CAREER ADVICE

New year new job?

BY: Tracey Mesken02/01/2019

​New Year’s Eve is done and dusted and many of us are kicking off 2019 with fresh new year’s resolutions. But as we head into the year and our busy lives catch up to us, we often find it's just as easy to break new year’s resolutions as it is to make them.​A big goal for many people as they start a new year is a change of job; maybe you're feeling restless, you're just looking for a change of pace, or you want to go in a completely new direction. Whatever the reason, we have the resources to help.Here’s some great tips on writing a resume that stands out and nailing that all important interview, there's also plenty of other posts on our blog to point you in the right direction. Often preparation is the key to success, so making you have all these basics covered before you start applying can help you land the job you're looking for.When it comes to applying for roles, you need to stay diligent. Make sure to check out job boards daily and set up job alerts so you never miss new positions. More popular roles often won’t stay open for long, so doing this will ensure that you're not missing out on important opportunities. WorkPac has 100's of positions available on our site, which you can view and apply for here. To narrow down your results, you can also use our advanced search, which lets you filter jobs by location and job type. You can also set up a job alert with us here.Touching base with a recruiter about the type of work you’re looking for is also a great way to get a bit of guidance. Don’t hide behind a keyboard! With over 40 Business Centres Australia wide we’re bound to have one recruiting in your area, so give us a ring on 1300 967 572 or find your closest business centre here.Most importantly, don't give up! Searching for a new job can be a long and often frustrating process, but the payoff when you land the role you're looking for is always worth it. So keep looking, keep applying, and stay focused on your goals for 2019.

WorkPac's Guide to Coal Mining for Operators

BY: Tracey Mesken17/10/2018

​Are you an experienced Operator looking for work in Coal Mining? Check out our infographic below for information on where the roles are, the qualifications needed, and what recruiters look for.For information on Entry Level Operator roles, stay tuned for our next post over the coming weeks.​Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming posts on Entry Level Coal Mining roles and the types of machinery used on coal sites!You can check out our available roles here or contact your nearest office here

Finding a job with WorkPac: Part One

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​Interested in finding a job through WorkPac but not sure where to start? To make it simple, we’re going to walk you through the process of registering via our website, and the best way to use our job search to find the right role for you. So follow these steps to success!Before you can apply for a role through us, you will need to first register your details and experience via our website here. You can also register from our homepage anytime by selecting the icon from the right hand side:The more complete your profile with us is, the better the chance that you will show up when recruiters are searching for candidates. So complete these steps to stand out.​Now that the basics are in, you also have the option of adding your work history, preferences and documents. These steps aren’t necessary but they are recommended, as the more detailed your profile is the better your chances of standing out.Remember that filling out these details doesn’t guarantee a job. See our job search for the next steps.Once your profile is complete, you’re ready to search for jobs! We’ve set up our job search to make it easy for you to specify what you’re looking for. It’s not necessary to fill out all the fields provided, but the more you input the more specific your results will be.​You have a quick search bar on workpac.com:​Or, you can complete our advanced search​Since you already have an account with WorkPac, you’ll already be set up to easily apply for any of these roles!Now that you’re registered with WorkPac and know the best way to use the job search, stay tuned for Part Two of this post, which covers the application process and how to set up a job alert.

Finding a job with WorkPac: Part Two

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Part One of this post, where we covered the registration process, and the best way to search for roles. For Part Two we’ll be covering the application process and how to set up a Job Alert.*Preparing for your next job interview​Your job alert is separate to your myworkpac account, so you will need to begin by setting that up.​Now that you have an account, it’s time to start setting up your alerts. You create a job alert directly from the from the Job Alerts page, or you can set one up while doing a job search. Here, we’ll demonstrate how to do both.​​

Reasons your resume isn't getting noticed

BY: Tracey Mesken03/04/2017

​You submit your resume and wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Why isn’t anyone calling?A resume is an important tool in your job search. It is the key to helping you get hired for a position.Your resume is a chance to make a great first impression. It can be tough to stand out in today’s competitive job market.  Follow these tips to create a resume that gets the phone ringing and helps you land the job you want.1. Open with a punchThe first section of your resume should pack the strongest punch.  Your resume needs to be more than just a list of jobs. Start with a summary of your most important skills that are relevant to the jobs you are chasing.  Think about what the employer would be looking for and then tailor your existing skills and qualifications accordingly.  Include things like:• Your degree/s and any specialisations• Licenses’, tickets & certifications like your CPR• Medicals & Inductions• Years of experience• Important skills & industry knowledge2. Your Work HistoryYour work history is where you have a chance to prove your skill level. You might find it difficult to identify your achievements because you feel you were just doing your job.  Have a think about the responsibilities and achievements you take for granted and include these in your resume. Ask yourself questions like:• Did you win any awards of receive incentives for work performance?• Did you train new employees?• Did your work enable a project to be completed on time and/or on budget?• Did you complete any special training?• Did you submit all your reports on time?• Did you implement or recommend processes that improved productivity or efficiency?3. TrainingA stand out resume needs to include hands on education and training.  Use this section to list courses attended, vocational training, further education, certification, licenses completed, signed skills matrix & equipment competencies.4. Include KeywordsEver wondered how prospective employers or recruiters find your resume on platforms like SEEK or in their own databases? They search for candidates using keywords. Using keywords such as "registered nurse"or "nurse case manager" in your resume, for example, will help an employer or recruiter find your resume in their database or on a job board - as long as they're searching for candidates who are either a registered nurse or nurse case manager. This is keyword matching. Always think about what your next employer is searching for when writing your resume.5. Proof ReadSpelling and grammatical errors are very common in resumes.  Avoiding these mistakes can make all the difference in your resume being put forward to possible employers.  Make sure you show your resume to a few people to double check it is error free.  You need to think of your resume as an advertisement of your services, that extra attention to detail will make all the difference.Don’t be disheartened and don’t give up! There are so many roles out there and so many people applying that you are not likely to find the perfect job on your first go.So use the tips above, create that stand-out resume and make sure you set time aside each day to sit down and search for new positions and apply, apply, apply!

Mining Jobs in the Pilbara [infographic]

BY: Tracey Mesken16/02/2016

​WorkPac surveyed 125 Western Australians to understand what's important to our local and FIFO workers in the Pilbara and to job seekers considering mining jobs in the region. We wanted to know who would relocate to the region for work in the mines, what the most popular rosters are and what percentage of mining jobs are FIFO. Check out our infographic to see what our respondents had to say.Would you relocate to the Pilbara for a mining job? Or would you prefer a FIFO job? Register at www.workpac.com/register and our Recruitment Coordinators will let you know what mining jobs we have on offer.Call your local Business Centre todayWorkPac Karratha +61 8 9159 6622WorkPac Newman +61 8 9177 9722WorkPac Port Hedland +61 8 9158 5522WorkPac Tom Price +61 8 9189 2922

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New Year's career resolutions

BY: Tracey Mesken31/12/2015

​Like many of you, we're heading off to a New Year's Eve celebration today, armed with a six-pack, a handful of sparklers and an answer to that frequently asked question of the evening, "what's your New Year's resolution"?Now is the time to start thinking about what you want 2016 to look like and what you want to achieve.The most common commitments for the new year are often career related - "I want to move forward in my career, transition into a new industry, upskill in my current role, secure stable employment, find a new, exciting job that challenges me, get the pay rise I know I deserve"!We've created a list of 10 career resolutions to inspire you on your job journey this year. Tip: Write down your goal and the steps you need to take to reach that goal. Make it your screen saver on your phone. Seeing the non-negotiable steps you must action to kick your goals on a daily basis is a great way to stay on track in 2016. 10 career resolutions to inspire you:1.  Start developing the skills I need for my next career move.2. Take the first step towards completing a professional qualification.3. Join a professional association related to my field in order to expand my knowledge and contacts.4. Initiate a problem-solving discussion instead of stewing in silence when I am upset.5. Master new technologies related to my work.6.  Stop griping about how much I hate my job and create a plan for career change.7. Research resume-preparation techniques and rewrite my resume.8. Subscribe to the WorkPac blog and use the online resources to help develop my job-search skills.9. Have a discussion with my boss about my career goals.10. Start contributing to my retirement plan to help secure my future. 

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How to write a rockin' resume

BY: Tracey Mesken29/12/2015

​This week's #WorkHack is the ultimate collection of dos and don'ts on how to write a rockin' resume. Follow our simple tips to ensure your resume is professional, focused and a cut above the rest. We've done the hard work and research for you so you can get the best results on your job hunt.​ Share this Image On Your Site<p><a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/write-a-rockin-resume/'><img src='https://www.workpac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Write_a_rockin_resume.png' alt='Write a rockin resume' width='540px' border='0' /></p><p></a>This infographic was provided by WorkPac: <a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/write-a-rockin-resume/'>Write a rockin resume</a></p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

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The office Christmas party: A survival guide

BY: Tracey Mesken21/12/2015

​It's Christmas party season. That time of year when *some* of us over-indulge at the workplace Christmas party, flushing our self-respect and career prospects down the drain. It’s a tricky social occasion to navigate. You want to have fun, let your hair down and celebrate a year of hard work with your colleagues. Fair enough.We've put together a survival guide for the office Christmas party so you can enjoy yourself while making sure you still have a job the morning after.Make sure you #sleigh at the Christmas party this year by keeping these dos and don’ts top of mind.​Share this Image On Your Site<p><a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/the-work-christmas-party/'><img src='https://www.workpac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Christmas-work-party.jpg' alt='Managing Workplace Stress' width='540px' border='0' /></a>This infographic was provided by WorkPac: <a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/the-work-christmas-party/'>The Work Christmas Party</a></p><br /><br /><p>

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