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April 6, 2021

Working in a woodworking or carpentry field is typically very rewarding. You get to create something and make it come to life utilizing your own skill set. It’s a career path that is often sought after and well loved for its flexibility, sense of accomplishment, and interesting qualities.

In addition, carpentry is one of the oldest and most important trades to know. Being able to build and make things goes back hundreds of years and has certainly come a long way that’s to electricity and power tools and a general expansion of techniques and materials.

Of course, there are many reasons why carpenters love their jobs, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 reasons to learn the trade and become a carpenter.

Large Variety of Career Paths:

When becoming a carpenter you have a wide variety of jobs to choose from, in fact carpentry/woodworking is one of the most versatile career paths. You can enter jobs such as: residential contractor, commercial or industrial carpenter, cabinet or furniture maker, niche woodworker, and more with many other opportunities in between. Breaking into this field is relatively easy with many opportunities hiring for carpentry assistants at entry-level with opportunity for growth and advancement. You can even start to teach yourself some of the basics via a quick YouTube video on how to make a new piece of furniture for your home.

Opportunity to Earn Good Salary

While money isn’t everything, it certainly can help and it can feel good to get compensated nicely for a something you created by hand. As previously mentioned, there are many different career paths in carpentry and woodworking which means there can be a large variety in salary for these positions. Skill level, ares of expertise, and location can all affect how much you’ll make in a carpentry level so it’s best to do some research a position that interests you and the median salary in your specific area. However, according to Salary.com the nationwide average for a general contractor ranges anywhere from $49,431 to $65,965 depending on the notes mentioned before. You of course have the opportunity to earn more depending on your speciality, advancement, and if you owned your own business.

Many also enjoy carpentry because it can help save money, if you’re familiar with framing and construction on a home then you can help know how to build one of your own if that suits you, and will help you cut costs. Additionally, you can build your own furniture, additions, fences, decks and more to your home helping you save the costs of labor which typically comes with a high price tag.

Satisfaction and Feeling in Accomplishment

Carpentry and woodworking is a type of career that is quite rewarding. Many of those in this field really love being able to watch the process of something they’re building come to life. Many of those in this field really enjoy what they do and actually like going to their job. This type of field allows you to be creative and express yourself through you work, similarly to how an artist would. This type of career often allows you to set your own hours of work which also leads to high employee satisfaction.

Mental and Physical Benefits

Having increased job satisfaction typically leads to better mental health. This type of field can often be low stress and, similarly to an artist, you’ll get into a zone of creating, building, and enjoying your work to the point where it may even feel like meditation and relaxation since these jobs require focus and attention to detail.

Many of those in this career path are also able to stay in good physical health as this job typically requires daily physical activity. You may often find yourself living heavy materials, standing on your feet for a long time, and moving around a bit. But, overtime you’ll likely decrease your chances for certain illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Job Growth and Interchangeable Skills

With a large growth in the real estate market and new buildings popping up all over the place, a job in carpentry has a high outlook with increased demand expected in certain specialities with an overall demand of nearly 100,000 a year nationwide, according to BLS.gov. Additionally, learning these skill sets can allow you to grow and move around to different types of fields that can require building and making such as a designer or an architect. There has also been an increased demand for niche woodworkers in the last few years with woodworkers being able to create a custom piece, such as custom cabinets, benches, wooden animals, birdhouses, and so much more.

Overall, a job in carpentry is often sought after for its overall employee satisfaction, mental and physical health benefits, job outlook, creativity, ability to learn highly useful skills, and good wages. Because carpentry is a learned skill that is not often taught in school or college, this is also a position that typically only requires a high-school education. Are you interested in taking on a rewarding career in carpentry? Let us help you get started! View our available positions in carpentry today at Condustrial.com/job-listings.

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March 23, 2021

While many jobs and workplaces have had to make Covid-19 appropriate changes to their workforce. None have changed quite as much as the healthcare industry. With increased focus on patient health, implementation of dozens of new safety precautions, and a huge increase in work demands, it can be extremely hard to keep up with and maintain good personal mental health. That’s why we’ve compiled a few ways you can give yourself a mental health check in order to keep you focused and feeling less overwhelmed.

Deep Breaths: While it may be easier said than done, try to find about 10 minutes in your day or when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and just take a few deep breaths to clear your head. Sometimes just focusing back on ourselves and taking a moment to clear our minds can drastically change the way our day is going. If you have the ability, try taking a quick break out to your car and just sit and breathe.

Time to Yourself: On your days off, try to prioritize yourself. Take the day to do something you love and leave your phone in your pocket so you have less distractions while doing so. Whether it’s a good yoga class, a hike, or just staying home and watching your favorite streaming service, take the day and relax while doing something mindless, if that’s what you like.

Be Mindful Of Your Basic Needs: 4 words: hydration, rest, nutrition, exercise. When feeling so busy and overwhelmed it can be difficult to remember to take care of your own body. You may often find yourself wondering when your last meal was, but knowing you don’t have time for one right now, but try to be more mindful of giving yourself the nutrients you need to move forward. Especially when you’re running a mile a minute, maybe literally, please remember to drink water so that your body runs at its peak performance to keep you going. On your days off, or hours away from home try to remember to get enough rest, try not to think too hard about things going on at work as they’ll be there for you the next day. Getting a full night of restful sleep can mentally prepare you to tackle almost anything the next day. And as a way to keep your body running smoothly while undergoing a lot of stress, try using exercise as an outlet. This can ease your mind and tension, while keeping you in shape and healthy.

Talk to Someone:  Whether it be a family member, friend, or a professional, try to talk to someone about your current situation. Oftentimes talking about things out loud will allow you to letgo and not worry so much about them. At the end of the day we are all humans and make mistakes, but being able to talk about them will take focus off of them and ease your worry. You don’t even have to talk about work stress, but just having a human connection with someone you may not be able to see can really be grounding and bring you back to reality.

While those in the healthcare industry are working extremely hard to keep us safe, we hope our healthcare friends utilize the tips and tricks to stay calm and try not to feel so overwhelmed.We give major kudos to our friends in the healthcare industry and know that we truly could not be making it through the pandemic or life without you.

If you are searching for a rewarding career in the healthcare/nursing industry visit our job postings to see what positions are available.

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March 17, 2021

There are many different viewpoints on being lucky. Some believe in luck and things happening by chance, while others don’t. We think that you can make yourself a lucky person by changing your perspective and outlook on some things in the workplace and in life.

One way to change your perspective and bring luck in your life is to surround yourself with people you admire and people who are successful in your workplace. Associating with those that you admire and those that are successful around yourself can boost your chances of success and allow you to learn more about becoming the person you admire. This can, in turn, boost your luck and chances of achievements.

Another way to boost your luck in the workplace is to take on a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean simply always being happy, but being able to look at the brighter side of things in life overall. Being positive can boost your energy, mood, and allows you to have life-long success and luck.

You also can boost your luck by developing a hard working ethic and practicing this daily. As they say, hard work pays off and when determining your own fate/luck this can certainly be the case. Breaking the cycle of procrastination and getting things done in a timely manner can boost your chances of success and ultimately set you up for success.

Finally, an important way to boost your chances for achievement, luck, and good karma, if you believe in that, is to do good by others around you and always look for opportunities to help. Helping others not only helps you to feel good, but also looks good for you while being able to help other people. Whether it’s helping your coworker with a difficult task, or volunteering to stay overtime at the office seeking out these chances to help people will almost always bring you luck, positivity, and success in your workplace.

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February 23, 2021

While we are finally starting to see some breakthroughs in terms of Covid-19 cases and we finally have vaccines available, the pandemic is still far from gone. Unfortunately, this means life is still not yet back to “normal,” or at least what it used to be like. So we are still meeting on Zoom, limiting our exposure to others, maintaining social distance, and not networking in-person with others in our industry. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t network in other safer ways. Here’s 3 ways you can continue to connect with people in your workforce to create relationships, make sales, and form a community all while staying safe.

Utilize Your Existing Network: Now that is it more difficult to meet new people at events and gatherings, it’s a good idea to strengthen your current relationships by asking for their referellas on others that they may know. While your pool may be smaller now, you’re connected to many more people than you think. 10 existing connections can turn into 100 if each of them knows 10 more people, and so on. This doesn’t even have to be a very formal conversation, just a casual recommendation of some people in their network that may be beneficial to connect with.

Facebook/Social Groups: Platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Clubhouse, and more offer dozens of different groups to join and network within. There are so many just like you looking to network and connect and are eager to do so in a virtual form. Setting up a quick message chat over Facebook can be a great starting point! Just a quick Facebook search for your industry can lead to dozens of Facebook groups to join. Not on Facebook? Other platforms like LinkedIn and Clubhouse are also great ways to connect. LinkedIn is like the businesses persons Facebook profile and essentially most are on there looking for connections within their area so sending a quick message to someone while complimenting their skills can be a great way to start off a conversation.

Connect Via Zoom:  Of course we are using platforms like Zoom now more than ever and not just for business meetings, school, and interviews, but also for networking. Once you’ve connected with someone by seeking a mutual connection or finding via an online group you can invite them for a quick chat via Zoom. Afterall a Zoom call is the new “coffee shop meeting.”

These times have made us more resilient and versatile than ever, so it’s important to find what works for you and to continue to seek what’s helpful to you and your business. Just cause we are staying home and staying safe doesn’t mean things have to stop around us, we just have to welcome and adapt to the changes that come along with our current lifestyle.

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February 9, 2021

As a manager, one of the most important duties you have is to be aware of your employees and their feelings. Overall, a company should care about keeping their employees rather than having high turnover rates. In the end, this will save the company time, money, and effort of keeping good employees instead of having a “revolving door” environment. To keep employees happy and to understand them, you need to know what factors lead employees to quit. Here are the top 3 reasons why employees quit and what hiring managers should be looking out for to increase employee retention.

Pay Rate

While rate of pay isn’t always the most important thing to a job seeker, it is often very important to those making a job decision. Pay rate not only helps the employee provide for themselves and their family, but also is a way of the employer letting them know they are doing a great job. Especially in today’s times with services like Glassdoor, employees know how much they are worth and what their anticipated salary should be. From a business perspective, the cost of replacing a good employee can be up to 2 times the employee’s salary, between paying others overtime to cover the costs of being understaffed and paying for new-employee training.

Job Conditions

Conditions and circumstances of a position can change regularly as the company grows, as people leave, etc. Sometimes this change can create a new environment that employees don’t like. Additionally, if the position they are in lacks rooms for growth and advancement, which often happens in manufacturing type jobs, then employees may want to seek out other opportunities. Much of this is hard to control from a business perspective, but where there are opportunities to recognize employees dedication and hard work, managers should do so to encourage their employees.

Work Value

Most people want to feel valued in their work, they want to feel appreciated, and that what they do has a purpose for them, while not feeling under pressure or over stressed by their workload. It’s important for managers to let their employees know that they are doing a good job and to also recognize when they are feeling stressed out. Managers should check in on their employees mental health and feelings towards their jobs to know if adjustments need to be made. The work culture should also be created to make employees feel comfortable enough to speak up when something is troubling them or they are feeling undervalued. Sometimes this aspect of work and appreciation can go even further than a raise and can keep some of the best employees. This also creates a healthy work environment with open communication for all.

While there can be things out of the manager or boss’ control that lead to employees quitting, there are many things a manager can do to check in on their employees and listen to their needs to discourage them from wanting to leave. Creating a positive culture within a work environment is extremely important, especially within younger generations seeking employment. Understand the three above mentioned reasons why employees quit is key to ensuring higher levels of employee retention and getting more potential job-seekers interested in working for you. 

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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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