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How to Research a Job

29/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Do you know what it means to ‘do your research’? When you’re looking for a job, it’s common advice. But it’s also a broad statement and more than a little vague. What kind of information should you be researching and how should you go about it?

National Apprenticeships Program approves thousands of applicants

28/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Start any conversation about the skills shortage and someone will quickly mention the glut of people wanting to enter the resources industry. The problem is how to get a willing Australian workforce skilled up  for energy jobs, mining jobs and oil careers. The National Apprenticeships Program (NAP) is going a long way to solving that problem for jobseekers.

Jobseekers Score with Rio Tinto's Mine of the Future

27/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Exciting things are happening at Rio Tinto. Today marks the introduction of the Mine of the Future initiative. Jobseekers take note; Rio is looking for people with the right combination of attitude, training and enthusiasm.  If you’re energetic, switched-on, and ready to tackle world-first technology, they want to know about you.

10 Things You Should Know About AMMA

26/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Last week we spoke with hundreds and hundreds of jobseekers at the AOG expo in Perth. In chatting with them, we realised we needed to clarify a few things about AMMA

Week in Review - 25 February 2012

25/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The big news this week was the next phase of the Rio Tinto autonomous haulage project with driverless trains soon to be in operation. OneSteel is diversifying from manufacturing into mining and creating new jobs in the process. Cashed-up miners from WA are snapping up property ahead of the mining boom in Queensland having seen firsthand what happens to housing prices around mining towns. Our personal favourite was the article in Australian Mining mentioning AMMA as a top resource for jobseekers.

Employer Wish List: What They Want You to Know About Working in Mining, Energy, and Oil and Gas

24/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We’ve spent the past two months needling industry hiring managers to share with us their best advice on any number of topics related to work in the resource industry. Today we’ve given our industry experts a chance to speak directly to the jobseeker and give them personal insight into the Australian resource industry.

The Side of FIFO No One Talks About

23/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
If you’re looking for a mining job or thinking about starting an oil career, you should be aware of some of the drawbacks attached to a FIFO roster. It’s easy to get caught up in the lure of good salaries and long stretches of free time when you’re off roster but it’s not for everyone.

New Research Details Skills Shortfall

22/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Research conducted by the Australian government into recruitment and skills shortages shows the resource sector filled just over half of its vacancies in 2011. Recruitment was most difficult in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, where employers filled less than 60 per cent of vacancies.

19 Ways to Spot a Different Kind of Job Scam

21/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new form of the job scam has hit town targetting jobseekers wanting jobs in mining, energy or oil and gas. Companies pose as job search marketing firms, recruitment companies and even mining and contracting operations. In every case, a promise is made that investing your money in their service will enhance your ability to get a job.

Skills focus for big resources projects

20/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Frustrated jobseekers finally have some answers for how Australia is going to upskill, reskill and train the existing Australian workforce. With no shortage of people wanting to work in the mines, it hasn't always been clear how to break into a mining jobs or find employment with oil companies.

The Red Dog Interview

19/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Have you seen the movie, Red Dog? Set in the Western Australian mining town of Dampier in the 1970s, the movie is based on the true story of a stray dog who became a local legend. Red Dog is enjoying international acclaim earning awards and accolades in the international market. The Pilbara mining region is also getting a fair bit of recognition.

Week in Review – 18 February 2012

18/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We were back on familiar territory this week for anyone interested in oil and gas jobs or jobs in mining. The skill shortage is beginning to pinch. Jobseekers struggle to break into mining but apparently no one is willing to move to remote locations to get the jobs. Reports of new mines bringing in skilled migrants got everyone talking (and a little worried). One thing everyone agreed on is the resources boom is here for stay and it’s having positive effects on the whole country.

Employers Advise: When You Don’t Have Site Experience

17/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
What’s the one qualification needed to get a job in the mines, secure offshore jobs or plan an oil career? If you answered site experience, you would be right. Every week we get bombarded by qualified jobseekers trying to break into mining or find an oil and gas job asking us this very question. We knew exactly where to go for some answers.

Is Insurance Boring or Are the Numbers Actually Fascinating?

16/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Today we introduce guest blogger Michael Ord, owner of Miners Insured and Coremotion Financial Services. Michael is a risk management expert working with miners and professionals in remote locations throughout Australia and overseas. He’s providing food for thought about what it means to manage your own risk.

Women in Resources Awards: Vote Now for People’s Choice Award

15/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Have you heard about the Women in Resources Awards? The Chamber of Mines and Energy of Western Australia (CME) are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Women in Resources Awards. Part of AWRA, this fantastic initiative is designed to acknowledge both individuals and organisations making our industry the best in the world and providing attractive career opportunities. Importantly, the goal of the Women in Resources Awards is to recognise women working in our sector and increase female participation.

Love Your Work: How to Find Jobs in Australia

14/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A recent study says Australia is the top destination worldwide for local work culture. It also states we have a great lifestyle and provide a top destination for raising children. Combine this research with the many opportunities for skilled professionals in the resources industry - mining jobs, energy jobs, construction jobs and oil industry jobs - and Australia tops the list for skilled migration.

Do You See What Hiring Managers See?

13/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Australia is full of bright young sparks looking for jobs with oil companies or jobs in mining. So many of them won’t be considered because of the way they present themselves online. A quick look at a Facebook profile is all it takes for hiring managers to move on. Taking positive action can prevent this from happening.

Perfecting Your Approach to Hiring Managers

12/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Many jobseekers lose opportunities due to poor written communication skills. Subject matter expert Paul Dean provides a template to help anyone improve the way they communicate with hiring managers.

Week in Review – 11 February 2012

11/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
You’re forgiven if you thought the only news in the resources industry this week was the Xtrata/Glencore merger. Workers don’t want to move to NT for mining jobs. Technology in mining garnered a lot of column space as did the billion dollar deal between Oz Minerals and Thiess.

Hiring Managers Speak: Interview Behaviour to Guarantee Failure

10/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Life doesn’t come with many guarantees but industry hiring managers have a few. We wanted to know what candidates do to hurt their chances of employment. As usual, our resource industry employers provide inside information and more than a few terrific tips.

Women in the Resource and Construction Industries

09/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Paula McLachlan’s experience in non-traditional trades is exactly what the AWRA initiative supports, increasing female participation in the wider resource industry. In this post, she reflects on why women should be considering jobs in construction when they think about oil careers or mining jobs in Australia.

Are You Making the Most Common Interview Error?

08/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs

Do you know the most common error made in interviews? It might surprised you. Rob Papworth, Group Recruitment Manager at MMG, spoke to AMMA miningoilandgasjobs about a simple way candidates let themselves down and what they can do to change it.

AMMA Migration Services Support Skilled Workers

07/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
With more mining jobs and energy jobs than ever before, temporary migration is a necessary requirement. But did you know AMMA not only provides Migration Services, they’re also affecting change and influencing policy for the good of all Australian workers?

Tackling the Skill Shortage: Mature Age Workers

06/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Mature age workers play an important role in any organisation. As new research shows older workers are just as productive as young employees, it’s time to consider how we can attract and retain these valuable workers into the resource industry.

Attracting and Retaining Women in the Australian Resource Industry

05/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Last year AMMA introduced its members to the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) – an initiative aimed at increasing female participation in the resources workforce. With 2012 well underway, AMMA director Minna Knight discusses AWRA’s message, objectives and how you can get involved.

Week in Review 04 February 2012

04/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Economic news out this week fingers the mining industry as the dominant force in construction projects with the highest concentration in Western Australia. It seems the nation collectively suffered from a green and gold flu the day after Australia Day but it probably didn’t affect older staff who just keep things ticking over. New projects, a relocation scheme, new training facilities, and a new jobs expo are all indicators it’s full steam ahead for mining, oil and gas, and energy.

Advice From Industry: The Golden Rule of the Job Interview

03/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Want to know what makes a hiring manager tick? More importantly, do you know what employers in the resource industry are thinking during an interview? Our panel of subject matter experts gives us a personal view of what they expect from an interview situation. Since these are the people interviewing for mining jobs, oil careers and jobs in oil and gas, you’d better read it.

Skill Shortages Continue for Resource Industry

02/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new report from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), indicates the resource industry is battling to find skilled employees. The Survey of Employers who have Recently Advertised (SERA) report shows employers continue to experience pressure in certain geographies and skills.

Good Ways to Drive a Hiring Manager Around the Bend

01/02/2012 05:00 AM / AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
‘Please review my profile’ is a common request from jobseekers. The only problem is it’s not a very effective way to engage a hiring manager or recruiter.

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