We at SES Labour Solutions know a job interview can sometimes be an intimidating experience. While your resume will get to the table, your job interview should provide a clear picture of who you are, what you do, and what you are good at. Though people often struggle when asked to ‘Tell us something about yourself’ in a job interview. This is actually one of the best opportunities to pitch yourself and solidify who you are in your interviewer’s mind. A good pitch should answer four key questions: who are you, what can you do, what do you want, and what value can you add to the organisation?
Develop job interview pitch
Prepare your job interview pitch by writing down keywords. What characterises you? How do you work? What was a successful project you worked on? Based on these keywords, write down your pitch in full. Practise reading what you have written out loud, then shorten it by systematically shaving out anything which isn’t absolutely necessary. Try to repeat this process several times until you are left with something short and to the point which only highlights the most important things.
Keep it personal
A good pitch should also include some information about what keeps you busy outside working hours. This helps to add authenticity to what you are saying and enthusiasm to the way in which you deliver it. Whether it is sports, a creative hobby or the travelling you have done, tell the interviewer what you like to do and what you are passionate about – enthusiasm is infectious!
End with a question
To avoid ending your pitch abruptly, cap it off by posing a question to your interviewer. Try asking a question about the organisation or the function in a way which links back to your story. Did you just tell them that you are eager to learn? Then end your pitch with a question about the training opportunities within the job. Your question will be a natural ending to your pitch and will help emphasise your interest in the specifics of the role.
While these three tips are far everything you should consider, they’re a great place to start. You can find further tips here.
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When looking to get hired in the mining industry and improving your resume, our team believes there’s no magic bullet or golden piece of advice which will get you a job. In saying that, one of our top recruiters Matt H has shared a few common mistakes you can easily avoid.
Tip #1 – Keep resume up-to-date
It’s baffling how often people will submit outdated resumes which effectively short-change the amount of experience they have. Take the time to update your resume, including the addition of any new roles, skills or tickets. This is information will absolutely determine whether or not you’re considered for the job.
When updating your resume it is important to make sure your resume is correctly formatted. If this is a skill you need support in, there are resume writing services available. When choosing this option make sure you can proofread and edit the final document to add new experience, skills and information.
Tip #2 – Don’t skimp on resume details
Your resume should include when and where you have previously worked. We believe only detailing anything relevant to your current career, it is not necessary to detail all the way back to your first after-school job at Maccas. Clearly list the exact machinery you have operated, serviced or built, including the machinery model names.
Your qualifications, licences and tickets are also a valuable piece to the puzzle. It is important you detail when and where you acquired relevant qualifications as this is something your potential employer will be looking at. It also not appropriate to tell a potential employer your age and they probably don’t want to hear about your pets and hobbies.
Tip #3 – Explain gaps in work history
Our recruiters mentioned its okay to have breaks and irregularities in your work history, but you should be prepared to explain to them. Most recruiters and potential employers will want more information surrounding any gaps they see. The key is to be honest and upfront about your history. A police background check or pre-employment medical is often requested and will identify any areas of concern.
Tip #4 – Check your online activity
Matt H says, make sure your online activity isn’t shooting you in the foot. The hilarious email you created in primary school to amuse your mates may be a barrier to receiving job offers. There are plenty of free email providers out there, so consider creating a new email account dedicated to professional use.
Also, be wary that employers increasingly scan job candidates’ social media profiles. Check your Facebook privacy settings and make sure any images or comments that are publicly visible are ones you are happy for potential employers to see.
Tip #5 – Walk & talk workplace safety
A good understanding of safety is very high on employers’ list of desired qualities in a candidate. Matt always looks for good safety behaviours in his candidates, so he recommends being prepared to answer safety-related questions in your interview.
While these five points are far from everything you should consider, they’re a great place to start for improving your chances of getting hired by SESLS and more generally across the mining industry.
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SES Labour Solutions’ Nathan Sharpe recently took a trip to Brunel’s international headquarters to meet with some of the organisation’s top leaders and talk strategy, building knowledge-sharing networks and the current climate of global recruitment and labour markets.
While in Amsterdam, Nathan spent a number of days with Brunel International CEO Jilko Andringa, founder Jan Brand and a collection of other leaders from across the Brunel’s global network, including Brunel Australasia Business Manager Mike Duncan.
“Brunel are running a global leadership development program, so they brought together about 16 leaders from offices around the world to learn about leadership, industry trends and just to get to know one another,” Nathan said.
“It was about Brunel investing in the next generation of the company’s potential leaders.”
Brunel International was founded in 1975 and has since blossomed into a global network with over 10,000 employees and 104 branch offices in 35 countries. SESLS became part of Brunel in late 2017 and have since become an integral part of the group’s Australasian operations.
Despite the extensive globe-trotting Nathan has done in the past, particularly in his capacity as a player and captain of the Australian national rugby team, this was his first visit to the Netherlands.
“Amsterdam is an amazing place and there was a lot for me to try to take in. Brunel’s office alone was quite an eye-opener in terms of scale and culture – the building is cutting edge with a great environmentally-friendly setup including a full cafeteria where employees can enjoy a discounted lunch together.
“Brunel’s been around for a long time and walking through the physical centre of the organisation you really get a sense of that history and scale, and you really do feel the success and energy within the company.
“For me it was a really positive, affirming experience. One of the key reasons that SES Labour Solutions became part of Brunel was the cultural alignment between the two companies. Brunel believes in building things and have a genuine appetite for investing in people and projects rather than treating opportunities as transactions. Walking through their headquarters you certainly get a feeling for that. They built a business around the idea of backing people and it’s clearly part of the organisation’s DNA.”
Sleep Awareness Week (10 – 16 March)
Sleep Awareness Week is an annual initiative designed to increase understanding of just how important sleep is as well as the effect it has on our health, wellbeing and safety. For people working in the resources industry, this is especially important, given the prevalence of rosters and long shifts, coupled with the high level of potential danger which workplace fatigue could result in. Given this, it is a timely reminder that exercising self-care extends to properly managing your sleep, in the interest of maintaining your alertness when on the job and ultimately ensuring the safety of not just yourself, but those around you as well.
For shift or roster-based workers maintaining a good pattern of sleep can be challenging, however the good news is that recent studies have shown that it doesn’t matter when you are sleeping, so long as the actual number of hours sleep you get is sufficient. Studying 35 operators, researchers found that regardless of whether the operator was working day or night shifts, the total hours that individuals slept was the factor which determined whether or not they showed signs of fatigue. The individuals who slept for fewer than six hours demonstrated markedly slower reaction times than their well-rested colleagues.
To get a healthy sleep and remain alert throughout the day, doctors recommended you get at least eight hours of sleep per day. This may not always be easy for workers with an atypical roster structure which means you need to do everything you can to ensure the sleeping time you have counts. Here are some tips to help you get to sleep and stay asleep:
- Avoid stimulants like coffee, cola, energy drinks and nicotine at least four hours before bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol at least four hours before going to sleep – while alcohol may appear to help you fall asleep, it actually causes disturbances later in your sleep cycle. It can also have a double negative effect of causing you to wake and then finding harder to get back to sleep.
- Train your brain to associate your bed with sleep only. That means no watching television, playing computer games or even reading in bed. Artificial light sources such as white room lights, computer or phone screens can disrupt the natural rhythm of the body and never allow you to adjust your roster schedule.
- White-noise can often help you fall asleep. The hum of a fan or the drone of an air-conditioner are effective ways to block out external noise and give you something to focus on.
- If you work odd hours and are coming home from night shift, close the blinds, wear sunglasses and try to stay in darkness to convince your body it is time to sleep.
- If you’re feeling tired and you have a shift or long commute coming up, take a 20 to 40-minute nap to help with alertness.
Think about your safety and that of your mates. Plan to sleep well and give your body the rest it needs.