New Thinking Leads to New Mining Job


Lisa Mirtsopoulos is a haul truck driver in a mine. She shares some very sensible advice for those trying to get mine jobs.  Well worth the read!

“I receive many emails and posts by people who are trying to get jobs in the mines but are not finding any opportunities. I can hear their frustrations. I feel for them because I went through three years of frustrations before I got my break into the mining world.

“They want to know what they can do. My first advice is ‘change your actions, change your results’. What do I mean by that? Well, in anything you do, if you’ve been following the same format or process and you keep getting the same results (ie. no mining job), then this tells you that your format/process is not working. It’s time for you make a change if you want to see a different result.”

Make Your Resume Fit for a Mining Job

“Have you changed your resume to suit mining? Are you still using an old format from 20 years ago? Consider getting your resume professionally converted into a mining resume – ensuring it is keyword enriched so that HR will take notice of it. Remember, they read hundreds of resumes a week.”

“A lot of people think that a dump truck driving job will just come to them. The opposite is required, you have to go out and get the job, any way you can. Move from that feeling of being stuck in a place where your dream to be a dump truck driver is sitting on the other side of a huge gap. It’s time to think differently about your challenge.”

“It’s not always easy to be aware of your options without someone guiding the way for you. So take the time to research, plan and then implement your new actions to move closer to your mining career. The ones who are prepared to invest in themselves are the ones who get to their dream or goal quicker.”

The above excerpts belong to Lisa Mirtsopoulos, a haul truck driver in an Australian mine.

It doesn’t matter what mine or what country when it comes to getting a job as a haul truck driver. Lisa’s advice is for anyone, anywhere, who is trying, or who has tried multiple times, to get on with a mine.   I, and Lisa, cannot stress enough the paramount importance of your resume.

How Does Your Resume Make you Stand Out? 

“When I applied for a trainee job nearly 8 years ago now, I was only competing with 50 other hopefuls. After being granted a ‘second chance’ interview, I was finally given an opportunity. Today it’s a different story. A trainee position was advertised in WA back in February and they received 3000 applications to fill in only 12 vacancies. Unfortunately, mining companies can’t accept all applications.”

“Thanks to the media, dump truck driving is now on everybody’s wish list. Hence the reason why its so difficult to get in. Therefore, you need to start looking at what you can do to set yourself apart from the hundreds or thousands of others. Great way to start is take a look at your Resume and imagine if you were a recruiter, would you employ you! Do you have skills that a mining company looks for? Do you have any relevant tickets that are required to work on a mine site?”

“Begging for a job in your cover letter won’t help. You need to show them why they should employ you over the others.”  says Lisa Mirtsopoulos.

If you’re looking at your resume saying, “it’s good”, or, “it’s good enough”, perhaps you should consider a career in something other than mining.  If you’re deadly serious about getting on with the mine, take Lisa’s advice, “invest in yourself …get your resume professionally converted into a mining resume.”

Although I am an expert resume writer for any industry, lately I’ve become a master at writing resumes for mine jobs. Here is a client’s comment I received just yesterday:  “If I don’t get an interview at the mine with this resume, I never will!  

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5 Steps to the Job You Want!


1. Realize and accept that job hunting is a job you don’t get paid for.

2. Set a goal and follow the steps to get the job you want.

3. Write a compelling resume and kick-ass cover letter.

4. Know who you are writing your resume for.

 5. Prepare for the interview.


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Who, Exactly, is Reading Your Resume?


Know Your Audience and Write For It

How you write your resume and what you will include and omit will depend upon many factors.  One of them is who will be reading your resume.  Will it be a computer?  An HR department or recruiting agency employee?  Or will it be the actual business owner?

If you are applying for a job with a large company or corporation, particularly those with high employee turnaround, you can almost bet your resume will be read, initially, by a computer. Corporations and large companies use resume screening software called ATS: Applicant Tracking System, that “scores” resumes to filter out the undesirables. Government Agencies, School Boards, Alberta Health Services, City Departments and Town Municipalities, and of course companies like Teck Coal, CNRL, Suncor, PCL Construction, Stuart Olson, and on and on, use ATSs. These companies include specific qualifications requirements in their job postings and the ATS is looking for matches to those qualifications. The ATS is not interested in anything you’ve done that is unrelated and irrelevant to the job posting.  If your resume contains too much irrelevant information it will pull your score down and you’ll be out of the race.

While HR and recruiting agency personnel are human beings with eyeballs, they function much like an ATS.  These individuals are well-trained and experienced in resume scanning.  They know what they are looking for and if they don’t find it in about six seconds, they move on.  What is important to remember when writing your resume for an HR department is that they must go through, in some cases, hundreds of resumes to find a handful of promising candidates.  Moreover, it is their job to find qualified people for specific jobs, and like an ATS, they aren’t interested in applicants’ previous unrelated jobs, particularly those held over 10 years ago.

Here’s Where Things Change

Writing your resume for the actual business owner is a whole other ball game.  If you know the first, and perhaps only person, who will read your resume is the business owner, the one who makes the hiring decision, you will write your resume in a style different from the one you would write for an ATS.  This is particularly true for those applying for jobs in their hometown or a small city.  Some small business owners, especially Mom ‘n Pop establishments, like to see who you’ve worked for and the variety of skills you have acquired in your previous jobs even though they may be unrelated to the one you are applying for. Often, in small businesses, employees are required to wear many hats and showing you have done everything from cleaning to stocking shelves to operating a forklift could be a good thing. And, since the small business owner may have only 20 or 30 resumes to review,  he or she can take their time to read and absorb every word of every resume.

So, in the mind-boggling, confusing, frustrating world of resume-writing, the bottom line is, knowing who you are writing your resume for will direct how you write it.

Alright all you job-seekers, there it is for today. Remember, since I am an expert resume-writer I can develop your resume and cover letter for you, so don’t stress! Believe me, there is no shame in getting a professional to write such an important document for you. And, as always, I want your feedback and comments so I can make this blog really useful and helpful to all job-seekers.

Thanks for your time today!

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Why Coleman Business Owner Tosses Resumes in the Garbage

Your Résumé Thrown Away in the Garbage

“I threw three resumes, back to back, into the garbage today”, said a local business owner who shall remain nameless.  Although he gave me permission to publicize his name, and the name of his business, I choose to keep it private in the interest of avoiding negative feedback.

I asked him why he tossed out those resumes. His response was: “Terrible grammar, bad spelling…”  He went on to explain he has invested an astronomical amount of money in his new business, not to mention blood, sweat, and tears, and he will not consider hiring people who “can’t put forth the effort to write a decent resume and proofread it for spelling and grammatical errors”.

This business owner is looking for people who can demonstrate a genuine desire to work for his company, not people who frantically scribble out a ridiculous resume in response to a job opening.

This business owner is going to be tossing a lot more resumes in the garbage, and those who have submitted their resume are going to be wondering why they haven’t been called for an interview.  I see a lot of the resumes people are sending out and know why they will never get a call for an interview.  Bad grammar and bad spelling, yes.  Ridiculous formatting, usually.  And above all, complete irrelevance to the job they are applying for.

If you have no experience, training, or education related to the job opportunity you are applying for, why would a business owner be interested in you as a potential employee? Many job applicants list all of their work history, no matter how far-removed from the position they are applying for, thinking that perhaps the employer will find some relevant value in something they have done in the past. Wrong!

So, all of you firing off bad resumes and wondering why you can’t get an interview, call Resume Pro! 403.563.0408

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