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Get in fast for your chance to work overseas – LAST DAY

30/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
It’s not too late to take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime, but you had better get your application in pretty quickly.
The Queensland Overseas Foundation is offering young tradesmen and women the chance to apply for a scholarship that will allow them to live and work overseas for up to two years.
But the deadline for applications is today, November 30.

New articles in our Oil and Gas section

29/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Our writers are always busy producing high quality new content. Right now we have new and updated articles in our oil, gas and energy section. If you haven’t already read them, here is a brief preview!

Have a fair dinkum think about moving to Australia

28/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We’ve noticed a fascinating report by the BBC that talks about the number of people from the UK who have immigrated to Australia and then moved back home. It can be tough to move to a new country but there are advantages, too.

Take Part in One of the Largest Adult Apprenticeship Projects in Australia's history

27/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
In an effort to help skill the Australian workforce to address the impending skills shortage, construction apprenticeships are being offered for work on construction of the three LNG plants in Gladstone Queensland - Curtis LNG, GLNG, and Australia Pacific LNG.

Week in Review – 26 November 2011

26/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The news this week proved two things we already know about the resource industry. It can be hard to break in and once you’re there, it’s a challenging job and lifestyle especially for FIFO families.

Miners lead the way in valuing Indigenous employees

25/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Perhaps more than any other industry, the resources sector has a strong focus on indigenous employment opportunities.
It makes sense really; mines tend to be in remote and regional communities – where there are stronger and readily identifiable Aboriginal populations.

Why you shouldn’t worry about falling prices in iron ore or gold

24/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Economic news can be a bit boring, but when you work (or want to work) in the mining industry, reports about the price of gold or iron ore dropping can be a bit worrying. We thought have a look at what the analysts are saying… but without all the jargon.

Skilled Polish workers headed to Queensland mines – Why not join them?

23/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
So, it looks like it has begun. The long-threatened skills shortage has taken hold and mining industry executives are looking overseas. Our attention was caught by a report in a Queensland newspaper saying one coal company is turning to Poland to find workers.

Is your profile picture costing you a job?

22/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Are you having trouble getting an interview? Is so, maybe your profile photo is letting you down. Employers and hiring managers often use arbitrary indicators to make snap decisions about whether a candidate is worth pursuing. Your profile picture could be the reason you’re never getting a call.

What’s it like being a train driver in the mining industry?

21/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
It’s one of the iconic images of the Australian mining industry: A long, long ore train, snaking its way through the scrub and red dirt of Western Australia’s Pilbara Region. Blue sky over head, miles of railway track reaching out the horizon before you and a couple of kilometres worth carriages laden with iron ore trailing behind. We wanted to know – what’s it like driving ore trains in the mines?

Do You Know What a Corporate Social Media Policy Is?

20/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
With Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn becoming part of the daily life of Australians - especially for GenY and the Millennials - more and more corporations are adopting corporate social media policies. Jobseekers and employees need to understand what these are all about and ensure they don't unintentionally violate company policy even when they're on their own time.

Week in Review – 19 November 2011

19/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
It was a big news week for people interested in work in the resource industry. The skills shortage, migration, women in the workforce and big pay packets all featured in coverage in both local and international publications. On a sad note, the Mining Hall of Fame in Kalgoorlie is set to close – let’s hope it’s a temporary thing.

Iron ore mining continues to grow in Western Australia

18/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Iron ore mining is one of our largest industries – indeed, in 2010, iron ore overtook coal as Australia’s largest export. Now it looks like it has just become even larger still, thanks to the latest announcement  from BHP Billiton.

Get the skills to get the job… to get the big bucks

17/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The unemployment rate in Australia is one of the lowest in the first world, but that’s little comfort if you’re sitting on your couch all day wondering what to do with your grab-bag of school grades and sketchy employment history. So how do you get a job in the mines and claim your share of the “big money” they’re always talking about on the TV news?

What is it like working on an oil rig? Part 2

16/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Yesterday we took a look at what it’s like working on an oil rig off the Australian coast. We focused on the positives, based on the experiences of Andy, an Aussie who’s been on the rigs for five years. Today, Andy tells us about some of the disadvantages of working at sea.

What’s it like working on an oil rig? Part 1

15/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Want to know what it’s really like working on an oil rig? So did we. So we’ve asked Andy – who’s been working on a rig off Australia’s north coast for five years. He tells us what it’s like, how he got into it, why he does it and how he copes with spending so much time at sea. Some of his answers might surprise you.

Future looks bright for women wanting careers in mining

14/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We’ve spoken about the number of women working in mining in Australia in this blog before, but if a new report is anything to go by, there are plenty more opportunities for women to get their hands dirty on the way.

‘Perfect storm’ an opportunity for skilled workers

13/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A leading group of analysts has warned Australia has created a “perfect storm” where demand for labour will exceed supply and skill shortages will proliferate – and that points to good opportunities ahead for skilled workers.

Week in Review – 12 November 2011

12/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The big news for us this week was the official launch of the AMMA website. Another big announcement that day was the formation of AWRA – The Australian Women of Resources Alliance. In between all the excitement, we managed to keep up with the rest of the news relating to employment in the Australian resources industry.

4 Great Ways to Tell if the Job is Right for You

11/11/2011 05:00 AM / Jacqui Cocliff, AMMA
Just as companies focus on getting the individual with the right cultural fit and correct attitude, you too should critique how their culture is going to suit you. The interview is a great place to do just that.

The Conflict of Generations: Work Ethic

10/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know the workplace is witnessing an epic struggle between two giants. In work sites across Australia – across the whole world – a Baby Boomer vs. Gen Y face-off is in play. While most Baby Boomer employers are willing to put up with the Gen Y insistence on connectedness, one place they won’t budge is work ethic.

Dear Everyone – We’re Not Recruiters

09/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
It’s always interesting when you launch a new initiative to see how you’re perceived in the public eye. AMMA is officially launching in Perth today at the AMMA West Coast Conference. It’s our chance to put the spotlight on what we’re doing and let everyone know where we fit. We’re certainly going to dispel one myth.

UN study finds Australia one of the top places to live

08/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
It’s no surprise to those of us who live here, but Australia is the second best place to live in the world according to a new United Nations study comparing factors like health, education, life expectancy and per-capita income.

Have a look at just how big the big picture is

07/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We all know mining and energy are big business in Australia. Now Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson has released a snapshot showing just how big the sector has become, showing where the industry is at as we head back into a boom cycle.

Two Australian renewable energy companies make top 100

06/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs

We were thrilled to see two Australian clean energy companies have been named among the top 100 clean technology companies globally. Innovation and commercialisation of renewable technologies like these are key, seeing 55,000 jobs created in the alternative energy by 2020.

Week in Review – 5 November 2011

05/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Most of the news about the resources industry this week was about the mining tax. While the pollies are fighting it out in Canberra, we managed to find plenty of interesting reading about employment in the sector.

More coal jobs coming for Queensland

04/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A few days ago this blog showed a video explaining how important coal is to the Australian economy. Then on Tuesday came news of a massive $4.2 billion expansion of its Queensland coal operations – creating about 1200 construction jobs and 500 ongoing operational jobs.

How to get site experience if you don’t already have it

03/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Have you been trying to break into the mining industry but get tripped up because you have no site experience? Would you like to work on an oil rig but can’t get a job because you’ve never done it before? You know what? You’re not alone. Many skilled and semi-skilled workers are feeling the frustration of wanting to work in the resources industry but can’t figure out how to break in. We can provide some useful advice.

Why is Site Experience So Important?

02/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We’ll be in Cairns today at the Work for Queensland Mining and Gas Jobs Expo. One thing we know for sure - we’re going to talk to qualified candidates finding it difficult to get a job in the mines because they have no site experience. So what’s the big deal about site experience?

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

01/11/2011 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
You’ve heard about the mining boom. You’ve heard about the skills shortage. Anyone wanting work in mining, oil and gas, or energy knows wanting a job in the resources industry doesn’t mean you’re going to get one. If you have good skills but aren’t getting anywhere in your job search, maybe it’s time to get some of those skills certified. How do you do that?

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