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Australian Visa Pricing System to Change to Fairer System

26/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs

The federal government announced changes to the pricing structure of migrant visas this week in an effort to make the system more equitable. Pricing on four different categories of visas have increased about 25%. The highly valued skilled graduate visa has increased by more than 70%.






AMMA Skills Connect to Prepare Jobseekers for Resources Jobs

25/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new skills initiative launched in Perth yesterday means jobseekers can expect to get more assistance in training, upskilling and reskilling for work in the Australian resources industry. AMMA Skills Connect is a government-backed initiative designed to help tackle the skills shortage felt in mining, energy, construction and oil and gas sectors.





Do You Know What to Expect From a Pre-start Meeting?

22/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
With so much construction going on in the Australia resources industry – and many new projects under development – the pre-start meeting held at the start of every shift might be the most important part of your day. Do you know what to expect from the pre-start and how to get the most out of this critical daily meeting?




Is Gobbledygook Getting in the Way of Your Job Search?

19/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Do you know gobbledygook when you see it? If you’re trying to make a good impression with future employers, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the most commonly overused phrases and jargon. Why? Hiring manager hear these same phrases every day, all day long. While these words may mean something to you, they’ve ceased to have meaning to the people making hiring decision. So what sort of gobbledygook shows up in a job search?





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?





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