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How do I get into FIFO?

Getting into FIFO, or Fly-In-Fly-Out, is a common career choice in industries like mining, oil, and gas and is one of the most readily available jobs in mining recruitment. FIFO work involves travelling to remote job sites for a set period, often weeks at a time, and then returning home for a break.

A variation on FIFO is DIDO, or Drive-In-Drive-Out, which is the same but you drive to a remote site for a set period instead of taking a plane.

Here are steps to help you get into FIFO or DIDO:

1. Learn the FIFO language

FIFO jobs are found in industries like mining and resources that require workers to be present at remote locations. FIFO workers typically spend a set number of days or weeks on-site, followed by a set period of time off. This is referred to as a ‘roster.’

You might see 2/1 rosters advertised, these are 2 weeks on, 1 week off and other variations on this. But the most common roster offered to FIFO mining workers is an 8/6 roster (8 days on/6 days off). Read here for more details on different FIFO rosters.

2. Determine your skills and interests

First, think about your skills and interests. FIFO jobs can vary widely, from heavy machinery operation to kitchen work in a remote camp. Identify what you’re good at and passionate about, as this will help guide your job search.

3. Research the mining industry

Take the time to learn about the specific industry you’re interested in. Understand the demands of the job, the locations of FIFO sites, and the companies operating in your chosen field.

4. Get the relevant qualifications

Many FIFO jobs need certain qualifications or certifications. For example, if you want to work as a tradesperson, you may need a relevant trade certificate. If you’re interested in mining, a mining induction safety certificate might be required.

5. Search for job listings

Look for job openings in your chosen industry. Job boards, company websites, and industry-specific forums are good places to start. Keep an eye out for FIFO positions or speak to a mining recruiting agency to find jobs they are looking to fill.

7. Speak to a mining recruitment agency

Submit your resume and cover letter for positions that match your skills and interests. Be sure to follow the application instructions carefully.

If you get invited for an interview, prepare by researching the company and practicing common interview questions. Emphasise your flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to work in remote locations.

9. Be patient and persistent

Getting into FIFO can be competitive, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t land a job right away. Keep applying, networking, and improving your skills.

Attend mining industry events, join online forums, and connect with other mining people.

10. Focus on safety

Safety is a top priority in FIFO industries. Highlight your commitment to safety protocols during your job search and interviews.

11. Be flexible with location

FIFO work nearly always involves travelling to remote or rural areas. Be open to travelling further afield to remote locations, as this can increase your chances of finding a job.

12.Prepare for the lifestyle

FIFO work can be challenging because you’re often away from home and loved ones for extended periods. Make sure you and your family are prepared for the lifestyle changes it involves.

In summary, breaking into FIFO involves understanding the industry, acquiring the necessary qualifications, actively job searching, networking, and preparing for the unique lifestyle. With patience and persistence, you can find a rewarding FIFO job that suits your interests.

Want to know more?

Read our article on the benefits and challenges of working in mining here.

Read our article on the highest salaries in mining here.

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