Wednesday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent work-related occupational diseases, deaths, injuries and illnesses. It is also a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness. While the number of work-related fatalities in Australia has been steadily decreasing over the last decade, any workplace death is tragic and unacceptable. The latest finalised data shows that in 2019, 183 workers were fatally injured at work. By raising awareness of work health and safety (WHS) issues and taking action to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks at work, we can help prevent further work-related fatalities and injuries. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work theme for 2021, as set by the International Labour Organization, is anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest now in resilient OHS systems. The theme acknowledges the impact that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on our working lives and the importance of building an effective, resilient and adaptable WHS framework. Workplaces can do this by undertaking risk management that is planned, systematic and covers all reasonably foreseeable hazards and associated risks. A risk assessment can be undertaken with varying degrees of detail depending on the type of hazard and the information, data and resources that you have available. WHS risk management can be as simple as a discussion with your workers or involve specific risk analysis tools and techniques developed for specific risks or recommended by safety professionals. For some complex situations, expert or specialist advice may be useful. See our risk mitigation webpage for a step-by-step guide to managing WHS risks. It is important to remember to also manage psychological and mental health risks. Under WHS laws, you must eliminate or minimise the risk to psychological health and safety arising from the work carried out by your business or undertaking as much as you reasonably can. See our mental health webpage for more information on what you can do at your workplace. The International Trade Union Confederation have set the theme for Workers’ Memorial Day 2021 as ‘Health and Safety is a fundamental workers' right’. We encourage everyone to raise awareness about health and safety in the workplace. READ POST
THIS NATIONAL SAFETY BULLETIN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE OUR TEAM MEMBERS WITH GENERAL GUIDANCE ON HOW TO MANAGE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO DIESEL FUMES IN THE WORKPLACE.What is Diesel Exhaust? Diesel exhaust comes from engines burning diesel fuel. It is a complex mixture of gases, vapours, liquid aerosols and particulate substances. These substances are the products of combustion. The main chemical components of diesel exhaust emissions are:Gases and vapours–these are mostly the gases found in air like nitrogen, oxygen, water vapour and carbon dioxide. There are also hazardous chemicals like nitrous oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and carbon monoxideFine particles known as diesel particulate matter (DPM) including fine carbon particles. Hazardous chemicals known as poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) adhere to the surface of the carbon particles. DPM can act like a gas and stay airborne for long periods of time. DPM can penetrate deep into the lungs because of its small sizeWorkplace Exposure to Diesel Exhaust: The major source of workplace exposure to diesel exhaust on a mine site is from heavy vehicles that use diesel fuel like haul trucks, bulldozers and excavators. Diesel exhaust may also be generated from stationary power sources like generators and winch motors including those mounted to vehicles. Levels of exposure can be higher in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas where the concentration of exhaust can build up like in heavy vehicle repair workshops or underground. Workers who may be exposed to diesel exhaust include; operators, miners, truck drivers and vehicle maintenance workers.What are the Health Effects of Exposure to Diesel Exhaust Fumes? Exposure to diesel exhaust can cause both short- term (acute) and long term (chronic) health effects. Short-term (Acute) effects Short term exposure to high concentrations of diesel exhaust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and cause light-headedness, coughing, phlegm and nausea. Very high levels of diesel exhaust exposure can lead to asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. Long-term (Chronic) effects Long term exposure can worsen asthma and allergies and increase the risk of heart and lung disease. Diesel engine exhaust emissions contain many known carcinogenic substances, for example PAHs adhere to the surface of the DPM. DPM is easily inhaled into the respiratory tract and there is epidemiological evidence which indicates ongoing exposure to diesel exhaust emissions may result in an increase in the risk of lung cancer.How can Diesel Exhaust Exposure be Minimised? Use better air flow, increasing air flow is a safe way to minimise worker exposure. Diesel exhaust in enclosed areas including when engines are idling or under maintenance can be reduced using local exhaust ventilation (LEV), extraction or general ventilation including improved natural air flow. LEV systems remove diesel exhaust before it gets into the air you breathe. Tailpipe or stack exhaust hoses can be attached to a stationary vehicle running indoors and exhausted to outside with an exhaust extraction system where it will not re-enter the workplace or contaminate other areas. Operators must regularly monitor cabin odours/fumes and immediately report any concerns they have to their Supervisor. If during the course of work operators encounter odours/fumes entering the cabin of the equipment being used, they must immediately shut down the equipment, remove themselves from the hazardous environment and report the event to their Supervisor for immediate investigation.Use Safer Work Practices All diesel engines should: • have regular maintenance, frequent tune-ups and the exhaust system checked for leaks, • be turned off whenever possible rather than leaving them idling, and • be fitted with emission control devices (air cleaners) like collectors, scrubbers and ceramic particle traps—these should be checked often and replaced when dirty. Cracks or holes in cabins of plant with diesel engines and their doors and windows should be sealed to prevent diesel exhaust from seeping in. These should be checked regularly and repaired immediately if leaks are detected. The number of diesel-powered plant and workers in the exposure area should be reduced, where reasonably practicable. Workers should be provided with information on hazards associated with diesel exhaust and how to minimise exposure.Consider use of appropriate PPE: Respirators are the least effective method of minimising diesel exhaust exposure and should only be used when it is not possible to control diesel exhaust exposure in other ways. Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) may be appropriate in some situations however you should get advice from a competent person like an occupational hygienist if you are not sure. Specific types of respirators must be used to reduce diesel exhaust exposure. P2 disposable respirators may be suitable if the concentration of vapour in the diesel exhaust is low. Half or full-face respirators with a filter cartridge that protects against gases, organic vapours and particles are generally more suitable. Further information is available in the Australian Standards AS/NZS 1716:2012 Respiratory Protective Devices and AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, Use and Maintenance of Respiratory Protective Equipment.Some Additional Resources: Additional Information on managing risks of diesel exhaust exposure in the workplace is available at the following sites: Resources Safety & Health QueenslandSafe Work Australia – MiningDept Mines, Industry Regulation & SafetyThe WorkPac Group Safety and Risk Team will be providing regular updates on this important topic for you. For further information and assistance please contact your Regional Risk Manager on 1300 967 572 or ServiceCentre-OSH@Workpac.comREAD POST
THE NATIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE OUR TEAM MEMBERS WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON THE GENERAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR DOZER OPERATIONS IN OPEN CUT MINING OPERATIONS.Prior to Dozer Operations:Prior to any dozer operations the site Supervisor and Operator should ensure that a task specific risk assessment such as a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is completed before commencing work. The JSA should also be reviewed if the work conditions change (e.g. wet conditions following heavy rainfall). Pre-start Equipment Checks:Dozer Operators must complete daily pre-start equipment checks using a comprehensive checklist to identify any visual and or mechanical hazards. Any hazards identified during the inspection must be reported, documented and rectified prior to an operator commencing work tasks. Safe Work Procedures:Dozer operators must always follow the site Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) or Safe Work Instructions (SWIs) for the tasks being completed. Operators must also be aware of their surroundings and any hazards in the immediate work areas.Basic Safe Work Practices when working near edges include:Maintaining a full blade of material between the dozer blade and the edge when pushing material over a faceAlways work up and down a slope, never across the slopeOperators must regularly inspect working edges for signs of instability such as material movement or cracksAlways maintain a safe distance from the edge of a face – if working at an elevated edge or travelling along the top of the face, the safe distances from the edge should be determined through a risk assessment process and geotechnical assessmentConsider using remote control technology to perform the job if dozers are required to work near pit edges and there is a significant risk to the operator (e.g., High Dumps or Unstable Ground Conditions)Lighting & Environment: Mine management must ensure that adequate lighting of working areas is provided at night. It is not sufficient to rely on equipment running lights. Fixed lighting or trailer mounted lighting plants should be maintained at all working locations. Planned Maintenance: To ensure all equipment is maintained to a high standard the Mine must ensure that appropriate planned maintenance and fault repairs are completed, coupled with immediate, management-supported and mandated equipment shutdown in cases where problems cannot be fixed immediately.Site Layout & Pit Geography:All Operators must be familiar with the site layout and pit geography. This is essential where long distance commute systems of work are in place, as crews may need to be updated on changes to their workplaces during their time off sites. This should also be done after any other extended site absences such as annual leave.Planned Movements & Positive Communications: The Mine site must also have rigorously controlled procedures for movement of equipment from one location to another within the pit/working environment. Special emphasis should be placed on movement of slow-moving equipment, such as excavators and tracked dozers, with positive communication protocols prior to any planned equipment movements and confirmation when movements are complete. Event Reporting: It is essential that incidents or unusual and unexpected conditions are immediately reported to the site supervisor. In particular, it is important to be vigilant in examining areas near the edges of benches for cracking or slumping which may indicate potential failures of bench faces.The condition of the face of the bench above the working horizon should be regularly checked for signs of instability, both local, and more widespread. Signs may include cracking and small volume rock failures, as well as bulging or swelling of the face or toe of pit walls. Strong hand torches will be needed at night to spot any ground hazards. It is important that checks are made regularly, and always after blasting and after rainfall events. Also, any new water noticed from the ground or changes in existing ground water volume should be reported too.Mine Site Operating Practices: Operating practices established by the individual mine for bulldozers must be understood, adhered to and regularly monitored by the Dozer Operator. The specific practices and procedures are determined by the individual mine management in consultation with the equipment supplier and the plant operators. These practices will take account of the capacities and limitations of each unit type and include working grade limits and specific precautions, as well as safe use of all implements. All standard procedures need to be developed within an effective risk management framework by the Mine site.The Mine must ensure strict enforcement of the wearing of seatbelts by all operators of and passengers in mobile plant, at all times when the equipment is operating.Where adequate procedures are already in place, the requirements of the management and supervisory team should be emphasised and made plain to employees, and rigorous enforcement of clearly articulated policy and practice should be ensured at all levels of the organisation. At all times, the risks associated with these types of operations need to be properly assessed and appropriate controls put in place to ensure the safety of employees.Some Additional Resources: Additional Information on Dozer Safety in Mining is available at the following websites:Resources Safety & Health QueenslandSafe Work Australia – MiningDept Mines, Industry Regulation & SafetyThe WorkPac Group Safety and Risk Team will be providing regular updates on this important topic for you. For further information and assistance please contact your Regional Risk Manager on1300 967 572 or ServiceCentre-OSH@Workpac.comREAD POST
Long weekends have traditionally been times of high risk, due to an increase of traffic on the road. With all the excitement of Easter time, it’s easy to become complacent or forget the importance of safe driving.The Safety & Risk Team at WorkPac Group wanted to remind you that if you’re travelling long distances to see family and friends, stay focused on the task at hand and make sure you follow these simple safety tips to ensure your safe arrival and return home. Check your tyre treadWhen was the last time you checked your tyres? They’re often overlooked (maybe because there’s no warning sign for them on the dashboard!).Your tyres must have 1.4mm or more tread depth to be legal. Tyre wear can increase through incorrect tyre pressure, so make sure you routinely check them – especially before a long journey. Get some polarised sunglassesIt’s good to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin but it’s not so good when the sun is creating a nasty glare that may inhibit your vision when driving. Invest in some good quality polarised sunglasses and keep them handy for the car rides ahead. Remember those drinks from the night beforeYou’re still labelled a drink driver if you drive under the influence the morning after a night out. It’s a common scenario: the morning after a gathering, you think you’re fine to drive. You’re stopped to be breathalysed to discover you’re over the limit.Up to 25% of fatal crashes are caused by drivers over the legal alcohol limit. Unsure if you’re OK to drive? You probably aren’t – use public transport or grab a cab. Keep a safe distanceWith busy roads come frustrated drivers, you won’t get there any quicker by tailgating. As soon as you start to feel annoyed about the traffic ahead, take a deep breath and slow down until you’re a safe distance away from the car in front. This should be roughly a two second gap, or four seconds if conditions are poor. Make sure you get some sleepIt’s a busy time of year, full of family gatherings and trips away. Have you ever fallen asleep for a split second behind the wheel? Sleep experts call this a ‘microsleep’ and it can be fatal.Signs of fatigue include yawning, squinting and blinking more than usual. You may also wander into a daze, forgetting the last few kilometres. Sound familiar?If you experience any of these signs it’s always better to avoid driving. Take another mode of transport or, if already driving, take a break and have a nap if needed. Use indicators properlyIndicators are designed to warn the car behind that you’ll be turning soon. Too often drivers will brake or start to turn before indicating, which is pointless.Not only is this frustrating for the car behind but it’s dangerous. Assume that every other car on the road isn’t paying attention and give them plenty of opportunity to react. Do not swerve to avoid animalsAnimals on the road can be a huge hazard. There are many videos on social media showing drivers stopping to let animals cross the freeway, or swerving dangerously only to miss them by inches. Although it’s nice to know an animal is saved, it could quite easily have turned out differently. Don’t risk your own and other road users lives by swerving. Put your phone out of sightOur phones are now integrated into most aspects of our lives – they travel with us to work, to school and out socialising on a weekend. One place they don’t belong is in direct line of sight while driving.According to the RAC, texting while driving at 100km/hr is the equivalent of driving the length of the MCG blindfolded.Replying to a message can always wait. If it can’t wait, pull over at a safe place. To avoid distraction entirely, just put the phone in the glove box until you arrive.On Behalf of the WorkPac Group we wish you and your loved ones a very happy and safe Easter 2021. READ POST
There's no doubt that LinkedIn is firmly established as the social network of choice for professionals around the world, with over 277 million registered members at the last count. It is undeniably a worthwhile channel to invest time in as it can provide you a valuable network for business and employment opportunities.That said, as with any social media channel, LinkedIn comes with some unspoken etiquette that users should try to practice in order to maintain professionalism and, importantly, credibility.If you want to avoid looking like a social networking amateur or worse, a social pest, try to avoid these six key blunders when it comes to using LinkedIn.1. Connecting with total strangersAlthough having an extensive network can be a boost to your professional credentials and make you appear very well connected, you should never give into the temptation of sending invitations to everyone whose names you've vaguely heard of (or worse never heard of). Yes this is a networking site but it helps to find some common ground or a mutual contact to create a warm link rather than a cold contact.When you are inviting people to join your network, make the effort to send a personalised message, putting the request to connect in context. This is especially important if you are trying to connect with someone you have never met.2. Blatantly lying about or embellishing your professional experienceYour LinkedIn profile is akin to an online resume, except it is instantly visible to the world.No matter how well you think you can withhold information from your peers or make up accomplishments, you will be found out and look the worse for it. Honesty is always the best policy, so make sure you stick to the facts and present an accurate picture of your career.3. Limiting the information you include in your profileYour LinkedIn profile is just that – your professional profile. The less information you include, the less opportunity you will have to generate quality connections.Including your education, past roles and memberships gives you a credible means to reach out to new connections (particularly if you share mutual connections)Likewise, leaving out your summary statement might seem like a minor oversight but you're missing out on a great chance to sum up your career in a nutshell and craft a snapshot of yourself to the world. If you are reaching out to people what are they going to see when they come to your page? Is it what you would expect to see on someone else's page?4. Using an inappropriate profile photoDon’t make the biggest mistake of all; treating LinkedIn like Facebook. Yes they are two of the biggest social networks today but they differ immensely in purpose.As already mentioned, your LinkedIn profile is your online CV, so resist uploading that photo from last Friday's office party or of your favourite Simpsons character. Don't use a photo of your cat or your baby, one that looks like it belongs on a dating website and certainly don’t use a mug shot that makes you look like a criminal either.Use a clear, good-quality profile photo that reflects the professional image you want to portray. It may sound a little boring, but will support you when you're making connections or applying for a job as potential employers do look at this. A “creative” profile picture will get you noticed for all the wrong reasons.5. Endorsing people you have never worked or done business withThe idea behind endorsements is valid but the reality is a little different.LinkedIn endorsements have quickly lost street cred given that many users are spruiking skills of connections that they cannot actually vouch for. An endorsement is a very short form style of reference. If you are really not sure if someone is good at something, don’t endorse it. Ignore the temptation to tick a box or do someone a favour in the hope they will return it and endorse you. It’s simply not good practice.6. Accepting endorsements for skills you don’t haveLikewise, if you are a receptionist and someone endorses you for corporate strategy, don’t accept it. If you are a registered nurse and happen to be endorsed for marketing strategy, don’t accept it. You may be looking to develop skills in areas or change careers but if you can’t say that you have done it as part of your employment, then you can’t really call it a skill because a skill can be demonstrated.Again LinkedIn is very transparent. It’s not going to make you look any better having a list of endorsements for irrelevant and inaccurate skills.Similarly, don't deliberately ask people for recommendations either, especially if you're not close with them or haven't worked with them before.LinkedIn can certainly seem like a tricky field to navigate, as one little error can cost you important credibility points. However, by keeping in mind these tips, you can step out with the confidence you need to grow your online network.Looking for more social networking and career tips? Subscribe to our blog and receive updates directly into your inbox.
Sell yourself..improve your marketability...stand out from the crowd. You may have heard similar advice at some point during your job search, but this is often easier said than done, especially when it comes to your resume.If you can learn how to better sell yourself by promoting desirable skills, highlighting your achievements and backing it up with demonstrable evidence - all in a succinct document - you may well find it delivers you greater cut through and make your job search a little easier.Here are two simple tips to help you rethink the way you sell your abilities to a potential employer.Tip #1: Remember it's more than a just list of where you have been.A resume is more than a timeline of previous workplaces and roles. Employers or hiring managers not only want to see what you did, but what you did well and how the company benefited. This can be as simple as introducing a new system that improved productivity or completing tasks ahead of schedule. Consider:What did you do really well in your previous roles?What did you have to do to accomplish it?How did the organisation benefit from the result (ie measurable results)?If you are struggling to come up with past achievements, take a broader look at your daily activities. You may see training a new employee on your team as a simple favour or even a regular task, but you could list this as an achievement by saying you "served as a mentor to bring a new employee up to speed in less than three months".Again, it's all about demonstrating value delivered to a past employer through measurable results and specific examples.Tip # 2: Be more specific with your skillsMany job applicants still take a broad brush approach to outlining their skill set without considering whether they are aligned to the position description/job advertisement.The skills you list should tell a company that you have the experience and wherewithal to handle the exact tasks outlined, whether it's for an engineering role, business administration or even a trades or operator role in mining or construction.For example, rather than simply listing "time management skills", you may want to expand and include further context around the statement, such as "ability to prioritise tasks and meet agreed deadlines" or "experienced in producing high volume, quality output within tight timeframes". Your achievements can help act as evidence to support this.Remember one size resume does not fit all job advertisements.In today's competitive market, job seekers simply can't afford to take a mass market approach to the job search and apply process. Always ensure you tweak your resume in response to what an employer is looking for.Your resume is the true first impression a company has of you and often your only chance to get noticed. By learning how to concisely and effectively list your achievements and skills, you will significantly improve your chances of making the first cut and getting that highly desired interview.Want more job search tips? Subscribe to our blog and receive advice direct to your inbox.
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Without a doubt it is really tough going at the moment for the thousands of unemployed Australians seeking full time work. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 per cent in October, thought largely because fewer workers are looking for jobs.This equates to approximately 709,300 people are seeking work, leading to a job market that is now more competitive than it has been in a long time.Another concerning feature of the current Australian labour market is the workforce participation rate of 64.9%, the lowest level in seven years. Workforce participation refers to the share of the working age population who are either in a job or actively looking for work.Low workforce participation has a negative impact on Australia’s economy; the lower the number of people employed or looking for work, the less hours worked and therefore reduced output potential as a country. And reduced growth means less jobs. Quite the conundrum.That said, it’s not all doom and gloom though, with the latest Fairfax Employment Report predicting that business and consumer confidence will continue to rise and 193,000 new jobs will be added by August 2014.Whilst it is really hard to not fall into the discouraged job seeker trap after a run of disappointments, it is really important that you don’t give up and keep trying to find work.Here are some positive actions you can take to keep your chin up and stay in the fight for employment.1) Consider part-time or contract workWhile full-time employment figures were down in October, the number of people who gained part-time employment increased. This is a great way to keep some income coming in whilst you work towards full time employment. Part-time employment will:Keep your skills and knowledge sharp while you're looking for a permanent position;Give you the opportunity to network with others in your industry; andPrevent your resume from containing any large employment gaps.2) Ask for feedbackIf you find your resume isn’t getting you a phone call or you don’t make it through a job interview process, ask the recruiter or company employing why. This can only help you improve for your next interview.You may need to simply tweak your resume or practice your interview technique to ensure you are positioning yourself as a highly desirable candidate.3) Consider enhancing your skill setIf you're repeatedly hearing that a "more qualified" candidate has been chosen for a position over you, maybe it's time to hone your skills or learn something new. If you enroll in a training course, you can:Show employers that you're motivated and want to further your career;Enhance your resume and give yourself an edge over the competition; andFeel positive and more confident because you've achieved something.4) Target your job searchWhen it comes to a job search, less is more.It's common for job seekers to cast a wide net and fire generic resumes out to as many employers as possible in the hope that one will stick. This approach could find you interviewing for jobs you're not right for, that you don’t really want (so have no long term plans to stay in) or getting no responses at all.Tailor your resume to suit each individual job advertisement/position description - employers need to know if you're the right fit for the position they're offering, not just an all-round good worker. Yes it takes time but it will benefit you in the long run.5) Get in touch with a recruitment companyRecruiters are often frowned upon by frustrated job seekers. You may have had a couple of bad experiences but don’t put all recruitment companies in the one box as there are some very good ones out there that really do deliver job seekers good advice and support.A recruitment agency can help you find part-time or contract work, contact employers on your behalf and get feedback, offer advice on a wide range of training courses and coach you through your job search.Staying positive in a tough job market is easier said than done but staying motivated to find work is exceptionally important to your personal confidence and, in the bigger picture, to our country’s economy. And don’t forget that every ‘no’ brings you closer to a ‘yes’.Do you have any good tips for keeping your chin up in a tough job market? Please comment or share below. Also don't forget to subscribe to our blog and receive updates direct to your inbox.
We've all heard the saying "actions speak louder than words". This cliche is especially prevalent when it comes to job interviews.Most people will devote a significant amount of time and energy to practicing what they will say in an upcoming job interview. But we should also spare a thought for what we convey with our mannerisms and poise as this can speak volumes to a potential employer.How aware are you of your own body language in the office, with friends or in job interviews?Here are some basic tips to help you use body language to your advantage.Body Language No-No's...FidgetingMany employers associate this with a lack of self-confidence, and it can be extremely distracting. It's best to keep your hands in your lap, or on the table in front of you.Touching Your FaceThis is often interpreted as a sign that you're lying. In particular, there's a position known as the "mouth guard" - covering your mouth and putting your thumb on your cheek - that is associated with dishonesty.Orientating Your Body Away From Your AudienceThis displays little interest in the person you are speaking to. It will make you look impatient and desperate to leave the interview room.Avoiding Eye ContactIf you don't look at your prospective employer in the eye enough, you will appear self conscious or disinterested in what they are saying. Traditionally "shifty eyes" has also been associated with lying however it is now commonly known to be linked to anxiety. Either way, try your best to hold your audiences gaze as it will go a long way in creating a positive impression.Folding Your ArmsThis can make you seem closed off, disengaged and unfriendly. It can present as a barrier between you and the person you are speaking to.Body Language Do's...Sit Up StraightThis will not only make you look confident and prepared for the job interview, but can also increase testosterone levels and decrease cortisol (the primary stress hormone) levels.Mirror Your AudienceThis technique helps build a rapport with your potential employer, and makes them feel comfortable in your presence. This doesn't mean you copy your interviewer, you simply reciprocate their body language.GestureThis is often taken as a sign that you're enthusiastic about a particular subject, and can also help your brain access information more easily.Maintain Eye ContactThe rule of thumb is to acknowledge every question you're asked with appropriate eye contact. You may want to pair this with a simple nod to indicate that you're listening and understand the what your interviewer is saying.SmileA great, genuine smile is a force of nature. By smiling at someone, you have the capacity to ignite a chain reaction of other smiles and good feelings. Smile when relevant, show your genuineness to your potential employer as the results can be surprising.Are you ready?Remember, practice makes perfect. Set aside some time to walk through your job interview - literally. This will boost your confidence and help you avoid making body language mistakes.Want more job interview and career advancement tips? Subsribe to our blog and receive updates direct to you inbox.
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A good resume is your golden ticket to exciting new job opportunities. It is a personal advertising statement that, when done well, will deliver cut through and land you at job interview. On the flip side, there's only one place a bad resume is going, and that's on the 'thanks but no thanks' pile.If you find yourself firing off resume after resume with limited success in landing that crucial face to face interview, it could be time to assess where things might be going wrong.Here are three resume blunders that can prove a major barrier to a potential employer viewing you as a hot candidate.Blunder #1: Lies and empty statementsOK, sure, it is safe to assume that many people pad out their resume a little in the pursuit of looking really good "on paper" but if there are downright false statements on your resume, you can be guaranteed they will come back to bite you eventually.Social media and the internet makes it increasingly difficult to hide from your past. Adding to this, anything that a quick web search doesn't turn up can be quickly uncovered with a simple phone call or background check.Your best bet is to be honest with employers about your employment history and qualifications. Don't alter job titles or the tenure of employment and don't claim any experience that you don't have. That said, there's nothing wrong with leaving irrelevant information off your resume. If a past position doesn't add any value to your application, it's better to avoid it completely.Blunder #2: Spelling and grammatical errorsYou would think the need to proofread and spell check your resume goes without saying right? Not so apparently. A study published by CareerBuilder in September 2013 has revealed that typos and spelling errors are still the most common resume mistake, leading approximately 58% of employers to automatically dismiss a candidate.Take the time to read, re-read, and re-re-read your resume for grammar and spelling. Then get a friend or family member to read it as well. Don't forget about formatting either - make sure that everything looks neat and tidy on the page, both when on a screen and when printed.Blunder #3: Lack of focus or strategyWhen sending your resume to a apply for a job, remember that you are just one of many, many applicants for the position. If your resume is generic and lacks any sort of alignment to the job you are applying for, it's not going to be able to compete with a resume that has been specifically tailored to the requirements of that role.Make sure your resume addresses the specific needs of the job you are applying for. Most job advertisements come with a summary of the key role functions that you can use as a guide. For example, if you're applying for an administration job that requires knowledge of particular software programs - highlight the fact that you know how to use those, providing examples where possible.It's also a good move to align your digital resumes - such as your LinkedIn profile - with your paper one to make sure everything is consistent and up to date. A prospective employer these days is highly likely to go digging into your online identity so ensure that you go to the same effort to look just as good "on screen" as you do "on paper".With tougher market conditions meaning more active candidates seeking employment it is important that you take a little extra time to ensure your one shot at cut through is your best.
Social media is continuing to boom and with no signs of slowing down, perhaps it is time you considered ways to use it to your advantage when on the hunt for your ideal job.According to the latest social media statistics published by Frank Media, there are 12 million monthly Facebook users in Australia, 3.4 million people are logging into LinkedIn, and Twitter has an active Australian user base of of almost 2.2 million. Facebook recently announced that 9 million Australians use Facebook on a daily basis alone!Employers are getting more savy with social media too, using it as a proactive candidate sourcing tool. You could actually be benefiting from having the jobs come directly to you if you are persistent and treat your social media profiles like your personal advertising page.It’s time to get more social in your job search. Here are three simple steps to help you get started.Step 1: Make yourself visible (that means searchable)Build your profiles and complete them to the fullest extent. A half completed LinkedIn profile is of no use to you when potential employers are conducting a proactive candidate search. Make sure your profile is as complete as possible with relevant skills and experience and optimise your profiles for SEO by using well-placed keywords and phrases.Have your 'elevator pitch' down pat and make sure you are ready to deliver it to new online contacts. Your elevator pitch should be a short, snappy introduction that sums up who you are as a worker and what you can offer employers.BUT…being visible doesn’t mean overdoing it. Don’t fib or embellish the truth or harass people to connect with you. Be relevant and professional at all times. A good profile will appear in more searches and give you good exposure to start building your network.Step 2: Think outside the LinkedIn boxLinkedIn is the most popular platform for professional networking and job hunting, but it's not your only social media tool. Get a bit creative and look at other options.Someone pursuing in-demand engineering jobs might establish a Twitter account in order to follow key employers and experts in their industry, as well as share knowledge and interesting stories. This demonstrates they are active and engaged in their field.Try WordPress or Blogspot to create your very own website and blog, from which you can share interesting, professional and insightful thought pieces on topics of interest.An individual hunting for admin jobs might use YouTube to create a video resume that they can distribute to prospective employers. This shows that you are switched on and offers a point of difference between you and other applicants.Step 3: Don't make comments or post images that might turn a potential employer awaySocial media is dangerously deceptive in that it feels temporary. However, social media posts, like just about everything else on the internet, can last for a long time. Even posts that you delete, or accounts that you close down, can come back to haunt you further down the line.The best policy is to always use common sense when maintaining your professional and personal social media accounts. If you wouldn't say something in a job interview, don't say it on LinkedIn. And if you wouldn’t say something to a co-worker, don't put it on Twitter or Facebook.Remember dream jobs don’t just land in laps…it takes time and effort. Social media can work to your advantage if thought through and used right.
Job hunting is almost never easy, but one of the most difficult aspects of this process can be the dreaded face to face interview.A job interview can be like the final hurdle in a 110 metre dash. You've done all the hard work, polished up your resume, and made all the right impressions. But now that you have your foot in the door, it's more important than ever not to trip up.With that in mind, here are four secrets to mastering the job interview - whether you're applying for key management positions or entry level factory jobs, these tips will help you dazzle your employer and maximise your chance of success.1. Have specific examples preparedBefore you arrive at the interview, make sure you have done your homework. Read the job listing carefully and pinpoint the key characteristics your employer is looking for. Use this knowledge to put together some examples from your past experiences that show you are a good fit for the job. Employers love facts, so any hard statistics or detailed anecdotes you can provide will be an asset.2. Be active and ask questionsInterviews are a two way street. Don't just sit there twiddling your thumbs and answering questions, try to get involved and engage with the interviewer. Ask questions about the position and company, and show you've done your research. This will demonstrate your commitment to the role. Feel free to prepare a list of questions beforehand, as it's OK to refer to notes in your interview.3. Don't take anything for grantedToo often, job applicants jump ahead of themselves and start asking inappropriate questions before the interview has even wrapped up. Try to leave questions about salary and start dates until after you've been offered the position, unless you think there is something your potential employer needs to know.4. Follow upAlways follow up your interview with an email note to the company. Make sure you express your appreciation for the opportunity. Follow up emails are also a good way to address any concerns you might have had or ask any questions you forgot to bring up. Keep things appropriate and use the right medium - a txt message reading "Thnx for the chance! Hope I get da job" is a sure fire way to put yourself out of the running.BIGGEST MISTAKE TO AVOID AT ALL COSTSYou've read this far and now you want to know - what is the one mistake that can cost you your dream job?The biggest mistake that people undergoing job interviews make…is losing confidence in themselves. You have to believe in yourself if you're going to win over employers and convince them of your abilities. So regardless of how poorly your past interviews have gone, remember that your dream job is just one great interview away.
So, you want to work in the Australian resources industry but worried about a couple of past slip ups with the law? Fair enough. Mining jobs all across the country can offer a rewarding and exciting career opportunity for those willing to work hard and commit themselves. However, before you start sending out job applications, it's important to consider whether employers will see you as a safe and worthwhile hire.In the past, mines had a reputation for being seedy places filled with criminals. But today, most mining employers prefer to fill their roster with safe, reliable and sensible people.What sort of crimes will prevent me from working in the mines? A criminal record won't necessarily prevent you from securing employment in the mining industry, but there are certain crimes that many employers will take seriously. Different mines/employers will have restrictions on their employees. Generally, most mining companies will not be concerned about small former infractions on your record. However, many maintain a zero tolerance policy for offences related to violence or drug use.Should I disclose my criminal history to employers? Yes. At the end of the day, honesty is always the best option. You will have a far better chance of overcoming your criminal record if you are willing to discuss it openly with your employer. Many mining employers do a thorough background check on employees before hiring anyone, so it is likely that your past will come to the fore regardless. Lying about your previous infringements will almost certainly put you out of the running. If you are unsure about any crimes that may have been marked against you, consider contacting your relevant state or territory police service and asking for a formal summary of your police record.
We appreciate you want to do everything you can to put yourself at the front of the queue for Entry Level positions. These positions are at the discretion of clients and are sometimes not advertised externally so it is important to register with an agency such as WorkPac in the first instance. It is important that you also only apply for positions that are suitable for your skill level. For example applications for positions that require experienced Operators will not be considered. The number one reason for this is safety. Mine Site Requirements Each state differs slightly in the minimum requirements for mine site employment. In in general terms, the following are the usual minimum requirements. Note that this does not guarantee you will be successful in securing mines site employment.Physical fitness for the intended role (as determined by a pre-employment medical)Ability to pass a Drug and Alcohol TestMining industry Generic Inductions and/or mine site specific inductionsFirst Steps The real key to obtaining a job in the mines is persistence. Here are some steps to take:Register with WorkPac (you can do this before you have your relevant medicals and advise us once complete).Keep an eye on our website as well as mining company websites for entry level jobs and apply.Network. Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know.Stay in touch - keep us informed of your availability and qualifications.Continue to develop your skills and qualifications in complementary industries such as construction and infrastructure projects.Frequently Asked Questions Here are a few answers to some of the more regular questions we get asked about joining the mining and resources industry as an entry level operator. How long will it take for me to get a job in the mines? That depends entirely on you. How bad do you want a job and how much effort are you prepared to put in to getting the job? There is no definite time frame but reward comes to those who are persistent. What is the lifestyle like when you work in the mining industry? The mining industry offers diverse lifestyle opportunities depending on the role and location. Residential roles will require you to live near the mine in a regional or mining community. Accommodation and transport to site is not always included with Entry Level positions however, so you may be required to arrange your own. Some roles are also offered on a bus in, bus out basis. Buses will usually travel from the nearest urban centre to and from the mine location. Such roles will usually also supply accommodation and meals in a camp near to the mine. For experienced workers, certain mine sites may have an option for Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) work. This is particularly prevalent in WA due to the remote location of most mine sites. A few interstate mine sites do also offer these positions though. Shift rosters vary between sites, however they will generally operate on an “even-time” cycle with either a four days on/four days off or seven days on/seven days off basis. Some sites do also have roster cycles that require people to be away for extended periods of 2-3wks before returning home on a break. Shifts will rotate throughout a roster cycle between day and night shifts. Each shift is approximately 12 – 13 hours long, with rest/ meal or “crib” breaks included. Are there any websites you would recommend looking at? Relevant State Mining/Minerals/Resources Department website http://www. resourcesrto.org What if I have a criminal record, can I still get a job in the mines? It depends. Most minor incidents are no concern, but there is zero tolerance to violence or drugs. I am over 50 and have no experience, is that a problem? Not at all. Pending your meeting of all medical requirements, mining companies are looking for good reliable people who are punctual, responsible and prepared to work. Are there jobs for women in the mines? Yes. We have placed many women into roles in the mines. Our clients are equal opportunity employers. Still Have More Questions? Call us on 1300 967 572 or register online with WorkPac today so we can get you started on a road to a rewarding career in the mines.