If you’re looking to dig up an entry level job in the mining industry, the first step is ensuring your resume stands out.
Carol Penstock, a Work Search Coach at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, offered some tips and tricks on how to make your resume one that mining employers will want to find.
“Recruiters in this sector are looking for achievements – not simply a list of previous roles and job descriptions.”
—Carol Penstock, Work Search Coach, British Columbia Institute of Technology
“Similarly to other industries, recruiters in this sector are looking for achievements – not simply a list of previous roles and job descriptions,” she says.
Here’s how you can do that most effectively:
Get to the point
Include an objective statement at the beginning of your resume, summarizing what exactly you’re trying to achieve and what skills you possess that will help you get there.
Consider your top three career achievements relating to the job you’re applying to and include these immediately below your objective. A mining employer is going to be looking for specific experiences and qualifications, and will thus make a quick decision as to whether or not your resume is worth looking at. This makes your opening statements crucial.
Be creative, not distracting
“You certainly can be somewhat creative in the formatting,” Carol says. Including your academic achievements before your workplace achievements, for example, depends on individual preference.
That being said, keep your creative expression to that. Avoid borders, fancy fonts or colourful titles. This distracts from the content, which makes an employer question how much content there really is.
Keywords really are key
Most mining companies scan resumes for keywords that indicate you are qualified for the role you’re applying for. That being said, quality will always trump quantity, so simply listing keywords isn’t going to get you very far.
Try these quick tips in optimizing your use of keywords:
- Include the primary target keyword (for example, mining engineer) as well as a secondary keyword (e.g., mine engineer, mine production, etc.) – this makes it more likely that you’ll show up in scan results
- Mirror the wording on your resume to the wording on the job ad you’re applying to – for example, if the position is discussed as “site manager,” you’ll want to refer to it this way too
- Use your primary target keywords multiple times throughout your application – for example, instead of titling a section “Relevant Experience,” title it “Mineral Engineering Experience”
- Aim to naturally include keywords about six times each
Avoid the convenience of making one generic resume – it is much more effective to tailor each application to the specific job you’re applying to.
Choose your keywords and highlighted experience based on what adds the most value to each individual job advertisement. An employer will notice (and appreciate) this.
Maintain your LinkedIn profile
“Most recruiters today will use additional sources to gather more information about a potential candidate,” Carol says, “and the website of choice is LinkedIn.”
Ensure your profile supports your resume with recent and relevant achievements and keywords. Any recommendations that you have on your profile which are relevant to your current role as well as any previous positions are also vital.
Utilize these quick tips and hopefully your job application will transform into a goldmine of opportunities!
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