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January 26, 2021

Plumbing is a great skill to have and a great career to get into. Not only does it often pay well, but there will always be a need for plumbing as almost everyone has it in their home or business. Because of this, the job is in demand, but many are often turned off to the idea of working in some less than ideal situations. However, having skills in plumbing does not necessarily leave you stuck as being a traditional plumber. There are several career paths a plumber can take, each offering different benefits and opportunities to learn and grow.

Here are several non-traditional plumbing career paths that have much to offer:

  • Pipefitter/Steamfitter: A more specialized approach to plumbing is a pipefitter. A pipefitter is someone who installs and performs maintenance on piping, typically in power and industrial plants. A pipefitter often monitors power generation systems, heating and cooling systems, and more to ensure these systems are properly working and up to regulation standards. This position does require a bit more skill than traditional plumbing, but with experience and knowledge in basic plumbing, it is a skill that can be easily learned. Similar to a pipefitter is the steamfitter, who tackles the same tasks, but with steam, rather than water.
  • Pipelayer: In a similar field to the pipe/steamfitters is the Pipelayer. In this positions you’ll likely be working on major pipelines and large scaled pipes. A pipelayer often manages the digging and grading of trenches that pipes will sit in. These types of pipes often carry sewage, gas, water, oil, and more and are often vitally important lines. The skills of a pipelayer also start with a background in general plumbings, but turn into a specialty for pipe laying.
  • Gas Service Technician: A Gas Service Technician is someone who works with gas pipes in homes and businesses. In this role you’d diagnose and repair gas leaks, and perform vital tests for mechanical performance on gas carrying machines. This is an important job that, oftentimes, could save someone’s life. In-home gas systems can be dangerous when not properly maintained so being able to specialize in the maintenance of these is a very important role. This is also a specialized position that requires a bit more training and schooling to learn than basic plumbing.

Career Paths for Plumbers

Even as a basic plumber you possess an important skill set that not many people have and with experience developed over time, you’ll have seen plenty and know plenty of ways to fix uncommon problems. This can often set you up in a great position to own your own business in plumbing. Being able to hire on an apprentice and teach them the way of the land can often kick-start a business of your own. Owning your own business does add on a huge responsibility of ensuring all of your technicians know what to do, so having an expertise in plumbing and being able to be a good teacher are just what’s needed to start something of your own. Of course, there are other added responsibilities of business owning, but there can often be a great reward.

Overall, there are several non-traditional opportunities for those with skills in plumbing. Most of which do require a bit of extra training, but often that provides a greater reward and potential. If you’re looking for a job in plumbing or any of the above mentioned positions visit condustrail.com/job-listings to see what’s available in this field today!

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January 19, 2021

When on the job hunt, you’ll likely see positions available to work in a warehouse, and while the task can often seem daunting and include physical labor, there are many perks to warehouse work.

Working in a warehouse certainly is different from a desk job and sometimes the tasks at hand can seem a bit repetitive, but you’ll often always be able to find an open position, whether it be temporary or long term to make some extra cash.

You’ll also be working with dozens of people and have the opportunity to make great work friends. Getting to know your co-workers can make your job more enjoyable, make the work easier, and decrease overall job stress.

Warehouse employers often value soft skills more so than other skills. This means that warehouses are looking for those who are self-motivated, reliable, independent, and dedicated often more so than someone with just relevant experience. This is because warehouse jobs are often fairly-easy to learn over time, but because there are many positions and moving parts you’re often not overly managed, so having those soft skills can be key in these types of positions.

Many warehouse managers prefer to promote from within, which gives you a greater opportunity of promotion. This doesn’t even have to take long sometimes. Hiring managers want people with the above-mentioned soft skills and who are dedicated to the company, so even if you’re currently looking for a more managerial role, don’t exclude warehouse associate roles as it may not be long before you’re able to move up.

While warehouse jobs do have their downsides, for your personal goals, the pros can very much outweigh the cons. You’ll have more opportunities to be social, shine through in personality, be promoted faster, and get paid while doing so. If you’re seeking a position like this or in any manufacturing field, visit https://condustrial.com/job-listings/ to see what’s available and apply today!

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January 12, 2021

Many of us are used to a typical 9 to 5 job, but as younger generations are entering the workforce, they are realizing that many opportunities lie beyond these typical hours. Opportunities that can often better suit their needs and lifestyle.

For anyone whose lifestyle doesn’t fit the typical 9 to 5 work hours, an attractive option is night time work, or the graveyard shift, as some have put it. These work hours can often offer better opportunities and flexibility for those who seek them. If you’re on the fence of working a night shift, we’ve put together a few reasons you may want to re-consider.

  • Increased Incentives: Oftentimes it is hard for employers to find employees who are willing to work these shifts, so they often offer better pay, bonuses, etc. as an incentive to work non-traditional hours, this is known as a “night shift differential.”
  • Faster Commute: When working the nightshift you miss the typical “rush hour” traffic, allowing for a faster, easier, and stress-free commute to work.
  • Increased Flexibility: You’ll still be on a sleep schedule, but having free time during the day allows you to run errands, go to your kid’s games and recitals, pursue a new hobby, or even go back to school while many others are working.
  • Increased Concentration: Another perk of working a night shift is that staffing is often decreased leaving you more time to focus on your tasks without having to be worried or bothered by a coworker. These shifts are often much quieter overall which can lead to an increase in job satisfaction and a decrease in stress.
  • Increased Opportunities: Fewer people will apply for these jobs leaving lesser competition and increased chance of not only being hired, but also an increased chance for promotion.

Now that you know the benefits of working a night shift, you’ll see that there is much to be desired. If you have the lifestyle that fits this schedule and are interested in seeing open positions, visit our website to see what’s available and apply today!

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January 5, 2021

With over 760 million LinkedIn users and profiles, it’s easy for recruiters to get lost in the mix of applicants. This is why you want your profile to stand out among the mix. How do you do this you’ve asked? Well, we’ve put together a few tips to get you noticed by recruiters on LinkedIn.

First and foremost you want your profile to look good, you want to look professional and the very first thing that most users and recruiters see is your profile photo. Because of this, you want a photo that looks clean, so, having a professional head-shot would be best, however, if you don’t have one check out our recent post about taking a professional-looking head-shot right from your phone.

Once you have a good photo, the second thing recruiters will notice is your summary, so here you want to put something that will draw the hiring manager into wanting to read your profile more. This can be similar to what you might put as a summary on your resume, but this is also a great place to talk about your skills, motivations, and interests along with your performance history and achievements.

Moving down the list of sections on the LinkedIn profile, you’ll also want to fill in your location to the nearest metro area or area in which you intend to work. Most recruiters are looking to seek candidates in their area to call for an interview, so leaving these sections incorrect or blank may cause you to get passed over.

To get noticed, you essentially want to fill out as much of your LinkedIn profile as possible to streamline your content and make it easier for a recruiter to find the information they are looking for. This means being sure to pick the industry you are applying for or are in, showcasing your up-to-date current employer, and creating a list of skills on your profile. Most recruiters are going to look for these three things once they land on your profile, so being able to guide them through your skillset and experience makes the process easier for them and better the chances you’ll receive an interview.

It’s important to fill in as much as possible with the most up-to-date information you have on your profile so that recruiters can easily find what they are looking for and can get in touch sooner for an interview.

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December 29, 2020

With the New Year quickly approaching and new opportunities becoming available, many will be taking this time to seek new employment and will likely be taking interviews. And while the interview is, of course, extremely important to get right, sending a thoughtful thank-you-email can often push you to the top of the consideration list. That’s why we’ve come up with a few key elements and tips to include in every post-interview thank you letter.

What to Include: A few things you’ll want to include in your email are a subject, personalized introduction, note of appreciation for their time, a recap of your qualifications and ways you could be of benefit, information for next steps, and additional ways to contact you. Let’s look at each of these items in a bit more detail.

Subject Line: In your subject line, you want to include a short message to say thank you, and maybe even remind them of who you are. Employers are often quite busy interviewing many candidates and receiving dozens of emails in a day, that by the end of the day they might not exactly remember how you met, that’s why you want to include this in your Subject Line. This way they are more inclined, not only to read the email but to remember before even opening, for example: “Thank You For the Interview” or “I Appreciate Your Time Today.

Introduction: Since you’ve met you want to introduce the email using the name the interviewer gave you, for example: “Good Afternoon/Good Morning (Insert Name Here)” or “Hello (Insert Name Here).” This just lets the interviewer know that you remember what they said and makes the email a more personalized experience for them.

Note of Appreciation: You’ll want to start the email by thanking the recruiter for their time. You could include the position title or something specific from the interview as a way of thanking them, for example: “It was a pleasure speaking with you today regarding the management position, I enjoyed discussing the needs of this role and how we can help the company excel…etc.” This allows for the interviewer to recall specific moments of the interview and lets them know you are truly interested in the position.

Recap: Next you want to recap your qualification and let them know why you would be a great fit for the position. Be sure to again mention something specific that you discussed in the interview and expand on it in the email, but in a concise manner. You want to be sure that this section is brief as they should have some notes on you already.

Information for Next Steps: If you had not discussed it already, you’ll want to follow up with the recruiter to find out the next steps and potential timeline so that you know what to expect next. If you have already discussed this at the end of the interview, you can let the employer know that you look forward to speaking with them in the next coming days or weeks, depending on what they mentioned for their timeline. This shows interest in the position and encourages the employer to reach back out to you, for better or worse.

Additional Ways to Contact: Finally, you want to give the recruiter a few additional ways to contact you if needed, for example, your phone number, in case they don’t already have it, or so that they can easily find it to follow up or make an offer. Let the recruiter know that you are available for any additional information or questions that they may have and that you look forward to speaking again.

Following these steps can help you create a thank you email that makes a good impression and hopefully lasting impact on an employer. Often these follow-up emails are overlooked, but they are an essential part of the interviewing process and should be treated as such, so be sure to include the above points and make it personal to the hiring manager so that you stay on their mind during the selection process.


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December 22, 2020

Let’s face it, for many of us the holiday season brings on stress, stress about gift giving, family visits, work deadlines, loss of time, and more. Now with 2020 adding on additional stressors, it can be difficult to maintain focus and motivation at work. Many of you have maybe already mentally checked out, but with deadlines still approaching, we have a few tips to help push you through the holiday season and get you motivated to finish your tasks before your time off.

  1. Prioritize: Prioritizing is so essential to getting work done and staying motivated. Try writing down the tasks you have left to do and prioritize them based on your needs. Do you have essential items that must be finished before the holiday? Then do those first. If everything on your list must be completed ASAP, then try to prioritize based on your personality, if you like to start small and build up, or knock out the big projects first, find what the best method is to fit your needs.
  2. Don’t Take Your Work Home: With limited timelines and much to do, it can be easy to pack your computer up and take it home for the evening, but you want to try to avoid that as much as possible. By bringing your work home, you don’t give yourself enough time to relax leaving you to burn out more easily and lose motivation when you are at work. You likely already have gifts to buy and last minute cooking to be done, so leave yourself some “me” time and work only while “at work.”
  3. Don’t Over Commit: You probably already have a full place that needs to get done, so don’t try to over commit yourself to extra projects. It is the holiday season and you likely want to help out a fellow coworker or manager by taking something off their plate, but in doing so you’ll likely forfeit time and energy to another project that was dedicated to you. Keeping focused on your at-hand tasks and managing these will help you stay focused without causing burnout.
  4. Remember and Look Forward: This is a good time to remind yourself what the holidays are really all about, the holiday season is intended to bring joy and happiness so don’t let yourself stress out so much that you forget to enjoy this time. Don’t be afraid to get into the holiday spirit at work and just have fun with it! It also can help to look forward to what is to come in the next year. A new start to push yourself and set up new goals and know that 2020 is finally ending, and everyone is wishing the best for a great new year.

Just remembering that there is time ahead and being appreciative of what has come is a great reminder to push us forward through the holiday season into next year. Taking a few notes from the tips listed above should help you stay on track and finish out the new year with a completed checklist!

From all of us at Condustrial, we wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Holiday Season.


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December 15, 2020

With social media becoming so prevalent, especially in younger generations, employers are using Social Media tools to target perspective employees and people who are just entering the workforce. Apps such as Tik Tok and Instagram have been utilized to give people a look at the “day in the life of” a certain type of employee or employer and to show a real example of what that job would look like. And it’s working!

Since many younger generations have typically no set attachment to a specific career as they are just starting, they often are searching for different opportunities in different fields to figure out what works best. This is where a good social media presence comes into play. Younger generations tend to value a high work-life balance so using social media to showcase that your office has a good vibe or is a fun place to work is a great way to attract younger generations.

A good rule of thumb is to post to social media often while utilizing good content. You want to keep things real and also branded so users can easily recognize your company. You don’t have to make your feed exclusively showcasing this type of content, but you’ll want to sprinkle some videos and posts in while hiring, and don’t be afraid to get creative. Many companies also post reviews from current employees to give a real example of what it’s like to work for the company.

You also want to create a networking space on your social media. When users ask a question or send a private message, you’ll want to have a designated person running the account to ensure a speedy response time so that the potential employee feels valued and a good impression is made on them.

With over 94-percent of younger generations utilizing social media and billions of users per month, recruiters are successfully utilizing Social Media tools to target their audiences. Using some of the ideas recommended above you’ll be able to showcase your workplace to younger generations entering the workforce and why they would want to work for you!

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December 7, 2020

With 2021 just around the corner and this past year being a very interesting year for the overall workforce, hiring managers are taking notes on predictions for next year.  And while we don’t know what 2021 has in store for us, many recruiters are thinking hiring will include increased diversity, flexible scheduling, Artificial Intelligence, and more.

            2020 put a high spotlight on diversity, not only in life but also in the workplace. This diversity does not just focus on an individual’s background or where they come from, but also in ways related to experience and work ethic. With an entirely new generation entering the workforce and older generations retiring later, there is a larger diversity in working styles and experience. This allows for new and fresh ideas for the older generation, but also the ability to learn and pass down skills to the younger generations.

            If 2020 showed us anything it showed businesses’ ability to adapt to new ways of doing things rather quickly. Almost overnight employers moved to at-home working and added flexibility. Many hiring managers see this as something that will transition into 2021 and will likely increase workforce flexibility for employees. Some companies have even decided to move to permanent at-home work as a way to cut costs without having to layoff employees. This decreases overhead rent and office maintenance. For those that don’t like to work at home, we also expect an increase in shared space offices where you can rent a desk at an office to work from.

            Something that has been in an increase for a long time, but has had a production overdrive due to Covid-19 is Artificial Intelligence. As a way to ensure the safety of employees, many companies are turning to machines to help assist with the high demand for supplies such as PPE equipment, medical supplies, and more. Additionally, many companies have moved towards this as a way to keep their employees safe and unexposed, for example, self-checkout machines. This limits employees’ exposure to customers, while still allowing for efficiency.

            Many hiring managers also expect an increase in company branding and businesses begin to reopen and increase productivity and push marketing efforts as a way to make up for lost wages and business.

While we don’t know for sure what 2021 will have in store, we do have some expectations for the year of hire. As the economy begins to reopen, not only do we expect an increase in diversity among employees, a wide range of flexibility, and an increase in the use of Artificial Intelligence, but we also expect employers to begin hiring for more positions to make up for business losses in 2020.

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December 1, 2020

With today’s modern technologies and easy access to a cell phone, typically with a camera, you no longer have to seek out a photographer to get a professional looking headshot. With the help of a friend, a tripod, and the tips below you can create the perfect LinkedIn headshot with ease.

Firstly, you’ll wanna know what some key elements are of a good headshot. Those key elements include; good lighting, proper framing, offerseye contact, ensures that you’re not blurry, and a photo that shows off your personality. Don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun with the photo as this is your first impression and you want to stand out to potential employers. This is also a good opportunity to do some research and find some headshots that you like to get ideas from.

Now that you know the key elements needed, let’s explore each one.

Lighting: You want to pick a good location with proper lighting and a simple backdrop that’s one solid color. You don’t want to stand in front of a window as this can cause flashbacks from the outdoor light. A good location could be outdoors, but not in direct sunlight as this will wash you out and make you squint, so outdoors but in the shade facing the sun is a great alternative. You’ll still get flattering outdoor light, but without having to squint your eyes. You also can find a good spot indoors with a brightly lit room that offers a solid backdrop wall.

Framing: For the best headshot, you want to be properly framed. This typically is a photo from the chest up with only a small amount of space on your sides and above your head so that you’re centered within the frame. You want the focus to be on you and not your surroundings. If your phone allows it, you can even take the photo in “portrait mode” blurring the background to focus on you.

Eye Contact: Eye Contact is one of the most essential parts of a great headshot, you want to capture the viewer’s attention and proper eye contact is often most engaging. You’ll want to look directly into the camera and appear interested, a good way to do this is to “smile” with your eyes by slightly opening them and slightly raising your eyebrows as you would if you were smiling.

Blurriness: This is where a friend or tripod comes into place. You don’t want to take a blurry photo or one that isn’t properly framed as we discussed earlier. Ensuring the stability of your camera will increase resolution and quality of the headshot. You’ll also want to take the photo with as high of a resolution as possible, so try to avoid the front facing camera. Additionally, if you do use portrait mode for this photo, the blurriness of the background, as long as you are in focus, is acceptable.

Show Off Your Personality: A way to stand out from the crowd of headshots is to just have fun with it, while still following all the tips above. Some good ideas to make this naturally happen for an almost “candid” effect is to make yourself laugh, listen to music, or talk to yourself to loosen up. You don’t want to appear stiff and forced. You can think about something funny, or something that makes you happy, if you’re with a friend have them tell you a joke and take the photos while you’re laughing to appear more natural and engaging.

With the tips above, plus remembering to properly dress for the occasion you’ll be able to take a great at-home headshot. It’s likely that you won’t get the perfect photo in the first round, so take as many photos as you can then sort out through each one trying different styles, poses, and lighting areas.

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November 24, 2020

With so much going on this year, from COVID-19 to natural disasters, life has felt uneasy. Many of us are working from home while other essential employees are staying as safe as possible doing necessary work needed for everyone. Finding reasons to feel thankful this year may seem difficult, but giving thanks and recognizing what you have can make you appreciate it even more.

Here are our favorite reasons to be thankful for your job:

  1. Co-workers: At work, co-workers are often what keeps us going. Having a good set of people to work with can make the day go by faster and make you excited about going into work the next day. You’ll always have at least one thing in common with your co-workers, you work for the same company, even if you don’t do the same job.

  2. Workplace Culture: A good company culture is something many businesses strive for, having a good culture can improve employee retention, employee satisfaction, and productivity. Working for a company with a good culture is certainly something to be thankful for as you get to reap the benefits of a company that cares about its employees and wants to ensure your happiness and success.

  3. Benefits: Whether your company offers a 401K or a free gym membership, benefits are something to be thankful for. They give an extra push and incentive to work for a company that doesn’t just include pay. Often, many companies offer healthcare which can be a very important necessity to ensure your own health is good and these benefits can often help you financially in the instance of an illness.

  4. Learning Opportunities: No matter what position you’re in, you’re learning a new set of skills that you probably didn’t previously have. Jobs allow us to grow and learn something new almost everyday. Building upon your existing skills allows you to advance in your career goals and potentially climb the career ladder, if that’s what you’re looking to do.

  5. The Ability to Work: With so many things happening this year, and unemployment rates skyrocketing due to the pandemic, now is a great time to just be thankful for your job overall.

Now more than ever is a great time to take a moment to reflect on being thankful for your job as well as whatever else in your life makes you feel fulfilled. If you are looking for a job during these times, please visit the Indeed Postings tab on our website here: condustrial.com/job-listings to apply for opportunities in your area. 

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