Staff Turnover - What's It Costing Your Business?

Employee turnover in any industry comes with an inevitable cost. Whilst it's hard to put an actual $ figure on this cost, one can nevertheless readily identify the areas where the bulk of the money goes when an employee leaves a company and needs to be replaced. There are considerable costs involved in hiring their replacement, notably adverti...
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How To Get Your Personal Branding Down Pat

​ Personal branding – what is it and is it important? We recently mentioned developing a personal brand in one of our articles. You may be tempted to think that in this current climate where demand for mining professionals exceeds supply, having a personal brand isn't important. However, you'd be wrong. According to professional recruiters, persona...
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​12 Handy Hints That Will Help Set Up Your Social Media Accounts So They Can Help You Look For A New Job

In previous articles, we've talked about how to use particular social media platforms to enhance your chances of finding a mining job. This article is about using social media generally in your job search. We've also mentioned that over half of recruiters search for applicants/candidates online and if they can't find them, or if the person doesn't ...
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Long Term Evolution Networks – What Are They, And Are They Important To Mining?

​ According to Techopedia "Long Term Evolution (LTE) refers to a standard for smooth and efficient transition toward more advanced leading-edge technologies to increase the capacity and speed of wireless data networks. LTE is often used to refer to wireless broadband or mobile network technologies." A possibly more 'user-friendly' and definitely mo...
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Local Content Policies - Do They Work?

​ When mining companies can clearly demonstrate a project will provide tangible benefits for local communities, they're far more likely to obtain a social licence to operate that project. However, as we pointed out recently in another article, technological advances that lead to increasing automation of local mining operations will potentially redu...
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​Investing In The Future

As the world of mining broaches new technologies, and moves further and further into the realms of what just 50 years ago would have been the stuff of science fiction, mere humans are in danger of being left behind.  At least those who have been around for a while and aren't necessarily quite so adaptive may be!So what is an enterprising ...
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​Mining Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

Back in 1870 when French author Jules Verne penned what was to become arguably his best known science fiction work he probably never envisioned that a mere 100 years later humans would be contemplating undersea mining! However, even though the mid 1900's discovery of mineral rich nodules on the seabed was tempting, land-based deposits of ...
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​How Social Media Can Influence Your Employment Chances

Recruiters these days actively use social media to find out more about the candidates they're interested in. CareerBuilder's 2018 survey for example uncovered some interesting, although not surprising information about social media and its relevance to job searches.  Nearly two-thirds of recruiters use social media to find out more about appli...
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Creating A Safer Environment For Mine Employees With Behavioural Science

The World Counts keeps some very interesting facts and figures. Unfortunately, they're not always positive! Take this one for example – over 15,000 mining related deaths globally in 2018! Some authorities believe the actual figure is much higher, particularly when unregulated aspects of the industry, like artisanal mining, are factored in. What thi...
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Using Twitter To Help Improve Your Chances Of Finding A New Job

​ A couple of articles ago we looked at crafting your Linked In profile to help your career and whilst LI is, and remains, the number 1 social media platform for professionals, it also pays not to overlook other social media giants. Twitter for example can also be used very successfully to help promote your image as a person worthy of being employe...
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​Age Should Not Weary Them – What Your Resume May Be Telling Employers About Your Age

  We've discussed the ageing mining workforce in a number of previous posts. However, age is not always an advantage when it comes to trying to move on to greener pastures, even in mining. Unfortunately, age in the workforce often comes with a number of preconceived ideas. You may be considered too experienced and thus out of their price ...
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​Mining Waste Or Valuable Resource?

Paper manufacturing is one of those contentious industries that are increasingly proving to be environmentally and ecologically unsustainable. Traditional paper manufacturing that is. Traditional paper is made from pulped plant matter, notably trees. Some of the facts about this industry are mind-boggling. For example, according to some sources ONE...
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Networking Events Mistakes – Do You Make Them?

​ Networking is what makes the job search go round these days. Just about everything you read about finding your next great employment opportunity mentions networking, and how a large % of jobs are won not only by what you know but also by who you know. Whilst a certain amount of networking can be done online through social media platforms like Lin...
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Top Tips On Using Your LinkedIn Profile To Help You Find A Job

There's little doubt in today's social media driven world that utilising these platforms to help you find a job is a wise move. In fact, if you don't you risk being left behind at the starting blocks! And of all the social media platforms available, the general consensus is that LinkedIn is top of the pile for career minded professionals. It's THE ...
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How Will Technology Affect My Job Or Chances Of Getting One?

In today's increasingly automated workplace environment, this is a thought on the forefront of many minds, particularly in the mining industry. Mining is one of the industries leading the way when it comes to automation and technology. Global giant Rio Tinto is a world leader across many different types of technologies – they own the largest automa...
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Looking For Somewhere Affordable To Study Mining Engineering?

​ Studying at university can be expensive, especially if you're not a local and don't have family and/or friends to help ease the financial pressures. Studying for a mining degree is no different but for wannabe mining engineers, a recent survey has found the most affordable cities around the globe for studying mining engineering. Students from the...
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​Why It Pays To Use Social Media To Help You Find Your Next Job

Unless you're part of the generation that is about to contribute to the 'Great Brain Drain' in the next year or so, you know a thing or three about social media. Heck, even if you are about to step into that long-awaited retirement phase of your life you probably also know about social media. It's hard not to be aware of online behemoths like FaceB...
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Is That Aluminium In Your Favourite Coffee Capsule Eco Friendly?

​ It's probably not something one thinks about overly much but when you pop that coffee capsule into your coffee maker first thing in the morning, and at periodic intervals throughout the day, have you considered the carbon footprint just that small action leaves? It's not just about the coffee itself, which may or may not have been sourced from su...
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​Tips For Landing A Good Mining Job By Networking

You're on the hunt for your next mining role, and looking for exactly the right mining company to work for. Apart from providing us with your resume, here are a few other tips that will help you find, and land, it. First, as we mentioned in another article recently, over half of all jobs are landed, not by spending hours trawling through online sea...
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Using Job Boards and Job Search Engines

​ Job boards, job search engines, and networking. Are they effective? Which one is more effective? When should you use them, and how do you use them? First, to clarify – there is a difference between a job board and a job search engine, although some sites (ie Indeed) function as both. A job board is a website where companies / employers list avail...
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