would go through to achieve a positive outcome)


Personal Alignment

A successful working relationship will often come down to whether the operating style, priorities and values of the business are aligned to your personal style, priorities and values.

  • Is the opportunity important to you?

  • Does the organisation / position align with your personal values? 

  • Are you the right fit for the organisation and the job?

  • Does your personal style reflect the style of the business?

  • Will this job align with your short and longer term goals?

  • Does the job fit in with your other commitments (work/life balance)?

    • Are you able to travel?

    • Can you work flexible hours?

    • Can you be relied on to be at work when you are expected to be there?

  • Use examples of:

    • the choices you have made to progress your career

    • how the job aligns with your goals

    • Other steps you have taken to prepare for the industry/opportunity

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Applications and Interviews

Helpful tricks of the trade to secure your work experience.

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Example interview questions

Find out more about typical interview questions.

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Helpful hints for applying for, interviewing for and securing your next role.

Mining Operations Pre-requisites

If you are looking to gain an operational role on a mine site there are some specific requirements you will need to meet. 


No matter how much training you do there are certain personal skills and characteristics which will potentially make you a better potential employee on a mining site than other candidates.

Every mining company has certain minimum standards and these are a few of the key requirements which might make you a better fit for your chosen career in mining:


You will be:

  • Fit and healthy and able to pass a full medical examination

  • Able to pass a pre-employment drug test

  • Able to provide/obtain a police clearance

  • Able to undertake work in mine/job role conditions eg work at heights or flying in small planes

  • Able to work safely in hazardous environments


You will:

  • Be willing to relocate to a remote area and/or

  • Be able to live away from family and friends for periods of time

  • Be willing to work night shifts

  • Be willing to work 12 hour shifts

  • Be keen to continue learning

  • Be willing and able to comply with company rules and regulations

  • Be able to work with other people from different backgrounds

  • Have a record of working safely

Additional Training


:The following tickets and licences will be viewed favourably:

  • Current drivers licence

  • Tickets or licences that might be applicable to the mining sector (ie forklift, white card, working at heights, working in confined spaces etc)

  • Senior First Aid Certificate

  • Training in WHS

Use the links below to find useful tips and guidance in Finding Job Opportunities, Getting Your Tools Together and Interviews.
Finding job opportunities

How to mine your network

Getting your tools together

How to get a mining job in Australia

Job Application tools

How to write a resume


The job interview

Mining Job – Interview Tips

Typical questions in an interview

Mining interview questions with answers

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