So you’re studying a skilled trade and you want to differentiate yourself from the competition when applying for jobs in your field. Here are five ways to land a job in the trades.
- Get The Proper Training
Getting hands-on training at a trade school, like is a great way to get your start in the trades. Whether it be Welding, Automotive Service Technology, Diesel Heavy Truck, or HVAC and Basic Refrigeration, hands-on training is the best way to prepare for a job in the skilled trades.
- Get Certified
Upon completion of your program, obtaining a certification may make you a more marketable candidate for employment. The hands-on training, skills, and knowledge you have attained as a student help to prepare you for these certification exams. Don’t miss this opportunity to boost your resume and be considered as a viable candidate for employment.
- Create a Resume
Throughout your educational journey, it is important to work with the Career Services department to ensure you have a professional resume ready to present to employers upon completion of your program. Your resume is your marketing tool. This is the first impression that the employer has of you and the first opportunity to understand your education and training. Your resume should spotlight your skills and education. Showing up at your interview with a professional resume sets you apart from other candidates.
- Be Proactive From Day 1
The keys to obtaining employment upon completion of your program are determination and initiative. Searching for a job, is a job in itself. Employers are impressed with candidates that have done their research and are prepared for the interview. The interview process can be tedious, but you must remain positive, and focused on the desired outcome.
While you are waiting to hear from employers, continue to research other employers in your field, participate in networking events, and stay in contact with your Career Services department. Remember, they are in your corner and always available to assist with the job search process. Career Services is where your preparation meets opportunity.
- Put Your Best Foot Forward
Even though the Skilled Trade industry requires a different type of uniform, it is important to always present yourself in the best way possible. Your interview attire should be clean, crisp, and free from holes, tears, and stains. It should also be industry appropriate. For example, Combination Welders should wear a long sleeved, fire retardant shirt, jeans, and steel toe boots. They should also have their tool kit, welding hood and safety glasses available. In some cases, the employer will conduct a skills test, and you must be dressed appropriately.
We’ve highlighted some of the most helpful ways to land your first job in the skilled trades industry. Follow these guidelines, utilize your Career Services team, and you’ll be ready for employment in no time.
To make an appointment with the Career Services team, call 480-389-2258 or if you are interested in beginning your career training at AAI click here.
Written by: Jennifer Robinson – Social Media Coordinator/Blog Editor, Ancora Education