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FIFO Life: The “Off Roster” Balancing Act

18/10/2012 05:00 AM / Sarah Mitchell, Director, Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Anyone that’s put in more than one swing knows the time ‘off roster’ is not a holiday. While your network at home may view it this way, most FIFO workers return from a shift feeling fatigued and needing some down time. If you have a family waiting – especially one with young children – it can be a particularly difficult situation for everyone involved.





What’s It Like To Be A Metallurgist?

16/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
One role in short supply in the Australian resources industry is for people working in the field of metallurgy. So what is a metallurgist and what kind of things do they do?





What Does Fair Work Australia Think About Your Facebook profile?

15/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald called “Like it or not, Facebook posts could cost your job” explains why employees and jobseekers need to be mindful of what they post in their personal networks and how it can impact their careers. It’s understandable when an employee is caught in a lie – like calling in sick so they could go to a party. But when is it okay for an employer to sack someone because of what they said in their private networks?





Skilled Workers Still in Demand in Australian Resources Industry

09/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We’ve been getting a lot of questions in our social networks about the viability of the resources industry and how it impacts job availability. There’s a growing concern among jobseekers about the many negative stories in the press saying the boom is over. It would be easy to assume the industry is on the verge of collapse. Nothing could be further from the truth.





Mining Training for Aboriginal Jobseekers in South Australia

08/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The Connecting Aboriginal People to Mining program aims to train Aboriginal jobseekers in South Australia for jobs in the mining industry. More than $700,000 is available from a joint state and federal government program with applications now open. Tom Kenyon, Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister is looking for mining companies and RTOs (registered training organisations) to participate in the Connecting Aboriginal People to Mining program.





Industry Speaks: Following Up a Job Application

05/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
If you spend more than 5 minutes in online career centres or discussion forums for jobseekers, you’ll find debate about how long a candidate should wait before following up on a job application. There’s a fine line between proactively managing your job search and nagging the person you most want to impress. How long should you wait before you check in?





Research Tips That Will Help You Land Your Dream Job

04/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
How well you research a company and a job can make all the difference in whether you land your dream job or not. Every jobseeker from experienced engineer to a new graduate can improve their chances of getting the job they want by thoroughly researching the opportunity. This handy infographic provides practical tips to put your job search on the road to success.




900% Increase for Overseas Engineering Graduate Visas in Australia

03/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has reformed the 476 visa scheme resulting in a 900% increase in the number of overseas graduates eligible to work in Australia.  
The 476 visa is designed for engineering graduates who obtained a tertiary engineering degree to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. Applicants have to be younger than 31 years of age





Industry Speaks: The soft skills every candidate needs

28/09/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
In a competitive employment situation, what sets one candidate apart from other worthy applicants? We asked industry hiring managers what they want to see in an applicant that doesn’t always make it into the job advertisement. When you’re up against people equally qualified and experienced, it’s quite possibly the soft skills you possess that will land your dream job or push you up the next rung of the ladder.





Important Info for Experienced Operators Moving to Australia

26/09/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Experienced operators coming from overseas often get conflicting or incorrect information about the requirements for skills transfer. As more skilled workers come to work in the Australian mining industry, it’s important they understand exactly what requirements they must fulfil to work in Australia. Major Training Group provides some excellent answers.





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