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Breaking into Manufacturing: Tips for Landing Your First Job in the Industry

Breaking into Manufacturing: Tips for Landing Your First Job in the Industry-STS Staffing & Temporary Services

Manufacturing is about making things; these days, many talks are focused on making more of those things in the United States. Increased domestic manufacturing is one answer to the supply chain issues that have tied up industries since the early pandemic. Ultimately, that means more jobs in manufacturing.

Job Openings in Manufacturing

However, manufacturers are currently experiencing a worker shortage. The National Association of Manufacturers says there were 694,000 manufacturing job openings in February 2023. It anticipates a need for almost four million jobs by 2030.

That means enormous opportunities for anyone interested in a manufacturing career!

How to Break into Manufacturing

How can you get your “big break” and land your first job in manufacturing? Let’s discuss five things that can improve your hiring chances, even if you don’t have previous manufacturing experience.

  1. Research. The manufacturing industry is vast and diverse. Companies manufacturing your favorite products are an excellent place to start your job search. Follow your interests to identify potential employers. You can research the companies and types of jobs matching your interests and skills on LinkedIn, Indeed, and Glassdoor.
  2. Acquire skills. Do any of those positions require specific skills? Some companies offer on-the-job training, but others want experienced workers. It may be possible to obtain certification to gain skills and increase your desirability as an employee. For instance, completing an operator certification course through the National Forklift Foundation will demonstrate your initiative, interest, and dedication to a future employer.
  3. Write Your Resume. Once you know where you want to work and/or which positions to apply for, start preparing your application and resume. Customize each application to the company and job description. Especially if you are new to the industry, be sure to emphasize your transferable skills and any hard skills you possess.
  4. Stay Open-Minded. Don’t overlook entry-level positions. Manufacturing has a higher-than-average number of entry-level openings. An entry-level manufacturing job provides a solid introduction to the company and the kind of work they do. Your first job is a learning experience that can be a stepping stone to higher-paying positions.
  5. Be flexible. Consider taking a job on the second or third shift. Manufacturing plants that operate 24 hours a day typically have a more challenging time filling positions on later shifts, so you may find it easier to get hired for a job on a less popular shift. Plus, working an off shift may provide unexpected benefits, according to Indeed, like higher pay and the opportunity to try new things and develop your skills. Part-time and temporary jobs can help you get your foot in the door and gain experience while demonstrating your reliability as an employee.

Obtain Expert Assistance

Contacting STS Staffing is another excellent way to break into manufacturing. Our job placement and temporary services firm has over 25 years of experience placing candidates in full-time, part-time, and temporary positions in various manufacturing settings.



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