It is a great time to be a jobseeker even if you don’t have a lot of experience. This is especially true for well-paying entry level manufacturing jobs, jobs that pay well over minimum wage.
Manufacturing employment is surging, and demand for workers will remain strong for several years as many workers reach retirement age.
Competition for workers is high in manufacturing centers such as Sheboygan Wisconsin, where the unemployment rate is below the state and national average. Not only are there thousands of jobs available in Sheboygan, but entry-level manufacturing roles start off paying almost double the minimum wage, which is higher in Sheboygan than other places in Wisconsin.
Recruiters and hiring managers seeking workers for entry level positions often have to wade through a flood of applications so here are a few tips on how to stand out.
- Research the company – A job coach on presentation site Slideshare has a few easy tips on how to research the company where you want to work. Find the company’s website and focus on the “about us” or “careers” sections. Do a Google search for “press releases” and the company’s name. You’ll find the latest news from the company and more details that will help make your application stronger, more focused and prepare you for a job interview. It’s a simple quick way to get up to speed on your potential future employer.
- Talk not about what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company – During your research, find out what skills the company is looking for. Use that information to tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight what a good match you are for that job and company.
- Keep it short and simple – Keep cover letters brief. Most employers want a half-page, 250 words, or less. As job search site, The Muse suggests: “All you really need to include in your cover letter is the job you want to fill, the reason you can do the job, and how you intend to do the job…”
- Don’t be too formal – It’s tempting to try to impress recruiters with formal language, but The Muse suggests that it is a mistake to avoid.
For example, instead of writing, “I wish to convey my interest in filling the open position at your fine establishment,” Mark Slack at The Muse suggests, ““I’m thrilled to be writing to apply for the [position] at [company].” As he says, it just sounds friendlier, less stiff and more genuine.
- Prepare for your interview – Employers are going to want to know that you have the skills, experience and temperament for the job, so prepare to answer questions in all those areas. How will you do the job? How does your past experience show off your abilities? Don’t be offended if they ask you why they should hire you, instead be prepared to explain how your skills and experience will help you do the job. And if they ask you about how you have managed conflict, that is an opportunity to demonstrate that you have good communications and interpersonal skills, skills that many employers say are lacking in new hires. If you show that you have them, you’ll have a much better chance of landing the job.
- Show up on time – This sounds really basic, but many employers say that one of their biggest issues for hiring for entry level positions is that people simply don’t show up for the job. If you don’t show up for your interview on time, you won’t get the job. And if you get the job, make sure you arrive on time, or even a few minutes early, to demonstrate your commitment.
- Be positive – Attitude can make up for a lack of experience. Everyone has to get a start somewhere, and employers will be more open to giving you that chance if you present yourself positively and show that you’re willing to learn. It will be great for your employer but also great for you, allowing you to assume more responsibility and earn more pay.
Landing the first job or getting back into a job after a break can be tough, but this is the best time in years to get started. With these tips, you’ll stand out and get into a good paying job soon.
For more information on entry level manufacturing jobs in the Sheboygan area, check out the jobs section here on the Someplace Better website.