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I am relocating to Ely. I know this isn't about fishing, (it will be when I move there). Does anyone have suggestions as to find full time work? My experience is in manufacturing, customer service, warehouse, driving, medical supplies, and so on. I couldn't find another forum topic to inquire. Feel free to email me if you have any ideas. I can't wait to be up there and get settled!

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I don't live there - yet, but from what I do know of the employment climate in that metropolis, you might want to locate that job BEFORE you locate yourself there. As I've been told by several Elyites, landing a good paying, full time, permanent job in that town is like hitting the lottery.

Many folks wind up working the tourist trade which will keep you busy all summer and then be slow in the winter. At that point you'll be looking for a different seasonal job, or start piecing together several part time gigs to keep a steady income.

Don't get me wrong; some good jobs are there but I don't think they come open very often. Usually you'd want to look at the various government entities that have operations there. Or you could try the college or hospital.

Forget about manufacturing and warehouse work unless you want to drill a forsner bit into a bunch of birch chunks and drop a candle in them when you're done.

Good luck! smile

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Many of the mining companies that are operating at full capacity in this area are hiring. These are usually the best paying jobs and also have benefits.

It is best not to plan to work right in Ely!

If the proposed copper-nickle/precious metals mining ever starts in that area there will be a lot of new job opportunities opening up.

Cliff

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Cliff ,

Not that I will be looking for a full time job when I relocate but I am curios as to why you say it is best not to plan to work right in Ely.

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Cliff ,

Not that I will be looking for a full time job when I relocate but I am curios as to why you say it is best not to plan to work right in Ely.

I believe that there are just not that many good jobs available in Ely.

Cliff

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Cliff ,

Not that I will be looking for a full time job when I relocate but I am curios as to why you say it is best not to plan to work right in Ely.

Hey Mike,

Cliff's right on the money. There are few to no full time jobs in Ely, and never will be, unless the proposed mine opens.

A few exceptions, hospital, Junior College, City, County, but these jobs very seldom open up.

Tourism is a 90 day, at best, job.

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....or unless Ely attracts other, more stable jobs like a manufacturing plant that isn't seasonal or up and down like mining

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It's gotta be hard to attract manufacturer's to an end of the road town. Why add on the extra fuel and hauling charges to/from a small town on the edge of the grid when any other small town in a more traveled part of the state will do?

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Lower wages. Better workforce.

You can run service centers too. Heck they offshore all kinds of stuff to India, China, and elsewhere because of cheaper labor. I've worked for some of those companies and while they save some $$ on the labor, they struggle with workers that are unreliable (don't show up for shifts) and can't speak the language well enough to provide the support. For the uptick in cost of using the same untrained labor in America, you save money on the language lessons and driving shuttles around to pick up people that are skipping work.

I suppose I just turned this into a Sillytown thread. Sorry!

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I worked for over 30 years without any layoff, and most others in the area have too.

The mine I was employed by was supposed to have a 20 year life expectancy, but has continued to operate for over 37 years.

The terms seasonable, and up or down employment, are used by environmental groups trying to downplay the good wages and benefits offered by the mining companies.

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Mining is one of the best jobs available on the range for sure, but it has had its ups and downs over the years. LTV in Hoyt Lakes closing in 2000 hurt a lot of people. And I recall things being pretty tough in the 80's

If I were trying to relocate to Ely without any special skills or a trade, the mines might be the best bet, although Ely might not be the most convenient. Maybe Eveleth or Virginia? Hibbing? Get the job then decide where to live? Big new Menards in Virginia might be hiring.

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There's also a decent amount of carpentry work with all the cabins that get built, but not sure what that market has been like the last coupla years

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Your best chance to get hired in one of the mines in the Ely/Iron Range area is if you have skills in welding, electrical, electronic calibration, mechanical knowledge of diesel and hydraulics, etc.

Mining has changed the last 30 years from the days of the pick and shovel worker.

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In my next life I will be either a successful writer, or run an online bussiness. Then you can live anywhere you want smile

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...or you could accept the life of being financially challenged and net the same geographic benefit... wink

Don't laugh. I've considered it. grin

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