How do I get a job in the nuclear power industry?

This is the No. 1 question I get asked! This makes sense since we work in a growth industry and in a down-trending economy. More people want to be secure in their job and why not start off a new career in the right direction? Nuclear power has a great future.

I have been working in this industry for over 18 years and have hired many employees for full-time and outage positions. To navigate through a sea of potential applicants, you need to standout in a crowd and get noticed! You need to build your brand. My brand...what is that? Well, that is actually a subject of several upcoming blog posts but in short, it is self promotion and marketing you. You brand is your business, it is what sells your skills and experience to a potential employer.

Based on my experience, here are a couple of tips to help land that first nuclear job:

  1. You MUST have a resume and it should be targeted for the position you are applying to fill.  I run across this all of the time....I don't have a resume but I have experience... am I qualified for this job? Yes, you might but not unless you can back it up on paper. The nuclear industry is not a friend to trees. Paper is the name of the game. When it comes to documenting anything and everything, paper rules!  So if you do not have a resume, start one and have someone else review it. If you don't have the skills or computer to write one, hire someone. It is well worth the money.
  2. Persistence and/or follow-up after you submit your resume. The vast majority of potential applicants do not complete this important step. The applicant should contact me to at least to verify I have received their resume, possibly sell their skills, and then tell me how they can help the company. I would then follow-up all the time with emails, letters, etc. It might seem like you are hassling them but believe me it works. When that opportunity finally appears on their desk, guess who they are going to think of? I hire 20 to 30 outage workers a year and this works on me.

Good luck in your job search and stay tuned for more information on starting your nuclear career.

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