​Age: 'It's Just A Number' But Somehow It Matters - Ageism And Mining

As a mining recruitment specialist, I get asked about ageism a lot!  Ageism, also spelled agism, is stereotyping and/or discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. This may be casual or systematic. It includes prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging process; discriminatory practices agains...
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​Managing A FIFO Workforce

Many studies indicate that the FIFO / DIDO workforce underpinning some of the biggest mining economies in the world is typically synonymous with a range of significant health problems, notably around depression, drugs, and alcohol abuse. Managing this workforce successfully in the modern mining environment requires a diverse range of specialist ski...
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The Importance Of Health Insurance

​ There's no question that insurance matters. Regardless of what industry one works in, having even basic insurance cover helps protect against those unexpected things that happen in life. However, with the bigger wages and salaries typically offered in mining jobs, it means mining employees may also have more to lose financially. Not only is there...
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​Geologists – Do They Have A Future In Mining?

Career options for geologists have come a long way over the past few decades as the march of technology offers more and more opportunities beyond the traditional exploration and mining options. Where once upon a time a geologist could expect to spend their working years specialising in either finding minerals, or figuring out the best ways to dig t...
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Managing And Protecting Your Money

It sounds simple but it's a principle that's very often forgotten when it comes to money. If you spend more than you earn, you'll end up in debt. Spending as much as you earn probably won't land you in debt until or unless you end up with an emergency you're not prepared financially to cope with. Spending less than you earn on the other hand has ma...
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Tips For Achieving A Bonus

You've worked hard over the past year. Your company pays bonuses and you're getting starry eyed at the thought what that extra money will mean to you! Perhaps you've earmarked it to pay off some pesky bills. Or you're going to treat yourself to something you've been eyeing off for months. However you plan to spend it, the fact is that you've got to...
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​Dealing With That Difficult Co-Worker, Or Manager.

 Diff icult people are all around us. It's also probably fair to say that at some point in our lives most of us have been difficult too. However, when 'being difficult' translates to disrupting our workplace, it's time for a reassessment. Furthermore, mine sites, particularly if you're a FIFO worker, are not good places to be if you have serio...
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​12 Handy Ways To Work Towards Getting That Promotion You Want

When it comes to getting a promotion, the mining industry isn't that much different to other industries. Managers, even mining management, are still looking for key attributes in those they consider 'worthy' of advancing up the ladder. So what are these qualities? Be a problem solver.   If you're the type of person who always wants to pit...
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​How to get a pay rise (& get it)

Pay is a major topic on most people's mind in any industry and even though mining is a well-paid industry, money is still at the forefront of mining professionals minds no matter what most people say. Speaking to candidates on a daily basis, the question of pay always comes up and I believe there is always money on the table for great talent. ...
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5 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Securing Your Next Role

​ With the job market in mining being very tight with not many opportunities about, here are 5 ways to improve your chances of securing your next role: Update your LinkedIn profile : Employers and recruiters will scout and search mainly LinkedIn as the preferred social media platform to find a candidate for their vacancy.  Therefore, it w...
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What’s Happened To Australia’s Mining Engineers?

One of the world's largest mining economies is facing an unprecedented crisis! It's called "Find a mining engineer". During the last resources boom the Australian mining industry could count on around 300 new mining engineering graduates a year graduating from the country's mining engineering courses. And even then there was still a reasonable dema...
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Challenges For Women In Mining And In Executive Roles Generally

There's no doubt that the challenges for executives generally in the mining industry are on the increase. Advancing technology for instance is completely changing the way mines, and mining companies, need to operate if they're to remain viable in the industry as it advances. Environmental and social issues are other areas where mining executives ne...
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