Maybe sitting at a desk 8+ hours a day isn't right for you -- you're an active person that likes to problem solve with a hands-on approach, rather than through a computer screen. You take pride in your work and like producing a tangible product. You find cubicles to be soul-crushing and can't stand the thought of writing reports, dealing with office politics or ......well you're not alone. Plenty of people think this way and prefer physical work over a sedentary lifestyle. The benefits of a labor job are bountiful -- here are just a few of them.
It's no secret that if you exert yourself physically all day, you're getting more exercise than those that live a sedentary office life. This leads to lower rates in obesity, diabetes and can improve cognitive function. Additionally, people who do physical labor for a living increase their physical capabilities and are less likely to be injured when they exert themselves in other aspects of their lives.
Tangible Results/Pride in Work
If you're someone that takes pride in the ability to look at something and say to yourself, "I created that. That's the finished product that I helped make", then physical labor is right for you. Being able to physically see and touch the product of your labor is satisfying and gives you a sense of pride.
Your body releases mood-enhancing endorphins to the brain while you're physically active, improving cognitive function and increasing the ability to think clearly. Additionally, "getting in the groove" with your work can allow you to think more deeply about yourself and your life on a more regular basis than you could in an office environment.
Craft your Tangible and Practical Skills
Taking a manual labor job in maintenance, welding, plumbing, landscaping, etc. will allow you to learn practical skills that can be put to use elsewhere in life. Suddenly, jobs and tasks around the house you'd normally hire someone to do are DIY projects -- no need to hire contractors to make repairs or renovations! Being able to craft and repair are truly valuable, practical skills that can save you money at home. It's also a great way to connect with the family. Spending quality time passing on your skills to your children is a great way to connect with them and teach them useful, real life skills.
You’ve buffed the resume, hunted for jobs, and you’re finally getting a call back for an interview. This is your chance to showcase yourself, so make sure you take every step to outshine the competition. These 8 tips will increase your chances of landing the job you want.
1. Practice Makes Perfect
Try to anticipate the types of questions they’ll ask. Do some research about common interview questions and prepare some answers. For example, “what’s your greatest weakness?” is a dreaded question meant to make you think on your feet. Answering without stuttering or thinking for long periods of time shows professionalism and preparedness. Have a friend or family member ask the questions and practice answering them concisely.
2. Research - Utilize Easily-Accessible Information
Do research about the company and the role for which you’re interviewing. Become familiar with all their services and, if possible, any issues they’ve had in the past. Come up with ways to relate how your experience and expertise can help them solve these issues. Interviewers can tell whether you’ve done your homework -- a lack of preparation shows lack of commitment.
3. Bring a Professional, Living Resume
Bring multiple copies of a professional, updated resume. No hiring manager will ask XxKingSlayer124xX@hotmail.com if they want a job. Have a professional email address with succinct experience, education and qualifications specific to the job you applied to.
4. Look Good, Feel Good
Dress nicely no matter what the job is -- it’s always better to be overdressed than under. When you look good, you’ll feel good and you’ll naturally be more confident.
5. Punctuality Isn’t Enough
Don’t just be on-time; be early. Plan on getting to the interview 10 or 15 minutes early in case they need you to fill out additional paperwork. This will also give you the opportunity to observe the work environment.
6. Be Calm and Collected
During the interview, be genuine, personable and relaxed. Make eye contact when answering and engage the interviewer. Relate your experiences with needs of company and how you can solve some of the problems they may have. Lastly, unless it’s an acting audition, don’t fake your personality -- everybody eventually loses from so-called “personality fraud”.
7. Ask Questions
Job interviews are two-way streets. Yes, they want to know if you’re right for the company. But job hunters often overlook that the company should be right for the candidate, too. When it’s your turn to ask questions, turn the tables on them and interview the interviewer. Ask about the company’s culture. Ask about the interviewer’s background and how they came to work there. Find out what makes them great to work for. Ask what their biggest challenges are. This is your opportunity to find out information that isn’t posted on their website -- how the company works and what the people are like. It shows curiosity, interest and that you’re a thorough person. It also gives you insight on whether you even want to work there.
8. Write a Post-Interview Thank You Note
A day or so afterward, send an email to the interviewer thanking them for the opportunity and restate your eagerness and interest (assuming there still is any). It’ll show consideration and further cement your interest in the position.