Types of Machinery used in Coal Mining

BY: Tracey Mesken23/01/2019

​Coal mines across Australia rely on machinery and machinery operators to extract coal day in day out. Check out our infographic for a guide to some commonly used pieces of equipment including:​Dump TrucksWater CartsGradersDozersExcavatorsShovels andDraglinesIf you are a mobile plant operator looking for work in mining check out our vacancies here.

WorkPac's guide to nailing your next job interview

BY: Tracey Mesken21/01/2019

​You’ve put together your resume, you’ve applied for the job, and now you have the interview! But how do you get that interview to score you a job offer? Keep reading for WorkPac’s guide on nailing your next job interview.​Before the interviewMemorise the job descriptionThe job description tells you everything the employer wants and what the position requires, so the most important thing you can do before an interview is make sure you know the job description back to front. You should also be prepared to answer questions about how you’ll fulfil what they’re asking for with the role. For example, if they’re asking for someone who’s committed to safety, take the time before the interview to think of examples where you’ve demonstrated safe work practices. Being able to provide examples that demonstrate what the employer is looking for will help you stand out as a strong candidate.Do your researchShow that you’re passionate about getting the position by doing some research beforehand on the company you’re applying to work for. People want to hire someone who understands and cares about the company, so taking that extra time to do a bit of background research will send the right impression to a prospective employer.Show that you’re passionate about getting the position by doing some research beforehand on the company you’re applying to work for. People want to hire someone who understands and cares about the company, so taking that extra time to do a bit of background research will send the right impression to a prospective employer.Make sure you're preparedIn most cases you’ll need to bring and up to date resume along with you. The interviewer will also want you to bring any licenses/tickets/qualifications relevant to the role you’re applying for, so make sure you have all of this prepared in advance. Also spend some time the night before getting an outfit prepared so that you’re not rushing around in the morning trying to put something together. If you’re not sure what to wear, smart casual is usually the best way to go. Also plan out a travel route to the interview the night before and allow yourself some extra time just in case.During the interviewWatch your body languageBody language really affects how people form their first impressions of you, so make sure their impression is positive. Maintain a good posture from when you walk in the room to when you sit down, being sure to never slouch or slump. When you first meet the interviewer/s, give them a firm handshake and a smile, and be sure to make eye contact. You should also keep making eye contact throughout the interview and avoid looking down at the ground, as this will make you look timid - just don’t go overboard and stare at the interviewer the whole time!A lot of us also have little ticks and habits we fall into doing when we’re nervous, which can make you come across as restless, bored or anxious. If you have some of these habits, such as fidgeting with your hands, playing with your hair, or tapping your foot, just stay aware of them so you can catch yourself early.Be confidentMany people are scared to come across as confident in an interview in case it makes them look arrogant, but confidence is often the key to a great job interview. You don’t need to boast, but you should be able to speak about your skills, experience, and ability to succeed in the role with confidence.Always direct focus during the interview to your strengths rather than emphasising your weaknesses. Interviewers will often ask what you think those weaknesses are, so be sure to emphasise your willingness to learn and improve in any areas you’re not as confident in rather than talking yourself down. This will help you come across to the interviewer as confident and capable.  If you’re looking for advice on how to kick off your job search or writing a resume that stands out, be sure to check out all the posts on our blog!

Do you know the correct procedure to follow if you're injured on site?

BY: Tracey Mesken17/01/2019

​Injuries can and do happen in the workplace, so it is important that you are aware of and understand the correct procedure as well as your responsibilities should you be injured on site.​If an injury occurs, you are to notify both your site based supervisor and your WorkPac representative as soon as possible from the time of the injury but MUST be prior to end of shift.  Once you have reported the injury to us an incident investigation is completed as well as any appropriate Workers Compensation forms if applicable, without this you may not be paid. We have a responsibility to manage all injuries to our employees and cannot do this if we do not know about you being injured. Prompt reporting is vital.Depending on the nature of your injury you may be required to visit a WorkPac medical provider as well as rehabilitation.  The WorkPac Injury Management team will assist and manage you through this process.Below is a chart of the steps to be taking in the event of an injury:WorkPac is focused on Zero Harm, the safety of our people is our absolute priority.  To report an injury call us on 1300 967 572.

WorkPac's guide to kicking off your job search

BY: Tracey Mesken10/01/2019

​Are you looking for work or a change of job in 2019? Keep reading for our tips on what you need to know before you start your job search!For tips on getting your resume ready be sure to read our latest blog , and for advice on how to find a job with WorkPac check out these tips from our recruiter of the year.*Links:Jobs on FacebookCareer Builder SurveyHow to change Facebook privacy settingsHow to control visibility on InstagramHow to protect tweets

Want to a resume that stands out? Follow these tips!

BY: Tracey Mesken09/01/2019

​Do you want to freshen up your resume for 2019? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading for WorkPac’s guide on crafting a great resume.Use dot points instead of paragraphsThere is nothing worse than digging through an over-complicated resume to try and find what a person’s skills and experience are. Make sure your resume is straightforward and easy to read, and always lay out the information in dot points instead of paragraphs. This is so much quicker and easier for a recruiter or employer to read!For example, instead of writing:In my previous position at X, I supervised a team of 35 people. This experience means I have a wealth of knowledge on supervising for projects in construction, as well as strong leadership skills. I am also very organised, so I am able to successfully work to deadlines.Put it into dot points:• Previously supervised team of 35• Strong leadership skills• Knowledge on construction supervising• Organised• Able to meet deadlinesMake your work history countIt’s important to include the right information when outlining your work history. We recommend including the following:1. The name of the organisation/business you worked for and your job title.2. The month and year you started and finished in the role.3. Make sure you include a list of your skills, experience and qualifications. For example, if you are an operator make sure you expand this and explain the types and sizes of machinery that you have experience operating. Don’t forget to include your RIIs and Site Authorisations with your application.4. Duties: in dotpoints, list all your duties in that role and the work you completed day-to-day.5. Achievements: you should also outline in dotpoints any great achievements you had in that role. For example, if there an instance where you were able to make the workplace more efficient or helped improve workplace culture, make sure to include it. Also include any awards or acknowledgements received such as employee of the month.Laying out your work history this way ensures the person reading your resume is receives the details they need without information overload. Again, remember to use dotpoints here so that it is clear and concise.Adjust your resume for the roleInstead of submitting the exact same resume for each role, modify it slightly for the role you’re applying for. Employers will outline exactly what they’re looking for in the job description, so if you really want the role you need to prove that have the skills and qualifications. For example, if the job advertisement asks for someone who is proactive and takes initiative, include under work history some brief examples of where you demonstrated that in previous roles.Don't lieThis should be an obvious one, but don’t bend the truth on what your skill-set and experience is just to get a role. If there’s a certain ticket or qualification you don’t have, or a skill you haven’t learnt yet, just be honest about that and make it clear that it’s something you’d be willing to learn or obtain if you do get the role. You’ll be expected to talk about relevant skills and experience in your interview so if you’ve lied it will become apparent and make you look untrustworthy, which will hurt your chances of finding work with that company in the future.For more tips on landing a role in 2019, make sure you also check out our other post which covers tips on finding a job from our 2018 recruiter of the year.

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.

Six Tips for How to Land a Job from Our Recruiter of the Year!

BY: Tracey Mesken02/01/2019

​Are you looking to land a new role in 2019? We had a chat with Jennifer, WorkPac’s 2018 Recruitment Coordinator of the Year, about what helps someone stand out as a great candidate to a recruiter.​In her last 4.5 years with WorkPac, Jennifer has placed people in roles in mining, civil, retail, white collar, admin and commercial. Beyond being a fantastic recruiter, her experience and knowledge of a variety of industries makes her the perfect person to give tips on putting together your resume and nailing the interview with your WorkPac recruitment coordinator. Here are Jennifer’s top six job tips:1. When it comes to your resume, keep it simple!The best resumes are ones that are super simple and easy to read. Or as Jennifer puts it: short, sharp and shiny! When talking about any tickets and licences, outline them in dot points instead of long paragraphs, as this is much easier for our recruiters to read and gives them the information they need quickly. You can learn more tips on writing your resume here.2. It’s not just where you worked, it’s what you did:When outlining your work history in your resume, Jennifer says to make sure you provide a brief description of your duties in your previous roles. It’s not enough to just say you worked as a labourer, recruiters need to know what you did as a labourer in that role – were you digging trenches, laying pipes, putting up temporary fencing? Knowing these details will help your recruitment coordinator work out what roles you can be matched to.3. Arrive to the interview preparedRecruiters want you to bring along a copy of your most recent resume and all your tickets and licences along to the interview. For clothing, stick to smart casual; you don’t need to wear a three-piece suit, but make sure you look presentable. You can read more tips on interview attire here.4. Be confidentDuring the interview, Jennifer believes it’s important that you can speak confidently about your skills and experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re more of a shy person, so long as you can clearly talk about your attitude, approach to safety and the roles you’ve worked. For more great advice for your interview, we’ve compiled 34 crucial tips here.5. Keep the conversation professional and positiveBe careful to not let the conversation steer negative; Jennifer says people will often talk about disagreements with previous workmates or speak poorly of former employers, which comes across as unprofessional. Even though our recruiters are very friendly and want you to feel comfortable speaking with them in your interview, you need to keep in mind that we’re your employer.6. Be specific about the type of work you’re looking forAs Jennifer explains, if we don’t know what kind of work you’re looking for, we won’t be able to find you work. People often say that they don’t mind the work they do, or they’ll do anything, as they think it increases the roles they can be put forward for. However, it does the complete opposite. Our recruiters want to know the specifics on what roles you can do and what roles you want to do. So before the interview, make sure you know what you want and can clearly tell us! If you can’t decide, check out our job vacancies to get an idea of what’s out there.

Payslip Process FAQ

BY: Tracey Mesken28/11/2018

​If you are working with the WorkPac Group, there are changes coming for how you view and access payslips. Previously, we sent payslips out via email or post. We are transitioning to a new system, where you can access (and download) current and recent payslips in the myworkpac site.Payslip Process Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is happening with payslips?If you are working with the WorkPac Group, there are changes coming for how you view and access payslips. Previously, we sent payslips out via email or post. We are transitioning to a new system, where you can access (and download) current and recent payslips in the myworkpac site.​How do I access my payslip?Your payslip is now available via the myworkpac website. Click here to view the how to guideGo to myworkpac.com https://my.workpac.com/publicLog in using your current email address you receive your payslip on. If you don’t have a password, please use the reset option.Select Payslips from the menu​Check out this video for a step by step guide http://my.oculu.com/im_share.php?video_number=1598241616 ​ Why are we making this change?There are many reasons why we are making this change, including:This will make payslips accessible in one place for quick and easy viewing of all current and historical payslips.Remove issues with delivering payslips over email. For example, a number of email providers block the PDF email attachments that we send.This change is in line with industry best practice for the secure delivery of payslips and other sensitive data.Will I get an email notifying that a new payslip is available?Yes- All employees will receive an email notification once the payment is processed, after which they can login to myworkpac to view their current and other recent payslips.​What is the myworkpac site?myworkpac is a central online portal for job seekers and people currently working with the WorkPac Group. It allows people to manage and view all their interactions with WorkPac in a secure and easy to use website. For example, if you need to change your bank account you can do it on myworkpac. In addition, myworkpac gives you access to a range of benefits when working with the WorkPac Group through the mybenefits option.​How can I login to myworkpac?Simply go to www.myworkpac.com to login. Please see our guide at the end of this post.You will need to login to your account using the email address you have provided to us previously. If you don’t remember your password use the reset password link. If you joined us more than 12 months ago, or don’t think you have an account, that’s ok we will help you out. If in doubt, please contact your recruiter.​Is there a transition period? When will the transition period begin? And how long will the transition period last for?Yes, there is a transition period where your payslips are available via both email/post and in myworkpac.com. We encourage everyone to login and familiarise themselves with the process during this period. The transition will start in January and you will be advised on your payslip email that you can now access your payslip in myworkpac (whilst still receiving the pdf version as well). In early February 2019 the transition period will end, after which payslips will only be accessible via myworkpac.​When will the transition period end?The transition period will end in early February 2019.​Can I continue to receive payslips via email?There is a transition phase where you will continue to receive payslips via email. After the transition phase (ending in early February 2019 ), payslips will only be available from the myworkpac site.​Can I get payslips posted to me in the mail?During the transition phase we will continue to send payslips via mail. After the transition phase (ending in early February 2019), no payslips will be sent via post, and payslips will only be available from the myworkpac site.​What do I do if I have trouble accessing my payslip?Contact your recruiter at your local business centre. http://www.workpacgroup.com/find-us​Does this process comply with Fair Work?WorkPac Group is compliant with best practices to deliver payslips as per Fair Work Australia.​What other services are available on myworkpac portal?myworkpac has many features:Jobseekers can apply for jobsJobseekers can view the history of jobs they have applied forJobseekers can add work history and other relevant information to improve the chance of finding workThose starting work with the WorkPac Group can add necessary information to be onboarded before starting workFor those working with the WorkPac Group, they can maintain critical details such as bank account details for paying in salary.For those working with the WorkPac Group, they can access special offers and rewards through our partnership with Flare.​myworkpac login and quick access guides ​​​

How the right mindset and attitude can lead to a permanent role at Rio Tinto

BY: Tracey Mesken26/11/2018

​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

BY: Tracey Mesken01/11/2018

​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.