Companies of all types and sizes are always in need of general labor help. Temporary agencies also tend to consistently hire laborers on behalf of businesses and construction companies. So general labor work isn't usually in short supply. So if you're thinking about breaking in to the construction industry, you can easily get started by doing general labor work and working your way up from there. Here are just a few of the good reasons to consider starting with general labor jobs when breaking into the construction industry:
Identify Your Strengths
Working as a general laborer will give you an opportunity try your hand at a variety of tasks as time goes on. You may work on a plumbing project one day, then help repair a leaking roof the next. You might dig ditches for a week before learning how to lay pipes or power lines in the ground. Or you might help mix concrete so a driveway or parking lot can be poured.
And as you work, you'll be able to identify what types of labor work you're good at, and which you aren't interested in or skilled for. This will help you figure out which areas you should work on so you can find work or volunteer for specific tasks that will help you further develop your skills in those areas.
Decide on a Specialty
You'll also have an opportunity decide whether you want to focus on a specialty while working as a general laborer. You're sure to enjoy certain tasks more than others and you may develop a special interest in one aspect of the construction business. If you find yourself drawn to a particular type of labor or component of construction, you can pursue that specific work and eventually become a specialist in the field.
By deciding on a specialty, you'll be able to figure out what kind of schooling and experience you need to become a specialist and start preparing early. You won't waste time going to school for a specialty that you have no experience with.
On the other hand, you might realize that you don't want to specialize in anything while working as a general laborer and that you simply want to develop your skills as a whole. Either way, you'll be glad to have had the general labor experience to draw from while making a long-term construction career decision.
Get Noticed By Employers
Another great reason to start in the construction business as a general laborer is to gain an opportunity to get noticed by employers as time goes on. If you're doing a good job doing general labor for an employer, they may be inclined to offer you a new position with more responsibility and income.
And if you're working for a temporary agency, employers may be so impressed with your work that they want to hire you on full time. So the construction career opportunities are there even while working as a general laborer.
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