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Finetune your trades career

Posted by Jim Fearon, Hays Canada VP, on Thursday, Apr 7, 2016

Hays Trades Blog: Finetune your careerEarly in your skilled trades career – as a fourth year apprentice or within the first five years – is the time to look at the opportunities around you, try a few different industries, and decide which career path is right for you.

Stability vs fast pace, contract vs permanent, staying in one place vs opportunities for travel – there are lots of options to weigh up.

So how do you determine your best path?

Once you’re Red Seal qualified you have numerous opportunities. You can specialize in forestry or mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation – and each has their own pros and cons.

So assess your priorities, try a couple different things, and make sure your resume stands out later in your career.

1. What’s most important to you?
Different industries offer different perks. Top compensation, best lifestyle, relocation – knowing what you want will help narrow your options. Not sure the best fit? Talk to a recruiter to figure out which path fits your priorities.

2. Get a range of experience
During your apprenticeship or in your first few years in the field, try a few different roles to get a feel for different industries and sectors. Find the one that fits your personality and work style.

3. Stand out with consistency
Once you know where you want to work, stick with it. If you specialize then your resume will stand out. Employers want to hire experts who have shown their commitment to the industry.

Been job-hopping and looking to settle down? Check out our tips for moving to a permanent position.

Search for new opportunities, or view the jobs below:

Job Title Location Job Reference
Red Seal Millwright Manitoba 1046671
Maintenance Manager Mississauga 1045209
Maintenance Technician Delta 1045789
Red Seal Electrician Delta 1045788
Electrical Foreman Vancouver 1043429

Talk to Jim Fearon, Hays Canada Vice President, about the Western and Eastern Canadian labour market, as well as construction and oil & gas hiring trends.

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