Writing cover letters for a mining job

Applicants for a mining job often neglect their cover letters, instead focusing on their mining experience and hoping hat it does the talking for them. However, due to the attractive salary, there is tough competition for mining vacancies. That's when a good cover letter really comes in handy.

Your cover letter doesn't have to be long or pretentious. It just needs to make an impression. And the best way to do that it to give a snapshot of who you are and why you would be good for the job.

Unskilled mining jobs may not require previous experience, but your personal qualities are vital. Identify the characteristics the employer is looking for and show how you fulfil them. Key things to emphasise are that you are hard working, physically fit, a team player, flexible and quick to learn. Don't just state these qualities - give examples of times that you have demonstrated them. Most of all, employers will be looking for candidates that demonstrate enthusiasm for the job.

Such qualities are also important for skilled mining jobs. However, you'll also need to emphasise your skills, qualifications and experience. Don't fall into the trap of repeating information from your CV - use your cover letter to explicitly relate your own skills with those required by the employer.

In mining, attention to detail is absolutely crucial. It's therefore important to proofread your cover letter thoroughly to ensure that there are no errors or typos. Ask a friend to look over the letter too - a fresh set of eyes often spots mistakes.


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