In this section you will find tips to help you optimize your mining company application process. We have identified some very helpful articles and guides. We have also listed a number of websites and specialized resources you may find helpful in your job search. Here are the topics covered:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • When to apply?
  • Do you have the necessary training?
  • General explosives permit
  • Formation modulaire du travailleur minier (FMTM) - a modular training program for mine workers
  • Applying for a job in the digital age

Cover letter

The cover letter, sometimes called a motivation letter, should be a routine part of your application. You never know what type of recruiter you are addressing. Therefore, it’s best to include a cover letter. You lose nothing and a letter with your CV can make all the difference.

Try to be clear and concise. It is usually recommended you limit your cover letter to one page and include it as an introduction to your CV document. Recruiters won’t always take the time to open two documents. Make things easy for them.

For additional tips on writing and formatting your cover letter, check out the documents, articles, and websites below. You will also find sample cover letters. Remember to customize your letter in line with your skills and the position you are seeking.

  • Your Complete Job Search Guide, by Emploi-Québec
  • La lettre de présentation à l’heure du Web, Jobboom.com (French only)
  • Drakkar Agency website
  • Selekktus Agency website
  • Emploi-Québec website

Curriculum vitae (CV)

The curriculum vitae (CV) is your number one job search tool. That’s why it deserves your full attention. According to several recruiting agencies, three factors go into producing an impeccable CV. The CV must be accurate, relevant, and impactful because you’ve only got about a minute to grab the recruiter’s attention.

Focus on the content and layout, as well as avoiding spelling mistakes. Here are some articles, documents, and websites that provide insight into writing a CV. Some websites let you view and use CV templates. Don’t forget to customize the content!

  • Your Complete Job Search Guide, by Emploi-Québec
  • Les guides de survie Jobboom: Le curriculum vitae, Jobboom.com
  • Un CV bien rédigé, Jobboom.com
  • La base du CV, Jobboom.com
  • Emploi-Québec website
  • Drakkar Agency website
  • Selekktus Agency website
  • Taktik Recruiting Agency website

Some specialized organizations provide help with writing your CV. Here are a few:

  • The Centre local d’emploi local employment centre in your area
  • The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi youth employment resource in your area
  • The Club de recherche d’emploi job-finding club in your area

When to apply?

Applying early in the hiring process increases your odds of success. That’s what many experts and recruiters advise. When you spot an attractive job offer, increase the likelihood of being interviewed by submitting an application without delay. Being on the top of the stack keeps you a step ahead of the other applicants. That according to an article by Matthieu Degenève, a certified human resources consultant (CRHA). See the articles below for more tips and advice on finding employment:

  • Postuler tôt dans le processus d’embauche et augmenter ses chances de succès, L’Œil du recruteur
  • La base de la recherche d’emploi, Jobboom.com
  • La recherche d’emploi en 5 étapes, Jobboom.com

Remember to customize your cover letter and CV before you jump at a job offer.

Do you have the necessary training?

To qualify for a job interview you must have the skills required to perform the job in question. A main prerequisite for getting hired is to have the necessary training for the job you seek. Some professions require you have a post-secondary school diploma to satisfactorily perform the required tasks. Others are so-called non-specialized careers, i.e., they only require a secondary school diploma or equivalent, or just a few years of secondary education.

For example, potential candidates for an industrial mechanic position must usually hold a diploma of vocational studies (DEP in Québec) in industrial mechanics. An applicant without this diploma has a much lower chance of employment or being called for a job interview.

In some cases, considerable work experience may be deemed equivalent to a diploma, but this depends on the employer. However, some professions are governed by professional orders, in which case workers must be affiliated with the order and hold a license to practice their trade.

Carefully read the job offer or consult the directory of occupational profiles to be certain you possess the required skills. Each profile lists the skills needed to enter that particular profession.

General explosives permit

Employees working in underground mines involved in extraction operations or working in the vicinity of these mines are usually required to hold a general explosives permit. This permit assures the company you do not represent a risk when in the presence of or in possible contact with explosive materials. The company will generally inform applicants of this requirement in the job offer details.

Sûreté du Québec issues this permit. Therefore CSMO Mines is not in a position to guide you through this process. It’s best you direct your questions to Service du contrôle des armes à feu et des explosifs by phone at 514-598-4584, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

To access the license application and the procedure for completing it, click here to go to the Sûreté du Québec website.

Formation modulaire du travailleur minier (FMTM) - a modular training program for mine workers The FMTM training module is aimed at mine workers and workers in underground operations in Québec. To meet the requirements under An Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety, they must complete modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 of the FMTM program.

This training aims to:

  • Standardize and structure training for the mining industry
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of accidents
  • Certify and validate the knowledge of miners in the area of occupational health and safety

Successful completion of the FMTM program, required for certain underground mine workers, does not guarantee a position in a mining company. The mining modules do not lead to a certification equivalent to a vocational school diploma (DEP) in mining. Rather, they are supplementary compulsory training for certain mining industry workers.

For more information on the FMTM program, contact Centre de formation professionnelle - Val-d’Or.

Applying for a job in the digital age

In recent years mining companies have transferred most of their recruitment process steps to online platforms. Thus, job offer postings, application acknowledgements, and communications with applicants are often done through electronic media.

The explorelesmines.com job-offer search engine lets you view mining industry job offers all in one place. With only one site to visit, your online job search is made much easier. To apply for a job posted on explorelesmines.com follow the instructions in the offer.

In most cases you will be directed to the company website to apply online. In some instances you will be asked to create a profile on their website. You may be asked to provide certain personal information, an email address, a cover letter, and an electronic CV. In some cases you will also be asked to furnish proof of your diplomas or certificates.

In this specific case, it’s essential you have an email address to facilitate communication between you and the company. Likewise, you must have electronic versions of your cover letter and CV. Also, it is worthwhile making scans of your diploma or other certificates.

For assistance in creating an electronic version of your application file, or to have access to a computer and an Internet connection, visit your local CLE employment centre. Click here to find the CLE in your area.