​The World's Best Mining Schools – Where Are They?

Where should you go if you want to obtain your mining degree from one of the world's best mining schools? The Quacquarelli Symonds ​ ( QS) World University Rankings are in for 2020 and, not surprisingly, one of the world's powerhouse mining economies dominates the Top 10 list of University mining schools with 5 of them, 4 of which are in the Top 5....
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Implementing A Successful Expat Employee Policy

Hiring expats comes with many benefits for both the company and individual employees. However, it costs many thousands of dollars to send an employee overseas to work – often 3 or 4 times as much as filling a similar role at home costs. Therefore, it definitely pays to ensure the right person is selected for the job, and subsequently given the...
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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 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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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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​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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​Current Mining Skills Hotspots – What Are They?

As the current mining boom continues at full swing, it may be useful to take a quick look at where the 'skill hotspots' are at the moment. According to the Minerals Council of Australia, there are already trends emerging in some unexpected areas in that country. Sure, we know that most mining professionals are going to be, or are already, in very s...
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​The Future Of Mining Work

Few would argue that the 'Future of Work' is no longer a distant concept to be worried about at some point in the future but a very real, and very current, reality! Therefore, what does a current high school student considering a career in mining have to look forward to? What sort of skill sets will he, or she, require in the modern mining employme...
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5 Things That Influence Why Students Choose The Careers They Do

When it comes to our job, we're all motivated by many things. It may be pay, job satisfaction, career advancement, enjoyment, challenge, the opportunity to use certain skill sets or job benefits. These motivators are broadly classified as either intrinsic or extrinsic. Extrinsic motivators are those that are supplied by the working environment – pa...
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​Mining Professionals And The Thorny Issue Of Relocation

For many mining professionals, the concept of relocating to residential areas close to mine sites is becoming a question of not ' when ', but ' if '. Where once it was generally taken for granted that if one wanted a job in the mining industry, one needed to be prepared to relocate if necessary, that's not so much the case any more. Mining professi...
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How To Kill Your Mining Career Dead!

With the current skills shortage in the mining industry it might be tempting to think that mining companies are so desperate to retain personnel that they'll overlook certain behaviours. Unfortunately, if that's your belief, you're in for a shock! Mining is heavily regulated in many countries. For good reason. A mine site isn't the safest of work p...
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​FAQs About Getting Into Mining

People who are interested in mining jobs often have a lot of questions, particularly if they're not mining professionals. We have collated a few of the more common questions and answers here. What type of person does mining suit? Unless you're an office worker, most jobs in and around mines and mining camps involve spending a fair amount of time ou...
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Why Do Mining Employees Quit Their Jobs And What Does This Mean For Employers?

Obviously ranking right at the top of the list is redundancy. No surprises there; the industry is renowned for it's excellent redundancy rate! However, once you take redundancy out of the equation and look at the other significant reasons there are some clear take home messages for companies. People want to progress in their career and they feel th...
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Eleven Tips On How To Prepare For 'That' Panel Interview

Be prepared. For the dreaded panel interview that is because some mining companies incorporate this into their recruitment process. Why panel interviews? Panel interviews give companies the chance to have a number of relevant personnel present at a single interview. After all it is somewhat unfeasible to have candidates return for multiple intervie...
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Do Many Mining Companies Have Too Restrictive A TPTP?

Could thinking outside the 'traditional square' when it comes to considering the talent pool for mining professional hires help ease the skills shortage? It's referred to as the TPTP or total potential talent pool and for many mining companies their TPTP is quite constrained. However, in this seller's market and with shortages looming, is it time t...
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It's Easy To Get A Good Paying Job In The Mining Industry Isn't It?

The mining industry has long had a reputation for paying big bucks and whilst that's certainly true to a degree for mining professionals, it's no longer the norm so much for low skilled positions. Many mining companies were badly burnt during the last boom when they had to enter into bidding wars that resulted in them paying out some excessive wage...
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