New year new job?
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.
How the right mindset and attitude can lead to a permanent role at Rio Tinto
WorkPac would like to congratulate Marley, one of several WorkPac employees at the Mesa A site who have gone permanent with Rio!In late 2017 WorkPac and JobTrail underwent a recruitment drive in the Pilbara region focused on offering young Indigenous job seekers who were interested in mining a pathway into the industry. Marley was part of a Robe Valley assessment centre run by the JobTrail team where he was a standout candidate and landed a role as a trainee operator on site at Mesa A.Throughout his entire traineeship Marley’s work performance has been of the highest level and he has been a great team player. Our Site Manager for Mesa A, Kath Collins, caught up with Marley’s Supervisor Dean to learn more about what earned him a permanent position.“Marley is a positive young guy. He is a very productive worker and is always the first to put his hand up for other jobs when the trucks are down. He is a real go getter of a young bloke, and that is why we progressed him. Everyone in the team speaks highly of him. I am confident that Marley will be a great asset to our team and will go a long way with Rio Tinto” he said.When asked what advice he would give to other young people looking for a career in mining, Marley emphasised the importance of keeping a good attitude on site.“Definitely, the number one thing is to have a good attitude. Don’t let the information overload get to you or overwhelm you at first- because there is so much to learn! … There is a lot of adjusting to do at first, but ease into it and be willing to keep an open mind about it all. Be willing and eager to learn, be flexible, and give everything a go!”Kath also spoke with Marley about the best parts of the job, who spoke highly about the Mesa A site and crew.“I would have to say the People, I work with a great bunch of people who make it enjoyable to come to work and catch up. Mesa A is a great Site. The crews are pretty small, so you get to know everyone really well, and feel part of a close team. I felt part of the team from the moment I got out here. Finally, it is a great learning environment, there is always something new learn, and Mesa A and the managers are really encouraging of that”Marley is a fantastic example of how the right attitude and mindset can lead to great things, and a great role model for all those looking to crack into the industry. We would like to wish him the best of luck as he continues his mining career with Rio Tinto- we’re sure he’s going to go far!
WorkPac Has Proudly Returned to Kalgoorlie
WorkPac are proud to be re-opening our doors in Kalgoorlie for the first time since 2012.WorkPac’s Business Centre Manager for Kalgoorlie, Mr. Andrew Zafer, said the move was facilitated by a recent shift in the metal market.“We’ve been anticipating this boom for a while as rare earths generally follow the same pattern as Iron Ore, which has been starting to thrive again after winding back a bit over the past few years.”“We’re working predominately in the mining sector, but we’re also recruiting for waste management and a variety of trades roles including boilermakers, fitters, electricians, poly welders, drillers and driller offsiders”“We also have roles ranging from Fixed Plant and Loader Operators to administration staff, so I’d encourage anyone looking for work in the area to get in touch with the team about what’s available.”“Being the flagship business centre for Kalgoorlie, the office has been recently refurbished and we’re extremely proud of the space we’re working in.”“We’re in a fantastic, central location in town, so we’re very easy for locals to find” he said.WorkPac is well established in Western Australia, having opened our first business centre in Perth in 1997: since then we have opened an additional eight business centres in the State.With the reopening of Kalgoorlie, Mr. Zafer says the company will be further expanding services to both job seekers and clients in WA.“WorkPac already widely operates across Western Australia with Business Centres in Bunbury, Karratha, Newman, Perth, Port Hedland, Rockingham and Tom Price, and we look forward to continuing this work in Kalgoorlie”.“It’s also very important to us to contribute to the communities we operate in, and we’re excited to start reintegrating with the Kalgoorlie community”“We’ve hired a close-knit team to begin with, and we encourage those living within the region to get in touch with us.”WorkPac Kalgoorlie is located at Unit 2, 118 Brookman Street, Kalgoorlie, WA 6430, and is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.Local job seekers and employers seeking workers in the Kalgoorlie region are encouraged to visit the office or call the team on 08 9099 9322.
WorkPac opens a new recruitment office in Perth as their work with Rio Tinto continues to grow
Previously working from the Perth office, WorkPac’s Rio Tinto Project Services team have moved to their own space.Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company WorkPac have opened their second office in Perth, the city where they opened their first business centre in 1997.The second office is dedicated to WorkPac’s Rio Tinto Project Services team, who manage recruitment for Rio Tinto Iron Ore.The Project Services team was created in 2017 as a dedicated team servicing Rio Tinto and have since shared an office space with the Perth Business Centre, but as both those teams have continued to expand the need for a new location became apparent.Business Centre Manager for Project Services, Mr. Dennis Blewitt, said the move is telling of how far WorkPac has come since it was first founded.“Perth is the city where WorkPac was founded, and now 21 years and over 40 business centres later, it’s a proud moment for everyone that we’re opening our second office here.”“It’s also an especially proud moment for myself and my team, as a reflection of all the hard work we’ve put in over the past year.”“This move is not only going to give us the space we need now, but room to continue to grow in the future.”“Having our own space separate from the Perth office is also going to make it easier for candidates to find us for interviews and training”.Mr Blewitt is looking forward to continuing working with both Rio Tinto and job seekers in WA.“We’re very fortunate to have Rio as one of our major clients, and our partnership will continue to focus on finding great roles for great people with an Australian icon”.“I look forward to continuing to provide them with the best service possible”.The new office is in the same building as the Perth Office at 31 Ventnor Avenue in West Perth, with the Perth team being located on level 3 and the Project Services team on the ground floor.Those looking for work with Rio Tinto in the region can get in touch with the team at email@example.com or by calling 1300 498 559.Anyone seeking staff in the Perth Region is encouraged to check out our page on Recruitment in Perth
WorkPac's Guide to Coal Mining for Operators
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
Diversity in the Workforce
WorkPac has gathered data regarding Diversity in Mining and other industries. Keep reading to see how your business stacks up.
Get a range of employee benefits through WorkPac’s myrewards platform
Last year we made the decision to expand upon the employee benefits we offer with the introduction of the myrewards platform, available to those who currently work for us or have worked with us previously.The myrewards platform offers discounts and assistance for a range of products including Financial Services, Health and Life Cover, Superannuation and Telco, in addition to a massive range of retail discounts.Interested? Keep reading to find out what we offer and how WorkPac employees can get access. To learn more about WorkPac’s employee benefits, head here.FINANCIAL SERVICES – BANKING WITH WESTPACYou can get access to deals on a wide range of Westpac products, including:• Open a Westpac everyday banking account with no monthly account fee• Apply for a credit card online in 10 minutes and receive a response in 60 seconds + get a low rate credit card with no annual fee in the first year when applying on the Workplace banking webpage• Get 50,000 bonus rewards points on Altitude Platinum cards and 100,000 bonus reward points on Altitude Black cards• 10% off annual premium on home and contents insurance for existing homeowners when buying online• Great home loans with a special offer $1250 rebateHEALTH COVERSpecialists that can assist you by comparing hundreds of policies to help find you the best one.LIFE COVERTo get started on the right track, you can quickly and easily calculate how much cover you’ll need. Once you have an idea of the cover level, advisers can help you choose the insurance best suited to your needs.TELCOThrough Optus Employee Advantage, you can get 10% off for a range of services including SIM only plans, phones with plans and broadband internet, giving you a yearly discount of anywhere between $35-$348 depending on the plan you choose.SUPERANNUATIONFind and consolidate your super into one platform, with the option of choosing which fund you would like it to go into, or they offer you three options depending on what you’re looking for – a low fees fund, an ethical fund or a customizable fund.RETAILWe offer discounts from 2000+ retailers, including:• Up to 47% off movie tickets• 10% off at variety of retailers including Supercheap Auto, BCF, Rebel Sports and David jones• 5% off Coles, Target, Kmart, Dan Murphy’s, Caltex and more• 25% off glasses and sunglasses at specsaversIf you’re a current or former WorkPac employee and haven’t yet accessed the myrewards platform, follow the instructions below:We recruit for a range of both blue-collar and white-collar roles. If you’d like to find work through us and get access to this great range of benefits, there are some simple steps you should follow:Register your skills and experience on our website hereSearch and apply for relevant jobs hereGet in touch with your nearest WorkPac Business Centre, the full list of Business Centres can be found here
Finding a job with WorkPac: Part One
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 searchSince 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
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 interviewYour 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.
Resume not getting noticed? Check out these tips
You submit your resume and wait. And wait. And wait. So why isn’t anyone calling?A resume is an important tool in your job search. It is the key to helping you to get hired for a position, yet many blue-collar workers pay little attention to this important document.Your resume is a chance to make a great first impression; it is a way to stand out in today’s competitive job market. Follow these tips to create a resume that gets that phone ringing.1. Open with a punch The first section of your resume should pack the strongest punch. Many resume’s handed in are just a list of jobs, but you need to go beyond that and write 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 match your existing skills and qualifications. Include things like;• Your trade• Licenses’, tickets & certifications• Medicals & Inductions• Years of experience• Equipment or machinery you can operate• Important skills & industry knowledge2. Your Work History Your 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 complete jobs with zero harm?• Did you submit all your reports on time?• Did you implement or recommend processes that improved productivity or efficiency?3. Training A stand out resume needs to include hands on education and training related to your trade or skill. Use this section to list courses attended, vocational training, further education, certification, licenses completed, signed skills matrix & equipment competencies.4. Proof Read Spelling and grammatical errors are very common in blue-collar resumes. Avoiding these common 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.The job market today is extremely competitive. If you apply for a position that you don’t meet the specific requirements & qualifications, the cold hard truth is that you are not going to hear back. There is possibly someone else who has the required specifics for the role just as eventually there will be a role the suits your skills.5. Application processEvery employer will have their own specific application process that you must follow. This may be anything from an online application form to an ability test. If you want your resume to be noticed, it is important that you pay attention to what the process is, and double check you have completed all the necessary requirements.6. Follow upFollowing up in a courteous, professional way can make you stand out in a positive light, making it more likely that you won't be overlooked. Let the employer know how interested you are in the position, and how eager you are to meet for an interview and thank them for reviewing your resume. You can also take the opportunity to add or clarify any information about your qualifications that you would like to highlight. If the company is not ready to make decisions or interview people, ask when they plan to begin the interview process or when they plan to make hiring decisions, so you will know when to follow up again. It is usually best to wait a week or so before making an inquiry giving the employer enough time to review job applications. Most importantly don’t be disheartened and don’t give up! There are so many roles out there and so many people applying 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.