JOB SEEKERS looking to get a foot in the door of the mining industry are being warned to do their research before signing up to agencies claiming to be recruiting for the resources industry.
Mines Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said "shonky businesses" were targeting job seekers.
"We're hearing about a number of businesses who are overstating the level of assistance they are able to offer jobseekers," Mr Hinchcliffe said.
The last thing Mr Hinchcliffe said he wanted to see was the hopes and the hip pockets of jobseekers being exploited by unscrupulous operators.
"These operations, usually set up online or at suburban shopping centres, offer, for a considerable fee, to include the jobseeker's resume on an exclusive recruitment database that they claim is used by resources companies.
"As far as we can tell, the database is fictitious and we have no evidence to suggest that these companies have links to resources companies or their recruiters.
"Jobseekers are very unli kely to gain employment as a result of using these firms," he said.
Anyone who has encountered a company like this are being urged to contact Fair Trading on 13 74 68.
Mr Hinchliffe said there were many legitimate ways to get a foot in the door with resources companies, including the upcoming Work For Queensland expos.
"A wide range of major resource companies have already signalled that they will again be represented at the Work For Queensland Expos, and this will be a great chance for jobseekers to make direct contact with companies looking for skilled workers," he said.