Industrial hiring managers see a lot of candidates throughout the week, and while you may remember everything about them, it’s hard for them to remember everything about you. If you want to get the job, you have to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack. Use these strategies to stand out against your competition.
Use a Resume and Cover Letter Every Time
Since light industrial work doesn’t require you to sit behind a computer, many candidates think a resume isn’t necessary. If you want to stand out right from the beginning of the process, use a resume and cover letter.
Your resume doesn’t have to be ornate, you can download templates from the internet and fill in your personal information. However, your cover letter should be tailored to the job you’re looking for. Address the skills that speak directly to the needs of the employer and position yourself as the best candidate for the job. One benefit of working with labor staffing companies is your recruiter can help you build and proofread these documents to make sure they hit the right marks.
Focus on Your Skills
There are several things that make industrial hiring a challenge. One of the biggest challenges is finding people with the right skills. A lot of skills can be taught, but given the fast-paced nature of the work, some managers don’t have the time to train a completely green employee.
Your resume should always address the specific skill requirements listed in the job posting, and you should also showcase skills listed as “preferred.” Finally, include specialized skills and don’t be afraid to mention any licenses, certifications or industry-training programs you successfully completed.
Showcase Your Reliability
Another reason why industrial hiring can be a challenge is reliability. It’s hard for many hiring managers to find employees who show up to work on time, come to work every day, can be counted on to work productively and provide consistent output. If you are a model employee, don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Talk about your attendance record, the reason you value working hard throughout the day, and offer up any formal recognition you may have received from previous employers in terms of performance and attendance.
A big piece of the reliability puzzle is safety. If you have a strong record of safety, showcase this on your resume, in your cover letter and during interviews. Employers need people who value safe working practices and they want to hire people who are dedicated to safety on the job.
If you are a laborer or industrial worker in Houston looking for new opportunities, DHR Staffing can help. Our Precise Assignment System ensures you are matched with opportunities that are just the right fit. To learn more about working with DHR Staffing, contact us today.