Three Ways to Improve Your Manufacturing Job Hunt

Matt Shelly
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Manufacturing jobs have been increasingly scare in the United States for several decades now. It's to the point that "secure manufacturing jobs" is almost a contradiction in terms. This alone makes it essential to keep your job hunting skills sharp even if you're presently employed in the sector. At the very least, it's worth your while to research and pursue other manufacturing jobs to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry's job market. Job hunting is trying under the best of circumstances. Here are three ways to make your search productive and find the manufacturing jobs you've been looking for.

The Internet is your friend when you're looking for manufacturing jobs. Given the physical distance between major manufacturing hubs in America, to say nothing of the scarcity of open manufacturing jobs within industrial centers, no single factor is as useful to the job seeker as the rapid search and filtration capabilities of the Internet job boards. Sign up to a site, create a custom search for the criteria you need in your next job, and search away. A daily job search online takes only minutes and has the potential to uncover jobs from all over the country.

Unfortunately, the ease and ubiquity of Internet job searches means you're going to have a lot of competition to stand out from in your hunt for good manufacturing jobs. That's why it's a smart idea to go above and beyond with a personal visit to the company's premises if possible. The hiring manager at your new company probably sees dozens, if not hundreds, of applications for every open position. Physically visiting the site of either the factory or the manager's office signals how serious you are about landing the job. A quick visit to introduce yourself also puts a human face on an otherwise impersonal online application.

Missing from the typical search for manufacturing jobs is a large network of friends and colleagues. While job seeking itself is a lonely affair, there's no reason not to coordinate across your friends and fellow manufacturing workers with your results. When one of you discovers an open position, telling others might seem counterintuitive, but such information sharing can have positive effects. It helps you build up a resilient network of fellow workers, and if any of them should get to the interview stage, only to find their qualifications aren't a good match, you can expect a referral from your friend almost before the company's own HR department knows the interview hasn't worked out.

Searching for any job is difficult and time consuming. Searching for manufacturing jobs is especially so, and you owe it to yourself to adopt the tricks and tactics that will maximize your chance of landing the manufacturing jobs you dream of.


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