Entering the labour hire market can be daunting. Will there be enough work? Where will the work be? What will the role entail?
Despite some of these concerns, and the fluctuating nature of labour hire, there are significant benefits of being part of the labour hire industry. Some of these perks include good rates of pay, the opportunity to use your existing skills and build on your skill sets, gain experience, and expand your professional network.

When joining a labour hire agency, it is important to keep your goals in mind so that you are able to get the most out of your work life.
Labour hire agencies often serve a range of industries, including mining, building and construction, hospitality, administration, etc. With such a wide variety of clients, labour hire agencies are constantly looking for workers with a range of skills and experiences. Casual, part-time and full-time roles are steadily becoming available, especially in mining and construction, as major projects are currently underway or will be in the near future. For instance, in a recent blog post, we discussed the future of the mining industry and its growing need for workers.

To start working with a labour hire agency having a good resume is imperative. We’ll begin by discussing elements that should be prioritised in a resume, what skills to include and what an ideal candidate looks like.

An Ideal Labour Hire Resume

1) Basic Skills Required for Labourers

When applying for any labour hire work, you will need to encompass a few basic skills that employers are looking for. While some of these desired skills are physical (ability to operate machinery, ability to do heavy lifting, etc.), inherent and technical skills are equally as important. A few basic skills that are required on a labour hire resume, include:

  • Problem solving
    - Numeracy & literacy skills
    - Attention to detail
    - Basic computer skills
    - Planning & organising
    - Ability to operate basic machinery
    - Ability to use basic tools

This is not a complete or definitive list of skills that a client is looking for, as each client will require particular skills for the role being filled. However, it is essential that you include these skills in your resume, and are able to show how you’ve applied them in precious positions. It’s best to provide some context with these skills, so that employers have an idea of how you exercise these skills in the workplace.

2) What To Prioritise in Your Resume

To include the skills above in your resume is a must, but effectively highlighting the most relevant parts will help your application stand out in the eyes of the labour hire recruiter.

If you’re new to labour hire industry, it can be tough to compete with more seasoned labour hire workers for the available positions.
One strategy you can utilise to make yourself known, is to tailor your application to the specific requirements of the job.
For example, if you’re applying for a demolition job, your potential employer will be interested in seeing experience with jackhammers, rotary hammers, reciprocating saws and sledgehammers, a strong focus on safety and asbestos awareness.
Your application is more likely to get lost in the crowd if you fill it with unnecessary and irrelevant information

So, when formatting your resume, consider the following tips:

  • Make sure you have noted the relevant skills for that particular job & are able to efficiently demonstrate them to your employer.
    - Consider your past experiences, are they relevant to the job you’re applying for?
    - Include all the necessary information to fully, yet briefly, explain your past work experiences & the skills you learnt from them.
    - Re-read your resume before sending your application and always ask yourself if each element is relevant to the job.

There are a variety of steps you can take to make sure your resume is as concise as it can be; we’ve just stated the basic ones. Remember, priorities. It’s all about what the employer/recruiter wants to see.

3) What Does an Ideal Candidate Look Like?

If you’re not sure whether your resume will represent you well enough to employers, it’s important to consider factors regarding your career history, referees and evidence of going above & beyond. Reiterating our above points, basic labour skills and relevant experience are incredibly important aspects of your labour hire resume. However, including evidence of exceeding expectations is what will help push you into the ideal candidate category. During the hiring process, employers look to see if candidates have been dedicated, punctual and honest in their past jobs.

To shape up your resume, consider these tips:

  • Include how you went above and beyond to exceed your past employers’ expectations (e.g. punctuality everyday, undertaking other roles alongside your primary role, etc.).
    - Make sure to state your most recent employer as your referee - your future employer will want the most recent review of your performance as it will probably be the most accurate.
    - Look at the duration of each past job, have you been changing jobs frequently? It’s important to prioritise what’s relevant here- including too many jobs may make it seem like you can’t stay in a position for very long.

You can do things on your own, like calling ahead to check for job availability and arriving early for interviews to give off a good first impression and show your potential and reliability as a worker to your prospective employer. It’s important to make sure your image and resume correlate well with each other.


Apprenticeships

As a newcomer to the labour hire industry, it’s important to rack up as much labour experience as you can before applying for jobs. One way to begin this process is to apply for apprenticeships in your desired area of labour work. We’ll briefly discuss what these are and how to go about finding one.


What Are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are almost equivalent to internships, in that you spend time learning a relevant set of skills under a supervisor qualified in a particular trade/field. You can do this while you’re studying or full-time. In addition to real-life experience in the workplace, apprenticeships allow workers to obtain a national qualification to practice in that labour field and receive a trade certificate to work. You and your employer will establish a legal training contract, which only terminates upon mutual agreement that you’re qualified to work on your own.

Apprenticeships are invaluable for the development of a highly skilled and qualified workforce that will contribute significantly to the Australian economy.

How Do You Find an Apprenticeship?

The steps to finding an apprenticeship are fairly easy; finding an employer who’s offering an apprenticeship can be difficult. We’ll run through what you should do to find a potential apprenticeship that’s relevant for what you’d like to specialise in.

  • Do your research: figure out what field/trade that interests you the most and you would like to pursue a career in.
  • Apply through organisations: many apprenticeships are advertised through recruitment/training agencies, job boards, local newspapers, etc., so it’s important to express your interest via a range of channels. Exploring a number of avenues will help to improve your chances of connecting with a relevant apprenticeship opportunity.
  • Once you’ve landed an apprenticeship, get your employer to contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider to help you both get the most out of the apprenticeship, develop a mutually agreeable training document and help you access support, loans and incentives you’re eligible for.

Though these are simple steps, it could take some time to find the right apprenticeship, so be patient, stay persistent, and good luck!

If you’ve polished up your resume, and are now looking to gain an apprenticeship, then contact Workfast Labour Hire today! We’ll happily assist you throughout your journey with apprenticeship hunting, so give us a call on 1300 824 403 or send through your details on our website! We’ll be in touch.

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