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General labor jobs are a term used to describe manual labor jobs that do not require expertise but reasonable strength and durability to be able to do heavy lifting, material movement, and other manual maintenance tasks which is generally done for a specific and short-term project.

General labor jobs are just the opposite of skilled labor jobs where an individual must have a skill set to be able to qualify for the job. Most employers prefer candidates with a high school diploma or GED. There are a few people who work for non-managerial labor positions with higher education but this is not required.

Skilled labor jobs like electrician, construction equipment operators, and HVACR technicians are manual labor jobs requiring specialized training or education to qualify in their field of expertise and continue to accumulate experience and be able to advance from entry-level positions to higher level-positions. Some of the good labor jobs are:

  1. Automotive service technician - maintains and repairs automobiles and trucks.
  2. Electrician - they are responsible for setting up new lines and maintaining wire, fuses, etc.
  3. Floor Covering Installer - specializes in installing floor coverings like asphalt tiles, carpets and linoleum.
  4. Framer - places pictures or mirrors into frames and performs all the operations of shaving, cutting, drilling to prepare frame parts according to the customer's specifications.
  5. HVACR technicians - are skilled laborers who install and maintain, ventilation, heating, refrigeration systems and air-conditioning,
  6. Construction Equipment Operator - are responsible for using machinery to transport heavy pipes, beams and other construction materials.
  7. Plumbing - Installs bath plumbing systems in manufactured buildings and they also make sure that fixtures fit, using wedges, squares, and hammers, etc.
If you are looking for general labor jobs, you should turn to popular classified websites to find hundreds of labor jobs listed. Here are a few helpful tips to effectively find good labor jobs:
  • Update your resume and keep the information with you at all times so that you are better prepared to fill out necessary paperwork. Prepare your employment related documents like state ID, driver's license, or Social Security card, as this information is needed to open your file.
  • Research for local employment agencies at your local workforce center or library, in the telephone book or on the internet. If you know people working as laborers, ask them whether they know who is hiring and find out the application process.
  • Visit employment agencies and start applying for labor jobs and wait to see if they can assign you to a job that day.
  • Speak to people in your community who can tell you where to look for this type of work and physically wait for an employer or construction foreman to offer you a job.
  • Look for city based websites like Craigslist and search for jobs by state and city.
  • Use relevant search phrases that describe the different jobs and duties you want to perform, and to weed out jobs that you are not interested in. So if you are looking for general labor jobs that focus on construction, try to search using keywords like construction, painter, carpenter, landscaper, and so forth.
  • You may also read headlines because they normally describe the position and job duties to find a job that sounds ideal to you.
Unskilled labor jobs are easy to get if you are physically fit and willing to do a little hard work. The only downside of getting a labor job is that they can be competitive, so don't waste your time with a resume because most labor jobs don't require it and most will only ask you to fill out computer-based applications with your basic information. Spend most of your time finding leads and visiting temp agencies specializing in labor and construction jobs. Try to cultivate contact within every group you are part of, even at the library or the grocery store, as they are good sources of people who may need an extra pair of hands to do heavy lifting.

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