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Is General Labor Right for You?

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Are you about to start your career? Do you want to make a change in your professional life? No matter where you are at this point in your working life, the construction industry is ripe with opportunities. There is tremendous demand for solid employees, and certainly no shortage of jobs. Is a general labor job right for you?

What is General Labor? 

You may hear general labor described as a job that is “non-skilled.” This, of course, is not true! You do need skills: a good work ethic, dedication, reliability, sound judgment, etc. But “skilled” labor refers to those in the trades, such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders, drafters, and machinists. A general labor job entails tasks such as cleaning, removing debris from job sites, moving items, landscaping, loading/unloading boxes, setting up/taking down scaffolding, and running some types of equipment and tools. 

This may be the right fit for you if:

  • You are willing and able to do physical work. Many people find the idea of sitting at a desk all day to be… well, too awful to think about! 
  • You like working as part of a team. 
  • You prefer a less formal work environment. Often, there is a “dress code” for general labor jobs, but this includes items like appropriate work boots or PPE. There’s typically no need for a suit!
  • You want to enter the workforce without crushing debt. While peers may be struggling under crushing student debt, you’re earning a paycheck, learning your field, and deciding on your next steps. 
  • You want a career with opportunities for advancement. General labor gives you a great feel for the construction industry. You can advance within a company or explore related paths, such as those in the skilled trades.

If you think a general labor job is right for you, contact Labor for Hire to get a jumpstart on your search for a great career.

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