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The Danger in Farming Out Your Job Search

Posted: 1/08/2012 5:00:00 AM by Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Job-seekers, Mining, Career-resources


Several times a week, we get an appeal that goes something like this:

Do you know how my hubby can get back into the mines as a dump truck driver? He last worked in the mines 7 years ago and can pretty much drive anything, but may not have all tickets. Any help would be appreciated. 

Or this:

My partner is looking for work. He has experience in operating machinery such as bobcats, loaders, excavators, forklifts, truck mounted concrete placement booms and rollers.

Or even this:

My son is looking for employment opportunities in the mining arena. He is physically fit, strong and hardworking.


While we celebrate the initiative of these spouses, partners and parents, it sends a clear message to the hiring manager - and it’s not very attractive. When someone else conducts a job search for you, not only is it ineffective, it could possible damage any real chance of that person landing a job.

Wayne Butler, GM of Crocksolid Mining and Industrial Labour Hire explains why.

“We get ladies on a regular basis chasing work for their partners,” he says.

The big problem as Wayne sees it is that he’s talking to the wrong person.  A well-intentioned second party isn’t able to convey the abilities of the potential candidate and the phone call takes up valuable time.

“I can’t get into specifics if I’m not talking to the right person.

“I can’t get a feel for them or their experience, especially for things like safety questions.”

The other problem

While wasting time is a forgivable sin, what’s more critical is the image you may be creating for the person you’re trying to help. In a competitive job market, hiring managers want self-starters and workers brimming with initiative. The last thing you want is to be the candidate who let’s mum find a job for them.

While we’re on the subject

We recently spoke about the importance of referees on your resume. Whatever you do, don’t include a spouse, partner or family member in your referees. No recruiter or hiring manager would believe a thing they say. Again, it also demonstrates to the person making hiring decisions that you lack independence.

What this means for jobseekers

It’s imperative that you conduct your own job search. While a well-meaning partner or family member may be trying to help, they could actually be doing more harm than good. Make sure it’s you who is picking up the phone, filling out the applications and sending out the emails. Let your loved ones help behind the scenes with activities like practicing your interviewing technique or reviewing your resume. When it comes to employer facing activities make sure it’s you and no one else making contact.

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